On July 1, the Obama administration launched its newest propaganda website, healthcare.gov. As expected, the website is part of Obama’s continued public-relations campaign that pushes to sell the American people on ObamaCare. Certainly, the American people should be informed on how their health care quality will change under the new law. Unfortunately, the Obama administration ignored the Republican’s request for a true consumer information tool by creating a tax-funded promotion portal. The webpage candidly exposes its bias on the homepage stating that “Health care is getting better. So is HealthCare.gov.” Clearly, this statement is a subjective belief that is not based on any facts. Furthermore, the administration’s one-sided website spreads false campaign promises claiming that ObamaCare “will hold insurance companies more accountable and will lower health care costs, guarantee more health care choices, and enhance the quality of health care for all Americans.”
For years, public health activists have clamored for mandatory calorie labeling in restaurants as a way to fight obesity-despite acknowledging a lack of scientific support for the concept. “For some of the most important public health problems today, society does not have the luxury to await scientific certainty,” menu labeling activists Kelly Brownell and David Ludwig wrote in JAMA last year. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief Thomas Frieden (formerly New York City’s top health nanny) previously acknowledged that “we don’t have 100 percent proof that it’s going to work.” And food zealot Marion Nestle weakly proposed, “It’s worth a try,” separately offering this stunning rationale: “I can’t do it [count calories without labeling], and I figure if I can’t do it no one can do it.”
Every year, the Annual Report of the Social Security Board of Trustees comes out between mid-April and mid-May. Now it’s July, and there’s no sign of this year’s report. What is the Obama administration hiding?
The annual report includes detailed information about Social Security and its financing over the next 75 years, produced by the Office of the Actuary of the Social Security Administration.
The Congressional Budget Office reported last week in its Long Term Budget Outlook that Social Security was already running a deficit this year. According to last year’s Social Security Trustees Report, that was not supposed to happen until 2015, with the trust fund to run out completely by 2037.
Pro-abortion President Obama has officially authorized the first government run health care program that will utilize taxpayer funding for abortions. Pennsylvania, home of pro-abortion Governor Edward Rendell, is the first state to have the new health care system implemented. Douglas Johnson, legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee, says that “The Obama Administration will give Pennsylvania $160 million in federal tax funds, which we’ve discovered will pay for insurance plans that cover any legal abortion…President Obama successfully opposed including language in the bill to prevent federal subsidies for abortions, and now the Administration is quietly advancing its abortion-expanding agenda through administrative decisions such as this, which they hope will escape broad public attention.”
A June 28, 2010 press release from the office of Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Joel Ario stated that: “The state will receive $160 million to set up the program, which will provide coverage to as many as 5,600 people between now and 2014,” according to the release. “The plan’s benefit package will include preventive care, physician services, diagnostic testing, hospitalization, mental health services, prescription medications and much more, with subsidized premiums of $283 a month.”
For Immediate Release July 13, 2010
Pete Sepp, (703) 683-5700
Rachael S. Slobodien, (703) 683-5700
Don’t Drive Away Investment, Reject the Tax Hike on Hedge Fund Managers!
Don’t Raise Taxes on Wireless Consumers!
Nation’s Largest Taxpayer Group Criticizes New York Legislature’s Decision to Increase Tobacco Taxes
(Denver, CO) – Today, the 362,000-member National Taxpayers Union (NTU), the nation’s largest and oldest taxpayer advocacy organization, joined with several Colorado-based and national groups to recognize the end of Referendum C and the full return of TABOR, the strongest set of taxpayer protections in the country. NTU has over 7,300 members in Colorado. (more…)
“Taxes to Fight Jobs” would be a better headline. The story is about a “hefty fee on sugar-filled drinks.”
The National Taxpayers Union has long been a critic of wasteful government spending. At times, it can be like a game of whack-a-mole: successfully reform wasteful government spending and another instance pops up. So how can we win?
Well, according to the Onion, we can’t. Instead, we should accept that “outrageous misappropriation of public funds is inevitable” and fight to ensure that our government will at least waste taxpayers’ money on awesome stuff. After all, why settle for boring boondoggles when we could be getting awesome boondoggles?
On Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a property tax cap compromise into law. It caps the growth of local property taxes at 2 percent annually, but exempts spending on cost-drivers such as public employee pensions and health care, natural disasters, and debt payments. (more…)
I’ve got great news to share with you:
The National Rifle Association has just endorsed my candidacy for Congress!
The NRA endorsement is one of the most sought after endorsements in any Republican primary.
Their support is especially critical in this race because – like on so many other issues – all of my opponents claim to agree with me. However, none of them have a record of anything but talk on the 2nd Amendment. And for one, it is even worse. Senator Jim Barnett has voted to weaken our 2nd Amendment rights. In fact, he refused to oppose attempts to reinstate a gun ban similar to the Clinton-style ban of 1992.
That’s why I worked to pass our concealed carry law over the objections of two liberal Governors, worked to stop government confiscation of firearms in the wake of natural disasters, and helped pass Issue 1. That is the proposed constitutional amendment that you will vote on in November to protect our individual right to own a firearm.
With only 18 days left in this race, we’ve got momentum on our side. Every day, undecided voters are coming over to our side to support my positive message of limited government and proven conservative leadership.
To help keep our momentum going, please help us with a generous gift today of $250, $100, or $25. Please CLICK HERE to join the momentum.
Also, if you want to volunteer to canvass a neighborhood, call undecided voters, or put a sign in your yard, please call our campaign office at 620-227-9807.
State Senator Tim Huelskamp
With approximately 6.6 percent of Hawaii’s labor force unemployed, the legislature needs to revise the state’s complex certification system to make it easier for people to change professions and get back to work.
When specific industries shift with a changing economy, the unemployed become re-employed by changing professions, sometimes for a short period of time while things cool down, other times by changing professions for good. For example, when ice haulers lost their jobs after the advent of the refrigerator, those same ice haulers had the opportunity to rejoin the economy by changing professions and becoming refrigerator repairmen or salesmen. Today, however, Hawaii’s complex certification process discourages the unemployed from shifting into new occupations.
Perhaps the largest difficulty associated with the Hawaii’s occupational licensing laws is the cost and time associated with obtaining certifications. While board examination fees may range from only $30 to $80, many licensing procedures require prospective professionals to take expensive classes before even taking an exam. For example, the average cost of a required massage therapy course in Hawaii $3,900. Not exactly chump change for someone collecting a maximum $523 dollars in unemployment a week.
Perhaps the mainstream media counted their chickens before they hatched.
In a surprising admission, a July 8 Time magazine story revealed that organic eggs are no healthier than factory eggs. In the past, Time has championed organic foods and green lifestyles.
Illinois’ Ray Kroc made the hamburger-flipping teen a mainstay on the American scene when he introduced McDonald’s. If the Illinois Legislature continues increasing the minimum wage, they might soon do the same for hamburger-flipping robots. When labor costs go up, business owners can do one of three things: Raise prices, cut costs or shrink their profit margins. Given the consumer’s insatiable demand for ever-lower prices, and the fact that most minimum wage employers operate with a profit margin of two to five percent, the only realistic option is to cut costs. One of the key ways to cut costs is to introduce automation or self-service.
Last January, Obama called for immediate action to pass his massive $787 billion “stimulus” plan that would supposedly create 4.1 million jobs. This week, the White House released a misleading report using the discredited Keynesian spending “multiplier” to claim that the “stimulus” had already “created or saved” between 2.5 million and 3.6 million jobs. Despite concrete evidence to the contrary, the Obama administration alleges that the “stimulus” has worked even “better than expected.” Since the unemployment remains at nearly 10 percent while the “stimulus” was expected to keep unemployment below 8 percent: how exactly is that better than expected?
Today, Obama will travel to Holland, Michigan in a desperate public relations attempt to sell the flawed “stimulus” policy. He will be attending a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new battery factory that received $151 million in “stimulus” funds. White House communication director Dan Pfeiffer criticized the loud opposition to the so-called “recovery act”:
Taken on its own, the modest blue bump on the bar graph Governor Bob McDonnell displayed at his news conference yesterday was anything but eye-catching. But in the context of the economic downturn, the small bar that represented Virginia’s $220 million dollar surplus was monumental. Governor McDonnell and the Virginia legislature turned around a predicted $1.8 billion dollar budget shortfall to a surplus in only 6 months.
The achievement is even more noteworthy because Virginia is in the shadow of a federal government that is expanding daily on record deficit spending and is neighbor to a state government with floundering finances. Maryland and Gov. Martin O’Malley typified the crippling entitlement expectations by not adjusting their budget when federal health care funding stalled in Congress. In a year that otherwise would have amounted to a surplus, Maryland is going to be forced to use the money to patch up a hole in Medicare funding because they failed to deal with the issue at the proper time.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Michelle Schroeder
July 16, 2010 785/249-8095
MORAN’S DECEPTION CORNERSTONE OF NEW AD
WICHITA, KAN.-Todd Tiahrt’s U.S. Senate campaign today released the following statement in response to Congressman Moran’s latest ad which has Moran giving a litany of false and misleading statements in yet another desperate attempt to run from his dismal voting record.
“Congressman Moran’s latest ad is proof positive that Todd’s message is resonating with Kansas voters,” said Michelle Schroeder, spokesperson for the Tiahrt campaign. “Congressman Moran continues to mislead Kansans about his voting record where he joined with Nancy Pelosi to raise taxes, support amnesty for illegal immigrants and support constitutional rights for terrorists. What Congressman Moran says in Kansas is very different from how he votes in Washington. (more…)
The job of a U.S. Senator involves much more than standing against tax increases and out-of-control federal spending. Your Senator is your voice in Washington, D.C. and the person you should count on to do everything in their power to help you and your family when nobody else will. Not only in their votes, but in their actions.
In 2001, Kansas residents Gracia and Martin Burnham were working as missionaries in the Philippines when they were kidnapped by Islamist terrorists. They were held in captivity for more than a year in deplorable conditions as their captors demanded $1 million for their release.
When Todd Tiahrt learned of the Burnham’s kidnapping, he knew that his constituents needed more than his support from Washington, D.C. – they needed action. He personally flew to the Philippines and worked with the government there to help secure their release.
Having seen firsthand the true face of terrorism, Todd Tiahrt will never waver in keeping America safe from those who would do her harm. Unfortunately, Congressman Moran’s record reveals quite the opposite. From voting to weaken the Patriot Act, to voting with Nancy Pelosi to extend Constitutional rights to terrorists, it is clear that Congressman Moran does not get it.
This ad is on the air throughout the state of Kansas, and we need your help to keep it on the air. For the next 12 hours, every donation made at www.ToddTiahrt.com will go directly towards our TV campaign. Your donation of $1,000, $500, $250 or even $100 could make the difference in this campaign!
Thank you for your support. We are down to the closing days of the campaign and with you in our corner, we are confident that we will celebrate victory on Election Day!
Campaign Manager, Kansans for Tiahrt