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Family Research Council: The Naked Politics of Liberal Stimulus




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The Naked Politics of Liberal Stimulus

Despite the questionable impact of the first stimulus package, there is actually discussion of a second stimulus package. So far, the states have spent roughly 10 percent of the $787 billion package, but it has yet to register on the “recovery” radar. In fact, the only thing that seems to have changed is the unemployment rate–and not in the direction the President had hoped.

Given where the money’s been directed, maybe none of us should be surprised. Mark Kelly of the Heritage Foundation did some digging on where the House Speaker funneled her District’s dollars, and the list of projects is enough to send taxpayers through the roof. Let me put it this way: Nancy Pelosi is trying to stimulate a lot more than San Francisco’s economy. While the average American is worried about losing his shirt, Congress is funding actors who aren’t wearing any!

According to Kelly, $50,000 was sent to an initiative called CounterPulse in San Francisco that just sponsored a “Perverts [Sleep Around]” event on July 25, urging people to “Join your fellow pervs for some explicit, twisted fun!” Another $50,000 went directly to an entertainment group called Frameline that concentrates on promoting the “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community” in the arts.

Over at “San Francisco Cinematheque,” organizers raked in $25,000 to promote documentaries like “Thundercrack,” of which a reviewer writes, “Witness if you dare, the world’s only underground kinky art porno horror film, complete with four men, three women and a gorilla.” A company called Jess Curtis/Gravity, Inc. will receive $25,000, presumably to help boost their Symmetry Project, which features nude couples in compromising positions.

Other programs are too crude and embarrassing to even mention. But shouldn’t that say something to the third most powerful leader in America? If these projects are too obscene to talk about, what business does the U.S. government have funding them? This isn’t just waste–it’s reckless, indecent garbage sponsored by Congress and paid for by you. If these are the priorities of America’s new leadership, then we should definitely get a second opinion on their vision for an issue as significant as health care. For more on Pelosi’s “waste” line, visit Mark’s blog at markkelly.posterous.com.

Additional Resources
Mark Kelly: Stimulus spending links for Speaker Pelosi’s district.

Rallying for Family Health

Just how concerned are Americans about the President’s health care “reform”? Well, if last night’s webcast is any indication, this issue has completely exploded. Thanks to all of you who tuned in, FRC Action had over 76,000 streams for Tuesday night’s program, which featured a great mix of Hill insiders and health care experts. The demand for the webcast completely exceeded our expectations, so I apologize to those of you who experienced technical difficulties. Our servers were so overwhelmed that there was sometimes a delay for people trying to access the event. If you missed the program or if you didn’t catch the whole stream, it’s available in its entirety at www.frcaction.org/takeover.

Rest assured that we are working out the kinks so that our system can accommodate tens of thousands of viewers in the future. In the meantime, we’re grateful to everyone who participated and appreciate your interest. The FRC team looks forward to keeping your family updated on this and other issues with more events like this one. You can also go to FRC Action’s site and view our TV ad that was shown for the first time last night.

Additional Resources
Watch FRC Action’s health care webcast

Welcome Back, Governor

In less than seven weeks, our annual Values Voter Summit will host some new faces and familiar favorites. One of the leaders we’re pleased to have back is former Governor Mitt Romney, a national leader and presidential contender who has graced our program since FRC Action launched it in 2006. Romney will be joined by other governors-past and present-including Mike Huckabee, Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.), and Rick Perry (R-Texas) as speakers at the biggest pro-family event in the nation’s capital. Joining them as speakers are Joel Rosenberg, Stephen Baldwin, former NFL player-turned-pastor Ken Hutcherson, Dr. Ergun Caner, Lila Rose, Phyllis Schlafly, and a group of key congressional leaders.

If you’d like to join us for a star-studded weekend September 18-20, don’t miss your opportunity to take advantage of the group discount at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in downtown D.C. where the event will be held. Rooms are available at a special rate until August 15, and they’re filling up fast! For more information, visit www.valuesvotersummit.org.

Additional Resources
Sign up today for the Values Voter Summit

In the News…

** FRC continues to keep the issue of abortion coverage on the front-burner of the Hill’s health care debate. Today Ken Blackwell is the most recent FRC expert to chime in with a new op-ed in the American Spectator, “Keeping Abortion out of Health Care.” To read his column, click over to www.frc.org. **

Additional Resources
Read Ken Blackwell’s op-ed ‘Keeping Abortion Out of Health Care’

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