90 results for tag: Big Government


Tea Party Patriots Details Priority Issues for Next Attorney General

Nominee Must Be Committed To Justice, Cleaning Up Eric Holder’s Messes   ATLANTA, GA – Today, Tea Party Patriots Co-founder Jenny Beth Martin laid out the 10 most important questions for the Senate to ask President Obama’s nominee for U.S. Attorney General when confirmation hearings begin. “The next attorney general will have the unenviable task of cleaning up the messes created by his predecessor,” said Martin. “Eric Holder’s stewardship of this position was an absolute disgrace, and it’s critically important for the nation that whoever replaces him next year be committed to the administration of justice, not politics....

Has the State Department learned nothing post-Benghazi?

Todd Keil, one of the experts who testified at the first Benghazi hearing [1] on Wednesday told the committee that the State Department has failed to follow through on proposals that would improve diplomatic security. “Clear the smoke. Remove the mirrors,” said Keil. He later added, “Words and cursory actions by the Department of State ring hollow absent transparency and verifiable and sustainable actions to fully put into practice the letter and the intent of our recommendations.” Wednesday’s hearing by the Benghazi Special committee, chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy, focused on the State Department’s implementation of the Accountability ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Legislative Update for 9/14/14

House/Senate Action: Week of 9/8/14-9/14/14 The House will be in session from Tuesday through Friday of this week, and then break for at least a week. If they succeed in passing a C.R. that the Senate will accept as written, look for the House to recess through the elections, and not come back for their currently planned two-day session the very last two days of September. The Senate will be in session from Monday through Friday of this week, and then take a break for at least a week.   SENATE ACTION ON S.J. RES. 19: Let’s start with the Senate this week, because the best floor action of the week took place in the upper ...

White House Ignores Own Advice on Corporations

After months of railing against corporations seeking friendlier tax climates overseas, the White House is being questioned about granting a multi-million dollar contract to a company doing exactly that. “Accenture was awarded a contract in January that's now grown to well over $100 million to make improvements to HealthCare.gov, the federal enrollment portal that has caused a slew of headaches for President Obama. The company is currently incorporated in Ireland, where it moved in 2009. Before that, Accenture had set up shop in both Switzerland and Bermuda, a noted tax haven, and has been called a tax dodger by a variety of mostly Democratic ...

A Group without a Lobbyist, the American Worker

“This Administration is actively working against the interests of the American worker,” thundered Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama. “We have communities throughout America that are barely scraping by. Tens of millions of Americans are on welfare, unemployment, and public assistance,” stated Sessions. “Yet the White House and their Senate Majority seem more concerned about the economic demands of large corporations, or the citizens of other countries, than about getting our own citizens back to work into stable jobs that can support a family and uplift a community.” [1] The Senator’s impassioned charges come on the heels of a ...

Obama Administration hit with transparency lawsuit

It’s time for the “most transparent administration” in history to once again dust off its law books. On Monday, the government watchdog group Cause of Action filed a lawsuit [1] against 10 cabinet agencies, the Internal Revenue Service and the White House Office of Management and Budget. The group says it is suing the Obama Administration for allegedly using improper means to delay Freedom of Information Act requests. The allegation is based on a 2009 White House memo instructing all agencies to consult with the White House Office of General Counsel on all FOIA requests. When Cause of Action followed up with more FOIA requests seeking ...

A Republic… If You Can Keep It

“Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?,” inquired the anxious woman outside Independence Hall. Benjamin Franklin’s response to Mrs. Powel was profound. “A republic, Madame, if you can keep it.” His answer was more than a revelation of the government the framers had constructed under the new US Constitution. It was a charge – a challenge – to preserve what Abraham Lincoln would later characterize as “government of the people, by the people and for the people." Franklin understood the need for a perpetually vigilant citizenry to curtail a government, one such as ours today. Our government has forgotten its ...

America’s Summer of Discontent, and what Washington can do about it

The Wall Street Journal and NBC News released a new poll [1] on Wednesday and the results were, well, depressing if not entirely surprising. A full three-quarters of Americans do not feel like their children will have a better life than they do. Seventy percent of Americans do not approve of the direction the country is heading. Only 40 percent approve of President Obama’s job performance – a new low for him. Moreover, only half (50 percent) of Americans feel like the economy is improving. In short: Americans are unhappy. One of the pollsters who conducted the poll said it shows “We’re in the summer of our discontent.” Call it what ...

Time to let the Ex-Im Bank go

Most Americans probably have no idea what the Export-Import bank even is, much less why it’s in the news right now. Yet it’s becoming the latest front in the fight to trim federal government. The Ex-Im Bank was established in 1934 to serve as a credit agency that could finance the foreign purchase of American-made goods. What started as a New Deal-era program, however, has morphed into a taxpayer-funded government machine of corporate welfare for foreign interests who buy American products. And if Congress doesn’t act by the end of September to reauthorize the bank, it will run out of funding. What does that mean for the average American, ...

“Ugly politics,” indeed

Washington is still reeling from last week’s revelation that an ObamaCare architect was warning in 2012 that those on the federal health care exchange aren’t eligible for subsidies. The surprise leak came on the heels of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling in Halbig v. Burwell that yes, federal subsidies are indeed, illegal. Let’s just say it wasn’t a good week for Jonathan Gruber, MIT economist and Obamacare architect extraordinaire. Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin was quoted in Politico [1] calling Gruber’s 2012 comments a “shocking revelation.” She went on to add that “The administration ….knew ...