Americans have reason to be outraged and alarmed that the Internal Revenue Service has targeted conservative organizations in an effort to prevent their political expression and stifle their First Amendment rights. New IRS rules proposed in November of 2013 may lead to even more chilling and censoring of political speech.
Fortunately, these IRS abuses are being combated in Congress. Yesterday, the House passed the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act of 2014 (H.R. 3865), introduced by Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Dave CampHouse Republican Average57%.
But IRS abuses remain a serious issue, and, not surprisingly, the Obama Administration doesn’t seem to care.
House leaders are delaying floor action on the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 until next week, according to Democratic and Republican aides. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Eric CantorHouse Republican Average61% told his conference
in a private meeting that he’ll “work with Democrats” to further conform to their ideas of how the flood insurance bill should look.
CQ reports (sub. req’d):
Lawmakers have been trying to negotiate a “modified” version of a bill that passed in the Senate (S 1926), but have struggled to get enough votes to pass it under suspension of the rules.
This week in the House has been dubbed “Stop Government Abuse Week,” and House Republicans are focusing on 12 bills designed to do just that. But by promoting these bills, are House Republicans merely feigning unity, conveniently right before upcoming midterm elections?
The Washington Post suggests that’s “absolutely” what’s going on — these bills will “generate support among GOP base voters, helping Republican lawmakers score political points back home.”
The Obama Administration’s latest argument for Obamacare is that some people don’t want to work, and Obamacare makes not working easier for those people.
This new spin comes conveniently in the wake of a Congressional Budget Office report demonstrating Obamacare will push about 2 million workers out of the labor market by 2017.
The liberals of the Obama Administration spun the new data as only they can. Politico Pro reports (sub. req’d):
Instead, the Obama administration says, the health care law will allow people to choose to work less.
Under Obamacare, “individuals will be empowered to make choices about their own lives and livelihoods, like retiring on time rather than working into their elderly years or choosing to spend more time with their families,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement.
“At the beginning of this year, we noted that as part of this new day in health care, Americans would no longer be trapped in a job just to provide coverage for their families, and would have the opportunity to pursue their dreams,” Carney said in the statement. For good measure, he added that “the Republican plan to repeal the ACA would strip those hardworking Americans of that opportunity.” (emphasis added)
This is perhaps the most ideologically revealing statement the Administration has made about Obamacare yet.
When House Republican leaders released their “Immigration Standards
” last week, analysis of the policy
almost immediately gave way to a debate over timing: should the amnesty-first proposal be pushed heading into a midterm election or delayed until the presidential primary cycle? Political strategists are asking the wrong question – bad policy is bad policy – but the decision will have major repercussions. So, what are the so-called strategists thinking?