John Ransom and I enjoyed a spirited discussion about the fictitious “equal pay day” and the 77 cents wage gap myth.
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Today, Americans will file approximately 143,600,000 federal individual income tax returns to comply with 26 U.S.C. Section 6011 and pay approximately one trillion real, hard-earned dollars to the U.S. Treasury. Taxpayers deserve a full and accurate accounting from Washington. The Obama administration uses struggling Americans as justification for a vast federal overreach and growing federal expenditures, but his policies only make things worse.
Some Americans believe that when our government spends more than 22.9% of our entire U.S. economy, we should have something to show for it. Call it a return on taxpayer investment. Government spending roughly breaks down into three categories: entitlements (primarily Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security), discretionary spending (includes military spending, support for schools and highway maintenance), and interest payments on federal debt (only the debtors benefit from interest payments).
Each year, our federal government receives less from taxpayers than it spends, resulting in a budget deficit. Each year’s budget deficit is added to those deficits of prior years, creating our federal debt. The CBO recently projected that the federal deficit will be $492 billion for 2014. Obama supporters may point out that this is a big decline from the $680 billion deficit in fiscal year 2013. Yet, the $492 billion adds to prior year’s deficits and will create a projected $17.9 trillion federal debt by the end of 2014.
Under Obama’s budget proposal released in early March, we would spend more on interest payments on debt (not including principal payments) than on the entire defense budget by 2020. Being highly leveraged reduces the US’s ability to make foreign policy decisions based on core principles rather than craven economic reasons. Paying more to debt service than protecting our nation threatens our security.
On the domestic front, right now, we face a record high number of those receiving food assistance through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. In 2012, 46.37 million individuals received food assistance, meaning 15 percent of our country’s population received benefits under the program. As of April 4, 2014, 46.9 million individuals participate in SNAP. Previously, children and seniors primarily received assistance, but now, 50.2% of participants are working-age adults.
Who doesn’t want hungry people to eat? This administration would rather tax working Americans, run up federal credit cards, and expand a vast bureaucracy of soul-sucking forms, lines, and humiliation, than work with Congress to reform its signature health care law. After repeating, “It’s the law of the land” when questioned about the ill effects of Obamacare, the administration has unilaterally changed the law over thirty times so the law no longer resembles the originally enacted statute.
This pernicious law creates incentives for employers (including universities) to cut employees’ hours and avoid hiring to avoid being targeted for federal manipulation of the labor market.
Instead of forcing people onto food assistance, why won’t the Obama administration allow an energy renaissance, approve the Keystone XL pipeline, lift the export ban on crude oil and open up opportunities like $80,000 per year jobs driving trucks (as is happening in energy boom state Texas) or $17 per hour jobs working at an entry level job at Wal-Mart (as is happening in energy boom state North Dakota)?
“I’m all for helping those in need,” posted one frustrated Democratic voter on Facebook after realizing what she owed in taxes this year, “But now I’m getting screwed.”
We can help fellow Americans without continually increasing our $17 trillion federal debt, imperiling our safety from outside threats, and limiting our liberties. Use this Tax Day to demand our federal government hold up its end of the social compact.
“Every Republican in the House of Representatives right now ran on either delaying, opposing or defunding Obamacare. And this is the point where Republicans need to show whether or not they’re going to follow through on their commitments. This is democracy in action, and if you don’t like where we are now with the government slowdown, most Americans didn’t like where we were when Obamacare was passed in the first place.”
Click here to listen to or read the transcript from my recent interview with Michel Martin on NPR’s Tell Me More
“The U.S. prison for enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, should not succumb once again to policies that thwart our defense of U.S. citizens and national security interests.
While Gitmo houses 164 inmates who are eager to harm Americans, a group of left-leaning lawyers (colloquially dubbed the “terrorist bar”) is working earnestly on behalf of the Gitmo detainees. These groups include representatives of the American Bar Association, the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Human Rights First.
Under a recent policy change, the Department of Defense allows observers from these organizations to monitor ongoing proceedings at Gitmo. The department’s policy confers privileged status on these five organizations, which have automatic access rights to monitor Gitmo hearings.”
Click here to read my full commentary in the Washington Times.
“Americans have learned that the world is a more dangerous place under the leadership of our Nobel Peace Prize winner, who never seemed to learn that peace is best achieved through strength.”
Read my new piece at the Daily Caller. Click here.
Former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman has some explaining to do. An outcry from Shulman’s former bosses, the American taxpayers, should shame him into honestly answering five simple questions about his role in the most threatening scandal engulfing the Obama administration today.
Read the five questions here.
Attorney General Eric Holder may have misled Congress and you about the Justice Department’s targeting of reporter James Rosen. Did Holder perjure himself? IWF senior fellow Gayle Trotter joined Andrea Tantaros to illuminate the issues. Listen here.
The President signed 23 new executive actions yesterday. NRA President David Keene joined Ernest and Gayle to explain what this means for you. Ernest and Gayle speak with author and Townhall editor Katie Pavlich about the executive actions. Gayle and Ernest speak with Jordan Sekulow about an Iranian American pastor facing persecution and threat of execution. Listen here.
Gayle joined host Ernest Istook to discuss the President’s approach to the debt limit and the seemingly limitless reach of government. Listen here.
“Guns make women safer. In a violent confrontation, guns reverse the balance of power. Armed with a gun, a woman may even have the advantage over a violent attacker. More than 90 percent of violent crimes occur without a firearm, according to federal statistics. When a violent criminal threatens or attacks a woman, he rarely uses a gun. Attackers use their size and physical strength, preying on women who are at a severe disadvantage.”
Read my piece here on why safeguarding Second Amendment rights preserves meaningful protection for women.