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Medicaid expansion in Va. still a threat

Started by Ralph E WallSr Mar 13, 2014. 0 Replies

On March 8, Virginia's Regular Legislative Session ended in a stalemate. The Virginia Assembly and Senate were at an impasse over the expansion of ObamaCare through a Medicaid expansion (ObamaCaid)…Continue

LETTER FROM CONGRESSMAN GRIFFITH

Started by Ralph E WallSr. Last reply by Ralph E WallSr Dec 30, 2013. 1 Reply

Thank you for contacting me regarding events in Benghazi, Libya.  I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts.I remain very disturbed by the attacks on both U.S. citizens and officials in…Continue

Letter Congressman Griffith 9th Dist

Started by Ralph E WallSr Dec 10, 2013. 0 Replies

Thank you for contacting me regarding Obamacare.  I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts. However you feel about the philosophy of Obamacare, what has become increasingly clear is…Continue

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Comment by Ralph E WallSr on April 28, 2014 at 9:25pm
Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 4.28.14

 My Congressman from 9th District

Monday, April 28, 2014 –                                


Government-Run Health Care Fails Some Patients


Recent reports by CNN Investigations indicate that delays in basic medical screenings at various Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals or clinics may have caused serious injuries or led to the deaths of a number of veterans throughout the country.  According to CNN, at least 40 died while waiting for appointments at the Phoenix VA Health Care System.  

Many of those were reportedly placed on a secret waiting list, “…part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor...”  

CNN noted, “It is unclear whether anyone responsible at the VA has been fired, demoted or even admonished for the delays in care and treatment.”  Some may have even been given bonuses for their work.  

These reports are deeply disturbing, and, if proven true, are unacceptable.  It is imperative that the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and other committees with jurisdiction over the VA continue looking into delays in care, mismanagement, and lack of accountability at VA facilities throughout the country.  

Failures of government-run health care programs like this are why many of us oppose Obamacare.

Comment by Ron Sc on December 4, 2013 at 6:08am

Gentlemen, Our state is headed for bad times and economic disaster with our new governor(Blue dress lady buddy). Even his own state of New York was glade to see him go. But right now the republican guard is planning to push amnesty for Illegals.  We need to fight this better than the civil war. They are not interested in the people,but in companies getting cheap labor. We have 2.5 Million engineers and programmers out of work and the Commerce Dept. wants to bring more people from over seas to our shores.   We should boycott all the members of the Commerce Dept. from coast to coast. We need to send letters and make calls to these companies and express how will not use their product and services, if more oversea workers are used. We also need to express this to the republican old guard and speaker of the house. Your jobs are at risk!

It may be time to split the State into Northern and Southern Virginia.

We also need to push for a state convention to kill Obama Uncare. The republicans will not kill this dog but the people can.

Comment by Ralph E WallSr on November 26, 2013 at 7:26pm

Virginia Republican Mark Obenshain plans to ask for a recount on Wednesday morning in his race for state attorney general, his campaign said on Tuesday. Obenshain trails Democrat Mark Herring by 165 votes out of more than 2.2 million votes cast in the Nov. 5 election, according to results certified on Monday by the Virginia State Board of Elections. 

For more information... http://www.politico.com 

Comment by Ralph E WallSr on August 9, 2013 at 6:56pm

Griffith: “Thanks Mr. President, but don’t send us the ‘condensed version’”

Friday, August 9, 2013 – Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s statement today on improving oversight of the NSA’s surveillance activities:

“I look forward to seeing the FISA Court opinions and the reasoning of the court that the President indicated the Administration will release. While I understand they may need to protect names and other personal information, I hope they do not redact vital legal reasoning as I do not want to see a white-washed, Reader’s Digest condensed version of the court’s thought process on allowing the government to collect and store every American’s phone records.

“I appreciate the President’s willingness to work with Members of Congress on this issue as we seek to improve oversight of the NSA program and protect the freedoms and liberty of all Americans.”

Comment by Bobby XD9 on March 16, 2013 at 7:43am

One has to wonder if the Republican't Party would EVER do the right thing and have their candidate step aside so that a true conservative could win an election without having Republican'ts "split the vote" as they so often do.  It only ever goes one direction with that party doesn't it?

Comment by Ralph E WallSr on March 16, 2013 at 5:56am

From Washington, D.C., to Richmond, Va., one could hear the collective sighs of relief from Republicans on Tuesday over the announcement from the Old Dominion’s Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling that he would not launch a gubernatorial bid as an independent.

A Republican in his second-term in statewide office, Bolling’s announcement gives clear sailing for state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in a head-to-head match-up with Democratic heavyweight Terry McAuliffe.

Had Bolling opted to “go rogue” as an independent contender in a three-candidate race, he could have doomed the chances of Cuccinelli, the certain Republican nominee, and tip a sure-to-be tight contest to McAuliffe, onetime national chairman of his party and close friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Comment by Ralph E WallSr on March 5, 2013 at 5:37am

Reports are surfacing of a new technology that may lead to the production of clean, coal-powered cars.  The breakthrough is a chemical reaction that releases coal’s energy without ANY air pollution.  This kind of technology with coal would not relegate it to four-letter-word status as some in Washington would.  Instead, it could bring about another renaissance in American energy production and job growth, and pave the way for a stronger economy.  You can see this information at http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/02/27/could-clean-coal-power-cars/.  

www.morgangriffith.house.gov.

Comment by Ralph E WallSr on February 24, 2013 at 10:29pm

Rob Bell sent the info about HB2313 and HB 1500

Comment by Ralph E WallSr on February 24, 2013 at 10:28pm

As the General Assembly session ended last week, two major bills passed that I opposed and argued against.

The first, HB 2313, was the transportation package. It will increase a variety of taxes by more than $800 million a year. (See summary of new taxes here.)

I fought the transportation proposal. I voted against the bill when it was first presented and have opposed every version or amendment that would have raised taxes or costs on Virginia taxpayers.

Given the overall growth of the budget, I believe that it is wrong to pass even more costs onto Virginia taxpayers, and voted No. Unfortunately, it did pass.

The second, HB 1500, was the state budget.

I had various concerns with the proposed budget, but the most significant was the issue of Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. (The Obama administration offered $9 billion in exchange for a large expansion in Virginia; Virginia would have to start paying increased costs in 2017.) Even without expansion, state spending on Medicaid spending has grown explosively – 478% – over the last 20 years. Put differently, since 1985, spending on Medicaid has grown from approximately 5% to 25% of the state budget.

Comment by Ralph E WallSr on February 23, 2013 at 10:16pm

We can say “Enough is enough” to playing games with hardworking Virginians.

Please, contact your state Senator right away and demand they vote “NO” on HB 2313 today.

HB 2313 includes provisions:

- replacing the 17.5-cent-per-gallon gas tax with a 3.5% wholesale tax paid by distributors, which is guaranteed to be passed on to consumers and will go up to over 5% in coming years if Congress fails to pass their Internet Tax Mandate scheme.  There will also be a 6% wholesale tax on diesel.

- increasing state sales taxes on most purchases from 5% to 5.3%, except for Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads, where it will increase to 6%.

- raising the personal property tax from 3.5% to 4.3%

- boosting the tax for heavy equipment used for contracts on road construction, railroads, docks, and more from 3.5% to 4.3%

 
 
 

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ALERT ALERT

Hillary Clinton Was Not Formally Under
FBI Investigation At Any Time In 2015-2016

On Tuesday, Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified in a joint Congressional hearing to the House Oversight and House Judiciary panels about his review of the FBI’s (mis)handling of the Clinton email investigation.

House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) came out swinging Tuesday in a a joint hearing held by the House Oversight and House Judiciary Committees.

Gowdy ripped into Comey in his opening statement, stating, “we can’t survive with a justice system we don’t trust.”

Investigative journalist Paul Sperry reported Horowitz dropped a bombshell in his testimony.

Horowitz revealed the FBI never named a target or even a subject in the Clinton email probe!

Sperry tweeted: BREAKING: IG Horowitz revealed in Senate testimony FBI never named a target or even subject in Clinton probe. Not Mills, Abedin, Combetta or Clinton herself. “Nobody was listed as a subject of this investigation at any point in time,” adding this was “surprising” for a crim probe

Paul Sperry@paulsperry_

BREAKING: IG Horowitz revealed in Senate testimony FBI never named a target or even subject in Clinton probe. Not Mills, Abedin, Combetta or Clinton herself. "Nobody was listed as a subject of this investigation at any point in time," adding this was "surprising" for a crim probe

So neither Hillary nor her top aides were formally under investigation by the FBI at any time in 2015-2016, tweeted Sperry.

IG HOROWITZ DROPS BOMBSHELL DURING SENATE TESTIMONY:

“Nobody was listed as a subject of this [Clinton email] investigation at any point in time,” adding this was “surprising”

So neither Hillary nor her top aides were formally under investigation by FBI at any time in 2015-2016!

Paul Sperry@paulsperry_

IG HOROWITZ DROPS BOMBSHELL DURING SENATE TESTIMONY:

"Nobody was listed as a subject of this [Clinton email] investigation at any point in time," adding this was "surprising"

So neither Hillary nor her top aides were formally under investigation by FBI at any time in 2015-2016!

Paul Sperry@paulsperry_

BREAKING: Horowitz revealed that Hillary was never really under formal investigation, never listed by FBI as a "subject" of investigation.

President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton reacted to this bombshell bias from the FBI.

Tom Fitton  @TomFitton

.@RealDonaldTrump is a subject, but Hillary Clinton was never a "subject." Outrageous. Shut the Strzok-Page-Comey-McCabe-Lynch-Yates-Glenn Simpson-Steele-Brennan-Fusion GPS-Muller special counsel "stop @realDonaldTrump" investigation down.

Paul Sperry@paulsperry_

BREAKING: IG Horowitz revealed in Senate testimony FBI never named a target or even subject in Clinton probe. Not Mills, Abedin, Combetta or Clinton herself. "Nobody was listed as a subject of this investigation at any point in time," adding this was "surprising" for a crim probe

tigation’ into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server was a complete sham.

No subjects were named, immunity was handed out like candy and Hillary was exonerated before witnesses were interviewed, including Hillary Clinton herself.

Hillary Clinton’s ‘interview’ with the FBI wasn’t even under oath.

Even more egregious, Hillary discussed pregnancy and babies during the majority of the 2.5 hour FBI interview because one of her lawyers was pregnant at the time.

Inspector General Horowitz also testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday.

TEA PARTY TARGET

Targeting Of Tea Party Groups
John McCain’s Staff Director Urged Lois Lerner
And IRS To Engage In “Financially Ruinous”

Conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch obtained IRS documents Thursday revealing backstabber Senator John McCain’s former staff director urged the IRS, including the corrupt Lois Lerner to engage in “financially ruinous” targeting of conservative Tea Party groups.

And they did.

The IRS Conservative Targeting Scandal involved:

  • Hundreds of conservative groups were targeted
  • At least 5 pro-Israel groups
  • Constitutional groups
  • Groups that criticized Obama administration
  • At least two pro-life groups
  • An 83 year-old Nazi concentration camp survivor
  • A 180 year-old Baptist paper
  • A Texas voting-rights group
  • A Hollywood conservative group was targeted and harassed
  • Conservative activists and businesses
  • At least one conservative Hispanic group
  • IRS continued to target groups even after the scandal was exposed
  • And… 100% of the 501(c)(4) Groups Audited by IRS Were
  • Conservative

Now this…

Via Judicial Watch:

Judicial Watch today released newly obtained internal IRS documents, including material revealing that Sen. John McCain’s former staff director and chief counsel on the Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee, Henry Kerner, urged top IRS officials, including then-director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner, to “audit so many that it becomes financially ruinous.” Kerner was appointed by President Trump as Special Counsel for the United States Office of Special Counsel.

The explosive exchange was contained in notes taken by IRS employees at an April 30, 2013, meeting between Kerner, Lerner, and other high-ranking IRS officials. Just ten days following the meeting, former IRS director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner admitted that the IRS had a policy of improperly and deliberately delaying applications for tax-exempt status from conservative non-profit groups.

Lerner and other IRS officials met with select top staffers from the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee in a “marathon” meeting to discuss concerns raised by both Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) that the IRS was not reining in political advocacy groups in response to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Senator McCain had been the chief sponsor of the McCain-Feingold Act and called the Citizens United decision, which overturned portions of the Act, one of the “worst decisions I have ever seen.”

In the full notes of an April 30 meeting, McCain’s high-ranking staffer Kerner recommends harassing non-profit groups until they are unable to continue operating. Kerner tells Lerner, Steve Miller, then chief of staff to IRS commissioner, Nikole Flax, and other IRS officials, “Maybe the solution is to audit so many that it is financially ruinous.” In response, Lerner responded that “it is her job to oversee it all:”

Henry Kerner asked how to get to the abuse of organizations claiming section 501 (c)(4) but designed to be primarily political. Lois Lerner said the system works, but not in real time. Henry Kerner noted that these organizations don’t disclose donors. Lois Lerner said that if they don’t meet the requirements, we can come in and revoke, but it doesn’t happen timely. Nan Marks said if the concern is that organizations engaging in this activity don’t disclose donors, then the system doesn’t work. Henry Kerner said that maybe the solution is to audit so many that it is financially ruinous. Nikole noted that we have budget constraints. Elise Bean suggested using the list of organizations that made independent expenditures. Lois Lerner said that it is her job to oversee it all, not just political campaign activity.

President of Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton had this to say about the newly obtained IRS documents showing more proof the agency was weaponized under Obama:

“The Obama IRS scandal is bipartisan – McCain and Democrats who wanted to regulate political speech lost at the Supreme Court, so they sought to use the IRS to harass innocent Americans. The Obama IRS scandal is not over – as Judicial Watch continues to uncover smoking gun documents that raise questions about how the Obama administration weaponized the IRS, the FEC, FBI, and DOJ to target the First Amendment rights of Americans.”

Tom Fitton  @TomFitton

The Obama IRS scandal is not over – as Judicial Watch continues to uncover smoking gun documents that raise questions about how the Obama administration weaponized the IRS, the FEC, FBI, and DOJ to target the First Amendment rights of Americans.

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