I also believe the Administration was wrong to stand by a statement sympathizing with those who had breached our embassy in Egypt instead of condemning their actions. It’s never too early for the United States Government to condemn attacks on Americans, and to defend our values. The White House distanced itself last night from the statement, saying it wasn’t ‘cleared by Washington.’ That reflects the mixed signals they’re sending to the world.

“The attacks in Libya and Egypt underscore that the world remains a dangerous place and that American leadership is still sorely needed. In the face of this violence, America cannot shrink from the responsibility to lead. American leadership is necessary to ensure that events in the region don’t spin out of control. We cannot hesitate to use our influence in the region to support those who share our values and our interests. Over the last several years, we have stood witness to an Arab Spring that presents an opportunity for a more peaceful and prosperous region, but also poses the potential for peril, if the forces of extremism and violence are allowed to control the course of events.

“We must strive to ensure that the Arab Spring does not become an Arab Winter.

- Mitt Romney

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I’ve been doing this 22 years, and in presidential years, people donate to politics, to campaigns, and that takes away what little money they’d be giving to charities

Food bank veteran: Politics takes away donations

No broad stats in this article, but it’s an interesting look at the effect of political giving on charitable giving. Clearly, when people push disposable income towards campaigns, some other category inevitably gets cut. It’s too bad if charities suffer because of it, but I think it’s all to easy to say “hey, I made my donation already,” and call it a day.  

h/t ProducerMatthew