News from the American Principles Project - September 24, 2013

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Latino Partnership Executive Director Alfonso Aguilar participated in the GOP’s Hispanic History month celebration and spoke out on Immigration
Last week, Latino Partnership Executive Director Alfonso Aguilar participated in the House Republican conference event to celebrate Hispanic History month and discuss immigration reform. Numerous Latino organizations, concerned citizens, and engaged politicians came together to discuss the issues at stake for Latinos, including immigration reform.
One politician in attendance was House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), who spoke about creating an “earned pathway to citizenship” and said that his committee is currently working on four immigration bills, in addition to the four they have already passed.
LP Executive Director Alfonso Aguilar said that he was “very encouraged” by Goodlatte’s remarks, as he “clarified that Republicans in the House are not against closing the door to citizenship to those who legalize, as some in the left irresponsibly allege. I hope Democrats in the House respond favorably to these comments and decide to work with Republicans to get immigration reform passed in the House.”
See more coverage on the GOP’s Hispanic History month event at:
Washington Post
Associated Press
Also – Telemundo and Univision interviewed LP’s Alfonso Aguilar and covered the event.
Video from the Fight the Common Core conference at Notre Dame of Child Psychologist Dr. Megan Koschnick, who criticized Common Core Standards for being age and developmentally inappropriate for children.
Last week, the American Principles Project, in conjunction with the Pioneer Institute and the Heartland Institute, released a video of Dr. Megan Koschnick’s presentation discussing how certain aspects of the Common Core standards are developmentally and age inappropriate.  Dr. Koschnick gave her presentation at a September 9, 2013 conference at the University of Notre Dame.  APP, Heartland, and Pioneer sponsored the conference, entitled “The Changing Role of Education in America: Consequences of the Common Core.”
“Why do we care if [Common Core standards] are age inappropriate? Well, you can answer that with one word – stress,” said Dr. Megan Koschnick during her presentation. “Instead of thinking about what’s developmentally appropriate for kindergarteners, they are thinking [college] is where we want this kindergartener to end up, so let’s back track down to kindergarten and have kindergarteners work on these skills from an early age. This can cause major stress for the child because they are not prepared for this level of education.”
For more information and to watch Dr. Koschnick’s presentation, click here.
Larry Summers Withdraws from Fed Chairman Nomination, Offers New Opportunity for “Sound Money”
The American Principles Project (APP) hailed the recent news that former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers withdrew his name from consideration to succeed Ben Bernanke as chair of the Federal Reserve.  While this is a victory, it does not mean President Obama should make the other leading contender, Janet Yellen, his default nominee. President Needs to Nominate a “Sound Money” Fed Chairman
"Larry Summers is the first potential Federal Reserve chairman to be preemptively rejected by the Senate. This was accomplished by pressure from liberals and conservatives who saw him as the personification of a monetary system that benefits Big Business and Big Government, rather than the American people,” American Principles Project economics director Rich Danker said.
Read the full report here.
And for more coverage of Summers’ withdrawl go to:
Washington Examiner
Financial Times

As We Approach The Federal Reserve's 100th Anniversary, A Reform Of The Fed Gains Currency – By Ralph Benko
We approach, on December 23rd, the centenary of the Federal Reserve System.  This anniversary has not gone unnoticed.

The nearly million-strong, militantly Jeffersonian, Campaign for Liberty — the classical liberal counterpart to — is using the occasion to press for an audit of the Fed as championed in the Senate by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives is calling for a Congressional commission to study the real world effect of various Fed policies over its century-long history.  This may be more pragmatical — yet no less incisive.  Both previous Congressionally-impelled monetary reforms were impelled by a commission.  The Centennial Monetary Commission, HR 1176, sponsored by Joint Economic Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), continues to pick up momentum.
Read the full article here.