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CBN NewsWatch: December 18, 2013

On CBN Newswatch, Dec. 18: Wastebook highlights $30 billion of 'stupid spending,” Fed Reserve to scale back stimulus program, and Young Obama voters suffering 'buyers remorse?', and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH,"

HOW WASHINGTON SPENDS

MONEY.

A LOOK AT GOVERNMENT WASTE

AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR

LAWMAKERS.

COULD FALLING BEHIND

AMONG HIS FAITH FULS.

FAITHFULS.

IS PRESIDENT OBAMA LOSING

FAITH WITH THE MILLENNIALS.

Mark: ALL OF THIS AND

MORE TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH."

GOOD EVENING, I'M MARK

MARTIN.

AND I'M HEATHER CELLS.

A BIPARTISAN BUDGET DEAL IS

SET TO PASS THE U.S.

SENATE.

IT WOULD AVOID ANOTHER

GOVERNMENT SHOWDOWN AND

GUIDE SPENDING THROUGH

2015.

BUT MANY IN WASHINGTON SAY

EVEN WITH THE NEW DEAL,

SPENDING IS STILL OUT OF

CONTROL.

REPUBLICAN SENATOR TOM

COBURN HAS RELEASED HIS

ANNUAL WASTE BOOK.

IT POINTS TO DOZENS OF

EXAMPLES OF OUTRAGEOUS WAYS

THE GOVERNMENT USES TAXPAYER

DOLLARS.

CHARLENE ISRAEL HAS

TONIGHT'S TOP STORY.

Reporter: THE LIST OF

WASTE FULL SPENDING BY

WASHINGTON GROWS LONGER AND

LONGER EACH YEAR.

THE LATEST REPORT HIGHLIGHTS

HUNDREDS OF EXAMPLES OF

WASTEFUL AND LOW PRIORITY

SPENDING BY THE FEDERAL

GOVERNMENT.

LIKE THE STATE DEPARTMENTING

SPENDING $630,000 TO ATTRACT

FOLLOWERS TO ITS Facebook

AND TWITTER ACCOUNTS.

AND A STUDY ON ANGRY WIVES.

THE GOVERNMENT SPENT

$300 MILLION TO LEARN THAT

WOMEN WOULD FIND MORE

MARRIAGE MORE SATISFYING IF

THEY COULD CALM DOWN FASTER

DURING ARGUMENTS WITH THEIR

HUSBANDS.

HOW ABOUT BROTHELS IN NEVADA

GETTING $17 MILLION IN TAX

EXEMPTIONS.

THE DEDUCTIONS RANGING FROM

BREAST IMPLANTS TO

PROMOTIONAL FREE PASSES TO

BRING IN NEW CHERS.

COSTUMERS.

THE FORT HOOD SHOOTER

COLLECTED $278,000 IN

MILITARY BENEFITS BECAUSE

THE MILITARY CODE OF JUSTICE

DOESN'T ALLOW A SOLDIER TO

BE SUSPENDED UNTIL THEY ARE

FOUND GUILTY.

INSIDE THE WASTE BOOK

THIS YEAR IS $30 BILLION OF

STUPID -- WHAT I WOULD

CONSIDER STUPID OR AT LEAST

POOR JUDGMENT WHEN IT COMES

TO SPENDING MONEY IN A TIME

WHEN WE HAVE VERY LITTLE

MONEY TO SPARE.

Reporter: HE SAYS THE

REPORT SPEAKS VOLUMES ABOUT

WHY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE

LOST CONFIDENCE IN THE

GOVERNMENT, AND WHY

CONGRESS' APPROVAL RATING IS

AT AN ALL-TIME LOW.

WE SEE NO WASTE, CUT NO

WASTE, AND EMBRACE

INCREASING THE BURDEN ON THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE BECAUSE WE

WON'T DO OUR JOB.

AND IT'S REPUBLICAN AND

DEMOCRATIC ALIKE.

Reporter: CHARLENE

ISRAEL, CBN NEWS.

THE UNITED STATES ECONOMY

IS HEALTHY ENOUGH TO BEGIN

STANDING ON ITS OWN.

THE FEDERAL RESERVE MADE

THAT DECISION TODAY BY

ANNOUNCING PLANS TO START

SCALING BACK ITS ECONOMIC

STIMULUS PROGRAM.

IN JANUARY, THE FED PLANS TO

REDUCE ITS BOND BUYING FROM

85 TO $75 BILLION A MONTH.

AND THAT AMOUNT COULD DROP

EVEN LOWER IF THE ECONOMY

CONTINUES TO IMPROVE.

THE FED BEGAN PURCHASING

BONDS BACK IN SEPTEMBER OF

2012.

THE PROGRAM HAS HELPED TO

KEEP LONG-TERM INTEREST

RATES LOW AND ENCOURAGE MORE

BORROWING AND SPENDING.

Mark: JOINING US NOW

WITH MORE ON THE FED'S

DECISION IS BILL FREZA, A

BOSTON-BASED VENTURE CAP

LIST, AND A FELLOW AT THE

COMPETITIVE ENTERPRISE

INSTITUTE.

ARE YOU SURPRISED AT WHAT

THE FED DID TODAY?

NO.

I THINK THERE WAS A 50/50

EXPECTATION THAT THE TAPER

WOULD START.

THEY'RE IN A BOX AND THEY'RE

DOING THEIR BEST TO GET OUT

OF IT.

FOR THE LAST HALF HOUR IT

HAS BEEN GOING FINE.

Mark: WHAT DOES THIS

TAPERING OF MONTHLY BOND

BUYS MEAN FOR THE ECONOMY

GOING FORWARD?

WE'VE BEEN THROUGH AN

UNPRECEDENTED BOUT OF MONEY

PRINTING.

THEY'RE ONLY REDUCING THE

RATE AT WHICH THEY'RE

PRINTING MONEY BY 12%.

THEY'VE BEEN TRYING LIKE

CRAZY TO RELEASE BUYING

PRICES.

THEY'VE INFLATED ASSET

PRICES AND HOME MORTGAGES,

THANKS TO THEIR BOND BUYING

PROGRAMS, AND HOPING THAT

THE ECONOMY FILLS IN FROM

BEHIND.

WHAT WE'RE SEEING INSTEAD IS

THE ENTIRE WESTERN WORLD HAS

BECOME MORE WITH RESPECT TO

GROWTH, AND THIS IS WHAT

HAPPENS WHEN YOU USE THE

ECONOMY AT THIS LEVEL.

Mark: HOW WILL TODAY'S

OPINION AFFECT THE AVERAGE

AMERICAN, WOULD YOU SAY?

THAT'S A TOUGH ONE.

IT WILL ALL DEPEND ON HOW

BUSINESSES REACT OVER THE

NEXT NINE MONTHS TO TWO

YEARS.

THEY HAVE STOPPED

INVESTING.

THEY'RE USING ALL OF THIS

MONEY TO BUY BACK THEIR

STOCK.

THEY'RE HUNKERED DOWN.

THE UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES

WE'RE HEARING OUT OF

WASHINGTON ARE MOSTLY A

FANTASY OF HOW THEY

CALCULATE THE UNEMPLOYMENT

RATE.

IF YOU LOOK AT SHADOW STATS,

INSTEAD OF 7%, YOU'LL SEE

UNEMPLOYMENT RATES MORE LIKE

14% OR HIGHER, IF YOU COUNT

ALL OF THE PEOPLE THAT LEFT

THE WORK FORCE.

SO IT WILL BE SOMETIME

BEFORE THAT GAP CLOSES.

Mark: AS WE HEAD INTO

2014, BILL, WHAT DO YOU SEE

FOR THE ECONOMY?

MORE OF THE SAME.

WE HAVE TRIED TO PUSH OUT A

ROPE, OR UNCLE SAM HAS TRIED

TO PUSH ON A ROPE FOR

SEVERAL YEARS.

INSTEAD OF USING TRIED AND

TRUE TECHNIQUES, THAT WERE

USED IN THE '80s, TO

CREATE PHENOMENAL GROWTH

RECORDS FOR 20 YEARS,

THEY'RE USING DEMAND SIDE

EQUATIONS, AND THEY'RE

TRYING TO GET PEOPLE TO GO

OUT AND BUY MORE, AND

INCREASE AGGREGATE DEMAND,

AND EXCEPT FOR A VERY THIN

SLICE OF VERY WEALTHY

PEOPLE, WHO HAVE BECOME THAT

WAY BECAUSE ALL OF THE MONEY

SUBBED INTO THE BANKING

SYSTEM, I DON'T THINK THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SEEING

MUCH OF THIS.

Mark: OKAY, BILL FREZA,

A FELLOW AT THE COMPETITIVE

ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR

INSIGHTS.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

THE STOCK MARKET JUMPED

SHARPLY AFTER TODAY'S

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE

FEDERAL RESERVE.

THE DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL

AVERAGE CLOSED 293 POINTS

AND THE NASDAQ UP 46.

Mark: IT APPEARS THE

WHITE HOUSE IS MAKING MOVES

TO LIMIT THE N.S.A. IN THE

WAY IT COLLECTS PHONE

RECORDS.

ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS SAY

THE REPORT RECOMMENDS THAT

THIRD PARTIES STORE THE

RECORDS, INSTEAD OF THE

N.S.A.

IT ALSO RECOMMENDS SETTING

LIMITS ON HOW MUCH DATA THE

N.S.A. CAN ACQUIRE AND HOW

LONG IT CAN KEEP IT.

THE TASKFORCE ALSO WANTS

ANNUAL REPORTS TO THE WHITE

HOUSE ON ANY SPYING ON

FOREIGN LEADERS.

WITH HIS APPROVAL RATINGS

AT AN ALL-TIME LOW,

PRESIDENT OBAMA IS BEGINNING

TO SEE SOME OF HIS CORE

SUPPORTERS ABANDON HIM,

INCLUDING YOUNG VOTERS.

MILLENNIALS ARE WORRIED

ABOUT THE AFFORDABLE CARE

ACT, AND THAT MAY MEAN EVEN

MORE TROUBLE FOR ITS ROLLOUT

AND DELIVERY.

EPHRAIM GRAHAM HAS HOUR

STORY.

Reporter: JUST A YEAR

INTO HIS SECOND TERM, THERE

IS NO SHORTAGE OF OPINIONS

ON THE PRESIDENT'S JOB

PERFORMANCE.

HIS HEART IS IN THE RIGHT

PLACE, BUT IT'S JUST NOT

GOOD ENOUGH.

HE NEEDS TO STEP OUT

THERE AND BE MORE FORCEFUL

AND GET THE THINGS DONE.

OBAMACARE -- IT'S NOT --

I SEE WHAT HE WANTS TO DO,

BUT IT'S NOT GOING ALONG

WELLMENT.

Reporter WELL.

Reporter: YOUNGER

VOTERS WERE AMONG THE

PRESIDENT'S STRONGEST

SUPPORTERS.

MANY CAMPAIGNED HARD TO GET

HIM ELECTED AND REELECTED.

A YEAR LATER, POLLS SUGGEST

A GROWING NUMBER OF

SUFFERING FROM BUYER'S

REMORSE.

WHEN "U.S.A. TODAY" POLLED

MILLENNIALS EARLY IN 2012,

67% APPROVED OF THE

PRESIDENT'S PERFORMANCE.

IN THAT SAME POLL NOW, ONLY

45% APPROVE.

HE WILL STILL BE SEEN AS

THE COOL PRESIDENT, BUT THEY

ALSO THINK OF COOL THAT

YOU'VE GOT TO BE CONFIDENT,

TOO.

Reporter: KENDALL CAST

HER VOTE FOR OBAMA IN 2008

AND 2012.

TODAY SHE HAS A LIST OF

DISPOIMGHTS.

A -- DISAPPOINTMENTS.

AT THE VERY TOP, THE

FALTERING HEALTH CARE

REFORM.

IN HEALTH CARE, I FEEL HE

COULD HAVE PUT -- HE COULD

HAVE APPOINTED SOMEONE AND

MADE SURE THEY GOT IT

STRAIGHT, SINCE IT WAS SUCH

AN IMPORTANT ISSUE.

Reporter: HEALTH CARE

IS THE PRESIDENT'S SIGNATURE

LEGISLATION.

AND YOUNG VOTERS' LACK OF

CONFIDENCE IN IT COULD SPELL

TROUBLE FOR ITS FUTURE.

THOSE PEOPLE WERE

EXPECTED TO SIGN UP TO PAY

FOR IT.

IN OTHER WORDS, THE YOUNG

PEOPLE HAD TO BE BROUGHT

IN.

THEY WERE THE ONES WHO WOULD

PAY FOR THIS.

SO THEY'RE NOT DOING THAT.

THEY'RE AFRAID, LIKE

EVERYBODY ELSE IS.

Reporter: FOR NOW, TIME

MAY BE ON THE SIDE OF

REPUBLICANS, WHO ARE LOOKING

TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE

SENATE.

I THINK THAT THE

IMPLOSION OF OBAMACARE AND

THE RESPONSE OF THE

ADMINISTRATION IS ENOUGH TO

DAMAGE BIG GOVERNMENT

WITHOUT REPUBLICANS MAKING A

BIG SHOW OF SAYING, WE

KILLED THE PRESIDENT'S

SIGNATURE LAW.

I DON'T THINK THEY NEED TO

DO THAT, AS MUCH AS THEY

NEED TO LET IT DIE AND THEN

THEY OFFER THE OPTIONS

PEOPLE LIKE.

Reporter: FROM HEALTH

CARE TO THE I.R.S. TEA PARTY

SCANDAL, TO THE BACKLASH

OVER N.S.A. RECORD

COLLECTING, THE "WASHINGTON

POST" DECLARED PRESIDENT

OBAMA AS HAVING THE WORST

YEAR IN WASHINGTON.

POLITICAL BLOGGER CHRIS

WROTE, "WHEN HISTORIANS

WRITE THE STORY OF BARACK

OBAMA'S PRESIDENCY, 2013

WILL BE HIS LOST YEAR."

WITH THE SHIFT NOW IN

SUPPORT OF YOUNG VOTERS, ALL

EYES ARE ON 2014 ELECTIONS

TO SEE WHAT THE IMPACT WILL

BE.

EPHRAIM GRAHAM, CBN NEWS.

Mark: AMERICANS THINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA DOES A

LITTLE BETTER ABROAD THAN

HERE AT HOME.

A NEW ASSOCIATED PRESS

G.F.K. POLL FINDS ABOUT 50%

OF AMERICANS DISAPPROVE OF

HOW THE PRESIDENT HANDLES

FOREIGN POLICY.

COMPARE THAT TO DOMESTIC

ISSUES, LIKE THE ECONOMY,

THERE 59% OF AMERICANS

DISAPPROVE OF THE PRESIDENTS

WORK.

THE NEW POLL DOES, HOWEVER,

FIND MANY ARE SKEPTICAL

ABOUT A TENTATIVE NUCLEAR

DEAL WITH IRAN.

TURNING OVERSEAS, OUSTED

PRESIDENT MOHAMMED MORSI

WILL BE TRIED FOR CONSPIRING

TO CARRY OUT TERRORIST

OPERATIONS.

MORSI AND 35 OTHERS,

INCLUDING MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

LEADERS, ARE CHARGED WITH

REVEALING STATE SECRETS TO

OTHER COUNTRIES AND

SPONSORING TERRORISM.

THEY'RE ACCUSED OF WORKING

WITH GROUPS LIKE HAMAS AND

HEZBOLLAH TO CARRY OUT A

CAMPAIGN OF VIOLENCE IN

ORDER TO DESTABILIZE THE

COUNTRY AFTER MORSI'S

OUSTER.

Mark: COMING UP, A LOOK

AT THE GROWING NUMBER OF

CONFLICTS ACROSS AFRICA.

MORE THAN 200,000 PEOPLE

HAVE BEEN DISPLACED IN THE

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC IN

TWO WEEKS.

AND ANOTHER 500 PEOPLE WERE

KILLED IN ONE MONTH ALONE.

THE COUNTRY DESCENDED INTO

CHAOS AFTER MUSLIM REBELS

OVERTHROUGH THE GOVERNMENT

IN MARCH.

THE U.N. IS RAMPING UP ITS

HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE.

NEARLY A QUARTER OF THE

POPULATION IN THE REPUBLIC

FACES THE THREAT OF

STARVATION.

FRANCE ALSO HAS MORE THAN

1600 TROOPS ON THE GROUND TO

HELP STABILIZE THE TROUBLED

NATION.

Mark: GROWING TENSIONS

IN SOUTH SUDAN AFTER WHAT

MANY CALL A COUP ATTEMPT IN

THE WORLD'S NEWEST NATION.

THE PRESIDENT SAYS

DISGRUNTLED CITIZENS ALIGNED

WITH THE FORMER VICE

PRESIDENT LED AN

UNSUCCESSFUL ATTACK AGAINST

MILITARY HEADQUARTERS THIS

WEEK.

HE TRIED TO RESTORE CALM TO

HIS NATION ON TUESDAY DURING

A LIVE TELEVISION

BROADCAST.

I WOULD LIKE TO INFORM

YOU ALL, MY DEAR CITIZENS,

THAT YOUR GOVERNMENT IS IN

FULL CONTROL OF THE

SECURITIES.

I PROMISE YOU TODAY THAT

JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL.

Mark: THE SOUTH SUDAN

PRESIDENT IMPOSED A

MANDATORY CURFEW IN THE

CAPITAL CITY OF JUBA, AND

SAYS GOVERNMENT TROOPS ARE

PURSUING THE ATTACKERS.

SENIOR INTERNATIONAL

CORRESPONDENT GARY LANE HAS

TRAVELLED MANY TIMES TO

SOUTH SUDAN, AND HE JOINS US

NOW WITH MORE.

TELL US ABOUT THIS COUP AND

ALL OF THE DETAILS, WHO IS

BEHIND IT?

IF YOU TALK TO LOYALISTS

OF THE PRESIDENT, THEY'LL

TELL YOU IT IS RAYIK MACHAR,

WHO WAS THE FORMER VICE

PRESIDENT, AND HE WAS

REMOVED FROM OFFICE A LITTLE

OVER SIX MONTHS AGO BY

PRESIDENT CURE, AND SOME OF

THE CABINET MEMBERS.

THEY ARE MEMBERS OF THE NEW

TRIBE, WHICH IS A MINORITY

TRIBE, COMPARED TO THE DINKA

TRIBE, AND I GUESS THEY JUST

FEEL LIKE THEY'RE NOT HAVING

A SAY IN THE GOVERNMENT

ANYMORE.

SO THE LOYALISTS ARE

SAYING THAT'S WHAT IS GOING

ON.

IS THERE ANOTHER VERSION?

Reporter: WELL, SOME

PEOPLE SAY NO.

CURE SAID THESE ARE JUST

DISGRUNTLED CITIZENS, BUT IT

IS ETHNIC FIGHTING BETWEEN

TRIBES.

AND THERE HAS BEEN THIS

ONGOING FIGHTING BETWEEN THE

NORTH AND THE SOUTH, BUT NOW

ARE WE SEEING A SHIFT OF

SOUTHERNERS AGAINST

SOUTHERNERS?

HEATHER, I THINK MOST

PEOPLE PRAY AND HOPE THAT IS

NOT THE CASE.

THESE TWO TRIBES HAVE

BIGGEST FIGHTING EACH OTHER

FOR MANY YEARS.

THERE HAVE BEEN DISPUTES

OVER CATTLE, AND NOW OVER

OIL, OVER INFLUENCE AND

CONTROL OF SOUTH SUDAN.

WE PRAY IT DOESN'T CONTINUE

BECAUSE THAT COUNTRY, THE

NEWEST COUNTRY ON EARTH,

ONLY ABOUT TWO AND A HALF

YEARS OLD, HAS MANY

PROBLEMS.

THEY HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE TO

FEED, JOBS TO CREATE, AND

INFRASTRUCTURE TO BUILD,

THAT KIND OF THING.

HOW COMMITTED DO YOU

THINK THE CURRENT

ADMINISTRATION IS TO REALLY

STOPPING THE VIOLENCE?

THE AMBASSADOR TO SOUTH

SUDAN TODAY, PAIGE, SHE MET

WITH PRESIDENT CURE, AND SHE

URGED HIM TO DO WHAT HE CAN

TO RESTRAIN THE VIOLENCE, TO

ENSURE IT DOESN'T ESCALATE.

AND I'M SURE ONE THING SHE

SAID TO HIM IS, LOOK, YOU

WERE A GREAT MILITARY LEADER

ON THE BATTLEFIELD, BUT THAT

DOESN'T NECESSARILY MEAN

YOU'RE A GREAT POLITICIAN.

TO BE A SUCCESSFUL

POLITICIAN, HAVE YOU TO HAVE

AN INCLUSIVE GOVERNMENT.

YOU HAVE TO INCLUDE THE

NUWAR PEOPLE IN.

AND RIGHT NOW THERE AREN'T

MANY NUWAR PEOPLE IN THE

GOVERNMENT AND HIGHER

LEVELS.

IT IS ALL UP TO THOSE TWO

LEADERS.

THANKS FOR YOUR TIME,

GARY.

Mark: UP NEXT, FROM THE

PRAYER TO POLITICS.

HOW ONE CONGRESSWOMAN IS

MAKING A NAME FOR HERSELF IN

WASHINGTON.

Mark: WELCOME BACK.

SHE HAS BEEN CALLED THE

SARAH PALIN OF THE PRAIRIE,

BUT SOUTH DAKOTA

CONGRESSWOMAN CHRISTIE NOME

HAS BEEN MAKING A NAME FOR

HERSELF.

AND NOT JUST FOR HER

POLITIC, BUT FOR HER FAITH

AS WELL.

DAVID BRODY HAS THE REPORT.

IT IS ALL NATIVE GROUND.

Reporter: HOME ON THE

RANGE, THE PLACE WHERE

CHRISTIE NOME FEELS TOTAL

PEACE, AN ORDINARY MOM ON

HER SOUTH DAKOTA FARM.

A WORLD AWAY FROM HER

CAPITOL HILL DUTIES IN

WASHINGTON, D.C.

I AM 100% CONVINCED THAT

GOD CREATED ME TO BE A MOM.

AND EVERY OTHER JOB THAT I

HAVE, OR DUTY THAT I HAVE,

IS EXTRA THINGS HE PUT ON MY

PLATE.

THOSE EXTRA THINGS HAVE

KEPT HER BUSY SINCE HER

ELECTION TO CONGRESS IN

2010.

SHE IS CLEARLY A G.O.P.

UP-AND-COMER, AND MADE BIG

NEWS FROM THE BEGINNING.

REPRESENT-ELECT CHRISTY

NOME IS GOING TO GET AN

OPPORTUNITY AS A FRENCH MAN

TO BE PART OF A HOUSE

LEADERSHIP.

THAT IS A HUGE HONOR,

FOLKS.

Reporter: NOW NOME

COMMUNICATES THE PARTY'S

MESSAGE TO ALL AMERICANS.

THE PRESIDENT CLAIMS TO

BE LEADING US FORWARD, BUT

HIS POLICIES HAVE US STUCK.

Reporter: SHE ALSO

REPRESENTS THE LARGE TEA

PARTY CONTINGENT, THAT

SURPRISED WASHINGTON WITH

MAJOR WINS IN 2010.

IT WASN'T MY JOB TO SET

UP THAT TABLE AND TELL THEM

ONLY WHAT CHRISTY THOUGHT.

IT WAS MY JOB TO LET THEM

KNOW WHAT THE MEMBERS OF MY

CLASS THOUGHT.

Reporter: AND SHE ALSO

TAKES THE LEAD AGAINST THE

SO-CALLED G.O.P. WAR ON

WOMEN STORY LINE.

WE'VE GOT TO BE WILLING

TO BE BRAVE ENOUGH TO GET

OUT THERE AND PUSH BACK.

Reporter: NOME KNOWS A

THING OR TWO ABOUT PUSHING

BACK AND TAKING CHARGE.

LIFE AS A SIMPLE FARM GIRL

MEANT HARD WORK, ATTENDING

RODEOS, AND SINGING AT

CHURCH.

SHE GAVE HER YOUNG LIFE TO

GOD IN BIBLE SCHOOL, AND

THEN WHILE IN COLLEGE, SHE

RECEIVED HEARTBREAKING NEWS:

HER FATHER DIED IN A TRAGIC

FARMING ACCIDENT.

WHEN HE PASSED AWAY, MY

WHOLE LIFE CHANGED.

Reporter: SHE FELT

LOST, NO LONGER ABLE TO GO

TO HER DAD.

I REMEMBER LAYING IN BED

THAT NIGHT, NOT EVEN KNOW

HOW WE WERE GOING TO DO

TOMORROW.

BECAUSE IF WE HAD A PROBLEM

IN OUR LIVES, IF WE DIDN'T

KNOW WHAT TO DO, DAD ALWAYS

KNEW.

I SAT UP FOR WEEKS AND

JUST READ MY BIBLE.

Reporter: SHE LEFT

COLLEGE EARLY AND CAME HOME

TO RUN THE FAMILY FARM.

IRONICALLY, THE FIRST CRISIS

CAME IN THE FORM OF AN

ESTATE TAX BILL FROM THE

I.R.S. FOR THOUSANDS OF

DOLLARS.

THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS

THAT GOT ME INTERESTED IN

GOVERNMENT AND POLICY,

SEEING THAT WE HAD OUR

FAMILY OPERATION ALMOST

DESTROYED BECAUSE OF BAD TAX

POLICY.

Reporter: SO AFTER

ATTENDING TO THE FAMILY

FARM, SHE ENTERED LOCAL

SOUTH DAKOTA POLITICS, AND

GRADUATED TO WASHINGTON,

WHERE SHE IS CURRENTLY

WORKING ON AN IMPORTANT FARM

BILL.

EVEN THOUGH CHRISTY THE

CONGRESSWOMAN PUSHES FOR

CONSERVATIVE POLICY, AS A

BELIEVER IN JESUS CHRIST,

SHE HAS SOMETHING EVEN

BIGGER ON HER MIND.

GOD TAUGHT ME A LESSON

THROUGH THE SEVERAL MONTHS

THAT WAS THERE RIGHT AWAY,

HE PLACED ME THERE, YES, TO

WORK ON POLICY, BUT MAYBE MY

BIGGEST JOB WAS GOING TO BE

TO ADMINISTER TO

INDIVIDUALS.

Reporter: SHE SAYS SHE

SPENDS HER TIME NOT JUST

TRYING TO CHANGE POLICY, BUT

TRYING TO CHANGE HEARTS AS

AN EFFECTIVE WITNESS IN A

CITY WITH DESPERATE NEEDS.

THE WAY HE IS GOING TO

FIX THIS COUNTRY IS MAYBE BY

CHANGING PEOPLE'S HEARTS,

AND GETTING THEM MORE GEARED

TOWARDS HIM.

Reporter: GOD DID

BUSINESS WITH HER, TOO,

SOFTENING HER HEART TOWARDS

PRESIDENT OBAMA,

SPECIFICALLY DURING ONE OF

HIS STATE OF THE UNION

DROITIONZ.

ADDRESSES.

I FELT MY HEART GET

HARDENED.

I FELT THAT GOD REALLY

CONVICTED ME.

THE WAY I WAS PRAYING OR

FEELING WASN'T ACCURATE.

WHAT I NEEDED TO BE DOING

MORE WAS PRAYING FOR THE

PRESIDENT.

I FELT A REAL CONVICTION

LAYING HEAVY ON MY SHOULDERS

ABOUT THE WAY I WAS

PRAYING.

AND GOD COULDN'T POSSIBLY

USE ME UNTIL I STARTED TO

PRAY HOW HE CALLED ME TO

PRAY.

Reporter: THERE IS NO

DOUBT GOD ALWAYS HAD A PLAN

FOR NOME'S LIFE, EVEN IN

HIGH SCHOOL.

THE SOUTH DAKOTA SNOW

QUEEN.

OH, MY GOODNESS, YOU

BROUGHT THAT UP.

THERE IS IN MY DEFENSE, IN

HIGH SCHOOL, EVERY GIRL AND

HIGH SCHOOL DID THE SNOW

QUEEN EVENT, BUT, BOY, WHAT

A GOOD TRAINING GROUND FOR

GIVING SPEECHES ABOUT THE

WONDERFUL THINGS IN SOUTH

SOUTH DAKOTA.

Reporter: AND REMEMBER

HOW SHE HAD TO LEAVE COLLEGE

EARLY AFTER HER DAD DIED?

LAST YEAR, AS A SITTING

CONGRESSWOMAN, SHE FINALLY

GOT HER DEGREE AFTER HER

SISTER INSISTED.

SHE SAID, YOU KNOW, I'M

SURPRISED YOU NEVER FINISHED

YOUR COLLEGE DEGREE BECAUSE

YOU NEVER QUIT ANYTHING.

Reporter: IT IS NO

WORN WONDER THAT HER

STEADFAST CONSERVATISM HAVE

PEOPLE COMPARING HER TO

SARAH PALIN.

I BELIEVE SARAH AND I

WOULD GET ALONG IF WE GOT

THE CHANCE TO MEET EACH

OTHER.

BUT I JUST WANT TO BE

CHRISTY.

IF THERE IS ANY OTHER AGENDA

THERE, I DON'T THINK GOD

WILL BE ABLE TO USE ME HOW

HE WANTS TO.

Reporter: GOD IS

CERTAINLY USING HER IN

WASHINGTON, D.C. AND ALSO

BACK AT THE FARM.

DAVID BRODY, CBN NEWS,

CASTLEWOOD, SOUTH DAKOTA.

UP NEXT, TEACHING THE

GIFT OF GIVING THIS

CHRISTMAS SEASON.

IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A

LONG-LASTING GIFT YOU CAN

GIVE KIDS THIS CHRISTMAS

SEASON, THINK ABOUT THE GIFT

OF GIVING.

Mark: YEAH.

THAT'S THE SIMPLE, YET

PROFOUND PRESENT A SOUTH

DAKOTA TEACHER IS GIVING HER

STUDENTS.

SHE GAVE EACH OF HER THIRD

GRADERS AN ENVELOPE WITH $5,

ASKING THEM TO GIVE IT AWAY

TO SOMETHING OR SOMEONE WHO

NEEDS IT.

ONE GIRL IS GIVING HERS TO

THE RONALD McDONALD HOUSE,

BECAUSE SHE HAD THREE HEART

SURGERIES, AND HER FAMILY

STAYED THERE WHILE SHE GOT

TREATMENT.

I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR

TAKING CARE OF US.

I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

IN MY LIFE.

EVEN THOUGH YOU HAVE HEART

SURGERY, YOU CAN DO A LOT.

SOMETIMES WE NEED TO STOP

AND TAKE TIME TO REALLY

FOCUS ON WHAT'S IMPORTANT.

Mark: WYMAN SAYS SHE

HOPES TO CHANGE THE

STUDENTS' FOCUS FROM JUST

RECEIVING TO WHAT THEY CAN

GIVE.

THOSE ARE DEFINITELY

IMPORTANT LIFE PRINCIPLES TO

BE LEARNED AT SUCH AN EARLY

AGE.

AND I WANT THEIR FOURTH

GRADE TEACHER NEXT YEAR TO

HAVE THEM RAISE THE MONEY,

THAT'S ALL FOR THIS EDITION

OF "NEWSWATCH."

Mark: YEAH.

THANKS FOR WATCHING.

HAVE A GREAT NIGHT.



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