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Daily Grind: An Essential Principle: "Do No Harm"

An Essential Principle: "Do No Harm"
54 percent of voters believe that no health care legislation this year would be a better option than the current bill, which only 35 percent support.


The Barstool Economist: Privatize ANWR
When it comes to energy policy there is a long forgotten solution: private property rights.


ALG in the News: Amateur Hour at DHS
The mounting opposition against the "RightWing Extremism" DHS report is continuing to rise.


Aug202009 - Who's Sleeping with the Enemy?


SBA - Recovery Act Expands SBA Microloan Program 

New Intermediaries Will Provide Greater Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs


WASHINGTON – With the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding an additional $50 million for loans and $24 million for technical assistance, the U.S. Small Business Administration is expanding its Microloan program and increasing access to capital for small businesses across the country.


The program is shifting to funding provided under the Recovery Act now that it has exhausted the regular FY 2009 appropriations for $20 million in loans and $20 million in technical assistance.


With the additional resources, SBA is focused on adding new lenders and encouraging entrepreneurs to seek out SBA-backed microlenders to finance their businesses.


“SBA’s Microloan program provides a critical source of capital for entrepreneurs, including women, low-income individuals and minorities, who often have difficulty obtaining capital to start and grow their businesses,” said SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills. “With these resources, we can put more entrepreneurs and small business owners in a position to succeed and create jobs that will in turn help drive our nation’s economic recovery.”


Since the Recovery Act, SBA has approved eight new applications from lenders to join the Microloan program, and has 15 new loans to microlenders for $10.7 million in Recovery Act funds ready to be disbursed. Of the 15, eight are for new microlenders.


The approved new microlenders are: Vermont Community Loan Fund, Inc. of Montpellier, Vt; Neighborhood Development Center of Saint Paul, Minn.; Cen-Tex Certified Development Corp. of Austin, Texas; The Emperor Organization of Tallahassee, Fla.; Staunton Creative Community Fund, Inc. of Staunton, Va.; Lane MicroBusiness (d.b.a. Dev) of Eugene, Ohio; FINANTA (American Street Financial Ser.) of Philadelphia, Pa; and Accion USA, Inc. of New York, N.Y.


SBA’s Microloan Program supports microlenders by providing them with up to $3.5 million in low-cost loans from SBA to finance their lending to small businesses. SBA’s interest rate to microlenders is based on the five-year Treasury rate, with adjustments tied to a microlender’s average loan size.


Microlenders use the SBA funding to provide loans of up to $35,000 to entrepreneurs, which can be used for working capital and acquisition of materials, supplies, furniture, fixtures and equipment.


SBA also provides grant funding to microlenders to finance technical assistance and counseling programs for their borrowers, including staff, classroom training and occupancy costs. SBA’s reimbursement is capped at 25 percent of the microlender’s outstanding SBA loan portfolio.


Organizations interested in becoming SBA microlenders must meet specific criteria in terms of organizational status, microlending experience and matching requirements from non-federal sources. For more information, please visit:, email, or call 202-205-6485.


Entrepreneurs who wish to learn about the Microloan program can visit:



Daily News from the Veterans Today Network 

VA Issues



By Michael Leon, Staff Writer
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Congresswoman To Attend Campaign Fundraiser With Party Insiders While Refusing To Attend Town Hall Meetings With Constituents



CONCORD – Despite her refusal to participate in a single traditional New Hampshire town hall meeting with her constituents, the Union Leader reports that Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter will appear at a campaign fundraiser this weekend with Democrat party insiders. Ms. Shea-Porter has cut off all face to face contact with New Hampshire voters during the August recess, but has found time in her “busy” schedule to meet with liberal activists, campaign contributors and far-left bloggers.


“Carol Shea-Porter’s decision to attend this fundraiser is an insult to the residents of the First Congressional District who are being denied the right to question their Congresswoman. It’s outrageous that the only people Ms. Shea-Porter is willing to meet with during the August recess are the lobbyists, party insiders and liberal activists who can afford to contribute to her campaign.” said NHGOP Communications Director Ryan Williams. “If Ms. Shea-Porter can find the time to attend a political fundraiser, she can find the time to participate in a traditional New Hampshire town hall meeting. She has no good excuse for avoiding face to face contact with her constituents.”


Shea-Porter’s exclusive fundraiser, which is being hosted by the Strafford Democrat Town Committee, will include appearances by Party bigwigs, including NH House Speaker Terie Norelli (D-Portsmouth.) All proceeds from the event will benefit the Carol Shea-Porter for Congress campaign according to the Strafford County Democrats’ website.


Despite refusing to meet with her constituents, Ms. Shea-Porter has scheduled a series of events with liberal supporters during the August recess. On Friday, Shea-Porter ditched the Granite State to attend the “Netroots Nation” conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and address a friendly crowd of liberal bloggers. She has also committed to appear at the “Blue Hampshire Bash” on August 24 in Concord and mix and mingle with Democrat Party insiders, more far-left bloggers and liberal activists.