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News & Views, 2/11/05


Should government-assistance programs such as Social Security and prescription drugs be “means tested” - that is, provided only to people who earn under a certain income level?

* Yes
* No
* Not sure

Cast your vote by clicking the “Survey Says!” tab at

Results of the last Survey Says! Question: “Should airport security screening be returned to private contractors?”

Yes - 74%
No - 23%
Not sure - 3%


I gotta tell ya, I’m really looking forward to speaking at the Libertarian Party convention in Los Angeles a week from Saturday - if for no other reason than the number of people who really, REALLY don’t want me there.

First, there are the “litmus-test” Libertarians don’t think I meet their “purity” test on some issues and, therefore, shouldn’t be allowed to speak. Others are still steamed at how critical I was of the LP presidential candidate last year.

And then there are some nervous-Nellie Republicans who are scared to death my speech - the title of which I borrowed from Johnny Unitas: “Talk Is Cheap, Let’s Go Play” - will help Libertarians become more of a credible ballot-box alternative and thus drain even more votes from the GOP in future elections. But that’s silly. As long as Republicans back up their limited-government rhetoric with votes and legislation to actually limit the size, scope and expense of government, they have nothing to worry about.


Anyway, the convention is next weekend, February 18-20, at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel at Los Angeles International Airport. If you’d like to attend the full three-day convention, they have package prices ranging from $39 to $299. If you’d just like to attend my luncheon speech, the cost is $79 with the meal or $25 without the meal. But you have to pre-register online. If you show up at the door, the prices are higher (and may be sold out).

For additional details or to register, just go to:

Hope to see some of you there!


“A (state) Senate panel yesterday decided to drop the so-called ‘droopy-drawers’ bill, saying the legislation - which called for a $50 fine for exposed undies - had made Virginia an international laughingstock.”

- Washington Times, 2/11/05


“Dear Mr. Muth: I hate tobacco; cigarette smoke makes me sick to my stomach, burns my sinuses and kills my head. I have friends that have died, are dying, or battled death and won, temporarily anyway, because of smoking. I believe that for Christians, smoking is sinful. I am, nonetheless, in total agreement with you on this one.

“If people want to smoke they should have the right and if businesses want to accommodate that right they should be allowed to do so. I can find plenty of places to eat, shop, watch sports or whatever where smoking is verboten, but it should be up to the individual businessman, er, businessperson (forgive my insensitivity) to decide, not forced on them by government.”- Pastor Keith Jenkins


“Should unions be outlawed? Of course not. People should certainly be free to form a collective to negotiate with one voice with their employer. By the same token, the employer should be free to say ‘thanks, but no thanks’ and either close doors, or hire employees who have a greater sense of their own individuality.”

- Talk-show host Neal Boortz


“Congress is considering legislation that conservatives and libertarians warn will create a national ID card system, calling it a backdoor attempt to remove privacy protections gained in a law passed only last year. The Real ID Act of 2005 (H.R. 418), introduced Jan. 26 by House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), would eliminate existing privacy protections and give the secretary of Homeland Security expanded powers to control states' driver's licenses and ID cards, and the data collected while issuing them.”- CNS News, 2/10/05 (The bill passed the House on Thursday 261-161)


“After more than three decades and $29 billion, it'd be nice to think Washington could learn how to run a railroad. But it hasn't, so it is entirely fitting that in his Fiscal Year 2006 budget President Bush is proposing to eliminate all funding for the operating expenses of the federal railroad known as Amtrak unless significant reform takes place.”

- “Review & Outlook,” Wall Street Journal, 2/10/05


“Some neoconservatives these days argue big government is OK so long as it is conservative big government representing values in which they believe. Big government is not OK. Every inch the government grows, the same inch is taken from the liberties of the people, starting with the basic liberty of spending your own money the way you choose rather than the way the government chooses to spend it for you.

“Massive programs inevitably have unintended consequences; government, though necessary for many purposes, is no more a precision instrument for constructive social change than a sledgehammer is for brain surgery.”

- Columnist Jay Ambrose


“Presidents come and go, but laments about the high price of higher education are eternal -- and so are calls for ever more federal aid to mitigate it. For 60 years, the federal government has been shoveling money into programs meant to make college more affordable -- yet a college degree today is more unaffordable than ever. Rarely has Washington so comprehensively worsened a problem it was determined to solve.

“...Isn't it time to stop pouring fuel on this fire? Instead of renewing the Higher Education Act, Congress should phase it out, thereby forcing colleges and universities to compete on price. That would leave financial aid to the private sector, which can target it far more effectively -- and where it should have been left all along.”

- Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby


“If you've seen the film, ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers,’ you'll know how I feel about the state of the current Democratic Party. The film, as you'll recall, depicted the bodies of decent, normal citizens being taken over while they slept by alien entities marching in conformist and destructive lockstep. . . . The culminating act of this sad transformation will come when Howard Dean is elected national party chairman. . . . With the advent of the Dean chairmanship, the Body Snatchers' takeover will be complete and the party of ideas will have been fully transformed to one of reflexive and strident opposition.”

- Columnist and Democrat activist Ted Van Dyk


* A great story about Ronald Reagan and a threatened government shut-down * President Bush whips out his American Taxpayer Express card and charges another $950 million * Conservative Republicans push to reopen the prescription drug benefit to “means test” it * Losing the battle of words over “mandatory spending” and “entitlements” * Wal-Mart sticks it to the unions...again * The Nutty Professor in Colorado might get scalped after all, due to an “ethnic diversity” loophole * A boot-scootin’ boogeyman chickens out and hangs up the spurs * And Bill Clinton’s love shack ain’t packing ‘em in like he planned.

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News & Views, 2/10/05


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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.


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“(I)t is Republicans who need to look in the mirror as to why Senator (Harry) Reid is in office in the first place. 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


“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


“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


“ ‘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


“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


“(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: ]

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News & Views, 2/8/05


Should airport security screening be returned to private contractors?

* Yes
* No
* Not sure

Cast your vote by clicking the “Survey Says!” tab at

Results from last week’s question, “Which is the biggest potential national crisis facing the country today?” #1 with half the vote was IMMIGRATION. Coming in a distant second with 16% of the vote was TERRORISM, followed by Hillary’s 2008 presidential run with 15%. SOCIAL SECURITY got just 6%, GAY MARRIAGE 5% and MEDICARE 2%. “Something else” racked up 7%.

Thank you for your participation.


Gay marriage is coming. That decision in New York last week means curtains for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which will give gay marriage opponents new fuel for their constitutional amendment fire. In a new “Muth’s Truths” released today, I explain why the New York decision marks “The Beginning of the End of DOMA” and why a constitutional amendment may indeed be the only way to prevent gay marriage from becoming the law of the land.

I not only explain why I believe the Supreme Court will strike DOMA down - ending the “state’s rights” federalism argument against the Federal Marriage Amendment - but the fascinating conflict this will present pitting the judicial branch against the legislative branch of our government. I also reveal whether or not I would support a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage if my predication comes true and the Supreme Court does reject “state’s rights” and overturns DOMA. You don’t wanna miss this one!

Catch it by going to the “Muth’s Truths” page at


“Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid... seems determined to earn the description Teddy Roosevelt applied to President John Tyler -- 'a politician of monumental littleness’.”

- Columnist George Will


“The $2.5 trillion budget recommendation for fiscal year 2006 submitted to Congress yesterday doesn't include much of the funding requests submitted by the U.S. Postal Service last year.”

- DM News, 2/8/05


“One obstacle that President Bush will have to overcome if he wants to honor his pledge to restrain spending are Members of his own party in Congress.”

- “Review & Outlook,” Wall Street Journal, 2/8/05


“The fiscal 2006 federal budget is being billed as the tightest yet by the Bush administration. But the administration's rhetoric does not match the budget substance. Overall spending is projected to rise 3.6% in 2006, but that follows an enormous 33% increase over the past four years. And tens of billions more will be needed for Iraq. At first glance the budget sounds pretty tough this year, with a promise to cut or terminate 150 federal programs. But even if Congress passed all those cuts, 2006 spending would be reduced by less than 1%.”

- Chris Edwards & Alan Reynolds of the Cato Institute


“Since the 1930s the federal government has done nothing but grow, expand, intrude, involve, tax and spend. It is fashionable for conservatives to blame presidents, congresses and judges for the current state of affairs. But, in truth, that is not where the blame lies. The blame lies with us, the people. The fact is, a majority of Americans approve of what has happened, what is happening and what the future appears to hold. And the minority that doesn’t like it is not willing to take up arms against it.”

- Lyn Nofziger, “Musings,” 2/7/05


“A debate in Democratic circles about the party's association with radical filmmaker Michael Moore is breaking into the open. In the latest issue of the American Prospect magazine, author Mark Leon Goldberg lays out a persuasive case that Mr. Moore hurt Democratic candidates last fall. He quotes Cokie Roberts of ABC News as saying: ‘ 'Fahrenheit 9-11' was a 'Hate America First' movie, and people think that that's what the Democrats stand for. That hurts the Democrats every time.’ There's polling evidence to support this observation."

- John Fund, Political Diary, 2/7/05


“The educational tragedy in Rockford, Illinois, now making national headlines, echoes a larger tragedy. At Lewis Lemon elementary school, with a student body described by The New York Times as ‘80 percent nonwhite and 85 percent poor,’ third graders scored near the top in statewide readings tests. Their results were bested only by students at a school for the gifted.

“How were the results achieved? Teachers used reading lessons ‘heavy on drilling and repetition, that emphasize phonics--that is, learning words by sounding them out.’ This approach, however, is deemed too extreme by the new school superintendent, who is phasing it out.

“In discarding success, Rockford is following the demands of the still-dominant voices in the nation’s schools of education. They insist that phonics instruction be balanced with its antipode, the whole language ‘method.’ Because ‘reading is such a complex and multifaceted activity,’ explains Dr. Catherine Snow, professor of education at Harvard, ‘no single method is the answer.’

“This is like saying that because eating is ‘such a complex and multifaceted activity,’ no single method can guide us, and that a proper diet must therefore contain a mixture of food and poison.”

- Dr. Onkar Ghate of the Ayn Rand Institute ( Read and sign our petition to the Rockford School Board on this issue by going to: )


* A government dependency “Money Quote” from the irrepressible Lyn Nofziger * Canada’s ambassador raises a big doubt about drug industry claims concerning price controls...and takes a swipe at lawyers in the process * A New York murder victim is blamed for her own death by a “crime prevention” group * A Maryland legislator proposes relocating black bears to suburban Washington, DC, communities * Free speech and the university professor from Colorado

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News & Views, 2/7/05


“The half-time show last night was a dandy. . . . My brother-in-law said (and I agreed) that fireworks beat wardrobe malfunctions every time.”

- Rich Galen on the Super Bowl halftime show featuring Paul McCartney, “Mullings,” 2/7/05


“(Senate Minority Leader) Harry Reid (D-Nev.) looks and talks like a small-town undertaker whom you want to trust but wonder about, especially when he says the deceased would love the brass handles."

- Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan


I’m sure others have already suggested this, but I saw it for the first time in James Lileks’ column on Friday. The 2008 Democrat “dream team” - Hillary Clinton/Barack Obama. If things break their way, Lileks suggests a “40-state sweep” is possible. Lord, I hope he’s wrong...but I fear he could well be right.


Just to set the record straight: A lot of you have gotten that internet email saying members of Congress don’t pay into the Social Security system. But John McCaslin reported in his “Inside the Beltway” column on Friday that it’s not true. “In 1983, a law was passed requiring all lawmakers to participate in the Social Security system as of January 1, 1984, regardless of when they entered Congress,” he writes.


“It used to be, people were afraid to talk about Social Security. Now, I think people should be afraid not to talk about Social Security and start coming up with some solutions.”

- President Bush


“Airlines and business travelers are bristling over a Bush administration proposal to double the airport security tax created by Congress after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. When he submits his budget to Congress today, President Bush is expected to outline a plan to increase the security fee from $2.50 to $5.50 for a one-way airline ticket, and from a maximum of $5 to $8 for a trip that has multiple legs. The increase would generate an additional $1.5 billion for the Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration.”

- Washington Times, 2/7/05


“Iran is saying that they will accelerate their drive to master nuclear technology if the United States or Israel attacks their nuclear facilities. Well, that would be just fine. First we reduce Iran's nuclear capabilities to rubble. Then they spend the big bucks rebuilding. When they get to the point that they're close to being dangerous we level the facility again. Then they can start rebuilding again. Then we attack again. We get practice taking out nuclear facilities, and the Iranians get to thump their chests and spend money. Sounds like a good deal to me.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz, 2/7/05


“Americans have been conditioned to accept the word ‘democracy’ as a synonym for freedom, and thus to believe that democracy is unquestionably good. The problem is that democracy is not freedom. Democracy is simply majoritarianism, which is inherently incompatible with real freedom. Our founding fathers clearly understood this, as evidenced not only by our republican constitutional system, but also by their writings in the Federalist Papers and elsewhere…

“Simply put, freedom is the absence of government coercion. Our Founding Fathers understood this, and created the least coercive government in the history of the world. The Constitution established a very limited, decentralized government to provide national defense and little else. States, not the federal government, were charged with protecting individuals against criminal force and fraud.

“For the first time, a government was created solely to protect the rights, liberties, and property of its citizens. Any government coercion beyond that necessary to secure those rights was forbidden, both through the Bill of Rights and the doctrine of strictly enumerated powers. This reflected the founders’ belief that democratic government could be as tyrannical as any King.”

- Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), “Texas Straight Talk,” 2/7/05


“The courage and wisdom of those who birthed this Republic was nothing short of a magnificent event in the history of the world. When creating the federal government, it was imperative that the colonies (later called states) and the people be represented fairly. The method decided upon was the people would vote for their voice – a representative to serve in the House of Representatives.

“The states of the Union would each have an equal number of U.S. Senators (fixed at two), appointed by their state legislature to represent the interests of the state. Should that U.S. senator fail in their job, the legislature would recall them and appoint a new one. The decision to have the states appoint their U.S. senators was very calculated.

“All of that changed with the fraudulent ratification of the 17th Amendment. U.S. senators would now be elected. The states lost their suffrage rights, they no longer had any representation in Washington, D.C., and the federal machine has walked all over them since.”

- Columnist Devvy Kidd

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