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Thanks Senator Boozman

As we are all either trying to wind our way down to the new year or get those last couple of presents squared away, Washington, DC was at it again trying to spend away the future. The good news is that Senator Boozman kept his promise to preserve spending limits. We hope that you take [...]

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Sign AFP’s statement to the Supreme Court

March 12, 2012

[img_assist|nid=26856|title=|desc=|link=url|url=http://americansforprosperity.org/handsoff/page2.htm#s6|align=left|width=289|height=300]Americans for Prosperity believes that the individual mandate is unconstitutional and that it cannot be judicially severed from the underlying law. We believe the President’s entire health care law must be struck down.

Sign our statement that we will be presenting to the Supreme Court on March 27th at our Hands Off My Health Care Rally!

Click here to sign the statement, get more information, and order a free bumper sticker today!

Women need more economic freedom, not more government

March 12, 2012 J

Preach.

Thursday was International Women’s Day, so it’s fitting that we take a moment to recognize factors that contribute to greater gender equality around the world. Here’s a hint: Gender equality is not, as some op-ed writers have suggested recently, the result of government action.

Data from two different sources — the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World Index and the United Nations’ Gender Inequality Index — show that women who live in societies with more economic freedom enjoy greater gender equality. In other words, women don’t need help to achieve equality; they just need governments and coercive institutions to get out of their way.

“You Gotta Be Kidding Me” #1,346

March 08, 2012

Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius appeared flummoxed by questioning from Sen. Ron Johnson (R., Wis.) at a hearing on the new health care law Wednesday.

Johnson challenged Sebelius over a number of the Obama administration’s claims about the new health care law, namely that it will reduce the deficit and allow individuals to keep their current healthcare plans.

On several occasions, Sebelius professed to have “no idea” what Johnson was talking about.

Johnson cited a McKinsey Group study that estimated 30 to 50 percent of employers would drop their employee coverage once the new law is fully implement, the effect of which could be hundreds of billions of dollars, if not trillions, added to the federal deficit.

Not A Penny Less

March 01, 2012 J

Your family of four made $35,000 in 2001.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you saw a 150% budget increase and were making $52,500 now? $300% increase and were $105,000 this year? What if you received a 500% increase and were making $175,000.

Your family may not have been that lucky but Arkansas state government agencies have been. On average, over the last ten years state government has grown 159% with some agencies seeing a 500% increase.

Earlier this afternoon, Arkansas legislators increased government spending another 3.5%. See who voted and how they voted below.

Having refused to even consider a budget alternative that would have saved $40 million in the Medicaid trust fund by eliminating politicians pork barrel projects (earmarks) and made minor cuts that amounted to less than ½ of 1% of spending.

If you are tired of ever growing government spending and want to do something about it, then join AFP Arkansas’ November is Coming Team.

The Medicaid Whale Coming Down the Pipe

February 28, 2012

This morning in the Joint Budget Committee meeting in Little Rock, State Senator Jonathan Dismang proposed an amendment that would require $40 million of existing state surplus monies be shifted to the (swiftly going bankrupt) Medicaid Trust Fund. Keep in mind that Arkansas Medicaid is projected to go into a $250-$400 million shortfall in fiscal year 2013.

Now admittedly Senator Dismang's proposal doesn't "fix" the looming crisis; however it would help matters until something more permanent could be done. What happened today in committee was the continuation of liberals within our Legislature to turn a blind eye to any conservative approach to the approaching fiscal Medicaid failure. When will they learn that we can't tax ourselves into prosperity? I guess that's the ultimate question, though. When will they learn? Or will they learn?