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Wednesday

News & Views, 3/2/05


YESTERDAY IN DC CONFIDENTIAL...

* Schwarzeneggar on drunk Etch-a-Sketch artists * Public school teacher takes sex ed class into parking lot, gives live demonstration * The real culprits behind the new airport Bic Ban * Cato names this year’s BEST and WORST fiscal governors * Arkansas governor perverts meaning of the word “conservative” * Huckabee takes Grover to the woodshed * Utah LP gets it right on drug platform * Deadbeat congressman Cannon sinks to new low *

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BUT MOMMY, THERE’S MONSTERS IN THE CLOSET!

“The looming financial crunch in Social Security presents options that bring to mind prison cafeteria entrees: Some are inedible, and some are worse. The available ideas include such appetizing possibilities as raising taxes, reducing future benefits and increasing the retirement age. And the really bad news? Social Security is not the tough problem. It's the easy one. The tough one is Medicare.

“...Given the scale of the challenge, it might be understandable for our leaders to crawl under their desks and curl up in a fetal position, moaning and weeping and hoping the problem will go away. As it happens, that is about what they're doing.”

- Columnist Steve Chapman

ALWAYS RIGHT WITH CHARLIE JARVIS

There’s a new “Always Right” interview up on the Citizen Outreach website featuring Charlie Jarvis of USA Next...the conservative alternative to AARP. The topic? What else...Social Security. The ins, the outs, the ups, the downs...and everything in between. Charlie gives it to you straight and pulls no punches when talking about the liberal agenda of AARP. Listen to this extremely informative 46-minute interview by clicking on the “Always Right” link at www.citizenoutreach.com

BUSH WAS RIGHT?

“Germany loves to criticize George W. Bush's Middle East policies, just like Germany loved to criticize former President Ronald Reagan. But Reagan, when he demanded that Gorbachev remove the Berlin Wall, turned out to be right. Could history repeat itself?"

- Columnist Claus Christian Malzahn in the German magazine Der Spiegel

GO NAVY

“Last Thursday…(f)or the fifth time out of six attempts, Navy ships successfully tracked, intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile in-flight, using their existing AEGIS fleet air defense systems and a new Standard Missile, dubbed the SM-3. . . . Missile defenses are required now more than ever. The time has come to assign the Navy the mission and the resources necessary to provide comprehensive defenses from the sea.”

- Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy

INQUIRING MINDS WANNA KNOW

“Doesn’t anyone wonder why the NAACP does not have events celebrating the first black woman secretary of state? Why does an organization whose mission is to advance the lot of blacks not celebrate Clarence Thomas, our black Supreme Court justice?”

- Star Parker of the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education

THE POPE’S BIG TENT

“I have finally figured out why the Pope continues to put up with pro-abortion Catholics such as Ted Kennedy, John Kerry and Mario Cuomo. He doesn’t want to go down in history as The Great Excommunicator.”

- Lyn Nofziger’s “Musings”

LIBERAL DEFENDS WAL-MART?

“Bowing to intense pressure from neighborhood and labor groups, a real estate developer has just given up plans to include a Wal-Mart store in a mall in Queens, thereby blocking Wal-Mart's plan to open its first store in New York City. . . .

“(I)t's not as if Wal-Mart's founder, Sam Walton, and his successors created the world's largest retailer by putting a gun to our heads and forcing us to shop there. Instead, Wal-Mart has lured customers with low prices. . . .

“To claim that people shouldn't have access to Wal-Mart or to cut-rate airfares or services from India or to Internet shopping, because these somehow reduce their quality of life, is paternalistic tripe. No one is a better judge of what people want than they themselves.”

- Former Clintonite and union shill Robert Reich

GOP’S TOP THREE

“A national poll might put (Rudy) Giuliani or (John) McCain at the top (of GOP presidential hopefuls), followed by (Senate Majority Leader Bill) Frist, with everyone else in single digits. But this is hardly a three-man race.

“While there is no question Giuliani was an amazingly effective surrogate for President Bush and GOP candidates in every corner of the country, it's pretty difficult to imagine that a pro-choice, pro-gun control, pro-gay rights candidate is going to win the Republican presidential nomination any time soon…

“And while there is no doubt McCain would be a huge force in the race, it is not yet clear whether he will run. McCain would be 72 years old at the time of the 2009 inauguration -- three years older than Ronald Reagan was when he was sworn in…

“Frist is one of the most pedantic speakers in national politics, and it's not uncommon to hear snoring in the room as he wraps up a speech"

- Political prognosticator Charlie Cook

MINIMUM WAGE, MAXIMUM SELL-OUT

“Sen. Rick Santorum said today he plans to introduce a bill next week to increase the minimum wage by $1.10 over the next two years.”

- Congressional Quarterly, 2/22/05

SANTORUM MARCHES LEFT

“President Bush's political savant Karl Rove was the cock-of-the-walk this month bragging that conservatism has become ‘the dominant political creed in America.’ Surely it must be one of those off-brands because what's been passing for conservatism these days is quite troubling. Let's start with Rick Santorum.

“Pennsylvania's junior U.S. senator this week is planning to introduce a bill that would raise the minimum wage. The economy is growing, the Republican notes; his ‘sense’ is that now ‘is probably a good time’ to raise the wage floor.

“Actually, there's never a good time to raise the government-mandated wage floor because the ‘good’ of minimum wages is a fallacy.”

- Colin McNickel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 2/27/05

ANOTHER POSTAL REFORM OPTION

“Another solution (in addition to reducing the current six-day mail delivery schedule) would be to initiate what the USPS calls ‘Neighborhood Box Units,’ or NBUs. These would be set up in various locations throughout neighborhoods, much like you would find in apartment complexes, which would keep the mail carrier from having to walk as much. Of course you'd lose your door-to-door service except for parcels and accountable mail (certified letters, express mail, insured or registered mail, etc.), but a carrier could deliver two or three times as much mail on a daily basis, and the USPS could drastically reduce its carrier force.”

- Anonymous USPS letter carrier and News & Views reader

SURVEY SAYS!

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Chuck Muth
1315 Wilson Point Road
Middle River, MD 21220
E-mail: chuck@chuckmuth.com

Tuesday

News & Views, 3/1/05

YESTERDAY IN DC CONFIDENTIAL...

* Lyn Nofziger reveals the safest bet in Washington * Big Labor’s dramatic decline * Arnold Schwarzenegger on mixing politics and religion * Girl wearing tux banned from high school yearbook for “dressing like a boy” * Michael Jackson and the new Bic ban on airplanes * Santorum goes wobbly, stops dancing with the ones who brung him * First state prepares to leave “No Child Left Behind” behind * The Nutty Professor in Colorado turns prostitute, UC plays the “john” *

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“ALWAYS RIGHT” INTERVIEWS ON AUDIO

Thanks to some generous technical assistance from my friend Rodney Helm in Las Vegas, we’re now able to offer the actual audio of the “Always Right” interviews. Wanna hear my interview with attorney Charles Gittins, the man representing the Marine being charged with murder in Iraq? Just go to the “Always Right” page on www.citizenoutreach.com and click on the “Play” button of audio icon there. That’s it. Enjoy. And I’ll let you know when other interviews are posted in the future.

GARBAGE IN, GARBAGE OUT

“This week's Survey Says! question is one of the most important of the whole postal debate. I voted ‘once a week’ since the only thing I get is bills, belated birthday cards, and junk mail. They only collect the garbage once a week, seems to me they should only deliver it once a week.”

- News & Views reader Douglas Harrison

SURVEY SAYS!

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WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN

“Don't expect the Bush administration to get much credit, but the wall holding back Arab democracy is beginning to crack. From elections in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine to reforms throughout the region, it's unlikely any of it would've happened under a different U.S. president. In a surprise move over the weekend, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak used a nationally televised speech to call for a constitutional amendment to allow opposition parties to participate in presidential elections.”

- Brendan Miniter, Political Diary, 2/28/05

TRICK OR TREAT

“Hillary, in her true skin, is too stridently liberal and unlikable to be electable in a national election. But who says she has to show her true skin? . . . Hillary has done a far better job than I expected in faking her ‘centrism.’ She'll only get better in her ‘performances’ as time rolls on. . . . Hillary will never be a conservative. She'll never be a moderate. She'll never be anything other than a liberal. But she is getting quite accomplished at making it appear otherwise.”

- Columnist David Limbaugh

BIG-TIME BACKFIRE

“We know that the amnesty (for illegal aliens) program didn’t work. We have done that once before under the Reagan years, and it backfired big-time.”

- California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

GIVING AWAY THE STORE

“Republicans have figured out a way to erode their majority. We gave away governorships we shouldn't have lost in Tennessee, New Jersey and Wisconsin because GOP governors increased spending and taxes. We recaptured California because [Arnold] Schwarzenegger ran on lowering taxes and spending."

- Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, Washington Times, 2/28/05

COULDN’T HAPPEN TO A NICER BUNCH OF THUGS

“As the nation's labor leaders gather tomorrow in Las Vegas for their annual winter meeting, they face a decline in membership, dissent within the labor movement and shrinking political clout.”

- Washington Times, 2/28/05

MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION

“I have one question. If cigarette lighters are such a threat to air security, why is OK to take them on a plane on April 13th, but not April 14th? I'd really like to hear the line of reasoning for this from the enlightened TSA. If they are such a huge threat, why aren't they being confiscated immediately?- News & Views reader Matthew Best

SECRET OF THEIR SUCCESS

“Home-school success is not a new phenomenon. The vast majority of the Founding Fathers were home-schooled or received private one-on-one tutoring. The advantages of one-on-one tutoring are clear: no distractions and an environment where a child can learn at his or her own pace. So much more learning can take place in the home, which is the main reason home-schoolers score an average of 20 to 30 percentile points higher on standardized tests than public school students.”

- Michael Smith of the Home School Legal Defense Association

DIRTY HARRY THE LIBERTARIAN

“(Actor/director Clint) Eastwood says the controversy over (“Million Dollar Baby’s”) ending is overblown. He says people often assume his politics are tied up in the films he chooses, but adds, ‘If somebody thinks they know who I am because of a character I've played, it just means I played the role well, which is what you're supposed to do.’

“However, he is happy to sound off on his personal political views, which can be broadly described as libertarian. He stirred up a fuss a few years ago by speaking out in favor of a flat rate income tax. ‘Generally speaking, I always believe in being fiscally conservative, though it doesn't seem either party is in that category,’ he told Outside magazine in 2003. ‘I just think we should get off everybody's backs. We don't have to micromanage our society. It has to be run, but it doesn't have to be beaten to death.’"

- John Fund, Political Diary, 2/28/05

U.S. OUT OF WTO

“The World Trade Organization, which the United States joined in 1994, has been disastrous for American sovereignty. . . . Make no mistake about it: WTO ministers tell Congress to change American laws, and Congress complies. In fact, congressional leaders obediently scrambled to make sure the corporate tax bill passed before a WTO deadline. Thousands and thousands of bills languish in committees, yet a bill ordered by the WTO was pushed to the front of the line.

“...Our membership in the WTO is unconstitutional, which is to say illegal. The Constitution grants Congress, and Congress alone, the authority to regulate trade. . . . Fortunately, Congress has an opportunity this year to withdraw our membership in the WTO.

“When the U.S. first joined the organization in 1994, a rushed lame-duck Congress inserted a 5 year review clause to garner some last-minute votes. This clause allows members of Congress to bring a resolution every 5 years calling for a vote on our continued membership. I plan to join with other House colleagues this year in demanding withdrawal from the WTO.”

- Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), Texas Straight Talk, 2/28/05

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Published by:
Chuck Muth
1315 Wilson Point Road
Middle River, MD 21220
E-mail: chuck@chuckmuth.com

Monday

News & Views, 2/28/05


ROCKING HOLLYWOOD

"You made six 'Police Academies' but you can't make one 'Passion of the Christ!' "

- Academy Awards host Chris Rock chiding Hollywood in his opening monologue last night for its reluctance to fund Mel Gibson’s film about Jesus [EDITOR’S NOTE: Didn’t watch the Oscars; didn’t care. But we’re glad a non-liberal like Clint Eastwood won. Just goes to show that in America, people CAN overcome their handicaps!]

SURVEY SAYS!

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YESTERDAY IN DC CONFIDENTIAL...

* Another Bush victory for democracy in the Middle East * Michael Moore cleans up at the Razzies * Another angry liberal loses it on campus...this time on the basketball court * Terri Schiavo’s stay of execution * Golden RINO pops up in Virginia

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JURASSIC SCHOOLS

“America's high schools are obsolete. By obsolete, I don't mean our high schools are broken, flawed and underfunded, though a case could be made for every one of those points. By obsolete, I mean that our high schools, even when they're working exactly as designed, cannot teach all our kids what they need to know today."

- Microsoft founder Bill Gates, 2/26/05

IS THIS ASKING TOO MUCH?

“(Congress) should also require that legal immigrants be fully assimilated into American culture. This means they would have to learn U.S. history and the English language to pass a citizenship test.”

- Columnist Cal Thomas

CHECK, PLEASE!

“Before last year's election, Congress passed a Medicare drug entitlement that was outrageously, irresponsibly expensive - a budget breaker, an economy stopper - but while many in Congress admit as much, they claim innocence for their errant votes. Their whine is that George W. Bush made them do it, and Bush does have a lot to answer for in this act of fiscal mayhem - political fraud and abandonment of principle, for starters.

“But he no more tricked Congress, as some members allege, than a bear tricks a trapper into snagging him. Congress, which is supposed to be a check on the executive, checked nothing: It prodded Bush into this mess and has since sought sanctuary through flimsy excuses that verge on being lies.”

- Columnist Jay Ambrose

FAMOUS LAST WORDS

“I would remind you that extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”

- Barry Goldwater

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice."

- Thomas Paine

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Published by:
Chuck Muth
1315 Wilson Point Road
Middle River, MD 21220
E-mail: chuck@chuckmuth.com