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“If the GOP wakes up and decides that the principles they fought for during the campaign were more than empty political posturing, there is another option,” advises Brent Bozell, chairman of ForAmerica, an interest group reflecting traditional values and fiscal conservatism, in a letter to House Speaker John A. Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn.

Mr. Bozell cites a recent Congressional Budget Office report which “makes clear that if the fiscal cliff is ignored,” the federal public debt as a percentage of gross domestic product would skyrocket to a catastrophic 90 percent.

“The report provides options for reforming the biggest drivers of our long term debt — entitlements. And to no one’s surprise, two of the biggest steps that Congress can take toward getting our fiscal house in order are repealing ObamaCare’s gigantic insurance subsidies and repealing the individual mandate,” Mr. Bozell says. “According to the CBO, repealing ObamaCare’s insurance subsidies would save $150 billion in 2020 alone. Similarly, repealing the individual mandate would save $40 billion in 2020 alone.”

HO-HO-HUM

Cookies, punch and Secret Santas? Workers are not so keen on company parties says a new OfficeTeam survey. Though 77 percent of senior managers favor those holiday celebrations, only 55 percent of employees gave them high marks. OfficeTeam surveyed 800 managers and workers, and suggests companies take their employees bowling or to play miniature golf for a “jolly time.”

POLL DU JOUR

• 52 percent of Americans will donate to charity in the holiday season.

• 59 percent of that number would donate to a friend asking for sponsorship in a charity walk or bike ride.

• 56 percent would give money in a public place; 52 percent prefer to mail a check.

• 50 percent have donated to a local charity, 46 percent to a national charity.

• 43 percent donate to charities that share their values, culture or background; 23 percent would donate to an overseas charity.

• 2 percent would donate to an email charity solicitation from a celebrity.

• 1 percent would give their credit card number over the phone.

Source: An American Red Cross survey of 1,010 U.S. adults conducted Nov. 8 to 11 and released Tuesday.

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