90 results for tag: Big Government


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 ...

Anyone but Boehner!

In direct response to President Obama’s illegal actions on Obamacare and amnesty, Americans took a stand by electing conservatives to Congress in a truly historic, landslide victory in 2014. Thanks to your efforts, dozens of defeated Obama allies just cleaned out their Washington, D.C. offices. Now, the hard work begins. The establishment elites in both parties are furious that Congress now has a record number of constitutional conservatives in the U.S. House. These establishment types are ready to go to war with the Tea Party and continue shredding the Constitution, while propping up special interest groups and crony capitalism. House Speaker ...

Why rule votes are so important

As with many of the votes we care about, the CRomnibus vote consisted of two key votes: the first vote - "a rules vote" - was a procedural vote to advance the bill to the floor, and the second vote was the actual vote on the entire spending bill.  We considered both votes to be important and indicators of a Member's commitment to cut spending and adhere to the rule of law. Why is the vote on the “rule” as important as the vote on the underlying legislation? Because for far too long, far too many members of Congress have played tricks on their constituents by gaming the process. No bill can go to the floor of the House of Representatives ...

What’s wrong with the CRomnibus

Last Thursday night, the House of Representatives voted to approve a massive spending bill, informally known as the "CRomnibus" (a combination of CR, or continuing resolution, and an omnibus bill). The 1,600-page bill was only released late on the preceding Tuesday night. Just as we saw in 2010 with Obamacare, the House chose to vote on a bill before reading it or giving the American public time to understand what exactly the bill says. The Tea Party Patriots’ support team members have been reading the bill for the past few days and we have learned just how awful this bloated spending bill really is. Among the information we have learned: • ...

Congress, Can You Hear Us Now?

In 2009, a tsunami of citizens flooded Washington DC to send a message to Congress. Fed up with the massive overspending and the usurpation of personal freedoms, Americans reminded the House and Senate – then controlled by Democrats – that the will of the people will not be ignored. “Apparently, we were not loud enough in February. We were not loud enough in April… So, we’re turning up the volume. Congress, Speaker Pelosi, President Obama: can you hear us now?,” charged Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin at the historic 2009 Taxpayers March in DC. [1] Can you hear us, President Obama?  Apparently not.  Five years and ...

While Obama touts economy, food stamp enrollment soars

An interesting thing happened over the weekend: President Obama delivered his weekly address [1] to the nation and touted economic “progress we can be proud of.” Any indicators of a recovery we have seen, President Obama told us, are “a direct result of the American people’s drive and determination, and decisions made by my administration.” Well, at least he’s right about the American people’s drive and determination. The other part? Not so much. The economy has recovered slowly in spite of the Obama Administrations policies, not because of them. Ironically, the same weekend the president offered his view of the economy through ...