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CHQ - 'Compassionate' nonsense aimed at the Tea Party 

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Mark Fitzgibbons:  'Compassionate' nonsense aimed at the Tea Party
American Thinker (blog) - Mark Fitzgibbons debunks the charge from 'compassionate conservative' Michael Gerson that Tea Parties are a threat to Social Security, claiming that Big Government programs like Social Security will go bankrupt long before the Tea Parties would even be able to touch them.  The Constitution has been so badly damaged that cures will take time, but those like Gersen who attempt to scare people away from the pro-constitutional Tea Party with nonsensical and unimaginative talk are covering for their own interests and failed agendas.

Weak-kneed GOP leadership still keeping its distance from Ryan's 'Roadmap' --
Washington Times

Would Joe Miller be a Tea Party senator from Alaska? --

At Sen. Lisa Murkowski's request, NRSC are headed to Alaska, does it spell trouble? --
Hot Air

Meet Joe Miller, the man who just may be Alaska's next senator --
Daily Caller

Newt Gingrich:  Repeal Obamacare? Get your congressman on the record --
Human Events

Dear John:  You'd better not stray too far from the conservatives who voted for you --
American Thinker

Washington U.S. Senate race shaping up as competitive for GOP --
Weekly Standard

Tea Party's key to success is there are no leaders --
Washington Examiner

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Richard A. Viguerie


NHDP -Hypocrisy Alert: Sean Mahoney Flip-Flops on Social Security

Career politician Mahoney takes both sides on social security debate

Concord - Hypocrisy Alert is part of the New Hampshire Democratic Party's efforts to hold Republicans accountable in the coming months for their blatant flip-flopping on a wide-range of issues that matter to all Granite Staters.  Earlier this week we highlighted a top Mahoney for Congress aide, and today we look at Sean Mahoney himself.

Two days ago, Sean Mahoney issued a press release attacking Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner after he announced support for raising the Social Security retirement age for workers 20 or more years away from retirement.  But that is exactly the position Mahoney himself took at a recent debate for first district Republican Congressional Candidates.

In his press release Mahoney commented that, "Social Security is a covenant between taxpaying Americans and their government."  And he added, "If Washington changes the rules now for people who are already in the system, they will demonstrate their disregard for regular Americans once again."  He called Boehner's plan to raise the retirement age, "poorly thought out."

But at the GOP Debate, Mahoney called Social Security a bailout program.  And voiced his support for raising the retirement age.  "But for younger generations they need to understand that there will be other options.  The retirement age maybe later in life than your parents was," (9:37) said Mahoney.  And he called raising the retirement age, a "common sense conservative solution." (10:40)

"Sean Mahoney's flip-flopping and hypocrisy on raising the Social Security Retirement age is ridiculous," said Harrell Kirstein, press secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party.  "He couldn't have reversed his position more if he tried. Raise the retirement age, don't raise the retirement age, it's a covenant, it's a bailout, it's a common sense conservative solution, it's a poorly thought out idea."

"This 'say anything to get elected mentality' is more evidence that Sean Mahoney is a career politician,"  continued Kirstein.  "From the time George Bush was elected President, there have only been two elections Sean Mahoney wasn't a candidate in.  Just because he hasn't won an election doesn't mean he's not a career politician."


NHDP - NH Republican Candidates Silently Support Republican Plans to Privatize Social Security & Slash Medicare and Medicaid

Republican Congressman Paul Ryan outlines disastrous proposals at NH GOP fundraiser 


Concord - Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) pitched the reckless Republican plan to slash Medicare and Medicaid, and privatize Social Security in New Hampshire this weekend.  Ryan held a fundraiser for the New Hampshire Republican Party, and a breakfast with young Republicans. 


While Judd Gregg has been a long time supporter of Paul Ryan's, the Republican candidates for Congress haven't been as vocal about Ryan, or any of the extreme Republican proposals he outlined over the weekend.


"Granite Staters know that the Republican plan to privatize Social Security that Ryan outlined this weekend would be a disaster for our state and country," said Derek Richer, press secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party.  "Does Kelly Ayotte, Charlie Bass, Frank Guinta, Rich Ashooh and the other Republican candidates agree with Congressman Ryan and national Republicans? Or will they actually side with the people of New Hampshire?"


The irresponsible Republican plan to privatize social security that Congressman Ryan outlined would put the program at the whims of the market.  In the aftermath of the worst recession since the Great Depression, it's clear this idea would be a disaster for New Hampshire's seniors.   


"The Republican plan to slash Medicaid and Medicare is equally disturbing," said Richer.  "These irresponsible Republican plans would be devastating for New Hampshire families who are already struggling during these difficult economic times.  Ayotte, Bass, Guinta, Ashooh, and the other Republican candidates need to stand with the people of the Granite State, not with these disastrous proposals."


NH DHHS - Federal Government Releases Determination in Audit of 2004 Disproportionate Share Hospital Program

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the New Hampshire Department of Justice (DOJ) announced today that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will be releasing a decision affirming the 2004 Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) Audit conducted by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). The State has the right to appeal the decision.

The OIG audit, completed in 2007, stated that New Hampshire had claimed $35,325,468 in federal funds in 2004 in unallowable DSH payments and recommended to CMS that the State be issued a letter of disallowance, requiring the State to pay back that amount of money to the federal government. The formal notice of disallowance from CMS is expected to arrive in the next few days.

In the State budget approved in 2005, the State made major changes to the DSH program to address concerns raised by CMS.

“We are disappointed in CMS’s decision,” stated DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. “We believe the State has a strong argument as to why CMS’s conclusions are inaccurate.”

Under Section 1923 of the Social Security Act, the states make DSH payments to hospitals to contribute to the costs of their providing services to disproportionately large numbers of low-income patients. The DSH program has been in existence for over a decade and is included in all state Medicaid plans across the country. OIG claimed that NH Medicaid DSH payments for Federal fiscal year 2004 were calculated incorrectly and did not comply with Federal requirements.

However, CMS signed off yearly on the State’s DSH program and the federal reimbursement of DSH costs. When CMS raised concerns in 2004, the State acted promptly to address them with changes that were included in Governor John Lynch’s 2005 proposed budget and enacted in fiscal year 2006.

“New Hampshire will appeal CMS’s decision to the federal HHS Appeals Board,” stated Governor Lynch, “and I will continue to work with state officials in order to protect New Hampshire’s interests.”

“Our office will be carefully reviewing CMS’s letter when it arrives,” said NH Attorney General Michael Delaney, “ and we will work closely with NH DHHS on the appeal.”


Daily Grind: Obama and the Cult of Personality 

Obama and the Cult of Personality
America has never succumbed to the cult of personality by surrendering its liberties to any movement based on a pledge of unquestioned devotion and loyalty to the will of a single individual.

Barack Obama's Night of the Living Dead
Thanks to Obama's penchant for picking off the old folks, you just lost seven dollars for every hundred in your Social Security check.

Too Hot Not To Note: Impending Washington Deal on Health Care
From Rasmussen Reports, Tony Blankley comments on the impending health care deal and its possible effects on the nation.