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ALG - House punts on debt ceiling, cedes power of the purse 


Feb. 12, 2014

House punts on debt ceiling, cedes power of the purse
Paul Ryan on December 15: "We don't want nothing out of this debt limit." Yet, that is exactly what the American people got in return for a one-year extension of borrowing authority by the House.

Political targeting of Walker supporters proves it can happen here
Conservative groups in the state of Wisconsin whose leaders have had their private homes raided by local police due to their attempts to support Gov. Scott Walker during the labor unions' failed attempt at recalling him from office.

Time to reform the Endangered Species Act
If you find oil or natural gas on your property, the value goes up. If you find an endangered species, your land becomes virtually worthless because the critter prevents productive use.

Washington Examiner: Google endorses NSA surveillance-reform bill
Rep. Justin Amash: "The biggest names in tech are getting behind the Freedom Act because it is the only legislation that protects Americans' privacy from unconstitutional government surveillance. Momentum is on our side, and I have no doubt that the Freedom Act would pass today if it were brought to the floor for a vote."


ALG's Daily Grind - If Congress won't fight on the IRS, what will it fight on?


Feb. 10, 2014

If Congress won't fight on the IRS, what will it fight on?
House leaders refuse to use debt ceiling to stop tea party targeting.

Obama's end goal: Dependency on government
Once again, now that Team Obama has revealed that dependency is the desired end to their public policy initiatives.

The Sierra Club hates energy
Sierra Club praises the President's State of the Union declaration that climate change is real and that the science is "settled."

Rand Paul: When will Obama start caring?
"Just when you thought Obamacare couldn't get any worse, the Congressional Budget Office reported on Tuesday that the equivalent of 2.5 million jobs will be lost due to Obamacare. We can't afford to lose any more jobs."


CEI Today: Unemployment benefits, questions for Yellen, a top 10 list for Congress, and more 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
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USA Today: Extending unemployment benefits would do more harm

Unemployment insurance extensions in the past five years have kept at least 600,000 people out of the labor force, because people tend to ride a gravy train. A year's extension would add $25 billion to the tab, or about $6.25 billion for three months. That money is not in the budget, and none of the options for getting it is pain-free.

So, what can we do that will actually generate economic growth and get people back to work?
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> See also: CEI Podcast: Rethinking Unemployment Insurance

> Interview Aloysius Hogan

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How Will New Fed Chair Handle Big Issues?


The Senate Monday confirmed Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve, despite unanswered questions concerning Yellen's views and plans. Specifically, her policies on inflation, quantitative easing, the Fed's conflicting mandates on inflation and unemployment, the needlessly complicated Basel III standards for how much capital banks should keep in reserve, Dodd-Frank implementation and reforms, and more.


Questions about inflationary monetary policy, overregulation from Dodd-Frank, transparency at the Federal Reserve and the interplay of all these issues as they affect growth and freedom. We hope our lawmakers will do what they can to hold the Fed accountable and make sure these questions are answered. > View the full list of questions for Yellen

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Jim Bohannon Show

Chrysler wound up in the hands of Italian automaker Fiat, after a major push by the Obama administration. Fiat assumed full control of Chrysler through an over four billion dollar buyout of the shares that had been held by the United Autoworkers Union. Our guest tonight says you - all of us U.S. taxpayers - made it possible. He's John Berlau of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, who has just written a blog on CEI's website entitled "The Great Italian Auto Bailout -- Courtesy of U.S. Taxpayers." > Listen to the interview starting at the :40:25 mark

> Interview John Berlau
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CEI President Lawson Bader

Top 10 for Congress in 2014




Heritage - Is Congress Too Good for Obamacare? 

Thought you would find this post from Heritage's blog, The Foundry, of special interest.  You can find out more about the Defund Obamacare Tour with Jim DeMint by clicking here.
Is Congress Too Good for Obamacare?                    


For the past few months, members of Congress and their staffs have been discussing behind closed doors the worrying proposition that they will be forced off their popular health insurance program and onto the federal insurance exchanges set up under Obamacare.

Those concerns reached a fevered pitch this week as President Obama, while making a rare visit to Capitol Hill, assured lawmakers that they and their staffs wouldn’t be foisted onto the same health exchange as millions of Americans. Then late last night, news broke that Obama had "solved" the problem, although no details were available.

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Obama and many in Congress hope that the Office of Personnel Management can somehow find a way to legally continue paying for members’ health benefits after they lose their current Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) coverage and instead have to get coverage through the new exchanges.

But not so fast, say two Heritage Foundation health scholars and a former general counsel of the OPM. The three health benefit experts scoured Obamacare’s rules, along with other relevant statutes, and found nothing in the law that gives OPM the authority to pay the government' contributions to any health plan that is outside of the FEHBP.

>>> Read the Full Report: No Easy Escape for Congress

In other words, members of Congress and their staff will lose the health insurance they like—breaking a big promise from Obama—unless Congress passes another law to preserve its own current coverage. That's something they have so far been unwilling to do for their constituents, millions of whom are also facing the prospect of losing their current coverage.

“There does not seem to be any way that OPM [and the Obama Administration] can rescue Members of Congress and their staffs,” Heritage’s new report concludes.

Lawmakers and their staffs could keep their coverage by repealing a section of Obamacare, but at what political price?

“Of course, Congress could enact legislative changes," the report notes. "The problem for Congress, however, is that adopting any possible legislative solution would be viewed by many of their constituents as an act of self-dealing special treatment.”

Why should the people’s representatives get special treatment? Maybe they should have read the health law more carefully before they voted for it. Regardless, it would be a disservice to millions of hard-working Americans and their families for the Administration or Congress to jam through special favors rather than repeal an unpopular, unworkable, and unaffordable law.

With less than two months left until enrollment opens for Obamacare's insurance exchanges, now is the time for Americans to speak out against the unfair political maneuverings and out-of-control spending within Obamacare.

Heritage’s sister organization Heritage Action will host town-hall meetings this month in nine cities across America. Learn more about the "Defund Obamacare Tour" and find out how you can make your voice heard.

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ALG's Daily Grind - Obama's rogue EPA makes an end-around Congress 

July 29, 2013

Obama's rogue EPA makes an end-around Congress

Having failed to pass a national carbon tax, the White House is attempting to bypass Congress and use his rogue Environmental Protection Agency to impose sweeping new regulations on America's energy industry that will cripple the economy.

Is Chris Christie a demagogue?

New Jersey Governor to NSA domestic surveillance program opponents: "I think we need to be very cautious about how joyful we are over the idea that somehow we're going to shift this baby way back because the next attack that comes that kills thousands of Americans as a result, people are going to be looking back on the people who are having this intellectual debate and wonder."

Surviving the New Normal

There is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Jindal and Walker: Unworkable Obamacare

"Government agencies in states across the country, whether red or blue, have spent countless hours and incalculable dollars trying to keep the Obamacare train on its track, but the wreck is coming. And it is the American people who are going to pay the price."