1. How Obamacare can still win the Senate for Republicans

    scumbag-boss-memeThis time last year everyone was talking about Obamacare. These days, however, Barack Obama’s legacy legislation has found itself drowned out by the tidal wave of other scandals, crises, and embarrassments plaguing the federal government, from Iraq, to illegal immigration and amnesty, to the chaos in Ferguson, Missouri, to Obama single-handedly dragging his entire party down with him. But with election season — and open enrollment — right around the corner, Republican politicians would do well to shine the spotlight on Obamacare once again:

    Now, the GOP should circle back. There are nine Senate seats described as “toss-ups” by Real Clear Politics, and Obamacare could move the needle in some of those races. The ACA is still a political stink bomb, with Kaiser Family Foundation polling showing only 37 percent of the country views the law favorably – one of its lowest ratings since it passed in 2010.  Some 53 percent of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of the ACA – up a shocking 8 points since June.

    Democrats everywhere are running scared from Obamacare, and for good reason. As laid out by The Fiscal Times’ Liz Peek, here are six reasons why renewed focus on this unpopular mandate can win back the Senate for the GOP:

    1. Premium hikes are coming in 2015. The Health Research Institute (HRI) at PricewaterhouseCoopers recently estimated that Obamacare insurance premiums in 27 states and the District of Columbia are set to increase by an average 7.5% next year — but the average hardly paints a full picture. HRI found that some consumers in Nevada could see prices go up a staggering 36%. Even more damning for Democrats are the rate increases expected to hit key election states: insurance companies in North Carolina, Iowa, Louisiana, and Arkansas have requested 10.8%, 11.5%, near 20%, and near 12% increases, respectively.

    2. The Obama admin is probably fudging enrollment numbers. If you ask the White House, 8 million Americans are enrolled in Obamacare. If you ask insurers, that’s not exactly the case. Aetna reported that only about 600,000 of its 720,000 enrollees have paid their premiums, and they expect the number to drop another 500,000 by year-end.

    3. People are livid about the narrow doctor networks. Ironically and completely counterintuitive to its entire purpose, Obamacare has made it more difficult for customers to obtain care thanks to narrow doctor and hospital networks. For example, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the only participating insurer in New Hampshire, and it promptly eliminated 10 of the state’s 26 hospitals from its network. Since the start of 2013, more than 70 bills have been introduced in 22 states to clarify the network rules, and multiple lawsuits have been filed in California.

    4. The legislation is inherently flawed. See Halbig v. Burwell, the court case that could be Obamacare’s undoing.

    5. Obamacare reeks of Obama’s imperial tendencies. 

    Mr. Obama has single-handedly changed the ACA some 24 times, delaying important provisions such as the employer and individual mandates. The president has rigged the rollout of the ACA to political advantage, putting off the most painful aspects of the bill and front-loading the goodies. Republicans should remind voters we have yet to encounter, for instance, the 40 percent Cadillac tax, which has been pushed back until 2018, but which is expected to raise as much as $214 billion by 2023.

    6. Obamacare discourages job creation. Yes, it does. Companies have already limited hiring new employees and cut back current employee hours in order to avoid the dreaded employer mandate. Additionally, the ACA has made it possible so that Americans no longer need to work to have health insurance, which is completely disincentivizing.

  2. Washington Post article declares Democrats ‘are in the process of destroying themselves’

    senator_harry_reidWashington Post columnist Ed Rogers gave Republicans something delightful to read on Tuesday. According to him, with just 11 weeks until the midterm elections, “nothing suggests that the Democrats have reached the bottom of the political trough they are in,” and it doesn’t look like they’ll be digging themselves out of their hole anytime soon:

    The calamities, distractions and scandals we’ve seen during the Obama administration all come in such rapid succession that the half-life of any one is relatively short. But still, Obama and the Democrats cannot seem to get in front of any current events. They are in a permanent state of crisis, being tossed around on the waves of the daily news cycle. Any day with no new bad news is considered a good day for the White House and the Democrats generally.

    The Democrats are on their back foot on every front — from the violence in Ferguson, Mo., to developments in Iraq and Afghanistan to uneven economic data to the now-ancient IRS scandal. Politically, the Democratic Party seems to be in more turmoil than President George W. Bush and the Republicans were before the debacle of the 2006 midterm elections.

    Ouch. But that’s not even the worst of what Rodgers says. In his sign-off, he declares that Republicans won’t even have to try to destroy the Democrats — they’re doing it for them:

    As with football, we are still in preseason, but we are fast approaching Labor Day and the official kickoff of the 2014 campaign season, and Republicans wouldn’t dare trade places with the Democrats. The bottom line is, Democrats are reacting to events rather than becoming the master of them. As this campaign season gets underway, the old adage definitely applies: Never interfere with your opponents when they are in the process of destroying themselves.

    It looks like it will be a happy election season for the GOP.

  3. In Iowa, Ted Cruz calls for abolition of the IRS

    Ted_Cruz_by_Gage_Skidmore_5Several Republican 2016 hopefuls took to the stage in Ames, Iowa at the Family Leadership Summit on Saturday. Though the state’s caucuses are over a year away, the potential candidates looked to impress Christian conservative voters, who influence the caucuses due to their tendency to be organized and motivated to participate.

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) appealed to Christian values and also called for the eradication of something everyone despises — the IRS:

    “We need to stand unambiguously for the commonsense conservative principles shared by the vast majority of Americans,” Cruz said as he criticized the national health care law, national education standards and other initiatives disliked by many conservatives.

    “We need to stand for life,” he said. “We need to stand for marriage. We need to abolish the IRS. We need to repeal Obamacare. We need to repeal Common Core.”

    […]

    Cruz also used the occasion to question Obama’s foreign policy decisions. He told reporters that if Obama continues military engagement in Iraq, the president should seek congressional approval.

    Former governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee focused on foreign policy:

    Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas and the last to speak, focused on foreign policy, accusing the administration of not supporting Israel and arguing that the U.S. should provide arms to Iraq’s Kurds.

    “If we had good sense we would arm the Kurds as we said we would. We gave them nothing, not so much as a BB gun,” Huckabee said.

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry, of course, spoke on the border crisis:

    The crowd responded warmly to Perry when he repeated his criticism of Obama’s response to the recent flood of unaccompanied child immigrants that has overwhelmed authorities in Texas. He drew a standing ovation for repeating his credo: “If you will not secure the border of our country, then the state of Texas will.”

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal received a positive reaction for his call for change in Washington:

    Drawing the most laughter was Jindal’s speech, which featured anecdotes about his immigrant parents and the birth of his kids, feeling at times like an introduction to voters. Still, he got a rousing response to comments about changing leadership in Washington.

    “The people have had enough and we’re ready to take our country back. We don’t need incremental change. We need big change. They better get out of the way,” Jindal said.

    The caucuses are a ways away, but it’s important for potential candidates to pay attention to Christian voters. As Jamie Johnson, a pastor from Stratford who served as an adviser to Santorum in 2012, put it, “To ignore Christian conservatives in Iowa is to say, ‘I’m not interested in winning.’”

  4. Cruz, Sessions, vow to fight Obama’s plan to expand amnesty

    Cruz_1-1024x682Barack Obama reportedly plans to use his executive authority to extend amnesty to six million more illegal immigrants by the end of the summer, but on Thursday Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) vowed to fight him every step of the way:

    The two senators have been among the most vocal Republican opponents of Obama’s deferred deportation policy, which they say has prompted a flood of unaccompanied minors to try crossing into the United States.

    Cruz said he was back at the Texas border last weekend, when he asked border officials why the roughly 60,000 children have tried to cross.

    “Every single one of the border patrol agents gave the exact same answer,” Cruz said. “They said they’re coming because they believe they will get amnesty.”

    Cruz also called it “fitting” that Obama was hosted by the television producer of the TV show Scandal during his recent visit to California, as “it is scandalous that the president has more time to be fundraiser in chief than he does to do his basic job in being commander in chief in securing our borders.”

    Sessions stated that Americans need to know that Obama’s deferred action program also hopes to grant work authorization permits to illegal immigrant adults:

    “We need to know what this is saying, and we need to know what it means, and we need as members of Congress in this Senate to resist it,” Sessions said, citing a National Journal report outlining Obama’s plan. “And we cannot allow it to happen. We will not allow it to happen.”

    “They are not entitled to certain government benefits if they come illegally,” Sessions added.” Of course they are not. Of course they are not able to work and take jobs and get benefits if they came into the country illegally.”

    Cruz has proposed legislation that would prevent a program similar to Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy for millions of other illegal immigrants, and also plans to propose another bill this week that would fix a 2008 law so the U.S. can more quickly deport children from Central America. As for the latter bill, Speaker John Boehner is expected to propose the same change in his forthcoming House border legislation.

  5. Cruz, Sessions, vow to fight Obama’s plan to expand amnesty

    Cruz_1-1024x682Barack Obama reportedly plans to use his executive authority to extend amnesty to six million more illegal immigrants by the end of the summer, but on Thursday Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) vowed to fight him every step of the way:

    The two senators have been among the most vocal Republican opponents of Obama’s deferred deportation policy, which they say has prompted a flood of unaccompanied minors to try crossing into the United States.

    Cruz said he was back at the Texas border last weekend, when he asked border officials why the roughly 60,000 children have tried to cross.

    “Every single one of the border patrol agents gave the exact same answer,” Cruz said. “They said they’re coming because they believe they will get amnesty.”

    Cruz also called it “fitting” that Obama was hosted by the television producer of the TV show Scandal during his recent visit to California, as “it is scandalous that the president has more time to be fundraiser in chief than he does to do his basic job in being commander in chief in securing our borders.”

    Sessions stated that Americans need to know that Obama’s deferred action program also hopes to grant work authorization permits to illegal immigrant adults:

    “We need to know what this is saying, and we need to know what it means, and we need as members of Congress in this Senate to resist it,” Sessions said, citing a National Journal report outlining Obama’s plan. “And we cannot allow it to happen. We will not allow it to happen.”

    “They are not entitled to certain government benefits if they come illegally,” Sessions added.” Of course they are not. Of course they are not able to work and take jobs and get benefits if they came into the country illegally.”

    Cruz has proposed legislation that would prevent a program similar to Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy for millions of other illegal immigrants, and also plans to propose another bill this week that would fix a 2008 law so the U.S. can more quickly deport children from Central America. As for the latter bill, Speaker John Boehner is expected to propose the same change in his forthcoming House border legislation.

  6. GOP praises Obamacare ruling

    8570524865_719029beff_zNumerous Congressional Republicans on Tuesday praised the federal appeals court ruling severely limiting Obamacare subsidies. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) called it a “repudiation of Obamacare”:

    “The D.C. Circuit’s decision today in Halbig v. Burwell is a repudiation of Obamacare and all the lawlessness that has come with it,” the Texas Republican said in a statement.

    “This decision restores power to Congress and to the people and if properly enforced, should shield citizens from Obamacare’s insidious penalties, mandates, and subsidies,” he continued. “This is a significant victory for the American people and the rule of law, but we must not rest.”

    Cruz also accused the administration of executive overreach by trying to administer subsidies in the states.

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) also spoke approvingly of the decision, saying that it proves once again that Obamacare is “completely unworkable”:

    “Today’s ruling is also further proof that President Obama’s health care law is completely unworkable. It cannot be fixed,” the speaker said. ”The American people recognize that Obamacare is hurting our economy and making it harder for small businesses to hire, and that’s why Republicans remain committed to repealing the law and replacing it with solutions that will lower health care costs and protect American jobs.”

    Senate Finance Committee ranking member Orrin Hatch (R-UT) also issued a statement in favor of the ruling:

    “Today’s decision rightly holds the Obama administration accountable to the law,” the Utah Republican wrote in a statement. “The plain text of Obamacare authorizes subsidies only through state exchanges, not the federal exchange. As it has on so many occasions, the Obama administration simply ignored the law and implemented its own policy instead.”

    The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Obamacare subsidies are only legally available through state exchanges, and not the federal exchange. If the ruling holds, 4.7 million people will lose their subsidies and premium prices will skyrocket. Of course, none of this would be happening if Obama had simply implemented the law as it is actually written.

  7. Ted Cruz will join Glenn Beck at the border this weekend

    Ted_Cruz_by_Gage_Skidmore_5Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) confirmed Thursday that he will join Glenn Beck at the border in McAllen, Texas on Saturday to help feed, clothe, and provide toys for illegal immigrant children.

    Cruz does not support amnesty, but he believes that we cannot ignore “the human element of this crisis”:

    Catherine Frazier, a spokeswoman for the senator, told TheBlaze in an email: “Tens of thousands of children are being smuggled into the United States by dangerous drug cartels and transnational gangs – it is heartless to allow that to continue.”

    “But while we work to reverse the policies that have caused this tragedy, it is important we recognize the human element of this crisis, and Sen. Cruz is glad to join Glenn Beck and Mercury One in that effort to provide some relief from the suffering this administration is causing,” Frazier continued.

    Beck noted that we cannot “put pressure on Washington” to change its “lawlessness” while also antagonizing the children:

    “Through no fault of their own, they are caught in political crossfire,” Beck said of the children when he announced the event. “And while we continue to put pressure on Washington and change its course of lawlessness, we must also help. It is not either, or. It is both. We have to be active in the political game, and we must open our hearts.”

    Cruz and Beck both make valid points. The Liberal media already paint Republicans, conservatives, and other anti-amnesty activists as heartless bigots; we cannot add more fuel to the fire by treating the immigrant children with cruelty. It would be wrong not to feed and clothe them, just as it would be wrong to allow them to break our country’s laws.

  8. Washington Post Election Lab forecasts 86 percent chance GOP takes Senate

    Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 10.23.45 AMThe Washington Post’s midterm elections forecast, Election Lab, currently predicts an 86 percent chance that Republicans will win a Senate majority this fall:

    Why so bullish? Here’s an explanation in a nutshell. Most analysts give the GOP a very good shot at controlling at least 46 seats. See the list over at The Upshot. Control of the Senate depends on nine apparently competitive seats: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Michigan. The GOP needs to win at least five of those seats to control a majority (since the Democrats would presumably control the Senate with 50 seats, given Vice President Biden’s tie-breaking vote).

    At the moment, our model suggests that the GOP has a very good chance of winning the Republican-leaning states: Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, and Louisiana. That gives them five seats. They also have a better than 50-50 chance of winning Iowa, where Joni Ernst’s recent surge has made the race neck-and-neck—a trend that is consistent with what our model suggested about the Iowa race back in May. Meanwhile, Democrats have a good chance of winning Colorado, Michigan, and North Carolina.

    Our forecast in states like Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, and Louisiana gives the GOP a much better chance than many observers do. These races are toss-ups according to the Cook Political Report, for example. The reason is that our model is very confident of a GOP win in all three campaigns, and the polls do not give us enough reason to question this for now.  At the same time, the Democrats have strong candidates in these races, so it is possible that the prediction could shift in their favor. However, absent a clear trend toward the Democrats in the polls, our forecast will continue to favor the GOP in these races.

    In a nutshell, the Election Lab model predicts that it will be extremely difficult for Democrats to win seats in a midterm year when a Democratic president isn’t all that popular and when they must contest seats in so many Republican-leaning states. So unless the Dems can somehow shift public opinion in their favor, it looks very likely that we’ll have an opposition Congress come this fall.

  9. Obama gives lame excuse for not visiting the border

    i-want-all-of-your-moneyIn an impromptu press conference Wednesday, Barack Obama insisted that he hadn’t visited the U.S.-Mexico border during his recent trip to Texas because it would amount to political “theater”:

    “This isn’t theater. This is a problem,” Obama said in Dallas following a meeting with Texas Gov. Rick Perry to discuss the surge in unaccompanied minors crossing the southwest border.

    “I’m not interested in photo ops,” he added. “I’m interested in solving a problem.”

    Obama should have clarified — he’s not interested in photo ops unless you contribute to his campaign coffers. Take, for example, the fundraiser Obama attended at director Robert Rodriguez’s Austin home Wednesday evening:

    The crowd was gathered poolside in a tent, lit by three ornate crystal chandeliers. (Those who had paid $5,000 to attend were allowed to get their picture taken with the president, according to a copy of the invite obtained by THR. Guests who donated $32,400 to the DNC were allowed to attend a special VIP reception with the president at Rodriguez’s manse.)

    Hm. It didn’t take Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) long to call Obama out on this blatant double standard:

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Wednesday night said President Obama is interested in at least one kind of theater, pointing to two fundraisers the president attended.

    “You know, apparently, the theater he’s interested in is seeing the home movie theater of wealthy Texas trial lawyers, and he’s interested of getting checks from wealthy Texas trial lawyers, but he’s not interested in seeing the poor immigrant children who are suffering,” Cruz said on Fox News.

    Hypocrite-in-chief? Sounds about right.

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    America truly was brought to you by sticking it to The Man. From Pilgrims who sought religious freedom to colonists who demanded their voices be heard, our forefathers were unwilling to live under the rule of oppression.

    Our Founding Fathers bestowed upon us the most remarkable gift: a government that not only encourages the participation of the people, but requires it.

    As a result of their great wisdom and foresight, it wasn’t long before the United States of America became the most powerful nation in the history of the world. They knew what world leaders both past and present did not: the strongest voice of all is the voice of the people. With full understanding of what endless possibilities freedom provided, they waged the ultimate battle to obtain freedom, and defend it at all costs.

    They pledged their lives, honor, and sacred fortunes so that we might know true liberty and bestow it upon endless lines of generations.

    Maintaining the integrity of the Republic has been anything but easy. It is only possible by both the participation and sacrifice of all her citizens.

    Upon the announcement of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Mrs. Powell of Philadelphia asked Ben Franklin what he had given to us. Without hesitation Franklin responded, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

    May America forevermore be the beacon of freedom to all the world and may God continue to bless this great nation.

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