90 results for tag: Big Government


BREAKING: Americans don’t trust big government

Pres. Ronald Regan once famously said that “the nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” Reagan may have uttered those words decades ago, but - according to a new poll – they still ring true today. An overwhelming majority of Americans don’t trust the federal government. A full 61 percent of American voters don’t have faith in the powers that run Washington. What’s equally startling is that trust among registered Independents has dropped 32 percentage points since 2002. For Republicans, trust has gone from 63 percent to 25 percent. When voters are asked about President ...

Tea Party Patriots attorney testifies before Congress

Tuesday afternoon Cleta Mitchell, attorney for Tea Party Patriots, testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The topic of the Committee hearing was “Ensuring transparency through the Freedom of Information Act”. Unfortunately, in Tea Party Patriots’ experience, federal agencies have been anything but transparent. In her testimony, Ms. Mitchell outlined Tea Party Patriots’ experience with a federal government that is unresponsive, uncoordinated, and as Ms. Mitchell put it, “has evidenced a pattern of stealth and arrogant disregard for the statutory rights of the American people to know what their government is ...

Tea Party to Senate Leadership: Leave USA Freedom Act Alone

Determined to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, Senator Mitch McConnell has introduced amendments to the USA Freedom Act which are clearly designed to weaken — and ultimately kill — the legislation that passed the House with 338 votes. Tea Party Patriots CEO Jenny Beth Martin today released the following statement, aimed at the US Senate in advance of expected votes to the McConnell amendments: "We support passage of the USA Freedom Act as passed by the House, and see no need whatsoever for these amendments which are obviously designed to weaken the bill. Simply put, if it is amended in the manner that the Majority Leader desires, ...

Patriot Act meets its match this time around

Last night on the Senate floor, [1] Sen. Rand Paul successfully pushed off the reauthorization of the NSA spying program and its bulk collection of phone records. Thanks to Paul’s courageous stance, Congress will finally be forced to reconcile Americans’ right to privacy and freedom from government intrusion, and big brother spying programs in the of name of national security. Even if the delay is only temporary, it’s a worthy first step toward forcing a larger conversation about big government spying. What’s more, last night’s display of total unity in favor of big government over individual liberty by the GOP establishment was deplora...

Time to reform the Patriot Act

As usual, the Obama Administration is issuing dire warnings about what will supposedly happen if the U.S. government stops spying on its citizens. The clock runs out on the Patriot Act Sunday night, which only leaves them a few more days to alarm people. Also as usual, the Obama Administration is on the wrong side of the American people on the issue. According to a recent survey [1] by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 60 percent of Americans want to see changes made to the post-9/11 national security law. Another 82 percent of Americans were at least “somewhat concerned” that Washington is “collecting and storing information of ...

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. ...