85 results for tag: Big Government


Scathing new report lists atrocities inside VA

New details have emerged about the total failure of the Department of Veterans Affairs to adequately provide care to our nation’s veterans. The details are part of a new, scathing 35-page report released by Jan R. Frye, deputy assistant secretary for acquisition and logistics. In the report, Frye describes an agency overrun with “gross mismanagement,” and that makes a “mockery” of federal rules. It even went as far as describe the culture at the VA as one of “lawlessness and chaos.” The Washington Post has more [1]: “Doors are swung wide open for fraud, waste and abuse,” he writes in the March memo, which was obtained by The ...

Statement of Jenny Beth Martin on the recovery of 6,400 ‘lost’ IRS emails

The latest information from the Treasury Inspector General indicates that from the very beginning, the IRS was attempting to cover its tracks throughout the targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups. This is another in a long line of deplorable actions from the Internal Revenue Service against groups who were merely trying to hold their government accountable. It will be very enlightening to see the content of the emails as TIGTA continues the investigation. No doubt there will be even more egregious revelations, as we have sadly come to expect from the IRS under the Obama Administration. They’ve said they did nothing ...

Statement of Jenny Beth Martin on Georgia SB 127

Politicians of both parties in the Georgia Legislature are conspiring to trample on the First Amendment, and it will be a sad day for liberty if this measure passes. It’s rare when politicians reach across the aisle; they’ve done so in Georgia, though, in hopes of treating grassroots activists the same way Lois Lerner and the Obama IRS have. They seek to intimidate concerned citizens and insulate themselves from accountability, and they’re doing it in a cowardly way, on the last day of the legislative session. They should know that we are watching. This bill is a travesty, and an arrogant, brazen assault on the First Amendment. All ...

Obama’s transparency problem is worse than you think

Think you’ve seen it all with government secrecy? Think again! A new report from the Associated Press reveals that the Obama Administration has set a new record for denying Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests outright or censoring documents. Apparently, you can ask, but the government won’t tell! The administration also took longer to turn over documents when it did comply, and claimed more often that it just couldn’t find certain documents. Here’s more from the AP analysis [1] It also acknowledged in nearly 1 in 3 cases that its initial decisions to withhold or censor records were improper under the law — but only when it was ...

TPP to make presence felt at King/Burwell

Atlanta – Tea Party Patriots (TPP) will be out in force Wednesday to make their voices heard as the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments King v. Burwell, the historic case that could decide the future of Obamacare. “We’re hopeful that the Justices will apply the plain meaning of the words in the statute,” TPP President Jenny Beth Martin said. “The law clearly says that Obamacare subsidies are legal only in states that have set up healthcare exchanges.” Many legal experts have predicted if the Court rules that the words in the statute mean what they say, President Obama’s nationalization of the healthcare system will be unraveled. ...

Ernest Istook on free speech, and the government’s attempt to regulate the internet

Former Congressman and current Tea Party Patriots board member Ernest Istook published a new op-ed in the Washington Times this week about the Obama Administration’s attempt to regulate the internet, and by extension, free speech. Writes Istook: Government never admits that it wants to control you. Instead, it claims it wants to protect you. But if the bureaucrats control what you say, they control what you know. And if they control what you know, they control what you do. So you get sucked into The Blob. One example is the Federal Election Commission. It’s proposed that we allow the FEC to regulate political speech on the Internet. ...

5 Times the Obama Administration found itself on the wrong side of the law

The Obama Administration does not have a stellar track record when it comes to getting affirmation for its radical agenda in the U.S. court system. Unfortunately, when the President of the United States isn’t blatantly ignoring the law, he’s looking for ways to at least sidestep or tweak it. Thankfully, he’s been pretty unsuccessful once challenged in court. 1. National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning. When the president tried to do some improper recess appointments. Yeah, that didn’t work out so well. 2. Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. When the president tried to tell private companies they had to violate their religious ...

Obama’s disastrous plan to tax college savings

As President Obama mentioned in his State of the Union earlier this week, he has some ideas about how to make college more affordable and accessible. One of those ideas is to offer free community college, paid for in part by new taxes. New taxes [1] on…wait for it…college savings plans, including tax-free 529s. Consider, for a moment, the irony: the president wants to give more people the opportunity to go to college, but he wants to tax the method families use to make that higher-education dream come true. Lots of middle-class families finance college tuition through a combination of loans and savings. But President Obama’s logic seems to ...

President Ignores Midterm Election Mandate

Atlanta, Ga. –Following President Obama's 2015 State of the Union address, Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, issued the following statement: "The President obviously watched a different set of mid-term elections than the rest of the country did. He said that every single one of his policies was on the ballot; the American people rejected them – and him – overwhelmingly. "It’s amazing that after such a repudiation of his policies and programs, his first instinct is to pick a fight. Three hundred billion dollars in new taxes? He knows there’s no chance of such a bill passing either house of Congress – he’s simply ...

Congressional Conservatives should be against an increase in the gas tax

We’re barely into the new term of the 114th Congress, and already some Republicans are caving on taxes. Since when should the GOP be pushing tax increases? In the last few days, Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Bob Corker (R-TN), John Thune (R-SD), Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have all signaled publicly [1] that they would support an increase in the gas tax. Hatch went so far as to call it “a small price to pay for the best highway system in the world.” Um, sure… It’s time to remind elected officials, once again, that Americans need a break from Washington tax hikes. The last time we checked, middle-class families weren’t ...