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I have been trying to find the full text of the sneaky increases bill, but was only able to find a summary, which doesn’t really say a whole lot. Where’s the meat? Then, after slapping myself in the head…yes, it did hurt…it hit me! The horse’s mouth, so to speak! Go to the clerk’s site.
No, I haven’t read the whole thing yet, but I will make the attempt…when I start feeling better…maybe. From what I have read, we got screwed….again. It’s nice that the R’s and D’s are trying to play together, but what they fail to understand, their playing footsie typically is bad news for the country. I wonder if THEY read this bill? I rather doubt it since they announced on Tuesday, and voted on Thursday. What happened to giving the people the opportunity to peruse any bill for an almost reasonable amount of time? Guess that flew out the window, eh?
I find it disturbing that my own Congress critter, Marsha Blackburn, who I would rarely consider a RINO, voted AYE. This confuses me, as I’ve always seen her as an advocate FOR the people. Yes, she’s made some controversial votes in the past, but mainly because the bad stuff was thrown in with the good stuff…like including pork in defense spending bills. I didn’t like it, but I understood it. This? I really don’t understand at all. As best I can tell, it does nothing to seriously address the problem. And that’s not what any pundits are telling me, that’s what I’m figuring out on my own.
I also find it more than angering that the Speaker of the House had the audacity to insult a great many conservative organizations. Those same organizations who supported him when he became Speaker. Well, I don’t know about them, but shortly after that grand event, I found myself wondering if he was really the right guy for the job. Now we know for sure….he was not. He might be a nice guy, but his inability to stand up FOR the people has been increasingly disappointing to a large number of voters. I wonder…does he know that the Tea in Tea Party stands for TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY? Does he understand conservative principles? Those members of his own party who are trying to bring the government back to where it belongs, in the hands of the people, are now the enemy? It’s time to set term limits on BOTH houses of Congress! No more career politicians!
Increasing the taxes, even if you call it a fee, is NOT what the American people want. What WE want, is for you clowns to stop wasting our money. We want an INCREASE in defense spending. We want our military taken care of in the manner they have EARNED. We don’t want to pay to be groped by a bunch of perverts at the airport, even though the fee does not go to pay for the groping. We pay enough to be insulted and abused, thank you very much! Robbing from Peter to pay Paul is the norm for Congress. We’re Peter, and Paul is whoever THEY say he is. ENOUGH!
The Budget Deal’s Sneaky Tax Increases
Rob Bluey – The Foundry
The congressional budget deal includes some “user fees.”
For the Washington establishment, that’s apparently the politically correct way of telling Americans they’ll be paying more to the federal government. For the rest of us, it’s a tax increase.
The Ryan-Murray budget deal, which passed the House on a 332-94 vote, includes a number of “fee” increases. One would make flying more expensive. Travelers are currently charged $2.50 per flight under the Transportation Security Administration’s airline security “fee.” Under the budget deal, that would increase to $5.60 per flight or $11.20 for a round-trip ticket.
As some of you know, this week the Energy and Commerce Committee brought before it Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. After my questioning, Secretary Sebelius admitted the rollout of President Obama’s healthcare law was a debacle and she should be held responsible.
Heathcare.Gov is the backbone of the $2.6 trillion Affordable Care Act. While I’m going to keep pushing for common sense, patient-centered healthcare reform, I’m going to keep fighting against reckless and irresponsible spending. Built for several hundred million of our taxpayer dollars, HHS has a responsibility to quickly make HealthCare.Gov operational as soon as possible.
Of course, once it is operational, the American people will come to see what you and I have known- the president’s healthcare law is too expensive to afford. Every week, I’m hearing heartbreaking stories of folks losing their health insurance because of the Affordable Care Act. You’re losing your insurance and being forced to buy insurance plans that don’t work and are too expensive for your family.
I wanted to let you know what my colleagues and I in the Republican Study Committee are working on- the American Health Care Reform Act. This efficient and effective plan would fully repeal President Obama’s health care law, eliminate billions in taxes and thousands of pages of unworkable rules, and utilize free market principles to lower the cost of health insurance.
The simple truth is you should control your health decisions, not Washington. That’s why you’ve heard me talk about red solo cups and crystal stems. It should not be up to bureaucrats in Washington to force you to purchase one glass over another. You should be able to purchase the style and plan that works for you and your family.
Am I the only one who sees a problem with this:
The US has quietly decided to release more than $1.6bn (£1bn) in military and economic aid to Pakistan that was suspended when relations between the two countries disintegrated over the covert raid that killed Osama bin Laden and deadly US air strikes against Pakistani soldiers. Officials and congressional aides said ties have improved enough to allow the money to flow again.
I have a real problem with giving money, any amount of money, to a country who has arrested the man that helped the U.S. get the devil that murdered nearly 3,000 human beings on one day in September of 2001. It wasn’t just Americans that died that day, it was people from all over the world. This wasn’t the first time, or the last, bin Laden was at the forefront in the slaughter of innocents. There are many other incidents. Instead of arresting Shakil Afridi, the man should have been given a ticker tape parade, not languishing in a Paki prison.
D.C. isn’t known for using common sense. I honestly don’t believe it’s possible, under normal circumstances in the real world, to gather so many foolish people in one place, and give them authority over such a large portion of the rest of the population. It’s like there is a huge bubble around the area, with no logic allowed to enter.
Other funds focus on a range of items, including help for Pakistani law enforcement and a multibillion-dollar dam in disputed territory.
US-Pakistani relations have weathered numerous crises in recent years. There was a months-long legal battle over a CIA contractor who killed two Pakistanis, in addition to the fallout from Bin Laden’s killing in the Pakistani military town of Abbottabad in May 2011. The Pakistani government was outraged that it received no advance warning of the Navy Seal raid on Bin Laden’s compound.
I’m really sorry that such countries have allowed themselves to be a third world nations, but honestly, it’s not the job of the United States taxpayer to fund their police and military. If they want our assistance to clear out a bad area, known for Taliban brutality and islamists insanity, I’ve no doubt there are a few Marines who would be happy to send them to meet allah. Now THAT I’d be happy to contribute a few bucks to achieve, however, this giving money that we can’t afford to countries that don’t meet even the minimum of rational human behavior? Nope! Not a dime! They actually don’t contribute anything to the world as a whole, unlike Israel that has contributed a great deal to improve the lives of people the world over.
The department told Congress on 25 July that it would spend $295m to help Pakistan’s military. Twelve days later it announced $386m more. A pair of notifications arriving on 13 August and worth $705m centred on helping Pakistani troops and air forces operating in the militant hotbeds of western Pakistan, and other counterinsurgency efforts.
I was taught, way back when in my government class in high school, that the House of Representatives has the power to spend money, or NOT spend money. When did this change? The House can say no, we’re not going to give money to a country that would rather see us, and our only ally in the region, totally destroyed! But apparently, they have failed, repeatedly, to do their duty to the American citizens.
Let’s face a sad reality. Our foreign policy makers suck. Obama’s decision to remove a tyrant from power in Libya, only let to massive in-fighting between the secular and the islamists. Recently, their prime minister, Ali Zaidan, was kidnapped. The country is spiraling towards civil war. Why? Because people like Obama believe they know what’s best, and never consider the consequences of their actions. To add the cherry to the sundae, we’ve actually sent arms to the ‘rebels’! WE are paying for all this! Insanity abounds!
I guess I put more stock in the U.S. Constitution than our federal government.
It’s been quite a day, both personally, and politically. I’m in Corinth, again, for another test very early in the morning. It just makes more sense to already be close so I don’t have to wake up at 3 or 4 in the morning to drive an hour to get here in time. Right? Yep! We all know how much I hate mornings. Heh. There’s some other stuff going on, but that’s enough of that!
And yes, it looks like it’s a video day, doesn’t it! Hey! Is it my fault that everyone I subscribe to posted videos today?
Politically? Well, I’m sure we’ve all noticed that the world didn’t stop spinning because Harry Reid is a dipwad, and shut down the non-essential government crap. Ok, I’m going to ask the question others have asked, that is so obvious, it’s down right absurd…. If they are non-essential, why the hell have we been paying them to the tune of a $17 TRILLION deficit? In case you are an idiot or a liberal, which in my opinion, are the same thing, non-essential means….NOT NEEDED! Imagine how much money could have been saved it these areas had been shut down a LONG time ago!
Apparently, the jackwagons in D.C. think that the parks, etc. that WE pay for, were supposed to be closed down. Well, some World War II veterans from Mississippi didn’t much care for that idea at all!
The brave men and women that have given their all are being given the shaft by the Democrats, led by none other than the Botox Queen herself, at the instruction of none other than the so called President of the United States! It’s ok to pay the current military, but our veterans aren’t important enough to Pelosi to allow a bill that would fund their needs. I have a five lettered word for her…and it’s not witch. I have a few words for him too, but since I”m a lady….
Twitchy has a few more examples here. Just think…men and women put their lives on the line, come home, bruised and broken, if they come home, and the pretender in chief refuses to sign a bill that would keep their benefits, which they EARNED, and this is how their own government treats them? Oh, I don’t FREAKIN’ think so!!! Don’t think these pigs are evil? Think again! Evil personified!!
Now, before I get even more ticked off, I’m going to relax, and hope I can get to sleep at a reasonable hour so I can wake up to get stabbed in the gut. If I drank…..
I think I’m in love!! Congressman Mark Meadows!
Tossing my 2 cents in…this law isn’t about health care at all. Nope! It’s about control…control of YOU!! This is just the beginning!
Health care law must be delayed
by U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn & U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake
As we approach the Oct. 1 deadline when the Affordable Care Act begins to go into effect, it becomes more and more evident that the president’s health care law is not ready for prime time.
Through our congressional oversight and the feedback we get from businesses and families around the country on a daily basis, we have seen just how frustrated people are with the impact ACA is having on their lives. It has become very clear that this law is unworkable. A recent CNN poll shows support for the president’s health care law waning, with only 39 percent of Americans now in favor of it, down from 51 percent in January.
With the Obama administration’s decisions to delay several parts of the health care law, including the employer mandate, it is clear that even the White House now recognizes what the rest of America already knows: “Obamacare” is a train wreck.
Businesses small and large across our states have shared stories about the burdens the Affordable Care Act is placing on them. Couple that with the most recent jobs numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and it is difficult not to conclude that the law is having a dampening effect on the country’s economy.
That is why we have introduced legislation that would delay all ACA provisions and taxes for one year. H.R. 2809/S. 1490 seek to postpone all provisions of the Affordable Care Act taking effect on Jan. 1, 2014, or later by one year from the date of enactment.
Delaying the law is a necessary step in our efforts to get it off the books and replace it with real health care solutions that work for American families and businesses. It builds on efforts already taken by the House and Senate to delay both the individual and employer mandates. In fairness to American taxpayers, the best thing we can do right now is to implement a one-year delay so we can continue to chip away at this disastrous law.
Postponing “Obamacare” gives us the best chance to defund it. If we delay the law, the administration will be unable to collect new taxes, provide subsidies or expand Medicaid, all things that put taxpayers further on the hook.
As Republicans continue to work to implement real health care solutions for Americans, our legislation is the right step to take. In fairness to taxpayers, our best option today is to delay the law’s implementation for one year and continue to work to enact policies that put patients and doctors in charge of health care and do not require trillions of dollars of taxpayer money.
…not the country they were charged with protecting, nor the oath they swore to do so.
We need to wipe the slate clean! Those who have been fighting to protect our God given rights, cut federal spending, and uphold their oaths of office can be re-elected. The rest NEED TO GO! The control of the government should be in the hands of law abiding, Constitution supporting, citizens. Few in Congress fall into that category. They not only get paid a fat salary, but a LOT of perks you and I will never see.
I see Congress and the administration as ticks. Blood suckers that must be burned out, because heaven knows, they have truly buried themselves into our skin. In other words, they have more control of your life than you do! They have created parasites, like them, who feel entitled to live on YOUR hard earned money, even though the amount you earn may be less than what you need to live a reasonably comfortable life without falling into debt.
If we have to use crowbars to remove them out of their overstuffed, taxpayer funded, comfy seats, then so be it. WE MUST put a stop to the feckless weasels and their reckless spending!
6 Reasons Why the National Debt Keeps Rising
Josh Shepherd – The Foundry
Out-of-control spending by Congress and the Obama Administration has once again maxed out the latest debt limit—a nearly $17 trillion burden that harms job growth, gives special interests a pass, and lowers American families’ personal income.
Inspired by Dave Ramsey’s recent post “6 Reasons People Stay in Debt,” we compiled six reasons why Members of Congress, the Obama Administration, and others in Washington avoid the path to financial stability in favor of big spending…
You might have heard me use these four words lately. I’ve talked a lot about delay and defund the mechanism to remove the job-killing Affordable Care Act. My colleagues and I are committed to delaying, defunding, and repealing this train wreck. That’s not all I’m after. I want to take a minute today to let you know about the “replace” component of my plan.
This week, I joined fellow members of the Republican Study Committee to introduce the American Health Care Reform Act. It was great to work with Clarksville native and fellow colleague Dr Phil Roe as he led the working group in creating the American Health Care Reform Act. This legislation takes a market-centered approach to reforming health care by allowing the purchase of health insurance across state lines. It also permits businesses to pool together in association health plans in order to drive competition. When we replace Washington-centered law with interstate competition, we encourage efficiency and pass cost-savings on to you and your bank account.
Today, the House voted on legislation that controls spending, defunds Obamacare, and prevents a government shutdown. It passed the House 230-189. I hope our colleagues in the Senate will do everything they can to force this debate on the Senate floor. Obamacare isn’t ready for primetime – it will fail to deliver on all the promises the Obama Administration has made. Many advocacy groups have called for the defund debate to be pushed in the Senate. It has been heard in the House and now the American people need to encourage the Senate to act. Join me in tweeting using the hashtag #SenateMustAct.
Also this week, my colleagues and I voted to close loopholes in the SNAP program. SNAP is a federal assistance program which provides help to low- and no-income individuals and families living in the U.S. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), there are currently about 1.8 million people enrolled in SNAP who should not qualify based on their assets and income. We have an obligation to you, the taxpayer, to be as prudent with your money as possible. Closing these loopholes is a great place to start.
House Republicans passed their stopgap funding bill Friday to keep government open while terminating the new health care law, setting up a final showdown next week with Senate Democrats and President Obama who have firmly rejected that.
The 230-189 vote, which split almost exclusively along party lines, is the precursor to the big action next week, when the Senate is expected to strip out the health care provisions and send the bill back to the House — where Republicans will have to decide whether they can accept it at that point.
You can see the roll call vote here. Took me a while to find it. Hasn’t been a great day so far. Matter of fact….it has totally sucked, but this vote has given me a glimmer of hope, which, of course, will be dashed in the Senate.
But Republicans also attached two amendments — one to direct how government spending is prioritized in the event the Treasury Department bumps up against its debt limit, and another that strips out funding for the health care law, which would effectively stop it.
“The American people don’t want the government shut down, and they don’t want Obamacare,” said House Speaker John A. Boehner, who rallied with fellow Republicans after the vote in a show of unity that seemed designed to quell speculation about a rebellion within the House Republican Conference.
No, the American people do NOT want the government to shut down. Well, some of it can shut down permanently, as far as I’m concerned, but the important parts, like the military, and the like should be funded quite well. Of course, since Obama hates the country, and the Dems will lap up his crap like a dog eating vomit, what should be funded is always the first to suffer cuts.
And NO, we do NOT want Obamacare. What has already been implemented, and the fear of what is coming is destroying businesses, which in turn, will destroy the economy even more than Obama already has. Yes, it is his, and the Democrats garbage that has turned this into a second world country, heading towards a third world dictatorship.
Wouldn’t it be nice if the Democrats stop playing ‘god’, and actually listened to the people? When the majority of the country KNOWS what a disaster Obamacare is for the entire country’s economy, and health, is it so hard for them to listen, and accept the FACT that they were wrong? I suppose it is. The Senate will defy WE, The People, and rush us towards the cesspool.
Twelve years ago, the United States was senselessly targeted in an unprovoked attack on our soil. One year ago, we lost four brave Americans in a terror attack in Benghazi. While our nation’s armed forces are bringing to justice those who seek to do us harm, I await the day when justice is served for those killed in Benghazi.
President Obama addressed the country on Tuesday night and I do not believe he made the case for military strikes in Syria. The President essentially admitted to the American people that he tried to put American troops in harms way before exhausting every diplomatic option that’s available. We now have to backtrack to look at options that should have been pursued months ago. U.S. Foreign Policy classes will one day use this as a textbook example of how not to handle a foreign crisis.
October 1st is approaching quickly and my colleagues and I are working to delay, defund, repeal, and replace Obamacare before the taxes and penalties from this job-killing legislation hit every American’s pocketbook. I wanted to share this chart with you. It’s another reason we’ve got to delay and defund the Affordable Care Act and it’s implementation. Obamacare is full of bloated bureaucracy, complicated regulations, and programs not ready for primetime.
My legislation HR 2809 now has companion legislation in the Senate, S. 1490, sponsored by Senator Jeff Flake. This is the bill to delay the implementation of Obamacare. I’m happy to let you know 17 free market groups have thrown their support behind it. Here’s a letter from Americans for Tax Reform on supporting the delayed provisions.
I wanted to tell you about Representative Diane Black’s legislation, HR 2775, which passed the House last night. As it stands now, Health and Human Services will depend on applicants to ‘self attest’ their income in order to receive Obamacare exchange subsidies. This legislation would require the Obama Administration to have an income verification system in place before subsidies are distributed. Many of you remember the debacle with getting TennCare up and running – when programs have no oversight, they become too expensive to afford.
We hear a lot of doctors will be closing up shop, or already have, and the reason? Well, Obamacare of course! Many are refusing to take any new patients at all, and that’s their choice. At least they get a choice. Most of us won’t have any choices at all when it comes to our health care because a small portion of the population seem to believe they know what is best for you. They don’t know you, but they know what’s best.
We can’t give all the credit to Obama for the destruction of the best health care system in the world. We have to give that honor to Teddy ‘The Killer’ Kennedy when he shoved HMOs on the unsuspecting public, and it all went downhill from there. Now, we have the worst president in the history of the nation forcing taxes and regulations out the wazoo on the medical system, which, let’s face it, will pretty much kill the whole thing, along with a lot of us!
Congress has the opportunity to do the right thing for the country as a whole, and defund this fiasco. Will they? Hard to say. Many are more than happy to kill this thing, before it kills us. Others, well, they’ve forgotten who pays their obscene salaries, and refuse to listen to their constituents, because, like Obama, they believe they know what is best. They are WRONG!
Why This Doctor Fears Obamacare
Kelsey Harris – The Foundry
Dr. Tim Shepherd talks about his patients like they’re his own family.
He gets emotional when he thinks about a patient he’s been treating for 20 years, and talks about a new patient who’s making progress like it’s his first grandchild.
He says his favorite part about being a doctor isn’t having specialized knowledge or the power to “save lives.” It’s the opportunity to take care of people.
“It makes it difficult to take care of the whole person if you don’t have the environment where you are free to do that,” Shepherd told Heritage.
Unfortunately, everything Dr. Shepherd loves about his job is now at risk because of Obamacare.
This is getting repetitive! What’s worse is that there still quite a few in Congress that don’t believe they have the power to defund this fiasco! Have the reps in the House even read the Constitution? Do they know what’s in it?
Article I, Section 9, Clause 7 – No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.
It’s really quite simple. When the House dickers over the appropriations bills, they conveniently leave out any funding for Obamacare! Voila! Problem solved!
To be blunt, this is a criminal enterprise that MUST be stopped in its tracks! Yes, we have issues, of Obama’s making…as usual…with Syria; no one has been brought to justice for the murder of four Americans in Benghazi; the IRS has targeted too many groups to name, mostly of the RIGHT leaning persuasion; the feds are spying on the citizens, rather like the Nazis and Soviets, and then we have this disastrous piece of crap they have the audacity to call ‘affordable’ and ‘health care’? Contrary to what those inside the Beltway want to believe, we are NOT a nation of idiots! But then again, perhaps we are, since we keep sending the same tired old names to supposedly represent us, and few actually DO!
10 Ways Obamacare Isn’t Working
Chris Jacobs – The Foundry
Obamacare is an unworkable law.
It’s obvious because the Administration keeps trying to “fix” it—to no avail. It has delayed parts of the law, ignored others, and carved out exemptions for its political allies.
1. WAIVERS: The Administration established a legally questionable program of temporary waivers when firms announced they were considering dropping coverage rather than comply with the law’s costly requirements. Even though more than half of the recipients of these waivers were members of union plans, many union leaders are still not satisfied—they want another waiver, to receive taxpayer-funded subsidies for their employer-provided coverage.
2. ILLEGAL TAXPAYER SUBSIDIES FOR CONGRESS: Last month, following heavy lobbying from leaders in both parties—and an intervention from President Obama himself—the Administration issued a rule regarding coverage for Members of Congress and their staffs, who will retain their taxpayer-funded insurance subsidies in the exchanges. Unfortunately, as previous research has documented, the Administration had no legal basis on which to make this ruling.
As I mentioned on Facebook earlier this week, I appreciate all of your calls, emails, tweets, and messages on Syria. The Franklin, Clarksville, and DC offices are busy fielding calls and continue to take questions on the President’s request for the use of military force against the government of Syria. Please continue to voice your opinion on this issue.
Many of you have asked where I stand on Syria. I’m leaning no. President Obama’s long held insistence on leading from behind in Syria has left us without any good options. The President has still not put forward a clearly defined plan nor has he articulated how he is going to implement the use of military force. What action will we be forced to take if President Assad continues to use chemical weapons after a U.S. military strike? Is President Obama locking us into a position where we will eventually be forced to put boots on the ground? Will countries in the region retaliate against Israel if we intervene in Syria? These are just a few of a long list of serious concerns that I have and have also heard from many of you that need to be addressed by the President.
Furthermore, we can’t simply ignore the fact that our military is facing a trillion dollars worth of cuts that has already resulted in furloughs here in Tennessee. The President has sent our brave men and women with the 101st Airborne Division into Afghanistan and has asked them to do more with fewer funds. The status quo is unacceptable. We need a Commander in Chief who advocates for a strong national defense and works to restore our country’s military strength.
As we finish the August Recess I’m continuing to spend time meeting with as many constituents in our district as possible before heading back to DC on Monday. There’s a scheduled classified briefing in Congress on Monday regarding Syria and it’s expected that we could move forward with a vote in the House as early as the end of the week.
The ALL have my address!
On 16 June 2013, I posted the Heritage’s rankings of Tennessee’s so called representative, that you can see here. I was disappointed that my Rep had dropped in the rankings, so you can imagine my distress when I learned that not only Marsha had dropped, but my two Senators dropped….significantly!
Votes. A drop of 3% in Heritage’s ‘conservative rankings.
Votes. A drop of 6%.
Votes. And last, we have Corker, with quite a significant change of 13%.
Now, I’m not saying that Heritage is the final voice in conservatism, but they ARE a voice that addresses a great many issues that concern the majority of conservatives today. When I see my so called representatives voting against issues that are important to me and mine, I just have to wonder….who, exactly, are they representing?
See how your reps stack up here. Funny how Sen Ted Cruz of Texas, and Sen Mike Lee of Utah have a 100% ranking, isn’t it. The guys the libs love to hate! They really should get a new hobby….like basket weaving or some such, don’cha know.