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News & Views, 1/27/05


THE GREATEST STORY UNTOLD

“Good things are happening over in Iraq. On the nightly news it looks like all hell is breaking loose, but I know, from being over there, there's another side to the story."

- Actor Gary Sinise, who regularly tours with the USO and who co-founded an organization to collect and distribute school supplies to Iraqi children, Political Diary, 1/26/05

IT’S THE SPENDING, STUPID

“Your money has never been safe in the government’s hands, and it never will be. Governments spend money; it’s just their nature.”

- Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas)

BAD DEAL

“In fact, anyone can end up losing his or her lifelong contributions to Social Security just by dying early.”

- Elizabeth Crowley, Political Diary, 1/26/05

GEE, NOT EVEN TERRORISM?

“Nothing is more threatening to the foundation of our country than the radical homosexual agenda and its assault on marriage and the family."

- Sadie Fields, president of the Georgia Christian Coalition, Washington Times, 1/26/05

HUG-AN-ALIEN PLAN DOA

“…(T)he president’s approach to the illegal [alien] problem, which has been to welcome them with open arms and offer them some sort of guest worker status (amnesty by any other name is still amnesty) has been met with nothing that approaches enthusiasm, largely within his own party. In fact, at present his chances of getting congress to go along with him range from zero all the way to a snowball’s chances in hell.”

- Lyn Nofziger’s Musings, 1/26/05

DRIVING IS A CIVIL RIGHT?

“A bevy of bold-faced celebrities is backing a bill to allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. More than 30 actors, writers and musicians - including Diane Keaton, Carlos Santana and ‘Million Dollar Baby’ writer Paul Haggis - took out an ad Monday in the trade paper Variety urging Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to approve the bill, claiming it would make roads safer and that driving is a civil right. . . . Among the ad's other signatories are Martin Sheen and his son Emilio Estevez, Alfre Woodard, Danny Glover and musician Jackson Browne.

“Opponent Mike Spence disagreed; he is leading a campaign to permanently prohibit undocumented immigrants in California from obtaining driver's licenses and other social services. ‘I think it's another example of how rich Hollywood elites are out of touch with what's going on in California,’ Spence said. ‘They don't see the impact of immigration unless it's hiring someone to help out with chores around their mansions...and they're not in competition with illegal immigrants for jobs.’"

- Associated Press, 1/24/05

EVERYBODY’S GOOD AT SOMETHING

“New York City's government is highly skilled in some matters, such as raising taxes and giving away the store to organized labor.”

- Holman W. Jenkins Jr., Political Diary, 1/26/05

YER PUBLIK SKOOLS INAXION

“Two boys (in Ocala, FL) were arrested for making pencil-and-crayon stick figure drawings depicting a 10-year-old classmate being stabbed and hung, police said. The children, charged with a felony, were taken from school in handcuffs. The 9- and 10-year-old boys were arrested Monday and charged with making a written threat to kill or harm another person. They were also suspended from school.”

- Associated Press, 1/25/05

FROM THE LAND OF FRUITS & NUTS

“The San Francisco Commission on the Environment unanimously approved a proposal Tuesday evening asking the city to charge grocery shoppers 17 cents for every paper or plastic bag they take home. If approved by the Board of Supervisors and mayor, which could take six months, the fee would be the first of its kind in the country…”

- San Francisco Chronicle, 1/26/05

PAY FOR PLAY...AGAIN?

“Remember the Armstrong Williams flap earlier this month? In simple terms, we learned that the Bush Administration paid a company controlled by Armstrong Williams about $250,000 so that Williams would promote Bush's No Child Left Behind Act in his columns and on his television show. Not good. Williams has apologized...and has lost his syndicated column.

“Well...it's happened again. Drudge is reporting this morning that syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher signed a $21,500 contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to promote Bush's $300 million initiative encouraging marriage as a way of strengthening families. (Do we really need to spend $300 million to promote this?) Gallagher says that it never occurred to her that she should disclose the payment when she wrote in favor of Bush's policy objective. Sad...really sad. We'll let you know when Gallagher regains her credibility.”

- Neal Boortz, Nealz Nooz, 1/26/05

ETHICS & DISCLOSURE

“In 2002, syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher repeatedly defended President Bush's push for a $300 million initiative encouraging marriage as a way of strengthening families. ‘The Bush marriage initiative would emphasize the importance of marriage to poor couples’ and ‘educate teens on the value of delaying childbearing until marriage,’ she wrote in National Review Online, for example, adding that this could ‘carry big payoffs down the road for taxpayers and children.’

“But Gallagher failed to mention that she had a $21,500 contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to help promote the president's proposal. . . . ‘Did I violate journalistic ethics by not disclosing it?’ Gallagher said yesterday. ‘I don't know. You tell me.’”

- Columnist Howard Kurtz, 1/26/05

GALLAGHER RESPONDS

“On January 26, 2005, Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post wrote that I ‘had a $21,500 contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to help promote the president's proposal.’

“To me, this is an extremely serious charge. It is also completely false. I was not paid to promote the President’s marriage proposal. In 2001 I was approached by HHS to do research and writing, not on the President’s $300 million marriage initiative, but on marriage: specifically four brochures on the social science evidence on the benefits of marriage for populations serviced by HHS (such as unwed parents), a draft of an essay for Wade Horn, and a training presentation on the social science evidence on the benefits of marriage for regional HHS managers…

“I did not and would not accept any payment to promote anyone else’s policies of any kind in my newspaper column or anywhere else.”

- Columnist Maggie Gallagher

HHS BACKS UP GALLAGHER

“Maggie Gallagher was hired because she is a nationally recognized expert of long-standing on research related to the benefits of marriage for children and families. The Administration on Children and Families (ACF) did not pay Gallagher to promote President Bush’s healthy marriage initiative. Gallagher’s contract was to provide expertise on marriage issues and to help the Administration for Children and Families draft and edit materials. ACF paid Gallagher – as well as several other experts in the field of marriage -- for unique and widely recognized expertise. This is not unusual. When ACF’s objectives were fulfilled, Gallagher’s contract ended.”

- Dr. Wade Horn of Department of Health and Human Services

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Worse yet, these were two children with special-needs removed from their special education classrooms in handcuffs...

YER PUBLIK SKOOLS INAXION

“Two boys (in Ocala, FL) were arrested for making pencil-and-crayon
stick figure drawings depicting a 10-year-old classmate being stabbed and
hung, police said. The children, charged with a felony, were taken from
school in handcuffs. The 9- and 10-year-old boys were arrested Monday
and charged with making a written threat to kill or harm another
person. They were also suspended from school.”

- Associated Press, 1/25/05

January 27, 2005 at 10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ye gads! Who wants the post office to stay open on Sundays so it can lose even more money! If we want better service, we just need to have private competition.

January 27, 2005 at 11:36 AM  

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