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Tell Obama to ‘Move Out’ with an Empty Moving Box that Feeds Hungry Children

Intended as a charitable form of peaceful protest, a new website allows Americans to send President Obama a message that it’s time to move on, while their purchase will provide a contribution to feed at least six starving children a meal

DALLAS, Sept. 11, 2012  — With November’s election looming, many are telling Obama that it’s time to go. Some choose to trash landmarks, shout propaganda in the streets, occupy Wall Street and public parks across the country. However, one new online movement, www.moveon-out.com, is taking their message directly to the White House, in the form of parody moving boxes, which provide for a contribution to the Kids Against Hunger Program.

MoveOn-Out.com, founded by a conservative voter who is committed to trying to make a difference, is providing an outlet for peaceful protest that helps feed children along the way. Those visiting their website can purchase a box that is mailed directly to President Obama, with the message that it’s time for him to move out.

“People concerned about their freedom, the economy, taxes, bailouts, immigration, corruption, etc. can vent a little, have a little fun and also help fund meals to starving children through donations to the Kids Against Hunger Program,” says Kyle Gibson, who recently started themoveon-out.com and the bootoutbarack.com websites.

He continues, “Each box ordered will be sent directly to the White House by first-class mail. The boxes are shipped as empty as the Obama Presidency. In addition, each box purchased will provide a donation to the Kids Against Hunger program, which will feed six starving kids a nourishing meal.”

Intended to be both a parody and a protest, the boxes serve as a gentle prompt that it’s time for Obama to go.

“We don’t like his policies, lack of leadership, traveling the globe and trashing America and feeding tax dollars to his cronies and unions. We are not protesting in the streets, trashing private property, occupying city and state parks or rioting. We’ll protest peacefully and help others as we do so,” Gibson adds. Again, it will show what people can do without the help of Government. “It’s definitely time for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to start rebuilding America and working to undo the damage caused by the failed Obama policies.”

In fact, if the group reaches their goal of sending at least 1,000 boxes from each state, (50,000 boxes to the White House), over 300,000 meals will be provided to starving children.

To find out more, visit the site and send a box today, please visit: http://www.moveon-out.com

Retirement Planning at 40-Something – Halftime of the Big Game

LUBBOCK, Texas, Sept. 11, 2012  — If you started retirement planning early in your career, it’s good news by the time you hit your 40s. But for those 40-somethings just thinking about retirement – it’s like halftime in a football game.

Since football season is upon us, we’ll use the gridiron analogy. Let’s face it; working in your 40s really is like halftime in the big game. Your career is about half over, and it’s time to stop the game, assess where you are and make any necessary adjustments to your plan. You have 20 years of work behind you, and roughly 20 years of work ahead. If you haven’t been saving for retirement, it’s time to get started. If you’ve been socking money away for years, then it’s a good time to reassess where you are, and what you need to do over the next 20 years.

“Now more than ever, it’s important to have both an offensive and a defensive game plan,” said Brian Pitaniello, a partner with PFG Advisors. “In your 40s, you still need to have an offensive strategy to continue building dollars for the future. On the flip side, a defensive strategy is still just as important to have in place for the possibility of premature death, disability, economic crises and other unforeseen financial needs.

“Just like any football game, you have to have that half-time ‘locker-room talk’ about preparing for the worst but hitting the field with the mentality – and the tools – for ultimate success.”

Pitaniello explained that if you’ve been ignoring retirement for some reason, or delayed facing the reality that you may one day be retired, then now is the time to act. It’s halftime. It’s time to regroup and prepare yourself for the second half of your career. No matter the age you begin, Pitaniello and PFG Advisors recommend the following checklist in creating a retirement strategy:

  • Plan – At this point in your career, you should have an excellent feel for when you’d like to retire, how much you need in those retirement years, and where your current career is likely to take you. For that reason, you should be able to create a very accurate retirement plan.
  • Do – At 40-something there is simply no time to waste. Once you’ve figured out what you need to do; just do it.
  • Check - If you’re playing catch up, then you’re going to need to check your retirement plan every two years or so. Because of the relatively short time between now and when you retire, you need to pay close attention to things such as the return on your investments to make sure they agree with your planning assumptions.
  • Act – As you check your plan, you may need to make adjustments to things such as retirement age and your rate of savings. Since you have half your career behind you, during each of these cycles you should only be tweaking your retirement plan.

Worst of Global Slowdown Occurring Now, According to BNY Mellon’s Hoey

NEW YORK and LONDON, Aug. 15, 2012 — BNY Mellon Chief Economist Richard Hoey said the worst of the global slowdown is occurring right now and he continues to expect a global growth recession in 2012 with global GDP to grow at three percent.  Hoey also expects a moderate strengthening of global economic indicators in late 2012 and 2013, according to his most recent Economic Update.

Hoey states that European policymakers do recognize that it is cheaper to support the basic integrity of the euro than to absorb the severe losses which would be generated by its sudden dissolution.  “For that reason, we do expect the euro to survive,” says Hoey.  “The euro should continue to include most of its current members.”

While Hoey expects the euro to survive, he believes it is too late to avoid the European recession.

“We believe that Europe is currently in the worst phase of the European recession and the stronger countries can exit recession in late 2012 or early 2013,” Hoey concludes.  “We disagree with the disaster scenarios for Europe. However, even after the current European recession ends, we expect a multiyear period of sluggish economic activity, given unfavorable demographics, competitiveness challenges and legacy debt issues.”

True The Vote Hosts Colorado State Summit August 18, 2012

HOUSTON, Aug. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — True the Vote and Colorado Voter Protection will hold a Colorado State Summit to discuss election integrity within the state. The summit, held just weeks before Labor Day, will feature outstanding speakers and experts on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Speakers include:

  • Catherine Engelbrecht, Founder and President of True the Vote
  • Cynthia Coffman, Colorado Chief Deputy Attorney General
  • Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler
  • John Fund, Senior Editor of Commentary Magazine & author of “Stealing Elections” and “Who’s Counting?”
  • Christian Adams of Election Law Center
  • John Buckley, Buckley Law, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Jeff Kelly, Leader of Colorado Voter Protection
  • Others to be announced

“We have a remarkable line up of speakers who understand the need to protect and defend election integrity in Colorado,” said Engelbrecht. “Ten counties in Colorado have more voters on its registration rolls than actual live, eligible voters. In any state, this is unacceptable, but in Colorado – a swing state in the 2012 election – there can be no room for doubt. True the Vote’s program will inform and equip citizens to serve in our electoral process and help ensure free and fair elections.”

WHAT: Participants who attend and media who cover the Colorado State Summit will gain access to the latest research findings, legislative updates and training methods that can help interested citizens and inspire activists across the country to strengthen the election process.

John Buckley will discuss possible irregularities in El Paso and Pueblo counties in 2008 as well as the importance of vigilance in elections.  Secretary of State Gessler will discuss his recent act to prevent voter fraud with the ballots of inactive military personnel. All speakers will shed light on the importance of ensuring voter integrity in the swing state of Colorado.

WHEN: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Saturday, August 18, 2012. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. (Lunch Provided)

REGISTRATION: To register, visit: http://www.cvent.com/events/colorado-state-summit/event-summary-c84b0d62f0d8493cb2629ef342703741.aspx
The registration fee is $20.
**Media who wish to cover the summit can register at  media@truethevote.com 
NOTE: Official media credentials and photo ID will be required upon check-in.

WHERE: Sheraton Denver Tech Center, 7007 South Clinton Street, Denver, CO 80112

WHY: True the Vote is an initiative developed by citizens for citizens to ensure fair and legal elections. The organization strives to inspire and equip volunteers for involvement at every stage of the electoral process. True the Vote promotes ideas that actively protect the rights of legitimate voters, regardless of their political party affiliation. Learn more at www.truethevote.org/.

U.S. National Debt is a Threat, Veterans Say

ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff said last year that, “The most significant threat to our national security is our debt…” and a new poll sponsored by Concerned Veterans for America and conducted by The Winston Group, reveals that the majority of military voters agree with his statement and believe debt is a growing and insidious threat to our national security.

Pete Hegseth , CEO of Concerned Veterans for America said the following:

“It’s not surprising that the majority of military voters are aware of Admiral Mullen’s powerful statement. Our warfighters and veterans understand that our military might comes from economic strength. That’s why we’re fighting for policies here at home that will preserve the precious freedom and liberty we risked our lives to defend.”

Key findings:

  • Concern about the future of the U.S. economy is reflected in military voters’ views that economic threats are greater dangers to national security than terror threats.

    Greatest threats to national security (combined first and second choices):

    •      Economy – 42 %
    •      Debt – 30 %
    •      Cuts to the military – 30 %
    •      Traditional powers like China, Russian and Iran – 30 %
    •      Foreign terror groups – 29 %
    •      Cyber terror – 14 %
  • 54% of military voters were aware of former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mullen’s statement the national debt was the most significant threat to our national security. There was a clear agreement with his statement in that 71% agreed and only 20% disagreed.  Among those who agreed, 46% strongly agreed.
  • There are serious concerns about where the U.S. is headed both longer term and with economic threats to the future of the country. In thinking about the U.S. economy in the next 20 years, 54% believe the economy will either be weaker (34%) or about the same as it is now (20%).
  • Takeaway: Military voters view the economy and fiscal issues as part of the overall security of the country, are clearly interested in the national discussion about the economy, and are looking for solutions to address the economy and debt.

This survey was conducted  July 18-22, 2012  and the results noted above are from 800 military voters both veterans and active duty.

FreedomWorks Presents ‘Freedom Platform’ For Adoption at 2012 GOP Convention

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — FreedomWorks, a grassroots service center serving more than 2 million members of the conservative movement, today released the Freedom Platform, a crowd-source proposal outlining 12 of the boldest, most important solutions for the nation in 2012. Grassroots activists from around the United States will petition the Republican National Convention platform committees to include the Freedom Platform in the GOP’s official 2012 platform.

“The conservative grassroots movement has shown in recent years that they are a force to be reckoned with,” said Matt Kibbe, president and CEO of FreedomWorks. “In order to earn their support, Republicans will have to demonstrate a strong commitment to conservative philosophy, accountability, and the kind of bold reforms needed to save America. Incorporating the Freedom Platform into the 2012 Republican Platform is a great place to start.”

The Freedom Platform presents the 12 boldest, most important solutions for the nation in 2012 as judged by the conservative grassroots through crowd sourcing and face-to-face meetings. In June and July 2012, more than 1 million votes were cast at www.my2012platform.com, where voters were asked to choose between randomly selected pairings from an extensive list of policy proposals. The survey’s special technique, combined with input from on-the-ground activists across the country, has produced an agenda that is truly reflective of grassroots opinion.

“The 12 proposals in the Freedom Platform cover four broad policy categories – health care, energy, taxes and spending, and size of government – but are unified by common themes of smaller, constitutionally limited government and more freedom,” said Russ Walker, vice president of political and grassroots campaigns for FreedomWorks. “These 12 proposals are sure to generate high levels of enthusiasm from the conservative base in November.”

The “12 for ’12” are:

  1. Repeal Obamacare; Pursue Patient-Centered Care
  2. Stop the Tax Hikes
  3. Reverse Obama’s Spending Increases
  4. Scrap the Code; Replace It with a Flat Tax
  5. Pass a Balanced Budget Amendment
  6. Reject Cap and Trade
  7. Rein in the EPA
  8. Unleash America’s Vast Energy Potential
  9. Eliminate the Department of Education
  10. Reduce the Bloated Federal Workforce
  11. Curtail Excessive Federal Regulation
  12. Audit the Fed

The Freedom Platform’s commissioners, who are charged with promoting the document among members of the RNC’s platform committees, represent a broad cross-section of the conservative grassroots, including members from important swing states such as Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania, as well as states that have already felt the impact of the Tea Party in the 2012 election cycle, including Indiana, Texas andUtah. The commissioners are:

  • Gena Bell, Hills Community Tea Party and Our Turning Point, Ohio
  • Konni Burton, NE Tarrant Tea Party, Texas
  • Ken Clark, Loveland 9/12, Gang of 12, Colorado Liberty Group Leadership Coalition, Colorado
  • Vicki Dooling, Las Vegas Valley Tea Party, Nevada
  • Donna Driskell, FreedomWorks, Georgia
  • Laura Freed, Bucks County Kitchen Table Patriots, Pennsylvania
  • Dan Hauser, FreedomWorks, Utah
  • Joyce Krawiec, FreedomWorks, North Carolina
  • John Kuzmanich, Oregon Tea Party
  • Kristin Minor, America Refocused, Indiana
  • Debbie Wilson, Tampa Tea Party and Tampa 9-12, Florida
  • Tom Zawitowski, Ohio Liberty Coalition, Ohio

“In this crucial year, the Republican Party needs a bold platform that will offer a real, fundamental alternative to President Obama’s liberal agenda,” said Freedom Platform Commissioner Laura Freed of theBucks County (Pennsylvania) Kitchen Table Patriots. “The Freedom Platform offers a bold limited government conservative vision and offers commonsense reforms that most Americans will support.”

Freedom Platform Commissioner Dan Hauser, who represents FreedomWorks in Ohio, added, “The Tea Party movement grew because both political parties failed to listen to the people and their demands for real policy change in Washington, D.C. Our economy is crumbling and very little is being done to effect lasting, pro-free market change. The Freedom Platform is the next step for conservatives to save our economy and have our voices heard.”

Copies of the Freedom Platform will be delivered to RNC platform committee members ahead of its meetings to develop the 2012 Republican Platform, the document that guides the party’s policy efforts for the campaign and the legislative years that follow. Freedom Platform Commissioners will follow up directly with committee members to discuss the merits of the “12 for ’12” plan and urge them to include the Freedom Platform in the official 2012 Republican Platform, which will be unveiled at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 27-30.

Missouri: Sarah Palin endorses Sarah Steelman

ROLLA, Mo., Aug. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —  Governor Sarah Palin addressed over one thousand people at the Steelman Surge BBQ at The Berry Patch in Cleveland, Missouri (pop. 592) yesterday, despite the heat and short notice. Gov. Palin emphasized that Steelman was the only candidate who had the backbone to do what’s right and stand up to the establishment and special interests that lurk in Washington, DC, stating, “She’s the candidate in this race who scares them because she won’t go to Washington to just go along, to get along. You have that choice to choose, results over rhetoric. Convictions over consultants and Missouri over Washington.”

Governor Palin pointed to Steelman’s conservative record and her ability to follow through with commitments, some of which can be found here: http://www.sarahsteelman.com/pages/sarahs-contract-with-missouri. Among the legislative items Steelman commits to sponsoring or cosponsoring are a balanced budget amendment, a cap on federal spending, repealing Obamacare and protecting life and liberty.

“A lot of candidates talk in vague terms about their plans and refuse to give specific details about how they’d vote or what they’d do. But that isn’t good enough anymore. From the beginning of this campaign I have offered details about whatWashington programs I’d cut and what legislation I’d sponsor or support. This contract offers voters a clear vision; it is a check list and is something they can use to measure my performance,” declared Steelman.

The BBQ was advertised as a way for the Steelman campaign to thank supporters and lasted past its allotted time due to the overwhelming response. Steelman and Palin stood side by side serving BBQ to close to 1000 supporters. Since Governor Palin’s endorsement, the campaign has seen an overwhelming increase in fundraising, website visits, calls to the office and, most importantly, the recent surge in the polls. This, coupled with Brunner’s collapse, proves that an endorsement from Governor Palin has a powerful impact.

Polling shows about 20% of voters still undecided, however the recent surge in the polls has shown that Palin’s voice and presence has the ability to rise above other political advertising and reach the undecided voters in an already saturated race.

“I’m grateful for Gov. Palin’s endorsement,” said Steelman, “She knows what it takes to fight for what’s right in politics, and that is why she can relate to me. She knows that I have a history of standing up to the powerful and not backing down. She knows that I’ll continue to be a fighter for what this country needs: a balanced budget, less spending and a greater respect for life and freedom.”

Ms. Steelman is a former State Treasurer and State Senator, a strong supporter of limited government, individual responsibility, and sound fiscal policy. She is also a staunch advocate of life, the Second Amendment, repealing Obamacare and strengthening our military. Steelman has been endorsed by over 50 conservative Missouri State Representatives, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK), U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), the Susan B. Anthony List, the Tea Party Express, Missouri Right to Life, National Right to Life, View Pac, ShePAC and Maggie’s List.

Bishops Urge Congress To Act On Religious Liberty Crisis In Obamacare

Cardinal DiNardo highlights problems for religious institutions, individuals

Sees Administration policy’s approach to religious freedom most grudging, arbitrary ever

Congressional action defending religious freedom long overdue

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, chair of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, called on Congress to address the crisis in health care sparked by the Obama administration’s contraceptive/sterilization coverage mandate in an August 3 letter to members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

The mandate, which was announced a year ago by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, he said, “would forbid Americans to provide or purchase health coverage unless it includes female surgical sterilizations, all FDA-approved prescription drugs and devices for preventing pregnancy – including drugs and devices which can destroy a human life at its earliest stages – and ‘counseling and education’ to promote these to all women and girls of childbearing age.”

His letter can be found at http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/conscience-protection/upload/Cardinal-DiNardo-s-August-2012-Letter-to-Congress-Regarding-Conscience-Protection.pdf.

Cardinal DiNardo called the mandate “unprecedented and misguided federal policy.” He added that “most of those who initiate or renew employee health plans as well as student plans at educational institutions after August 1 must comply with this mandate, notwithstanding their moral or religious objections, or drop their health coverage altogether as some colleges have now begun to do.”

“For our part, the Catholic bishops of the United States continue to advocate for life-affirming health care for all, especially for poor and vulnerable people. We do not see this policy as a step in that direction,” he said.

“Despite widespread opposition to this coercive policy by religious organizations, lawmakers and the general public, Congress has still taken no action to counter it. The time for such action is, to say the least, overdue,” he said.

“The fundamental importance of the religious freedom issue at stake demands a timely congressional response,” he said. “Through this mandate, the Administration is promoting an approach to religious freedom that is more grudging and arbitrary than any yet seen in federal law.”

He added that a minority of religious employers – those which, among other things, engage primarily in prayer and preaching – are said to be exempt from the mandate. “By contrast, religious organizations which live out their faith by reaching out to all in need with health care and other humanitarian services are deemed ‘not religious enough’ for the exemption. Many, though not all, of these organizations will qualify for a one-year delay in enforcement, after which partial control of their health plans will be handed over by the government to others willing to implement the mandate.”

Cardinal DiNardo highlighted the plight of employers who may have moral or religious objections to some or all of the mandated services, people who are “devout individuals and families who own and operate businesses, who without any word of protest from employees have been offering health coverage that does not violate their moral convictions.” With the mandate “their longtime practice will be contrary to federal law, punished by a tax of $100 a day per employee and other penalties,” he said. “In court, the Administration has insisted that these companies are entirely ‘secular’ with no claim on religious freedom. In effect, if an organization is ‘for profit,’ it is not allowed to be ‘for’ anything else. The owners who have imbued their companies with faith-based commitments to employee well-being, community service and social responsibility strongly disagree. And at a time of grave concern over business and banking scandals, does anyone think that rewarding businesses obsessed solely with company profits is sound government policy?”

Cardinal DiNardo noted several current lawsuits opposing the mandate brought by institutions and individuals.

“Vindication of the fundamental rights of these individuals and organizations may take years of litigation,” he said.

“The validity of the religious freedom claim against the contraceptive mandate is clearer than ever – even for those supposedly ‘secular’ companies whose rights are completely ignored under that mandate,” he said. “Yet timely and uniform protection of these rights cannot be expected from the current lengthy judicial process. Therefore the Catholic bishops of the United States and many others fervently hope Congress will address this urgent and fundamental issue before it completes its business this year.”

Corporate Profits Not a Dirty Word for the Majority of Americans

PRINCETON, N.J., June 22, 2012  — A new ORC International survey continues to find that Americans have historically been in favor of letting Corporate America make all the profit they can.

Today, almost two-thirds (65%) of US adults say companies should be allowed to make all the profit can.   ORC International’s CARAVAN® omnibus survey updated a question first asked 1946 and last asked in 1976. Historically, a majority of Americans have generally been supportive of unlimited corporate profits since the question was first asked in 1946 (when 61% of Americans agreed) with the exception of 1975 and 1976 when support for unlimited corporate profit fell to 36% and 39% respectively.

The 1975 and 1976 findings stand out as an anomaly in the historical data from ORC’s archives. Speculation was that a cap on profits would help ensure the money was returned back into the economy and not put into the pockets of corporate bonuses/salaries. Historically, ORC’s polling has found low levels of support for government limits in the years following a recession when profits would be on the rise.  For instance, in 1955 support for limits was only at 28% and in polling done in other post-recession years – including 2012 – support for limits is relatively low:  1962: 25%, 1971: 33% and 2012: 30%.

**Poll conducted using ORC International’s CARAVAN® service from June 9-10, 2012 The poll interviewed 1005 US Adults by telephone.  Prior polls cited conducted using a variety of methodologies consistent with best practices during their respective time periods.

Inhofe Review Act Defeat Will Hurt U.S Economy

SENATE VOTE WILL CAUSE JOB LOSS AND INCREASE ELECTRICITY RATES

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2012  — The U.S. Senate held an up-or-down vote Wednesday on Sen. James Inhofe’s (R-Okla.) resolution (S.J. Res. 37) to overturn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) onerous Utility MACT rule. The resolution was defeated by a vote of 53 to 46. The pending new EPA rule will be the most expensive power plant regulation in American history and is directed at plants that use coal—America’s most abundant and affordable energy source—to generate electricity. Surprisingly several senators from states that generate significant electricity from coal voted against the regulation, ensuring higher electricity rates for their constituents.

Senators voting against the Inhofe resolution and in support of the EPA rule included Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Sherrod Brown of Ohio, both from states that generate more than 80 percent of their electricity from coal; Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, which gets nearly half of its electricity from coal; Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester of Montana, which generates 63 percent of its electricity with coal; and Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, which uses coal to generate nearly 60 percent of its electricity. All voted against the resolution and in support of an EPA rule that will increase electricity rates across the country.

Sen. Jim Inhofe said in a statement after the Senate rejected his attempt to send EPA’s rule back to the drawing boards, “Our fight is not over: we will continue to do everything possible to expose what the Obama-EPA’s damaging regulatory regime will do to destroy jobs and weaken our economy, and work every day in our efforts to stop President Obama’s war on oil, gas and coal.”

Recent independent studies show EPA’s new rules will force power plants to close across the country, cause electricity prices to spike by an average of 12 percent nationwide, and cost the economy well over a million jobs.

AJC Applauds President Obama for Granting Deferred Action to DREAM Students

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — AJC applauds President Obama’s announcement today of new Administration policy to stop deporting undocumented youth from the U.S. who would qualify for the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.

“President Obama’s decision will enhance educational opportunities for deserving students, level the playing field for all children, and bolster America’s role as a leader in the competitive global economy,” said Richard Foltin, AJC’s Director of National and Legislative Affairs.

There are an estimated 50,000-65,000 undocumented students who graduate from American high schools each year. “Many came to the U.S. at a young age, have grown up in American schools, developed American values, and are American in every sense except their citizenship,” said Foltin.

Following President Obama’s announcement today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin a process for granting “deferred action” to undocumented youth who are in the U.S. and would otherwise qualify for relief under the version of the DREAM Act passed by the House of Representatives in December 2010.

Eligible individuals – including but not limited to those who are currently in deportation proceedings – will be allowed to remain and work in the U.S. for a renewable two-year period.

“While granting deferred action to these students is an important step towards desperately needed reform of our immigration system, we will continue to advocate for legislation that establishes a permanent path to citizenship for these DREAM Act students,” said Foltin.

Citing a UCLA study that concluded that DREAM Act participants could contribute $1.4-$3.6 trillion to the U.S. economy during their working lives, Foltin continued, “These students are vital to our nation’s future. Allowing them to stay in the United States not only benefits them, but also enhances America’s rich, vibrant, and diverse culture.”

Since its founding in 1906, AJC has been a strong voice in support of fair and generous immigration policies that are consistent with humanitarian values and with the need to treat all individuals with respect, while allowing the United States to implement its immigration laws and protect our national security.

New Poll Sends Clear Message That Holder Should Go

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BELLEVUE, Wash., June 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A new Rasmussen poll showing only 27 percent support for Attorney General Eric Holder keeping his job, while 73 percent are either in favor of his resignation or undecided, is a clear message that Holder should step down, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.

There is one important caveat, noted CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. Before Holder leaves, he needs to surrender all documents relating to the Fast and Furious scandal to Congressman Darrell Issa and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

“If Eric Holder steps down, that doesn’t mean he gets to walk away from this fiasco,” Gottlieb observed. “He doesn’t get to go home and write his memoirs, and he doesn’t get to just put all of this in his rear view mirror. He needs to comply fully with the subpoena, even if it means trouble for his subordinates, or his boss’ re-election campaign.

“The American public deserves answers,” he added, “and particularly, the family of slain Border Patrol agent Brian Terry deserves those answers. We cannot get those answers until the documents are turned over.”

The survey was conducted on Wednesday and Thursday of this week, and released Friday morning. It has a +/- 3 percentage point sampling error. It comes as Holder is trying to head off a looming Oversight Committee vote on whether to hold him in contempt of Congress for withholding thousands of subpoenaed documents relating to the Fast and Furious investigation. The Rasmussen survey revealed that 40 percent of those contacted are in favor of Holder stepping down. Another 33 percent are undecided, but that leaves barely a quarter of the public in favor of Holder’s continued service as attorney general.

“Holder needs to go,” Gottlieb said, “but not before Congress and the American people are allowed to learn the truth about this disturbing operation.”

With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (www.ccrkba.org) is one of the nation’s premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States.

Obama Eligibility To Be On Florida Presidential Ballot To Be Argued In Court June 18

Place: Leon County Circuit Court, Courtroom 2-F

301 S. Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301 

Time: 9:00 a.m.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A hearing will be held this Monday, June 18, 2012, at 9 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Terry Lewis, the judge whose decisions helped decide the 2000 presidential elections. The subject of the hearing is a lawsuit filed by Michael Voeltz, a registered Democrat who is challenging, as he has a right to do under Florida law, the eligibility of Barack Obama to be on the Florida presidential ballot in 2012.

The issues in the case at this stage include but are not limited to: 1.) the duty of Florida’s Secretary of State to confirm eligibility before the name of a candidate such as Barack Obama are placed on the ballot, 2.) the definition of the term “natural born citizen,” which is a constitutional requirement for presidential eligibility and 3.) whether Barack Obama is a natural born citizen born in the United States or its territories to two American citizen parents.

In a prior hearing, Judge Lewis stressed that Mr. Voeltz’s attorney, Larry Klayman, had cited Supreme Court authority that a natural born citizen must be born in the United States to two American citizen parents, but the Barack Obama’s attorneys had cited no authority to the contrary.  Judge Lewis called for Obama’s attorneys to submit briefing on the issue prior to the hearing, and for Mr. Klayman to submit affidavits attesting to issues of fact in dispute as to where Obama was born. Among several affidavits, Klayman submitted the sworn testimony of Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio, whose “Cold Case Posse” has been investigating Obama’s eligibility on behalf of Arizona and found that his alleged birth certificate is likely forged.

This case is monumental particularly since Florida is once again at the center of an election dispute that could have a major impact on American history. Larry Klayman observed: “Most of the Washington, D.C. and media establishment have never wanted to confront the issue of Obama’s eligibility to be president, as this is not considered ‘politically correct.’ But the framers did confront it and this is why they required a higher threshold to be president that goes beyond just being a citizen. They understood, particularly given the times they lived in, where British Tories and spies sought to undermine the new Republic, that they could not permit someone with divided loyalties to occupy the highest office in the land.”

The case is titled Voeltz v. Obama, No. 2012 CA 00467 in Leon County Circuit Court. The hearing is open to the public and the media. Klayman’s work is supported by the non-profit ConstitutionActionFund.org.  The hearing is being broadcast “live streamed” on the internet by www.wnd.com.

The Boy Scouts of America Clarifies Membership Policy

IRVING, Texas, June 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Contrary to media reports, the Boy Scouts of America has no plans to change its membership policy. The introduction of a resolution does not indicate the organization is “reviewing” a policy or signal a change in direction.

Resolution:
In April, a single individual submitted a resolution asking the Boy Scouts to consider amending its policy on not granting membership to open or avowed homosexuals. The resolution asked that the policy be amended to allow local units to determine their own standards.

Scouting’s voting members may submit resolutions, which represent that individual’s personal viewpoint, for consideration at the national annual business meeting. As directed by its bylaws, on May 31, the BSA assigned the resolution to a committee that will consider the resolution and present a report to the National Executive Board.

Resolutions and petitions on this subject are not unique and go back as far as 2000, when the U.S. Supreme Court reviewed this matter, and have been widely covered in the media since that time. In addition, in the past individuals have submitted resolutions asking the BSA to reaffirm its current policy. Those resolutions were handled in the same manner.

The introduction of a resolution is procedural and handled with respect but does not indicate the organization is “reviewing a policy” or signal a change in direction.

Petition:
Completely unrelated to the introduction of this resolution, on May 27, an online petition asked the Boy Scouts to meet with a spokesperson from the group circulating the petition and accept signatures generated from the online petition, which asked the BSA to change its policy.

While it was not on the Boy Scouts’ national business meeting agenda, out of courtesy and respect for differing viewpoints, the BSA accepted the petition during a private meeting. This meeting to accept the petition was not related in any way to the introduction of the resolution.

BSA Policy:
The BSA policy is: “While the BSA does not proactively inquire about the sexual orientation of employees, volunteers, or members, we do not grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals or who engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the BSA.”

Scouting believes same-sex attraction should be introduced and discussed outside of its program with parents, caregivers, or spiritual advisers, at the appropriate time and in the right setting. The vast majority of parents we serve value this right and do not sign their children up for Scouting for it to introduce or discuss, in any way, these topics.

The BSA is a voluntary, private organization that sets policies that are best for the organization. The BSA welcomes all who share its beliefs but does not criticize or condemn those who wish to follow a different path.

Supreme Court Decision May Not Matter to ObamaCare Authors

TUCSON, Ariz., June 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The late libertarian economist Murray Rothbard wrote that laws are generally passed to grant some privilege to those who advocate them. So we must always ask “Who benefits?” writes G. Keith Smith, M.D., founder of Surgery Center of Oklahoma(www.surgerycenterok.com), in the summer 2012 issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeonshttp://www.jpands.org/vol17no2/smith.pdf.

Smith believes that the main supporters of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “ObamaCare”) have already achieved their main objectives, and so may be indifferent to whether the U.S. Supreme Court overturns it.

One huge beneficiary is the health information technology industry. Physicians and hospitals were presented with a carrot (subsidies to purchase government-approved systems) and a stick (progressive fee cuts If they fail to implement electronic medical records or EMRs). Billions of dollars have already been made, and since the subsidies were in the HITECH Act that preceded the ACA, overturning the ACA might have little effect.

Hospitals favored the costly EMR requirement. The additional overhead cost makes physicians more vulnerable to hospital takeover offers. And once physicians become employees, the EMR provides the hospital the tool it needs for remotely controlling their practices.

Central planners get most of what they need with the EMR, as they will be able to identify high-cost patients. Overturning just the individual mandate would not affect the “death panel” or rationing feature, as the enforcement tool — the EMR — would remain.

The medical loss ratio provision of the law, which requires insurers to pay out all but 10% to 15% of premiums in claims, will do the same thing to small insurers that the EMR requirement does to small hospitals — drive them out of business. For relief from competition, “big businesses are more than willing to pay big money,” Smith writes.

The political theater at the U.S. Supreme Court may serve mainly to divert attention from the real objectives of the biggest proponents of the ACA.