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NRSC - Why Do We Need A “Jobs Summit” If Obama, Hodes’ “Stimulus” Is Working?

WASHINGTON – As the White House hosts its “jobs summit” today and discussions heat up surrounding a potential second stimulus bill, Democrats appear to have conceded the fact that their $787 billion “stimulus” debacle has failed at providing the much-needed economic recovery that President Barack Obama and Senate hopeful U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes (D-NH) promised when the bill passed in February 2009.

According to the Wall Street Journal today, “House and Senate leaders plan to craft major jobs packages by year's end, as they respond to intensifying pressure to show they are doing more to ease unemployment... With joblessness at 10.2%, lawmakers are anxious about a possible voter revolt.”

However, just a few weeks ago Hodes vehemently defended the bill’s merits, stating that, “It delivered the biggest middle-class tax cut in history... It has saved the jobs of teachers and firefighters and cops, and created jobs, and the program isn’t done.”

But despite Hodes’ defense of the stimulus bill’s success, more than 3 million Americans have lost their jobs this year alone and the nation’s unemployment rate skyrocketed to 10.2 percent in October 2009. Now the Democrats are attempting to rush another massive $2.5 trillion government-run health care plan through Congress, paid for by families, seniors, and small businesses in New Hampshire.

 “Why do the Democrats need a ‘jobs summit’ if President Obama’s so-called ‘stimulus’ bill – which Paul Hodes so eagerly supported – is actually working?” asked National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokeswoman Amber Wilkerson Marchand.

 “Instead of staging summits and photo-ops to disguise the fact that the first stimulus failed, Hodes and the Democrats should immediately reject the notion of a second stimulus and go back to the drawing board with Republicans to drive down costs in Obama’s massive government health care takeover,” Marchand continued. “There’s no doubt that Hodes and his colleagues will be held accountable for their out-of-control spending in next year’s election.”

The White House excluded the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), and the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) from the White House job summit guest list, despite the fact that they “represent many of the country's largest employers,” according to the Washington Post.

The Post reported today that these groups were excluded as a result of their opposition to Obama’s massive government health care takeover and their support of free trade agreements, which labor unions in attendance at the job summit oppose. 

Background Information:

In October 2009, Congressman Paul Hodes (D-NH) Claimed That Voting For The Stimulus “Was The Right Thing To Do.” “Democratic Rep. Paul Hodes, who backed the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act early this year, acknowledged, ‘There is more work to be done.’ But, he said, ‘I thought then it was the right thing to do,’ and he still does.” (John DiStaso, “Stimulus Sentiment Follows Party Lines,” The [Manchester, NH] Union Leader, 10/25/09)

  • Hodes Continued To Claim The Stimulus Was Working, Despite A Report Claiming Only 116 New Hampshire Jobs Came From Infrastructure Spending In The Stimulus. “[A]ccording to Fitch’s report, only 116 full-time jobs were created as a result of highway infrastructure investment in New Hampshire as of Sept. 30, compared to 2,041 in education and 745 in government services. Still, Hodes said, the stimulus is working. ‘It delivered the biggest middle-class tax cut in history,’ he said in an interview. ‘It has saved the jobs of teachers and firefighters and cops, and created jobs, and the program isn’t done.’” (John DiStaso, “Stimulus Sentiment Follows Party Lines,” The [Manchester, NH] Union Leader, 10/25/09)



AFP - Hot Air Tour Event in Bedford NH 12/9 -- LIVE from Copenhagen 

Dear Friend,

In one week President Barack Obama will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark for the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference.  It is almost certain the President will commit the United States to an energy rationing scheme that makes us accountable to U.N. bureaucrats, kills jobs here, dramatically raises the price of gasoline and electricity, and infringes on our personal and national freedoms -- all in the name of an unproven radical global warming ideology.

As part of AFP’s ongoing Hot Air Tour, we will be hosting a viewing party in Bedford at SERESC Conference Center, 29 Commerce Drive, Bedford of our Webcast LIVE from Copenhagen on the same day the President is there to make sure that the truth is told.

AFP President Tim Phillips and Director of Policy Phil Kerpen will be in Copenhagen hosting an event with Lord Monckton (click here to join the 3.5 million people who have seen his video detailing how our nation could be threatened by international climate agreements) and other European free-market leaders who will detail the hypocrisy of this U.N. conference and explain how cap-and-trade has killed jobs and raised energy prices in their nations.

All this will be Simulcast LIVE to AFP – New Hampshire’s own Hot Air Tour event at noon December 9th. Space is limited so RSVP today! Light refreshments will be served.


What : Hot Air Tour: Live from Copenhagen
Where: SERESC Conference Center, Bedford, NH
When: December 9, 2009
Click here to register for the Event

If you cannot attend the New Hampshire event, view it live at our website or better yet, hold your own get-together for family and friends.  CLICK HERE to sign up or receive more information on this. 

Please consider sending this email invitation to your family and friends by CLICKING here.  We need to make sure the politicians in Washington know that Americans are closely watching the cap-and-trade issue and that the U.N. Conference in Copenhagen changes absolutely nothing. 

We're going to be in Copenhagen on December 9 with President Obama -- telling the real story and making sure our Senators see American citizens taking a stand against outsourcing U.S. energy policy to an international body.

Corey R. Lewandowski
State Director
Americans for Prosperity

PS:  Our "Cost of Hot Air" events across the United States on December 9 are our last opportunity in 2009 to send the politicians a message on cap-and-trade -- on the very day that President Obama will be in Copenhagen at the United Nations Climate Change Conference.  Get involved and let's make sure they know that the choice for them is clear:  side with Americans determined to keep our nation in charge of our own energy policy and economy OR side with U.N. bureaucrats and the extreme Left, which wants to use this conference to get the United States to agree to binding energy rationing limits that will kill jobs, raise gasoline and utility prices and take away many of our freedoms. 

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Daily News from the Veterans Today Network 


Taliban Leader Threatens Obama

by Bruce Riedel

Mullah Omar, the elusive leader of the Afghan Taliban, has released a bold message to the White House, warning that any plan to boost troop levels in Afghanistan could lead to "bitterness and pain." The Daily Beast's Bruce Riedel decodes the chilling message.

On the eve of President Barack Hussein Obama's announcement of troop levels in Afghanistan next week, his enemy Mullah Mohammed Omar has thrown down the gauntlet. In a major message to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al Adha this week, the commander of the Afghan Taliban addressed "the rulers of the White House" about their plans to increase troop numbers in Afghanistan and to pursue "illogical strategies" that he promises will only lead to "bitterness and pain."

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NRLC to Obama and Reid: Bring on the abortion debate 

National Right to Life to Obama and Reid:

You wanted debate?  Now you'll get debate – on government-funded abortion.

WASHINGTON (November 21, 2009) --  The U.S. Senate tonight barely cleared an initial 60-vote procedural hurdle, setting the stage for a 2,074-page health care bill, crafted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nv.), to move forward to debate before the full Senate.  The following statement was issued by the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of right-to-life organizations in all 50 states, and may be attributed to NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson.

As National Right to Life has previously noted, Senator Reid's bill [on page 118] would authorize the federal government to pay for any and all abortions through a huge new federal health insurance program, the "public option," and also to subsidize purchase of private plans that cover abortion on demand.  President Obama and Reid know that the substance of these abortion-promoting policies is deeply unpopular, so they seek to conceal the reality with layers of contorted definitions and money-laundering schemes.

Obama and Reid wanted debate – so now they’ll get debate, on their cloaked provisions that would cover abortion on demand in proposed new government-run and government-subsidized insurance plans.

Obama and Reid are seeking to block enactment of the bipartisan Stupak-Pitts compromise, adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives on November 7 by a vote of 240-194. This amendment would prevent government funding of elective abortion through the proposed “public option," and would also prevent federal subsidies from paying for private insurance plans that cover elective abortion.  

During the weeks ahead, National Right to Life will continue to fight the efforts of President Obama and congressional Democratic leaders to cover abortion on demand in two huge new federal health programs.  The Senate bill faces additional 60-vote hurdles in the future.  Moreover, a courageous group of pro-life Democrats in the House of Representatives will oppose final approval of health care legislation if the Stupak-Pitts Amendment is gutted or removed.

For extensive further documentation on the Stupak-Pitts Amendment and other aspects of the issue, visit the NRLC website at

Both NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson and Senior Legislative Counsel Susan T. Muskett are available to provide further comment and analysis on the Stupak-Pitts Amendment and the abortion provisions in the Reid bill.  To arrange an interview, contact the NRLC Communications Department at (202) 626-8825 or (202) 423-3329 (mobile).

The National Right to Life Committee, the nation’s largest pro-life group, is a federation of affiliates in all 50 states and 3,000 local chapters nationwide.  National Right to Life works through legislation and education to protect those threatened by abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and assisted suicide.


Shea-Porter Attends Obama Signing of Law Protecting Troops from Toxic Fumes 

Please see the following Newsweek article on Congresswoman Shea-Porter’s efforts to limit the disposal of hazardous and toxic wastes in burn pits in war zones.  This afternoon, the Congresswoman will join President Obama in the Rose Garden for the signing ceremony of the National Defense Authorization Act. 

Obama to Sign Law Protecting Troops from Toxic Fumes

A few months ago I wrote a short piece about the startling practice of using open-air burn pits to incinerate waste on U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. The toxic fumes from these pits have been linked to a host of debilitating illnesses in troops and contractors who worked near them. Here's an excerpt from original my piece:

Josh Eller, a military contractor stationed in Iraq in 2006, was driving through Balad Air Base when he spotted the wild dog. He wasn't sure what was in its mouth—but when Eller saw two bones, he knew he was looking at a human arm. The dog had pulled the limb from an open-air "burn pit" on the base used to incinerate waste. Eller says it's "one of the worst things I have seen."

Since hearing Eller's story, lawyer Elizabeth Burke has signed on 190 additional clients with complaints about burn pits at 18 military sites in Iraq and Afghanistan. By now, she says, all pits should have been replaced by pollution-controlled incinerators. She's filed suits in 17 states against KBR, the company contracted to provide waste-disposal services at these bases, accusing it of negligence and harm. Burke was shocked to learn what her clients saw incinerated: Humvees, batteries, unexploded ordnance, gas cans, mattresses, rocket pods, and plastic and medical waste (including body parts, which may explain the arm). Fumes containing carcinogenic dioxins, heavy metals, and particulates, according to an Army–Air Force risk assessment, waft freely across bases.

Burke's plaintiffs mostly suffer from chronic or unusual medical complications that they believe were caused by burn-pit exposure. Shawn Sheridan, who served two tours at Balad, says black smoke from the pit was so thick at times he couldn't see through it with night--vision goggles. Sheridan, 26, was healthy when he enlisted six years ago. Now he has a kidney disease, chronic bronchitis, and a painful skin condition. (Read the full story here.)

Today, Eller, Sheridan and the many others affected by these pits are getting some good news, thanks in part to the work of Reps .Tim Bishop (D-NY) and Carol Shea Porter (D - NH) who have championed their cause for months. They successfully lobbied for the inclusion of provisions to limit the use of these toxic pits in the National Defense Authorization Act which the President will sign into law this afternoon. Under this new law, open air burning of medical and hazardous waste will be prohibited except where the Defense Secretary deems there is no alternative, the DoD must justify the use of burn pits to Congress, and it will develop a plan to eliminate the use of burn pits entirely.

The legislation won't repair Shawn Sheridan's lungs or kidneys, but it will force the DoD to limit troop exposure to potentially hazardous fumes in the future. That really shouldn't be so hard. According to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, only about half the incinerators the military purchased four years ago to help eliminate the use of burn pits are currently in operation. The public would never stand for having burn pits operate in a residential area in the U.S. Now, eight years into the war in Afghanistan, U.S. service members might start receiving that same courtesy.

(You can read more about burn pits in Kelly Kennedy's excellent reports for the Military Times.)