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President Obama caused a stir during a fund raising speech this week when he suggested that there would soon be vacancies on the Supreme Court.  A White House source said that he was trying to encourage Democratic voters to cast their ballots in the November mid-term elections so the party could keep its Senate majority.

he Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) today applauded the introduction of the Securing Access Via Excellence (SAVE) Medicare Home Health Act introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.  It provides relief to American seniors in need of home healthcare who are at risk due to 14 percent, four-year Medicare cuts implemented on January 1 as part of Obamacare.

The media focus on the Iraqi crisis has created a 'fog of war' that has obscured a series of reports in recent weeks on the damaging impact of Obamacare on health care insurance rates, in particular, and the economic recovery, in general, according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

House Speaker John Boehner's proposed lawsuit against President Obama, charging him with exceeding his Constitutional powers, is attracting broad based support.  Even law professor Jonathan Turley, a well-known supporter of the president said he crossed the line, according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens. 

"Indecision has been the hallmark of the administration's foreign policy for the past five and a half years and nowhere has it been more threatening to our national security than in the current conflict in Iraq," according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

"The liberals have a new way to attack conservatives on health care issues-they accuse them of using the VA scandals and the specter of rationing as political maneuvers," according to advocate for the elderly, Dan Weber.

"It's politically incorrect in some circles these days to talk of American Exceptionalism.  Nonetheless, we should wear that moniker with pride each and every day.  But, it is particularly appropriate to wave the flag when celebrating patriotic holidays," Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens, said in a Memorial Day message.

The U.S. is arguably the world's largest producer of 'political gas' at a time when we need real sources of energy if we are to quicken the pace of job creation and reinvigorate our sluggish economy," according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

"A new challenge to Constitutional authority threatens to tear the very fabric of American democracy.  The National Popular Vote Compact, an organization funded by immigrant socialist billionaire George Soros, is behind an insidious movement to circumvent the Constitution," according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

There's been little news in recent months about the Obamacare provision that creates an Independent Payment Advisory Board.  "This, despite the extraordinary powers the IPAB would have over the delivery of health care services to Americans," according to senior citizen advocate Dan Weber.

The conservative voice of America's senior citizens "has just gotten a little louder," according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC), and Michael Young, founder of Generation America, who issued a joint announcement today on the combining of the two powerful senior advocacy organizations.

An effort by the Obama Administration to impose new, unnecessary regulations on the Medicare prescription drug benefit, Part D, is nearing the final stage and would increase costs for seniors.

"Religious freedom is not a partisan issue, it is guaranteed by the Constitution.  Yet the Supreme Court appears divided by partisan politics as it considers whether employers must provide employees with insurance covering birth control, including pills that can kill a fetus after contraception," according to rights activist Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

The Tea Party movement is named, of course, for the famous event in late 1773 when cases of tea were dumped unceremoniously into the Boston harbor. The Boston Tea Party—a carefully orchestrated strike against a commodity that was being taxed and sold by a monopoly provider—was intended as a one-time thing, though it ended up being an important link in the chain of events that led to the American Revolution. Today’s Tea Party, on the other hand, has ambitions to become an ongoing force—maybe even the major force—in American conservatism. And it strives for a revolution of its own, a return to a more limited, more constitutional form of government. If I had to judge its performance so far, I would say that it has been courageous and right in its diagnosis of the problems facing American politics, but somewhat off in its prescriptions.

This week, your United States Congress voted to turn off the military retiree cuts that passed just before Christmas. If you’ve been receiving this newsletter for a while, you know how bewildered and frustrated I was that Congress decided to cut military pensions in the first place. I voted against it twice. So the fact that Congress, after much hemming and hawing, decided to undo the cuts they’d just passed should have been a major win to me.

Unless you spend a lot of time on federal lands or you are directly impacted by water rights in California, this week’s legislative activity probably isn’t going to be all that interesting to you.  So in lieu of rehashing all of the technical amendments and details of the most recent floor activity, I wanted to try to use this week’s letter to explain the stir caused by the latest economic projections related to the President’s healthcare law.

From the moment I was elected in November 2010, one of my top priorities has been to ensure that every Floridian who needs my office’s assistance is well-served to the best of our abilities. On day one of my term, we had an experienced constituent service team in place ready to help people encountering problems with our dysfunctional federal government.

One of the central cost-saving components of the budget deal was a proposal to cut the annual cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) for military retirees under age 62.  The new plan would call for a revised COLA formula of inflation minus one percent.  The whole point of a cost of living adjustment is to keep up with inflation.  The budget says that military families will never again have their retirement benefits keep up with that inflation.  Each year, they will lose more and more and more.

On Thursday, December 12th, the House passed a bipartisan budget deal worked out by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and his Senate counterpart, Senator Patty Murray. The deal passed overwhelmingly, with huge support from both sides.

This week was the second to last week of the legislative year. And since Congress doesn’t do anything until the very last minute, that means it was a very quiet week. On Tuesday, however, a mad scramble to finish up the nation’s business is likely to begin. The Farm Bill remains outstanding, as does the National Defense Authorization and some other fairly large ticket items.

The 2008 financial crisis was a major event, equivalent in its initial scope—if not its duration—to the Great Depression of the 1930s. At the time, many commentators said that we were witnessing a crisis of capitalism, proof that the free market system was inherently unstable. Government officials who participated in efforts to mitigate its effects claim that their actions prevented a complete meltdown of the world’s financial system, an idea that has found acceptance among academic and other observers, particularly the media. These views culminated in the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act that is founded on the notion that the financial system is inherently unstable and must be controlled by government regulation.

"According to the polls, Christmas this year will not be as Merry as it should be for most Americans," according to conservative activist Dan Weber.

"We can thank God that there are still judges out there who seek to protect religious freedom, namely those at the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago who decided a few days ago that Obamacare infringes on that freedom," rights advocate Dan Weber said.

I want to wish all of the veterans out there a very happy Veterans Day. As many of you know, our district is home to more than 100,000 veterans and that makes today a very special day in our area. If you see a veteran today, please let them know we’re thinking about them and we appreciate everything they have done for this country.

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