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Tuesday
Apr152014

Heritage - Where Did Your Tax Money Go? 

April 15, 2014

 

Where Did Your Tax Money Go?

It’s pretty unreal when you see it.

Your 2013 tax dollars—which are due today—went primarily to pay for government benefits.

Major entitlements (Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security) gobbled up 49 percent, while more federal benefits took another 20 percent. These additional “income security” benefits include federal employee retirement and disability, unemployment benefits, and welfare programs such as food and housing assistance. Obamacare spending didn’t really kick in until 2014, so that will show up in next year’s breakdown.

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Friday
Mar072014

ALG's Daily Grind - How come only 7 Senate Democrats voted no on cop killer defender Adegbile? 

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March 6, 2014

How come only 7 Senate Democrats voted no on cop killer defender Adegbile?
If Reid had known that the Debo Adegbile nomination was going to fail, he might have advised Mark Begich of Alaska, Al Franken of Minnesota, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Tim Kaine and Mark Warner of Virginia, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Jon Tester of Montana, and Mark Udall of Colorado that they were being asked to catch a live buzz saw.

Obama's fantasy budget
President Obama's 2015 budget shows that his domestic policy is every bit as grounded in reality as his foreign policy, which The Washington Post declared this weekend to be "based on fantasy."

Sekulow: Four questions Lois Lerner must answer about IRS scandal
"It's been 10 months of stonewalling. Lois Lerner has since retired from the IRS with a full taxpayer funded pension. She owes the American people the truth, and answers to the following questions would be an excellent start."

 

Wednesday
Mar052014

Guinta For Congress - Administrations Budget Ignores Reality and Hurts Economic Growth 

Today, President Obama released his FY ’15 budget. In response, Ethan Zorfas with Frank Guinta's Campaign for Congress released the following statement:

“President Obama's budget calls for nearly $4 trillion in spending, increases taxes and serves as a White House wish list for new spending. Carol Shea-Porter owes Granite Staters an answer, are you going to continue to ignore the historic unemployment and financial crisis we face by supporting President Obama’s budget, or will you side with New Hampshire? This budget will do nothing to grow the economy or create the environment for job growth and middle class prosperity. Lastly, it fails to address the $17 trillion debt, a failure that will cost our children and grandchildren dearly.”

Monday
Dec162013

AFPNH - Thank You, Senator Ayotte 

Thursday night the House of Representatives passed the Ryan-Murray budget deal and broke their promises to the American people that they would control runaway spending in Washington. Now it's up to the Senate to stop this bloated legislation from becoming law. The Senate is going to vote soon, and they need to hear from you before they do.

Thank Senator Ayotte for going on the record to oppose this bad deal for New Hampshire taxpayers!

This deal dramatically increases spending and violates Congress's previous agreement to get it under control this year. It would allow the federal government to spend over a trillion dollars in FY14-meaning that it will spend $45 billion more next year. The deal also undoes $65 billion in current spending reductions that were already the law of the land in order to increase federal spending for the next two years.

American taxpayers deserve spending cuts now, not promises to cut spending down the road. That's why AFP strongly opposes this Ryan-Murray deal, and we will key vote against this legislation in both chambers and include the vote in our congressional scorecard. We need your help to contact Senator Shaheen and tell her that you oppose this budget - we can't afford another trillion-dollar backdoor deal in New Hampshire.

Remind Senator Shaheen to stand strong and follow Senator Ayotte's example to keep her promise on spending control. Click here to take action.

Live free or die,

Greg Moore
New Hampshire State Director
Americans for Prosperity

Thursday
Oct242013

NHDP - ICYMI - Keene Sentinel Editorial: Expand Medicaid 

Key Point: "A bipartisan panel was charged with exploring the issue and finding the best way forward for the state. A week ago, it made its recommendations, which include expanding Medicaid... Sen. Andy Sanborn, R-Bedford, who served on the panel, and Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, were quick to make it clear that despite the overwhelming vote on the panel to support the recommendations (a 6-2 original vote on the plan and a 9-0 vote to forward the 115-page report to the governor), the GOP-led Senate will continue to be an obstacle. If so, that’s a shame."


Keene Sentinel Editorial: Expand Medicaid

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
The cost of health care is one of the biggest challenges in our society, and one we must meet.
As is often pointed out, excellent care is available in the United States — perhaps among the best in the world. But that care comes with an ever-increasing cost, and the ranks of those unable to afford it have been growing steadily for years.
 
The Affordable Care Act is an attempt to deal with a situation that has reached crisis stage. It’s not perfect, but it’s a move in the right direction. Expanding the availability of Medicaid — the federal/state partnership that provides medical coverage to the poorest Americans — is part of that plan. It ensures fewer Granite Staters will be lost in the shuffle as the health care delivery system and how we pay for it evolves.
Last spring, the Legislature examined and debated whether to accept the health care act’s measure for expanding Medicaid in New Hampshire. The House passed a plan to expand the system to those making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, a move that would help insure an additional 58,000 or so of the state’s residents. The Senate balked, seeking assurance the state government won’t be left on the hook for the expanded costs of that move.

A bipartisan panel was charged with exploring the issue and finding the best way forward for the state.
A week ago, it made its recommendations, which include expanding Medicaid, but including a trigger that would back us out of that expansion should Congress not provide the promised federal funds to cover the cost. It also suggests those who could apply for Medicaid, but also have coverage available through their employer, be mandated to go with the private insurance.

These recommendations weren’t a surprise; the panel had taken a public vote on them a few weeks ago. Thus, when they were formally announced, politicians and interested parties on both sides had their arguments already lined up. Sen. Andy Sanborn, R-Bedford, who served on the panel, and Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, were quick to make it clear that despite the overwhelming vote on the panel to support the recommendations (a 6-2 original vote on the plan and a 9-0 vote to forward the 115-page report to the governor), the GOP-led Senate will continue to be an obstacle.
If so, that’s a shame. The cost issue the Senate has made its central talking point on the expansion should be a nonstarter. The health care act calls for the federal government to pay all the costs of increasing Medicaid coverage for three years, and 90 percent of the costs after that. Ideally, within that three-year period enough progress will have been made in overhauling the health care system that those 58,000 people won’t need to be on Medicaid. If not, that 10 percent the state would pay will be substantially offset by the reduced costs for uncompensated care and other services the state and local governments provide to those who are now uninsured.
Plus, the Affordable Care Act’s approach is more based on preventive measures than current practices, meaning overall health costs should decline over time. That’s the true goal of health care reform, and our Legislature ought to support it.