Sunday, October 19, 2014

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Senate Democrats Claim to be Independent of Obama
- by Ted Abram

A professional politician is a professionally dishonorable man. In order to get anywhere near high office, he has to make so many compromises and submit to so many humiliations that he becomes indistinguishable from a streetwalker. —H.L. Mencken

As a member of a legislative body, it is nearly impossible for an individual politician to advance their legislation alone. A successful politician must be in the majority or needed by the majority.

Almost all politicians – Democrats and Republicans – claim to be independent thinkers. They are not. To be a powerful legislator, they must be part of a political machine and follow the desires and dictates of their party’s leaders. Read more here...

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CDC's Inability to Deal with Ebola Isn't for a Lack of Funding
- by Jason Pye

A progressive organization is out with a new issue ad blaming congressional Republicans for the Ebola outbreak. In the disgusting minute-long ad, titled "Republican Cuts Kill," the Agenda Project Action Fund uses clips of Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KY), urging more spending cuts to the federal budget. It also features footage of Obama administration officials discussing budget cuts and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) purported inability to deal with viral outbreaks.

Unsurprisingly, however, the ad is wholly misleading. The ad -- meant to play on Americans' fears about Ebola -- makes note of the $446 million budget cut to the NIH funding, but the agency saw its budget increase by nearly 23 percent, adjusted for inflation, between FY 2000 and FY 2013. Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies at the Cato Institute, points out that "[b]etween 2000 and 2014, CDC outlays almost doubled in 2014 constant dollars, from $3.5 billion to $6.8 billion." Read more here...

Exposing the Student-Loan Trap
- by Adam Brandon via The Washington Times

There is an old adage that asserts “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” meaning that personal connections can often be more important than one’s actual skills and abilities. It’s a cynical maxim, albeit one with some truth to it. In today’s labor market, however, having the right skill set is more important than ever for anyone who wants to succeed.

We are constantly reminded of the importance of education, and of college degrees in particular, for young people. President Obama, earlier this year, came right out and said that “college has never been more important.” What students are not told, though, is that not all college degrees are created equal, and not all educations guarantee equality of opportunity upon entering the real world of work. Read more here...

Matt Kibbe Discusses the Midterm Elections
- via C-SPAN

FreedomWorks President and CEO Matt Kibbe was on CSPAN's Washington Journal to discuss the 2014 elections. Watch here...


Corporate America's Very Own Obama Phone: The Export-Import Bank
- by Tom Borelli via RedState

The recent debate surrounding the extension of The Export-Import Bank illustrates that the attitude of entitlement is not restricted to individuals demanding government assistance, but that it includes some of the largest U.S. corporations as well.  High ranking corporate executives expecting federal backing for their businesses are starting to sound remarkably similar to individuals seeking freebies from the government.

During the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, the media ran footage of some individuals who said they were supporting Barack Obama for the simple reason that he was going to give them free stuff.  In 2008, following an Obama campaign rally, an excited Peggy Joseph proclaimed, “I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car, I won’t have to worry about paying my mortgage!”  She concluded, “If I help him, he’s going to help me!” Read more here...

The Costs of Common Core Testing
by Logan Albright

Common Core educational standards, like all recent attempts to expand federal control of the education system, rely heavily on standardized testing in their efforts to improve the competitiveness of American students. It seems that bureaucrats on educational boards are capable of no more creative idea than that repeatedly drilling facts into children’s heads and then testing them to within an inch of their life is the only way to improve educational outcomes.

The theory itself is grossly flawed and ignores entirely the myriad ways in which children learn and succeed, but the federal fixation on testing persists, and now we’re all going to have to pay a price for it. I speak not only of the price to the students’ sanity, to the teachers’ flexibility, and to parents’ peace of mind, all of which have been written about extensively, but the purely fiscal cost to state governments as well. Read more here...

Surprise, Taxpayers! ObamaCare Will Increase the Budget Deficit by $131 Billion
by Jason Pye

When ObamaCare passed Congress in March 2010, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that the law would reduce the deficit by $124 billion over the next decade. The purported deficit reduction was, well, a rather rosy assumption because of all the budgetary gimmicks in the law, including Medicare cuts that are almost certainly never going to happen and backloaded costs.

The CBO has since released two more cost estimates, one in February 2011 and the other in July 2012, the most recent of which showed ObamaCare lowering the deficit by $109 billion. In a report released on Tuesday, Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee note, however, that because of lower than expected enrollments, unilateral changes to the employer mandate, and reduced economic output due to the law's negative impact on the labor market, ObamaCare will actually increase the budget deficit by $131 billion over the next ten years. Read more here...

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Adam Brandon
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