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Sessions: American Public Should Have ‘Zero Confidence’ In Ron Klain As Ebola Czar


October 17, 2014

For Immediate Release

Contact: Stephen Miller, 202.224.4124



“The Administration continues to refuse to implement even the most commonsense immigration controls to protect public health and public tax dollars. Mr. Klain’s appointment, unfortunately, suggests things will get worse—not better.”


WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee and senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement today on the President’s selection of Ron Klain to be his Ebola “czar” as well as on the President’s latest executive actions on immigration:


“Ebola is a health crisis. Yet the President has appointed as his new Ebola ‘czar’ a partisan loyalist whose expertise is politics—not health. One would think, faced with the prospect of an epidemic, the President would task an expert in epidemiology not an expert in political spin. Sound bites are not going to deter a single infection or save a single life. The American people can have zero confidence in Ron Klain’s competence to carry out this critical role.


At the senior levels of this government, in positions of extraordinary responsibility, the President has surrounded himself with loyalists—individuals who were selected precisely because they are not independent, will not tell the President ‘no’, and will not have any problem in feeding bogus political spin to the media.


The President’s Director of Health and Human Services, Sylvia Burwell, was promoted after refusing to answer even those most basic financial questions from Congress during her dismal tenure at the Office of Management and Budget. Burwell, a former campaign operative, was tasked with overseeing the nation’s healthcare system despite no consequential health care experience. Secretary Jeh Johnson was chosen to head the one of the largest and most important departments of government despite being a political lawyer with no relevant background. Johnson has devoted his short tenure not to strengthening enforcement but dismantling it. Just today—as American citizens face a jobs crisis, debt crisis, border crisis, security crisis, and now a health crisis—Secretary Johnson announced actions not to restore gutted enforcement, but further steps to open our borders. DHS is now extending what amounts to a perpetual amnesty to thousands of immigrants from Honduras and Nicaragua, while expediting immigration from Haiti at a time when we can’t keep track of the millions we are already admitting.


The danger at this moment is profound. We need to be barring visas and travel from Ebola-impacted regions. Additionally, should there be an outbreak in Latin America, General John Kelly of SOUTHCOM has warned that it would cause a ‘mass migration’ from Latin America of those seeking free medical treatment in the United States. ‘If it breaks out, it’s literally Katie bar the door,’ he warned. Does anyone believe that this Administration is prepared to protect this country from such a scenario?


The Administration continues to refuse to implement even the most commonsense immigration controls to protect public health and public tax dollars. Mr. Klain’s appointment, unfortunately, suggests things will get worse—not better.”



Click here for more information on the flow of visas from Ebola-impacted regions to the U.S. each year.


U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) serves on four Senate committees: Armed Services, Judiciary, Environment and Public Works, and as Ranking Member of the Budget Committee. Visit Sessions online at his website or via YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. Note: Please do not reply to this email. For further information, contact Sen. Sessions’ Press Office at (202) 224-4124.




Urgent Education Issues 2013

Why Fight the Common Core Initiative? 

1) Michigan, local school & parents lose control 

2) The standards are unproven

     The assessments are not yet written

3) These standards are not Best Practice, and cause

     teachers to use bad practice

4) More cost to states (taxpayers)

     Hundreds of millions $$

5) Michigan will lose ground on school choice

6) Federally directed education is unconstitutional



What can YOU do to Stop Common Core? 

1.  Call or write Governor Rick Snyder & Legislators

repeal and rescind Common Core Standards & Assessment

2. Advocate with friends, family & teachers

3. Sign the petition at Team Ben Common Core

         Learn more: Americans For Prosperity

         The Heritage Foundation – Education Issues

         American Principles Project

         Stop Common Core in Michigan


What should we do instead?

  • Improve standards thru evidence of best practice
  • Continue to expand school choice
  • Use the MEAP
  • Develop assessments that “advise instruction”
  • Build the teaching “profession”

Melanie Kurdys



Thank you to patriot candidates who had the courage to stand up for we the people against the politics of special interests. Thank you, Matt Maddock, Deb O'Hagan, Jim Runestad, and Russ Tierney.
On the surface it looks like the Republican establishment candidates were the winners in yesterday's primary. They may have won a few battles but they may well be losing the war. A war the Republican party declared on it's own base.
The Kowall vs. Maddock race: Mike Kowall, the incumbent with a five fold funding advantage and the backing and funding of the entire Republican party apparatus did not get even 50% of the vote. Matt Maddock a complete unknown, with no experience at running for political office, and no special interest funding received 43%. Another candidate who did not even campaign received 7.5% for a total of over 50%. Another words, an incumbent with all of his huge special interest campaign fund advantage and the backing and spending of the Republican party received less than 50% of the vote. 
Jim Runestad won the 44'th district race. He and Russ Tierney, both Tea Party candidates, received 59% of the vote. Liz Fessler Smith, even with the full backing of the Republican party establishment, received only 33% of the vote.
The incumbent, Klint Kesto, may have won with 55% but again, it took the full weight of the Republican party apparatus to make that happen. Deb O'Hagan, who like Matt Maddock, had no experience or special interest funding received 40% of the vote.
If I was the Republican party, I would be very, very concerned about what these numbers mean for the future, given the results and the demographic changes occurring in Oakland County.
Ben Di Ponio - Tea Party Patriots of West Oakland County






Obamacare Number of the Day: $621,000,000,000


In addition, the report by the CMS actuaries debunked the notion that Obamacare helped cause the recent slowdown in health spending—or that the slowdown is likely to continue:

Annual national health spending growth is projected to remain near 4 percent through 2013, primarily as a result of the recent recession and modest recovery. This projection is consistent with the historical relationship between health spending and economic cycles….

Continued slower health spending growth after the recent economic downturn has raised the question of whether a more fundamental change is occurring in the health sector. However, econometric and actuarial analysis by the CMS Office of the Actuary of the past fifty years of National Health Expenditure Accounts data…suggests that health spending growth is likely to accelerate once economic conditions improve significantly.

Instead, the actuaries conclude, the recession and anemic economic recovery bear the bulk of the “credit” for the current slowdown in health spending growth.

Finally, the actuarial report analyzes the sources of some of the increased health spending due to Obamacare. And, as Exhibit 4 (below) notes, one of the fastest sources of growth in the health sector will be “government administration.” Spending on government administration—which includes salaries for federal, state, and local bureaucrats, as well as computer and other overhead costs for government programs—will more than double, rising from $31.1 billion in 2010 (the year Obamacare passed) to $70.4 billion in 2022.


So even as Obamacare is raising overall health spending, despite the lingering effects of the economic recession, more of that spending will pay the salaries of government bureaucrats and regulators. That’s not the kind of change Americans can believe in


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