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McAllister Statement on Student Loan Increases

In Speeches on July 1, 2013 at 11:34 am
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“The last thing that struggling American families can afford is to see the rates for Stafford loans double, yet this is the reality that we are faced with starting today….(through) a standard for congressional leadership that highlights the disconnect many on Capitol Hill have from the American people…”

CHICAGO (July 1, 2013) — Lenny McAllister, upon the doubling of interest rates on new federally-subsidized Stafford loans starting Monday, issued the following statement:

 

“Far too often in these recent political times, we find that Congress has found the inability to garner the creative leadership and the legislative patriotism necessary to save America’s youth from chronic unemployment, mounting national debt, and diminishing educational pathways to procure the prosperity they deserve.  Today, we as a nation have collectively failed them once again, placing another unnecessary burden upon their backs due to our inability to act within reasonable timeframes and create legislation that facilitates growth and success.

 

“The last thing that struggling American families can afford is to see the rates for Stafford loans double, yet this is the reality that we are faced with starting today. Both sides of the political aisle have again missed the bar, instead putting into place a standard for congressional leadership that highlights the disconnect many on Capitol Hill have from the American people, the everyday citizen that works hard and expects results from themselves and from their representative government.

 

“Like with the sequester, leadership has failed to satisfy the legislative needs of the people before a previously self-imposed deadline was met. As with the sequester, we cannot afford to keep this economically-inhibitive standard in place. We can only move past this point through a common sense approach that makes sure that American students can secure the education necessary. Through this, we empower our future with the resources necessary to allow the United States to remain the preeminent economic and technological power in the world throughout the remainder of this century.

 

“We need good, pliable, and smart legislation immediately. We need a bill that takes into consideration the diversity of economic needs, family backgrounds, and future employment opportunities that we find within today’s American student base.

 

“Any plan that seeks to make a profit from the federal student loan program, despite its good intentions to address the federal deficit, fails to understand the true role of government. We may run government like a business, but government is never to be a profit-driven entity, notably and especially making money off of the backs of those that need the latitude required to grow into our leaders for years to come. The shareholders of the United States of America are its struggling citizens, not profit-incented investors. Therefore, we must always remember that we reduce the deficit through fostering the growth of jobs and hard-working taxpayers, not through encouraging rate hikes on the backs of those that are already struggling to pay for a competitive education.

 

“Any plan that sees doing the status quo as viable is not watching the mounting debt that threatens our national sovereignty and place within the global community. As with the Affordable Care Act, any process that chases runaway costs with additional government spending instead of addressing both the cost and spending ends of this confounding equation facing higher education today misses the crux of the situation. We must put a long-term solution into place that creates a stronger return revenue flow back into the coffers of the federal student loan program while making sure that graduates can be both good loan borrowers – paying back these loans on time – while also being good consumers as well, able to buy homes, cars, and other goods that bolster our economy. For America to remain the beacon of hope for the world to see moving onward, we must make sure that higher education is the great equalizer that is economically accessible across our American diversity for years to come.

 

“Perhaps, with new leadership, those that are focused on accomplishing tasks through humble service and not accumulating partisan style points through continued bickering can finally solve these types of issues so that the students of today can be the unencumbered consumers, innovators, job-creators, and leaders of tomorrow.

 

“May God guide us towards finally some common sense common ground for the sake of empowering America’s future leaders today 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 working to make his hometown of Chicago and our proud nation better by working together as #OneBigTeam.

For more information, go to http://www.LennyMcAllister.com or call 773-492-0509

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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.”

 

Catch this version of “The McAllister Minute” by clicking the hyperlink or the picture above. Also catch the version on the American Urban Radio Network, where “The McAllister Minute” commentary is aired on over 400 stations throughout the AURN network all across the United States.

 

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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

 

You can also visit Sun News Network’s website by going HERE

 

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