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AMAC: Americans need jobs, not handouts

Liberal focus on ‘income inequality’ is

wrong-headed; no one wins, everybody loses

by John Grimaldi

WASHINGTON, DC, Jan 10 – “There’s only one sure way to deal with the issue of ‘income inequality’ and that’s to end to the cycle of dependency on government handouts and to create new opportunities for success in the form of jobs-not part-time jobs but full time, productive employment,” according to conservative activist Dan Weber.

Weber, who is president of the Association of Mature American Citizens, said the government has an obligation to help the needy and the elderly, “to provide a safety net for them. But it should not be fostering cradle-to-grave dependency.”

He pointed out that half a century ago when President Lyndon Johnson waged his war on poverty in the mid-1960’s less than half a million Americans were receiving food stamps and notes that today some 47 million people are receiving food stamps.

“The country is supposed to be recovering from recession and yet record numbers of people are receiving handouts, not just food stamps but cell phones and smart phones paid for with tax dollars.”

He said that some accuse political liberals of deliberately creating a legacy of dependency that perpetuates their ideological policies and ensures reelection. “And now they seem to pinning their hopes on focusing on what they call ‘income inequality’ as their key issue for the November midterm elections. It smacks of class warfare rather than a war on poverty.”

The real issue, Weber said, is that people “want and need an equal chance to get a job and use their God-given talents to succeed on their own. They know that in a country where you take from the haves and give to the have-nots, there are no winners and where there are no winners there are only losers.”

The Soviet Union had 70 years to prove that socialism trumps capitalism, but they only proved the folly of pandering to socialist pipe dreams, he added.

“And if you want further proof take a look at how well Cuba is doing under communism and how China was forced to adopt capitalist principles to avoid starving themselves into oblivion. Meanwhile, chronic unemployment and a sluggish recovery in the U.S. has been the direct result of the progressive policies implemented over the past five years.”

It’s the year of living dangerously for liberal lawmakers, Weber declared. “They had a choice between providing jobs or offering handouts and five years later we have the debacle that is Obamacare and seemingly endless extensions of unemployment payments. Yet they still don’t get it-economic fairness exists only when you give everyone the same chance to climb the ladder of success by creating real jobs.”

Expanding Opportunity Through School Choice

Generation Opportunity is a proud partner of National School Choice Week

Washington, DC – (1/28/13) – Generation Opportunity, the nation’s leading youth advocacy group for 18-29 year olds, is joining National School Choice Week as a proud partner. Beginning January 27th, National School Choice Week will be marked by a series of events and activities across the country focused on highlighting success stories, advancing school choice and education reform in America, and promoting “effective education options for every child.” The quality of America’s education system has a direct impact on the future success of the young people it is set up to serve and, ultimately, on the nation’s ability to sustain a cutting-edge workforce that is able to compete in the global economy.

“Generation Opportunity supports commonsense policy ideas that can expand opportunities for young people, both now and in the future, as many of us are proud parents, committed teachers, caring older brothers and sisters, and active members of our community. We see firsthand the positive impact that emerges when parents are empowered to make the right decisions for their children,” said Terence D. Grado, Director for National and State Policy at Generation Opportunity. “We are not a partisan generation and are instead focused on achieving results. School choice enjoys broad bipartisan support and has a clear track record of success. Thus, we are excited to join this broad coalition that has come together to advance opportunity through innovation in education.”

In 2011, Generation Opportunity supported school choice advocates in New Jersey in an effort to pass the Opportunity Scholarship Act in partnership with the Garden State Education Reform Coalition, among other efforts. Grassroots organizers launched the “Jersey Proud School Choice Tour” and helped organize a rally at the State House in Trenton. Generation Opportunity’s grassroots field team will participate in Virginia’s 2013 School Choice Day at the Capitol, partnering with the Virginia Coalition for Public School Options for a rally in Richmond. The group also plans to participate in other events this week to hear firsthand from students, teachers, and parents about their priorities and concerns.

Visit http://www.schoolchoiceweek.com/ for more information or to find an event in your area.

Obama to implement economy-crushing coal regulations after election

WASHINGTON, NOV. 5, 2012 – On September 22, 2011, Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, held a hearing with one witness, the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Lisa P. Jackson, on regulatory reform. At the hearing Stearns predicted that President Obama would not push through controversial environmental regulations before the 2012 election. As Stearns stated then, “issuing such a rule would cause [Obama] severe electoral problems in the next election.” Today, the Washington Times is running a story* on Obama halting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations for a “political split second” before tomorrow’s election and then imposing massive coal regulations after the election.

As chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, Stearns held a hearing on the EPA’s plans to impose severe regulations on coal development, transportation, and use that would harm the coal industry, cost thousands of jobs, and limit domestic energy production. In response to Stearns’ oversight and the lack of economic growth and job creation, the Obama Administration and the EPA withdrew its regulatory plan. With the election ending tomorrow, the White House and the EPA are preparing anti-coal regulations that are expected to be released at the end of November.

Added Stearns, “According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, regulations cost American taxpayers and businesses $1.8 trillion each year. The looming regulatory burdens at the center of President Obama’s agenda contribute toward the broad uncertainty that prevents economic growth and job creation. I’m proud of my role in exposing the cost of these regulatory schemes, but I cannot be heartened by my prescientprediction that the 2012 election only would delay temporarily these new coal regulations.”

USCCB Responds to Inaccurate Statement of Fact on HHS Mandate Made During Vice Presidential Debate

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued the following statement, October 12. Full text follows:

Last night, the following statement was made during the Vice Presidential debate regarding the decision of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to force virtually all employers to include sterilization and contraception, including drugs that may cause abortion, in the health insurance coverage they provide their employees:

 

    “With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear. No religious institution-Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital-none has to either refer contraception, none has to pay for contraception, none has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide. That is a fact. That is a fact.”

 

This is not a fact. The HHS mandate contains a narrow, four-part exemption for certain “religious employers.” That exemption was made final in February and does not extend to “Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital,” or any other religious charity that offers its services to all, regardless of the faith of those served.

HHS has proposed an additional “accommodation” for religious organizations like these, which HHS itself describes as “non-exempt.” That proposal does not even potentially relieve these organizations from the obligation “to pay for contraception” and “to be a vehicle to get contraception.” They will have to serve as a vehicle, because they will still be forced to provide their employees with health coverage, and that coverage will still have to include sterilization, contraception, and abortifacients. They will have to pay for these things, because the premiums that the organizations (and their employees) are required to pay will still be applied, along with other funds, to cover the cost of these drugs and surgeries.

USCCB continues to urge HHS, in the strongest possible terms, actually to eliminate the various infringements on religious freedom imposed by the mandate.

For more details, please see USCCB’s regulatory comments filed on May 15 regarding the proposed “accommodation”: www.usccb.org/about/general-counsel/rulemaking/upload/comments-on-advance-notice-of-proposed-rulemaking-on-preventive-services-12-05-15.pdf

Prominent Catholics, Christians Spoke on Democratic Affronts to Religious Liberty

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 3, 2012  — Prominent Catholic and Evangelical Christians gathered on a press teleconference following the presidential debate. Talking about the issues were Deal Hudson, President of the PA Catholics’ Network (PCN), Ted Meehan, Executive Director of the PCN and Sam Rohrer, President of the PA Pastors’ Network as they joined with Pastor Gary Dull of Faith Baptist Church in Altoona, PA and Jo Ann Nardelli, a former Democrat who switched this year to the GOP.

“Federal government continues to usurp power from individuals, families, and the church and replaces their responsibilities with government entitlements, handouts and regulations,” said Sam Rohrer, President of the Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network. “As we heard Governor Romney say, spending is a moral issue that we must handle effectively for the sake of our children and grandchildren. While the President wants to expand government to meet the needs of the American people — increasing costs and spending even more money — Romney wants to lower spending so that it is more in line with revenues, which he wants to increase through economic growth, while focusing on the private market, individual choice, and personal responsibility, which is more compatible with Biblical teachings.”

Also discussed on the call were the stark differences between the candidates on the role of government in public life.

“As Catholics, we agree with Governor Romney and affirm the dignity and worth of each person,” said Ted Meehan, Executive Director of the PA Catholics’ Network. “Such recognition leads to both democracy and free enterprise. These are the blessings which have brought greatness to America. America’s greatness comes from the virtue and vigor of its people, not from dependence upon its Government.”

Jo Ann Nardelli also gave a powerful account of how, as a long-time member of the Democratic Party who held several prominent offices in Democratic organizations, she recognizes that “the party had left her” and no longer represented her values or beliefs. As a result, she is now a registered Republican.

“I was conflicted over the far-left leanings of the party for the last few years, but when it came to the administration’s stance on same-sex marriage, I knew this party no longer reflected my beliefs and values,” said Nardelli.

Colorado Personhood Coalition Files Suit

DENVER, Sept. 27, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — The Colorado Personhood Coalition has filed suit in Denver today, after an unjust dismissal by the Secretary of State’s office.

An unsuccessful lawsuit from Planned Parenthood shortened the petitioning time by about 60 days, giving the Colorado Personhood Coalition fewer petitioning days than any other Colorado ballot initiative. In spite of this, the Personhood Coalition collected over 112,000 signatures, about 30,000 more than signatures collected in 2010.

Other initiatives were also granted a 15 day curing period to make up lost or invalidated signatures, which the Colorado Personhood Coalition was denied.

After turning in far more than the number of signatures required for ballot placement, the Secretary of State’s office determined that the amendment could not appear on the ballot, discounting over 6,800 registered voters’ signatures.

“The Secretary of State’s actions unconstitutionally deprived us of our fundamental right under the State and Federal Constitutions to the initiative process which is core political speech,” explained Gualberto Garcia Jones, J.D., legal analyst for Personhood USA. “After being denied the same time frame that every other initiative received, and denied the opportunity to appear on the ballot, we have filed a writ of mandamus to ensure that our rights are recognized and the hard work of our volunteers is not dismissed.”

The Colorado Personhood Coalition’s language is different than any other in the nation, addressing a myriad of issues in detail that have never before been explored, including birth control, IVF, miscarriage, and rape.

The full language is available at personhoodco.com/amendment-text.

“Our nearly 1,500 volunteers worked incredibly hard,” commented Susan Sutherland, Director of the Colorado Personhood Coalition. “Despite the odds, we did the work and got the signatures. We deserve to be on the ballot, and we will not quit until every signature is counted and ultimately, every innocent human life is protected in Colorado.”

Businesses: Government a Barrier, Not a Help, to Economic Growth

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today announced the results of a nationwide survey of small businesses and manufacturers. The results cast a harsh light on the state of the U.S. economy six weeks before Election Day.

The poll, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies (POS), surveyed 800 small business owners, manufacturers and decision-makers at small and medium-sized companies, with a majority (55 percent) saying the national economy is in a worse position compared to three years ago. Among the chief factors survey respondents cited were federal regulations, taxes, government spending and the cost of health insurance and energy.

Key survey findings include the following:

  • 67 percent say there is too much uncertainty in the market today to expand, grow or hire new workers.
  • 69 percent of small business owners and manufacturers say President Obama’s Executive Branch and regulatory policies have hurt American small businesses and manufacturers.
  • 55 percent say they would not start a business today given what they know now and in the current environment.
  • 54 percent say other countries like China and India are more supportive of their small businesses and manufacturers than the United States.

“Manufacturers have told policymakers in Washington time and again that uncertainty and a negative business environment is turning the American Dream into a nightmare,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “The findings of this survey show that manufacturers and other small businesses have a starkly negative outlook for their future—with good reason. There is far too much uncertainty, too many burdensome regulations and too few policymakers willing to put aside their egos and fulfill their responsibilities to the American people. To fix this problem, we need immediate action on pro-growth tax and regulatory policies that put manufacturers in the United States in a position to compete and succeed in an ever-more competitive global economy.”

NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner said, “The small businesses who are the engine of our economy are clamoring for their elected representatives to stand up and lead so they can focus on the business of getting America back on its feet. Yet, instead of smoothing the way, our government continues to erect more barriers to growth through burdensome regulations that increase costs for small businesses and all Americans. It’s time Washington started listening to America’s job creators and offered real solutions to help us back to prosperity.”

Bill McInturff of POS said, “The data in this survey offer a striking picture of how American businesses view the current state of the U.S. economy. It’s clear that small business owners and manufacturers are becoming increasingly more frustrated by the federal government’s inability to solve America’s economic problems. Manufacturers place most of the blame squarely on policies coming out of Washington.”

Ohio Poll Shows Poor Economy and Lack of Full Time Jobs Devastate Young Adults

Only 33 percent of Ohio’s 18-29 year olds say elected leaders represent their interests and fully 81 percent intend to vote in the 2012 presidential election

Washington, DC – (9/24/12) – Generation Opportunity, the largest non-profit, non-partisan organization in the United States engaging and mobilizing young Americans (Millennials ages 18-29 years old) on the important economic issues facing the nation, released new polling data today on Ohio young adults as the 2012 presidential election nears. Since its launch in June of 2011, Generation Opportunity has amassed a following of over four million on Facebook and is actively organizing Millennials across America through grassroots tactics, voter registration, and voter turnout efforts. Generation Opportunity has already engaged well over one hundred and thirty thousand Ohio young adults through its social media and field operations.

“Young adults in Ohio are paying a very steep personal price for the poor economy and economic policies coming out of the White House that are crushing the creation of full-time, meaningful jobs under the weight of higher taxes and ever-expanding regulations. Every day, across Ohio, young people are forced to cut back on basic purchases such as groceries and gifts for family members, to change living conditions and move back in with their parents, to find extra work and even sell their personal possessions. Their dreams of buying homes, going back to school, starting families, paying off student loans, getting married, and advancing their careers have been absolutely devastated. They know they are getting a raw deal and are intensely frustrated with elected leaders who once promised change, but have instead created a status quo that is even more bleak and limits the prospect of independence while pushing greater dependency,” said Paul T. Conway, president of Generation Opportunity and former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Department of Labor. “Our survey confirmed what we have heard on the ground and online for well over a year – if candidates want to earn the respect and votes of young people in Ohio, they need to offer detailed solutions that allow employers the ability to create full-time jobs that lead to improved lives and better futures. However, if elected leaders come to Ohio and stubbornly defend policies that have already proven to be a failure and harmful to young Americans, this generation will not hesitate to make their voices heard in November and demand change. They know America can do better, and they have the confidence to act.”

For Generation Opportunity, the polling company, inc./WomanTrend, conducted a statewide online survey of 507 Ohio adults ages 18-29 between July 27 and August 14, 2012.

Randomly selected online opt-in panel participants were sent an invitation to the survey via email which included a secure link to the online questionnaire. Quotas were used to ensure the survey was representative of the larger 18-29 year old statewide population with regard to race, region, and gender. The data were NOT weighted. The overall sampling margin of error for the survey is ±4.4% at a 95% confidence interval, meaning that the data obtained would not differ more than 4.4 percentage points in 95 out of 100 similar samples obtained.

THE IMPACT OF THE POOR ECONOMY, LACK OF OPPORTUNITY AND HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT ON OHIO’S YOUNG ADULTS:

  • 85% of Ohio’s 18-29 year olds changed some aspect of their day-to-day lives because of the current state of the economy (Accepted multiple responses) (Randomized):
  • 55% – reduced entertainment budget;
  • 43% – cut back on gifts for friends and family;
  • 43% – reduced grocery/food budget;
  • 38% – skipped a vacation;
  • 38% – driven less/relied more on public transit;
  • 37% – taken active steps to reduce home energy costs;
  • 30% – tried to find an additional job;
  • 27% – sold personal items or property (cars, electronic appliances, or other possessions);
  • 24% – changed living situation (moved in with family, taken extra roommates, downgraded apartment or home);
  • 17% – skipped a wedding, family reunion, or other significant social event;
  • 3% – Other, specified;
  • 11% – None of the above (accepted only this response);
  • 4% – Do not know/cannot judge (accepted only this response).
  • 79% of 18-29 year olds in Ohio have delayed or might not do at least one major life event due to the current state of the economy (Accepted multiple responses) (Randomized):
  • 42% – Buy my own place;
  • 30% – Go back to school/getting more education or training;
  • 29% – Pay off student loans or other debt;
  • 27% – Start a family;
  • 25% – Save for retirement;
  • 22% – Change jobs/cities;
  • 20% – Get married;
  • 17% – None of the above (accepted only this response);
  • 4% – Do not know/cannot judge (accepted only this response).

OHIO YOUNG ADULTS ON THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, VIEWS ON ELECTED LEADERS, THE MIDDLE CLASS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF FULL-TIME JOBS:

  • Only 33% believe that today’s political leaders reflect the interests of young Americans.
  • 73% believe that the lack of job opportunities is shrinking the American middle class.
  • 64% of Ohio Millennials believe the availability of more quality, full-time jobs upon graduation is more important than lower student loan interest rates.
  • 81% of 18-29 year olds in Ohio plan to vote in the election for President this year. 

Nearly Twice as Many Young Adults Say They Would Rather Work on Wall Street Than Protest Against It

76 percent say the lack of job opportunities is shrinking the middle class, as young adult unemployment remains at 12.7 percent

Washington, DC – (9/17/12) – Generation Opportunity, the largest non-profit, non-partisan organization in the United States engaging and mobilizing young Americans (18-29 years old) on the important economic issues facing the nation, released new polling data today on Millennials on the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Since its launch in June of 2011, Generation Opportunity has amassed a following of over 4 million fans on Facebook and is actively organizing Millennials across the country through grassroots tactics, voter registration, and voter turnout efforts.

“Young adults have been negatively impacted by the poor economy, high unemployment, and the lack of jobs both in their daily lives and in their long-term career plans and dreams. Amidst their frustrations and disappointments, the overwhelming majority of Millennials view the poor economy and lack of leadership by elected officials as the true sources of their problems – not fellow Americans who work on Wall Street. Young Americans reject the cynicism and angry theatrics aimed at those who can create more full-time jobs; instead, they simply want positive solutions that grow the economy and create more opportunity for all Americans,” said Paul T. Conway, president of Generation Opportunity and former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Department of Labor. “Young adults believe elected officials fail to represent their concerns and best interests, are clearly fed up with the status quo, and plan on making their voices heard in November.”

The ineffectiveness of Occupy Wall Street to capture the enthusiasm of or inspire activism among a wide number of young adults across America was documented by the Harvard Institute of Politics (IOP) at the end of last year. According to a December 2011 IOP study, just 2% of 18-29 year olds had participated in Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, and only 11% knew someone personally who participated in the effort (http://www.iop.harvard.edu/sites/default/files_new/fall_poll_11_M_topline.pdf).

The lack of full-time jobs and economic opportunity due to the poor economy continue to impact young Americans on a daily basis, jeopardizing their careers and dreams. Earlier this month, Generation Opportunity released the non-seasonally adjusted (NSA) unemployment data for Millennials for August 2012. The youth unemployment rate for 18-29 year olds specifically for August 2012 is 12.7 percent (NSA). The youth unemployment rate for 18-29 year old African-Americans for August 2012 is 22.4 percent (NSA); the youth unemployment rate for 18-29 year old Hispanics for August 2012 is 13.7 percent (NSA); and the youth unemployment rate for 18–29 year old women for August 2012 is 12.6 percent (NSA). The declining labor participation rate has created an additional 1.7 million young adults that are not counted as “unemployed” by the U.S. Department of Labor because they are not in the labor force, meaning that those young people have given up looking for work due to the lack of jobs. If the labor force participation rate were factored into the 18-29 youth unemployment calculation, the actual 18-29-unemployment rate would rise to 16.7 percent (NSA).

For Generation Opportunity, the polling company, inc./WomanTrend conducted a nationwide online survey of 1,003 adults ages 18-29 between July 27 and July 31, 2012. Randomly selected online opt-in panel participants were sent an invitation to the survey via email which included a secure link to the online questionnaire. Quotas were used to ensure the survey was representative of the larger 18-29 year old nationwide population with regard to race, region, and gender. The data were NOT weighted. The overall sampling margin of error for the survey is ±3.1% at a 95% confidence interval, meaning that the data obtained would not differ more than 3.1 percentage points in 95 out of 100 similar samples obtained.

  • 47% of Millennials would rather be employed by Wall Street than protest Wall Street.
  • Only 26% would prefer protesting Wall Street over working on Wall Street.
  • 76% believe that the lack of job opportunities is shrinking the American middle class.
  • Just 38% believe that today’s political leaders reflect the interests of young Americans.
  • 76% of Millennials plan to vote in the election for President this year.
  • 89% of young people ages 18-29 say the current state of the economy is impacting their day-to-day lives (Accepted multiple responses) (Randomized):
  • 51% reduced their entertainment budget;
  • 43% reduced their grocery/food budget;
  • 43% cut back on gifts for friends and family;
  • 40% skipped a vacation;
  • 38% driven less;
  • 36% taken active steps to reduce home energy costs;
  • 32% tried to find an additional job;
  • 27% sold personal items or property (cars, electronic appliances, or other possessions);
  • 26% changed their living situation (moved in with family, taken extra roommates, downgraded apartment or home);
  • 17% skipped a wedding, family reunion, or other significant social event;
  • 1% other;
  • 8% none of the above (accepted only this response);
  • 3% do not know/cannot judge (accepted only this response).
  • 84% of young people ages 18-29 had planned to but now might delay or not make at all a major life change or move forward on a major purchase due to the current state of the economy (Accepted multiple responses) (Randomized):
  • 38% buy their own place;
  • 32% go back to school/getting more education or training;
  • 31% start a family;
  • 27% change jobs/cities;
  • 26% pay off student loans or other debt;
  • 25% save for retirement;
  • 23% get married;
  • 12% none of the above (accepted only this response);
  • 4% do not know/cannot judge (accepted only this response).

Republican Officials release Monday Convention Schedule

Tampa, Fla. – Asserting that “Republicans reject the notion that America’s ‘new normal’ consists of 42 months of deep unemployment and greater debt,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus today announced that the theme of the Republican National Committee’s first night will be “We Can Do Better.”

“Americans know we can do better than joblessness, poverty and debt,” said Priebus. “This convention will present our vision for a brighter, better future and it will lay out an optimistic, achievable plan to make it happen.”

“Probably no four words could better sum up the conclusion that is shared by millions of Americans as they look back on the past four years,” said Convention CEO William Harris. “We can do better than this, and the country knows it.”

Schedule Announced on Convention Mobile App

As part of its “convention without walls” program to make the convention open and accessible, Republican officials also released today the convention schedule for Monday, August 27 through the convention’s mobile app – Tampa 2012 (http://connect.gopconvention2012.com). Featured speakers for Monday include Ann Romney.

2:00 pm Chairman of the RNC Reince Priebus
Color Guard
Pledge of Allegiance
National Anthem: The Oak Ridge Boys
Invocation
Opening procedural steps, appointment of convention committees
Welcoming remarks, and House and Senate candidates and RNC auxiliaries
RNC Chairman Priebus
RNC Co-Chairman Sharon Day
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn
Convention Chief Executive Officer William Harris
Chairman of Tampa Bay Host Committee Al Austin
Republican Congressional Candidates
State Delegate Barbara Comstock (VA)
Representative Tim Griffin (AR)
Republican Senate Candidates
Republican National Committee auxiliaries
Consideration of convention committee reports
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
Committee on Credentials Chairman Mike Duncan
Committee on Permanent Organization Chairwoman Zoraida Fonalledas
Convention Permanent Chairman Speaker John Boehner, Presiding
Official Convention Photograph
Committee on Rules Chairman John Sununu
Committee on Resolutions Chairman Governor Bob McDonnell
Committee on Resolutions Co-Chairman Senator John Hoeven
Committee on Resolutions Co-Chairman Rep. Marsha Blackburn
Roll Call for Nomination of President of the United States
Roll Call for Nomination of Vice President of the United States

7:15 p.m. Recess

7:45 p.m. Reconvene
Remarks by Speaker John Boehner
Remarks by Governor Rick Scott (FL)
Remarks by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
Video
Remarks by Senator Rand Paul (KY)
Various Speakers
Remarks by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA)
To Be Announced
Remarks by Artur Davis and video
Remarks by Senate Republican Candidate Ted Cruz (TX)
Musical Act
Remarks by Governor Nikki Haley (SC)
Remarks by Mike Huckabee
Remarks by Mrs. Luce’ Vela Fortuno
Remarks by Mrs. Ann Romney
Benediction by Sammy Rodriguez and adjournment.

About the 2012 Republican National Convention

The 2012 Republican National Convention will be held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum August 27-30, 2012. Nearly 50,000 visitors are expected to come to the Tampa Bay area for the event, including delegates, alternate delegates, media and other guests. For more information about the 2012 Republican National Convention, become part of the virtual convention at www.ConventionWithoutWalls.com, visit our website www.GOPConvention2012.com and check out our official blog, Conventional Wisdom, at www.gopconvention2012.com/blog/

“A Better Future” to be Republican Convention Theme

“Americans are ready for a new direction,” says Priebus

Tampa, Fla. – Announcing that the theme of the 2012 Republican National Convention will be “A Better Future,” Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus today proclaimed that “Americans are ready for a new direction.”

“Americans are ready for a new direction, and that’s why our convention will focus on the Romney-Ryan vision for a better future,” Priebus said.

“After four years of high unemployment and skyrocketing debt, we need America’s ‘Comeback Team’ to get the country working again and protect the American Dream for our children and grandchildren,” said Priebus.  “During our convention, the American people will hear about the priorities, experience and knowhow of our nominees and their plans to secure a better future for our country.”

“This convention will bring together Americans from every corner of the country and every walk of life,” said convention Chief Executive Officer William Harris.  “Whatever their background, wherever they’re from, they know too well that our country faces serious problems.  But they also know that the American people have confronted difficult challenges before, and that together, with strong leadership, we can overcome those challenges and secure a better future for generations to come.”

Generation Opportunity Soars Past 4 Million Fans on Facebook as Young Voters “Like” Small Government

Washington, DC – (8/15/12) – Generation Opportunity, one of the largest groups in America engaging and mobilizing young adults, or Millennials, on the important economic issues facing the nation in 2012 and beyond, unveiled its newest social media platform today. The Facebook page, “We Like Small Government,” fosters debate on the appropriate size and scope of government, the impact high taxes and more regulations have on job creation, and the importance of economic opportunity and individual freedom. The page has already amassed over 400,000 fans and surges Generation Opportunity’s total fan base to well over 4 million young adults.

“Every day, young Americans search for meaningful, full-time jobs in a career of their choice and, instead, experience first-hand the stark reality imposed by the poor economy – high unemployment and overall lack of economic opportunity. Rather than resorting to pessimism, however, young adults are taking a harder look at who and what is creating barriers to economic opportunity. Increasingly, they identify elected officials and policies that result in more government interference with employers and overreach in the private sector and small businesses as a prime source of the lack of economic opportunity. As they continue to deal with the highest sustained unemployment since World War II, Millennials have definitely concluded that government intervention in the economy is the problem, not the solution,” said Paul T. Conway, president of Generation Opportunity and former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Department of Labor. “In an effort to change the status quo, young adults are determined to organize and mobilize themselves on the principle that people, not government, are the creative source of opportunity and that America needs to be placed on a better path forward.”

Earlier this month, Generation Opportunity released the non-seasonally adjusted (NSA) unemployment data for Millennials for July 2012:

  • The youth unemployment rate for 18-29 year olds specifically for July 2012 is 12.7 percent (NSA).
  • The youth unemployment rate for 18-29 year old African-Americans for July 2012 is 22.3 percent (NSA); the youth unemployment rate for 18-29 year old Hispanics for July 2012 is 14.0 percent (NSA); and the youth unemployment rate for 18-29 year old women for July 2012 is 12.6 percent (NSA)
  • The declining labor participation rate has created an additional 1.715 million young adults that are not counted as “unemployed” by U.S. Department of Labor (BLS) because they are not in the labor force, meaning that those young people have given up looking for work due to the lack of jobs.
  • If the labor force participation rate were factored into the 18-29 youth unemployment calculation, the actual 18-29-unemployment rate would rise to 16.7 percent (NSA).

Generation Opportunity commissioned a poll with the polling company, inc./WomanTrend (April 16 – 22, 2011, +/- 4% margin of error) and a highlighted result for all young Americans ages 18-29 appears below:

Millennials – Economic Growth and Government:

  • Only 31% of those 18-29 approve of Obama’s handling of the youth unemployment.
  • 53% believe lowering business taxes increase hiring.
  • 59% believe the economy grows when people are allowed to create business without government interference.
  • 69% of 18-29 year-olds prefer reducing federal spending over raising personal taxes to balance the budget

Millennials – Delayed Dreams from a Poor Economy and the Lack of Opportunity:

  • 77% of young people ages 18-29 either have or will delay a major life change or purchase due to economic factors:
  • 44% delay buying a home;
  • 28% delay saving for retirement;
  • 27% delay paying off student loans or other debt;
  • 27% delay going back to school/getting more education or training;
  • 26% delay changing jobs/cities;
  • 23% delay starting a family;
  • 18% delay getting married.

ABOUT GENERATION OPPORTUNITY

Generation Opportunity is a non-profit, non-partisan 501 (c)(4) organization that seeks to engage everyone from young adults, to early career professionals, college students, young mothers and fathers, construction workers, current service men and women, veterans, entrepreneurs, and all Americans who find themselves dissatisfied with the status quo and willing to create a better tomorrow.

Generation Opportunity operates on a strategy that combines advanced social media tactics with proven field tactics to reach Americans 18-29. The organization’s social media platforms – “Being American by GO,” “The Constitution by GO,” “Gas Prices Are Too Damn High,” “Lower Taxes by GO,” “Keep Texas Awesome,” “Jersey Proud,” and “We Like Small Government” on Facebook – have amassed a total fan base of more than 4 million. The pages post links to relevant articles and reports from sources ranging from the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO), to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Brookings Institution, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and The Heritage Foundation.

SENATOR YEE AMENDS SB 249 INTO A MASSIVE, UNCONSTITUTIONAL GUN BAN

SAN CARLOS, CA, AND MADERA, CA – In an egregious and deliberate move to ban hundreds of thousands of legal firearms and harm law-abiding California gun owners, California Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) has amended his bill SB 249 to make possession of all Bullet Button, or “maglocked”, firearms a criminal act as of July 1, 2013. Sen. Yee’s chief-of-staff, Adam Keigwin, has said that California should ban all guns, even bolt-action hunting rifles.

Joining Senator Yee in his effort to take away hundreds of millions of dollars of currently-legal guns are co-authors Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), Senator Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley), Senator Ted Lieu (D-Torrence), Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge), and Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles).

Explaining his support for the gun ban, Senator Steinberg told the Sacramento Bee that “no one will convince me it’s anything other than a joke to say that having multiple clips and semi-automatic weapons that can shoot 100 or more bullets at a time is necessary in this state or in this country. It’s ridiculous.”

Also on record as supporting SB 249, the Los Angeles Times reports Attorney General Kamala Harris as saying, “I applaud the Legislature’s interest in addressing this problem and support efforts to pass legislation needed to” [ban Bullet Button firearms].

SB 249, if it were to become law, would categorically ban all “maglocked” semi-automatic firearms that are in common use, such as those which use the Bullet Button device. SB 249 does not provide for any grandfathering of existing firearms nor does it have a method of compensating gun owners for the firearms the proposed law would require to be destroyed or removed from California. The net effect would be what is perhaps the single largest unconstitutional government taking in California history.

More, SB 249 would subject gun owners to criminal liability as of July 1, 2013, for the mere possession of firearms that Senator Yee and Attorney General Harris have both said are legal under current law. Ex post facto laws, such as SB 249 would create if passed, are expressly unconstitutional.

Interestingly, however, SB 249 would create a de facto requirement that gun owners , hunters, and competitors in California use only “featureless” firearms, such as AR and AK-style guns employing compliance parts like the Solar Tactical KYDEX Grip Wraps, MonsterMan Grips, or Exile Machine’s Hammerhead Grip, which not only allow for the lawful use of factory magazine releases but large-capacity magazines as well. California does not ban the possession of large-capacity magazines. Wes Morris, owner of Ten Percent Firearms, demonstrates this is an excellent YouTube video you can view at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhC8LpHPbRQ.

Senator Yee’s bill is currently before the Assembly Appropriations Committee and is expected to be heard on August 15, though it could be heard as soon as August 8. The bill must pass both the Assembly and the Senate by August 31.

June 2012 Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business

(Tempe, Arizona) — Economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in June for the 30th consecutive month, say the nation’s purchasing and supply executives in the latest Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®.

The report was issued today by Anthony Nieves, C.P.M., CFPM, chair of the Institute for Supply Management™ Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. “The NMI registered 52.1 percent in June, 1.6 percentage points lower than the 53.7 percent registered in May. This indicates continued growth this month at a slower rate in the non-manufacturing sector. The Non-Manufacturing Business Activity Index registered 51.7 percent, which is 3.9 percentage points lower than the 55.6 percent reported in May, reflecting growth for the 35th consecutive month. The New Orders Index decreased by 2.2 percentage points to 53.3 percent, and the Employment Index increased by 1.5 percentage points to 52.3 percent, indicating continued growth in employment at a faster rate. The Prices Index decreased 0.9 percentage point to 48.9 percent, indicating lower month-over-month prices for the second consecutive month. According to the NMI, 12 non-manufacturing industries reported growth in June. Respondents’ comments are mixed and vary by industry and company.”

INDUSTRY PERFORMANCE

The 12 non-manufacturing industries reporting growth in June — listed in order — are: Educational Services; Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Management of Companies & Support Services; Retail Trade; Utilities; Transportation & Warehousing; Accommodation & Food Services; Public Administration; Construction; Information; Finance & Insurance; and Wholesale Trade. The five industries reporting contraction in June are: Mining; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Health Care & Social Assistance; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; and Professional, Scientific & Technical Services.

WHAT RESPONDENTS ARE SAYING …
  • “General state of business this month is flat, with no changes.” (Construction)
  • “Business is steady and an increase over last month, as we begin our peak season.” (Arts, Entertainment & Recreation)
  • “We are starting to experience a slowdown from the modest, grinding improvements our market areas have been experiencing of late.” (Finance & Insurance)
  • “Patient counts continue to be lower than budget.” (Health Care & Social Assistance)
  • “Business is still growing, but there has been a definite slowing in growth.” (Wholesale Trade)
  • “We have noticed a slowing of customer counts and sales over the last 30 to 60 days, compared to the same period last year.” (Accommodation & Food Services)
  • “Stable business globally, but softening backlog as clients further tighten discretionary spend.” (Professional, Scientific & Technical Services)
ISM NON-MANUFACTURING SURVEY RESULTS AT A GLANCE
COMPARISON OF ISM NON-MANUFACTURING AND ISM MANUFACTURING SURVEYS*
JUNE 2012
Non-Manufacturing Manufacturing
Index Series
Index
Jun
Series
Index
May
Percent
Point
Change
Direction Rate
of
Change
Trend**
(Months)
Series
Index
Jun
Series
Index
May
Percent
Point
Change
NMI/PMI 52.1 53.7 -1.6 Growing Slower 30 49.7 53.5 -3.8
Business Activity/Production 51.7 55.6 -3.9 Growing Slower 35 51.0 55.6 -4.6
New Orders 53.3 55.5 -2.2 Growing Slower 35 47.8 60.1 -12.3
Employment 52.3 50.8 +1.5 Growing Faster 6 56.6 56.9 -0.3
Supplier Deliveries 51.0 53.0 -2.0 Slowing Slower 3 48.9 48.7 +0.2
Inventories 53.0 56.0 -3.0 Growing Slower 5 44.0 46.0 -2.0
Prices 48.9 49.8 -0.9 Decreasing Faster 2 37.0 47.5 -10.5
Backlog of Orders 47.5 53.0 -5.5 Contracting From Growing 1 44.5 47.0 -2.5
New Export Orders 49.5 53.0 -3.5 Contracting From Growing 1 47.5 53.5 -6.0
Imports 53.5 53.0 +0.5 Growing Faster 7 53.5 53.5 0.0
Inventory Sentiment 64.5 63.0 +1.5 Too High Faster 181 N/A N/A N/A
Customers’ Inventories N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 48.5 43.5 +5.0

* Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business® data is seasonally adjusted for Business Activity, New Orders, Prices and Employment.Manufacturing ISM Report On Business® data is seasonally adjusted for New Orders, Production, Employment and Supplier Deliveries.

** Number of months moving in current direction.

 

COMMODITIES REPORTED UP / DOWN IN PRICE, and IN SHORT SUPPLY

Commodities Up in Price

Airfares (6); Automobiles; Gasoline* (6); Labor; Packaging Materials; Paper; and Plastic Resins.

Commodities Down in Price

Cheese (3); Copper Products; Diesel Fuel; #1 Diesel Fuel (2); #2 Diesel Fuel (2); Fuel; Gasoline* (2); Heating Fuel; and Steel Products (2).

Commodities in Short Supply

Computer Products; Gloves; and Technical/Technology Labor.

Note: The number of consecutive months the commodity is listed is indicated after each item.
*Reported as both up and down in price.

 


JUNE 2012 NON-MANUFACTURING INDEX SUMMARIES


NMI

In June, the NMI registered 52.1 percent, indicating continued growth in the non-manufacturing sector for the 30th consecutive month. A reading above 50 percent indicates the non-manufacturing sector economy is generally expanding; below 50 percent indicates the non-manufacturing sector is generally contracting.

NMI HISTORY
Month NMI Month NMI
Jun 2012 52.1 Dec 2011 53.0
May 2012 53.7 Nov 2011 52.6
Apr 2012 53.5 Oct 2011 52.6
Mar 2012 56.0 Sep 2011 52.6
Feb 2012 57.3 Aug 2011 53.8
Jan 2012 56.8 Jul 2011 53.4
Average for 12 months – 54.0
High – 57.3
Low – 52.1

 

Business Activity

ISM’s Non-Manufacturing Business Activity Index in June registered 51.7 percent, 3.9 percentage points lower than the 55.6 percent registered in May. Twelve industries reported increased business activity, and five industries reported decreased activity for the month of June. Comments from respondents include: “Business sees continuous growth” and “Number of work orders increased.”

The industries reporting growth of business activity in June — listed in order — are: Educational Services; Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Utilities; Management of Companies & Support Services; Information; Accommodation & Food Services; Retail Trade; Public Administration; Finance & Insurance; Construction; Transportation & Warehousing; and Wholesale Trade. The industries reporting decreased business activity in June are: Mining; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Other Services; Health Care & Social Assistance; and Professional, Scientific & Technical Services.

Business Activity %
Higher
%
Same
%
Lower
Index
Jun 2012 28 54 18 51.7
May 2012 31 55 14 55.6
Apr 2012 34 51 15 54.6
Mar 2012 37 53 10 58.9

 

New Orders

ISM’s Non-Manufacturing New Orders Index grew in June for the 35th consecutive month. The index registered 53.3 percent, a decrease of 2.2 percentage points from the 55.5 percent reported in May. Comments from respondents include: “Improved business climate — more hiring” and “Customer counts continue to fall at a faster pace than expected.”

The 11 industries reporting growth of new orders in June — listed in order — are: Educational Services; Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Management of Companies & Support Services; Retail Trade; Utilities; Information; Public Administration; Accommodation & Food Services; Transportation & Warehousing; Finance & Insurance; and Professional, Scientific & Technical Services. The three industries reporting contraction of new orders in June are: Mining; Other Services; and Wholesale Trade.

New Orders %
Higher
%
Same
%
Lower
Index
Jun 2012 28 55 17 53.3
May 2012 31 55 14 55.5
Apr 2012 31 54 15 53.5
Mar 2012 33 57 10 58.8

 

Employment

Employment activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in June at a faster rate, as ISM’s Non-Manufacturing Employment Index registered 52.3 percent. This reflects an increase of 1.5 percentage points when compared to the 50.8 percent registered in May. Thirteen industries reported increased employment, three industries reported decreased employment, and two industries reported unchanged employment compared to May. Comments from respondents include: “Expectations of new work next month” and “Adding personnel to keep up with growth.”

The industries reporting an increase in employment in June — listed in order — are: Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Management of Companies & Support Services; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Other Services; Transportation & Warehousing; Accommodation & Food Services; Public Administration; Retail Trade; Construction; Wholesale Trade; Finance & Insurance; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; and Educational Services. The industries reporting a reduction in employment in June are: Health Care & Social Assistance; Information; and Utilities.

Employment %
Higher
%
Same
%
Lower
Index
Jun 2012 28 58 14 52.3
May 2012 23 67 10 50.8
Apr 2012 26 65 9 54.2
Mar 2012 24 66 10 56.7

 

Supplier Deliveries

The Supplier Deliveries Index slowed in June for the third consecutive month, following two months of faster deliveries. The index registered 51 percent, which is 2 percentage points lower than the 53 percent reported in May. A reading above 50 percent indicates slower deliveries, and below 50 percent indicates faster deliveries.

The 10 industries reporting slower deliveries in June — listed in order — are: Construction; Educational Services; Utilities; Management of Companies & Support Services; Retail Trade; Transportation & Warehousing; Public Administration; Wholesale Trade; Finance & Insurance; and Health Care & Social Assistance. The five industries reporting faster supplier deliveries in June are: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Mining; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Information; and Professional, Scientific & Technical Services.

Supplier Deliveries %
Slower
%
Same
%
Faster
Index
Jun 2012 10 82 8 51.0
May 2012 9 88 3 53.0
Apr 2012 8 87 5 51.5
Mar 2012 4 91 5 49.5

 

Inventories

ISM’s Non-Manufacturing Inventories Index grew in June for the fifth consecutive month. The index registered 53 percent, which is 3 percentage points lower than the 56 percent reported in May. Of the total respondents in June, 28 percent indicated they do not have inventories or do not measure them. Comments from respondents include: “Faster deliveries from suppliers have allowed us to decrease inventories” and “Slightly lower due to strong sales.”

The eight industries reporting an increase in inventories in June — listed in order — are: Information; Other Services; Accommodation & Food Services; Construction; Retail Trade; Wholesale Trade; Utilities; and Professional, Scientific & Technical Services. The five industries reporting decreases in inventories in June are: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Management of Companies & Support Services; Finance & Insurance; Health Care & Social Assistance; and Mining.

Inventories %
Higher
%
Same
%
Lower
Index
Jun 2012 22 62 16 53.0
May 2012 23 66 11 56.0
Apr 2012 24 60 16 54.0
Mar 2012 22 64 14 54.0

 

Prices

Prices paid by non-manufacturing organizations for purchased materials and services decreased in June for the second consecutive month. ISM’s Non-Manufacturing Prices Index for June registered 48.9 percent, 0.9 percentage point lower than the 49.8 percent reported in May. In June, the percentage of respondents reporting higher prices is 14 percent, the percentage indicating no change in prices paid is 73 percent, and 13 percent of the respondents reported lower prices.

Eight non-manufacturing industries reported an increase in prices paid during the month of June, in the following order: Accommodation & Food Services; Other Services; Finance & Insurance; Management of Companies & Support Services; Transportation & Warehousing; Wholesale Trade; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; and Health Care & Social Assistance. The eight industries reporting a decrease in prices paid during June — listed in order — are: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Mining; Construction; Educational Services; Utilities; Public Administration; Retail Trade; and Information.

Prices %
Higher
%
Same
%
Lower
Index
Jun 2012 14 73 13 48.9
May 2012 19 72 9 49.8
Apr 2012 29 64 7 53.6
Mar 2012 40 58 2 63.9

 

Backlog of Orders

ISM’s Non-Manufacturing Backlog of Orders Index contracted in June after two consecutive months of growth. The index registered 47.5 percent, which is 5.5 percentage points lower than the 53 percent reported in May. Of the total respondents in June, 36 percent indicated they do not measure backlog of orders.

The five industries reporting an increase in order backlogs in June are: Information; Finance & Insurance; Management of Companies & Support Services; Construction; and Public Administration. The seven industries reporting lower backlog of orders in June — listed in order — are: Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Mining; Other Services; Wholesale Trade; Health Care & Social Assistance; Accommodation & Food Services; and Retail Trade. Six industries reported no change in backlog of orders in June compared to May.

Backlog of Orders %
Higher
%
Same
%
Lower
Index
Jun 2012 13 69 18 47.5
May 2102 16 74 10 53.0
Apr 2012 15 76 9 53.0
Mar 2012 14 71 15 49.5

 

New Export Orders

Orders and requests for services and other non-manufacturing activities to be provided outside of the United States by domestically based personnel contracted in June for the for the first time after 10 consecutive months of growth. The New Export Orders Index for June registered 49.5 percent, which is 3.5 percentage points lower than the 53 percent reported in May. Of the total respondents in June, 66 percent indicated they either do not perform, or do not separately measure, orders for work outside of the United States.

The three industries reporting an increase in new export orders in June are: Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Information; and Finance & Insurance. The six industries reporting a decrease in export orders in June — listed in order — are: Mining; Other Services; Retail Trade; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Construction; and Wholesale Trade. Six industries reported no change in new export orders in June compared to May.

New Export Orders %
Higher
%
Same
%
Lower
Index
Jun 2012 23 53 24 49.5
May 2012 17 72 11 53.0
Apr 2012 26 64 10 58.0
Mar 2012 15 75 10 52.5

 

Imports

The ISM Non-Manufacturing Imports Index grew in June for the seventh consecutive month. The index registered 53.5 percent, which is 0.5 percentage point higher than the 53 percent reported in May. Fifty-six percent of respondents reported that they do not use, or do not track, the use of imported materials.

The seven industries reporting an increase in the use of imports in June — listed in order — are: Finance & Insurance; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Information; Management of Companies & Support Services; Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Public Administration; and Retail Trade. The only industry reporting a decrease in imports for the month of June is Wholesale Trade. Ten industries reported no change in imports for the month of June compared to May.

Imports %
Higher
%
Same
%
Lower
Index
Jun 2012 15 77 8 53.5
May 2012 8 90 2 53.0
Apr 2012 17 79 4 56.5
Mar 2012 18 76 6 56.0

 

Inventory Sentiment

The ISM Non-Manufacturing Inventory Sentiment Index in June registered 64.5 percent, which is 1.5 percentage points higher than the 63 percent reported in May. This indicates that respondents believe their inventories are still too high at this time. In June, 31 percent of respondents said their inventories were too high, 2 percent said their inventories were too low, and 67 percent said their inventories were about right.

The 10 industries reporting a feeling that their inventories are too high in June — listed in order — are: Mining; Information; Finance & Insurance; Wholesale Trade; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Management of Companies & Support Services; Other Services; Utilities; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; and Construction. The only industry reporting that their inventories are too low in June is Retail Trade.

Inventory Sentiment %Too
High
%About
Right
%Too
Low
Index
Jun 2012 31 67 2 64.5
May 2012 33 60 7 63.0
Apr 2012 30 62 8 61.0
Mar 2012 23 71 6 58.5

Iraq Combat Veteran Launches Free Military Benefits Report Service

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif., July 2, 2012 — Iraq combat veteran
and Purple Heart recipient is to set to mark Independence
Day by launching http://www.MilitaryBenefitsReport.com, the
first comprehensive benefits reporting system for all
branches of the military. Active service members, veterans,
and their families can use this unique service to generate
free personalized reports that detail what military benefits
they could be entitled to and how they can claim them.

“After being discharged from the military, I had an
incredibly hard time tracking down all the benefits I should
have been able to take advantage of,” said Wolfgang Ward,
the founder of MilitaryBenefitsReport.com. “The United
States does an amazing job of taking care of its service
members at all levels, providing them with an incredible
array of opportunities. The only problem is that it can be
very difficult to find and take advantage of them.”

MilitaryBenefitsReport.com was developed to solve this
problem using a custom software solution that scans a
complete and constantly updated database of service member
(and family) benefits to generate personalized benefits
reports for each visitor to the site, based on their answers
to a quick and easy online questionnaire.

“MilitaryBenefitsReport.com is the work of genius. Having
the ability to mass personalize custom-tailored benefits
based on the eligibility criteria and location of the
soldier, with tens of thousands of individual programs
available nationwide, has never been done before on this
scale,” says Justin Sherman, Personnel Service NCO. “I have
never been able to serve my soldiers and their families
better than to refer them to their
MilitaryBenefitsReport.com.”

Wolfgang Ward was discharged in 2005 after serving two tours
in Iraq and was on the front lines during the invasion of
Fallujah. His actions in combat are featured in Fallujah,
With Honor, authored by Gary Livingston, as well as The
Triumph Book: Heroes, to be published by Triumph Press in
2012. Three years after his discharge, he wrote the book,
The Iraq/Afghanistan Veteran Handbook.

http://www.MilitaryBenefitsReport.com was founded in 2011 to
ensure that every service member and their families are able
to know about, understand, and receive all the benefit that
they are entitled to.