Daily Media Spotlight for June 12, 2014

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Posted by Zoe Crain on Thursday, June 12th, 2014, 12:58 PM PERMALINK


Sarah Hurtubise of the Daily Caller wrote an article featuring testimony given to the House Ways and Means Committee by Americans for Tax Reform director of state policy, Ryan Ellis.

Ryan Ellis, a tax expert and tax policy director at the conservative Americans for Tax Reform, said in testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee that the administration’s decision to issue Obamacare premium subsidies without any income verification system will make next year’s tax season- when Obamacare customers will have to prove their eligibility- the “most chaotic” filing season in years.

“The money has left the IRS’ hands up to over a year before the taxpayer actually calculates his final credit amount,” Ellis wrote. “The insurance companies have collected it, and they are not required to pay it back.”

The Ways and Means Committee held a hearing Tuesday into the federal government’s ability to verify income and insurance information under Obamacare exchanges.

An article written by Jonah Bennett of the Daily Caller details Utah’s legal battle against the Bureau of Land Management, which has been mismanaging federally-owned lands in Utah. 

Utah’s litigation alleges that the BLM is imposing ‘wilderness criteria’ on lands outside designated wilderness and wilderness study areas. Uintah County and the Utah Association of Counties is joining the suit, claiming that they have been left out of key management decisions.

Disputes like these are part and parcel of why title to federal lands west of the Colorado/Nebraska line should be transferred over to western states for better and more efficient management, said Carl Graham, director of Sutherland Institute’s Center for Self-Government in the West, at an event hosted by Americans for Tax Reform on Wednesday.

Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist gave an interview to WND Money’s Jerome R. Cosi on the achievements of the tea party movement:

Norquist said the establishment press has hurt the image of the tea party, casting it as “candidates who are crazy warlocks who are running hopeless campaigns.”

“If by the tea party you mean voters who are going to stand up and say, ‘My congressman is not doing enough to limit spending and cut taxes,’ that’s going to happen again and again,” Norquist said. “That’s a good thing.”

He said the tea party “wants to be for principled candidates who responsibly represent the ideas of limiting government spending and cutting taxes.”

Norquist said another lesson from Cantor’s loss is that “congressional leaders cannot get in the comfortable position of compromising to avoid conflict, minimize opposition and buy off problems.”

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