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Saturday

Muth's Truths, 9/25/04


PUSHING THE POSTAL ENVELOPE: UNION WINS, YOU LOSE

by Chuck Muth

The bad news, according to Postmaster General John Potter (no relation to Harry, unfortunately - the post office could use some magic), is that if Congress doesn’t pass significant postal reform legislation this year you and I are looking at a new hike in postal rates in 2006. The good news is, if Congress DOES pass significant postal reform legislation this year...Potter says we’ll STILL need a postal rate hike in 2006.

Thus is the nature of the government-enforced monopoly over mail delivery in these United States: Taxpayers just can’t win no matter what they do.

Mail delivery as a “service” is on life-support as it is. Hardly anyone uses the post office to communicate with Aunt Minnie any longer. It’s SO much cheaper and better to just pick up the phone and give her a call. Or use the Internet to e-mail her an electronic birthday card - complete with digital photographs of the kids. Heck, for less than fifty bucks these days, you and Aunt Minnie can each pick up a webcam and not only talk to each other live...but see each other, as well.

Let’s see the troglodytes over at the post office deliver THAT kind of service...at ANY price.

First-class mail delivery by the USPS monopoly is a terminally sick horse. We probably would have shot it in the head and put it out of its misery by now if it wasn’t being propped up by large corporate mailers who flood your monopoly protected mailbox with what you and I call “junk mail.”

What this country needs - in addition to a good five cent cigar - is privatization of the postal service. Not “reform” of the existing monopoly. Not tinkering around the edges. An end to it. This is self-evident. This is indisputable. And it’s a worldwide movement. Japan’s prime minister is aggressively pushing to privatize its postal service as you read this. Heck, even Jordan - JORDAN! - is moving toward privatizing its mail delivery system.

But not here in the United States. Even the most aggressive postal “reform” plan being considered by Congress continues to protect the USPS monopoly over YOUR mailbox - no matter how bad or how expensive it is. And little is likely to change regardless of who wins the White House in November.

While President Bush did create a commission to study the problem, the commission didn’t recommend privatization and the president sure hasn’t pushed for it. And the Edwards side of the dynamic Democrat duo assured postal unionistas at their convention in August that he and John Kerry “will never privatize the United States Postal Service.” In return, the APWU delivered something promptly for a change: It’s endorsement of the Kerry-Edwards ticket.

Such myopia by union workers is truly unfortunate. A private, employee-owned postal company would not only dramatically improve service for you and I, but would provide stock ownership to current union workers whose financial future would no longer be controlled by bull-headed union bosses and mush-headed government bureaucrats. Alas, you’re more likely to see Dan Rather move over to Fox News than see the postal unions allow even token cooperative competition, let alone postal privatization. Consider the following.

Let’s say you DO want to mail Aunt Minnie an old-fashioned birthday card. And let’s say you purchase that card at your local Hallmark store. And let’s say you could not only buy the card, but buy the stamp and mail it right there from the store, as well. Pretty darned convenient, yes?

Well, that’s exactly what USPS was considering as a pilot program. Far from total privatization, it merely allowed the private sector an opportunity to provide a very LIMITED but extremely convenient service to the rate-paying public.

Nevertheless, the postal union threw a hissy fit.

APWU President William Burrus sent a threatening letter to Hallmark President Don Hall last May promising a boycott of the greeting card giant by postal employees should it participate in the test program. And lo and behold, four months later USPS officially informed Burrus via letter (not sure, but I think it may have been faxed!) that it was driving a stake through the heart of the pilot program with Hallmark. The union wins...again.

You lose...again. Grab your wallet.

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Chuck Muth is president of Citizen Outreach, a non-profit public policy advocacy organization in Washington, D.C. The views expressed are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Citizen Outreach. He may be reached at chuck@citizenoutreach.com


Thursday

News & Views, 9/23/04


WHAT DO THEY KNOW THAT WE DON’T?

“More than 25 percent of public school teachers in Washington and Baltimore send their children to private schools, a new study reports. Nationwide, public school teachers are almost twice as likely as other parents to choose private schools for their own children, the study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute found.”

- Washington Times, 9/22/04

SO TRUE

“Once created, federal programs are nearly impossible to eliminate.”

- Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, “Texas Straight Talk,” 9/20/04

SIGN OF THE TIMES


“Patience hell. Let’s sue somebody.”

- Video projection beamed at a public health conference of trial lawyers and health nannies at Northeastern University last weekend, Washington Times, 9/20/04

JEFFREY DAHMER WOULD BE PROUD

“Every time the president has extended his hand in friendship to Senator Daschle, he’s bit it off.”

- John Thune, Daschle’s opponent in November U.S. senate contest in South Dakota, “Meet the Press,” 9/19/04

SEPARATION ANXIETY

“...Asma Jehangir, a special United Nations envoy on human rights...thinks Islam ‘needs to be revitalized’ to meet the intellectual challenges confronting it in the 21st century. Asked what she would suggest to improve Islam's image in the world, Miss Jehangir replied: ‘Separation of religion and politics.’ ‘As long as people can use religion to justify their political motives, we will continue to have problems,’ she said.

“Maulana Ahmed Javed, a religion scholar based in Karachi, Pakistan, and author of several books on Islam, agrees. ‘Politics is mundane,’ said Mr. Javed, who is Muslim. ‘Religion is profound. It gives you an identity, a sense of belonging. Mixing religion and politics hurts religion. We have not done any service to religion by bringing it down to the level of politics. In politics, you make mistakes. Your policies fail, and when you mix politics and religion, your failure also reflects upon your religious beliefs.’ "

- United Press International, 9/22/04

PREZ AGREES

"I think it's very important for people who are serving (in office) to make sure there's a separation of church and state."

- George W. Bush, 6/15/04

TO PROFILE...OR NOT TO PROFILE

“Should law enforcement profile Muslims? Amnesty International USA answers emphatically no. Law enforcement, of course, categorically denies any form of profiling. But in the murky area of pre-empting terrorism, it matters who one is. So, yes, profiling emphatically does take place. Which is how it should be.”

- Columnist Daniel Pipes

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SAVE DAN RATHER!

“You know what I hope? I hope Rather doesn’t quit. I hope he isn’t fired. He is indeed the CBS anchor - and now that the boat is taking on water, his dead weight is going to sink it for good.”

- New York Post columnist John Podhoretz

DEPENDS ON YOUR DEFINITION OF “MISTAKE”

“Without the bloggers digging up the facts that put the lie to the phony and forged documents (Dan) Rather used the old TV anchor would be sitting smugly in the Walter Cronkite chair at CBS hurling his left-wing brickbats at any conservative who came by. He may be sitting in that chair today but you can bet that some of the smugness is gone, now that he has been forced publicly to apologize for his ‘mistake.’

“Mistake, hell! If there was ever a deliberate effort to smear someone it was this one.”

- Lyn Nofziger, Musings, 9/21/04

A MISERABLE FAILURE

“Presidential candidates must pass many tests before voters are willing to put them in charge of the country's government. One of them is being able to put together a smoothly run, problem-free campaign organization that instills confidence in his ability to be commander in chief. So far, John Kerry is failing that test.”

- Columnist Donald Lambro

DEFINING ISSUE OF CAMPAIGN 2004

“Pundits who say outsourcing or health care of ‘same sex’ marriage or the deficit are the main issues in this campaign are kidding themselves. What people really care about is their safety. . . . Right or wrong, most voters believe Mr. Bush gets credit for making them safer. He took the battle to the enemy.”

- Columnist James Glassman

BLACK GAY REPUBLICANS BACK BUSH

The Abe Lincoln Black Republican Caucus (ALBRC), a group of young urban Black gay Republicans, voted Wednesday in a special meeting in Dallas, Texas, to endorse President Bush for re-election. The endorsement was fueled by the Log Cabin Republicans' refusal to endorse President Bush earlier this month. ‘We think that the 'Republican Tent' is inclusive and there is room for differences, but one does not pick up their marbles and go home if there are a few points of disagreement,’ stated Anthony Falls, the ALBRC National Spokesperson.

ON THE ROAD TO LANDSLIDE, USA

“Well, we're down to the wire. The debates are coming, and the election is in six weeks. George Bush is surging in the polls....(John Kerry) is between 11 and 14 points behind with signs pointing to a Bush electoral landslide. Another liberal defeat to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Mondale's 49-state loss to Ronald Reagan in 1984.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz, 9/20/04

THE HORROR!

“Harold Meyerson, editor of the liberal magazine The American Prospect, tells a story of a friend of his who had a dream. He was walking through the headquarters of the Kerry campaign. Behind a door marked ‘Campaign Manager’ he found Kerry manager Mary Beth Cahill. As he drew nearer, however, the woman suddenly ripped off her Cahill mask, behind which was . . . Susan Estrich, Michael Dukakis's campaign manager! Mr. Meyerson's friend woke up screaming. Lots of Democrats are having similar nightmares about 1988, when Mr. Dukakis, once ahead 17 points in the polls, lost by eight to George W. Bush's father.”

- John Fund on the Trail, 9/20/04

ALL THE CANDIDATE’S LOUD-MOUTHED MEN

“Add to those elements the self-promotion of Kerry’s advisers who cannot keep their mouths shut and insist on grabbing the limelight from their candidate, and you have one of the worst-run campaigns since the time this same team made its national debut: The ill-fated campaign against Bush’s father by another liberal Democrat from Massachusetts, Gov. Mike Dukakis, in 1988.”

- Columnist Dick Morris

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JAY LENO IS NO CONSERVATIVE

“And reports are that the Bush White House has been chatting with ‘The Tonight Show’ about a possible presidential appearance. . . . But now, according to the New York Daily News, it looks as though the White House is having concerns about a visit with Leno because of an interview recently conducted by Nikki Finke for L.A. Weekly.

“It seems that Finke has been writing articles critical of Jay, apparently for what in Finke's eyes appears to be a Leno lean to the right. The interview that has raised White House antennae was purportedly initiated by a telephone call from Leno to Finke.

“In the Finke interview article, Leno says: ‘I'm not conservative. I've never voted that way in my life.’ And he ‘really worries’ what another win by Dubya would do to the makeup of the Supreme Court. And he believes ‘the wool was pulled over our eyes’ with the Iraq war. And he thinks the White House began using terrorism ‘as a crutch’ after 9/11. And he feels that during the campaign, Kerry should ‘make Bush look as stupid as possible.’ And he opines that ‘the media is in the pocket of the government, and they don't do their job,’ so ‘you have people like Michael Moore who do it for them.’

“Not exactly the sentiments of someone with a Republican affinity.”

- James Hirsen’s “Left Coast Report,” 9/21/04

POSTAL WORKERS LAUGHING TO THE BANK

“When it comes to pay and glamour, workers in the largest federal agency — the U.S. Postal Service — often take a back seat to their colleagues with the U.S. Secret Service, Foreign Service officers or air traffic controllers. But when it comes time to pick and pay for their all-important health insurance, postal workers laugh all the way to the bank. Thanks to their contract with the USPS, postal clerks, letter carriers, mail handlers and other craft and maintenance employees of their mail-moving corporation pay less for the same coverage. . . . Depending on the plan they choose, postal workers can pay anywhere from one-third to nearly one-half as much as workers at the Commerce or Justice departments, or civilians at the Pentagon or the National Institutes of Health.”

- Mike Causey’s Federal Report, 9/21/04

SOMEBODY’S GOTTA PAY FOR THOSE BENEFITS

“There is a range of possibilities in terms of the future, particularly when it comes to (postage) rates. With legislative relief from the escrow requirement - and no strings attached - we can make it until early 2006 without a rate increase. That increase would be a single-digit percentage, and there wouldn't be another increase before 2008. And if it doesn't go that way - if we don't get legislative relief from the escrow requirement - then we're looking at a double-digit percent increase in 2006.”

- Postmaster Gen. John Potter, National Postal Forum, 9/20/04

UP IN SMOKE

“ ‘After five years of legal wrangling, the nation's largest cigarette-makers are meeting federal lawyers in court for the trial phase of the government's record $280 billion civil racketeering suit against the tobacco industry,’ The Associated Press reports. In ‘What Are They Smoking at the Justice Department?’ (http://www.cato.org/dailys/04-17-03.html ) Cato Senior Fellow Robert A. Levy writes: ‘The federal lawsuit is part of an all-out strategy to plunder big tobacco -- while keeping it alive for future plundering, of course. ... It's time to call off the government's anti-tobacco crusade.’ "

- Cato Daily Dispatch, 9/21/04

HOME BANS JUST AROUND THE CORNER?

A new law proposed Tuesday would snuff out smoking in one of the last places in San Francisco where people can light up -- the great outdoors.
The law would ban ‘inhaling, exhaling, burning or carrying any lighted smoking equipment for tobacco or any other weed or plant’ in all outdoor recreation areas regulated by the city, including parks, gardens, piers and playing fields. Violators would be slapped with a $250 fine -- though it's not clear who would enforce the law.”

- San Francisco Chronicle, 9/22/04

AHHHH...FRESH AIR

“America’s air is the cleanest it has been in three decades, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA reported Sept. 22 that emissions of the six principal pollutants identified under the Clean Air Act dropped again in 2003. . . . EPA Administrator Mike Leavitt cited the market-based acid rain cap-and-trade program the agency implemented in 1990 as a major reason for the reductions.”

- WasteNews.com, 9/22/04

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Wednesday

News & Views, 9/22/04


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SURVEY SAYS!


Kerry Survivor: Who do you think will be the next John Kerry advisor to be “voted off” the campaign?

· * Mary Beth Cahill
· * John Sasso
· * Joe Lockhart
· * James Carville
· * Paul Begala
· * Bob Schrum
· * John Edwards

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PLEASE HELP MICHAEL MOORE!


On Monday, crockumentary film-maker Michael Moore published on his website ( http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/message/index.php?messageDate=2004-09-20 ) a whiny letter to Kerry supporters (or, more accurately, anti-Bush supporters) titled, “Put Away Your Hankies.”

Well, considering how badly it looks like his hero is going to be trounced on election day, it appears Big Mike is going to need a LOT of hankies in about six weeks. So News & Views reader Robert McCabe suggested we all help out our fellow man by sending Moore a hanky in the mail which he can use as a crying towel on November 2. Sounds like a good idea to me.

BRUSHFIRE ALERT: Interestingly but not surprisingly, Moore doesn’t provide a snail-mail address anywhere on his website. However, we’re sure that any correspondence sent to his Hollywood agent will be promptly delivered to the “star.” You can mail your hankies (new or used) to:

The Endeavor Agency
9601 Wilshire Blvd., 3rd Floor
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

You might also want to include a short, sincere and sympathetic note...like maybe, “Waaahhhhh!!!

Chuck Muth
President
Citizen Outreach

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THANK GOODNESS FOR HOUSE LEADERSHIP


“Vince Willmore, a spokesman for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, said it has been House leadership that has resisted FDA regulation (of tobacco). ‘We think the real obstacle to passing the (tobacco) buyout (bill) is...the House leadership, which refuses to accept FDA tobacco regulation despite overwhelming support both among the public and in Congress,’ he said.”

- Associated Press, 9/17/04

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GOD SUPPORTS FDA REGULATION?


“Such evidence of the inherent danger that comes with smoking makes tobacco use a matter of significant moral import. Christian doctrine has long maintained one should refrain from any practice that does demonstrable harm to the body. The Scriptures teach the body ought to be treated as the temple of God. If one defiles the body, God's temple, then that person will be destroyed (I Cor. 3:16-17). Christians should not only avoid smoking themselves, but they also need to be in the vanguard of helping others shun or break the habit.

“...Last July, the U.S. Senate voted 78-15 to approve legislation that would include FDA (Food and Drug Administration) authority over tobacco products. . . . FDA oversight of the tobacco companies is essential to reducing the toll of tobacco.

“...Of course, some will argue giving the FDA authority over tobacco sales would give the government too much control. Even some Christians argue in this fashion, saying we need less government not more. Granted, there are ways the government is too invasive in people's lives. But it needs to be remembered that the God-ordained purpose of government, as outlined in Romans 13:1-5, is to protect the welfare of the citizenry and to suppress evil.”

- Rev. Mark H. Creech, RenewAmerica.us, 9/21/04

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FDA REGULATION’S COLLATERAL DAMAGE


Efforts to grant the Food & Drug Administration broad new authority over tobacco would appear targeted directly at tobacco manufacturers. But retailers are likely to get hit with some legislative shrapnel should such a bill be approved this fall.

Under legislation currently being considered, tobacco retailers - such as convenience stores, grocery stores, etc. - would be bound by new regulations. However, according to the National Association of Convenience Stores, such regulations would not apply to retailers who sell over the Internet, through the mail, through adult-only locations and on Indian reservations. Hardly a level playing field.

Also, should a minor attempt to illegally purchase tobacco products, only the retailer gets penalized. There’s no provision for even slapping the wrists of the underaged purchaser who willingly and intentionally initiated the sale.

And lastly, proposed new advertising restrictions might, unbelievably, even apply to signs INSIDE the store if said signs are visible through the window.

Such regulatory burdens should simply be unacceptable in a free society which cherishes equal justice under law.

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FLAVORED SMOKES


Some cigarette makers are marketing new “exotic blend” smokes “which smell and taste like sweets, come in brightly colored packages and go by names such as Twista Lime and Midnight Berry,” reports Chicago Sun-Times reporter Lori Rackl.” And despite the fact that such flavored cigarettes “are almost twice as expensive as a regular pack,” the anti-tobacco jihadists maintain they are “a shameless marketing ploy to hook young customers.”

As if adult menthol smokers would have no interest in trying a new flavor - the way many coffee drinkers prefer a variety of flavored creams in their cup of joe. But, hey, protecting “children” is the left’s tried-and-true way to attack a plethora of adult activities...so why not, right?

Because it’s WRONG, that’s why.

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ALTRIA’S DEAL WITH THE DEVIL

“Public-health advocates, who have for years pressed for government regulation of cigarettes, are suddenly divided on whether a pending bill in Congress deserves their support. This dispute comes at a time when top lawmakers are mulling whether to increase the government’s power significantly in order to reduce smoking.

“Health advocates outside the Washington Beltway have broken with Washington-based health groups to oppose legislation that would allow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate cigarettes. The state and local health activists charge that the FDA bill, based on a compromise worked out between cigarette maker Altria and the D.C.-based Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (TFK), will do more to solidify Altria’s market dominance than it will to reduce smoking-related illnesses. . . . ’FDA regulation is basically a stamp of approval for cigarettes. Philip Morris will be the beneficiary of this,’ said Bill Godshall, executive director of Smokefree Pennsylvania.”

- The Hill, 9/8/04

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KIDS SAY THE DARNEDEST THINGS


Well-coordinated anti-tobacco activists from sea to shining sea are using the exact same soundbites regarding FDA regulation of tobacco. They’ve even brainwashed kids to regurgitate the same clichés in public.

For example, an article favoring FDA regulation in a small newspaper (the Fairfield Ledger) in a small Iowa town featuring a small Iowa school published this quote from a local high school girl who appeared at an anti-smoking press conference recently: “(M)ake sure that the tobacco industry's products fall under the same rules and regulations as a box of macaroni and cheese or bottle of Coke.”

Hello, little mind-full-of-mush. I’m sure they haven’t taught you this in your government re-education camp in Mount Pleasant, but could you PLEASE show us in the Constitution where Thomas Jefferson enumerated the power of the federal government to regulate a box of macaroni and cheese? Just asking.

Another “child” from Fairfield blasted “big tobacco's newest marketing scheme to addict America's youth” with the above-mentioned flavored cigarettes...and slammed Brown & Williamson for using hip-hop music in its ads. Why are they doing it? the teen-tyke asks. “Because the statistics show that if they are unable to addict us before we turn 18, they never will.”

Fortunately, a reader who caught the article wrote in exposing this pabulum for what it is. “Unfortunately, the youth in this story are misguided,” wrote Michael Tacelosky. “Altria/Philip Morris is lobbying extensively for this bill. It would solidify their position in the tobacco market, while providing (sp) protection for them because they can say, ‘We're regulated by the government now.’ The FDA bill, as written, is a Philip Morris dream come true.”

And a limited-government nightmare.

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Tuesday

News & Views, 9/21/04


BREAK OUT YOUR HANKIES

That loud-mouthed buffoon Michael Moore is having a cow over the turmoil coming out of the Kerry campaign. And he's crying about it like a kid who had her lollipop taken away. Joan of Arc did less whining at the stake. Here, take a look at just the opening paragraph of this "Dear Friends" letter posted on his website yesterday...

"Enough of the handwringing! Enough of the doomsaying! Do I have to come there and personally calm you down? Stop with all the defeatism, OK? Bush IS a goner -- IF we all just quit our whining and bellyaching and stop shaking like a bunch of nervous ninnies. Geez, this is embarrassing!"

And it gets better from there. You GOTTA read the entire rant. It’s wonderful! These people are going down in flames...and all the media's horses and all of Michael Moore's men can't put this Humpty Dumpty of a campaign back together again.

For a good laugh, check it out HERE

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DAY LATE, DOLLAR SHORT

“Of all the loopy statements made by Dan Rather in the 10 days since he decided to throw his career away, my favorite is this, from Dan's interview with the Washington Post on Thursday: ‘If the documents are not what we were led to believe, I'd like to break that story.'

“Hel-looooo? Earth to the Lost Planet of Ratheria: You can't 'break that story.' A guy called 'Buckhead' did that, on the Free Republic Web site a couple of hours after you and your money-no-object resources-a-go-go '60 Minutes' crew attempted to pass off four obvious Microsoft Word documents as authentic 1972 typewritten memos about Bush's skipping latrine duty in the Spanish-American War, or whatever it was.”

- Columnist Mark Steyn

BALLAD OF DAN RATHER

(Sung to the tune from the Beverly Hillbillies)


Come and listen to my story 'bout a man named Dan,
The documents were fake and he didn't give a damn;
He put 'em on the air, an' he thought he'd done the job,
But up from the web come a howlin' mob.

Blogs, that is.
Web logs.
Checkin' facts.


Well, the first thing you know ol' Dan's a-runnin' fast;
Made a false report an' it bit him in the ass;
He said 'dog-gonnit, I done thought I'd get away!'
But it turned out to be his a-reckonin' day.

Busted, that is.
Red-faced.
Mud in the eye.


Well, now it's time to say goodbye to Dan and all his men;
And they would like to shoot you folks for turnin' them in;

You're all invited back next week to watch the Evening News,
And see which correspondent's picked to fill Dan's empty shoes.


Y'all come back, now, hear?

- Forwarded by a News & Views reader

INTERESTING BUT USELESS INFORMATION

* “Before thermometers were invented, brewers would dip a thumb or finger into the mix to find the right temperature for adding yeast. Too cold, and the yeast wouldn’t grow. Too hot, and the yeast would die. This thumb in the beer is where we get the phrase ‘rule of thumb.’

* “In English pubs, ale is ordered in pints and quarts. So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them to mind their own pints and quarts and settle down. It’s where we get the phrase ‘mind your P’s and Q’s.’”

- The Mariner, 9/17/04

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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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DC Confidential, 9/19/04


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YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK

According to columnist Terence Jeffrey, a group called First Tee is an “educational” non-profit organization which promotes golf to American youth. OK, fine. But here’s the problem: First Tee “received $4.5 million in federal funds over the last two fiscal years” and “is asking for another $3 million this year.”

Whoa!

“When the Congressional Budget Office projects a $422 billion annual deficit, why is Congress giving any money to a group like this?” Jeffrey asks. And, “Where in the Constitution does Congress find the authority to fund golf?”

BRUSHFIRE ALERT: Folks, when your congress-critter comes through town trolling for votes over the next few weeks, why not ask those exact same questions and see what kind of response you get.

Better yet, why not call the Capitol Hill switchboard tomorrow morning, ask for your Senate or House member’s office, and ask these questions of the nice staffer who most likely will then go out of his or her way to (a) not give you an answer and/or (b) not let you talk to the “Boss.” Nevertheless, your point will have been made.

The number to call is (202) 224-3121.

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THE POLITICAL ACTIVIST’S CREED

“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brushfires in people's minds."

- Founding Father Samuel Adams

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PREZ SENDS SOPHIA A NEW SIGN

“Three-year-old Sophia Parlock of West Virginia has gotten a lesson in Compassionate Conservatism right from the top. After a Kerry-supporting IUPAT member snatched and ripped up the Bush/Cheney sign she was waving on Thursday, the president saw fit to send her new one.

“After seeing the AP photo of the crying Sophia balanced on her dad's shoulders, aides said the president was sending her a note on Friday along with a signed campaign poster and an autographed photo of himself and Barney. In the note the president wrote, 'Thank you for supporting my campaign. I understand someone tore up your sign. So I am sending you a new sign and a signed picture. Please give my best to your family.'

“The note on the photo read, 'To Sophia, Best wishes from me and Barney.’ “

- ChronWatch.com, 9/19/04

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DEMOCRATS GONE WILD

“Politics in Gainesville turned rough and tumble Thursday night after police arrested a social behavior sciences instructor - a Democrat - for punching the chairman of the Alachua County Republican Executive Committee in the face,” reports the Gainesville Sun yesterday. “David Philip McCally, 55, of Gainesville faces misdemeanor battery and criminal mischief charges after he was accused of hitting both committee chairman Travis Horn, 32, and a life-sized, cardboard cutout of President George Bush.”

Geez, what’s with these violent Democrats? I thought they were from the pacifist party of peace and love. And don’t you just love the irony of the attacker being a “social behavior sciences instructor.” I mean, you can’t make stuff like this up.

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CELSIUS 41.11

Celsius 41.11 is the temperature at which the brain begins to die.

It’s also the title of a new film coming out which rips to shreds the lies put forth by Michael Moore and his “Fahrenheit 9-11” crockumentary.

“Celsius 41.11” was produced by our friend David Bossie and the fine folks over at Citizens United. It debuts in selected theaters this week. You can catch a preview “trailer” of the film by going to: http://www.citizensunited-interactive.org/c41.11/

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PRESIDENT ARNOLD?

“Rep. Dana Rohrbacher, R-Calif., introduced a proposed constitutional amendment Wednesday to allow foreign-born people who have been U.S. citizens for at least 20 years to be eligible to run for president. The measure is similar to one proposed last year by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

“Neither Hatch nor Rohrbacher claims to have been thinking of a possible presidency of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was born in Austria, as a reason behind the proposal.

“ ‘It is time that we amend the Constitution to remove an archaic provision that was originally designed to keep the nobility of foreign countries from meddling in American democracy,’ Rohrabacher said in a release. ‘If an immigrant has demonstrated his commitment to America and is truly qualified as a leader, then there is no good reason to bar him from seeking the highest office in the land.’ “

- Peter Roff, UPI’s Political Briefs, 9/16/04

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SENATORIAL WASH

“In Georgia, Congressman Johnny Isakson (R) looks well on his was to scoring a GOP pickup over Congresswoman Denise Majette (D),” Ron Gunzburger reports in his Politics1 blog. “The new WXIA-TV/SurveyUSA poll shows Isakson holding a huge lead: 58% to 38%.” This is the fight for the open seat being vacated by Democrat Sen. Zell Miller.

On the other hand, “The WBBM-TV/SurveyUSA poll shows (Illinois) State Senator Barack Obama (D) destroying conservative activist Alan Keyes (R) by a landslide vote of 65% to 24%” in the Illinois U.S. senate race. This is the fight for the open seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Pete Fitzgerald.

So it looks one Democrat pickup and one GOP pickup...so any numerical changes in the make-up of the Senate are going to have to come from elsewhere.

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JUST HAVING A LITTLE FUN

“Working people frequently ask retired people what they do to make their days interesting. I went to the public library the other day. I was only in there for about 5 minutes. When I came out there was a city cop writing out a parking ticket. I went up to him and said, ‘Come on, buddy, how about giving a senior a break?’ He ignored me and continued writing the ticket.

“I called him a name. He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having worn tires. So I called him a worse name. He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first. Then he started writing a third ticket. This went on for about 20 minutes. The more I abused him the more tickets he wrote.

“I didn't care. My car was parked around the corner and this one had an ‘Elect John Kerry’ bumper sticker on it. I try to have a little fun each day now that I'm retired. It's important at our age.”

- Forwarded by a News & Views reader

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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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