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One Of The Best Super Bowl Ads Of All Time Was About A Farmer

RAM Trucks ran an advertisement during Super Bowl XLVII in 2013 commemorating U.S. farmers that includes commentary from deceased conservative radio legend Paul Harvey set against a montage filled with evocative all-American imagery — Harvey begins his story where God apparently left off in the Genesis account of creation. "And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, 'I need a caretaker.' So God made a farmer ... God said, 'I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the field, milk cows again, eat supper, then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board.' So God ...

Columnist: House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady solution to ‘growth-igniting tax reform’

Pulitzer Prize-winning political journalist George Will in a recent syndicated column says House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) holds the key to unlocking America’s earning potential. Read a portion of the column below: If there is going to be growth-igniting tax reform — and if there isn’t, American politics will sink deeper into distributional strife — Brady will begin it. Fortunately, the Houston congressman is focused on this simple arithmetic: Three percent growth is not 1 percent better than 2 percent growth, it is 50 percent better. If the Obama era’s average annual growth of 2.2 percent becomes the ...

Iowa-based CEOs: It’s time for Washington to tackle our national debt

Chief executive officers from three Des Moines, Iowa-based businesses – Fred Buie of Keystone Electrical Manufacturing; Dan Houston of Principal Financial Group; and Robert Ritz of Mercy Medical Center – sounded off this week about the national debt during a pre-caucus roundtable, saying our debt curbs innovation and growth. The Des Moines Register has the details: “I expect to see the next administration … control costs, but we’ve got to figure out a way to grow the economy. It’s been about 2 percent per year for the last three or four years and that’s just not enough,” said Fred Buie, president of Keystone Electrical Manufactur...

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. ...

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 ...

House Budget Committee Chairman: Medicaid, Social Security should be subject to reviews the way discretionary spending is

House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price says the process of reaching consensus every year on the federal budget needs to be overhauled and that includes opening up mandatory spending to more scrutiny and possibly even the chopping block. McClatchyDC has the story: Part of the problem, Price said, is that non-defense mandatory spending for programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security – which were one-third of the federal budget just 40 years ago – now account for more than 60 percent and will one day reach 75 percent. “The slice of the pie that we control on the discretionary side, the appropriation process, gets smaller and ...

Poll: Americans don’t want Obama to bypass Congress on immigration

A new Rasmussen poll shows voters are dissatisfied with Obama’s unilateral approach to granting amnesty to 5 million illegal immigrants. The Washington Examiner has the details: "Voters aren't happy," said Rasmussen's Alex Boyer in a video poll release. "Voters are clear: They don't want the president using executive orders to go around Congress," she added. Take gun control. She said that just one-third believe Obama should go it alone. But it's worse with immigration. "That's more support for executive action than the president gets regarding his plan to exempt up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation. Just 26 percent think ...

Support for tax reform grows as Wall Street CEO says current tax code is ‘legitimate concern’

JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon in an exclusive interview with Maria Bartiromo this week says that he, whose company received bailout money, thinks Congress needs to reform tax policy and structure it to “help everyone compete.” FOX Business Network has the exclusive: DIMON: Tax reform, if it's done right, would help business grow faster, and would help all Americans. And, you know, we've had this debate, this corporate tax and individual tax, and we're not going to help the companies, or we don't want to help the individuals. What you want to do is help everyone compete. Remember, when companies do well they also pass better prices onto consumers, ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 1/10/16

CALENDAR: The House returns Monday, and will stay in session through Wednesday. Then House Republicans will travel to Baltimore for their annual retreat, where, if all goes as planned, they’ll hear from Jordan’s King Abdullah as their keynote speaker on Wednesday night. The Senate will come back into session on Monday to vote on a judicial nominee, then will stay in session until Wednesday, at which point Senate Republicans will join their House counterparts in Baltimore. The President will give his final State of the Union address on Tuesday evening at 9 PM. Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina will give the official Republican ...

Tea Party Patriots Weekly Report from Washington for 1/3/16

CALENDAR:  The House returns Tuesday, and will stay in session through Friday. The Senate will remain in recess through the course of this week, and won’t be back until next week.   THIS WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR:  No votes will take place before 6:30 PM Tuesday. At that point, we expect a quorum call to establish that a quorum exists in the House of Representatives for the Second Session of the 114th Congress. On Wednesday, the House will vote to concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 3762, the budget reconciliation bill – officially, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015. This is the ...