Sunday, December 09, 2007

Choices and Ron Paul

Once again, mind the friends and allies.

After reading the following news release from Pat Tiberi, can anyone really think that Tiberi and Tubbs believe in the concepts of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness? Tiberi -- a supposed Republican -- is farther to the left than even Jimmy Carter. It certainly appears that a Clinton presidency already has support in congress, from both sides of the aisle.

The direction of both parties is toward more government in our lives, with Tiberi leading the charge. He obviously believes in his own ability to solve the issues he -- through government interventions -- has created.

Tiberi has proven the adage once again: There is not a dime's worth of difference between the Democrat and Republican Parties.

Ron Paul is our only hope for Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. All other choices are non-choices.

Community Economic Development Expertise Enhancement Act Reintroduced

U.S. Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) joined Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH) to reintroduce their bill that would provide Community Development Corporations (CDCs) with technical assistance, core operating support and guidance on ways to improve their operations.

“Community Development Corporations play an important role in economic development and helping disadvantaged families create a brighter future,” said Congressman Tiberi, the primary Republican sponsor of the bill. “The focus of these corporations on empowerment is essential to reinvigorate communities, and this bill would provide CDCs with essential tools to continue their work.”

Congressman Tiberi has been an original cosponsor of the Community Economic Development Expertise Enhancement Act since the 108th Congress (2003-2004).

Community Development corporations enhance and promote economic development through affordable housing, business development, job creation, and a range of activities that involve community residents in anti-poverty and wealth-building activities. Rather than providing social services, the corporations focus on building financial resources and infrastructure within communities.

Specifically, the Community Economic Development Expertise Enhancement Act would:
Provide technical assistance and core operating support throughout the nation, instead of limiting this assistance to a small range of cities, as do existing programs.

Assist emerging to mature organizations by providing badly needed access to financial and construction expertise, professional mentoring, assistance with leveraging private funds, training and research, equity investments, and CRA credits for financial institutions that work with eligible CDCs.

Establish an advisory council within the Department of Housing and Urban Development to examine the capacity needs of CDCs, provide feedback on their effectiveness, and assist in diagnosing organizational problems and the appropriate technical help to enable groups to fulfill their missions and ensure that the tax dollars of the American people are efficiently and effectively used.

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