Values Bus stops at First Baptist Church

2012-02-26T19:15:00Z 2012-02-26T23:40:14Z Values Bus stops at First Baptist ChurchBy Lu Ann Franklin Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
February 26, 2012 7:15 pm  • 

HAMMOND | The Values Bus stopped Sunday at the First Baptist Church to spread the word about values, money and voting.

The large tour bus is the symbol of a partnership between two conservative public policy groups, The Heritage Foundation and the Family Research Council, both based in Washington, D.C. A nationwide tour began Jan. 14 and will continue through the presidential election in November.

"Our 'Saving the American Dream' plan focuses on how to get the debt under control, cut spending and restore prosperity," said Genevieve Wood, vice president of strategic initiatives for The Heritage Foundation.

That plan calls for balancing the U.S. budget by 2021, simplifying taxes, reducing government spending and making health care affordable.

"Politicians and lawmakers have pretty tough choices to make. They won't make them unless the public is calling for it," Wood said Sunday.

To have a voice in what happens, citizens need to vote, and that's the message from the Family Research Council on the tour.

"There are millions of Christians who are not registered to vote," said Thomas McClusky, Family Research Council senior vice president.

Family Research Council representatives Sunday helped more than 100 people at First Baptist Church register to vote.

The Values Bus will stop Wednesday morning at Hyles-Anderson College in Crown Point to register students to vote in their home states and educate them about the Saving the American Dream plan, Wood said.

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