|Wednesday, January 2, 2013||
Congress Approves Fiscal Cliff Deal
As you have probably heard by now, the House of Representatives passed a compromise bill last night to avert the worst effects of the fiscal cliff. Suffice it to say that people on the right and the left are unhappy with it. A lot of conservatives are upset because there are tax increases with virtually no spending cuts. Other cuts included in last year's sequester deal were delayed.
|Wednesday, January 2, 2013||
End Of Year Update
Our staff here at American Values is busy going through the checks we received in the mail from the holiday weekend to see if we met our year-end fundraising goal. Most of our supporters give $10, $20 or $30, so it takes time to add it all up. I want to thank everyone who responded for your tremendous generosity. I hope American Values reached its goal. We will provide an update later in the week. Thank you, my friends!
Higher Taxes; More Debt?
|Friday, December 28, 2012||
President, Congressional Leaders To Meet Today
President Obama will sit down with congressional leaders this afternoon at the White House to try one last time to hammer out an agreement to avoid going over the fiscal cliff. But there is little hope for a major breakthrough.
According to various reports, both sides see some benefit to going over the cliff. Democrats will have a larger majority in the Senate and a few extra votes in the House of Representatives next year.
|Thursday, December 27, 2012||
Too Late To Avoid The Fiscal Cliff?
President Obama cut short his Hawaiian Christmas vacation and returned to Washington, D.C., this afternoon in order to jumpstart negotiations aimed at avoiding massive across-the-board tax increases on January 1st. While so much of the focus has been on Speaker John Boehner, Barack Obama is president and his party controls the Senate.
|Friday, December 21, 2012||
Careening Toward The Cliff
Tis the season for miracles, and it may take one at this stage to prevent the country from going over the fiscal cliff. Last night, Speaker John Boehner was forced to pull his “Plan B” off the House floor after a revolt by conservative members of his caucus. All day long the GOP leadership team had expressed confidence. But on the eve of the vote it was obvious they would come up short.
|Thursday, December 20, 2012||
Heading Toward The Cliff
Negotiations between the White House and Capitol Hill aimed at avoiding the fiscal cliff have reportedly broken down. Frustrated by President Obama’s resistance to further spending cuts, Speaker John Boehner announced yesterday that the House of Representatives will vote this evening on two bills.
One cuts spending by $200 billion while minimizing the national security impact of planned sequestration cuts. The second bill extends the Bush tax cuts for everyone making less than $1 million a year.
|Wednesday, December 19, 2012||
Benghazi Report Critical Of Clinton State Department
In the aftermath of the September 11th attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the State Department launched an internal investigation to determine what went wrong. The findings were made public yesterday and I suspect Secretary of State Hillary Clinton got an advanced copy of the report. Perhaps that is why she fainted and suffered a concussion this weekend.
|Tuesday, December 18, 2012||
Tis the season for giving, and President Obama and Speaker John Boehner have been exchanging offers on the fiscal cliff, giving the rest of us headaches.
Over the weekend, Speaker Boehner conceded to raising tax rates, but only on those making more than $1 million. Yesterday President Obama made a counteroffer.
|Monday, December 17, 2012||
“A voice is heard in Ramah,
|Friday, December 14, 2012||
As we are going to press, there is breaking news of a horrific shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Details are still unfolding, but initial reports suggest as many as 27 people, including 14 children, may be dead. The evil of such an atrocity is incomprehensible, particularly at the time of year when we celebrate the birth of the Child who was sent to save us from sin. Please be in prayer for the victims, their families and the Newtown community.
Another Vignette From Obama’s America