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LISTEN: The McAllister Minute (January 2 – January 8, 2013)

In Audio, Lenny for Congress, The McAllister Minute on January 2, 2013 at 1:01 pm
Who won the fiscal cliff showdown in Washington? Or, is it a question of if we all lost during the process? Find out in the latest version of The McAllister Minute

Who won the fiscal cliff showdown in Washington? Or, is it a question of if we all lost during the process? Find out in the latest version of The McAllister Minute

AMERICAN URBAN RADIO NETWORK (Across America) (January 2, 2013)

“Let’s be clear about what just happened with the fiscal cliff deal passed over New Year’s weekend by the Senate and House of Representatives.

 

“No one won – and everyone lost, starting with you.

 

“Sure, there will be people that will do their best to spin the negotiations politically to say that President Obama and the Democrats won the negotiations or that the Republicans were able to make their points known and accounted for, even though they were the losers in this past election cycle.

 

“But, do you feel like anyone really won through all of this?

 

“For example, the Bush tax cuts that President Obama campaigned against in 2008 – then signed into law in 2010 – then campaigned against again in 2012….were just – again – extended by the president. This time, the threshold of $250,000 that the election-night victor noted repeated was now pushed up to almost twice that limit. The estate tax went up marginally as well, instead of the larger increase that the Democrats were looking for.

 

“Just the same, do the Republicans have much to hang their hats on? Proclaiming a victory on fending off a tax hike on Americans making less than $450,000 annually comes off as hollow when considering that the payroll tax will go up on all Americans in 2013. Of course, that doesn’t matter as much as the primary tea party issue: the national debt. As long as fiscal compromise in Washington starts with legislation that increases the national debt by trillions, Republicans should be hanging their heads in shame, not hanging their hats on an accomplishment.”

 

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McAllister Statement on the Fiscal Cliff Deal and President Obama’s Remarks (January 1 2013)

In Lenny for Congress, Speeches on January 2, 2013 at 1:24 am
President Obama addresses the nation after the fiscal cliff deal was reached by a vote in the House of Representatives. Read Lenny McAllister's statement on the current deal and its impact on the nation.

President Obama addresses the nation after the fiscal cliff deal was reached by a vote in the House of Representatives. Read Lenny McAllister’s statement on the current deal and its impact on the nation.

WASHINGTON, DC (January 1, 2013) — Lenny McAllister, upon hearing President Obama’s remarks concerning the completion of the fiscal cliff negotiations tonight, issued the following statement:

 

“It is with a sense of national relief and political disappointment that we watch the end result of the fiscal cliff negotiations: an agreement in place that raises taxes on all Americans, raises income taxes on some Americans, and further raises anxiety about America’s spending problems. Increases to spending that add trillions to the nation debt should not be the result of a negotiation that was designed to address America’s ongoing deficit woes as well as our spending problems.

 

“Tonight is not a congratulatory moment, nor is it a cause for celebration. Instead, we watched collectively as a nation as we witnessed yet again the failures from political stubbornness, a reality in status quo partisanship that yields the low levels of confidence Americans have in government and even lower approval ratings our countrymen give Congress today. The tone must change if we are going to reverse the trends we face as a nation.

 

“I am disappointed that President Obama, equipped with the power of renewed political capital by way of his November victory, was unable to commandeer a long-term, bi-partisan solution. Creating situations where America and her economic partners around the world will have more opportunities to watch beltway bickering under another grueling deadline a few mere months away is not leadership that instills confidence during rocky times, especially when the threatening problems of spending and sequestration still loom on the immediate horizon.

 

“Once again, we heard from President Obama a limiting vision, one that focuses too much on economic investment and spending coming from the American federal government, not from the innovative American people. We need legislative solutions that empower both the American middle class through tax policy and our private sector of potential innovators, future business leaders, and resource investors through legislative encouragement so that we can turn around this economy effectively. Policies that focus primarily on increased taxing and spending simply will not be enough to defeat the economic crisis that everyday Americans have faced for years now. We need policies that encourage investment and innovation that stem from a diversity of sources, in a plethora of arrangements and partnerships, which spans the diversity that makes us the strongest and most talented nation the world has ever seen. If President Obama is serious about moving forward (as his re-election campaign slogan suggested), we must move past the notion in Washington that government will lead us out of these economic woes through increased taxing and spending – and we must move past this notion quickly for the sake of struggling Americans, working together as one big team.

 

“Happy New Year to America with the hopes of doing better as a nation, from Washington, DC to the four corners of the country. May God bless you and may He bless the United States of America.”

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Political commentator and community advocate Lenny McAllister is the “Working Man’s Conservative” currently seeking office in Illinois’ vacant 2nd Congressional District seat.

For more information, go to LennyForCongress.com or call 773-492-0509.

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WATCH: Lenny McAllister Talks Fiscal Cliff Negotiations on Sun News Network

In Lenny for Congress, Video on December 31, 2012 at 9:23 pm
Congressional candidate Lenny McAllister speaks with Brian Dunston of Sun News Network about the latest in the talks concerning America's fiscal cliff during a December 31 segment.

Congressional candidate Lenny McAllister speaks with Brian Dunston of Sun News Network about the latest in the talks concerning America’s fiscal cliff during a December 31 segment.

TORONTO, ON, CANADA (December 31, 2012) –Republican congressional candidate Lenny McAllister (Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District) talks to Sun News Network anchor Brian Dunston about the latest developments of the fiscal cliff negotiations that are gripping America and impacting her economic partners during this segment on Canadian television.

 

To watch the interview, please click on the link HERE

 

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WATCH: Lenny McAllister on CLTV’s “Politics Tonight” in Chicago

In Lenny for Congress, Video on December 29, 2012 at 4:36 pm
Republican congressional candidate Lenny McAllister (IL-2nd) talks with CLTV's Paul Lisnek on an edition of "Politics Tonight" to discuss his candidacy.

Republican congressional candidate Lenny McAllister (IL-2nd) talks with CLTV’s Paul Lisnek on an edition of “Politics Tonight” to discuss his candidacy.

CHICAGO, IL (December 27, 2012) –Republican Lenny McAllister discusses his candidacy, the fiscal cliff, and the role of social issues in the special election for Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District that was vacated by former Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. Lenny talks with former WVON colleague Paul Lisnek on this edition of “Politics Tonight” on Chicago’s CLTV.

To watch the interview, please click on the link HERE (part 1, Dec 27, 2012) and HERE (part 2)

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LISTEN: The McAllister Minute (November 14 – November 20, 2012)

In The McAllister Minute on November 19, 2012 at 1:59 pm

“…And, by the way: one other mandate: Black voters still matter – a lot. For all of the Republicans’ focus on Latinos and the Democrats’ focus on marriage equality laws, it was the Black voter turnout that shocked pundits across the nation…”

AMERICAN URBAN RADIO NETWORK (November 14, 2012)

“People will come around and tell you that there was a mandate given as a result of (the) re-election of President Barack Obama.

“Well, they would be right – and wrong.

“There were a LOT of mandates given at the ballot box throughout America…”

“One mandate told the American people that personal connection meant a little more than economic and political apathy…another mandate told the Democrats in Washington: find a way to make a deal work with the fiscally-conservative Republicans controlling the House of Representatives before we all fall off of the fiscal cliff.  Yet another mandate told the Republican Party: it’s time to back to the future if you’re going to lead in this diverse nation. Go back to a time when Republicans were ahead of the social curve on issues of justice, such as abolition, women’s suffrage, civil rights, and fiscal reform…

“And, by the way: one other mandate: Black voters still matter – a lot. For all of the Republicans’ focus on Latinos and the Democrats’ focus on marriage equality laws, it was the Black voter turnout that shocked pundits across the nation.

“Democrats: Black America can still deliver when it’s time to vote in politicians, but when that is over, Black America demands that those politicians act as leaders when in office. And Republicans: Black America will demand political accountability from both sides of the political aisle, so if you will compete for votes, Black America will push for positive change in our communities.

“And your mandate, Black America: demand nothing less than results starting in 2013.”

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WATCH: Brian Dunston, Lenny McAllister Talk Post-Election GOP, Fiscal Cliff Negotiations on Sun News

In Video on November 19, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Republican strategist Lenny McAllister speaks on the next steps for the Republican Party with Brian Dunston of Sun News Network

PITTSBURGH (November 17, 2012) – Republican political commentator Lenny McAllister talks with Sun News Network’s Brian Dunston about next steps for the GOP post-2012 as well as how President Obama and Congressional leaders will deal with the fiscal cliff crisis.

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WATCH: Lenny McAllister Discusses Presidential Legacy on “HuffPost Live”

In Video on November 16, 2012 at 9:52 pm

What decisions will President Obama choose in order to cement his legacy as a great presidential leader for America? Lenny talks with Abby Huntsman and others on HuffPost Live

WASHINGTON (November 16, 2012) – Republican strategist Lenny McAllister talks with HuffPost Live host Abby Huntsman as a panelist to discuss President Obama as he approaches his second term in office. As it begins, he will be carving his place in history. The HuffPost Live segment panelists pursue the question: what decisions will he choose that he feels make best decisions for America?

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