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DC Confidential, 9/3/04


OK, LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE!

The conventions are behind us. The summer recess is almost over. Congress will be back and up to no good on Tuesday. Kerry will desperately be trying to resuscitate his foundering campaign, swinging wildly. And President Bush will continue pushing his expensive, government-expanding non-conservative compassionate conservative agenda. All culminating on November 2 with a presidential election. So there’s a lot to be done in the coming days, weeks and months for limited government conservatives.

Fortunately, I’m tanned. I’m rested. So, “let’s roll.”

First, as you know I’ve been working on some changes in our operation during my August “sabbatical,” changes which will take effect next week. The most difficult problem to resolve has been what to do with News & Views. The problem is: It’s very time-consuming to research and compile on a daily basis...and it’s FREE. And of course, time IS money.

I appreciate all the suggestions many of you sent during the past few weeks on how to resolve this conflict. One suggestion offered by many of you is to start charging a nominal subscription fee for News & Views. And I HAVE considered it; however, after offering it for free for almost ten years now, it just doesn’t seem right to suddenly starting charging for it.

Plus, it DOES serve the overall cause of limited government conservatism by bringing certain issues to the attention of many grassroots activists and voters who simply don’t have the money to spare and won’t get the information anywhere else.

Another suggestion has been to get volunteers to help with the research for News & Views. But the fact is, MANY of the blurbs and issues I include come directly from readers already...and it still it takes time to wade through each article and column and try to find the “money quotes” in them.

The third suggestion has been to simply publish News & Views weekly or bi-weekly rather than daily. And that seems to be the way to go.

However, I’ll still send out News & Views EXTRA editions on specific issues and as circumstances warrant...as well as Muth’s Truths and Brushfire Alerts on a regular basis.

Still, the world of current events and public policy don’t occur just one or two days a week. So the problem with publishing News & Views less often is that “stuff” will continue happening 24/7...and some items may be rather outdated even if reported just a couple days later. This will be fine for many folks, but for other hard-core activists they want it...NOW.

And there’s still one other tinsy-tiny little problem. As our friend Morton Blackwell over at the Leadership Institute says, “You can’t save the world if you can’t pay the rent.” And if anyone out there thinks I’m somehow getting rich off of my political activities, think again. In fact, just the opposite. I’m just thankful they don’t still have Debtor Prisons!

So I’ve been toying with a change to resolve these two elements over the past couple of weeks...which you’ve probably already noticed.

DC Confidential has been a separate weekly e-newsletter sent out to contributors to Citizen Outreach for the past year. It’s a little more “inside” baseball with a little more in-depth analysis and personal (smart-aleck) commentary. It’s targeted more to the political junkie and serious activist than the casual, run-of-the-mill voter who just “can’t be bothered” with politics.

So what I’ve decided to do is turn DC Confidential into a daily subscription-based newsletter rather than a weekly one. It will NOT be posted on a website. It will ONLY be delivered via email, usually every weekday afternoon. The cost will be a nominal $2.95 per month (billed automatically each month to your major credit card through our secure PayPal system)...or you can save ten bucks by signing up for a one-time annual payment of just $25. More fun than a barrel full of monkeys...and for less than 10 cents a day! You can’t beat that with a stick.

I’ve been sending out DC Confidential to ALL News & Views readers for the last week or so to give you an idea of its content. If you like what you’ve read, please take minute to subscribe today by going to: http://chuckmuth.com/onlinestore.htm . I’ll start publishing exclusively to the subscription list right after Labor Day.

And if enough people sign up for DC Confidential, maybe I’ll be able to afford publishing the FREE News & Views more often!

Lastly, we’ve also been experiencing a real pain-in-the-Clymer technical problem with e-newsletter distribution in recent months...thanks to all those confounded Viagra and Canadian drug “spam” messages out there. A lot of ISPs - particularly Juno and Hotmail - have been blocking News & Views from being delivered to your in-boxes from time-to-time, mistakenly identifying us as spam rather than a subscription newsletter. This also results in some of you getting automatically “bounced” off our subscriber list when the newsletter is blocked and/or rejected by your hosting company.

So…

At the advice of my good friend Rodney Helm out in Las Vegas, I’ve finally broken down and set up News & Views as an official “blog.” Not only will you be able to read the newsletter online, forward it to friends and colleagues and post comments directly for all to see...but past issues will automatically be archived so you can retrieve them at any time. And I think they’ll eventually be fully searchable (although I haven’t learned how to set that up yet). Anyhow, you can now access News & Views online at: http://chuckmuth.blogspot.com/

And if you haven’t caught an issue of DC Confidential yet, you’ll find a couple of samples there to take a look at, as well.

These changes ought to put our house, including our financial one, in a little better order just as we get to “crunch time” in this presidential election year. Then again, maybe no one will sign up for DC Confidential...in which case I’ll be forced to shut the whole operation down and take a job scooping ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s.

Do you want THAT on your conscience?!!

Just $2.95 per month or $25 bucks per year keeps you “in the know” about the limited government conservative movement, complete with my patented smart-a** cynicism...and keeps me from having to get a “real” job. So sign up today ( http://chuckmuth.com/onlinestore.htm )...and then relax and enjoy your Labor Day weekend. We ride at dawn on Tuesday!

And here’s a quick little DC Confidential to hold you over...

Chuck Muth
Editor & Publisher

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TODAY’S MONEY QUOTE - I

“After taking a beating all week from the Republicans and the Swifties it looks like John Kerry is going to have to spend the next two months playing ketchup.”

- Lyn Nofziger

TODAY’S MONEY QUOTE - II

“I wish I was over there where I could get a little closer up into your face. . . . If you are going to ask me a question, step back and let me answer. I wish we lived in the day where you could challenge a person to a duel. Don’t pull that kind of stuff on me.”

- Sen. Zell Miller to “Hardball” host Chris Mathews following his keynote address Wednesday night. An MSNBC poll immediately after the interview showed 86 percent of viewers putting their money on Miller coming out on top of such a duel.

THE BLUEBIRDS OF HAPPINESS

Who do you think is the happiest about how the Republican National Convention turned out:

George and Laura Bush…

...or Bill and Hillary Clinton?

WE’RE ALL CONSERVATIVES NOW

“There was one central theme in the Schwarzenegger, Giuliani and McCain speeches,” Rush Limbaugh writes today in the Wall Street Journal about the just-concluded GOP convention. “And that theme was conservatism. They were all unabashed and unashamed advocates of conservative principles and policies.”

Are you listening Randall Terry?

BETWEEN A RIGHT ROCK AND A LEFT HARD PLACE

Talk show host Neal Boortz seems to have captured the thinking of many conservatives to the President’s acceptance speech at the GOP convention Thursday night when he wrote in his blog today:

“It is a lot easier to read George Bush's speeches than it is to listen to them. I was transfixed by Arnold and Zell....but delivering a speech is not Bush's strong suit. The message was very strong on national security and the war on terrorism. It was also loaded with billions in new government spending, as if Bush hasn't spent enough in his first term.”

This is the problem facing many limited-government conservatives. How do they support the president’s re-election and his policies on killing bad guys...while opposing his big-government domestic initiatives and without seeming “disloyal”? If any of you figure THAT one out, let me know.

BIG UPSET IN THE MAKING IN THE BLACK HILLS

Despite spending a staggering $9-12 million so far, Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle finds himself in a neck-to-neck race with his GOP opponent, John Thune, in the South Dakota U.S. senate race. Polling by both camps this week shows a statistical dead heat, surprising many who never thought Thune had a chance to dethrone the #1 Democrat in the country...who is certainly in a position to “bring home the bacon” for the local folks. Looks like Daschle could be a goner.

In the immortal words of Eric Cartman: “Sweet.”

THE GOLDWATER DOCTRINE

“I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed in their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is 'needed' before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents' interests, I shall reply that I was informed their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can.”

- Barry Goldwater, “The Conscience of a Conservative”

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Chuck Muth
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611 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, #439
Washington, DC 20003-4303
E-mail: chuck@citizenoutreach.com

Citizen Outreach is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public policy organization and does not endorse candidates or lobby for specific legislation. The opinions and views expressed in DC Confidential reflect those of the writers, editors and columnists therein and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Citizen Outreach, its officers, directors or employees.


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