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Highlands Tea Party Weekly Meeting -May 12, 2015 Homers Smorgasbord 6-8 PM

A - We The People Highlands CntyMEETS EVERY TUESDAY 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
1000 Sebring Square
May 12, 2015
Guest Speaker
Starla Brown/Marc Fox – AFP Field Director on Upcoming Plans including Highlands County

Pledge of Allegiance
Invocation by Chaplin Jenkin Davis or Dale Pflug
Acknowledgement of First Time Visitors.
POPVOX –    It’s Your Voice – Check it out! We urge everyone who has internet to get connected
NumbersUSA – – Educating Americans on the need for policies of controlled immigration for the national interest. GET CONNECTED!

May 19th – Joe Bernard – New CEO Highlands Regional Hospital, Highlands County  – Hospital Coverage Under ACA
June 2nd,   – Terry Trussell – The establishment is attacking Terry for doing his job as Grand Jury Foreman by reporting the True Bills and putting them into the public record Come and hear Terry’s Story about the Injustice of our Justice System.
June 9th – Frank DeVarona – The Muslim Threat to America
June 16th – Art Ally – Faith and Liberty
July 14th – Amapola & James Hansberger – Legal Immigrants for America
July 21st –   Pastor Tom Lahte  –  Autopsy of a Deceased Church
October 20 – Brian Mast – Motivational Speaker – Double Amputee from Afghanistan.



May 7th National Day Of Prayer Event In front of the Court House starting at 11:00AM Bring a chair
May 14th – Jonathan CAhn Author of The Harbinger will hold a service at The Ministry Center 8475 Sparta Road For more Info
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 FLORIDA 2015 LEGISLATIVE SESSION Emergency session sounds like June will Post date when published

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 Before we can stop the Obama administration from settling on a dangerous nuclear agreement with Iran, we have to stop the Senate’s Corker-Cardin Iran bill .Help us send the message loud and clear to Congress: don’t give the Obama administration unchecked authority to negotiate with Iran– stop the Corker-Cardin Iran bill.


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Week of May 3, 2015 – May 10, 2015

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  • NEWSMAX – ISIS Vows to Kill ‘Draw Muhammad’ Organizer Pamela Geller05/06
    A message on the website Just Paste It claims Pamela Geller, one of the organizers of Sunday’s “Draw Muhammad” event in Garland, Texas, will be killed by Islamic State (ISIS) sympathizers.  “The attack by the Islamic State in America is only the beginning of our efforts to establish a wiliyah in the heart of our enemy,” the message reads. “Our aim was the khanzeer Pamela Geller and to show her that we don’t care what land she hides in or what sky shields her; we will send all our Lions to achieve her slaughter.”   Two gunmen, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, were shot to death by police outside the event when they jumped from a car with assault rifles. The note said the two were aware the event was heavily guarded and gave their lives willingly in an effort to show “how easy we give our lives for the Sake of Allah.”
  • THE HILL – The GOP’s new case against ObamaCare 05/06
    Republicans are shifting their line of attack on ObamaCare, abandoning assertions that few people are taking advantage of the law for new arguments that enrollees are getting stuck with low-quality insurance plans. Republicans initially argued the Affordable Care Act (ACA) had not made a dent in the size of the uninsured population. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in March 2014 that the law had led to “a net loss of people with health insurance” because of canceled plans. That same month, Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, a leading Republican voice on healthcare, dismissed the administration’s announcement that 6 million people had signed up. “I don’t think it means anything,” he told Fox News. “They are cooking the books on this.
  • DAILYSIGNAL – Ex-Im Misrepresents Subsidies to Prominent Billionaire 05/04
    The chairman of the government’s Export-Import Bank has repeatedly mischaracterized several deals that have benefited billionaire Elon Musk. These misrepresentations, among other mismanagement and dysfunction within Ex-Im, reinforce the case for ending thecrony bank. In numerous speeches and “success stories” promoted in bankreports and press releases, Ex-Im Chairman Fred Hochberg has claimed that Space Exploration Technologies Corp.—commonly known as SpaceX—is a small business that has only  “limited” options for export financing, and thus is “relying on Ex-Im Bank” to expand its business. Ex-Im, Hochberg has said, is “excited to play such a key role” in its growth.
  • DALY SIGNAL – Conservative House Freedom Caucus Comes Out Against Export-Import Bank05/04
    A group of 40 conservative lawmakers collectively known as the House Freedom Caucus have come out in opposition to the controversial Export-Import Bank, joining Republican presidential candidates and a legion of conservative groups speaking out against the agency’s reauthorization.  “The Ex-Im Bank financially supports less than 2 percent of U.S. exports and supports mega-corporations at the expense of small businesses—literally picking winners and losers among American workers,” the House Freedom Caucus said in a statement. “Its daily operations and its core mission do not align with free market principles. It is clear it cannot be fixed.” Calling the bank the “bridge to nowhere” of corporate welfare, the group argued Ex-Im has failed to comply with reforms mandated in Congress’ previous reauthorizations and noted that there are still 31 open fraud investigations at Ex-Im.
  • THE HILL – Obama’s difficult legacy on race – 05/02
    From Ferguson to Baltimore, the nation’s first black president is encountering the limits of his power when it comes to healing the nation’s racial wounds. A series of racially-charged police killings, most recently in Baltimore, are quickly becoming a part of President Obama’s second-term legacy, defying predictions that his election to the White House would help bridge the country’s oldest divide. Obama appears increasingly frustrated by the situation, this week lashing out at people rioting in Baltimore as “thugs” and “criminals.”  The president has also brushed off critics who say his administration should be taking a more forceful approach toward police misconduct. “The challenge for us as the federal government is, is that we don’t run these police forces,” he said Tuesday during a Rose Garden press conference. “I can’t federalize every police force in the country and force them to retrain.”
  • THEHILL – GOP prepares list of demands if justices rule against ObamaCare05/01
    Republicans believe a Supreme Court ruling against ObamaCare this summer would give them leverage to force President Obama to scrap the healthcare law’s central pillars.  Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), who is leading the Senate GOP’s response to King v. Burwell, said Republicans will be willing to strike a deal with Obama to ensure that the 7.5 million people who stand to lose their subsidies are protected, at least until the 2016 elections.

But in return, they would demand that Obama to do something he has long resisted: nix the employer and individual mandates for insurance coverage. 
    “Is the president going to say, ‘Tough, I’m going to veto that?’ ” Barrasso said in an interview in his Dirksen office. “There will be, as part of that [deal], things we want to have happen.”
    Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) 80% is expressing outrage that the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act includes an amendment encouraging the Secretary of Defense to consider allowing illegal immigrants granted executive amnesty to serve in the military.“It makes no sense to me that, at the same time the Army is downsizing and issuing pink slips to American soldiers serving in Afghanistan, there are Congressmen who help illegal aliens deprive American citizens of military service opportunities,” Brooks, who serves on House Armed Services Committee, said.
  • FOX NEWS – TENSIONS RISE IN PERSIAN GULF Navy to accompany US-flagged ships after Iran’s seizure of cargo vessel – 04/30
    U.S. Navy ships will begin to accompany U.S. flagged commercial ships as they travel the Strait of Hormuz, a defense official confirmed to Fox News, on the heels of Iran seizing a cargo ship.  The Obama administration is closely monitoring Iran’s takeover of the ship, as it involved a Marshall Islands-flagged vessel. The Marshall Islands and the U.S. have a longstanding security agreement, and officials said Thursday the two nations are in contact. But, in a clear response to that incident, a defense official said the U.S. Navy will now accompany all U.S.-flagged ships going through the area. The move is the latest development in a high-stakes chess match in the region, with the Iran nuclear talks continuing to play out in the background. 
  • FOX NEWS – FEC head under fire for women’s forum ‘stacked’ with Dems -04/30
    The chairwoman of the supposedly nonpartisan Federal Election Commission is under fire for planning a forum next month on women in politics “stacked” with Democrat-leaning speakers and apparent Hillary Clinton supporters. One conservative lawyer already is calling for an inspector general investigation; another group is urging Chairwoman Ann Ravel to call off the event. To Ravel’s detractors, the forum is yet another example of the allegedly partisan turn being taken by the FEC under her leadership. “There are so many things wrong with this,” Cleta Mitchell, a prominent conservative lawyer in Washington, D.C., told 
  • 2nd Amendment – When The Brady Campaign Filed A Frivolous Anti-Gun Lawsuit, This Judge Responded Perfectly04/26
    A perfect example of the PLCAA being used appropriately occurred recently after the Brady Campaign filed a lawsuit against four sporting goods companies on behalf of the mother of a shooting victim from the Aurora, Colo., shooting massacre — a suit quickly dismissed by Judge Richard P. Matsch. Their lawsuit attempted to place blame for the death of the plaintiff’s daughter due to “negligence” on the companies’ part, claiming they didn’t have “safeguards” in place to keep mentally deranged killers like James Holmes from purchasing their equipment. Not only did Judge Matsch dismiss the anti-gun group’s case, he also ordered “reasonable attorney fees” be paid to the defendants by the plaintiffs in the case. This is the Judge who presided over the Oklahoma Bombing trial of Terry Nichols


Just What America needs

Amnesty supporters Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton Joins Jeb Bush In Pushing Amnesty For Illegal Aliens
By CHQ Staff
It appears to us that the only difference between Clinton and Bush is on the process by which President Obama implemented policies that he didn’t think the newly elected 2014 Republican majority in Congress would pass. And the Big Businesses and tech companies that are pouring millions into their campaigns are the ones who benefit from their shared ideas about “comprehensive immigration reform,” not America’s hard-pressed middle class families.

Right’s new check on McConnell

Right’s new check on McConnell

Thirty-seven-year-old freshman Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) has become a conservative foil to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Cotton surprised his colleagues last week by exploiting a procedural loophole that allowed him to circumvent negotiations on Iran between McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nev.).  In this case, Cotton was able to file an amendment to legislation granting Congress power to review a nuclear deal with Iran that would require Iran to recognize Israel. If the amendment is added to the bill, it would kill it, according to members in both parties.  The power play reflects Cotton’s emerging Senate role as a conservative check on McConnell, who many on the right suspect is too much of a dealmaker for his own good.
It also highlighted the tension between McConnell and his conservative critics.
McConnell doesn’t want Rubio’s Israel amendment to derail the Iran bill because he wants to rack up accomplishments to show the Senate GOP can govern. On Tuesday he listed trade legislation and the Iran measure as likely the two biggest accomplishments of the 114th Congress.  Conservatives want to push bold proposals that highlight differences between the parties. In this instance, they want to force Democrats to take a stand on picking between recognition of Israel as a Jewish state and a tentative deal with Iran. “There’s this contrast between governing and laying out a governing agenda,” said Holler.
Conservative activists were appalled by McConnell’s recent vote to confirm Loretta Lynch as the nation’s 83rd attorney general, even though she endorsed an expansive view of executive power and President Obama’s action to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation. They were also alarmed by his speedy approval of a bipartisan deal to permanently wipe out scheduled cuts in doctors’ Medicare payments. “Most of these bills that are being passed are with near unanimous support from Democrats and Mitch McConnell,” said Ken Cuccinelli, president of the Senate Conservatives Fund.
The Club for Growth and Heritage Action, two prominent conservative lobbying groups, urged senators to oppose the doc-fix deal and scored it a key vote.Cotton’s move also highlights what some say is a void on the right created by the presidential campaign.  Some worry there are fewer strong conservative voices at Senate GOP meetings to hold McConnell’s “feet to the fire” because Cruz and Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) are on the campaign trail.  “Without the anchor of those three, I think Mitch McConnell is going to do whatever he wants and do what he does best and that’s broker deals,” said Drew Ryun, political director of the Madison Project. “The tension for those three is going to be doing both, holding Mitch McConnell’s feet to the fire and still running effective presidential campaigns.”
“Certainly the absence of those three is going to be noticed,” said Holler. “Numbers are important in the Senate and when they take a position on an issue they have an ability to move their colleagues.”  Cruz urged his colleagues to block Lynch from receiving an up-or-down vote but he missed the final tally, provoking a storm of criticism that received more press attention than McConnell’s affirmative vote.  “We’re seeing one of the minuses with Cruz having missed the final vote on Lynch. So that becomes a subject of focus,” said Cuccinelli. “People are going to ask how are you going to balance,” serving in the Senate and running for president.
“The inability to be actually present is a negative,” he added.Cruz missed nearly seven in 10 votes in April according to GovTrack. Rubio missed two in 10 votes this month and Paul did not miss any votes.



Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate, is coming out swinging against the pending Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) deal legislation—which is a proposal in Congress that would fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other trade deals—saying that Congress should not give any more power to President Obama than it already has.
Jindal says Congress should reject the TPA fast track deal on the grounds that it would give Obama more power to “harm this country,” and since Obama “cannot be trusted” Congress shouldn’t give him any more authority with which to push his agenda.
“I’m for free trade. I’m for free trade agreements,” Jindal said. Also:

I’m for presidents in both parties having fast track authority on free trade agreements. But I am not for giving more authority to a president who ignores the Constitution, the separation of powers, and will of the American people. This particular President must not be given any more power to do anything else to harm this country. He cannot be trusted. That’s why Congress needs to find a way to maintain oversight of the Obama Administration – the current deal doesn’t do that.

Jindal joins fellow likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate and real estate mogul Donald Trump—an expert in international business—in opposing TPA.  In a series of Tweets, Trump lambasted congressional Republicans for even considering such a deal.  “The Trans-Pacific Partnership is an attack on America’s business,” Trump said in one Tweet. “It does not stop Japan’s currency manipulation. This is a bad deal.”
“Why are the Republicans giving Obama fast track authority for TPP and the Iran agreement?! Obama gets more from the GOP than his own party,” Trump added in another.  Several GOP heavyweights are on the other side, however, pushing the Chamber of Commerce—Wall Street establishment position. They include Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)  , former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) , House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)  , and theres. Cruz, in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal authored with House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)—someone who purports to be conservative but has misled House Republicans on numerous occasions—backed the deal.
Cruz and Ryan wrote in the joint op-ed that the deal before Congress right now, in their estimation, would protect American workers and put “Congress in charge” on trade. “Trade-promotion authority will hold the administration accountable both to Congress and to the American people,” they wrote.


COMMENT: This is not true because it only give the congress a up or down vote no amendments or changes, this bill essentially ties the hands of Congress.  This deal is as bad or worse than NAFTA and will take more jobs away from America and bring in more cheap labor, read the details in the fine print of the bill.  No more POEER to this President he has done enough damage to this country! Webmaster JEN

ObamaCare’s Tax Shock Is Far Worse Than Predicted

ObamaCare’s Tax Shock Is Far Worse Than Predicted

Health Reform: Providing still more evidence of how ObamaCare is “working,” most enrollees learned this year that they had to pay back a huge chunk of their insurance subsidies. So much for “affordability.”  Back in January, H&R Block figured that about half of the 6.8 million people who were getting ObamaCare subsidies would owe some of the money back. Another expert reckoned the average payback at $208.
That was enough to set off alarms about the “unpleasant tax surprise” these millions would face. The tax experts were too optimistic, however. H&R Block now figures that two-thirds of ObamaCare enrollees who got subsidies had to pay at least some of it back. And the average payback was $729.  So roughly 5.5 million ObamaCare enrollees had to return, on average, almost a quarter of their premium subsidies. Given that these subsidies are available only to families with modest incomes, that’s got to hurt.
(H&R Block also found that a quarter of ObamaCare enrollees got an average of $425 in additional tax credits for last year.)
Why all the subsidy mistakes? Because ObamaCare uses a Rube Goldberg subsidy scheme that requires enrollees to predict next year’s income. If they guess too low, their insurance subsidies will be too high. Overestimate their income and the subsidies will be too low.  H&R Block also found that the average penalty paid by the uninsured last year was $178. That no doubt was also a surprise to many who thought it would be just $95.
In addition, the vast majority of filers who claimed an exemption from the individual mandate penalty picked from a list of exemptions that didn’t require verification from their local ObamaCare exchange.  Unfortunately, H&R Block didn’t break down what share of the uninsured claimed an exemption instead of paying the fine. That would provide a good insight into the effectiveness of the individual mandate.  But it did say more taxpayers are likely to seek those exemptions next year when filing their 2015 income taxes, since the penalty for not buying government-approved insurance goes up sharply this year.
If ObamaCare’s popularity doesn’t climb much this year, it’s a good bet these unpleasant tax surprises are part of the reason.

GOP prepares list of demands if justices rule against ObamaCare – Once again capitulating to Obama!

The Hill

GOP prepares list of demands if justices rule against ObamaCare

Republicans believe a Supreme Court ruling against ObamaCare this summer would give them leverage to force President Obama to scrap the healthcare law’s central pillars.

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), who is leading the Senate GOP’s response to King v. Burwell, said Republicans will be willing to strike a deal with Obama to ensure that the 7.5 million people who stand to lose their subsidies are protected, at least until the 2016 elections.

But in return, they would demand that Obama to do something he has long resisted: nix the employer and individual mandates for insurance coverage.

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