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News & Views, 9/20/04


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SEPARATION OF MONEY AND POLITICS


“The idea that money can be purged from politics is preposterous. As long as governments and politicians control trillions of dollars and are involved in so many industries and institutions and in so many aspects of our lives, people and groups are going to try to influence the flow of all that money and the substance of all those laws, rules and regulations.”

- Steve Forbes, Forbes magazine, 9/20/04

LET THEM EAT CAKE!

“Clothing is wonderful, but let them go naked for a while, at least the kids."

- TeAYza Heinz, explaining the Kerry campaign's priorities for hurricane relief, Political Diary, 9/16/04

HUH?

“I think it is interesting as the only senator from the class of 1984, he’s (John Kerry) the only one who has not run for president, which, of course, is not a reason to run for president.”

- TerAYza Heinz explaining why she believes now is her husband’s time, 9/18/04

CAUTION: LAWYERS AHEAD

It’s not enough suing just fast-food companies to combat obesity, ambulance-chasing king John Banzhaf III told a weekend gathering of personal injury lawyers and public health advocates in Boston. It’s time to start suing doctors. Health nannies attending the annual conference sponsored by the left-wing Public Health Advocacy Institute focused on labeling sugary foods as “addictive,” along the same lines as cigarettes, plus discussions on how to restrict free speech when it comes to food advertising to children.

So expect a plague of lawsuits against doctors in the near future...even sooner if slip-and-spill lawyer John Edwards gets elected vice-president. That means the cost of malpractice insurance will go up. Which means the cost of a doctor’s visit will go up. Which means YOUR health insurance cost will go up.

Pretty soon, ONLY greedy lawyers such as Banzhaf and Edwards will be able to afford health care.

AL GORE UNPLUGGED

“Former Vice President and 2000 Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore described the Christian faith of President George W. Bush as similar to Islamic terrorists in the September 13 issue of the New Yorker magazine. In the candid interview with The New Yorker magazine, Gore described Bush as ‘a very weak man’ who ‘projects himself as incredibly strong.’

“...when asked what he thought of Bush's faith as president, Gore said he sees it as a ‘particular kind of religiosity. . . . It's the American version of the same fundamentalist impulse that we see in Saudi Arabia, in Kashmir, in religions around the world: Hindu, Jewish, Christian, Muslim,’ Gore expressed, directly comparing Bush to radical Islam terrorists. ‘They all have certain features in common. Gore said this kind of religion focuses on ‘the vengeance, the brimstone.’ "

- Talon News, 9/13/04

NONE OF THE ABOVE

“If, in addition to (a) George W. Bush, (b) John Kerry and (c) Ralph Nader, the presidential ballot included (d) ‘none of the above,’ there is reason to believe (d) would win.”

- David Davenport of the Hudson Institute

FINALLY...SOMEONE WHO CALLS A SPADE A SPADE

"The key battleground states: we have to hold Ohio. Okay, we have an idiot, stupid, corrupt, dumb, rotten, Republican governor in the state, who's been busy looting the state, and raising taxes, and lying to gun owners. And his state is the only state in the nation that's lost jobs and isn't recovering because he's been beating the economy to death in the state. But [Taft] is not on the ballot -- George Bush is on the ballot.

“And we've got to overcome what we've had in Illinois, too [in 2000], which is a Republican governor busy raising taxes and pissing everybody off -- and now we've got that in Ohio. It's not helpful. He should be taken out and horsewhipped."

- Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, in remarks to Republicans Abroad, Politics1, 9/17/04

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BACK TO YOU, TED

“In Dan Rather's defense, it must be confessed, he is simply a newsreader. Now that Walter Cronkite is retired, Rather is TV's real-life Ted Baxter without Baxter's quiet dignity.”

- Columnist Ann Coulter

PIG IN A POKE

“In February 1981, there was an official Republican National Committee sponsored meeting of an invited group of party scholars, activists, office-holders and others, the purpose to peer into the future and see where American politics and the Grand Old Party might be headed. At some point during the evening, someone asked what might be done - thinking long term - to deal with news media bias against Republicans. I distinctly recall speaking up and offering a very brief suggestion. ‘Buy CBS,’ I said.“I hereby officially withdraw that recommendation. CBS is no longer worth buying. As a news operation, it's dead.”

- Columnist Jay Bryant

THE DAY THE LIBERAL MEDIA WALL CAME TUMBLING DOWN

“However the flap over CBS and those National Guard ‘memos’ turns out, the past few weeks mark a milestone in U.S. media and politics. Along with the Swift Boat Veterans' ads, the widespread challenge to Dan Rather's reporting -- to his credibility -- means that the liberal media establishment has ceased to set the U.S. political agenda.”

- Review & Outlook, Wall Street Journal, 9/16/04

JUST FOLLOWING RATHER’S EXAMPLE

“ ‘A fraternity member has been busted for apparently finding a unique way to supplement his college income--fake parking tickets,’ reports the Associated Press: ‘Prosecutors said Anthony R. Gallagher, 23, allegedly earned hundreds of dollars by putting fake parking tickets on cars and having duped owners send him their payments. . . . Prosecutors said Gallagher established a post office box to receive payments for the $40 tickets and had placed payments, amounting to hundreds of dollars, in a separate bank account.’

“We just hope the prosecutors don't act precipitously here. They ought to refrain from filing any charges against Gallagher unless they uncover convincing evidence that the people who got the phony tickets were not parked illegally at the time. After all, just because the tickets were fake doesn't mean they weren't accurate.”

- James Taranto, Best of the Web, 9/16/04

THAT OLD GANG OF MINE

“The absence of any kind of consistent message is one reason why John Kerry has called for reinforcements. But can Carville and Begala and Greenberg and all the other Clinton all-stars save Kerry from himself? . . . Yes the old Clinton hands are getting the band back together, but the problem is, the lead singer is still John Kerry.”

- Kane Webb, Wall Street Journal, 9/16/04

WE’RE NOT IN MASSACHUSETTS ANYMORE, TOTO

“John Kerry fans put their faith in their man's reputation as a ‘good closer,’ neglecting to notice that his famous come-from-behind finishes all took place in Massachusetts, where registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans by three-to-one. Massachusetts is also the one state where they can say about you ‘He's from Massachusetts’ and it doesn't hurt.”

- Holman W. Jenkins Jr., Political Diary, 9/17/04

IT’S SCHOOL CHOICE, STUPID

“Last year I led an accreditation visit to an Arizona charter school, Tucson's Academy of Math and Science. I slipped away from the guided tour, roaming the parking lot as school let out to question parents about how school staff treated them. Thirteen of 14 parents said their school welcomed their input. As one put it, ‘if you complain about something, they let you act on it to fix the problem.’

“Parents designed the dress code and sports program, and helped evaluate teachers. Half the parents had watched classes. As one lady assured me: ‘it's easy--you just talk to Mrs. Shannon at the front desk, tell her which class you want to go watch, and she'll tell you which room it's in.’ Why can't all public schools work like that?

“After seven years of research, I'm convinced that Arizona public schools cater to parents because of school choice combined with heavy reliance on state funding rather than local property taxes. Unlike most states, Arizona has open enrollment across district lines as well as 500 charter schools--many started by teachers--so parents unhappy with one school can easily find another. In addition, state funding means that education dollars follow enrollment, so schools that alienate parents lose money--which in turn alarms school boards and makes principals unemployed.”

- Robert Maranto, Wall Street Journal, 9/16/04

TIME TO BREAK UP THE GUMMINT MONOPOLIES

"Now is the time for the Bush administration to lighten the enforcement burden of antitrust law and for Congress to do what it should have done long ago: repeal the Sherman antitrust laws. These laws were meant to protect consumers from higher prices, paid as a kind of ransom to monopolies that gain enormous market share. There are few if any such industries where this concern still exists. These competitive forces explain why prices are stable or falling in virtually every industry except where the government has created its own legal monopoly.

“The U.S. Postal Service and public education are examples of this."

- Steve Moore of the Cato Institute in National Review Online

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