“Shared Responsibility Payment” to describe Obamacare individual mandate tax.

February 26th, 2014 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives No Responses
“Shared Responsibility Payment” to describe Obamacare individual mandate tax.

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The name should tick off any real American. We do not have any shared responsibility in this country, it is anti-American.

Agency employs Orwellian term “Shared Responsibility Payment” to describe Obamacare individual mandate tax.

President Obama’s Internal Revenue Service today quietly released a series of Obamacare “Health Care Tax Tips” warning Americans that they must obtain “qualifying” health insurance – as defined by the federal government – or face a “shared responsibility payment” when filing their tax returns in 2015. The term “shared responsibility payment” refers to the Obamacare individual mandate tax, one of at least seven tax hikes in the healthcare law that directly hit families making less than $250,000 per year.

In “Four Tax Facts about the Health Care Law for Individuals” the agency writes:

Your 2014 tax return will ask if you had insurance coverage or qualified for an exemption.  If not, you may owe a shared responsibility payment when you file in 2015.

In “The Individual Shared Responsibility Payment- An Overview” the agency warns Americans they must prove they were covered each and every month of the year:

For any month in 2014 that you or any of your dependents don’t maintain coverage and don’t qualify for an exemption, you will need to make an individual shared responsibility payment with your 2014 tax return filed in 2015.

In “IRS Reminds Individuals of Health Care Choices for 2014”the agency details the calculations Americans can look forward to if they are liable for the tax:

If you (or any of your dependents) do not maintain coverage and do not qualify for an exemption, you will need to make an individual shared responsibility payment with your return. In general, the payment amount is either a percentage of your household income or a flat dollar amount, whichever is greater. You will owe 1/12th of the annual payment for each month you (or your dependents) do not have coverage and are not exempt. The annual payment amount for 2014 is the greater of:

1 percent of your household income that is above the tax return filing threshold for your filing status, such as Married Filing Jointly or single, or
Your family’s flat dollar amount, which is $95 per adult and $47.50 per child, limited to a maximum of $285.

As confirmed by previous  IRS testimony to the tax-writing House Committee on Ways and Means, “taxpayers will file their tax returns reporting their health insurance coverage, and/or making a payment”.

Once fully phased in, the Obamacare individual mandate tax will rise steeply, to a maximum of 2.5 percent of Adjusted Gross Income or $2,085 – whichever is higher

 

Some Comments:

– Hey IRS….Obammycare
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…both barrels to ya!

– Amen, Brother! We gotta dump these Government thugs in the Potomac. America Wake Up — you have nothing to lose but your chains!

– I DO THINK WE ARE GETTING NEAR THE TIME OF REVOLUTION AGAIN !

– First it’s a mandate, then it’s a tax or a mandate tax penalty, now a shared responsibility payment…so very devious. People might be less inclined to comply with a law that they’ve heard is illegitimate or unconstitutional.

– Everyone needs to adjust their withholding so that 1) the government cannot use your money all year without paying you interest, and 2) you will not receive a tax refund, so they cannot withhold your Obama care penalty.

– I will NOT COMPLY. and as I get no tax refund, they cannot do a damned thing about it.

Civil Disobedience……….do your duty.

More here

 

Greg Brannon co-defendant: Ruling defies logic

February 26th, 2014 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives 6 Responses
Greg Brannon co-defendant: Ruling defies logic

Much political hay is being made of the lawsuit against US Senate candidate Greg Brannon. The Republican doctor was found liable for misleading two investors in a tech company that went bust a couple years ago.

Democrats and the left say it proves Tea Partiers, conservatives, and Republicans are corrupt liars.

Republicans who support other candidates in the GOP primary see it as the death knell of Brannon’s campaign.

I liked Brannon’s candidacy and have been impressed with his knowledge of the US Constitution and its limiting principles. Even one of Brannon’s opponents – Thom Tillis – acknowledged Brannon’s superior understanding of our founding document.

There are some candidates in the Primary who are far more studied than I am on the Constitution.

But, politically, I suspect most people will not take the time to look into the lawsuit against Brannon. His opponents (particularly if he gets to the general election) will use the ruling in campaign ads mercilessly.

And, again, most won’t care to know the details.

For those who DO care, take a listen to this interview I did with Robert Rice.

Rice was Brannon’s co-defendant in the civil trial. Rice was found NOT liable by the same jury that found Brannon liable… despite the same evidence against both men.

The case

Two investors allege Brannon, Rice and David Kirkbride said the smartphone app the company was making would be used in a Verizon marketing campaign. The potential was there to add the app onto all Verizon smartphones.

This information came from a meeting that the company COO John Cummings had with Verizon. Oddly, the investors didn’t sue Cummings, when it was his report from the Verizon meeting that prompted this e-mail from Brannon to the investors:

 

Brannon was not an officer of the company. The information was coming from Cummings. The jury in this case somehow decided that this e-mail was proof that Brannon misled the two investors (one of whom didn’t invest until almost a year later, says Rice).

The absurdity of this ruling is clear when you consider that

  • Cummings wasn’t sued
  • a judge dismissed the case against Kirkbride earlier
  • Rice was found not liable
  • all the parties (including the plaintiffs) agreed that Brannon, Cummings, Rice, and Kirkbride all said the same thing

How can only one person have misled the investors when they all said the same thing?

It’s for these (among other) reasons that Rice said the jury ruling defies logic.

The jury also seemed to be confused during deliberations about whether they should view Brannon’s refusal to testify as admission of guilt.

Rice testified. He was found not liable. Had Brannon done the same he may very well have gotten the same ruling.

Instead, Brannon was ordered to pay the investors $250,000 plus interest.

Rice says one of the investors promised to ruin Brannon and his campaign for US Senate – that this was a vindictive lawsuit because the investor tried to take over the company but failed.

Even so, the political damage might be too great to overcome.

But who knows, maybe I am wrong.

Maybe there are enough people interested in learning the details of the case and making up their own minds.

Dem poll: Kay Hagan lead vanishes… Brannon has Edge

November 12th, 2013 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives 2 Responses
Dem poll: Kay Hagan lead vanishes… Brannon has Edge

Incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) is near the top of national Republicans’ target list for 2014 — and a new poll shows her lead over her potential GOP challengers has all but evaporated.

Hagan trails physician Greg Brannon, the Rand Paul-endorsed candidate in the race, by 1 point: he leads 44 percent to 43 percent.

Against state House Speaker Thom Tillis, Hagan leads by only 2 points, 44 percent to 42 percent, according to the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling. She leads Rev. Mark Harris by 2 points as well, 43 percent to 41 percent, and nurse Heather Grant by 3 points, 43 percent to 40 percent.

That’s a huge difference from PPP’s September poll, which gave Hagan leads of anywhere from 12 to 17 points against all possible GOP challengers.

gan’s approval ratings are underwater in the poll: 49 percent of those surveyed disapprove of the job she’s doing, compared with 44 percent who approve.

The poll also suggests she could be suffering from the implementation of Obamacare: 69 percent of those surveyed said the law’s rollout has been unsuccessful so far, compared with 25 percent who say it’s been a success.

In the four-way GOP primary, Tillis leads the pack with 20 percent. He’s followed by Harris at 14 percent, Brannon at 11 percent and Grant at 8 percent. Just under half of GOP voters are undecided.

The poll surveyed 701 North Carolina voters from Nov. 8 to Nov. 11. The margin of error is +/- 3.7 percent for the general election questions and +/- 4.4 percent for the GOP primary questions.

14 Questions for 2014 Series Continues with Mark Harris

November 4th, 2013 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives 2 Responses
14 Questions for 2014 Series Continues with Mark Harris

NC Tea Party is pleased to continue their new video series where we provide you, the voter, with the best information available to prepare you for the all-important 2014 elections. Entitled “14 for ’14,” NC Tea Party will be asking 14 questions of every candidate we can in the races that are most important.

And what race could be more important to North Carolinians next year than the US Senate seat currently held by Democrat Kay Hagen?

Currently, Dr. Mark E. Harris serves as the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC.

Harris is a native of Winston-Salem, NC, and graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC in 1987 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC with both his Masters of Divinity degree and his Doctor of Ministry degree in Christian Leadership.

14 Questions for 2014 Series Continues with Heather Grant

October 21st, 2013 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives One Response
14 Questions for 2014 Series Continues with Heather Grant

NC Tea Party is pleased to continue their new video series where we provide you, the voter, with the best information available to prepare you for the all-important 2014 elections. Entitled “14 for ’14,” NC Tea Party will be asking 14 questions of every candidate we can in the races that are most important.

And what race could be more important to North Carolinians next year than the US Senate seat currently held by Democrat Kay Hagen? Heather Grant from Wilkes County who bills herself as a strict Constitutional Conservative spoke freely about her love of country, what’s wrong in Washington, and how to fix it across the 14 questions, covering topics like Obamacare, Syria, Welfare, and much, much more.uk pirate ship bounce

Heather Grant is a Nurse Practitioner, and a Constitutional Conservative who served on active duty with the United States Army Nurse Corps until September 28, 2012. 

Heather shares details of her family and military life, discusses the 2nd amendment, and explains why she is the right candidate to represent NC in the US Senate. Watch, learn, and enjoy this second 14 for ’14 interview with Heather Grant.

Graham: ‘Greed, Lust’ at Heart of Political Chaos

October 19th, 2013 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives No Responses

Evangelist Franklin Graham says greed, lust, and wickedness are at the heart of Washington’s woes.

In an exclusive interview with CBN News, the leader of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association says America is in crisis because we’ve taken God out of the picture.

“Our government is in trouble; our country is in trouble,” Franklin warned. “We are in moral decay; we are in economic decay.”

“Our politicians don’t know right from wrong,” he continued. “And our politicians come to this city and they fight one another and it’s the greed in their hearts, the lust that’s in their hearts and they make all these rules and laws that affect the rest of us.”

***For more of Franklin Graham’s interview, visit Beltway Buzz.

“And the government spends and spends and spends, and they don’t have the money to pay for it. But the politicians are trying to use that money to buy votes in favor for themselves. It is so greedy and so wicked and so wrong,” he charged.

According to Graham, this is what happens when God is removed from government and the nation’s schools.

“Isn’t it interesting,” he noted, “that in Washington, here we are in this crisis we find ourselves in (and) nobody is saying ‘Hey, time out. Let’s get on our knees and let’s call on the name of Almighty God and let’s ask Him for help. Let’s ask Him to bring us together and find a way out of this mess we’re in.'”

“Nobody — the president, the Senate, the Congress — nobody is saying, ‘Let’s call on the name of Almighty God.’ Why? Because we’ve taken God out of our government. We don’t want Him,” Graham concluded.

Graham is promoting his father’s latest book, The Reason for My Hope. He says the Christian Gospel has the power to change hearts and lives and heal the country.

The BGEA is preparing for a televised event next month that will feature a message from his father, Billy Graham.

14 Questions for 2014 Series Kicks off with Greg Brannon

October 7th, 2013 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives 6 Responses
14 Questions for 2014 Series Kicks off with Greg Brannon

NC Tea Party is pleased to announce a new video series where we provide you, the voter, with the best information available to prepare you for the all-important 2014 elections. Entitled “14 for ’14,” NC Tea Party will be asking 14 questions of every candidate we can in the races that are most important.
And what race could be more important to North Carolinians next year than the US Senate seat currently held by Democrat Kay Hagen? That’s why we are pleased to kick off this exciting campaign with the first person to announce his desire to unseat the liberal Hagen: Dr. Greg Brannon.

Dr. Brannon is an OB/GYN from Cary, NC who bills himself as a strict Constitutional Conservative. Dr. Brannon spoke freely about his love of country, what’s wrong in Washington, and how to fix it across the 14 questions, covering topics like Obamacare, Syria, Welfare, and much, much more.

Watch Dr. Brannon’s interview by clicking here or on the picture above:

Introducing 14 Questions for 2014 Video Series

October 5th, 2013 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives 3 Responses

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NC Tea Party is pleased to announce a new video series where we provide you, the voter, with the best information available to prepare you for the all-important 2014 elections. Entitled “14 for ’14,” NC Tea Party will be asking 14 questions of every candidate we can in the races that are most important.

Stay tuned for our first interview with Dr. Greg Brannon

Want to know if your hospital is a rip off? Move to North Carolina.

August 28th, 2013 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives No Responses

Medicare made waves earlier this year by releasing the prices that hospitals charge for the most common procedures.

North Carolina now wants to take a step further: Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed legislation last week that will require hospitals to publish the prices that they negotiate with insurers.

Pat McCrory speaks to supporters at his election night headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. (Chuck Burton/AP)

This data has the potential to be significantly more useful for consumers. The prices that hospitals charge are, essentially, sticker prices. Insurance plans usually negotiate a rate lower than that opening bid. The data that North Carolina will make public is the actual amount that hospitals end up charging health plans for their services. Beginning in June 2014, the state’s Health and Human Services Web site will post that information.

That means that, in North Carolina, someone undergoing surgery could comparison shop between hospitals before making an appointment, seeing where he or she might get the best deal.

This data could become especially important given the trends we’re seeing in the health insurance market: Employers are asking employees to take on a bigger share of their premiums, in the form of much larger deductibles. When individuals are paying out-of- pocket for their care, or even a hefty co-insurance fee, the incentive to shop on price becomes a whole lot stronger.

Right now, shopping on price is really hard; hospitals tend to keep the deals they’ve negotiated with insurers private, seeing that information as a competitive advantage. If they’re getting a health plan to pay a high rate for a given procedure, would they really want the hospital down the street to know.

The data we’ve seen so far on health care prices suggests we’re likely to see pretty significant variation. Data compiled by the private health cost firm Castlight found that, here in the District of Columbia, and MRI can cost anywhere between $400 and $1,800.

Now North Carolina is about to make data like that a whole lot more accessible, possibly changing the way that people there seek health care treatments.

NC now called Too Conservative, after years of corrupt Democrat Rule

August 28th, 2013 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives 3 Responses
NC now called Too Conservative, after years of corrupt Democrat Rule

Protests across North Carolina and media scrutiny from across the country over a more conservative bent in N.C. politics stem from a much-needed change in culture, Gov. Pat McCrory told me Monday afternoon during a visit to the Government Center in Charlotte.

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McCrory, a first-term Republican governor and former seven-term Charlotte mayor, said organized opposition by Democratic-leaning political groups and media hyperbole have created a distorted picture of the Tar Heel State. During a 15-minute interview, he dismissed concerns over a recently signed voter ID bill, characterized anger over tighter abortion restrictions as misguided and said he is comfortable bucking liberal and conservative factions alike when warranted.

McCrory came to Charlotte to present the Order of the Long Leaf Pine to former Mecklenburg County commissioner Dan Ramirez. Ramirez, who was diagnosed with ALS last year, became the first local Hispanic elected to political office in 2002.

McCrory had tears in his eyes when he presented the award to Ramirez. The governor took questions from several reporters after the ceremony and then headed to the 15th floor for a visit with the current mayor, Patsy Kinsey. She became mayor last month after fellow Democrat Anthony Foxx resigned. Foxx gave up the office after President Obama chose him to be U.S. secretary of transportation.

Since his last term as mayor ended in 2009, McCrory has been in the Government Center just twice, he told me Monday.

A week ago, crowds estimated at 2,000 to 3,000 people protested at Marshall Park, labeling McCrory a “poster child” for the Tea Party and mocking his recent overture to placate women’s health-care advocates in Raleigh by presenting protesters with a plate of cookies.

“I welcome people who have the ability to protest,” he said Monday. “Heck, I went up to Raleigh one time to protest. Gov. Easley was governor. The only difference was, I didn’t make it a point to get arrested.”

No arrests were made at the Moral Monday protest in Charlotte last week. Three months of Moral Mondays in Raleigh during the General Assembly session led to more than 900 arrests.

McCrory and his Republican allies in the state legislature control both chambers of the General Assembly as well as the governor’s mansion. It marks the first time the GOP has enjoyed this much political power in North Carolina in more than a century.

“We have to recognize that a lot of this is well-planned and well-coordinated — (left-leaning) MoveOn.org and other groups are very active in this well-coordinated event. So I’m going to listen to the thousands, or 2,000 or 3,000 people who protest, but I also have to concentrate on the other 9 million people who live and work and play in North Carolina. I have to make sure we don’t take the one perspective of protesters out of perspective.”

The governor said the rallies seek to preserve the status quo, a philosophy that runs counter to his campaign pledge to revamp state government.

“If we continue the same policies as the past three or four years, we’re going to continue to have the same results,” McCrory said. “And right now, those results aren’t good.”

In July, the North Carolina unemployment rate recently inched upward to 8.9 percent, third-worst in the nation.

McCrory and the legislature approved sharp reductions in unemployment benefits this year. State debt of $2.5 billion to the federal government prompted the shift. Economists and data analysts, including Chapel Hill consultant John Quinterno, questioned the changes in unemployment benefits and called the cuts short-sighted.

“I came to Raleigh to change some things,” McCrory said of his policy battles. “I’m stepping on the toes of both the right and the left, like I did as mayor. It’s not fun. It’s difficult. I’m not doing it to cause pain. I’m doing it to get people to stand up and recognize we have some serious issues that we need to solve. In the meantime, I’ve had to make some very difficult decisions in the short eight months I’ve been in office.”

Democrats and, to a lesser extent, Republicans in Raleigh spend too much time trying to keep state government the same, McCrory said. At times during the General Assembly session that ended last month, Republicans fell prey to “that 10 or 20 percent overreach that you didn’t need to do.”

A broad voter ID law signed by the governor drew a rebuke from former U.S. secretary of state Colin Powell, a fellow Republican, when Powell spoke last week at a CEO forum in Raleigh that included remarks by the governor, too.

The voter ID bill ends straight-ticket voting, prevents college students from using their school IDs at the polls and shortens the early-voting period. Some experts expect the U.S. Department of Justice to challenge the new law, similar to a legal battle brewing over voter laws in Texas.

I think the media and some of the liberal activists have greatly exaggerated the claims of what North Carolina has done with voter ID,” McCrory said Monday, noting that dozens of states, most with Republican-controlled governments, have passed similar laws. “That’s mainstream. You need an ID to get Sudafed in North Carolina, which was supported by Republicans and Democrats and the attorney general. Requiring the same documents for voting as we do for Sudafed, I think, is common sense. Everyone ought to have some form of ID and, frankly, we’re going to be providing them for free.”

Voters across the state are disappointed in the governor and the legislature of late, according to Raleigh research firm Public Policy Polling, a left-leaning group. McCrory’s approval rating declined to 39 percent in the latest surveys; the General Assembly’s fell to 24 percent. A Republican-friendly polling firm, the Civitas Institute, has also seen drops in the governor’s popularity, though his overall approval ratings hovers near 50 percent in those surveys.

A question about the abortion bill prompted a retort over whether critics have even read the bill, a problem the governor learned first-hand during an earlier remark about voter ID.

“The abortion issue was, again, greatly exaggerated,” he said. “Because the bill that was going to be passed was the one I was going to veto. I think both the right and the left were wrong on this issue. The right, obviously, wrote (the earlier bill) with the clear objective of closing abortion clinics, when it’s legal. I disagreed with that bill. The left turned a blind eye and tried to pretend there were no issues with regard to existing clinics, when in fact there are.”

A recent closing in Asheville makes the case for new rules, the governor said. That clinic has recently re-opened, according to a report by The Associated Press.

McCrory said the bill approved by the General Assembly was a “pragmatic solution.” State Sen. Malcolm Graham, a Mecklenburg Democrat and leader of the local delegation in Raleigh, told me last week the legislation ignored a campaign pledge by McCrory to preserve abortion rights. Women’s health advocates and a number of Democrat-friendly grassroots groups have voiced similar opinions.

Said McCrory: “Those regulations haven’t been written yet, so it’s kind of ironic — I hear the media talk about stringent regulations which will close clinics. (The regulations) haven’t been written yet and they’re going to be written by a doctor, not politicians.”

The new law adds requirements for clinics to perform abortions. McCrory and the GOP have said changes are necessary to ensure safety and proper care. Democrats and other opponents criticize the law as a way to limit access for women seeking an abortion.

“If you read the media, you would think we shut down every clinic, when in fact we haven’t done that,” McCrory said.

Continued uncertainty over who controls Charlotte Douglas International Airport elicited a familiar response from McCrory: Eliminate the politics of the debate, a call that has been ignored by state lawmakers ever since a campaign began over the winter to remove CLT from direct city oversight.

Asked about slipping approval ratings for himself and other Republican leaders, the governor blamed “the PR machine” and mentioned stories about the state’s political environment in The New York Times, The News & Observer in Raleigh and The Huffington Post as examples.

Coverage by those outlets has been slanted, he said.

Those stories “have clearly communicated one viewpoint, and today I’m clearly stating another viewpoint that I doubt will be the headlines in the newspaper. We’ll get the message out.”

As for North Carolina’s national brand or reputation, McCrory said that has always been a concern for him, both as a mayor and now as governor.

Then he took a swipe at his predecessors, Bev Perdue and Mike Easley. Both are Democrats and both were swept up in campaign finance scandals. Perdue defeated McCrory in the 2008 election and served one term before opting against a re-election campaign. Easley served two terms, beginning with the 2000 election.

“Worry about the brand?” McCrory said. “I didn’t hear people worrying about the brand when we were having indictments and people going to prison (former House Speaker Jim Black, a Mecklenburg Democrat) and things of that nature. It’s amazing, when a Republican’s in office and no one’s going to prison or no one being indicted, I’m being asked by the Business Journal about our brand.”