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Apparently, the Obamas need another vacation, on our dime of course.
3 Trillion Reasons Not to Raise Taxes Again
Amy Payne – The Foundry
Do you know how much President Obama has raised taxes?
Oh, by about $3 trillion.
In a new paper, Heritage expert Curtis Dubay reminds us:
President Obama has already raised taxes substantially twice—first as part of Obamacare and then as part of the “fiscal cliff” deal earlier this year. Together, those increases raised taxes by more than $1.3 trillion over 10 years. Including the payroll tax increase that was also part of the fiscal cliff deal, taxes have risen by almost $3 trillion during President Obama’s tenure.
That’s right: Taxes have risen by almost $3 trillion during President Obama’s tenure.
Let’s see….I don’t have “affordable” employer-sponsored health insurance, and although I couldn’t swear to it, I think our annual income is below those numbers, there being just the two of us…unless we can count the cats…so it looks like I can scam the taxpayers! Isn’t that lovely?
NO! NO, it’s not lovely at all! Why? Because we’re not cheats, or thieves, or liars! This, of course, means we can’t be Democrats or politicians! If there was ANY integrity left in D.C., which there isn’t, Congress would be RUSHING to defund, and/or repeal, this monstrosity.
How to Use Obamacare to Scam Taxpayers
Amy Payne – The Foundry
Looking for a little extra cash? If you’re interested in defrauding taxpayers, it might be as easy as writing down a number on a form.
The number is your income. The form is the Obamacare application.
If you do not have “affordable” employer-sponsored health insurance and your income is between about $31,800 and $94,200 for a family of four (that is, between 138 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level), you qualify for an insurance subsidy through Obamacare.
But when you apply for coverage in the Obamacare insurance exchange, it’s up to you to report your income accurately. It turns out that the IRS won’t be checking everyone’s Obamacare applications.
Heritage health care expert Chris Jacobs ran the numbers to show what a difference a little fraud can make. He took a hypothetical family of four with $90,000 in income who were eligible for coverage through the exchange. If this family were honest, they would receive a subsidy of $2,997 to help cover their insurance premiums.
But if that same family put down $35,000 as their income instead, they would receive $10,175 from taxpayers. Even if they were caught, they would have to pay back only $2,500 of their ill-gotten subsidy, due to a loophole in Obamacare.
Will anyone be checking? It’s doubtful, Jacobs writes:
Supporters of the law claim this scenario will not happen, due to the penalties associated with misrepresenting information on application forms and tax documents. But with government auditors noting the exchanges have missed critical deadlines, and Obamacare anti-fraud investigations being cancelled, will the federal government really have the resources necessary to enforce the law, much less ensure taxpayer funds are not being abused?
Congress should not expose taxpayers to this kind of liability. It’s another reason to defund Obamacare.
Honestly, with a very few exceptions, I’m so flippin’ disgusted with the lot of ‘em, I’m at the point where, come hell or high water, they ALL need to go! We need to start from scratch…AGAIN! Kick the whole bunch, legislative, DEFINITELY the executive, judicial, and all the damn alphabets, to the curb! The good ones, that have stuck with their oaths…which are few and far between, we can keep to help get our Constitutional Republic back where it belongs. The rest of ‘em? Not one penny in benefits! Let them struggle the same way we have been struggling because of their criminal activities. Some need to be behind bars!! Physical labor to earn their keep! Cleaning sewers might be a good job for them, since they’ve dished out so much chit! We are past the point of tolerance! Stop wasting OUR money!!
The House of Second Chances
Amy Payne – The Foundry
The farm bill died in the House—but could it live again?
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) is reportedly pushing to split up the old farm bill and take food stamps out of it.
The Heritage Foundation has argued that it didn’t make sense to combine the bloated food stamp program with farm-related programs in the first place. It is supposed to be the “farm” bill, after all. And with food stamp costs doubling under President Obama, it’s a program that deserves a careful look on its own.
Splitting up the bill is the first step toward reforming both food stamp and farm spending. In a new paper, Heritage experts Daren Bakst and Rachel Sheffield write that “The House now has a second chance to pass a farm bill that benefits taxpayers, farmers, and food stamp recipients.”
Let’s see…we have….what is it…47%?…paying all the taxes that pays for the gubmint, bureaucracies, all their ridiculous programs, supporting MILLIONS of people who won’t, or can’t, work and contribute to society in general. But we have folks over there at the DHS perusing the interwebz looking for a chuckle about Michelle Obama? Seriously? Not sure how THIS post qualifies, but oh well. Whatever floats yer boat! How about you doing this kind of thing on your OWN time, and on your OWN computer, paid for with your salary paid with OUR money, eh?
Pleading ignorance won’t work this time around! So many, myself included, warned that there would be hell to pay if Obama was elected, and if he was elected, this atrocity was passed. You were warned! Well, welcome to Obama’s custom made HELL!
Many people are already feeling the effects of this monstrosity, higher premiums, denied service, etc., and it hasn’t even been implemented yet! Just wait till the FULL effect smacks us ALL in the face!
Being forced to buy something you don’t want, or pay the penalty for not doing so? Seems to me that’s unconstitutional. Forced to pay taxes on medical devices…needed to LIVE? “I won’t raise your taxes ONE DIME!” And let’s not forget the bureaucrats who will decide who lives or dies! No death panels, eh? There’s a LOT of people who owe Sarah Palin a HUGE apology! Damn fools should have read the bill BEFORE they passed it! I did!!
Yep, I detest this administration, and everything it stands for. This is NOT why our forefathers fought and died! This is what they fought and died AGAINST!
The IRS and Obamacare, by the Numbers
Christopher Jacobs – The Foundry
Chilling new details emerged yesterday about the IRS targeting scandal, as representatives from six conservative groups testified before Congress about the scrutiny and demands they faced from Obama administration bureaucrats.
Yesterday’s testimony reminded us once again why Washington bureaucrats cannot be trusted, and why Americans should be so concerned about the new powers granted to the IRS as a result of Obamacare.
These powers are so vast, in fact, they’re difficult to put into words. So instead, we decided to give you the numbers:
Rs and Ds….they both SUCK! And they all enjoy spending OUR money!
Who Really Gets Farm Bill Money
Kelsey Harris – The Foundry
Whenever Congress throws too much into one bill, special interests profit. The massive farm bill—which is already 80 percent food stamps—is no exception.
So what about the rest of the bill—the farm-related part? Heritage’s Diane Katz reports that it includes subsidies for more than a few surprising recipients. SHARE our infographic to spread the word.
It’s seems that way too many in this country don’t care the nation is so far in debt their great grandchildren will never see the light of day. Likely because THEY are part of the problem. It’s what can you give me, and to hell with anyone else. Politicians use this to get elected…and re-elected…and re-elected…until they are so entrenched in D.C., they couldn’t possibly function out in the real world where their decisions have made life intolerable for so many.
Since Congress won’t put the reins on their spending, won’t give up their reign of power, perhaps it’s time for us to rain on their parade! We have an election coming up in 2014, and unless WE, The People take back control of our country from the little Napoleons shredding our Constitution, then we are gonna be in a bigger world of hurt, and the only people we can blame is ourselves, and our fellow citizens that don’t give a damn! The only thing I could say to the “I don’t care” types is…. “You SUCK as a parent!” Of course, I could say a few things a bit more strong, but since I’m a lady…..
Time to Shrink the Monster
Josh Shepherd – The Foundry
Does the debt ceiling affect YOU? It does—in many ways.
A new video by Bankrupting America uses humor to call attention to an issue that is anything but funny, and why it matters for every American household.
…Uncovers the Ugly Side of Income Taxes
This has been quite an interesting week. Personal and political. I have actually avoided a lot of the “tabloid” news. Most, I could give a flying flip. We have been inundated with some stupid, crazy, broad that murdered her boyfriend. Is it necessary to do more than 2 or 3 minutes on this trash? Ok, we know she shot, stabbed, and darn near decapitated the poor guy. She was found guilty of first degree murder (took ‘em long enough) and…she’d rather get the death penalty than spend the rest of her life in prison! The lame stream media seems to believe this was so important, they spend way too much time covering the story when there were a LOT more important issues to address.
Like what you ask? Well, there’s that Mengele wanna be in Philadelphia for one. The prosecution presented a very compelling case, and the defense rested. Nothing. Rather odd, but hey…when you have that much to dispute, and you already several pleading guilty on the same charges, it’s kind of hard to defend someone who murdered babies and a ‘mother’. He should have been charged with a lot more, but hey….if this will put a stop to his slaughter, ok! The jury is STILL out on this one. Strange that the lame stream didn’t even pick up the story for months. Just recently they have been shamed into giving the story a bit of attention. I could have given them a verdict in about 2 seconds, but since there are actually 227 charges, I guess it takes a while.
What SHOULD have been the lead story for EVERY media outlet was the hearings on Benghazi! But no…it wasn’t even important enough to trump the tabloid media’s coverage of the bimbo from hell! FINALLY, yesterday, the lame stream took notice, and pounded Obama’s mouthpiece. If you saw any of the press conference‘that was delayed for 3 hours because of a “private meeting“, you would have been impressed. Naturally, the White House’s very own Bagdad Bob, Carney blamed the Republicans. You’d think someone would step up, but no, this is the Obama administration is incapable of taking responsibility for ANYTHING! Kind of reminds me of a 4 year old that broke the cookie jar. People wouldn’t be so up in arms if, just for once, they’d tell the freakin’ truth! That’s all we’re asking!
Then we had the IRS. Yes, that ‘non-partison’, government run, money stealing bunch literally TARGETED the Tea Parties, and anyone who is associated with any of the Tea Party groups, even a former candidate for the House! Oh, they apologized, but that ain’t cuttin’ it! I wonder if the small issue we had was related? Naw…couldn’t be! …… Let’s not forget that this is the same IRS that will be ‘in charge’ of all the Obamacare “it’s not a tax” taxes.
As for the personal part of the week…. I’ve spent a lot of time with doctors. Next week, and the week after….same thing. I now have general, bone, heart, snout, blood, and skin doc. Jiminy crickets! So, blogging will just as light, or maybe even non existent, on most days. I’ve also got a lot on my mind, as you can imagine. sigh… I still think it would be cheaper if the Mr just got that young fella to bring over his backhoe, dig a 6×4, and toss me in! Sheesh!
Most people, when they get to the end of their paycheck, do without. Not our Congress! Nope! They believe that since it’s not their money they are spending, and don’t have to work hard to earn it, they can do what they damn well please. Well, guess what ya free spending scum bags….WE CAN’T AFFORD YOU! Perhaps it’s time for WE, The People to put them on a strict budget. NO PAY! NO PERKS! If they want to serve in Congress, then that’s what they’ll do…SERVE….not be served! That goes for the free spending POTUS as well. NO more lavish parties! NO more flitting about the world on expensive vacations. NO more day trips to campaign! ENOUGH!!
They have turned the citizens into slaves, working for THEIR pet projects, and doing NOTHING to earn the privilege. The intent of Congress is to serve in the best interest of THE PEOPLE. That no longer is true, and it breaks my heart to see what this country has become due to the hateful partisanship.
We have a POTUS that has pretty much destroyed the work of thousands of civil rights advocates over a long period of time in just a few short years, and divided this country in ways I haven’t seen since I was quite young. We have a Congress that undermines anything good that MIGHT be accomplished, on BOTH sides of the aisle. And we have a split between the haves, that work hard to succeed, and the have nots, who believe they are entitled to what they did not earn. About half the country pay no taxes, and the other half pay all of the taxes that support both those who won’t work, and a Congress that is barely functional, with all their grand USELESS ideas.
I can hear it now…. “I do too pay taxes!” If you get a refund of the income tax taken out of your check, plus earned income credit, plus Lord knows what else, no…you don’t. We have about 47% of the population not really contributing, and 539 individuals that are spending everything, PLUS trillions, that comes into the coffers. Where is the logic???
STOP THE SPENDING! NOW!
Ready for Another Debt Limit Fight?
Amy Payne – The Foundry
Yes, it’s time to talk about the debt limit again.
Every time the U.S. bumps up against its debt ceiling, we start the cycle all over again. President Obama insists he won’t negotiate over the debt ceiling, but of course he will. Members of Congress grandstand about changing this vicious cycle, and then most clamber for the easy way out so they can return to matters they’d rather talk about, which is just about anything but cutting spending.
Meanwhile, federal spending continues its out-of-control expansion, and the debt clock keeps ticking.
We will hit the debt limit again on May 19. Treasury is expected to exhaust its cash management tools sometime in September or October. In the meantime, Washington’s periodic debt ceiling ritual will play out. Whatever happens, the debt limit should not be raised unless we are put on a path to balance the budget in 10 years. That’s the bottom line.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo is launching a $140 million ad campaign to lure businesses to the Empire State. The campaign, “New York State Open for Business,” is being funded with money drawn from federal disaster aid received in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and from the Power Authority and Energy Research and Development Authority, according to the New York Times. (emphasis mine)
Excuse me, but I was under the impression that our tax dollars that go to aid the folks who suffer from disasters, natural or otherwise, were meant to actually AID those people, NOT be spent on ridiculous ads, that are nothing more than total BS! Have you seen any of those ads? Make me want to throw things at the idjit box!
I’ve highlighted the names of the “gang of eight” so you won’t forget them. If you want to read this bill, also known as JOLT ACT of 2013, you can read the whole text of gobbledy gook here. While there are a few issues that MUST be addressed, and should have been a LONG time ago, the is a lot in this bill that shouldn’t even be considered! At some point, I just might go through the whole 844 pages, and address those, but for now, do your own homework!
IMHO, they should have made issues addressed in the Congressional Findings (Section 2) THE bill, and left the rest for another time, when we are back on our feet, so to speak.
(1) The passage of this Act recognizes that the primary tenets of its success depend on securing the sovereignty of the United States of America and establishing a coherent and just system for integrating those who seek to join American society.
Our ‘sovereignty’ has become a really bad joke. And as for ‘integrating’? Waving the Mexican, or other foreign flags, DEMANDING ‘rights’, is not integrating. Refusing to learn the language of the land is not integrating. Bringing ‘third world’ habits and policies and insisting WE adapt to YOUR way, is not integrating.
(2) We have a right, and duty, to maintain and secure our borders, and to keep our country safe and prosperous. As a nation founded, built and sustained by immigrants we also have a responsibility to harness the power of that tradition in a balanced way that secures a more prosperous future for America.
Well, our borders are NOT secure, and we are NOT safe. The drug cartels have made themselves quite at home in cities like Chicago, a place where murder is so common place, with some of the strictest ‘gun control’ laws…in the world…it has become a poster child for how NOT to run a city, county….country!
These are the two major issues that should have been addressed, and the rest left to other bills, broken down individually, instead of lumping the whole chit works into one bill. Congress has a real bad habit of throwing in crap, and this bill is no different. Address these issues FIRST. Get the border secured, which will take YEARS, and remove the criminal element from out streets. Shoot the sons of beeches if necessary, but get them away from our children. Does it make sense for a legal citizen, or resident, to fear for their lives every time they walk out their front doors? HELL NO! So, why aren’t those in Washington concerned about US? Because it’s all politics!
No self respecting member of the U.S. Senate would EVER introduce such garbage. Then again, we have no self respecting representatives in the government anymore, and they SURE don’t respect us! WE want our borders secured, immediately, but this is not a priority. WE want our streets safe from criminals, and criminals removed, but this also, is not a priority.
What is the priority? Votes. 11 MILLION new voters, the majority of whom will make sure we continue to lose our God given, Constitutionally guaranteed, liberties by assuring that the Democrats>liberals>progressives>socialists>commies will have a strangle hold on power.
This bill, as is, is something this country can’t afford, financially, or morally. I’ve heard so many spewing on the idjit box how “no one is an illegal person’. Well, they are wrong. Being a person isn’t illegal. Breaking into someone else’s home, expecting them to feed, clothe, take you to the doctor, and pay for all your wants and whims IS illegal, is IS a crime. Handing over the keys to the house is just plain ignorant!
“Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) once noted that three groups spend other people’s money: thieves, children, and politicians—and all three need supervision.” Politicians have shown themselves to be both childish, and thieves. It’s way past time for WE, The People to regain control of our country, and OUR money! Any politician that fails to uphold his/her oath of office should be run out on a rail! WE need to put the fear of God back into them, and the fear of us!
“When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson
American Families Cannot Afford the Cost of Amnesty
Derrick Morgan – The Foundry
Our nation is going broke, and now is not the time to increase burdens on American families.
The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744)—commonly called the “Gang of Eight bill” after the eight Senators who came up with it, Charles Schumer (D-NY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Michael Bennet (D-CO), John McCain (R-AZ), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC)—includes amnesty for some 11 million unlawful immigrants. That amnesty would further burden taxpayers and weaken our fiscal situation. Congress should not rush to pass the bill without understanding the cost to the American taxpayer, especially when key research identifying and calculating those costs is nearly complete.
We have more than $12 trillion in public debt and tens of trillions of dollars more in unfunded obligations that we have no way to afford, thanks to promises made by past and present politicians. With this in mind, today’s political leaders must consider the fiscal impact of amnesty and a path to citizenship that would enable millions of unlawful immigrants to qualify for costly welfare and entitlement programs.
I have to ask again…where in the Constitution does it grant the federal government the authority to take from one state to give to another? It doesn’t. Just as the states have no authority to levy taxes on other states themselves. Someone really needs to set these people straight!
Internet Sales Tax Is a State Money Grab
Amy Payne – The Foundry
Why are states so eager to collect taxes on Internet sales?
In short, because they could grab money from other states.
Heritage legal expert David Addington lays it out:
Like the money-hungry federal government, many state governments have financial and political interests in getting their hands on more and more money to grow their governments. It is not surprising that many of those state governments find out-of-state businesses to be lucrative and politically easy targets for tax legislation.
Addington explains how this would work. Take, for example, a company whose workforce and warehouses are in New Hampshire. This company has no contacts with Illinois other than taking remote sales orders over the Internet.