Are You Going To DC For The Tax Day Tea Party?

by: Derek Hunter

Are you going to Washington, DC to partake in the Tax Day Tea Party Rally this Thursday? If you are and you will be arriving on Wednesday, Big Government has a party for you!

Wednesday night starting at 6:00 pm, Big Government is co-sponsoring a happy hour for tea party activists who are coming to town for the rally. Along with other co-hosts, Americans for Prosperity, Americans for Tax Reform, The Daily Caller, Freedomworks and my group, First Friday, Big Government will be gathering at Lounge 201 on Capitol Hill near the Senate offices in Washington.


Lounge 201 is located at 201 Massachusetts Ave, NE, and the drink specials run all night. So if you’re in town, thinking about coming to town, or plan to be around, make sure you swing by the happy hour for your chance to meet and network with like-minded, freedom loving individuals for a night of relaxation before the big day.

The drinks will be cheap, the conversation will be interesting and many political celebrities and elected officials have been invited to stop by, so this could be your best shot to have a private conversation with them. And don’t miss your chance to mix and mingle with some of your favorite Big Government contributors and staff!

See you there!


Tea Parties Are Now In Canada


QUEBEC – Between 45,000 and 50,000 people organizers described as members of Quebec’s “silent majority” demonstrated peacefully Sunday in front of the National Assembly against tax hikes in the recent provincial budget.

Organizers said that number of participants assembled on the Plains of Abraham and marched along Grande Allée to the assembly, branishing brooms, mops and picket signs.

Parents with young children in strollers joined the protest, as participants called for the govenment to clean up its own spending before imposing new taxes.

The budget proposes the gradual introduction, over two years, of a 15-per-cent sales tax, after harmonization of the Quebec sales tax with the federal goods and services tax.

The first of four one-cent-a-litre increases in the fuel tax is already in effect.

The government has proposed a flat $200 charge for health care plus a $25 user fee for doctor’s visits, higher electricity and other charges.

The Rise of Anti-Semitic Violence

Muslims Fuel Rise In Anti-Semitic Incidents
by Robert Spencer

Jews worldwide are more imperiled than they have been for decades. A new study shows that worldwide incidents of anti-Semitism, from vandalism to arson and beatings, were twice as frequent in 2009 as they were in 2008.

The study, released last Sunday by Tel Aviv University’s Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism and Racism, records that anti-Semitic incidents reached their highest level last year since the university started keeping these records in the 1980s.

What could be the cause of this? A global surge in neo-Nazism? Is the Ku Klux Klan conducting energetic membership drives in Western Europe, where the largest increase in anti-Semitic events occurred? No. According to the report, the increase is largely due to attacks from Muslims, who, the report says, were enraged over Israel’s Winter 2009 incursion into Gaza. The Associated Press noted that “in Western Europe, especially Britain and France … protests and anger by Muslim residents boiled over after Israel’s invasion of Gaza in December 2008.”

So presumably this “anger by Muslim residents” would not have “boiled over” if Israel had done nothing to defend itself from the regular rocket attacks coming from Gaza. The AP report goes on to suggest a further reason for this boiling over: “The Israeli invasion, launched in response to years of Palestinian rocket attacks, killed some 1,400 Palestinians, including hundreds of civilians, according to local officials and human rights groups. Thirteen Israelis also died in the fighting.”

AP makes no mention, of course, of how, during the Israeli Gaza incursion, Hamas staged attacks from civilian areas in order to provoke retaliatory fire it could use for propaganda purposes. Yet just weeks ago, the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, an Israeli research group, released a 500-page report documenting Hamas’ use of human shields and its deliberate placement of rocket launch sites near mosques and hospitals. Nothing better to stir up international indignation against the Jews than an Israeli missile hitting a hospital or house of worship—and Hamas wanted to make sure it happened.

Of course, it worked magnificently: The UN even released the “Goldstone Report,” enshrining Palestinian propaganda against Israel, including charges that Israeli forces recklessly targeted civilians as established fact. The flimsiness of this “established fact” was underscored last week when a Palestinian teenager whom Palestinian authorities had reported as having been shot by the Israelis turned up at home. He hadn’t been shot at all, but actually wandered into a weapons-smuggling tunnel that took him into Egypt, where he was briefly held by Egyptian authorities. Yet UN researcher Goldstone relied upon Palestinian sources—including, no doubt, many with the same vivid imagination—to compile his report.

The “Goldstone Report,” not coincidentally, was spearheaded by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the 56-nation group that now constitutes the UN’s largest voting bloc. The ultimate purpose of the “Goldstone Report” is to criminalize legitimate Israeli self-defense. And now the new report on anti-Semitism, however unwittingly, plays into this by attributing Muslim “boiling over” against Jews in Western Europe to rage over Gaza. It was all just a “backlash”—all the fault of the Israeli atrocities in Gaza.

Islamic anti-Semitism, with its centerpiece the deeply ingrained idea that the Jews are the worst enemies of the Muslims (as Koran 5:82 says), doesn’t seem to have been considered. The fact that the Israeli atrocities in Gaza were manufactured products of the Palestinian propaganda machine doesn’t seem to have entered in, either.

But in contrast to the Israeli war crimes in Gaza, the rise in anti-Semitism worldwide is real. The United Nations and the global human rights organizations, instead of accepting OIC-manufactured propaganda uncritically, should examine honestly and openly the ways in which imams in mosques in Europe and elsewhere are encouraging hatred of Jews, and call upon Islamic organizations around the world to clean their own house.

The study released last Sunday makes this all the more urgent, but with the increasing isolation of Israel and its ongoing bullying by Barack Obama, such a necessary reckoning is about as likely as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s converting to Judaism.

Mr. Spencer is director of Jihad Watch and author of “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)”, “The Truth About Muhammad,” “Stealth Jihad,” and most recently “The Complete Infidel’s Guide to the Koran” (all from Regnery — a HUMAN EVENTS sister company).

A Human Events Article.

Who Are The Violent Ones?

Report: Attack on Jindal Aide and Boyfriend Politically Motivated (Beaten for wearing Palin buttons)
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 | Kristinn

Allee Bautsch, chief campaign fundraiser for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and her boyfriend Joe Brown, were savagely beaten Friday night in New Orleans after leaving a Republican party fundraising dinner by a group of thugs who reportedly targeted the couple because they were wearing Sarah Palin pins.

Bautch’s leg was broken and Brown incurred a broken jaw and nose as well as a concussion.

The Hayride reports that a source who visited Bautsch at the hospital the day after the attack says they were told the couple was attacked for wearing Palin buttons:

Two people at the Brennan’s event have now confirmed that the protest had largely broken up by the time it ended, but we also understand from someone who visited Allee Bautsch in the hospital Saturday morning that she and Brown were followed and attacked expressly because they had Palin pins on (she heard one of the attackers say “Let’s get them, they have Palin pins on” – so the attack WAS politically motivated as its victims understood it. It was not a mugging, it was not an argument gone wrong and it was not a bar fight.

The story of a Republican and her boyfriend being viciously attacked for wearing Palin buttons has yet to make national headlines, unlike say, unfounded rumors of nasty words being said by Tea Party protesters.

Published in Free Republic.

The Upcoming Doctor Shortage

Medical Schools Can’t Keep Up


First-year resident Dr. Rachel Seay, third from left, circumcises a newborn in George Washington University Hospital’s delivery wing on March 12.

The new federal health-care law has raised the stakes for hospitals and schools already scrambling to train more doctors.

Experts warn there won’t be enough doctors to treat the millions of people newly insured under the law. At current graduation and training rates, the nation could face a shortage of as many as 150,000 doctors in the next 15 years, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

That shortfall is predicted despite a push by teaching hospitals and medical schools to boost the number of U.S. doctors, which now totals about 954,000.

The greatest demand will be for primary-care physicians. These general practitioners, internists, family physicians and pediatricians will have a larger role under the new law, coordinating care for each patient.

The U.S. has 352,908 primary-care doctors now, and the college association estimates that 45,000 more will be needed by 2020. But the number of medical-school students entering family medicine fell more than a quarter between 2002 and 2007.
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A shortage of primary-care and other physicians could mean more-limited access to health care and longer wait times for patients.

Proponents of the new health-care law say it does attempt to address the physician shortage. The law offers sweeteners to encourage more people to enter medical professions, and a 10% Medicare pay boost for primary-care doctors.

Meanwhile, a number of new medical schools have opened around the country recently. As of last October, four new medical schools enrolled a total of about 190 students, and 12 medical schools raised the enrollment of first-year students by a total of 150 slots, according to the AAMC. Some 18,000 students entered U.S. medical schools in the fall of 2009, the AAMC says.

But medical colleges and hospitals warn that these efforts will hit a big bottleneck: There is a shortage of medical resident positions. The residency is the minimum three-year period when medical-school graduates train in hospitals and clinics.

There are about 110,000 resident positions in the U.S., according to the AAMC. Teaching hospitals rely heavily on Medicare funding to pay for these slots. In 1997, Congress imposed a cap on funding for medical residencies, which hospitals say has increasingly hurt their ability to expand the number of positions.

Medicare pays $9.1 billion a year to teaching hospitals, which goes toward resident salaries and direct teaching costs, as well as the higher operating costs associated with teaching hospitals, which tend to see the sickest and most costly patients.

Doctors’ groups and medical schools had hoped that the new health-care law, passed in March, would increase the number of funded residency slots, but such a provision didn’t make it into the final bill.

“It will probably take 10 years to even make a dent into the number of doctors that we need out there,” said Atul Grover, the AAMC’s chief advocacy officer.

While doctors trained in other countries could theoretically help the primary-care shortage, they hit the same bottleneck with resident slots, because they must still complete a U.S. residency in order to get a license to practice medicine independently in the U.S. In the 2010 class of residents, some 13% of slots are filled by non-U.S. citizens who completed medical school outside the U.S.

One provision in the law attempts to address residencies. Since some residency slots go unfilled each year, the law will pool the funding for unused slots and redistribute it to other institutions, with the majority of these slots going to primary-care or general-surgery residencies. The slot redistribution, in effect, will create additional residencies, because previously unfilled positions will now be used, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
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Some efforts by educators are focused on boosting the number of primary-care doctors. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences anticipates the state will need 350 more primary-care doctors in the next five years. So it raised its class size by 24 students last year, beyond the 150 previous annual admissions.

In addition, the university opened a satellite medical campus in Fayetteville to give six third-year students additional clinical-training opportunities, said Richard Wheeler, executive associate dean for academic affairs. The school asks students to commit to entering rural medicine, and the school has 73 people in the program.
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“ As a specialist physician I will suggest that until primary care physicians can earn 70-80% of what most specialists make without killing themselves, there will be no incentive for the best and the brightest to go into primary care. ”

—Michael Brennan

“We’ve tried to make sure the attitude of students going into primary care has changed,” said Dr. Wheeler. “To make sure primary care is a respected specialty to go into.”

Montefiore Medical Center, the university hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, has 1,220 residency slots. Since the 1970s, Montefiore has encouraged residents to work a few days a week in community clinics in New York’s Bronx borough, where about 64 Montefiore residents a year care for pregnant women, deliver children and provide vaccines. There has been a slight increase in the number of residents who ask to join the program, said Peter Selwyn, chairman of Montefiore’s department of family and social medicine.

One is Justin Sanders, a 2007 graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine who is a second-year resident at Montefiore. In recent weeks, he has been caring for children he helped deliver. He said more doctors are needed in his area, but acknowledged that “primary-care residencies are not in the sexier end. A lot of these [specialty] fields are a lot sexier to students with high debt burdens.”

Originally posted in The Wall Street Journal on April 12, 2010.

Record Spending in D.C.

In honor of tax week, I figured I would give you some insight into exactly how much of the wealth that you have created Washington is spending … and how they are spending it. The folks at the Heritage Foundation have the details.

* In 2010, Washington will spend a record $31,406 per household.
* In 2010, Washington will collect $18,276 per household in taxes.
* The $13,130 difference between spending and revenue is our budget deficit per household … on top of all prior government debt.
* Since 2008, government spending has increased by $5,000 per household. That’s in just two years folks.
* Over the last decade, government spending has increased $10,000 per household.

Now, considering that Washington spends $31,406 per household .. what exactly is the breakdown? The Heritage Foundation also has that information for us. Here are the highlights:

* Social Security/Medicare: $9,949 per household
* Defense: $6,071 per household
* Antipoverty programs: $5,466 per household
* Unemployment benefits: $1,640 per household
* Interest on the federal debt: $1,585 per household
* Veterans’ benefits: $1,052 per household
* Federal employee retirement benefits: $1,018 per household
* Education: $914 per household
* Highways/mass transit: $613 per household
* Health research/regulation: $550 per household
* Mortgage Credit: $470 per household
* All other federal programs justice, international affairs, natural resources, the environment, regional development, farm subsidies, social services, space exploration, air transportation and energy: $2,078 per household

At the same time that our government has seen fit to spend more money that it has … the number of non-payers (there are people without income tax liability) has increased by 59% in less than a decade. The number of non-payers grew from 32.6 million in 2000 to 51.6 million in 2008. At the same time, the total number of tax filers only grew by 10%.

This is simply unsustainable. Don’t you get it my friends? Our country absolutely cannot survive this slide into fiscal hell. We’re at the point where only a minority of working Americans actually pay for the operation of our Imperial Federal Government. Tell me … how do you ever get those people to actually pay their share of the cost of our government again? They’re on the dole now. They’re moochers. Do you actually think they’re going to sit back and allow the rest of us to make them taxpayers again? Are you serious? They think they deserve a free ride. It’s their “right!”

Broken record time folks. I let this mortgage crisis sneak up on me. With just a little thought I would have seen it coming, but I was blind to what was going on with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Won’t let this happen again with our national debt and failed tax structure. We’re on the road to fiscal destruction. Frankly, I think that there are some politicians who put us on this road intentionally. They want the free market system destroyed so it can be replaced by a centrally-planned government economy. We may have two elections to save this country .. but I think it would be dangerous to wait until 2012. This is it. November 2nd. Time to take off the sports jerseys, put down the video game controllers, cancel your subscription to US Weekly, change the channel from Entertainment Tonight to a news channel … and get ready to fight for freedom. The job will certainly be easier for you than it was for Washington’s troops 230 years ago, but the situation is no less serious.

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AP: Foes of Tea Party Movement to Infiltrate Rallies

AP: Foes of Tea Party Movement to Infiltrate Rallies.

The people of this country will not be intimidated, we will not back down and be silent any longer.  I do believe this regime and the progressives greatly underestimate the people eof this country.