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Capitol Hill Update, 26 February, 2013
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Capitol Hill Update, 26 February, 2013

FreedomWorks is pleased to return with our weekly update on the most important activity happening on Capitol Hill.

02/26/2013
How Many Demons Can Dance On the Head of a Sequester?
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How Many Demons Can Dance On the Head of a Sequester?

Our government is too big. The crisis of the moment, the so-called sequester, won't do anything to change that. Our nation needs a plan to reduce government spending dramatically, rapidly, and in accordance with our needs. Until then, however, the sequester is better than nothing, and far better than any proposal to change it.In addition, the sequester is the law of the land. That means something, we were told. At any rate, failing to implement the sequester or equivalent cuts is now a spending increase. Those demonizing the sequester with scare tactics will attempt to blame it and fiscal conservatives for any negative economic news in the future. But they always do that. When you will be blamed either way, the right thing to do is to do the right thing.

02/26/2013
New Tax Rule Threatens Seattle Ballroom
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New Tax Rule Threatens Seattle Ballroom

Hallie Kuperman loves to dance. But what she loves even more is sharing this passion with visitors to her social dancing club, the Century Ballroom.Hallie purchased the vintage dancing space 16 years ago, turning it into a Seattle institution. The Century Ballroom not only teaches swing, tango and the foxtrot, it also hosts cabarets and other live performances for an eclectic crowd of all ages. The club’s trendsetting owner has become a prominent and beloved figure in the community.

02/22/2013
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The FreedomCast: Episode 13: Seton Motley on Internet Freedom and CISPA

The FreedomCast: Episode 13: Seton Motley on Internet freedom and CISPA

02/21/2013
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Thanks to the Supreme Court, Seniors Still "Trapped in Medicare"

In 2008, a group of liberty-minded citizens filed a lawsuit, Hall v. Sebelius, to disconnect Medicare Part A membership from their Social Security benefits. Last February, the D.C. Court of Appeals narrowly ruled in favor of the government, and the case seemed destined to reach the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court recently announced that it would refuse to hear the case, thereby rendering the lower court’s decision final.

02/20/2013
The Cruelty of the Minimum Wage
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The Cruelty of the Minimum Wage

In his State of the Union speech Tuesday, President Obama called for an increase in the federal minimum wage, gloating that it had been endorsed even by his vanquished moderate Republican opponent in the 2012 campaign. A minimum wage increase is not needed, and would harm those it's supposed to help.

02/15/2013
Labor Unions and Mandatory Dues
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Labor Unions and Mandatory Dues

Many public and private sector labor unions require mandatory dues from their members or a fee from non-members within the same workplace.  This policy harkens back to a time when union membership was compulsory.  Under the Wagner Act of 1935, employers were forced to collectively bargain with employees under its purview whether they were unionized or not.  This act spurred union membership by 55%, but this alone was not enough.

02/15/2013
Indiana Takes the Lead on Reforming Occupational Licensure
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Indiana Takes the Lead on Reforming Occupational Licensure

The Indiana legislature is considering a new bill that would cause license requirements for certain professions to automatically expire every five years unless members of that profession can provide a convincing reason why the requirement should remain in place. This would mark a major reform to the way license requirements are currently handled, where a licensed profession tends to remain that way for perpetuity, with few attempts even to question the wisdom of such policies.

02/12/2013
The FreedomCast: Episode 9 - Jon Gabriel
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The FreedomCast: Episode 9 - Jon Gabriel

The FreedomCast: Episode 9 - Jon Gabriel, bureaucracy, red tape and GOP messaging. Today on The FreedomCast, Jon Gabriel, blogger for FreedomWorks joins me to discuss GOP messaging, bureaucracy and red tape and how the government is saving you from deadly pickle nubbins.

02/12/2013
Obamacare's Biggest Loser: The Youth
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Obamacare's Biggest Loser: The Youth

While the AARP was using their expansive membership and significant lobbying force to advocate for the Orwellian named "Affordable Care Act", who was looking out for the real losers in this behemoth new law? Who are the real losers you ask?  They are the young; the 21-29 year olds who overwhelmingly supported the government takeover of health care as well as enthusiastically reelected President Obama.  

02/11/2013

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