Why are teachers striking in Chicago? What are teachers unions fighting for? Is it for the students? For the schools? For the union?
Listen to the union officials themselves. You might be surprised
Since our Egyptian and Libyan embassies were attacked we’ve seen a steady stream of statements from the Obama administration and some in Congress who blame an obscure 14 minute film for the outbreak of the violence.
|This is as dangerous as it is misguided. It emboldens radical Muslims across the world and ensures that every time they feel they have a grievance they have a right to engage in attacks like these.|
More apologies and more appeasement equals more violence. Plain and simple.
If you’ve had enough of this public relations campaign of apology and appeasement, please add your name to our new petition, which we will deliver to the White House and leaders of Congress.
The text of the petition is below. VISIT HERE to add your name, or click on the image above. Then FORWARD this to everyone you know!
Let your voice be heard today!!
Since the unjustified assaults on the U.S. embassies in Cairo and Libya, many in the Obama administration, the Congress, the media, and academia, have apologized, blamed or insinuated that a satirical film about Mohammed was the catalyst for all the violence.
We, the undersigned, know better—and we’ve had enough.
We’ve had enough of the Obama administration’s efforts to placate Islamist mobs motivated by ideology, or hatred of America, or just plain thuggery, with its repeated references to this obscure film that prior to September 11, 2012, no one had ever heard of.
We’ve had enough of the Obama administration and some Members of Congress insinuating or even implying that the violence against our embassies would not have occurred had it not been for this “offense” against Islam.
We’ve had enough of those who say a single blog post about an obscure film satirizing Islam is somehow responsible for the violence and anger raging throughout the Muslim world.
We’ve had enough of political leaders who cower in the face of the intimidation and bullying tactics of radical Muslims around the world who can never be appeased enough or accommodated enough.
We’ve had enough of the “establishment media’s” double standard, who defend satirical films and art that offend Christians and Jews as “free speech,” but condemn satire that offends Muslims as “hate speech.”
We’ve had enough of American politicians who fail to see or refuse to see the clear and present threat the Muslim Brotherhood poses to the United States.
We’ve had enough of the message of weakness coming out of Washington when what is required now is a defense of America, a defense of our values, strength, courage and resolve.
We are the silent majority in America.
We don’t riot when offended. We don’t storm embassies, kill ambassadors, or torch government buildings.
And we know that we’ve been here once before.
In 1979, we said “enough” to an economy in shambles, skyrocketing gas prices, and a president whose weakness emboldened Iranian radicals to hold Americans hostage for 444 days.
On November 6th, we will again say “enough,” just as patriotic and responsible Americans have said “enough” in the past.
We will VOTE.
Thanks to ACT for America for this post
The House and Senate returned from their August recess last week.
There are very few legislative days left before the election and Congress is not planning to pass any major legislation outside of a continuing resolution (which the House passed lastweek) before November.
The see how little, check our list below.
What You Paid
Last week taxpayers spent roughly $100 million on Congress. Click here to see the full breakdown.
What You Got
- H.R. 6213, No More Solyndras Act. COST: $1 million over 5 years
- S. 3245, To extend by 3 years the authorization of the EB-5 Regional Center Program, the E-Verify Program, the Special Immigrant Nonminister Religious Worker Program, and the Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program. COST: Unknown
- H.R. 6365, National Security and Job Protection Act. COST: $72 billion over 10 years
- H.R. 1775, Stolen Valor Act. COST: “Insignificant”
- H.R. 5865, American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2012. COST: $15 million over 5 years
- H.R. 3857, Public Transit Security and Local Law Enforcement Support Act. COST: $702 million over 5 years
- H.R. 5949, To extend the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 for five years. COST: “No significant cost”
- H.R. 5544, Minnesota Education Investment and Employment Act. COST: $6 million over 9 years
- H.R. 4264, FHA Emergency Fiscal Solvency Act. COST: $11 million over 5 years
- H.R. 6186, To require a study of voluntary community-based flood insurance options and how such options could be incorporated into the national flood insurance program. COST: Unknown
- H.R. 2139, Lions Clubs International Century of Service Commemorative Coin Act. COST: Unknown
- H.R. 6122, To revise the authority of the Librarian of Congress to accept gifts and bequests on behalf of the Library. COST: “Insignificant”
The Senate moved forward on debate on a bill that would create a veterans jobs corps and confirmed Stephanie Marie Rose, of Iowa, to be U.S. DistrictJudge.
Urge California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer:
With more Americans unemployed at any time since the Great Depression, President Obama is making it easier for illegal aliens to take American jobs. That’s right: With 20 million Americans having trouble finding work, President Obama’s bypassed Congress to unilaterally give amnesty and work permits to 2-3 million illegal aliens currently in the United States. It means more job competition and wage depression for working class and fewer jobs for returning veterans and recent graduates.
If that’s not bad enough, President Obama’s amnesty and work permit incentivizes more illegal aliens to quickly cross the border into this country in the hopes of qualifying for the next amnesty, too. And, of course, it means rewarding those who broke the law. It all adds up to a desperate move by the President to get votes in an election year, despite the cost to the American worker.
The good news is that our democracy has checks and balance. President Obama’s policy can be reversed if enough of us voice our concerns. Two of those check and balances are right here in California. They’re our Senators. Please send our Senators the message below right now. They can reverse President Obama’s amnesty and work permits for millions of illegal aliens. And save jobs for unemployed Americans, right here in California. This is a completely free service. There is no cost to you.
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Today, the federal government has acquired an all but unquestioned dominance over virtually every area of American life. It acts without constitutional limits and increasingly regulates our most basic activities, from how much water is in our toilets to what kind of light bulbs we can buy.
So while we face many challenges, the most difficult task ahead—and the most important—is to restore constitutional limits on government. Forty visionaries signed a piece of paper 225 years ago today that became one of the most vital documents in the world: the U.S. Constitution.
By design, it limited the power of government under the rule of law, created a vigorous framework that expanded economic opportunity, protected national independence and secured liberty and justice for all. But how is that limitation of powers working today?
The Judicial Branch. The rise of unlimited government is most familiar and most prominent in the form of judicial activism. The Founders called the judiciary the “least dangerous branch,” but progressive judges have usurped the functions of the other two branches and transformed the courts into policymaking bodies with wide-ranging power. We need judges who take the Constitution seriously and follow it faithfully.
The Legislative Branch. For its part, Congress has long legislated without regard to limits on its powers. As a result, decisions that were previously the constitutional responsibility of elected legislators are delegated to executive branch administrators. Congress is increasingly an administrative body overseeing a vast array of bureaucratic policymakers and rule-making bodies. Congress should stop delegating to bureaucrats and actively take responsibility for all the laws (and regulations) that govern us.
The Executive Branch. Meanwhile, the President has unique and powerful responsibilities in our constitutional system as chief executive officer, head of state, and commander in chief. But the idea that the president— who is charged with the execution of the laws—doesn’t have to wait for the lawmaking branch to make, amend, or abolish laws, but can and should act on his own is toxic to the rule of law. It violates the spirit, and potentially the letter, of the Constitution’s separation of the legislative and executive powers of Congress and the President.
It won’t be easy to return to the founding principles. We’ll have to move one step at a time, and walk back decades worth of bad decisions by members of all three branches of government. But it can be done, if we use the written Constitution as our guide and we believe that it means what it says and says what it means.
The Founders worked from the premise that government exists to secure God-given rights, and that it derives its just powers from the consent of the governed. And while many people take that for granted today, it was a novel idea in the 18th century and remains all too rare today.
Since Americans are equal, self-governing citizens and the United States government is limited, we have the liberty and opportunity to live our lives, control our fate, and pursue our happiness—and the American Dream.
That’s worth celebrating, today and every day.
But while our Constitution remains remarkably hale and hearty after all these years (it’s by far the longest-serving constitution in the world), it is under fire from many directions.
Let us remember today that we have the opportunity to rededicate this country to the Constitution and to the universal principles of liberty at its core. We can, and must, dedicate ourselves to the hard work of restoring constitutional self-government, and so preserving the American Dream for all.
“We want to give our money to American farmers,” says David Bronner, head of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, which uses non-psychoactive hemp in its products. “Why are we continually handing it to Canadians?”
The answer? Because it’s illegal to grow hemp in the United States. You can import hemp from other countries, but home-grown hemp – related to marijuana but lacking any ability to get you high – is strictly verboten in the Land of the Free. Indeed, the feds consider the plant – famously grown by George Washington and one of the most versatile natural substances known to manking – the equivalent of its euphoria-inducing relative.
Bronner supports lifting the ban on growing industrial hemp inside the United States. He was recently arrested outside the White House after protesting the current policy by locking himself in a metal cage with hemp plants. He sat down with Reason’s Mike Riggs to discuss his arrest, the industrial applications of hemp, and the paths to legalization.
For the second year in a row, seven-term Congresswoman Berkley was named one of Washington D.C.’s “Most Corrupt” Members of Congress by the watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)
Shelley Berkley Was Named D.C.’s “Most Corrupt” Two Years in a Row
For the second year in a row, seven-term Congresswoman Berkley was named one of Washington D.C.’s “Most Corrupt” Members of Congress by the watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). The fourteen-year Congresswoman is the only Senate candidate in the country under investigation and two-time winner of CREW’s “dishonorable mention.”
The CREW shows how Shelley Berkley has used her office for personal gain at a time when Nevada was suffering from one of the deepest recessions in history. According to the CREW report, “Shelley Berkley has spent a career advocating for renal care physicians, in spite of an obvious conflict of interest created by her husband’s medical practice.”
“Rep. Berkley has repeatedly intervened to stop proposed cuts in Medicare reimbursement rates for nephrologists while taking thousands in campaign contributions from the renal physicians’ main political action committee, of which her husband is a former chairman,” the report continued.
You can read the entire report here.
“Apparently it’s not enough for Shelley Berkley to just be one of the richest Members of Congress. Two years in a row, fourteen-year Congresswoman Shelley Berkley has been named one of the ‘Most Corrupt’ Members of Congress for using her office for personal gain at a time when Nevada was suffering from one of the deepest recessions in its history. Even her own colleagues are suspicious of her behavior, which is why ten of them unanimously decided to investigate her. It’s clear that Shelley Berkley has one priority, and that’s herself,” said Chandler Smith, Heller for Senate spokeswoman.
1) Fact: For two years in a row, Shelley Berkley has been named one of the most corrupt Members of Congress.
CREW’s Most Corrupt 2012
“Rep. Shelley Berkley has spent a career advocating for renal care physicians, in spite of an obvious conflict of interest created by her husband’s medical practice…”
(“Most Corrupt,” Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, 2012)
CREW’s Most Corrupt 2011
REPRESENTATIVE SHELLEY BERKLEY
“Representative Shelley Berkley (D-NV) is a seven-term member of Congress, representing Nevada’s 1st congressional district. Rep. Berkley’s ethics issues stem from using her position to support her husband’s financial and professional interests.”
(“CREW’s Most Corrupt,” Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, 2011)
2) Fact: Now her colleagues have voted unanimously to launch a congressional investigation into her misconduct.
Documentation: “The House Ethics Committee said today it will investigate whether Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) broke any ethics rules or laws when she intervened to save a kidney transplant program at a hospital where her physician husband had a lucrative contract. In a statement, Ethics Chairman Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) and ranking member Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.) said the committee voted unanimously on June 29 to establish an investigative subcommittee to determine whether Berkley violated “any law, rule, regulation, or other applicable standard of conduct … with respect to alleged communications and activities with or on behalf of entities in which Representative Berkley’s husband had a financial interest.”
(Amanda Becker, “House Ethics Will Probe Shelley Berkley’s Role in Saving Transplant Program,” Roll Call, July 9, 2012)
3) Fact: Because she used her office to twist arms in Washington to help her husband’s business.
Documentation: “Ms. Berkley’s actions were among a series over the last five years in which she pushed legislation or twisted the arms of federal regulators to pursue an agenda that is aligned with the business interests of her husband, Dr. Larry Lehrner.”
(Eric Lipton, “A Congresswoman’s Cause Is Often Her Husband’s Gain,” New York Times, September 5, 2011)
4) Fact: A business that has made her one of the richest Members of Congress.
Documentation: “35. Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) $9.17 Million”
(Amanda Becker, “The 50 Richest Members of the 112th Congress (2012)” Roll Call, September 13, 2012)
Documentation: “Shelley Berkley is a dialysis magnate. Berkley’s wealth is mostly found in investment accounts, and the various buildings and companies related to her husband’s medical practice.”
(Karoun Demirjian, “Our Congressional Leaders: What They’re Worth and Where They Invest,” Las Vegas Sun, June 16, 2011)
The new Citizens United movie The Hope and The Change, written and directed by Stephen K. Bannon of Victory Films and produced by David Bossie of Citizens United, will begin airing on television tomorrow.
“This movie — set to start airing on Tuesday and run through Nov. 6 on six cable and six broadcast networks — features forty Democratic and independent voters who backed Obama in 2008 and have since become disillusioned. Much of the film consists of the voters talking, with an overlay of world events over the last four years. The voters talk about what they had expected Obama to accomplish once in office, and why they had supported him. Bossie says the voters, who come from swing states such as Florida, Iowa, Colorado, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, were picked from focus groups that were conducted by former Jimmy Carter adviser Pat Caddell. … The voters ‘bought into that hope [Obama] would be different, he would be someone who would bring the world together and now it’s more divided today,’ Bossie said. ‘Those types of messages are really what’s important.’ He said the group has also been focus-grouping the film with pollster Frank Luntz’s dial groups, and said, ‘The numbers are phenomenal.’”
Citizens United has struck a deal with a dozen television stations to run its hour-long film featuring voters disaffected with President Barack Obama, sending the Republican critique of the incumbent into tens of millions of homes in the lead-up to Election Day, the group’s officials told POLITICO.
The movie’s wide release — backed by a large advertising campaign behind it — was part of the goal of the Citizens United court case that was decided in 2010 by the U.S. Supreme Court and helped to dramatically alter the landscape for political donations by allowing the unfettered flow of corporate cash into campaigns.
“This (the court case) is why I did ‘Citizens United,’” David Bossie, the group’s president said. “This would have been a criminal act under McCain-Feingold before my court case.”
Bossie makes filmmaker Michael Moore his template — he had attempted to follow in the footsteps of the commercial and political efforts of Farenheit 9/11, with a movie about Hillary Clinton during the 2008 cycle. But the Clinton film was blocked after it was ruled a form of electioneering. The Citizens United case was about Bossie’s efforts to get similar movies into the bloodstream.
This movie — set to start airing on Tuesday and run through Nov. 6 on six cable and six broadcast networks — features forty Democratic and independent voters who backed Obama in 2008 and have since become disillusioned. Much of the film consists of the voters talking, with an overlay of world events over the last four years.
The voters talk about what they had expected Obama to accomplish once in office, and why they had supported him. Bossie says the voters, who come from swing states such as Florida, Iowa, Colorado, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, were picked from focus groups that were conducted by former Jimmy Carter adviser Pat Caddell.
The narrative in the piece is not uplifting, but its goal is tapping into a sentiment that exists among voters of disappointment that Obama didn’t live up to their high expectations, and which Obama’s campaign has tried to push back against.
Republicans have tried to tap into that sense of disillusionment, in particular with a Republican National Committee ad that tells voters it’s okay for them to make a change. Obama has sought to acknowledge disappointment, while saying he needs more time to fix a problem of large magnitude.
The movie will run in its 60-minute entirety in an agreement with six cable networks like HDNet Movies and FamilyNet, along with local stations in Louisiana, Colorado, Indiana, Hawaii and Louisiana. It will reach 130 million homes, according to Citizens United, coupled with advertising dollars about the movie on cable networks.
That will come on top of a flood of Mitt Romney campaign spending, and super PAC spending, in the final seven weeks of the race.
The voters “bought into that hope [Obama] would be different, he would be someone who would bring the world together and now it’s more divided today,” Bossie said. “Those types of messages are really what’s important.”
He said the group has also been focus-grouping the film with pollster Frank Luntz’s dial groups, and said, “The numbers are phenomenal.”
Bannon and Bossie both said the goal was to feature average people, not the pundit class — and not any of the more incendiary, base-motivating claims about the president (the recent Dinesh D’Souza movie in theaters now about Obama, which came in just under Moore’s record for box office success with a documentary so far, does explore those).
“It’s just about his competence,” said Bannon. “(They) believed [Obama] connected with them…they thought it was a unique connection…they like him personally, they think he’s a great family man…it’s all about competence.”
Bannon has another other movie with Bossie out this fall, about the Occupy Wall Street movement. Bossie had another movie project involving Rick Santorum.
“The Magnitude of the Mess We’re In”
George P. Shultz, Michael J. Boskin, John F. Cogan, Allan H. Meltzer and John B. Taylor editorialize in the Wall Street Journal, “Sometimes a few facts tell important stories. The American economy now is full of facts that tell stories that you really don’t want, but need, to hear. Where are we now? Did you know that annual spending by the federal government now exceeds the 2007 level by about $1 trillion? With a slow economy, revenues are little changed. The result is an unprecedented string of federal budget deficits, $1.4 trillion in 2009, $1.3 trillion in 2010, $1.3 trillion in 2011, and another $1.2 trillion on the way this year. The four-year increase in borrowing amounts to $55,000 per U.S. household. The amount of debt is one thing. The burden of interest payments is another. The Treasury now has a preponderance of its debt issued in very short-term durations, to take advantage of low short-term interest rates. It must frequently refinance this debt which, when added to the current deficit, means Treasury must raise $4 trillion this year alone. So the debt burden will explode when interest rates go up. … Worse, the unfunded long-run liabilities of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid add tens of trillions of dollars to the debt, mostly due to rising real benefits per beneficiary. Before long, all the government will be able to do is finance the debt and pay pension and medical benefits. This spending will crowd out all other necessary government functions.”
After $5B Loss for USPS, Reforms Still Unlikely Before Elections
According to The Hill, “Lawmakers are conceding that an overhaul to the struggling Postal Service won’t be enacted before November’s elections – and that any reforms passed this year may not be as sweeping as originally sought. With Congress set to skip town again in a few days, the House has yet to vote on its postal reform bill, despite suggesting it would it take it up over the summer. … The back-and-forth comes as the Postal Service lost more than $5 billion in the third quarter of fiscal 2012. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, who has said that USPS needs to cut $22.5 billion from its annual costs by 2016, has been calling for months for Congress to quickly finish up its work on postal reform.”
White House Details Spending Cuts in Report
According to the New York Times, “Army operations and maintenance would lose nearly $7 billion next year, and the Navy more than $4 billion under a looming series of automatic cuts in federal spending. Educational achievement and special-education programs would be shaved by $2.3 billion. Medicare payments to hospitals would fall by $5.6 billion. And, particularly relevant at a moment when world attention is focused on the continuing attacks on United States embassies and consulates abroad, diplomatic programs and embassy security would lose $1.2 billion. These are among the findings in a new 394-page report by the White House that was delivered Friday to Congress, detailing line by line what will happen next year if Washington fails to act to head off about $100 billion in military and domestic spending cuts scheduled to begin Jan. 2. … The Budget Control Act of July 2011 established automatic cuts as the bludgeon that was supposed to force a special bipartisan committee to reach an agreement on deficit reduction of at least $1 trillion over the next decade. The committee failed, with Republicans refusing to meet Democrats’ demands to raise taxes in exchange for cuts to domestic programs and entitlements like Social Security and Medicare. Lawmakers still hope that Congress and the White House can come up with a way to avoid the cuts, but nothing will happen before the November elections, whose outcome will have some effect on what any future agreement would look like.”
Confrontation in Chicago Teachers’ Strike Escalates
Reuters reports, “The confrontation between Chicago teachers and Mayor Rahm Emanuel escalated on Sunday when their union extended a strike and the mayor said he would go to court to block the walkout, risking more friction within President Barack Obama’s political coalition as the November 6 election nears. … The Chicago strike has shone a bright light on a fierce national debate over how to reform failing inner-city schools. The union believes that more money and resources should be given to neighborhood public schools to help them improve. … The agreement calls for a 3 percent pay raise for teachers this year and 2 percent in each of the next two years. If the agreement is extended for an optional fourth year, teachers get a 3 percent increase. The deal would result in an average 17.6 percent increase over four years, the district said. Chicago union teachers make an average of about $76,000 annually. The deal could exacerbate the Chicago Public Schools financial crisis. Emanuel said the contract will cost $295 million over four years, or $74 million per year. Debt rating agencies had previously warned that the new agreement with teachers could bust the school district budget and lead to a downgrade of its credit rating.”
California to Vote on $1B Tax Break for GM While Facing Higher Taxes
Bloomberg reports, “California lawmakers couldn’t bring themselves to end a $1 billion tax break for General Motors Co. (GM), Kimberly-Clark Corp. (KMB) and other multistate businesses, so now voters will decide.
If Proposition 39 is approved, as at least one recent poll suggests, corporations based outside California would lose an option that let some pay lower income taxes than those in-state.California, the most populous and most indebted state, has cut spending on schools and the poor to help erase a $15.7 billion deficit. Governor Jerry Brown is asking voters in November for higher sales and income taxes.”
“Ratings firm downgrades U.S. Credit”
CBS News reports, “Credit rating agency Egan-Jones is downgrading its rating on U.S. debt to AA- from AA, citing Federal Reserve plans to try to stimulate the economy. The firm said the Fed’s plans to buy mortgage bonds will likely hurt the economy more than help it. Egan-Jones said the plan will reduce the value of the dollar and raise the price of oil and other commodities, hurting businesses and consumers. ‘Up, up and away — the Fed’s QE3 will stoke the stock market and commodity prices, but in our opinion will hurt the U.S. economy and, by extension, credit quality,’ Egan-Jones said in a report Friday, alluding to a third round of quantitative easing announced by the central bank Thursday. ‘Issuing additional currency and depressing interest rates via the purchasing of [mortgage-backed securities] does little to raise the real GDP of the U.S., but does reduce the value of the dollar…’ Egan-Jones said that, since 2006, U.S. debt as a ratio of GDP had grown to 104 percent, from 66 percent. By comparison, Spain’s debt-to-GDP ratio of 68.5 percent, the firm added.”
Are Voters Paying Attention to Jobs Numbers?
The Associated Press reports, “The government’s monthly jobs report has become Washington’s most anticipated and studied economic indicator, pounced upon by politicians, economists and journalists for snap judgments as the presidential election nears. But in the real world, most everybody else just looks around and figures things out for themselves. Is that steel plant closing? Are Ford or General Motors rehiring? How much are those groceries? What’s a full tank of gas going to run me? How much is our house worth? … These are the kinds of questions economists and pollsters say are on people’s minds more than government statistics. ‘People are not looking at these government reports to decide how the economy is doing, or how well they or their neighbors are doing. They know from their own daily experience,’ Democratic pollster Mark Mellman said.”
U.S. Health Care System Wastes About $750B A Year
Bankrupting America writes, “A recent report from the Institute of Medicine reported that the U.S. health care system annually wastes 30 cents out of every dollar spent. How much does that work out to in total? About $750 billion a year. While the report did not provide a blueprint for policy makers to make appropriate changes, all of these costs have the potential to be minimized through better incentives and more efficient medical practices. Not all health care costs in the U.S. fall directly on the individual taxpayer, but considering 20 percent of the federal budget accounts for Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), combatting the waste that exists in the health care system would be a significant step in reducing the budget deficit without necessarily reducing health care benefits. Click here to see the report’s breakdown of the six areas where major waste was identified in the health system.”
“Hollow Promises” on the Deficit
The National Journal looks at the “hollow promises” and the lack of details being provided by the presidential candidates in either party on their plans to reduce the deficit. Nancy Cook writes, “Here’s the big secret about the presidential campaign: No one has a good plan to fix the deficit over the next decade. Not President Obama, whose $4 trillion deficit-reduction proposal leaves intact the entitlement programs—the biggest drivers of the country’s rising debt, as they mushroom from about 8 percent of gross domestic product in 1970 to a projected share of nearly 16 percent in 2022. And not Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, who have a penchant for huge tax cuts that exceed the price tag of the spending cuts they’ve proposed. The deficit hawks, in other words, are not impressed. … This leaves voters in the uncomfortable position of trying to decide which presidential ticket has the will to tackle the big problems. … So, which vague, lesser plan should Americans support?”
Bankrupting America Flashback: Last month Public Notice released the results of a national survey of likely voters conducted by the Tarrance Group from August 19-23, 2012, which found that behind jobs and the economy, federal spending and debt, topped the list of key concerns, indicating that a message of fiscal responsibility will resonate with Americans. That desire was underscored by the fact that a majority of voters (67 percent) believe there needs to be either major (46 percent) or modest (21 percent) changes to Medicare, and solid majorities see a direct link between the debt and the health of the economy (67 percent) as well as that of their own family. Click here to read more, and here to see the infographic.
(Las Vegas, NV) – At an endorsement event yesterday with the Filipino American Families of America in Politics, members of the Filipino community rallied their support for Dean Heller. Today Dean Heller offered this statement of appreciation, particularly for the World War Two veterans, their families and their representatives who attended yesterday’s event:
“I’m honored by the support from the Filipino American Families of America in Politics and of members of the Filipino-American community. These men and women are working hard to create a better life for their children and grandchildren, and I am committed to helping them achieve that goal. I was also humbled by the show of support from World War Two veterans who fought bravely for this country and yet were denied the benefits they earned and deserve. I look forward to working with them and their families to ensure they are properly thanked for their sacrifices,” said Dean Heller.
Pvt. Romeo Barreras and Brig. General Cesar Poblete attended the event. These two men are members of the “Mighty Five,” a group of Filipino American World War Two veterans living in Las Vegas. A third veteran, 2nd Lt. Silverio Cuaresma Sr. wrote a letter of appreciation to Senator Heller, which was read by his son. The Mighty Five also wrote a collective letter of endorsement for Senator Heller.
At the event, which was attended by approximately 50 members of the Filipino American community, as reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Dean Heller was presented with a plaque for his principled commitment to creating a better future for the next generation: