Top 9 Quotes on the IRS Targeting of Tea Party Groups | Tea Party Patriots

Top 9 Quotes on the IRS Targeting of Tea Party Groups | Tea Party Patriots

Top 9 Quotes on the IRS Targeting of Tea Party Groups

1. “Not even a smidgen of corruption.” – President Barack Obama to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly February, 2014

2. “Decline to answer that question.” – Lois Lerner, pleading the Fifth Amendment before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, March 5, 2014

3. “The IRS used inappropriate criteria that identified for review Tea Party and other organizations applying for tax-exempt status based upon their names or policy positions instead of indications of potential political campaign intervention.” – Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration Audit

4. “Instead of referring to the cases as advocacy cases, they actually used case names on this list. They [Determinations Unit in Cincinnati, Ohio] used names like ‘Tea Party’ or ‘Patriots’ and they selected cases simply because the applications had those names in the title. That was wrong, that was absolutely incorrect, insensitive, and inappropriate.” – Lois Lerner

5. “Even after admitting that it had targeted groups, and a TIGTA [Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration] report detailed the abuses, the IRS did notlet up. In August 2013, the IRS requested yet more documents and information. It asked us to provide, for example, all fundraising communications for the 60 days before the November 6, 2012 election, and all materials that we used in various “Get Out the Vote” activities. That request made no sense under the current standards for evaluating non-profit applications. The regulations proposed three months later, however, explain the requests, as they include specific provisions classifying any mention of a candidate’s name within 60 days of an election and get-out-the-vote efforts as taxable political activity.” – Jenny Beth Martin in testimony to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, February 27, 2014

6. “The Internal Revenue Service says acting IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller was first informed in May 2012 that tea party groups were inappropriately targeted for scrutiny.” – Hot Air, May 13, 2013

7. “The IRS inspector general said this week that while some liberal groups were given extra scrutiny by the tax agency, they were not subjected to the same invasive queries as tea party groups – a finding that seems to confirm political bias was at play.” – The Washington Times, June 27, 2013

8. When the IRS revelations broke, Obama promised a full investigation. Yet Cleta Mitchell, an attorney for a number of tea party and conservative groups targeted by the IRS, testified, “None of my clients have received a single contact from the FBI, the DOJ [Department of Justice] or any other investigator regarding the IRS scandal.” – The Chicago Sun-Times, February 10, 2014

9. More than 400,000 documents have been turned over to Congress, only a fraction of which have been publicly released under the Freedom of Information Act. Republicans say they’re still missing key documents including the e-mails of former IRS Exempt Organizations Director Lois Lerner. – USA Today, February 26, 2014

But remember, President Obama assures us there’s “not a smidgen of corruption!”

States Scheme to Get Around a New Food Stamp Reform

States Scheme to Get Around a New Food Stamp Reform

Three states are trying to get around a new minor reform Congress made to the food stamp program.

In the farm bill it passed earlier this month, Congress tightened a loophole dubbed “Heat and Eat” that has made it possible for states to artificially boost the amount of food stamp benefits a household receives.

Here’s how it works: Some food stamp households that receive Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) benefits are automatically eligible for higher deductions on their utility bills. A higher deduction means eligibility for more food stamps. So some states had simply been mailing out LIHEAP checks for amounts as small as $1 to trigger the higher food stamp benefits.

Even liberal politicians, media outlets, and analysts agreed this loophole was problematic. Congress tightened this loophole in the farm bill—but didn’t close it—by requiring that a household receive $20 or more in LIHEAP to be eligible for the larger utility deduction and subsequently higher food stamp benefits.

But now some state leaders are continuing to perpetuate—and even celebrate—this loophole. For example, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) announced earlier this week that the state would fork out $6 million in state LIHEAP benefits to 300,000 households so they could continue to draw the hundreds of millions of federal food stamp dollars through the loophole. Connecticut and Pennsylvania are following suit.

Because 95 percent of food stamp funding is federal, states are not accountable for most of the cost and thus have no problem with spending more on food stamps. In fact, most of the welfare spending on the government’s roughly 80 means-tested welfare programs is federal. States have paid an increasingly smaller amount of welfare over the decades.

The LIHEAP loophole is just one problem with food stamps, but the program is in need of much greater reform. Congress failed to take the opportunity during the farm bill debate to reform food stamps. Even the small step they took appears to be failing. Food stamps is in major need of reform and Congress shouldn’t wait until the next farm bill debate to get this program back on track.

Hunger strike by 750 immigrants at Washington state detention centre

Hunger strike by 750 immigrants at Washington state detention centre

• Protest at food, treatment and deportations
• Northwest Detention Center has 1,300 inmates
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has confirmed that 750 detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Washington state have refused to eat and say they are on a hunger strike.

An immigrant activist said the hunger strike started on Friday as a protest against deportations as well as conditions at the centre.

The centre currently houses nearly 1,300 people being investigated for possible deportation.

An ICE spokesman, Andrew Munoz, said the agency respected the right of people to express their opinions without interference. The detainees are under continuous observation by centre staff and medical personnel.

Activist Maru Mora said the hunger strikers are seeking better food and treatment as well as better pay for centre jobs.

ICE detention standards state that a detainee who has not eaten for 72 hours is considered to be on a hunger strike.

How ObamaCare Slaps The Sick – If you have cancer, MS, or Parkinson’s, you’re in trouble.

How ObamaCare Slaps The Sick - If you have cancer, MS, or Parkinson’s, you’re in trouble.

“Lies,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid calls the TV ads that feature people complaining about ObamaCare. Sorry: The people in those ads are sick, but their new health policies don’t let them see the specialists or get the medications they need.

These patients aren’t liars; they’re people President Obama claimed he would help, who instead are being harmed.

They had insurance, but their plans got canceled because of the Affordable Care Act, forcing them into ObamaCare. Now they’re discovering that ObamaCare plans aren’t for sick people. They offer “free” mammograms, “free” colonoscopies, and “free” contraceptives – meaning you don’t have a copay. But if you have cancer, MS, or Parkinson’s, you’re in trouble: Most ObamaCare plans skimp on specialists and life-saving drugs.

Dr. Jeffrey English, a Georgia neurologist who treats patients with advanced MS, worries that such patients forced into exchange plans will deteriorate rapidly. Some plans don’t cover six out of the 10 drugs that can treat MS, including the ones most effective at staving off irreversible paralysis.

“ObamaCare is a throwback to the old HMO model of the 1990s, which promised a broad package of coverage for primary-care benefits like vaccines and routine doctor visits. But to pay for these benefits, the ObamaCare plans skimp on other things, principally the number of doctors you’ll have access to and also the number of costlier branded drugs,” explains Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a practicing physician and fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

It’s like a car with leather seats and Bose speakers, but a lousy engine. Another aspect of this approach: most exchange plans exclude the academic medical centers that cancer patients look to when their local hospital runs out of answers.

Dr. Katherine Albrecht developed stage 3c breast cancer (which had spread to her lymph nodes) in 2011. Doctors at her local hospital in Nashua, NH told her to get her affairs in order. But her Anthem PPO health insurance allowed her to go to Dana Farber Cancer Center in Boston, where she was successfully treated, and afterward to Cornell Breast Cancer Center.

Her Anthem policy was canceled late last year because it didn’t meet ObamaCare mandates such as maternity coverage. Yet ObamaCare-compliant policies in New Hampshire won’t cover care at 10 of the 26 hospitals in the state, and none outside the state – so if she’d been on ObamaCare when she got cancer, she couldn’t have gone to Boston for care. Albrecht says, “Under ObamaCare, I’d be dead.”

Recently, the president urged Organizing for Action volunteers to enroll as many people as possible in ObamaCare before the March 31 deadline, calling it “God’s work.” Really? Maybe helping the uninsured is God’s work, but convincing people with health problems to move into plans that won’t provide the care they need to stay alive certainly isn’t. In the private sector, that would be fraud. It takes politics to a new low.

In February 2013, the Obama administration whacked people with pre-existing conditions even harder by suspending the cap on out-of-pocket expenses under an ObamaCare policy, which was originally set to kick in Jan. 1 at $6,350 for an individual. Theodore M. Thompson, a vice president of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, said “The promise of out-of-pocket limits was one of the main reasons we supported health-care reform.”

Without the cap, an MS patient on Copaxone, which costs $6,000 a month, will have to spend about $1,500 to $2,000 every month for the co-pay on that one drug alone. That’s unaffordable for many.

Before the Affordable Care Act, nine out of every 10 Americans with pre-existing conditions had coverage. They got it through an employer-provided plan, Medicare, or Medicaid without discrimination. Only the individual-policy market let insurers charge sick people more or turn them away – and even in that market, most got covered. Nationwide, only 2 million to 4 million people with health problems couldn’t get coverage. That’s about 1 percent of the population – a small, fixable problem.

But ObamaCare doesn’t fix the problem, it makes it far worse. As millions lose on-the-job coverage this year or next and get pushed into ObamaCare, those with pre-existing illnesses will have the same difficulty getting care as the patients in the TV ads. It’s no lie.

Read more at http://www.westernjournalism.com/obamacare-slaps-sick/#vzjSJ07mFZTzlU4H.99

Seniors Prevented From Getting HealthCare Under ObamaCare: The Details

Seniors Prevented From Getting HealthCare Under ObamaCare: The Details

Nancy Pelosi said Americans would find out all about ObamaCare if Congress would only pass the bill. Now we’re finding that some seniors will not be allowed to spend as much as they choose to on their health care – even if they’re willing to pony up for it.

Turns out that with ObamaCare, even if you qualify for health care you just might not get any..

A new report by the Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics at National Right to Life titled “The Affordable Care Act and Health Care Access in the United States,” analyzes four fundamental policy areas of Obamacare.

It finds several ways that the federal health care law “will drastically limit access to life-saving medical treatment under the law.”

“These four areas include: the ‘excess benefit’ tax coming into effect in 2018, the current exclusion of adequate health insurance plans from the exchanges, present limits on senior citizens’ ability to use their own money for health insurance, and federal limits on the care doctors give their patients to be implemented as soon as 2016.”

Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life, said that “for pro-life Americans concerned about the impact on innocent life – both born and unborn – the policies of Obamacare couldn’t be worse.”

“Americans are just as concerned with the law’s impact on our ability to access life-saving medical treatment for ourselves, our family members, and our loved ones as with Obamacare’s funding of abortions. Obamacare is bad medicine for America,” she said.

Pelosi famously said Congress should pass the law so Americans could find out what was in it, and its unpleasant surprises have been shocking citizens ever since.

The study finds, for example, that the “Independent Payment Advisory Board,” which starting next January is supposed to make “recommendations to slow the growth in national health expenditures,” will set “quality and efficiency” standards for hospitals and demand that doctors meet government minimums in order to contract with any qualified health insurance plan.

“Essentially, doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers can be told by Washington just what diagnostic tests and medical care are considered to meet ‘quality and efficiency’ standards. These standards will be enforced not just for health care paid for by federally funded programs like Medicare, but also for health care paid for by private citizens and by the health insurance they or their employers purchase,” the study explains.

“These standards are specifically designed to limit the funds that Americans may choose to spend on health care so that they cannot keep up with the rate of medical inflation. Treatment that a doctor and patient deem needed or advisable to save the patient’s life or preserve or improve the patient’s health, but which runs afoul of the imposed standards, can be denied, even if the patient is willing and able to pay for it,” the study warns.

The study says that means that Washington “bureaucrats” will set a national standard for care “that is designed to limit what private citizens are allowed to spend to save their own lives.”

PELOSI and BOI wouldn’t worry too much about Nancy Pelosi though – she’s exempt from ObamaCare – as is the rest of the gang in Congress, the Senate, The White House, their friends in the Unions, their staff, their families… But you’re stuck with it.

What is the cure for boiling blood? I think there’s going to be a run on it soon. This ObamaCare is a lie and has been from the beginning. Period.

“If it looks like a “death panel” and smells like a “death panel” it’s a DEATH PANEL..”
– Ruler4You

Read more at http://joeforamerica.com/2014/03/seniors-prevented-getting-healthcare-obamacare-details/#0KCfpq9KfXWxfDT5.99

Lawmaker: Obama Failing to Stop DoD Contractors From Dealing with Iran-Administration aims to ‘bribe’ Tehran

Lawmaker: Obama Failing to Stop DoD Contractors From Dealing with Iran-Administration aims to ‘bribe’ Tehran

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel sidestepped questions on Thursday about numerous Pentagon contractors who are currently seeking to begin business with Iran.

At least 13 major international companies have said in recent weeks that they aim to reenter the Iranian marketplace over the next several months. The companies have received Pentagon contracts totaling well over $107 billion, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis that tracked defense contracts awarded since fiscal year 2009.

Lawmakers have expressed shock over the revelation that companies receiving billions in taxpayer funds would seek to do business with Iran and have demanded that these companies be forced to choose between doing business with America or doing it with Iran.

When questioned about the matter during a congressional hearing on Thursday, Hagel avoided direct answers.

“Should companies that do business with the Department of Defense also be doing business with Iran?” asked Rep. Doug Lamborn (R., Colo.), a member of the House Armed Services Committee.

Hagel responded by saying that the United States has “sanctions in place … to address that. And companies would violate those sanctions if they were doing that kind of business with Iran.”

However, under the interim nuclear accord signed last year, companies have a temporary window to conduct certain types of business with Iran, giving it a chance to cash in on lucrative deals.

“One news report has indicated that companies doing business with the Department of Defense to the tune of $100 billion are looking at doing more business with Tehran now that the, sort of, floodgates have been opened,” Lamborn said. “And some people would disagree with that term, floodgates, since this recent deal with Iran. But that’s how some people out there in the business world are looking at it.”

Hagel said that “no floodgates have been opened.”

Asked after the hearing if he was satisfied with Hagel’s answers, Lamborn said that Hagel is putting too much faith in a sanctions regime that is already collapsing.

“He’s putting a lot of faith in the sanctions program that the Obama administration has in place,” Lamborn said. “Unfortunately, that program has been considerably weakened ever since the so-called agreement. I’m not convinced we’re really looking closely enough at how major companies in some cases might be wanting to play on both sides of the fence.”

Lamborn criticized the administration for not publicly addressing the issue and drawing a line for Pentagon contractors.

“I don’t see anybody being called out, and I don’t see any warnings being issued to any companies,” he said. “I just don’t see anything happening.”

This silence sets a dangerous precedent, Lamborn said.

“I’ve tried to call out some people by name and maybe bring them to an awareness that if they operate in an inconsistent way they’re going to have to have consequences,” he said.

Lamborn went on to note that some in the Obama administration believe that it is wise to get Tehran hooked on outside cash.

“There are some in the administration who have the belief they want Iran to start doing a lot of business and get hooked on the money,” he said. “I think that’s a huge gamble that hasn’t been proven. What has worked in the past to bring them to the table has been strong sanctions, not some kind of money transfusion that bribes people.”

Many of the companies said to be exploring business opportunities in Iran have had highly lucrative DoD contracts.

These companies include Boeing and General Electric—which have DoD contracts worth at least $87.9 and $12.5 billion respectively—as well as the Italian oil company Eni, Merck, Safran, Vitol, Bosch Rexroth, Sanofi Pasteur, and AVL.