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CBO: Medicaid, Social Security expected to balloon budget deficit over next decade

The Congressional Budget Office predicts the budget deficit will continue to grow over the next 10 years as the elderly retire and seek more medical care. Meanwhile, budget expenditures this year already exceed expenditures from this time last year. ABC News has the details: Economists at JPMorgan Chase are predicting that the deficit for this budget year will total $425 billion. The Congressional Budget Office, which will update its forecast later this month, had predicted in August that the deficit this year would shrink even more to $414 billion but then begin rising for the rest of the decade and will top $1 trillion again by 2025. The ...

TOUCHDOWN: Republican Senator releases report on government-spending fumbles with tips on how to ‘recover the ball’

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) this week released a list of 100 “Federal Fumbles” – in other words, a list of 100 wasteful government programs and ways to make them less costly to taxpayers. KFYR-TV has the details: From a "Silent Shakespeare Festival" in Virginia, to studies on senior dating habits, the senator says he wants the government to review each play before spending taxpayer dollars. The 100 examples of waste in the senator's book range from trivial amounts of money to large sums, but he says no matter how small the amount, there needs to be a starting point in reducing the federal deficit. "We're going to actually drive this ...

Obamacare: The Retirement Wrecking Ball

After years of working, many seniors look forward to retirement where hobbies and passions can be fully pursued. For James and his wife, their enjoyment was camping in a small motorhome – a simple way to escape from the everyday and reconnect with each other. Yet, this favorite pastime is being placed on hold as the Affordable Care Act is creating a new financial hardship for them. “We lost our Medicare Advantage plans after the Obamacare law went into effect,” shared the California resident. “That was the only Medicare Advantage plan available in our area, and it was cancelled, so we both had to buy a Medigap policy and Part D.” For ...

Small Ball and Scraps: GOP Strategy Aims Low

With the “shutdown” over and the debt ceiling once again raised, attention is shifting to the budget conference required in the law ended said “shutdown.” An article in The Hill, for example, examined whether House Budget Committee Paul Ryan (R-WI) would be able to close a deal with his Democratic colleagues. When it comes to deal-making, Democrats, emboldened by their recent public relations victory are once again demanding tax increases as a substitute for sequestration’s cuts in 2014. They are also opposed to reforms to Medicare and Social Security – necessary for America’s fiscal survival. Inexplicably, Republicans are holding ...

Softballs from National Review Online

Over at National Review Online, Robert Costa has published a softball interview with House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). The interview delves into the job of the Majority Whip, which is very simple: Get votes for bills leadership wants to pass. With respect to both Costa and Whip McCarthy, the interview all but totally ignored what has been a defining issue for the GOP-controlled House since 2011: The balance (or, as many fiscal conservatives see it, the imbalance) between principle and strategy. Consider this section of the interview: The recent farm-bill drama was a window into McCarthy’s method — and a sign that on immigration, he ...

State Department Stuffing Prom Queen Ballot Box

The State Department has been caught paying money for Facebook “likes.” What a great use of your tax dollars: State Department officials spent $630,000 to get more Facebook "likes," prompting employees to complain to a government watchdog that the bureau was "buying fans" in social media, the agency's inspector general says. Adding to the embarrassment, the money was spent going after the wrong target audience: The spending increased the bureau's English-language Facebook page likes from 100,000 to more than 2 million and to 450,000 on Facebook's foreign-language pages. Despite the surge in likes, the IG said the effort failed to reach the ...

Tea Party Patriots Call for Secret Ballot so Members Can Vote Conscience on Next Speaker

Members Must be Free from Fear of Retribution Today, Tea Party Patriots, the nation’s largest tea party organization, called for a secret ballot in the House for the next Speaker so Members can vote their conscience without fear of retribution from leadership. "Through this 'fiscal cliff' crisis Congress has demonstrated once again its incapability of actually cutting government spending and preventing tax hikes. Republicans who stood on principle, and did not cave to political pressure instead should not be impeded from voting for a Speaker with whom they have confidence will help take the country in the right direction. The American people ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report From Washington for 1/25/16

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 1/24/16 CALENDAR: The House has declared a “Snow Week,” and will not be in session this week. The Senate will come back into session Wednesday, and then they’re scheduled to stay in through Friday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House was in recess last week, so nothing of note happened on the House floor. THIS WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: Nothing – it’s a Snow Week! LAST WEEK ON THE SENATE FLOOR: On Tuesday, the Senate opened its week with a vote to confirm Wilhelmina Marie Wright of Minnesota to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Minnesota. ...

Tax-reform issue gaining momentum

It’s tax season again and Americans are spending precious personal time determining what they are owed or what they owe to Uncle Sam. Imagine if the process were a lot simpler – an idea gaining ground in some political circles. The Wall Street Journal has the scoop: Remember when Steve Forbes ran for president in 1996 to promote a flat-rate income tax? The media and political establishment treated him as an unwelcome crank with an oddball idea about financing government. Today, conservatives can still expect hostile treatment from the media and political left. But the tax-reform idea has gained significant ground. Last week’s main ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 1/17/16

CALENDAR: The House is in recess this week. They’ll come back to work on Monday, January 25. The Senate will be in recess on Monday in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr., federal holiday. The Senate will return to work on Tuesday, January 19. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House began its week Monday, taking up and passing eight different bills on the Suspension Calendar. On Tuesday, they took up and passed another bill on the Suspension Calendar – H.R. 757, the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act we discussed last week. That bill passed by a vote of 418-2. Also on Tuesday, the House took up and passed H.R. 1644, the ...