Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Only two weeks after Franklin D. Roosevelt became President in 1933, he signed an executive order banning the possession of gold. But his staff quickly reminded him that only Congress is authorized to pass criminal laws. FDR realized his error and made a beeline to get Congress to act.
Monday, July 21, 2014
What is Obama's first thought when he wakes up in the morning? According to former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton, it's NOT "What threat does America face today, and how can I defend against it?" Ambassador Bolton says that Obama's obsession with "fundamentally transforming" America means that he focuses on domestic priorities, not on world threats. He turns his attention to national security only when world events are so dangerous that they force him to confront them.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Mortimer Zuckerman writes in the WSJ:
There has been a distinctive odor of hype lately about the national jobs report for June. Most people will have the impression that the 288,000 jobs created last month were full-time. Not so.
The Obama administration and much of the media trumpeting the figure overlooked that the government numbers didn’t distinguish between new part-time and full-time jobs. Full-time jobs last month plunged by 523,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. What has increased are part-time jobs. They soared by about 800,000 to more than 28 million. Just think of all those Americans working part time, no doubt glad to have the work but also contending with lower pay, diminished benefits and little job security.
On July 2 President Obama boasted that the jobs report “showed the sixth straight month of job growth” in the private economy. “Make no mistake,” he said. “We are headed in the right direction.” What he failed to mention is that only 47.7% of adults in the U.S. are working full time. Yes, the percentage of unemployed has fallen, but that’s worth barely a Bronx cheer. It reflects the bleak fact that 2.4 million Americans have become discouraged and dropped out of the workforce. You might as well say that the unemployment rate would be zero if everyone quit looking for work.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
What is the meaning of the Supreme Court's decision on the contraceptive mandate? Tune in as one of Hobby Lobby's attorneys explains the business vs. Obamacare fight.
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Friday, July 18, 2014
The Senate Judiciary Committee hosted a revealing hearing this past Tuesday on S. 1696, the misleadingly-titled “Women’s Health Protection Act.” Sponsored by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), S. 1696 has little to do with women’s health and everything to do with advancing the pro-abortion agenda. Testimony from the opposing sides tells us all we need to know about this issue. First in favor of the bill was leftist Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). Her comments are littered with euphemisms like “women’s health” and outright misdirection, as when she contends that state pro-life laws restrict “women’s access to safe abortion services.” Baldwin offers very little in the way of evidence, only assertions.
Contrast Baldwin’s testimony with that of Rep. Diane Black (R-TN). Drawing on her medical background, Black undermines the idea that abortion restrictions harm the health of women. She is ready with figures:
Women who have had abortions are at a 37% increased risk of pre-term birth in subsequent pregnancies, a 30% to 50% increased risk of placenta previa in subsequent pregnancies, and 18% more likely to develop breast cancer as opposed to the average of just 12%. In the case of women with a family history of breast cancer, this figure jumps to 80%.
Abortions not only pose serious physical health risks, but endanger a woman’s mental health as well. After having an abortion, a woman is 81% more likely to develop a mental health issue, is at a 37% increased risk of depression, a 110% increased risk of alcohol abuse, and sadly, a 155% increased risk of suicide.
Pro-abortion activists rarely address these tragic consequences to women, never mind those to the unborn. But this failure may explain why they’ve been having a rough time lately.
To view Rep. Black’s testimony, click here.