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  • A Bill That Actually Reforms Medicare

    04/13/2015 5:13:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/13/2015 | by RYAN ELLIS
    Tomorrow, the Senate will consider H.R. 2, a Medicare-reform bill that has already acquired a classic Beltway acronym, MACRA. Conservatives should give their full support: According to a report released last week, MACRA not only would pay for itself but would result in large net savings to the Medicare program over time, reducing unfunded liabilities and preventing massive new debt. To oversimplify it, MACRA does two things to Medicare. First, it replaces a 21 percent planned payment cut to doctors — known as the “sustainable growth rate” or SGR — with a more durable payment system. (This is the devastating...
  • Why Islam Needs a Reformation

    03/25/2015 2:33:05 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 53 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 20 , 2015 | Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    To defeat the extremists for good, Muslims must reject those aspects of their tradition that prompt some believers to resort to oppression and holy war
  • 16 ideas from Marc Andreessen for a more dynamic US economy

    03/22/2015 7:48:16 AM PDT · by hripka · 10 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 2/23/2015 | James Pethokoukis
    In a classic Marc Andreessen “tweetstorm,” the venture capitalist offers 16 “somewhat-less obvious ideas for how to expand the # of “unicorn” great tech startups over time.” (I have added a few links and a chart.) Taken together, I think, Andreessen’s ideas point toward a more dynamic, competitively intense economy which (a) generates both more entrepreneurs and more creative and innovative workers with deep expertise, (b) provides easy and open access to ideas for entrepreneurs and low barriers to starting and growing their firms, (c) offers a safety net that encourages work and mobility and risk taking. In short, just...
  • Have any ‘Reformicons’ Worked in Government?

    03/09/2015 8:42:41 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 9, 2015 | J. Christian Adams
    If you think you haven’t heard of “reformicons” or “reform conservatives,” don’t sell yourself short. You are already familiar with this latest movement within the Republican Party, albeit under different branding. This piece, entitled “The Good Right” (as compared with … ?), sums up the Reformicon agenda this way: Yuval Levin, one of reform conservatism’s brightest thinkers, told Sam Tanenhaus that “a shrinking or scaling-back of government” was not his aim. He sought “an entire reimagining of it.” He argues that “a true Burkean conservatism would recast the federal government as the facilitator and supporter of local institutions who are...
  • Obama threatens to veto GOP education reform bill

    02/25/2015 6:37:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | February 25, 2015 | Brian Hughes
    President Obama would veto the House Republican plan to overhaul the controversial No Child Left Behind law, his administration said Wednesday. The GOP plan, known as the Student Success Act, “represents a significant step backwards in the efforts to help all of the nation's children and their families prepare for their futures,” said the Office of Management and Budget in a statement of administration policy. The bill “abdicates the historic federal role in elementary and secondary education of ensuring the educational progress of all of America's students, including students from low-income families, students with disabilities, English learners and students of...
  • 5 Provocative Proposals From the ‘Reformicons’

    02/04/2015 3:35:28 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    WSJ ^ | Bob Davis
    Reform conservatives – or reformicons, as they are sometimes known—like to think they are thinking outside the box. Some of their proposals seem archly conservative, like cutting the minimum wage, and some seem fairly left wing, like cutting corporate subsidies, as related in a WSJ story today. Their ideas are mainly marked by energy and youth and are getting a hearing among those considering presidential runs. Here are five provocative proposals: Help low-wage workers by slashing the minimum wage. While President Obama and the organized labor push to increase the minimum wage to at least $10.10 an hour from $7.25...
  • Senator Cruz on tax reform: Abolish the IRS

    01/18/2015 5:23:37 PM PST · by JOHN W K · 50 replies
    1/18/2015 | johnwk
     SEE: Cruz: Abolish the IRS January 13th , 2015 ”Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said Monday that Republicans should take advantage of their control of Congress to abolish the Internal Revenue Service. “We need to pass fundamental tax reform making our tax code simpler, flatter, fairer,” he said Monday at Heritage Action’s 2015 conservative policy summit. ”And I’ll tell you, the single most important tax reform, we should abolish the IRS.” What is discouraging is, the above article goes on to say that Senator Ted Cruz ”… acknowledged it’s not really possible to abolish the IRS or adopt a flat tax...
  • Sen. John Thune to push Chamber of Commerce’s tax reform

    01/16/2015 12:06:51 PM PST · by JOHN W K · 14 replies
    1/16/15 | johnwk
    SEE: GOP targets budget process for tax reform 1/13/15 ”The quiet push, led by South Dakota Sen. John Thune, seeks to use the potent tool known as budget reconciliation to give both the GOP and President Barack Obama the sweeping victory on tax policy that business groups want, which could include a significant cut in corporate tax rates as well as provide funding for a long-term transportation bill.” This is what happens when Republican voters elect Washington Establishment candidates to office. They use their power to manipulate a corruptible system of taxation to meet the Chamber of Commerce’s demands rather...
  • Post-Obamacare Reform That Works for Workers and Employers

    11/22/2014 8:27:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 22, 2014 | John Graham
    Judging by the midterm election results, the American public hasn’t forgotten President Obama’s broken promise that “if you like your health plan you can keep your health plan.” The good news for healthcare is that the fallout has disrupted the political status quo so much that a partially patient-centered healthcare reform may be possible soon after the president leaves office. Even partial reform could bring welcomed relief to millions who lost their health plans. In a study released in October, Edmund F. Haislmaier and Drew Gonshorowski of The Heritage Foundation calculate that 3.8 million people lost benefits from their jobs...
  • American public schools chew up teachers and spit them out

    11/17/2014 6:07:03 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 49 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 7, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [a/k/a: "The War on Teachers"] The stats leave no doubt. There is huge dissatisfaction among teachers. The turnover rate is very high. We need to answer the obvious question, why don’t principals and administrators take better care of their teachers? The most recent MetLife Survey revealed: “Teacher Dissatisfaction At An All-Time High.” The NEA Today website continues: “Teacher job satisfaction has plummeted to its lowest level in 25 years, from 62 percent in 2008 to 39 percent in 2012 –- a total of 23 points…More than one-half of teachers report feeling under great stress several days per week, as opposed...
  • Gun Law Reforms to be Considered by Ohio Senate

    11/17/2014 9:43:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Some needed reforms to Ohio gun law are finally moving in the Ohio Senate.  HB 203 passed the Ohio House 63-27 in November of 2013.  It has languished in the Senate since then.   Some claim that Governor Kasich has said that he will sign the bill.   First it needs to pass the Senate. Ohio is the only state where a person claiming self defense is considered guilty until they prove themselves innocent.   Unlike all other states, Ohio requires that a person who claims self defense must prove that they acted in self defense rather than the burden of proof...
  • Incoming GOP Senate chairman Ron Johnson plans border security bill

    11/10/2014 6:47:00 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 22 replies
    PBS ^ | Nov 10, 2014 | BY Erica Werner, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Even as President Barack Obama prepares to take executive action on immigration, an incoming GOP Senate chairman said Monday he is working on a border security bill and will aim to move it once the new Republican-controlled Congress convenes in January. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, who is in line to chair the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said his legislation would include a guest worker program to reduce incentives for illegal immigration. It would build on work already done by Congress, including a House bill aimed at ensuring that 90 percent of would-be border crossers are...
  • Stopping Obama Leatherneck Style

    11/10/2014 1:51:52 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/10/14 | Judi McLeod
    Getting Immigration RITE: Reform Immigration Through Enforcement’ There’s one on every lapel including my own, but tomorrow our entire hearts should be red poppies for veterans like the perpetually plucky Canada Free Press columnist, Jerry McConnell. The poppy you wear on your lapel gets put away after each Veterans/Remembrance Day. The one in your heart can be worn forever. “It was 68 years ago today that Jerry McConnell landed with the 1st Marines on a beach at Guadalcanal, in 1942. It would be over four months before Jerry got to take a deep breath, and step back from the constant...
  • You Can’t Reform Islam Without Reforming Muslims

    10/21/2014 3:11:18 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 29 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Every few years the debate over reforming Islam bubbles up from the depths of a culture that largely censors any suggestion that Islam needs reforming.
  • Money in Politics: What's the Problem? (video)

    10/06/2014 8:51:43 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 3 replies
    Prageruniversity.com ^ | 10-6-2014 | George Will
    Is "campaign finance reform" a good way to regulate money in politics? Nationally syndicated, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and best-selling author George Will shows that, despite the innocent name given by its proponents, campaign finance reform is really a euphemism for controlling free speech. If the goal is to get money out of politics, the real solution is to get politics out of money. In other words, shrink government. In five minutes, learn the truth.
  • It's Time To Talk About Serious IRS Reform

    10/05/2014 7:57:19 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 16 replies
    Commentary ^ | October 3, 2014 | Seth Mandel
    On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Watergate break-in, the Washington Post noted an amusing coincidence: “Almost a quarter century ago, Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson served as Republican counsel on the Senate Watergate committee. Now he chairs the Senate panel investigating the current White House fund-raising scandal.” The timing was interesting because, as the Post explained, the “controversy came to light last year because of the reforms of Watergate, including requirements that campaigns and political parties regularly submit lists of their contributors to the Federal Election Commission.” The Post went on to list seven major reforms that stemmed...
  • High Treason Part III: A Way Out

    08/04/2014 7:29:32 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 3 replies
    MisterChambers.com ^ | August 4, 2014 | Randall Stevens
    The American people have had enough with the assault on their first amendment rights. They just want to be left alone by their government and government-affiliated pressure groups. It is the establishment in both parties, who is on the take from these pressure groups, that prevent ordinary Americans from speaking their minds like the civilized people we ARE. People disagree, sometimes vehemently. That’s normal and healthy, and it shouldn’t be the job of the government to shut people up. That’s not American – that’s totalitarian. How do we fix this? It’s remarkably simple. We, the normal people, outnumber the control...
  • Needed: Housing Reform That Protects Property Rights

    08/02/2014 5:58:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    A monumental opportunity has presented itself as Julian Castro, former mayor of San Antonio, takes over as the new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Congress looks ahead on the critical issue of housing finance reform. After years of tepid growth and false starts, leaders in Washington have the opportunity to give housing finance reform a shot in the arm. This reform is readily achievable even in today’s log-jammed Congress, as there is bipartisan consensus that the most prudent reforms would accomplish three essential goals: appropriately and strategically wind down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in a way...
  • Give Low Income Americans Exit Option From Social Security

    07/28/2014 6:09:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 28, 2014 | Star Parker
    America is supposed to be the land of the free and the home of the brave. But as we become bogged down in our many problems, I see, unfortunately, a mentality in which we are becoming increasingly a nation of the unfree – the victim – and the timid, in how we’re approaching these challenges. Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman wrote a column this week drawing attention to the latest dire projections from the Congressional Budget Office. CBO projects the nation sinking deeper and deeper into an ocean of red ink. Under a business-as-usual scenario, the Senator notes, we’ll pile...
  • Florida's Reform of Gun Law Already Working

    07/12/2014 7:16:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    An armed citizen stopped a deadly knife attack with a warning shot.  Under the new law, that went into effect a few days ago, he can be certain that he will not be charged. Specifically, the new bill is the "Threatened Use of Force" bill, which was passed by legislators after scrutiny of Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law.   That scrutiny  revealed that prosecutors were using the mandatory sentencing law to pressure people who believed they had acted in self defense, to plead out instead of going to trial.  A wide variety of groups, from the Unified Sportsmen of...
  • 4 Questions for Politico

    07/03/2014 3:53:05 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 1 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Mickey Kaus
    Water, Carried: Politico‘s Seung Min Kim and Carrie Budoff Brown sum up “How immigration reform died.” Some questions for them: 1) Is it true “reformers largely won the August recess [of 2013]? That sure wasn’t my recollection. My recollection is that initial opposition to amnesty at town halls was muted, in large part because frightened GOP congressmen simply stopped holding town halls. Reporters sympathetic to the “reformers” immediately rushed write stories claiming that “Immigration Reformers are Winning August.” (SNIP) You never seem to carry water for opponents of “comprehensive” legislation. Do we need to leak to you more? Take out...
  • 6th District Congress: Where do GOP candidates stand on immigration reform? (Wisconsin)

    07/03/2014 9:16:20 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 7-1-14 | By Kyle Maichle
    SHEBOYGAN – On Monday, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said that immigration reform will not be decided by the Congress in the 2014 calendar year. The decision to not pursue immigration reform led President Barack Obama to consider taking executive action on the issue. Wisconsin Election Watch talked to all three Republican candidates running for the 6th Congressional District on where they stand on the issue of immigration reform. More: Glenn Grothman wins endorsement of Rick Santorum Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan) felt on whether Congress should pursue immigration reform that: “Not this year. First and foremost, we need to secure the...
  • How immigration reform died

    06/27/2014 6:42:42 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | SEUNG MIN KIM and CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN
    President Barack Obama paused for what felt like an eternity to the immigration reform activists seated around the Roosevelt Room. Janet Murguia, president of the National Council of La Raza, had just explained why she declared him the “deporter in chief” in a speech in early March. Obama, who was infuriated when he first heard Murguia’s remarks weeks earlier, sat in silence, trying to keep his anger in check, according to advocates in attendance. (SNIP) In January, King held a key piece of paper in his jacket pocket during the immigration discussion at the House GOP retreat in Cambridge, Md....
  • [MS Candidate in the 2012 election] Shawn O'Hara (I) (A Third Choice- MS Senate)

    06/24/2014 9:16:01 PM PDT · by RginTN · 4 replies
    Shawn O'Hara is a familiar name in Mississippi politics because he has run for several statewide offices under a variety of party labels, but he has yet to win an election
  • Immigration Reform Can't Wait

    06/18/2014 5:53:52 PM PDT · by Theoria · 39 replies
    WSJ ^ | 18 June 2014 | Rupert Murdoch
    There is rarely a good time to do hard things, and America won't advance if legislators act like seat-warmers. When I learned that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor had lost his Republican primary, my heart sank. Not simply because I think he is an intelligent and talented member of Congress, or because I worry about the future of the Republican Party. Like others who want comprehensive immigration reform, I worried that Mr. Cantor's loss would be misconstrued and make Congress reluctant to tackle this urgent need. That would be the wrong lesson and an undesirable national consequence of this single,...
  • 11 Top CEOs Write Congress: Pass Immigration Reform

    "In their letter, dated Tuesday, the chief executives of McDonald's, Coca-Cola, Choice Hotels, Tyson Foods, Exelon and six other corporations say the ability to hire foreign, “less-skilled” workers when Americans won’t fill physically demanding jobs is “indispensable” to their businesses.
  • Politico Poll: 71% support comprehensive immigration reform

    05/20/2014 8:13:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/20/2014 | AllahPundit
    Nothing makes a diehard eeyore like me happier than a depressing poll, but even I’ve got to call BS on this one. C’mon, Politico.That 71 percent includes 90 percent of Latinos, 78 percent of Democrats, and 64 percent of Republicans — and frankly, I’m surprised the totals for each aren’t higher. Except to the small minority of the population that follows immigration news closely, the phrase “comprehensive immigration reform” is almost totally meaningless. News junkies recognize it as a term of art to describe a compromise on border security and legalization; to everyone else, which is pretty much everyone,...
  • Conservative Activists Boo Eric Cantor Over Support for Amnesty; Boot His Ally From Virginia GOP

    05/11/2014 5:45:02 PM PDT · by AuditTheFed · 23 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 05-11-2014 | Brian Hayes
    by Brian Hayes | Top Right NewsFurious over his support for amnesty for illegal aliens, conservative activists gave Rep. Eric Cantor a rough "welcome" in his own district -- sending a message that the House GOP leadership would be wise to heed before they hand Barack Obama a victory on "immigration reform". Cantor (R-Va.), the House Majority Leader was "heckled and booed" by conservatives and Tea Party activists at the 7th Congressional District Convention held in Richmond Saturday.  — and that wasn’t even the worst of it.
  • Is THE REPEAL 16 COLALITION really trying to end taxes calculated from incomes?

    05/08/2014 7:21:53 PM PDT · by JOHN W K · 5 replies
    5/8/14 | johnwk
    Is THE REPEAL 16 COLALITION really trying to end taxes calculated from incomes?  As stated at repeal 16.org, “The Coalition to Repeal the 16th Amendment (Repeal 16) is comprised of a broad range of individuals and organizations including the Tea Party Patriots, Americans For Fair Taxation, Americans for Limited Government, Competitive Governance Action and Free Market America.” According to REPEAL 16 ORG, its stated goal is to “end our corrupting tax system and the oppressive IRS”. They go on to ask “What is the Repeal 16 Bill?” And they answer the question as follows: ”Congressman Jim Bridenstine has introduced a bill...
  • Steyer targets Rubio in anti-Keystone ad

    05/02/2014 8:46:19 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer's political action group is targeting Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in an anti-Keystone XL pipeline ad set to air Sunday. NextGen Climate, founded by Steyer in 2013, announced on Friday that Rubio would be the subject of its ad blasting the proposed $5.4 billion pipeline after the senator was selected in an online poll. "Oil lobbyists take Rubio for a sucker," the 60-second ad states. "Sen. Rubio, don't get taken for a sucker."
  • Are ‘Repeal and Replace’ and ‘Reform’ for Obamacare Interchangeable?

    05/02/2014 2:56:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/02/2014 | Avik Roy
    Ramesh is kind enough to cite a recent piece of mine for Forbes, describing it as a continuation of my “lonely campaign to get conservatives to drop the idea of ‘repealing and replacing’ Obamacare and instead to embrace reforming it.” But it’s only lonely if by lonely he means “shared by a large plurality of the electorate.” Let me cite the data. A Pew Research poll asked whether or not politicians should “make the law work as well as possible,” or “make it fail.” The “work” side won 30–19 overall, and 36–19 among independents. (“Make it fail” won among...
  • GA: Governor Deal Signs Modest Gun Reform Bill

    04/26/2014 9:51:01 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Governor Deal signed Georgia's modest gun law reform today, 23 April, 2014.  Gun law reform has been stalled in Georgia for several years, leading to the measure that makes several modest changes in Georgia's law.   None of the changes are particularly radical.   All, with one possible  exception, have been adopted in other states before this law was passed.  From FoxNews.com: The bill makes several changes to state law. It allows those with a license to carry to bring a gun into a bar without restriction and into some government buildings that don't have certain security measures. It also allows...
  • Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots disappoints constitutionalists!

    04/23/2014 4:35:12 AM PDT · by JOHN W K · 13 replies
    4-22-2014 | johnwk
      SEE: Tea Party Patriots Use Elections to Push 'Flat' or 'Fair' Tax Monday, 14 Apr 2014 06:05 PM The Tea Party Patriots are pushing a "flat tax" or a "fair tax" rate in the coming elections to stop the endless hiking of taxes on Americans, group President Jenny Beth Martin says. "A flat tax, a fair tax — either one is better than what we have now," Martin told Ed Berliner and Diane Dimond, guests hosts of "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV. "The tax code has grown and grown and grown. It's time to address the fact that...
  • Louisiana Congressman Admits Kissing Staffer in Video

    04/07/2014 4:21:56 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 75 replies
    Time ^ | Maya Rhodan
    Freshman Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.), who touted his Christian values while campaigning, says he is the man seen in a grainy video, passionately kissing a woman in his office two days before Christmas. He said, "There’s no doubt I’ve fallen short and I’m asking for forgiveness"
  • How badly must Republicans lose for immigration reform to win?

    04/01/2014 7:33:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    The Week ^ | 04/01/2014 | By Simon Maloy
    Immigration reform looks to be dead. Again. With the 2014 midterms bearing down and House Republicans standing pat, activists who pushed hard to get a bill passed in this session of Congress are making valedictory speeches about their efforts and looking to the future.MSNBC's Benjy Sarlin spoke to several pro-reform advocates who now expect President Obama to do what he can through executive orders. The strategy extends beyond November to the next presidential contest. "Immigration advocates hope to repeat the cycle by forcing the White House to take unilateral action," Sarlin wrote, "which would set the stage for Latino voters...
  • Why Good Tax Reform is Difficult

    03/24/2014 8:21:37 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/21/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    The best tax systems include low rates, a wide base and limited exemptions that minimize the distortions caused by policy, while easing the burdens of paying the tax. But many of the provisions that make the tax code so complicated are advocated for, and relied upon, by a variety of special interest groups, meaning changing the system is extremely difficult. But that's what Congressman Dave Camp, R-Midland, is trying to do. The chair of the House Ways and Means Committee has introduced a plan that would overhaul the tax system. U.S. Rep. Camp The plan appears to generally lower rates...
  • A Conservative View of Dave Camp’s Tax Reform Bill

    02/27/2014 5:39:24 AM PST · by xzins · 8 replies
    RedState ^ | February 27th, 2014 | Daniel Horowitz
    Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI), the House Ways Committee Chairman, released his draft proposal for comprehensive tax reform. The mere proposition of positive tax reform is a welcome development. Even though we clearly lack the votes to enact any tax reform until at least 2017, it is still important to stand on bold colors and offer an alternative vision to the current socialist path from this administration. On the other hand, if we are going to propose Republican ideas for tax reform just for messaging purposes, we should put forth the boldest tax plan possible – one that embraces completely the...
  • Balancing the annual budget and tax reform ___ Tea Party candidates need to have concrete solutions!

    02/15/2014 2:55:34 PM PST · by JOHN W K · 9 replies
    2-15-14 | johnwk
    Is it not our duty, more than ever, and as Tea Party Activists, to inform the American People about the brilliance of our Founder’s original tax plan and how our Founders intended to extinguish deficits if imposts, duties and excise taxes were found insufficient to meet Congress’ constitutionally authorized expenditures? In 1995 and 1996 Congress held Hearings on “Replacing the Federal Income Tax”. My submissions before the Committee on Ways and Means which were presented under the heading “American Constitutional Research Service” are part of these recorded hearings, and I recently found they are available on line. My two submissions...
  • Scott Walker administration launches tax reform website

    02/12/2014 5:09:12 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-12-14 | AP
    MADISON, Wis.—Wisconsin residents can submit their tax reform ideas under a new website created by Gov. Scott Walker's administration. Creation of the website, taxreform.wi.gov, comes as Walker's Revenue Department secretary and the lieutenant governor are holding meetings with business owners to gather ideas. Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch says the website gives everyone a chance to share their thoughts. The website includes videos from past roundtables in Beloit, Eau Claire, Superior, Green Bay, Platteville, La Crosse and Stevens Point. It also includes information about taxation in Wisconsin and other states. Walker has floated the possibility of eliminating the state's income tax,...
  • Meet the 99.999999 Percent: They’re worried about jobs and growth, not inequality.

    02/10/2014 8:46:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/10/2014 | James Pethokoukis
    Forget about the 1 percent versus the 99 percent. It’s really more like the 0.000001 percent versus everybody else. A tiny group — mostly comprising the Obama White House, a bunch of Washington Democrats, progressive economists, and the media elite — continues to fixate on income inequality as America’s greatest challenge. Most everybody else, the 99.999999 percent, sees things differently. Surveys continue to show Americans most worried about jobs and economic growth, not the income gap between the top and bottom. It’s a rational view given new employment data from the government. The January jobs report showed only 113,000 net...
  • Senator Cruz: keep income tax, lower top rates

    02/10/2014 3:36:57 AM PST · by JOHN W K · 28 replies
    2/10/14 | johnwk
    SEE: TheBlaze, Feb. 4, 2014 ‘A Pattern of Lawlessness’: Ted Cruz Outlines Why Even Democrats Should Be Concerned About Obama Administration’s Actions "Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) said there is a “pattern of lawlessness” underway by the Obama administration that is truly “breathtaking,” and it should not only concern Republicans. “Suppose the next president says, ‘I’m instructing the Treasury Department [to] no longer collect taxes at a higher rate than 25%,” Cruz remarked on Glenn Beck’s radio program Tuesday. “That happens to be policy I agree with. I would love to see moving towards tax reform and lowering the top...
  • Immigration reform delay creates frustration in AZ

    02/09/2014 7:02:08 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 16 replies
    KPHO ^ | Feb 07, 2014 | Jason Barry
    HOENIX (CBS5) - Arizona remains front and center in the debate over immigration, but the big news this week came from Washington D.C., when U.S. House Speaker John Boehner cast doubts on whether immigration reform will happen this year. Immigration reform activist Erica Andiola was not surprised. The undocumented immigrant and co-founder of the Dream Action Coalition has been leading the fight for change. "We want to be able to understand the politics, but at the same time it's frustrating," said Andiola. "I know they're still thinking about elections and how it will affect their party, but for us undocumented...
  • Senator Cruz still promotes the socialist/progressive’s tax upon incomes?

    02/04/2014 4:39:05 PM PST · by JOHN W K · 52 replies
    2/4/14 | johnwk
    SEE: Ted Cruz readies for next round of tea party-fueled fight Gromer Jeffers Jr. 03 February 2014 10:36 PM Now, Cruz said, he wants to engage voters on other issues as well. He said he hoped Congress would use this year to overhaul tax and regulatory policy. And later he expressed his support for ideas like a flat federal income tax rate for everyone, saying people should mail back their tax returns on a postcard. “We need to get back to the policies that work, like fundamental tax reform,” he said. This is very disturbing. What we really need to...
  • Fugitive Illegal Alien Obtains Security Clearance, Access to Arizona Air Force Base

    01/21/2014 6:47:17 PM PST · by montag813 · 12 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 01-21-2014 | John Urban
    by John Urban | TopRight News A potentially disastrous security breach by the Pentagon was discovered by sheriff's deputies during a routine traffic stop in Southern Arizona. Pinal County deputies stopped a 2006 Ford Expedition for a traffic violation. The Mexican national initially presented an Arizona Identification Card, in the name of Armando Villalobos of Phoenix. A records check revealed that not only did the illegal alien have no driver's license, but there were outstanding felony warrants for his arrest in Texas.The suspect eventually told the deputy that his real name was in fact Mario Bustamante, 37, and that he was in...
  • House GOP writing 'principles' for immigration reform

    01/08/2014 6:22:59 PM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 41 replies
    LA Times ^ | January 8, 2014 | Lisa Mascaro and Brian Bennett
    WASHINGTON — House speaker John A. Boehner told rank-and-file Republicans that his leadership team was drafting “principles” for overhauling immigration laws that will be presented in coming weeks. Boehner made the remarks Wednesday during the first private meeting of House Republicans in the new year. House Republicans have struggled to respond to the Senate's immigration bill that passed in June, which would create a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally. Boehner refused to bring the Senate bill up for a vote in the House last year and instead said the House should consider a...
  • Britain's version of Tea Party rocks political system across the pond

    01/05/2014 4:59:25 AM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 52 replies
    FoxNews ^ | January 04, 2014 | Adam Shaw
    The often stale British political system is being rocked by its very own Tea Party. The UK Independence Party (UKIP), formed in 1993 opposing Britain’s entry into the European Union, failed to make an electoral dent for a long time. However UKIP has built up steam in recent years and is spearheading a seismic shift in the British political spectrum. In this year’s local elections – the British version of midterms -- UKIP took a stunning 23 percent of the vote, up from the 3.1 percent they won in the 2010 national election. Their leader, Nigel Farage, is buoyed by...
  • Sanctuary State: California Now Lets Illegals Practice Law, Get Licenses, Bars ICE Enforcement

    01/02/2014 7:37:45 PM PST · by montag813 · 26 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 01-02-2014 | John Urban
    With the new year comes new insane laws from California, making it officially America's Sanctuary State -- treating illegal aliens who broke the law to enter the U.S. as well as law-abiding citizens, protecting illegals from deportation, and putting public safety at grave risk. In October, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D), signed eight bills handing special rights to illegal aliens. The controversial legislation includes allowing illegal alien obtain driver's licenses, preventing employers from denying jobs based on "immigration status", and barring state and local law enforcement from detaining illegal aliens when directed by ICE, DHS or Border Patrol. The legislation claims that...
  • Amash-backed bill aimed to end NSA spying programs garners even bipartisan support

    12/13/2013 6:26:49 AM PST · by kobald · 24 replies
    MLive (Michigan) ^ | December 3, 2013 | Andrew Krietz
    An even split of Democratic and Republican legislators back a bill supported by Rep. Justin Amash, aiming to end the country's domestic surveillance programs. The legislation, titled The USA Freedom Act, would, if signed into law, curb the National Security Agency's ability to conduct communications sweeps and close a "back door" to information by requiring a court order when performing searches of Americans in data already collected without warrants. The Hill reported during the weekend that the bill has at least 102 cosponsors, including 51 Democrats and 51 Republicans... According to The Hill, members of Congress are placing increased pressure...
  • Corker-Warner GSE Reform Similar To Single-Payer Healthcare (It Won't Work Either)

    12/12/2013 6:45:34 AM PST · by whitedog57
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/12/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    It doesn’t look like any GSE (housing finance) reform will be taken up in 2013. Partly because the leading contender, the Corker-Warner housing finance “reform” bill is so flawed. What does Corker-Warner do exactly? It shuts down two enormous mortgage insurance companies (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) and creates one gargantuan government insurance company (Federal Mortgage Insurance Corporation). Ah, nationalized mortgage insurance. This is particularly bizarre given that the FHA already exists as a national mortgage insurance agency for mortgages. Like single-payer healthcare systems (as in UK’s NHS), you take what the government decrees for you. But Obamacare is really...
  • Next for pension reform: Chicago (only $29 billion in the hole)

    12/08/2013 5:35:40 AM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    For Chicago lawmakers who thought Tuesday's pension vote was politically dangerous, just wait until next year. Then on the docket in Springfield: gravely needed reforms for the retirement systems that benefit Chicago teachers, city workers, laborers, firefighters and police. **SNIP** Combined, the city of Chicago's four pension funds are $19.5 billion in the hole and only 36 percent funded. Add another $9.5 billion in unfunded liability from the Chicago teachers' fund for a grand total of $29 billion.