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News & Views, 9/6/04


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* Al Gore
* John Kerry
* Hillary Clinton
* Somebody else
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A SCANDALOUS ISSUE

“ ‘To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors,’ Thomas Jefferson argued, ‘is sinful and tyrannical.’ This Labor Day, as the presidential campaign traditionally moves into high gear, Jefferson's words should be of special interest to the millions of union households whose members regularly vote for Republicans. While the hearts and minds of these millions are clearly with the GOP, hundreds of millions of dollars of their dues payments have been funneled from their union treasuries to support the Democratic candidates and liberal causes these Republican-voting workers oppose.

“It is a scandalous issue, but receives scant investigative coverage by America's major media. In the current electoral cycle alone, labor leaders have emptied their treasuries of tens of millions of dollars in soft money and have funneled the lucre to labor-organized 527 groups in order to finance anti-Bush political activities. . . . Democrats are the beneficiaries of well over 95 percent of union funds spent on politics.”

- Washington Times editorial, 9/6/04

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BRUTAL REALITY

“You need to keep in your mind the image of Arabs opening fire (in Chechnya) on school children as they tried to flee that building. . . . I wonder if John Kerry will share with us sometime this week just how you fight a ‘more sensitive’ war on Islamic goons who will shoot children in the back. I wonder also if the news media in this country will finally start identifying the enemy for what it is ... Islamic radicals, not ‘hostage takers;’ Islamic terrorists, not ‘radicals;’ Islamic murderers, not ‘gunmen.’ There is no negotiating with these people, there is not ‘sensitive’ way to deal with them. Islamic terrorists must be sought out, identified and destroyed.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz

A SIMPLE CHOICE

“I remember a couple of days after Sept. 11 writing that weepy candlelight vigils were a cop-out: the issue wasn't whether you were sad about the dead people but whether you wanted to do something about it. Three years on, the two conventions drew the same distinction. If you want passivity and wallowing in victim culture, the Dems will do. If you want to win this thing, Bush is the only guy running.”

- Columnist Mark Steyn

EARLY WARNING SIGN

“If (John Kerry’s) having trouble putting a campaign organization together, what is he going to do if he has to form a new government?"

- Unnamed Democrat adviser to columnist Donald Lambro

MR. EXCITEMENT

“What makes the Kerry campaign so exhilarating is trying to keep up with all his different stands on all the different issues. His positions on Iraq have more ups and downs, more twists and turns than a roller-coaster.”

- Columnist Oliver North

JOHN KERRY’S WAKE UP CALL...YAWN

“Both candidates gave speeches late on Thursday night. George W. Bush was more or less expected to. John Kerry didn't have to, but reported for duty even though nobody wanted him to. Unnerved by sagging numbers, he decided to start the post-Labor Day phase of the campaign three days before Labor Day. The way things are going, Democrats seem likely to be launching the post-election catastrophic-defeat vicious-recriminations phase of the campaign round about Sept. 12.

“At any rate, less than 60 minutes after President Bush gave a sober, graceful, droll and moving address, Kerry decided to hit back. In the midnight hour, he climbed out of his political coffin, and before his thousands of aides could grab the garlic from Teresa's kitchen and start waving it at him, he found himself in front of an audience and started giving a speech.

“...By about nine words into John Kerry's wake up call, I was sound asleep again. But this was what he told Ohio's brave band of chronic insomniacs: ‘For the past week, they attacked my patriotism and my fitness to serve as commander in chief. Well, here's my answer. I'm not going to have my commitment to defend this country questioned by those who refused to serve.’

“...That seems to be the way John Kerry likes it. Americans should be free to call Bush a moron, a liar, a fraud, a deserter, an agent of the House of Saud, a mass murderer, a mass rapist (according to the speaker at a National Organization for Women rally last week) and the new Hitler (according to just about everyone). But how dare anyone be so impertinent as to insult John Kerry! No one has the right to insult Kerry, except possibly Teresa, and only on the day she gives him his allowance.”


- Columnist Mark Steyn

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SPEECH FOR THE AGES

“Rarely do speeches at a political convention have much of a shelf life after the delegates have gone home. Those that do, like Barry Goldwater's acceptance speech in 1964, are usually memorable for the harm they did the speaker's cause. But if ever a convention speech deserved to be remembered for all the right reasons, it was Arnold Schwarzenegger's address to the Republican National Convention last week. . . . (N)o other speaker conveyed more stirringly the conservative creed that unites nearly all Republicans -- even those, like Schwarzenegger, usually thought of as ‘moderates.’ "

- Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby

NIXONITE

“Nearly eight years after Bill Clinton announced "the era of big government is over," President Bush told cheering delegates as he accepted his party's nomination for a second term that the era of smaller government is over. In speaking of what he wants government to do, rather than what government should not do, Mr. Bush is more in the mold of Richard Nixon than Ronald Reagan.”

- Columnist Cal Thomas

RIGHT STILL ON THE FENCE

“A fascinating poll by Raghavan Mayur, president of TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence and a pollster for Investor's Business Daily...finds conservative Democrats, independents and even some Republicans still are not ready to cast their lot with Mr. Bush. Why? They don't think he's conservative enough. On what issues? Government spending and deficits, immigration, the war in Iraq, and a relatively weak jobs recovery. . . . The convention has shown the GOP to be a big-tent party. But conservative voters still anchor this tent. The success of the Bush re-election campaign may well rest on his ability to harvest a bigger crop of conservative votes.”

- Columnist Lawrence Kudlow

CAMPAIGN REFORM’S LONG HISTORY OF FAILURE

“Congress has been repeatedly ‘reforming’ campaign finance since 1974. Each reform leaves a ‘loophole’ that supposedly requires another law, which soon reveals yet another method by which people express themselves politically, which requires yet another law, and so on. Restrictions on individuals boosted fund-raising by organized political action committees (PACs). Restrictions on PACs boosted ‘soft money’ fund-raising by political parties. Restrictions on political parties boosted fund-raising by tax-exempt 527 organizations. ‘Reform’ has come to mean political opinion should be confined to opinion journalists, loudmouth entertainers and disingenuous film producers. Everyone else should just shut up.”

- Columnist Alan Reynolds

NUCLEAR POLITICS

IF this year’s presidential contest turns out to be as close as the one in 2000, Nevada’s 5 electoral votes could be decisive. Which is why both the Bush and Kerry campaigns have been flooding Nevadans with campaign commercials all summer...and likely won’t let up throughout the fall. And folks in both camps appear to think that storing the nation’s nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain could be the pivotal issue that swings Nevada one way or the other.

Despite having voted for Yucca in the past, Kerry is now taking a decidedly anti-Yucca position in contrast to the Bush administration which gave Yucca the go-ahead. Ed Feulner, president of the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank in Washington, makes a powerful case in favor of Yucca and calls on both campaigns to stop playing politics with the issue. You can read Mr. Feulner’s entire column here.

IT’S THE STINKIN’ LAWYERS, STUPID

“Morning sickness — the nausea and vomiting that afflict more than half of pregnant women — can be debilitating. There once was an excellent prescription medication for it (Bendectin), but the manufacturer stopped selling it in the United States. Safety problems? Unprofitability? Not at all. Frivolous, debilitating lawsuits killed this drug and left American women to munching crackers, or to quackery like herbal remedies or bracelets that supposedly compress acupuncture points.”

- Henry Miller of the Competitive Enterprise Institute

JUNK SCIENCE & SODA POP

You may have heard about a report recently tying sodas to weight gain and diabetes. But Seven Milloy of JunkScience.com has discovered what he considers to be “flagrant and inexcusable dishonesty on the part of the researchers” and calls for an investigation by the federal Office of Research Integrity. Click here to get the full story.

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