A day after rolling out a GOP tax reform bill, the House Republican in charge of writing that plan said he would offer ‘additional’ changes to the bill early next week, and left open the possibility that provisions dealing with the Obama health law might be added to the measure as well. “At the start of our markup on Monday, I will also offer an additional amendment making more substantive improvements to the bill,” Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX)
No. Keep it separated or it will fail to pass. Everything touched by Obamacare´s jellyfish tendrils turns into a huge unpalatable mess and it will be just the excuse that a couple of obstuctionist senators need.
Would be nice to see the end of the individual mandate seeing as how neither party favor repeal. And both sides now prefer to play the ´class warfare´ rhetoric. (Forget about across the board tax cuts). This is not the republican party I grew up with at all.
And where the h*ll is the reduction of the size of govt? Easy answer - nowhere. Neither side have ANY desire to reduce the size of the fed govt now. Some of the ´distinctions´ between the dems and the repukes is only rhetorical now. I shall have to continue to be a conservative independent, separate from the libs and the neo conservatives. Snowflakes all.
Just got my rate increases from CareFirst for 2018. Mine goes from $567 to $822, the wife´s goes from $592 to $851. This is the absolute rock bottom price available from any insurer in Maryland. $20,000 a year!
And it is against the law for me to not get health insurance. The democrats have also made it against the law for me to buy catastrophic insurance, or any high deductible, low rate insurance.
We let it go too far, we have let the democrats take too much of our freedom. We should have been carrying torches and calling for heads when the rates hit $500. Our complacency has cost us a big chunk of our freedom.
I am voting with my money. There is this unprecedented old service called medical expense sharing. A bunch of people get together and pay a monthly fee that goes into the kitty. If one of us gets sick, then we are reimbursed for our expenses from the kitty. It does not cover prescription drugs, hangnails, or preventive procedures. What a concept, I used to call that insurance, it’s called expense sharing now to get around the democrats’ authoritarianism.
Every department, every board, every nook & cranny of the federal government - no matter how useless or obsolete - has a tenacious constituency prepared to fight to the death for its preservation. Any right-leaning president with broad policy goals is going to be reluctant to spend his political capital fighting for reductions in the size of government which are marginal and have little chance for success.
Everyone wants to shrink the leviathan - as long as their own pet program remains intact. From subsidized agribusinesses to welfare loafers, when push comes to shove everyone looks out for #1.
And until we seriously tackle entitlement reform (good luck with that!) all the rest amounts to trimming around the edges.
PDT is doing the right thing by rolling back excessive regulation and the results have been salutary. I´m kewl with that.
The only "significant improvement" would be to repeal GOPcare (formerly Obamacare) and remove the government from any role in creating or managing an "affordable" medical services market. Anything else is just divvying up the take, at the expense of the middle, as always.
Federal prosecutors have long insisted the goal of a fraud scheme at Pilot Flying J was to boost the truck stop giant’s profit and market share, and this week they served up numbers to try to prove it. Jurors in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga this week heard testimony and saw financial records showing that Pilot Flying J’s margin on diesel fuel sales, the number of truck stops it controlled and the amount of diesel fuel it sold all grew substantially during the time of the fraud at issue in the ongoing trial of the firm’s former president and three subordinates. Former
It would rank as one of the greatest political upsets of 2018 and a stunning rebuke to Trumpism: a gay Latina Democrat grabbing hold of the country’s biggest red state. But is Texas ready for Lupe Valdez? The question was first posed in Dallas in 2004, when Valdez scored a surprise victory to become the nation’s first openly gay female Hispanic sheriff on the same night that George W Bush secured a second term in the White House. She won re-election three times in Dallas county before announcing last month that she would resign to stand for Texas governor. Born in San Antonio,
Fox News is the last place you’d expect to see evidence of the growing push for antitrust enforcement. And yet Tucker Carlson this week devoted segments on two of his shows to arguing that Google has surpassed the federal government as the biggest threat to American liberty. In a spirited debate with Senator Mike Lee of Utah (who sits on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights), Carlson called for a return to trust-busting: “Here’s the bottom line from my perspective: No company has ever been as powerful in the history of the world as Google
Fifty years ago — really, has it been that long? — Cardinals Hall of Fame righthander Bob Gibson sashayed through the National League with a 22-9 record, 13 shutouts, 28 complete games, 268 strikeouts and a mind-numbing 1.12 earned-run average, best in the modern era. But it wasn’t that easy. “There was pressure all year,” said Gibson, who especially will be honored Sunday night among other Cardinals greats of the past 60 years at the annual St. Louis Baseball Writers’ dinner at Union Station Hotel. “I have them right now, but I think I developed ulcers then. I had a lot of
The Washington Post has placed national reporter Janell Ross on leave after she was exposed giving a strategy briefing at a secret strategy conference for left-wing donors, politicians and activists in November, according to a new report. Ross was a featured speaker a conference funded by Democracy Alliance, a network of left-wing donors aligned with billionaire financier George Soros. Ross’s role at the conference, which was closed to reporters, was only revealed when the Washington Free Beacon obtained a copy of the conference agenda. She did not notify her employers before speaking at the left-wing summit, where she briefed attendees on
Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) has decided against challenging North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp this November, rejecting pleas from President Donald Trump and leaving the GOP without a top-tier candidate against Heitkamp — a first-term Democratic senator seeking reelection in a state Trump won by 36 points in 2016. Cramer made the announcement Thursday on "What´s On Your Mind?" — a radio program syndicated statewide in North Dakota, saying he needed to spend time with his 10-year-old son.
Gone are the days of a slouched, conciliatory, giggling and limp-wristed Barack Obama who for eight years preened and pranced his way into what was the warm embrace of the Davos elites. Mr. Obama was a thing of their own making, a caricature born deep within the disease-riddled bowels of anti-Americanism that run rampant throughout universities, Hollywood, and institutions like the United Nations. Their collective imaginings inseminated a concept and after a gestation of decades, shat Obama out. They marveled at how you really can polish a t##d and sell ice to Eskimos. As Joe Biden once said, “He’s bright
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California Governor Jerry Brown said legal rulings may clear the way for making cuts to public pension benefits, which would go against long-standing assumptions and potentially provide financial relief to the state and its local governments. Brown said he has a "hunch" the courts would "modify" the so-called California rule, which holds that benefits promised to public employees can’t be rolled back. The state’s Supreme Court is set to hear a case in which lower courts ruled that reductions to pensions are permissible if the payments remain “reasonable” for workers. "There is more flexibility than there is currently assumed by those who
Conservative political strategist Karl Rove has used a provocative phrase to explain how Mitt Romney lost the presidential election Tuesday, saying President Obama won reelection “by suppressing the vote.” Really? Few others make that assertion about the Obama victory. And normally, the words voter suppression refer to efforts by the politically powerful to make it harder for people – especially people who might oppose the politically powerful at the polls – to cast ballots. The online reference Wikipedia defines it as tactics that "can range from minor ‘dirty tricks’ that make voting inconvenient, up to blatantly illegal activities that physically intimidate prospective
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A battle is brewing in Congress over whether to put pork back on the legislative menu. This isn’t about bacon, but so-called “earmarks,” the specially-tagged funding provisions tucked into spending bills by members of Congress to channel federal money to favored home-state projects. Critics say the funding provisions foster profligate spending and corruption — with millions of dollars doled out to lawmakers with the most political muscle, rather than to the projects with the most merit. House Republicans banned the provisions in 2011 after an earmark-related corruption scandal sent a former lawmaker and lobbyist to prison. But supporters want to overturn the ban;
President Donald Trump, frustrated with America´s continued responsibility for immigrants fleeing Third World natural disasters, asked members of Congress Thursday in vulgar terms why the United States had to shoulder such a burden. ´Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?´ Trump said, according to two people who were briefed on the meeting and then leaked the comment to The Washington Post. Trump was reportedly speaking about Haitians and citizens of various African nations. Instead, he said, the U.S. should seek to assimilate people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister he met with a day earlier. Unlike Haiti
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With his newly minted title as the world’s richest person, Amazon’s (AMZN) Jeff Bezos announced on Friday that he is donating a piece of his $108 billion fortune to fund 1,000 college scholarships for “Dreamers.” TheDream.US, the nation’s largest scholarship program for Dreamers, said Bezos donated $33 million in a scholarship grant—one of largest grants in the organization’s history—to give 1,000 undocumented immigrant high school graduates who are part of the Deferred Action for Children Arrivals (DACA) program the opportunity to go to college. “My dad came to the U.S. when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan,” Bezos
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