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We welcome Sentinels across the country to work with us and each other to defund Obamacare.

Farm Bill and the Art of Negotiation

The real story here is how effective conservative grassroots have been at changing how Washington works. Gone are the days when Republicans and Democrats could operate freely behind closed doors, cut deals, award special carve outs, and buy off support to push massive pieces of legislation through at the expense of the American taxpayer.

The food stamp and farm bill’s defeat in the House signals that business as usual in Washington is coming to an end. With lawmakers back in their districts for the next five weeks, now is a good time of reminding them as much.

President Obama’s Attempts to Grow the Government Aren’t Subtle

President Obama’s recent speech regarding housing finance reform in Arizona made clear that he is still insistent upon growing government.  He called for an end to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but simultaneously advocated for further government intrusion in the housing finance market.

Fannie and Freddie are failed institutions; history shows how they have hurt taxpayers, homeowners, and the whole financial market.

Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored Enterprises, issued a statement regarding Mr. Obama’s speech as well.

If the Shoe Fits: Obamacare Sets Up a “Ruling Class”

Remember the whole Congress-exempting-itself-from-Obamacare flap?  Well, The Hill reports some members of Congress are raising uncomfortable questions about how the deal with the Obama administration was struck:

Freshman Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) on Wednesday accused GOP leaders of “colluding” with Democrats on a plan to exempt congressional staffers from higher insurance costs under ObamaCare. 

Housing Lobbyists Are Defending Fannie and Freddie

Whenever Washington politicians consider legislation that will take away special treatment or special handouts for a particular group of people, you can bet your bottom dollar that group will wage war to maintain the status quo.

Politico reports (sub. req’d):

The housing industry is revving up an extensive grassroots lobbying effort this month pressuring lawmakers to push for changes to a House bill overhauling the mortgage market before it comes up for a floor vote later this year.  National trade groups representing real estate agents, home builders and mortgage lenders are mobilizing their state affiliates and local membership to reach out to their members of Congress during the five-week summer break.


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