Michael Moroney

Michael works in communications in Washington, DC. He is originally from Pennsylvania and went to college at the University of Pittsburgh where he received degrees in Business Administration and Political Science in May 2010. He has worked on multiple Republican campaigns at the state and national levels in Pennsylvania and Virginia. Follow Michael on Twitter at @MichaelTMoroney.

Articles From Michael

Being the grown ups our parents forgot to be

Millennials

Today’s young people are earning less and saving less than their parents were at the same age, which is a big problem, because in addition to paying our own bills, investing in our future and saving for retirement, Millennials must also pay down a bill they didn’t ask for — the $17 trillion national debt that our parents and grandparent rung up on the federal credit card.

Obamacare polling requires a deeper look

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Obamacare supporters were downright giddy last week after enrollment through the government’s insurance exchanges hit the 7 million mark. An ABC News/Washington Post poll found a full 49 percent of Americans willing to offer support for the law, up from a low of 39 percent in 2012. But pundits who argue that the rise of Obamacare’s polling numbers from catastrophic to merely mediocre will save Democrats at the ballot box this fall are sorely mistaken.

School choice: A war on poverty worth fighting

Children on school parking lot

As conservatives, we like to use facts and numbers to defend our policies, and too often neglect to make an emotional connection with voters. That’s why House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s recent speech on school choice was so refreshing.

Looking back on a summer of Darrell Issa’s #FridayKitty!

Friday Kitty June 28

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is winning the Internet, hands down.

Expanding Opportunity Through Unpaid Internships

CBO Interns with Peter R. Orszag

Millions of Millennials — myself included — have gained invaluable firsthand experience in the professional world through paid and unpaid internships, but those opportunities are under attack by disgruntled former interns filing suit against their former employers.

Presidents and Cats: Happy Purr-zidents’ Day!

Via: examiner.com

The tradition of having a family dog in the White House goes all the way back to George Washington, and while the media has reported extensively on the Obama’s Portuguese Water Dog, Bo, and the passing of poor Barney, George W. Bush’s trusted canine companion, we rarely hear about the felines of the White House.

Behold, Presidents and Cats! Happy Purr-zidents Day!

SNL Mocks Sen. Marco Rubio and #Waterbottlegate

Last night on Saturday Night Live Seth Myers brought Sen. Marco Rubio (Taran Killam) on Weekend Update to comment on the awkward drink of water he took while giving the GOP’s response to the State of the Union.

“So what? My mouth got a little dry and I took a drink of water,” said Rubio (Killam) “We’ve all been there. You’re about to give an important policy speech. You get a little nervous in the greenroom and you eat a whole back of dry roasted peanuts and some beef jerky.”

Obama sells Americans short on minimum wage

During his State of the Union on Tuesday night, President Obama argued that Americans should “raise the federal minimum wage to $9.00 an hour.”

While the line might have riled up his base, the policy would have detrimental economic effects if it is put into practice. A study conducted by the University of California-Irvine and the Federal Reserve Board found that the rate of job loss for less-skilled employees actually increases when the minimum wage is increased.

[Video] Pelosi gets her amendments confused, claims First Amendment protects right to bear arms

In a pre-taped interview that aired on Fox News Sunday this morning Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sat down to chat with FNS host Chris Wallace to discuss hot topics in Congress, including gun control and mental health. During the interview Pelosi made a glaring error that provides some insight into her view on the issue–or rather just how wrong she has it.

“We avow the First Amendment. We stand with that and say that people have a right to have a gun to protect themselves. in their homes and their jobs, whatever, and that they — and the workplace and that they, for recreation and hunting and the rest,” Pelosi inarticulately told Wallace.

The Top 5 GIFs From the Golden Globes

Tina Fey as Johhny Depp

Missed the Golden Globes awards this year? No worries! We’ve compiled five of the best animated GIF from the 2013 Golden Globes that aired last night. Enjoy!

The two new members of Congress who don’t have public twitter accounts

Rep. Doug LaMalfa

A mere five years ago politicians were just learning how Twitter could help them spread their message and connect with their constituents. Today, having a Twitter account is almost a necessity to being elected for higher office.

Of the 79 new members of Congress, only two don’t have public Twitter accounts.

The eight Senators who voted against the ‘fiscal cliff’ deal

Sen. Rand Paul

While it’s rare in this day and age for legislation to pass with overwhelming bipartisan support, the fiscal cliff deal passed the Senate Monday night by a 89-8 vote. So who were the eight Senators that voted no?

 

Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’ rakes in cash despite controversy

Director Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, Django Unchained, has no shortage of foul language, violence and, of course, controversy.

Director Spike Lee called it’s depiction of slavery “disrespectful,” and some have asked whether it’s the “most controversial film of 2012.” People’s Alynda Wheat, thought the first hour of the movie was “brilliant,” but did not appreciate the use of the N word throughout the film–114 uses according to her count.

So has the minefield of contention scared off movie-goers? Not quite.

President Obama “puzzled” by attacks on Susan Rice

UN Ambassador Susan Rice

During an extremely rare interview with Meet the Press on Sunday, President Barack Obama told host David Gregory that  he was still puzzled by the attacks on U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, calling them purely partisan.

Rice drew criticism this fall after she repeatedly, incorrectly named an anti-Islamic YouTube video as the cause of the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya that killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

“Why she was targeted individually for this kind of attacks that she was subjected to is – was – puzzling to me,” Obama said in the interview, “and I was very clear in the days after those attacks that they weren’t acceptable.”

 

Economy Takes Center Stage During Second Presidential Debate

Jobs are the best way to the hearts of undecided Americans, and issue was discussed at length during the second presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney on Tuesday night.

The debate started off with a question from a college student who wanted to know what each candidate would do to improve the economy to help him get a job and provide for himself after he graduated.

Party City Stereotypes Democrats and Republicans to Sell Election-Themed Merchandise

Party City, the popular party supply outlet, has no problem stereotyping Republicans and Democrats in its attempt to push election-themed merchandise. While their paper plates, cups, and napkins are pretty much the same for each side of the aisle, the featured images for each party differ immensely.

According to Party City’s image, Democrats enjoy eating hotdogs and drinking cold beer.

President Obama: I Couldn’t Ask For A Better Vice President

The biggest surprise of President Barack Obama’s speech Thursday evening didn’t have to do with his discussion of policy or his vision for a second term in office. During his address at the Democratic National Convention to accept his party’s nomination, Obama thanked Joe Biden “for being the best Vice President I could have ever hope for, and being a strong and loyal friend.”

Given Biden’s severe case of foot-in-mouth disease during his time serving in the White House, Obama’s remarks were more than charitable.

Rep. Aaron Schock Talks Education Reform With Millennials in Tampa

TAMPA, FLA. –  Students should be wary of the information they receive from their college about the costs and benefits of their degree, Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL.)  told attendees of a town hall hosted by National Journal and The Atlantic Wednesday at the Republican National Convention.

At the groups’ “Conversations with the Next Generation” panel, Schock explained that because the government subsidizes public universities, they have little incentive to keep costs low.

“When someone else is paying for anything—whether it’s healthcare, whether it’s food, whether it’s for education—you have much less of an interest in being responsible,” he said.

Josh Romney Tells NBC His Father’s Run for President is Not An Ego Trip

Josh Romney gave NBC Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd quite the interview at Wednesday’s “Conversations with the Next Generation” town hall hosted by National Journal and The Atlantic.

Josh, father of five and the middle child of Mitt Romney’s 5 sons, gave the audience some insight into the family’s personal life and touched on what his father would accomplish in office.

Romney called the whole ordeal an “emotional rollercoaster,” and assured the audience that his father was running for the right reasons.

“He doesn’t need it as an ego trip or another notch on his belt,” said Romney.

Mia Love Aces National Debut at GOP Convention

Utah Congressional candidate Mia Love fired up the crowd Tuesday evening at the Tampa Bay Times Forum during the Republican National Convention. Love, a rising GOP star, nailed her national debut during what is, for all intents and purposes, the opening night of the convention with a short speech about the American dream and the president’s failed vision for America.

Love began her speech by discussing the America she knows and delved into her family history. Her parents were immigrants that came to the United States in search of the American dream.

“When tough times came, they didn’t look to Washington. They looked within,” said Love.