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Friday
Mar232012

Shea-Porter for Congress - Rep. Guinta casts deciding vote on Ryan Budget

New Hampshire-   Yesterday, Congressman Frank Guinta cast the deciding vote to pass the Ryan Budget out of the Budget Committee by a vote of 19-18. Among other proposals, The House Budget continues the Bush tax cuts for millionaires and extends corporate welfare programs, cuts nutrition for women and children, decreases Pell grants for students, hurts seniors, cuts money for veterans' programs, and cuts transportation funding. Today, former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, who is running for the NH-01 Congressional seat, released the following statement on that vote.

"Congressman Guinta cast the deciding vote to hurt America's middle class. Mr. Guinta cut funding for veterans by 13%, cut the very nutrition programs he claimed he was protecting in his franked mail to women last week, and cut money to help NH families educate their kids, starting from Head Start through college. Congressmen Guinta and Ryan raced this bill through the full committee in just 24 hours, without even allowing members to read it, because our tea partier congressman knew this bill was too extreme for them and too extreme for New Hampshire also."

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Carol Shea-Porter for Congress
P.O. Box 453
Rochester, NH 03866

www.sheaporter.com

Tuesday
Apr262011

CEI Daily - Hidden Taxes, Convention Centers, and Paul Ryan

Hidden Taxes

 

In the 2011 edition of Ten Thousand Commandments (released by the Competitive Enterprise Institute last week), CEI Vice President Wayne Crews explains how the compliance costs of federal regulation are being passed down to consumers as hidden taxes.

 

Wayne Crews and Fellow in Regulatory Studies Ryan Young talk about the costs of regulations in a new op-ed.

 

"The total cost of federal regulation is $1.75 trillion. That's true in terms of money. But money isn't everything. Regulation also has opportunity costs. Workers spend millions of man-hours every year filling out forms and following procedures. That time could be spent on other things instead, such as finding ways to lower costs, improve quality and increase worker productivity. When there's too much regulation, progress and innovation slow down."

 

 

Convention Centers

 

Policy Analyst Marc Scribner is quoted in Casey Ross' Boston Globe article about the proposed expansion of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Scribner tells Ross that the expansion likely won't bring in the windfall that urban planning analysts say it will.

Scribner elaborates on OpenMarket.

 

"Ross mentions [D.C.'s] new Walter E. Washington Convention Center, which has been underperforming for years.[...] So, since the Walter E. Washington Convention Center opened eight years ago, convention center space increased by nearly 90 percent yet hotel room nights used by attendees is only about 82 percent of the 1990-97 annual use averaged by the old Washington Convention Center. There is little doubt that the $834 million could have been far better spent. But this is hardly an exception to the rule; this is essentially the rule! The downtown convention business, thanks to more competition from airport convention facilities and innovation in telecommunications services, is hardly the business it once was. The problem is overbuilt existing facilities and ever-declining demand, not too-small convention centers in urban cores in need of more publicly financed expansion."

 

 

 

Paul Ryan

 

Left-wing media recently slammed Paul Ryan for receiving survivor benefits after his father died.

 

Senior Counsel Hans Bader responds.

 

"Liberal bloggers frequently smear conservatives and libertarians as hypocrites for seeking to collect social security and other benefits. For example, Ayn Rand was attacked by the liberal blog Balloon Juice as being a “welfare queen” for receiving Medicare benefits even though she had contributed lots of tax money in her lifetime through income and self-employment taxes she paid based on her best-selling books. But there’s nothing hypocritical about criticizing a government program as being a bad deal for the public, and yet wanting to recover some of the tax money you were forced to pay into that program in benefits. Refusing to accept such benefits is as stupid as refusing to accept the return of stolen money. "

 



Saturday
Apr162011

US Rep. Frank Guinta statement on passage of House budget, "The Path to Prosperity"

“Granite Staters are tired of empty words about putting our nation’s fiscal house in order.  They want action.  And the House delivered it today.”

(Washington –   April 15, 2011)    Rep. Frank Guinta (NH-01) released the following statement:

“The era of reckless spending with sky-high debt and ever deepening deficits officially ended this afternoon.  The passage of our Path to Prosperity budget is the prescription America needs to regain fiscal responsibility and to revitalize our weak economy. 

“We’re sending the Senate a budget that cuts $6.2 trillion from spending, trims $4.4 trillion from the deficit over a decade and protects current Medicare and other entitlement benefits for people age 55 and older, while safeguarding those programs for future generations.  On top of all that, it is expected to create one million new private sector jobs next year alone.

“Granite Staters are tired of empty words about putting our nation’s fiscal house in order.  They want action.  And the House delivered it today.”

 



Saturday
Apr162011

NHDP Chair Ray Buckley's Statement on Rep. Guinta and Rep. Bass's Reckless Vote for Ryan Budget

Guinta and Bass vote for 'Road to Ruin' budget

 

Concord, NH - New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement after Congressmen Guinta and Bass voted for the reckless Paul Ryan budget in Washington today.

 

"Congressmen Bass and Guinta cast their most reckless vote yet in favor of the Ryan Budget today, sending health care costs skyrocketing, making severe cuts to Social Security for New Hampshire senior citizens, and giving billions of dollars in tax breaks to corporations.   

 

"In fact, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office reports that it would actually increase our national debt by 8 trillion dollars.  Republicans want to claim this vote was courageous, but really their vote today was no more courageous than mugging the little old lady down the street on her way to church. 

 

"For Congressmen Bass and Guinta, who have made millions off special tax breaks for relatives or suddenly remembered the existence of a half million dollar bank account, slashing Social Security might not be a problem. But for rest of New Hampshire citizens their vote today took an axe to our hopes of ever being able to afford retirement."

 

 

Extremely Troubling Facts About the Reckless Ryan Budget:

 

·         Will Lead to "Rationing". The CBO warned that higher payments could affect care as beneficiaries might be less likely to use "new, costly, but possibly beneficial, technologies and techniques." According to NPR, that is "exactly the sort of rationing that so frightened Republicans when they were fighting the health law - the health law that Ryan's proposal would repeal, by the way." [NPR, 4/06/11]

 

·         CBO: GOP Budget Raises Health Costs for Retirees. "Most future retirees would pay more for health care under a new House Republican budget proposal, according to an analysis by nonpartisan experts for Congress that could be an obstacle to GOP ambitions to tame federal deficits. [...] The budget office gave two reasons future retirees can expect to pay more. First, private plans would cost more than traditional Medicare because of such factors as higher administrative costs. Second, the federal contribution would grow more slowly than health care cost inflation, leaving a bigger gap for beneficiaries to pay."  [AP, 4/6/11]

  

·         CBO: Debt Rises During First 10 Years of Ryan's Plan. According to an initial analysis by the CBO, they found that by the end of the 10 year budget window, public debt would actually be higher. "CBO projected under current law the debt would balloon to 67 percent of GDP by 2022; under Ryan's plan, the CBO expects it to rise to 70 percent." [Congressional Budget Office, 4/05/11; The Atlantic, 4/06/11]

 

·         National Debt Increases $8 Trillion Under Ryan Budget. Under Ryan's plan, the national debt would still increase $8 trillion over the coming decade to $23 trillion. [Roll Call, 4/06/11]

 

·         Medicare Cost Would Rise for Many Under Ryan Plan [Wall Street Journal] "The House Republican plan for overhauling Medicare would fundamentally change how the federal government pays for health care, starting a decade from now, likely resulting in higher out-of-pocket costs and greater limits to coverage for many Americans." [WSJ, 4/6/11]

 

·         GOP seeking dramatic changes in Medicare and Medicaid [USA Today] "Republicans unveiled a budget-cutting plan Tuesday that would dramatically revamp the twin health care pillars of the Great Society, taking a huge political risk that could reverberate all the way to November 2012 and beyond. Medicare, the government-run health insurance program covering about 47 million seniors and people with disabilities, would be run by private insurers and would cost beneficiaries more, or offer them less. Medicaid, the federal-state program covering more than 50 million low-income Americans, would be turned over to the states and cut by $750 billion over 10 years, forcing lesser benefits or higher copayments. Social Security eventually would be cut, too." [USA Today, 4/6/11]

 

·         Ryan Plan Pushes Optimism to the Outer Limits [National Journal] "The tax and spending roadmap put forth Tuesday morning by Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican who heads the House Budget Committee, is backed by a set of extremely optimistic assumptions about how the budget would stimulate private investment, hiring, and broad economic growth. [...] But the forecasted growth is so high that it falls on the outer edge of what most economists say is plausible-or even desirable-for the next decade." [National Journal, 4/5/11]



Saturday
Apr092011

CEI Weekly: Paul Ryan's Budget Will Cut Spending But Won't Reform Washington

Friday, April 8, 2011

 

 

 

 

Feature: Paul Ryan released his much-anticipated budget proposal this week.

FEATURED STORY: Paul Ryan's Budget Will Cut Spending But Won't Reform Washington

 

Congressman Paul Ryan released his budget proposal on Tuesday morning, to mixed reviews. CEI Vice President Iain Murray praised Ryan for his proposed spending cuts, which would cut trillions from America's budget; however, Murray pointed out that spending reform will only go so far toward cutting the cost of government if it isn't accompanied by true and serious regulatory reform. Read Iain Murray's blog post response to Paul Ryan's budget here.

 

SHAPING THE DEBATE

 

Obama Says, 'Drill, Baby, Drill . . . in Brazil'

Myron Ebell's citation in The Orange County Register

 

Vivienne Westwood: Climate Change Will Make L.A. Uninhabitable in 25 Years

Myron Ebell's citation on FoxNews.com

 

Wisconsin Supreme Court: A Referendum That Wasn't

Vincent Vernuccio's op-ed on BigGovernment

 

The Truth About Krugman: More Inconvenient Than Ever

Chris Horner's op-ed in The American Spectator

 

Senate to Vote on EPA's Power Grab: Does the Rule of Law Still Matter?

Chris Horner's op-ed on BigGovernment

 

Regulatory Dysfunction

Wayne Crews' citation in American Thinker

 

House Moves Against Net Neutrality But Obstacles Remain

Ryan Radia's citation in The Daily Caller

 

Justice Department Opposes Digital Privacy Reforms

CEI's citation on CNET

 

                     

 

CEI PODCAST

 

April 5, 2011: Reforming the Railway Labor Act

 

Russ Brown, a vice president at the Labor Relations Institute and a CEI Adjunct Analyst, talks about recent changes made to the Railway Labor Act that make it easier for airline workers to unionize. Brown recently co-authored a CEI OnPoint paper on the reforms. Congress voted against the changes in legislation, so they were passed via regulation instead. This is another example of regulation without representation.

 

BEST OF THE BLOGS

 

If Al Gore Can Outgrow the Ethanol Fad, Why Can't Conservatives?

By Marlo Lewis

 

House Rejects Obama-Backed, Pro-Union Amendment to FAA Reauthorization Bill

By Marc Scribner

 

Michigan Demonstrates Clean Energy "Success"

By Brian McGraw

 

My Response to Simon Johnson's Defense of Price Controls Benefitting Big Retailers

by John Berlau

 

 

Congratulations to CEI Policy Analyst Michelle Minton for being named as a finalist for the Sam Adams Alliance "Sammie" Awards. Michelle's work is being recognized for helping to further the ideals of liberty and for embodying the spirit of American patriot Samuel Adams.