Looking To Get A Big Payday, And Other News *Open Thread*

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Oh, I don’t mean regular people are going to be getting a big payday, oh no. I mean a major company stands to make a boatload of money thanks to their efforts on Obamacare, and courtesy of the Democrats who shoved this through.

And that company would be – wait for it – H&R Block. I bet you didn’t know H&R Block was a big time lobbyist when it came to Obamacare did you? I sure didn’t. I knew Big Pharma had a BIG hand in it, but wait until you see what benefits H&R Block is going to reap from the seeds it sowed. From the Daily Caller:

[…] Five years ago, a bevy of high-priced H&R Block lobbyists worked on the tax preparation company’s behalf to shape the Affordable Care Act.

And this April 15, those efforts are set to pay off in a big way for the company.

H&R Block is well positioned to earn more than $100 million in additional fees from low-income Obamacare enrollees as they face the daunting challenge to properly file this year’s complicated health-related tax forms.

Yeah, I’d say that $100 million isn’t a bad return on their lobbyist investment, would you? And here are the cold hard numbers to back up that assertion:

[…] It appears H&R Block was the only tax-preparation company to lobby for the Democrats’ health reform push, according to lobbying reports.

In fact, H&R was the sole tax-preparation firm to also work on the Affordable Health Choices Act, a radical bill that proposed a “single-payer plan” of government-run health insurance.

The single-payer plan failed, but H&R Block went on to lobby for the successfully passed Affordable Care Act, today known as Obamacare.

Prior to 2008, H&R Block’s lobbying budget was relatively modest, hovering at around $80,000 annually. In 2006, the company paid nothing for outside lobbying firms.

In 2009, however, H&R Block’s spending on outside lobbying fees escalated to $1.7 million, according to data compiled by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics.

Like I said, not a bad return at all on their $1.7 million investment.

According to the article, H&R Block is also the only one to charge for doing the ACA part of the returns:

[…] A number of tax-preparation companies are shunning H&R Block’s practice of charging extra fees for filling out the complex IRS Obamacare forms.

“We don’t think people should have to pay extra for ACA-related forms,” Debra Hammer, a senior healthcare communications manager at Intuit, told TheDC. […]

Well, there is that, but I reckon those companies weren’t in bed with the Democrats pushing this (terrible) law through. Because one thing is crustal clear – H&R Block is making out mightily as a result of their relationship with Democrats:

[…] Eighty percent of Obamacare’s customers are working poor who are eligible for government subsidies, meaning their earnings hover at or near the federal poverty level.

Ellis says the health law as written may serve as a “tipping point” to attract new customers to the H&R Block retail empire.

“You go from getting zero dollars from that person to $200 to $300 per person. With a couple of million people, you’re talking about real money,” he said.

H&R Block’s 2014 annual report explicitly says that Obamacare will be good for the company’s bottom line.

“And finally, we made progress this year in our Health Care initiatives, demonstrating our expertise by providing a tax and health care review for our clients on the upcoming changes resulting from the Affordable Care Act,” according to the annual report.

“These efforts have positioned us well as the opportunity associated with the Affordable Care Act unfolds and becomes clearer,” the company stated. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Yep, I’ll say it positions them well, wouldn’t you?

Meanwhile, in other news, guess which race-baiting, violence-inciting, case was determined to NOT be racial in origin? I know – sadly under this Administration, there are too many options from which to choose. But it would be the original case that got Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Eric Holder, and Barack “If I Had A Son” Obama all on record on how racist “white” Hispanics are: the Trayvon Martin Case. Yes, the DOJ has just decided that, “um, well, ugh, look, it wasn’t racially based after all.” No shit, Sherlocks – I coulda told you that from the beginning. Oh, wait, I did. From Legal Insurrection:

The Department of Justice will reportedly announce that it will not bring federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman over Zimmerman’s self-defense killing of Trayvon Martin, reports ABC News.

This decision comes as no surprise to anyone familiar with the actual facts of the case. Zimmerman’s claim of lawful self-defense was overwhelmingly supported by evidence presented at trial, and there was no additional evidence suggesting Zimmerman had set out to deliberately violate Martin’s civil rights.

Indeed, the only shocking aspect of this is that it took the Department of Justice 19 months after Zimmerman’s acquittal to make the announcement. Given the Obama Administration’s incessant spinning of the news cycle so as to avoid getting pinned down to any single particular scandal, it seems likely that the announcement will be timed to coincide with the three year anniversary (February 26, two days from today) of Martin’s death.

Soon after the 2012 shooting, the Department of Justice ordered a team of FBI agents to interview witnesses, neighbors, co-workers, and friends of Zimmerman in a search for any evidence of racism. They didn’t just come up empty; what evidence they did find confirmed that Zimmerman was decidedly not racist. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

And there you have it – more wasted time, energy, and money going after someone just to prove a political point. In the end, though, I am thankful that, once again, truth wills out.

One last payday about which to write, and that is Billionaire Tom Steyer in and Saudi Arabia after Obama’s veto of the Keystone Pipeline. Never mind that the majority of Americans supported this pipeline, never mind all the yearms of research on this, Obama capitulated to a minority, and a very wealthy benefactor, in casting his first veto. What a guy, huh?

There is more news going on today, of course, like the verdict in the Chris Kyle/Chad Littlefield murders (GUILTY). Feel free to add other important news of the day in the Comments below. This is an Open Thread.

SCHEDULING NOTE: The House is holding a hearing this morning starting at 10:15 on Obama’s (unconstitutional) Immigration Amnesty order. You can watch it on C-Span (h/t Rep. Trey Gowdy.)

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22 Responses to “Looking To Get A Big Payday, And Other News *Open Thread*”

  1. foxyladi14 Says:

    Thanks Amy, For the heads up.
    I will be watching Trey, 🙂

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      My pleasure, Foxy!

      • foxyladi14 Says:

        Any one watching??

        What do you think? 🙂

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          I am. This one law prof from Washington University seems to be alone in his interpretations of Obama’s abilities, so of course, gets all kinds of laudatory comments from Dems. I think the other two profs and the Nevada Attorney General are making an excellent case.

          And really – if someone can be a state Attorney General, he is in far more rarified air than a law professor. Take that, Legomsky!

  2. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Okay, I have to say it – Prof. Foley reminds me a LOT of Tea Leoni. 🙂

  3. foxyladi14 Says:

  4. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    One of my favorite parts thus far, besides Gowdy, Jordan, the two judges, and the former US Attorney, was when Rep. Labrador asked the lauded Immigration professor for the Democrats if he had ever PRACTICED Immigration law. His answer? No. NO!!! He hasn’t even PRACTICED it and he is supposed to be considered an EXPERT?? Are you kidding me??

    And not for nothing, but Labrador WAS an Immigration attorney who practiced for 14 yrs.

    That’s the difference: theory v. practice.

  5. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    I have to say, I found Rep. DeSantis to be VERY impressive. What a smart, articulate, knowledgeable man. His questioning was fantastic!

  6. foxyladi14 Says:

  7. HELENK3 Says:

    Senate Democrats agree to GOP plan for Homeland Security funding without immigration measures – @AP

  8. HELENK3 Says:

    http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/02/25/bibispeaks4me-rally-planned-for-day-of-netanyahu-speech-in-washington/

    what is the over/under on whether the msm will cover this?

  9. HELENK3 Says:

    NTSB officials say accident in Oxnard, Calif., ‘was not a traditional grade crossing accident;’ elaborate that train was not stuck between crossing arms – @brittny_mejia
    End of alert
    Metrolink crash in Oxnard, Calif., Feb. 24, 2015
    14m
    NTSB: Truck had traveled 80 feet down the railroad tracks from the grade crossing before being hit by Metrolink train in Oxnard, Calif.
    End of alert
    Metrolink crash in Oxnard, Calif., Feb. 24, 2015
    16m
    NTSB investigators looking at whether grade crossing was ‘adequately illuminated’ at scene of Oxnard, Calif., crash – @laura_nelson

  10. HELENK3 Says:

    had to steal this

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