Freedom Works

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Tabitha Hale and Brendan Steinhauser represented FreedomWorks, an organization that recruits and mobilizes large volunteer activists groups to fight for smaller government, fewer taxes, and more freedom at the Heritage Foundation’s Bloggers Briefing on August 24, 2010.

Two national upcoming events are to take place, the Dick Armey and Matt Kibbe book tour on Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto and also the Take America Back convention, on August 27 and September 12, 2010, respectively. Armey, the former U. S. House of Representatives Majority leader, heads Freedom Works.

Hale and Steinhauser also promoted four other soon-to-be-released books, in the upcoming fall season, on the Tea Party Movement, an American political movement that emerged in 2009 through a series of locally and nationally coordinated protests in response to a number of Federal policies.

This particular group stands on being a community of individuals committed to protecting the country, and safeguarding the Constitution upon which America was established.

Steinhauser commented on the significant impact made by the groups behind this movement, and how change can come about through grassroots advocacy. Attending town hall meetings, visiting local congressmen, and organizing protests are ways to become active.

FreedomWorks planned for these events to discuss key races, election strategy, and how the American public can get involved and join the campaign.

Also at the bloggers briefing, held at the American Petroleum Institute (API),  John Felmy, the Chief Economist at API warned that there is currently a reduced demand for gasoline by consumers and weak gasoline demand is a sign of a weak retail economy. “I look out across the U.S. economy, and I see one that is very weak,” Felmy said.

Felmy pointed out that:

  • 9.2 million Americans owe their jobs to the oil and gas industry, by either direct or indirect employment; and
  • Roughly 7.5 percent of the United States’ gross domestic product is oil and gasoline.

“We’d like to do a lot more,” said Felmy on behalf of the American Petroleum Institute. “It is a large industry that is vital in terms of our economy.” One step toward such progress would be an increase in oil and gas production, what Felmy described as a “win, win, win circumstance.”

However, there are also many challenges to face and obstacles to overcome with any kind of new economic policy or change. But, such a movement would generate more highly needed jobs, produce revenue for local, state, and federal governments, and improve U.S. trade deficit.

Kristin Theresa Jaroma is an intern at the American Journalism Center, a training program run by Accuracy in Media and Accuracy in Academia.

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