REAL UNEMPLOYMENT AT LEAST 16% - Officially the unemployment rate rose to 9.8% in September as another quarter of a million jobs, mostly in manufacturing, were lost in America. However, one Fed official places the rate at 16%, and even that rate does not include the self employed, such as carpenters, masons, and tradesmen of all kinds who can find little or no work. It also doesn't include people who are working many fewer hours than they would like. Dont' worry though -- President Obama and radical left Speaker Nancy Pelosi have a solution: A huge tax on energy production and manufacturing. They plan to save the planet from carbon dioxide (the stuff plants need to grow) by implementing a "cap and trade" program. Refineries and energy producers will have to pay huge sums of money to continue to produce electricity or manufacture trucks. Meanwhile the EPA, now controlled by Obama, has refused to issue permits for 79 new mountaintop coal mines putting thousands of people out of work in West Virginia and Kentucky.
ACORN IS TAX EXEMPT - Congressman Todd Tiahrt (R-KS) has offered a resolution in the House stating that ACORN should be stripped of its tax exempt status because of its numerous violations of the law. In his H.Con.Res. 192, Tiahrt lists various election law fraud cases against ACORN as well as its acceptance of funds from Obama's political campaign as reasons for the far left organization to lose its exemption. Since 1994 ACORN has received $53 million in funding, most of it while Republicans controlled Congress. Now that the Democrats are in control, the Republicans have figured out that ACORN is a criminal enterprise. NEWS FLASH: ACORN has always been a criminal enterprise! Read more
OBAMA CARE BILL - Most of my work on Capitol Hill involves issues of religious freedom. However, in order to advocate for those issues, I have to be present at wide ranging meetings that cover many other subjects; hence my ability to write this update each week. The health care issue comes up at virtually every briefing I attend with congressmen and Senators. After listening to countless briefings and discussions, I have been able to reach a conclusion as to three major results that will ensue from the final health care bill. The final health care bill will: 1. Cut Medicare benefits 2. Raise taxes, 3. Be over 1,000 pages long. Regardless of promises from Barack Obama, it will pay for a full range of "reproductive health care procedures," which is liberal speak for abortions and sex-change operations.
MUSLIM MARCH ORGANIZERS - One of the "moderate" imams who helped organize the "Our Time Has Come" march had previously advocated that our current Constitution be discarded and replaced by a new Constitution that would create a Caliphate to rule over America. Another of the "moderate" organizers is an attorney who has represented Islamic terrorists including those who first bombed the World Trade Center in 1993. Read more about "moderate" Muslims who organized the "Our Time Has Come" march.
SEPTEMBER 18, 2009 CHAIRMAN'S REPORT - The all new September 18, 2009 Chairman's Report is now available to read in PDF format. This issue contains more information about our work on Capitol Hill with the 111th Congress, and also about our work on international issues. Help your Sunday School class understand these issues better. Print out and distribute the Chairman's Report to your class or fellowship this Sunday! Click here to review.
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IRAQI CHRISTIAN REFUGEES - The persecution of our brothers and sisters in Christ who fled Iraq has gotten worse since our troops left the cities. Rather than Christians returning to Iraq, more are making their way to Jordan and Syria. Our ministry is barred from operating in Syria, but our feeding and medical program continues in Jordan. A third shipment of medical supplies has been delivered, and this week we funded our feeding program in Amman for another three months. Your help is still needed.
PETITION TO HILLARY CLINTON ON IRAQI CHRISTIANS - Read and sign the Internet petition to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The petition urges Clinton to direct our embassies to assist Christians who have fled Islamic terror in Iraq. The petition is located at www.iraqichristianrefugees.org.
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