Rep Michael Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) in the weekly GOP address talks about how ObamaCare is only going to get worse for Americans through increased premiums, higher deductions, longer waits for medical appointments, and less coverage for pre-existing conditions.
Earlier this month, Democratic National Convention Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz proclaimed her party would proudly run on the virtues of ObamaCare as the 2014 midterm election season approaches. Considering the lies and incompetence surrounding the unpopular law’s implementation, many conservatives are hoping that is exactly what its leftist supporters do.
The prediction that campaigning on this boondoggle would send more voters to the GOP was bolstered recently through a poll conducted by CNN and ORC International. Continuing a trend that began with a miserable roll out of the ObamaCare enrollment site HealthCare.gov, Democrats are now losing to Republicans in a generic congressional poll.
Though results remain close, the poll shows the GOP leads by two percentage points among voters who were asked which party they would vote for next year.
In a similar poll conducted by CNN last month, Republicans trailed by eight points.
The news network, which has itself struggled in the ratings due in large part to its blatant leftist bias, explained that ObamaCare was the likely cause of this shift.
As individuals across the nation continue to receive cancellation notices from their insurers, it becomes increasingly obvious that Obama lied when selling his program to voters. The fact that the website designed to facilitate enrollment is largely useless simply adds to the distrust Americans have toward this administration.
Still, Obama minions like Schultz believe that public sentiment will once again turn in the law’s favor.
For Republicans seeking a majority stake in the U.S. Senate next year, such a Democrat strategy could be more effective than any advertising campaign they could imagine.
The stars seem to be aligning for a GOP victory, though often ineffective legislators in that party have been known to squander such electoral advantages in the past. If Republicans can stay out of their own way until Election Day, however, a renewed conservative movement could put this nation back on the right track again.
Thanks to their own blind allegiance to Obama and the federal government, leftist legislators appear to be resigned to minority status in the next congressional session. Furthermore, because of the shortsightedness of Senate Majority Harry Reid, they would be left without even the option of a filibuster.
–B. Christopher Agee
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Establishment Republicans have rightfully come under fire in recent months from conservatives who say they are not representing the will of their constituents. Among those commonly criticized by the Tea Party and other right-wing organizations is U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
While he is eager to compromise with – or capitulate to – the Obama administration and his chamber’s Democrat leadership, McConnell has been notoriously unreceptive to conservative causes.
During a recent conference call, one participant said the Kentucky senator lashed out at the Tea Party, giving many conservatives more reason to distrust him.
As part of Republican mastermind Karl Rove’s Crossroads Grassroots Political Strategies, McConnell spoke to a number of donors during the Oct. 30 conversation. Recently, one participant in the call recalled the outrageous rhetoric in an interview with Breitbart News.
According to the source, “McConnell said the Tea Party was a bunch of bullies.” The senator then reportedly called for physical violence against members of the conservative group.
“[H]e said, ‘You know how to deal with schoolyard bullies? You punch them in the nose; and that’s what we’re going to do,” the anonymous tipster continued.
While a Crossroads spokesperson denied any such threats were made, the source contends that Rove himself engaged in a “slightly gentler” version of the same rhetoric. “But the message was pretty well the same, that if we’re going to save this thing, we have to back real Republicans.”
The spokesperson would not release either a written or recorded copy of the conversation upon Breitbart’s request.
While the Tea Party cannot reasonably expect that every Republican will be as conservative as they are across the board, many of the movement’s members feel that politicians like McConnell spend more time demonizing members of their own party than objecting to the disastrous policies of the left.
One Tea Party-backed legislator’s aide recently described this week’s move by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to curtail the practice of filibustering as largely the Republican leadership’s fault.
“Under Sen. McConnell’s watch, Republicans … just got rolled over by Democrats who pushed the button on the nuclear option,” the aide explained, “destroying years of well-established Senate order.”
Though many Republicans feel that their key to success lies in moderation and a reluctance to stand on principle, a conservative uprising continues in this nation that rejects leftist propaganda from either party. McConnell is doing himself no favors by threatening to attack such an engaged and informed group of voters.
–B. Christopher Agee
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If you are in the music industry, you probably haven’t heard of SoundExchange; but if some members of Congress and lobbyists for the record industry get their way, SoundExchange will impact everyone who loves music and listens to broadcast radio.
SoundExchange is a non-profit founded–and operated–by the recording industry that collects royalties for artists and labels on fees paid by satellite radio and Internet radio. A recent press release from SoundExchange announcing two new board members highlights the nature of this organization. Two industry insiders are departing the SoundExchange board and are being replaced by two more industry insiders. The entire board is made up of industry insiders and controlled by label executives.
In one of the more brazen crony capitalist power grabs in recent memory, Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC) has introduced legislation that would force radio stations to start paying music taxes to performers when they play a song on the radio. For 80 years, radio stations have paid royalties to song composers, but not performers, because performers benefit from airplay, which acts as a form of advertising for the singers. Airplay turns into record sales and concert tickets. Its a fair balance that has worked for generations.
But fairness is not the goal of the recording industry. As usual, they are looking for government to pad and protect their profits. That’s why the legislation not only forces radio stations to pay a new tax; it empowers the SoundExchange to determine the rate they have to pay!
We live in an age where Wall Street, car manufacturers, hedge funds, green energy firms, and the like all look to their friends in Washington to build marketshare. The RIAA is no different but could be more brazen. Think about it. The government is giving monopoly power to one industry to determine the price another industry has to pay. It’s unprecedented, but not unusual.
Taxing radio stations for promoting artists and playing songs is not only a bad idea for music lovers, its cronyism. But wouldn’t you know it, Mr. Watt has entitled his legislation the “Free Market Royalty Act.” Mr. Watt is certainly no champion of free markets. The bill is nothing more than an effort to provide cover to GOP members to join the effort to help the recording industry.
Some in Congress see this bill for what it is. Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) in the Senate and Representatives Mike Conoway (R-TX) and Gene Green (D-TX) in the House are pushing a resolution called The Local Radio Freedom Act that opposes the introduction of “any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge” on local radio stations. The bill makes the commonsense statement that “Congress should not impose any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge relating to the public performance of sound recordings on a local radio station for broadcasting sound recordings over-the-air, or on any business for such public performance of sound recordings.”
Mr. Barrasso and his allies understand that a real free market does not need the government to fix prices or to monopolize an entity to function. A better solution already exists in the marketplace. Beasely Broadcast Group, Entercom Communications, Greater Media, and Clear Channel have all negotiated deals with artists and labels.They sat down together and formed an agreement that benefited both parties. Radio stations agree to pay performers when they play their music, but artists and labels agree to restructure the royalty rates they charge when their music is streamed on the Internet. That’s how a real free market works.
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