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News & Views, 2/10/05

"GUESTS" LIVE ELSEWHERE, EVENTUALLY GO HOME

“House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said yesterday he favors passing a U.S. guest-worker program only if it requires illegal immigrants to return to their home country before applying for temporary work visas. ‘What I understand as a guest-worker program is one where you apply for the guest-worker program in your country of origin, and you have a job when you apply,’ said Mr. DeLay, Texas Republican. ‘You cannot bring your family with you. You commit to work a certain period of time, and you go home. If you want to become a permanent resident or a citizen of the United States you have to get in line with everybody else.’"

- Washington Times, 2/9/05

THIS IS “CONSERVATIVE”?

“President Bush's second-term agenda would expand not only the size of the federal government but also its influence over the lives of millions of Americans by imposing new national restrictions on high schools, court cases and marriages."

- Washington Post

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?

“AIDS prevention and overseas assistance would get major increases under President Bush's budget, which calls for a big boost in foreign aid programs even as U.S. farmers, veterans and train riders face cutbacks.”

- Washington Times, 2/9/05

DOESN’T ADD UP

“A report on the nation's fiscal status presented to Congress yesterday (by the General Accounting Office) showed that expenditures in President Bush's budget are unsustainable and will lead to permanent deficits in the next decade.”

- Washington Times, 2/9/05

HEY, BIG SPENDERS

“The only Cabinet-level agencies in this budget that have smaller proposed budgets than when Mr. Bush took office are the Departments of Labor and Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency. All the rest have grown by leaps and bounds since Mr. Bush's first day in office. . . . Republicans have a stronger level of control over both houses of Congress. They have a re-elected and confident president. They have run out of excuses as to why they haven't controlled spending. The budget ratchet is their problem. If they don't cut spending, it will not be because they can't. It will be because they don't want to.”

- Stephen Slivinski of the Cato Institute.

NOT YOURS TO GIVE

“Charity to man's fellow man is praiseworthy, and Americans are the most generous people on Earth. . . . What about President Bush's $350 million commitment for earthquake and tsunami relief -- is that just as praiseworthy? Let's look at it. Charity is reaching into one's own pockets to assist his fellow man in need. Reaching into someone else's pocket to assist one's fellow man hardly qualifies as charity. When done privately, we deem it theft, and the individual risks jail time.”

- Columnist Walter Williams

UGLY & DESPERATE

“After losing the White House, both houses of Congress and a majority of the governorships and state legislatures, the Democrats are in an ugly and desperate mood, lashing out without regard to how their words and actions will affect this country's position internationally, including giving aid and comfort to our enemies.”

- Columnist Thomas Sowell

WEAK & DESPERATE

“It’s hard to see how the Democratic Party gains on the Republicans when, one after the other, its leaders call for exiting Iraq rather than winning the conflict. . . . Voters smell weakness in Democrats. It’s no accident. It’s there.”

- Columnist Morton Kondrake

CRUDE & DESPERATE

“The Democrats' current crudeness is a function of their desperation, and the imminent ratification of Howard Dean, the least charming presidential candidate in recent memory, as their party chairman only serves to punctuate the problem."

- Time magazine columnist Joe Klein

THE HEART DOCTOR HEARTTHROB

“Really, Democrats, you shouldn't have. When I wake up Valentine's Day morning and see the headline ‘Dean Takes Helm at DNC,’ I'll be as giddy as a schoolgirl finding a love note in her book bag. What a sweet thing to do for the GOP. Democrats know it, too, but they just can't help themselves. Their minds keep saying, ‘No more northeastern liberals!’ But their eyes - and core constituents - say yes. Their hearts belong to Howie. If loving him is wrong, they don't wanna be right. And they're not going to be.”

- Columnist Michael Graham

GOP-CREATED FRANKENSTEIN

“(I)t is Republicans who need to look in the mirror as to why Senator (Harry) Reid is in office in the first place. Calnews.com goes so far as to claim ‘Reid is a product of the Nevada Republican Party.’ It points out that moderate Republicans in Nevada gave Mr. Reid a pass when he ran for re-election last year. Sig Rogich, a Republican consultant in Nevada who served as a White House adviser to the first President Bush, was one of several GOPers who made sure the party went easy on his Democratic friend. Other Republican consultants, including many close to Republican Governor Kenny Guinn, worked overtime to keep the Democrat in office.

“The result was that Republican candidate after Republican candidate backed away from a potential race even though Mr. Reid had squeaked to re-election in 1998 by only 428 votes. Mr. Reid ended up cruising to victory last fall with over 60% of the vote, the first time in four Senate elections that he topped 51%. If Republicans find Reid the chief obstructionist, they can thank themselves for being his chief enabler.”

- John Fund, Political Diary, 2/9/05

A DOSE OF COLD, HARD REALITY

“People talk about potential (Social Security) benefit cuts as if they would be war crimes. The unspeakable truth is that benefit cuts are ultimately inevitable, because the baby boom's retirement costs will force them. Social Security and Medicare, according to various government projections, would require at least a 30% tax increase by 2030. The wiser policy is not to wait; it is to pare benefits now.

- Washington Post columnist Robert J. Samuelson

PRESCRIPTION DRUG BACKLASH

“One of the unexpected challenges that President Bush faces in convincing Republicans to back his Social Security reform is lingering bitterness over how the White House muscled through Congress a Medicare prescription drug benefit in late 2003. The hardball tactics used to dragoon Republican House members into supporting it were bad enough, but then the administration revealed that its own number crunchers had all along believed the just-passed law would cost some 30% more than previously acknowledged. Many Republicans believe the bill would have failed if the higher cost estimate had been made public.”

- John Fund, Political Diary, 2/9/05

BIG SHEEP IN THE BIG APPLE

“ ‘Cuba banned smoking in public places yesterday, an uphill struggle in a country that evokes images of cigar-chomping revolutionaries and where more than half of adults smoke,’ Reuters reports from Havana. So a totalitarian dictatorship finds it an ‘uphill struggle’ to control its citizens' behavior, but when New York City passed an antismoking law two years ago, people fell right into line. As a New Yorker, we hang our head in shame.”

- James Taranto, Best of the Web, 2/8/05

THE NEW, NEW MATH

“According to (Newton, Massachusetts public school system) math program, the top objective for the district's math teachers is to teach ‘respect for human differences’ and to ‘live out the system-wide core value of respect for human differences by demonstrating anti-racist and anti-bias behaviors.’ All of this, believe it or not, is to be taught in MATH class. . . . If you send your kids to government schools, they are going to be indoctrinated day in and day out with this type of nonsense. Perhaps you should look in the mirror and decide if you can live with yourself when you choose to send you kids off to schools like these.”

- Neal Boortz, 2/9/05

TOO MUCH TIME ON HIS HANDS

“(Virginia) Delegate Algie T. Howell Jr. doesn't want to see underwear hanging out of the back of your pants, and most lawmakers yesterday agreed with him. The House voted 60-34 for his bill, which would impose a $50 fine on anyone whose boxers, briefs or thongs peek above their pants or skirts. ‘It's not an attack on baggy pants,’ said Mr. Howell, Norfolk Democrat. ‘To vote for this bill would be a vote for character, to uplift your community and to do something good not only for the state of Virginia, but for this entire country.’ It's not clear if the fine would apply to plumbers, carpenters or other laborers who have problems with low-riding pants.”

- Washington Times, 2/9/05 [You can write Delegate Howell about this ridiculous bill at: Del_AHowell@house.state.va.us ]

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