Friday, March 15, 2013

CPAC - #4448 - VIDEO: Marco Rubio Brings Auditorium to its Feet "We Don't Need a New Idea.....The Idea is Called America, And It Still Works" - The Blaze (2) VIDEO: Rand Paul at CPAC- "The GOP of Old as Grown Stale and Moss-Covered" - Hot Air (3) Obama Administration Plans to Cut Medicare Advantage Reimbursement - CNS News (4) Sequester Do-Over: Feds Recaptured 4 Immigrants Released Under Budget Cuts - Washington Times


Marco Rubio Brings Auditorium to its Feet - 'We Don't Need a New Idea.... The Idea is Called America, And It Still Works' - The Blaze - Florida Senator Marco Rubio brought the house down at CPAC Thursday with a pronouncement that, while popular with the crowd, is sure to give Republican consultants looking to revamp the party headaches. “Now, as soon as I’m done speaking, I’ll tell you what the criticism on the Left is gonna be. Number one, that he drank too much water,” Rubio said to laughter. “Number two, that he didn’t offer new ideas, and there’s the fallacy of it. We don’t a new idea. There is an idea. The idea is called America, and it still works.” Applause thundered in response.Ironically, neither complaint about Rubio’s speech was accurate. He only drank water at one point during the speech, for about a second (and made a joke of it), and did offer new ideas. Specifically, Rubio singled out the topic of student loans for arguments about how conservatives needed to take the issue on, citing his own experience with student loans, and suggested that better cost benefit analysis tools for students looking to attend college would help.  Read more........

Rand Paul at CPAC: The GOP of Old Has Grown Stale and Moss Covered - If you can’t watch it all, pick it up at 16:00 as the big call for a new Republican Party begins. Very rarely do CPAC speeches surprise but Paul’s had a chance just because one never knows where his ongoing libertarian/conservative straddle might take him. An overt pitch to leave marijuana policy to the states? A reprise of what he told National Review two days ago about removing marriage from the tax code? Something about balancing the budget partly by adopting a more “modest” foreign policy? There are elements of all of that here but by and large he sticks to three big themes. One: Civil liberties and limiting presidential power, which was largely a rehash of his drone filibuster. (“Stand With Rand” t-shirts were plentiful outside the hall, I’m told.) Pay attention to the applause lines during this part. He got some cheers, but the reaction at a libertarian/Ron Paul event would have been raucous. Two: Less spending. Straightforward and familiar, replete with calls to abolish the Department of Education and scrap the income tax code for a flat tax. Read more.......

Obama Administration Plans to Cut Medicare Advantage Reimbursements - CNS News -The Obama administration is planning new cuts to Medicare, a federal regulatory filing reveals, cuts that could mean higher premiums or seniors losing their coverage altogether. The new cuts come in the form of a planned reduction in the reimbursement rates the government pays to insurance companies that operate Medicare Advantage plans, which are services administered by private for-profit or non-profit providers that offer additional services than can be found in traditional Medicare. In a Feb. 15 regulatory filing, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the surprised rate cuts of 2.3 percent – meaning it would pay health care providers 2.3 percent less for providing services to patients.  Read more.....

Sequester-Do-Over: Feds Recaptured 4 Immigrants Released Under Budget Cuts - Washington Times - The Obama administration said Thursday it has rearrested and brought back four of the most dangerous immigrants it released from detention last month in the run-up to the budget sequester cuts. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton testified to Congress that his agency released 10 “level one” offenders, and has gone out and brought four of them back in. He said the other six are non-violent. Mr. Morton also acknowledged that overall, 2,228 immigrants were released — far more than the several hundred the agency had initially admitted to. Of those, 629 had criminal records, though Mr. Morton said they were low-level offenders The releases have drawn a stern rebuke from Congress, where Republicans said it showed mismanaged priorities by the Obama administration. Read more.....

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