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Happy Tax Day?

In honor of Tax Day, the Washington Examiner has published a great piece with some numerical facts about the U.S. tax system. Here are just a few: 6.1 billion Nationwide, the number of hours spent filing individual and business income taxes, according to the Taxpayer Advocate Service $987 billion Upper estimate on the annual accounting and economic costs involved in tax filing, according to the Mercatus Center. The lower estimate is $215 billion a year 46 percent Portion of total federal revenue that comes from income taxes. Corporate income taxes are the next largest source, at 34% 26.4 Average number of hours spent preparing an ...

News Briefing for Friday, March 13

HEALTHCARE: Congressional Research Service: There's No Magic Pot Of Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Money “A recent report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) confirms what many policy experts have known for some time: states that reject Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion aren’t sending that Medicaid expansion money to other states. Instead, that money is simply never spent. This revelation is important because numerous governors and state lawmakers from across the country have used this argument to justify their support for expanding Medicaid through Obamacare. However, as CRS succinctly explains, these arguments are entirely frivolo...

News Briefing for Tuesday, March 10, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: King v. Burwell's very existence says a lot about Obamacare (Video featuring Jenny Beth) http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/king-v.-burwells-very-existence-says-a-lot-about-obamacare/article/2561108     HEALTHCARE: Kill Obamacare, or U.S. healthcare will suffer same fate as Britain “A colleague of mine, a Conservative MEP, was cremated last month. Except he wasn't: the hospital had released the wrong body to the undertakers. A second funeral has just been held with his actual remains — though, of course, nothing can be done for the family of whoever was cremated in error. We take such incompetence ...

News Briefing for Friday, February 13, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Taxpayer Watchdogs Urge Members to Protect RAC Program: Program is Highly Effective Anti-Medicare Fraud Tool “Today, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) was joined by five organizations in a letter to members of the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees, urging them to protect the Recovery Audit Program (RAC) from further meddling when Congress considers legislation regarding Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) patch, or “doc fix.” The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service’s (CMS) RAC program is a highly effective post-payment auditing tool that has been largely sidelined by ...

News Briefing for Thursday, February 12, 2015

HEALTHCARE: Obamacare Co-Ops Cost Taxpayers $17,000 Per Enrollee “More than 500,000 people enrolled in health plans offered by nonprofit insurance companies created under the Affordable Care Act. And with the co-ops receiving an average of $108.7 million from the federal government, taxpayer-backed funding per enrollee topped $17,000. Twenty-three co-ops received a total of $2.5 billion from the federal government and enrolled more than 520,000 people in plans through September. However, an analysis conducted by The Daily Signal published yesterday found that just one, Maine Community Health Options, was profitable last year. Using the latest ...

News Briefing for Friday, February 6, 2015

HEALTHCARE: IRS Seeks 9,000 New Employees as It Prepares to Enforce Obamacare “As millions of Americans brace for tax season, the Internal Revenue Service is requesting a $2 billion boost to its budget and 9,000 new employees as it prepares to enforce Obamacare’s tax provisions. President Obama released his $4 trillion budget proposal for fiscal year 2016 this week, which includes $13.9 billion for the Internal Revenue Service. The agency asked Congress for close to $2 billion more for operations than last year—a 16 percent increase. The billions of dollars will help the agency bolster its staff by adding more than 9,280 full-time employ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, February 4, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Time to pass Sen. Mike Lee's Balanced Budget Amendment (Jenny Beth Martin’s op-ed) http://www.providencejournal.com/opinion/commentary/20150203-jenny-beth-martin-its-time-to-pass-a-u.s.-balanced-budget-amendment.ece Time to pass Sen. Mike Lee's Balanced Budget Amendment http://heralddemocrat.com/opinion/national-commentary/it-s-time-pass-lee-balanced-budget-amendment Time to pass Sen. Mike Lee's Balanced Budget Amendment https://home.butlereagle.com/clickshare/authenticateUserSubscription.do?CSProduct=butlereagle&CSAuthReq=1422997869:57356328138461&CSTargetURL=http://www.butlereagle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/l...

News Briefing for Monday, February 2, 2014

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Mike Pence's very bad week (Quote by Chuck Laudner – TPPCF) “Even if Pence can explain the mistake, the stumble has put more distance between him and what already would have been a dark-horse run in a crowded 2016 field. "If you're going to get into a race, from today moving forward, it would have be to fill a void that exists," said Chuck Laudner, an Iowa Republican strategist and the national campaign coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund. "There's really no one scrambling for a candidate that expands Medicaid and makes it harder to repeal Obamacare. So it's going to be very tricky." http://www.cnn.c...

News Briefing for Saturday, January 31, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: It’s time to pass the Lee balanced budget amendment (Jenny Beth Martin’s op-ed) http://www.edmondsun.com/opinion/it-s-time-to-pass-the-lee-balanced-budget-amendment/article_bc0fecfa-a8c7-11e4-940c-23b5a6227586.html     HEALTHCARE: OBAMACARE CUTTING SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS FROM TEXAS CLASSROOMS “A substitute teacher is not necessarily someone who most people think of as a full-time employee but school districts are grappling with the reality that the federal government considers anyone who works an average of 30 week hours as one. As a full-time employee, they are eligible for employer provided ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, January 27, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: HOUSE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE AIDES SAY NO FENCE FOR BORDER, BECAUSE IT’S TOO EXPENSIVE (Quote by Kevin Broughton) “Tea Party Patriots is calling on House Republicans to amend the McCaul bill so as it does include interior enforcement, something McCaul’s team has originally resisted claiming they don’t have the jurisdiction to do so. “For whatever reason, the Homeland Security Committee was in a hurry,” Tea Party Patriots spokesman Kevin Broughton told Breitbart News. “Now, our focus will be amending this legislation which is sorely lacking any meaningful teeth. The House — with a smaller GOP Conference ...