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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 ...

Montana Tea Party Groups Convene in Helena

Tea party groups from across Big Sky Country gathered in the state’s capitol city last weekend to talk about strategy and upcoming opportunities for the movement. And with newly minted GOP majorities in both chambers of the legislature, Montana conservatives see abounding opportunities. Close to a dozen different tea party groups from across the (huge) state attended, as did TPP’s Legislative Coordinator Bill Pascoe and Communications Director Kevin Broughton. Attendees got a quick tutorial on social media on Friday, then got a chance to see what their colleagues across Montana were doing to further the cause. Investigative reporter Ron Catlett ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, March 25

HEALTHCARE: How many will have to pay back Obamacare subsidies? “More Americans will owe the government money for their Obamacare subsidy than won't, says a new analysis. A big upcoming Tax Day question is how many Americans with government-subsidized health insurance will find that they collected more in subsidies than they're qualified for and have to pay some of it back — and how many will find themselves in the opposite position, with the government owing them money. The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that half of all subsidy-eligible households will be in the first boat, owing the government an average payment of $794. That situat...

News Briefing for Tuesday, March 24

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Tea Party first to cheer Cruz bid (quote by Jenny Beth) “He's a leader of the Tea Party in Washington, so it's not a surprise that Tea Party leaders are heaping praise on Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential announcement today. Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, was the first to embrace Cruz, noting his firm stands on conservative principles. "It's fitting that Sen. Ted Cruz is the first announced candidate in the GOP presidential field," Martin said in a statement. "In his two short years in the Senate, he has yielded to no one in championing the values of personal freedom, economic freedom and a debt-free ...

News Briefing for Monday, March 23

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Cruz to launch White House bid, will tea party go along? (Tea Party Patriots mentioned) “…While tea party leaders still like Cruz, they’re also looking elsewhere for 2016. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, regarded as a new voice and a Washington outsider, has drawn a passionate following, particularly in Iowa. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won the 2008 Iowa caucus, retains a loyal conservative following. Walker so far has pulled ahead of everyone, and held a telephone town hall last week with followers of one group, the Tea Party Patriots. Afterward, the group said on its website “there is perhaps no one the ...

News Briefing for March 21

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Early line: 3-man race for 2016 GOP nomination “Much of who’s ahead and who’s not at this stage “is based on who’s known and who’s not known,” said Fergus Cullen, another former New Hampshire Republican chairman. Cullen hosted a reception at his home for Bush last week. What’s lacking in the top tier is a hardcore conservative or tea party favorite. Tea party loyalists are sympathetic to Walker, for example, but still have some doubts. At a Tea Party Patriots telephone town hall meeting this week, some questioned whether he has shifted his position on government help for ethanol over the years. Mike Huckabee, ...