|Monday, January 7, 2013||
Obama Nominates Hagel, Brennan
President Barack Obama filled out his national security team today with the formal nominations of former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense and Counterterrorism Adviser John Brennan to be Director of the CIA.
Normally a Cabinet secretary will fight for the best interests of his or her department. But Hagel will give Obama cover to gut the Defense budget. In addition, Hagel has a terrible record when it comes to confronting America's radical Islamic enemies, especially Iran.
|Friday, January 4, 2013||
You did it, my friends! American Values has just finished the final tallies of our 2012 year-end receipts -- and we met our fundraising goal. I can't thank you enough for your tremendous generosity!
As I mentioned in our appeals, donations were running way behind last year's figures. But once again you have come through in a big way! THANK YOU! We couldn't do our work without you!
|Thursday, January 3, 2013||
"Shining City" Or National Decline?
After the Newtown school shootings, an ABC/Washington Post poll found that 52% of the public felt the shooting reflected "broader problems in American society." The poll didn't ask what kind of problems, but I would submit that the breakdown of the family and reliable standards of right and wrong are at the top of the list. A new USA Today/Gallup poll confirms that Americans are feeling down about the future of our country.
|Wednesday, January 2, 2013||
Congress Approves Fiscal Cliff Deal
As you have probably heard by now, the House of Representatives passed a compromise bill last night to avert the worst effects of the fiscal cliff. Suffice it to say that people on the right and the left are unhappy with it. A lot of conservatives are upset because there are tax increases with virtually no spending cuts. Other cuts included in last year's sequester deal were delayed.
|Wednesday, January 2, 2013||
End Of Year Update
Our staff here at American Values is busy going through the checks we received in the mail from the holiday weekend to see if we met our year-end fundraising goal. Most of our supporters give $10, $20 or $30, so it takes time to add it all up. I want to thank everyone who responded for your tremendous generosity. I hope American Values reached its goal. We will provide an update later in the week. Thank you, my friends!
Higher Taxes; More Debt?
|Friday, December 28, 2012||
President, Congressional Leaders To Meet Today
President Obama will sit down with congressional leaders this afternoon at the White House to try one last time to hammer out an agreement to avoid going over the fiscal cliff. But there is little hope for a major breakthrough.
According to various reports, both sides see some benefit to going over the cliff. Democrats will have a larger majority in the Senate and a few extra votes in the House of Representatives next year.
|Thursday, December 27, 2012||
Too Late To Avoid The Fiscal Cliff?
President Obama cut short his Hawaiian Christmas vacation and returned to Washington, D.C., this afternoon in order to jumpstart negotiations aimed at avoiding massive across-the-board tax increases on January 1st. While so much of the focus has been on Speaker John Boehner, Barack Obama is president and his party controls the Senate.
|Friday, December 21, 2012||
Careening Toward The Cliff
Tis the season for miracles, and it may take one at this stage to prevent the country from going over the fiscal cliff. Last night, Speaker John Boehner was forced to pull his “Plan B” off the House floor after a revolt by conservative members of his caucus. All day long the GOP leadership team had expressed confidence. But on the eve of the vote it was obvious they would come up short.
|Thursday, December 20, 2012||
Heading Toward The Cliff
Negotiations between the White House and Capitol Hill aimed at avoiding the fiscal cliff have reportedly broken down. Frustrated by President Obama’s resistance to further spending cuts, Speaker John Boehner announced yesterday that the House of Representatives will vote this evening on two bills.
One cuts spending by $200 billion while minimizing the national security impact of planned sequestration cuts. The second bill extends the Bush tax cuts for everyone making less than $1 million a year.
|Wednesday, December 19, 2012||
Benghazi Report Critical Of Clinton State Department
In the aftermath of the September 11th attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the State Department launched an internal investigation to determine what went wrong. The findings were made public yesterday and I suspect Secretary of State Hillary Clinton got an advanced copy of the report. Perhaps that is why she fainted and suffered a concussion this weekend.