Phil Roe Supports Bill That Enables Medicare Fraud
Phil Roe (R-TN) represents the first congressional district in the state. He ran for Congress in 2008 on a platform of change. However, he has changed nothing about politics. Upon his entry in the race in 2008, Phil Roe harshly criticized then Representative David Davis, whom he was challenging in the congressional republican primary, for accepting donations from oil companies to his campaign. Unfortunately for Phil Roe, the facts just don’t add up. There are many factors that play a significant role in fluctuation of gasoline prices.
The first is the cost of crude oil, which makes up over two thirds of the price of gasoline, as well as the fluctuation of demand. The prices go up in the summer and down in the winter, simply because more Americans are traveling on vacations and family outings. Hurricanes, geography, and taxes can play a huge role, says CSMonitor. Phil Roe criticizing David Davis wasn’t just factually incorrect, it was blatently dishonest. If someone like me can do a simple search and discover the truth, so could someone running for Congress.
Another contributing factor in the prices of gasoline can include the changing blends of gasoline. During the summer, the ethanol blend is changed to a more expensive blend that allegedly reduces smog. This is another reason why we need to get ethonol out of our gasoline. It’s simply costing us too much money to justify, but by no means is that David Davis’ fault. There is a long list of both Democratic and Republican lawmakers who are bought and paid for by the ethanol industry.
That’s not the worst part, however. In 2008 when gas prices were on the rise, Democrats used the same talking points against the Republicans. Many Democrats, including those who were in leadership, accused Republicans of being in the pocket of big oil, with Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi stating that a major contributor to the oil price hike was due to the two “oil men” in the White House, and Phil Roe went along with this bogus argument, using it to his political advantage as he decried Davis’ supposed corruption.
But hold on, what about Phil Roe’s own corruption? In 2014, Phil Roe was given $7,750 from Mountain State Health Alliance, a corporation that owners several hospitals in Eastern Tennessee and Southwestern Virginia, and then decided he would efforts rooting out waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare when he co-sponsored a bill that gutted the Recovery Audit Contract (RAC), a program that audited Medicare to route out frivilous spending and potential hospital overcharges. This is nothing short of typical Washington D.C. hypocrisy that we see all too often in our politicians. It’s no wonder our leaders have a record-low confidence level with people like Roe running the show.
We, as voters have a remedy. We must end Phil Roe’s political career now. He’s an ineffective, corrupt liar who has no place in public office. Those who hold office must learn to respect the people they claim to represent, and if they don’t, they prove their unworthiness for service.
Congressman Phil Roe was elected to congress in 2008 on a platform of change and economic populism. Not only has he not lived up to expectations, he has failed on every basic level when it comes to helping ordinary Americans. He voted for the Trans-pacific partnership. It is such an awful proposal that Elizabeth Warren, senator from Massachusetts, refused to support the legislation. She stated that we already have trade agreements with over 30 of the countries involved, and went on to say that the bill was written for the special interests who formed the committees who helped shape the legislation. The Global Development and Environment Institute did a study that found the legislation would cause the United States to lose 448,000 jobs. Phil Roe supported this legislation in spite of this finding. He voted to kill jobs and hurt our workers. In doing this, he voted against America’s best interests.
He also voted for $940 billion dollars in spending on a farm bill that would have established new farm subsidies and programs. The legislation would have granted funds to farmers who failed to sell all their product. The government would buy up all the excess product and artificially raise the prices of milk. Families continue to struggle, but Phil Roe, being as out of touch as he is still doesn’t see the wisdom in not subsidizing an industry that should be more than market viable. We use milk every single day in a variety of goods, and many of us cannot afford these price increases because they are crippling.
Phil Roe also voted to raise the debt limit, which caused the debt to skyrocket another $2.4 trillion dollars, and also voted against an amendment that required the government to reduce spending by just over seven percent down to 2008 spending levels. In the past, Roe has also supported continuing resolutions that do not balance, and are not a budget. He voted for the Ryan-Murray budget deal, which blew the deficit even more. Phil Roe never met a big-government spending bill he didn’t love.
In typical Roe fashion, he also voted for legislation that funded the government fully without repealing Obamacare. Known as “Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act,” it didn’t restore americans’ freedom, because it still funded the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare. Congressman Roe’s cadillac healthcare plan isn’t impacted Obamacare, so maybe that’s why he’s chosen to give lip service to the voters in his district, and not deliver actual results when the rubber meets the road. Voters are having their premiums increase by large amounts, and the ones who qualify for the subsidies are still on the hook for deductibles that can reach or exceed $5,000. If voters in the district can’t afford the premiums, how can they afford the deductibles? Roe defies common sense again.
It’s time we retire Phil Roe. He may have had good intentions at the time of his original congressional run, but he has clearly sided with the special interests on a whole host of issues. From his support of Obamatrade, which will ultimately kill hundreds of thousands of jobs, his support of the bloated farm bill that benefits the wealthy millionaire farmers while leaving the hard working farmers out in the cold, and finally his disastrous vote to fully fund Obamacare which continues to undermine families well-being to this very day, he’s been nothing more than a big government Republican looking to enrich those who have power in Washington DC. He’s Paul Ryan’s congressman, not ours.
John McCain is considered by many to be a maverick in Washington, DC. What you may not know about Senator McCain is that he is also a maverick on ethics. What most of us would consider largely unethical and suspicious is John McCain’s way of life. He’s fought political battles against campaign finance reform that has since been overturned by the Supreme Court, and it appears he’s taking advantage of that fact.
John McCain founded a group in 2008 called the McCain Institute for International Leadership. While John McCain isn’t directly tied to the organization, the Senator has done fundraisers for the institute in the past, and in March it was reported in Bloomberg News that the McCain Institute for International Leadership has received $1 million dollars in a donation from Saudi Arabia. Federal Election Commission rules prohibit McCain from accepting money from foreign donors, but apparently the law does not apply to foundations not directly connected to the politicians. Bloomberg also reported that the organization was started by an initial donation of $8.6 million dollars in left over campaign finances from John McCain’s disastrous failed 2008 campaign for president.
Another instance of John McCain’s corruption lies in his ties to Elon Musk, a billionaire who donated to the McCain Institute, according to Patriot Update. John McCain is currently being investigated by the Inspector General at the defense department, facing allegations he put his thumb on the scale in favor of Elon Musk and his company SpaceX over another competitor, United Launch Alliance (ULA) when the two companies were bidding head to head for government contracts. John McCain fought to outlaw the specific kind of rockets used by ULA that had been made in Russia. The Senator got this legislation passed in Musk’s favor simply by arguing we shouldn’t be supporting Russia, much to Elon Musk’s convenience, of course doing this after Musk’s donations were made to the McCain Institute.
These scandals are just the newer scandals, there’s plenty of old ones to review. One that comes to mind of course is the Keating Five scandal, where John McCain came under investigation in the 1980’s for allegedly conspiring with Charles Keating, the man who ran Lincoln Savings and Loan. Keating met with four Senators: Dennis DeConcini, Alan Cranstan, John Glenn, and John McCain. Keating’s business was under investigation with regard to his banking activities, and keating reportedly feared that the government would seize his Savings and Loan company, according to Slate. Senator McCain attended regulatory meetings, effectively representing Keating in front of a bank regulatory board in San Francisco. Ultimately, due to Keating’s illegal activities, the government bailed out Lincoln Savings and Loan to the tune of $2.6 billion dollars, and shareholders lost millions of dollars in the process as well. Keating was convicted of 77 counts of Wire and bankruptcy fraud, before the sentence was overturned.
Its time we retired John McCain. Whether it’s his corruption affiliated with his Leadership Institute, his political prostitution on behalf of Elon Musk, or the Keating Five scandal, he has shown to be nothing but a corrupt and out of touch elitist. Right now Arizonans have the opportunity to elect a constitution-loving American to the United States Senate in Kelli Ward. She won’t be anyone’s toy, nor will she create a foundation and use it for abusive and corrupt practices. She won’t stand up for a conman who made risky bets and lost investors millions of dollars and cost taxpayers $2.6 billion dollars in a bailout. John McCain is a war hero, but his conduct in the United States Senate warrants something that has been a long time coming. It warrants a reaction from the people who are sick and tired of being taken advantage of, and it warrants John McCain’s dishonorable discharge from the United States Senate. It’s time for change.
Congressman Phil Roe, who represents Tennessee’s 1st congressional district, one of the most conservative districts in the country, has been consistently voting wrong on economic issues and voting conservative on social issues as a means to convince you and I that he is one of us. Phil Roe is not a conservative, he is is a charlatan.
Congressman Phil Roe voted to raise the debt ceiling, even though our Congress has been negligent in passing a budget for the past seven years. While keeping our country financially solvent isn’t a major priority for Roe, ensuring that we preserve the confederate flag is. Recently, Roe voted against banning the confederate flag at all Department of Veterans Affairs cemeteries in the United States, saying in part:
“The VA’s current policy, which allows the Confederate flag to be displayed on Memorial Day and Confederate Memorial Day, is appropriate for many families whose ancestors fought and died under the flag. I hope this amendment will be removed before the final version of this bill is considered.”
Someone forgot to give our congressman his history lesson: While much of Tennessee was pro-confederacy, the state was the last state to join the confederacy due to a large percentage of people who favored the Union. East Tennessee, the area he represents was against the confederacy and against slavery. The congressman also neglected to mention is his remarks that the policy would have absolutely zero impact on former confederate soldiers families living today, as there is no soldiers currently interred in the Tennessee National Cemetery. The director of the Mountain Home National Cemetery said in a piece written by the Johnson City Press:
“We have no Confederate flags flying on any flagpoles, and we do not have any confederates interred here,” Walker said. “We also have no Confederate headstones. Remember, we opened in 1903, and the confederates around here are buried at Oak Hill Cemetery.”
Here, Phil Roe gets embarrassed by the media for voting for a bill that has zero benefit on any of his constituents, he casts votes like this to distract voters from decisions on economics and foreign policy like the Syrian Train and Equip Fund. He’s voted for big government spending bills, such as HB 2685, in 2015 funded the military, which according to votesmart.org gave $600 million dollars to the Syria Train and Equip Fund and also appropriated $715 million dollars to the Iraq Train and Equip Fund. In the case of the Syrian effort, the program was a massive failure. Syrian rebels who were trained reportedly wanted to go back home, felt there weren’t enough members being trained in Jordan and Turkey where they were stationed for training before being transferred back to Syria. Another large reason the plan failed was because many Syrian fighters were focused primarily on fighting the Syrian dictator, Assad. There were also concerns about the possibility that some of these fighters could surrender their weaponry to ISIS in the face of death, and in so doing have the American people supply the Islamic State with weaponry.
Phil Roe’s bad judgment shines through as he continues to vote for un-conservative legislation that undermines our national security. Phil Roe seems to have even bigger fish to fry than our national security, as he seeks to rename the Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in Sevierville, Tennessee the Dannie A. Carr Veterans Outpatient Clinic. While Dannie A. Carr fought bravely for his country in the Vietnam war, I find Phil Roe using him to hide from his political misdeeds patently offensive. Phil Roe can’t get our spending under control, nor stop our government from arming ISIS, so he spends his time scoring political points. He doesn’t care about Dannie Carr, he’s just using his blood for political gain here at home.
Its time to retire Phil Roe. He’s been not only ineffective but he has cast votes that have got us involved in foreign conflicts that we should not be involved in, and in the process taken advantage of soldiers blood for political gain. He hasn’t done anything to effectively move us toward a balanced budget, nor taking steps to protect us from ISIS. We can all hope a new congressman or congresswoman will be able to offer substantive solutions going forward. Government in Washington D.C. is broken, and if we don’t change who we send to Washington, we can’t expect anything to change.
Trump receives NRA endorsement
As you look through social media, you will see many supporters of Texas Senator Ted Cruz post about conservatism, trying to include or exclude others as being a conservative. What does it mean to be a conservative? Is Ted Cruz a conservative? How about Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, Sarah Palin, and Paul Ryan? Who decides who is or is not a conservative, and how do you define it in our modern politics? In much the same way Bill Clinton redefined what it meant to be a Democrat, Donald Trump is reinventing what it means to be a conservative.
In 1992, Democrat Bill Clinton arrived on the national scene, riding a platform of welfare reform, promising to “end welfare as we know it.” This was an abandonment of Democratic tradition, in a party that had at one time been hesitant to enact any form of welfare reform. The “new democrats” focused primarily on Southern white Reagan Democrats. The result of the 1980 and 1984 elections prompted Democrats to abandon their prior position on welfare reform and free trade, saying that welfare required work, he sought to change the system. Clinton accomplished this goal, signing the landmark Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996. The law required work to be a contingency of receiving welfare, and it gained bipartisan support in Congress.
Enter the year of 2016, with Donald Trump as the Republican nominee. He has proposed the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which President Bill Clinton signed into law. He wants to put a 25 percent tariff on companies who leave the United States to pursue business in countries with cheaper labor. He’s pro life, while allowing certain exceptions such as the life of the mother and for rape and incest. Many conservatives want all or nothing, saying if they can’t have a candidate that is totally in line with everything they believe in, they’ll take their marbles and go home, and this is a toxic path. The goal of a president is to move the ball forward for their cause, and if we can advance our agenda of freedom with a Trump presidency, then we should embrace these changes Donald Trump wants to make to our party. Being free trade doesn’t mean you get ripped off nationally by countries who seek to take advantage of you, nor are you giving in on principle when you make an exception for rape and incest and outlaw abortions in other circumstances.
Although Bill Clinton campaigned as a new kind of Democrat, he put Ruth Bater Guinsburg on the court as well as Stephen Bryer, who have aligned themselves with the left wing of the judiciary. We’re now sitting on a 4-4 tie between liberals and conservatives, and sometimes Justice Kennedy doesn’t side with conservatives especially as it pertains to a general right to life, although he has upheld some abortion restrictions in the past.. Regardless, if we allow Hillary Clinton to occupy the White House, she will likely not only appoint Supreme Court justices who uphold Roe vs Wade, she will use the court to overturn gun rights, as she has said recently that the Supreme Court is wrong on gun rights.
Hillary Clinton is not a new democrat. She is a Barack Obama democrat, one who isn’t pragmatic, but ideological in every sense of the word. She would make George W. Bush look moderate on foreign policy and make Barack Obama actually seem reasonable on the issue of privacy and the NSA. Right now, Donald Trump is the only individual standing between freedom and the progressive agenda Hillary embraces. He’s the only person that stands between an ever increasing discrepancy between how other nations treat us on trade and how we treat them. Hillary’s unwillingness to touch NAFTA and reform it, despite her rhetoric in the democratic primary as she fends off Bernie Sanders. She, at her core is a believer in free trade, not a believer in fair trade. She believes trade should have meaningless guidelines and if another country like China wants to rip us off with their currency manipulation, then as free-traders we must sit back, tolerate that and hope for the best. This is not the solution for America. We must take on China, fight them like hell so that we don’t end up paying the price at the end of the day in jobs and economic prosperity.
Donald Trump is a different kind of Republican, one that will have strong appeal to working class voters because his policies will rebuild the middle class that has been decimated by progressive policies. By embracing economic nationalism and focusing on making America great again, Trump has a chance to win states that are normally not in play for traditional Republican nominees. Nothing can stop us as long as we remain united as a party. We can and will defeat Hillary Clinton in November together.