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Today, families all across the country will get together and gather around their dinner table and celebrate Thanksgiving. There are many things that the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) is thankful for but unfortunately for taxpayers there are plenty of turkeys too, and no we’re not talking about the ones in your kitchen oven! In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, TPA thought we would take a moment to spotlight some of the biggest ‘bird’ens on taxpayers this year with our Taxpayer Turkeys of 2013! The three Taxpayer Turkeys are Obamacare, the Export-Import Bank, and the Internal Revenue Service.  Watch the video below to see some of the best of the worst that taxpayers have no reason to be thankful for this year. Click here to see the video!




This week, families all across the country will get together and gather around their dinner table and celebrate Thanksgiving. There are many things that the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) is thankful for but unfortunately for taxpayers there are plenty of turkeys too, and no we’re not talking about the ones in your kitchen oven! In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, TPA thought we would take a moment to spotlight some of the biggest ‘bird’ens on taxpayers this year with our Taxpayer Turkeys of 2013! The three Taxpayer Turkeys are Obamacare, the Export-Import Bank, and the Internal Revenue Service.  Watch the video below to see some of the best of the worst that taxpayers have no reason to be thankful for this year. Click here to see the video!




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It’s been more than a month since the rollout of Obamacare.  The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) has been warning taxpayers for years even before the law was implemented. The October 1st launch of the Obamacare website saw some initial ‘glitches’ but for the most part the media coverage was minimal due to the competing story in DC about the government shutdown. However, a funny thing happened on the way to November, as the website “glitches” actually became serious deficiencies and soon the problems with the website began to expose the serious flaws in the preparation of this massive overhaul as well as the enormous cost to taxpayers. Unfortunately for Americans across the country, the website was just a preview of the pain that Obamacare would inflict on the public.  And now, six weeks later, that pain is being felt by millions of taxpayers and there doesn’t seem to be a happy ending anywhere near in sight. First, let’s look at the cost to taxpayers for the federal exchanges. A recent report by Peter Gosselin in Bloomberg Government shows that the cost to build, as well as the late surge before the launch, and now bringing in new experts to help fix what isn’t working right, now shows that taxpayers footed more than $1 billion for the construction and subsequent fixes to the Obamacare website.



11-06-2013 at 12:59 pm - David Williams - Posted in: Boeing, David Williams, Ex-Im Bank, President Obama, Taxes, Taxpayers Protection Alliance - 0 Comment

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This article originally appeared on the Real Clear Policy website, November 6, 2013

Liberals often say that government intervention is necessary when the private sector, for whatever reason, cannot offer a critical service. Yet this line of thinking clearly does not justify the continued existence of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, an institution whose primary purpose is to finance loans to foreign companies so that they can buy American-made products. The Ex-Im Bank recently announced that it generated a billion-dollar profit this past year. This is clear evidence that private lenders could make money financing these loans, too. What's more, private lenders would not expose taxpayers to catastrophic risks, and they would not use taxpayer-backed loans to fund politically connected businesses.



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With the fiscal cliff last January and the recent shutdown and debt ceiling debacle, the past 9 ½ months have been a model of congressional dysfunction. And, as we have been doing for years, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance has been following developments on the government shutdown debate and the ongoing fiasco of the endless impasse to agree to terms to reopen the federal government. The biggest deadline is quickly approaching, the debt ceiling, a limit set by Congress regarding the amount of money that the government can borrow for public spending. During the Budget Control Act of 2011, part of the deal was to raise the limit to $16.4 trillion, in return for spending cuts (those cuts coming now in the guise of sequestration after the failure of the Super Committee). The United States actually hit the ceiling on December 31, 2012, but “extraordinary measures” were taken by the Treasury Department to enable spending to continue and the debt ceiling is at $16.699 trillion now. The new deadline is set for Thursday, October 17, 2013. Should Congress fail to negotiate a deal that would be signed by the President to lift the debt ceiling, the government would have $30 billion (and cash-on-hand) to continue to spend for services, and payments to creditors; otherwise the US risks default and some early warnings have already come as we inch further towards the deadline. Though that may be a great deal of inside baseball, that is very watered-down and to the point in terms of what is going to happen at midnight tonight.


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The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) has been keeping a close eye on the House, Senate, and White House as they have been going back and forth trying to resolve the current impasse that has kept the government closed (or at least slowed down many services) since the fiscal year began on October 1. Now, with the debt ceiling deadline less than 48 hours away and the threat of default a very real possibility, it appears that leadership on both sides of the aisle in Senate have reached a deal that would both extend the debt limit and keep the government open into early 2014. The crisis is by no means over, and it remains to be seen how this will play it out in the House, where many Republicans are wary to accept a clean Senate bill. The uncertainty is still very much a real factor in all of this, but one thing clear: this deal highlights another failure of elected officials to protect taxpayers, and instead is another sign that the era big government is still very much alive.  It is also a sign that Congress will continue to budget by crisis and not by common sense and fiscal responsibility.  It is almost fitting that this fiscal fiasco plays out in October, a month known for Halloween and scaring people.


10-02-2013 at 07:18 am - Michi Iljazi - Posted in: Healthcare, Michi Iljazi, Obamacare, President Obama, Subsidy, Taxes, Taxpayers Protection Alliance - 0 Comment

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The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) has written quite extensively about Obamacare, warning about the harmful impact the law will have on healthcare, taxpayers, consumers, and business across the country. As we moved closer towards the official rollout of the law there were multiple indicators of just how much of a “train wreck” the nation would be faced with once Obamacare became official. The problems we have already seen in the last several months as the Administration began to gear up for the October 1st launch date of Obamacare came at the painful cost of lost jobs, tax hikes, increased premiums, dropped coverage, special exemptions, selective delays, and even privacy concerns that would give any individual pause about a law that influenced so much of the American economy it wasn’t difficult to understand why continued decline in public approval of the law was a constant. The President just recently admitted, speaking about the law, that “we raised some taxes.” TPA recently joined a coalition urging a full delay for all Americans noting how it was unfair for the President to delay the mandate for employers only, while leaving middle class families behind. Yesterday, citizens were able to see the first indications of what we may come to expect now that Obamacare has officially opened their exchanges for individuals to sign up. The launch was anything but smooth so TPA thought it would be a good opportunity to look at some of yesterday’s lowlights.



Today is the last day of the fiscal year and all the talk has been about a potential government shutdown.  The biggest problem with all of the talk of the government shutdown has been the lack of talk about the deficit and debt and the real fiscal problems facing the country. The new fiscal year and the looming deadline of a government shutdown bring about a real opportunity to come up with concrete spending cuts that are not only necessary but also wise. What is most difficult for politicians is to come up with meaningful resolutions to the very real problems the nation is facing. Instead, it seems, they would prefer to engage in brinksmanship all under the guise of protecting the sacred cows they hold dear (entitlements, defense, and subsidies); while working families across America continue to struggle to find ways to manage their own decreasing budgets. This is not only unacceptable, it is untenable and the issues facing the Congress and the White House over the next few weeks need to be dealt with in a substantive way so that there can be a real chance to solve the all-too-real spending problem. During the next fiscal year the Congress must focus on reducing spending considering that the government is wasting billions and there are room for cuts in many areas. With this in mind, no program should go unchecked and every agency should be under the magnifying glass.



(This article originally appeared on townhall.com September 13, 2013) What many Americans may not know is that the substance that is poured into millions of American fuel tanks every year can no longer be classified as gasoline. Due to legislation passed in 2007, the government requires that millions of gallons of ethanol be blended into gasoline each year to create a form of biofuel. The legislation was passed on the premise that the demand for gasoline would increase over time, making fuel more expensive. And, by mandating that ethanol be blended into gasoline, legislators believed that the country would become less reliant on traditional fuels, driving prices down in the process. But the idea backfired and consumers and taxpayers are suffering. A funny (but not unexpected) thing happened along the way to the pump. Rather than Americans guzzling down an increasing amount of gasoline, new technologies were invented that revolutionized fuel efficiency. In turn, there has been a decrease in demand for fuel, meaning that the legislation was based on a faulty premise. Now, instead of using common sense and logic by calling on Congress to reform or repeal the legislation, President Obama has been using the mandate to pedal his green energy agenda, which not surprisingly relies on higher fuel prices.



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It has been increasingly obvious that the implementation of Obamacare has been a disaster and a ‘train wreck’, as characterized by Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.). Rate increases, transparency issues, and abuses of authority have all now been in some way either a part of or a major concern for the implementation.  Taxpayers, consumers, and businesses are all feeling the squeeze when it comes to the regulatory burden and additional costs associated with the law. The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) has been involved in multiple efforts to fight against Obamacare and this week, led by Americans for Tax Reform, TPA was proud to sign a letter with other like-minded organizations to support both H.R. 2809, sponsored by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.); and S. 1490, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). These bills would “delay the upcoming harmful provisions of Obamacare, and would suspend all of Obamacare’s costly tax increases on families and small employers.” The fact of the matter is that President Obama and his Administration have selectively enforced the law thus far, announced targeted delays to businesses, and granted special exemptions to certain interests. Obamacare should be delayed in full so that Americans don’t see their taxes raised; individuals aren’t forced to buy insurance they can’t afford; and subsidies are not blindly provided without proper means of verification.

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