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Spending on the elderly is gobbling up the federal budget

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A recent Congressional Budget Office report, “The 2015 Long-Term Budget Outlook,” reminds us that the federal government is slowly becoming an agency for taking care of the elderly. Almost everything else is being crowded out. We ignored that during the Obama presidency, and now it seems that the presidential campaign may do likewise. Hillary Clinton and other Democrats plug fairer economic growth. Jeb Bush and other Republicans are more forthcoming (they talk about raising Social Security’s eligibility age) but concentrate their rhetoric on creating faster economic growth. There’s a bipartisan triumph of political expedience over professed beliefs. Liberals shrink many ...

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Obamacare Is Trampling On States Rights

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Ten Republican state attorneys general are asking Republican lawmakers to prevent the Obama administration from taking what they call “coercive efforts” to compel them into expanding their state Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act. In a letter to Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), attorneys general from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Texas, South Carolina and Utah say they’re concerned the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) may threaten to withhold federal funds if they don’t expand Medicaid. “We welcome assistance from Congress in reigning-in CMS, an agency insistent upon trampling the rights of our sovereign states to ...

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How to kill an economy, Obama style: Hundreds of billions more in regulatory costs

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For a president who is constantly talking about improving the lot of “the middle class” and “the poor,” his policies are doing precisely the opposite The Obama administration recently released its latest list of onerous, costly regulations – on the Thursday before the Memorial Day weekend, in a minimalist effort at transparency – and the new cost numbers are in. They aren’t good, but for this administration, they are par for the course. According to an assessment of the new regulatory burdens by the American Action Forum (AAF), the new rules would add an additional $110 billion in costs to ...

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Mike Rowe’s ‘work ethic’ rebuttal to a Facebook post was spot-on

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Liberal policies combined with a massive welfare state and entitlement attitude is destroying the American work ethic, in our youth in particular By now, it has become nearly legend that Mike Rowe, star of “Dirty Jobs,” has dispatched haters a-plenty not with rude and salacious comments but with a calming wisdom that belies the kind of responses lesser men would give. And he did it again recently, much to the delight of his millions (and growing) fans. As noted by The Blaze, a hater tried to take Rowe to task over his equally legendary advice regarding work ethics, dismissing it ...

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Enzi: Rein in America’s dangerous debt to strengthen our national security

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  As the Senate continues to debate national security issues and defense funding, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, today highlighted the threat America’s growing debt poses to our national security, and the role a balanced budget can play to help keep our nation safe while strengthening our military. The following comments are excerpts from Enzi’s speech today on the Senate floor: “The balanced budget resolution recently approved by Congress recognizes the responsibility that the federal government has to defend the nation, while recognizing the threat our overspending and growing debt pose to our national ...

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Who’s Afraid of Social Security Reform? Not the GOP

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By Hal Bundrick – MainStreet.com Social Security is not just a gray hair issue. Millennials are not only a major force as voters, but the massive generation now comprises the majority of the American workforce. And one thing all workers take note of — all of the deductions from our paychecks. We’re all paying into the Social Security system; the question is: What will we receive in return tomorrow for every dollar that’s taken out of our paycheck today? And when do we get our money back? Republican presidential candidates are already stirring voters with talk of raising the national retirement age. Presidential ...

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‘Conservative’ praises ‘scandal-free’ Obama administration

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By Garth Kant – WND WASHINGTON – Real Clear Politics describes David Brooks as the “conservative New York Times opinion writer.” This is what Brooks said on Friday on “PBS NewsHour”: “President Obama has run an amazingly scandal-free administration, not only he, himself, but the people around him. He’s chosen people who have been pretty scandal-free.” Reaction was fast and furious from someone widely regarded as a bona-fide conservative. Referring to Benghazi, former Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., told WND, “Apparently, dead Americans don’t count. Apparently, the senseless killing of four innocent Americans, due to Secretary Clinton’s negligent incompetence was no ...

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