YESTERDAY IN DC CONFIDNETIAL...
* Wildlife manager fined $3,500 for saving endangered tadpoles * Snarlin’ Arlen’s revenge * Crazy Aunt on the Bench issues another doozy of a ruling * People of Colorado will have to do their representatives’ job...again * LP misses boat on ILLEGAL immigration * Where to find a hilarious “rap” video which could be titled “The Bible & the Bobby Sox Girl”
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ISSUES & ANSWERS
Rep. Charlie Norwood thinks America should take a page from Iraq’s playbook and bring free elections without fear of injury or reprisal to...union workers. In an op/ed column yesterday, Norwood talks about the un-American “card checks” being forced on workers by labor bosses, as well as his proposed legislation to end them. A good read...and a great idea. Check it out on our Issues & Answers page at www.citizenoutreach.com
YER GUMMINT SKOOLS INAXION
“The Arizona Republic reports that the Scottsdale school district is adopting fancy new titles for many of its employees. Barbara Levine, who ‘used to be known as the receptionist,’ is now the ‘Director of First Impressions,’ which we guess means she's allowed to ignore anyone she already knows who comes into the office. The bus driver is now called the ‘transporter of learners,’ and the assistant superintendent for elementary schools is (take a breath) ‘executive director for elementary schools and excelling teaching and learning.’"
- James Taranto’s “Best of the Web,” 2/24/05
GOING IN EXACTLY THE WRONG DIRECTION
“What a difference a decade makes. This year, President Bush announced an $18 million increase in the NEA’s (National Endowment for the Arts) budget, the largest boost in more than 20 years in an otherwise flat domestic funding blueprint.”
- Columnist Gary Andres
REGULATING OCEAN SWIMMING NEXT?
“Concerned that Americans are consuming salt at twice the recommended levels, a consumer group asked a federal court Thursday to force the government to regulate it. More than two decades after a similar lawsuit was dismissed, the Center for Science in the Public Interest is trying anew to get salt categorized as a food additive. The change would give the Food and Drug Administration more authority to regulate salt in food, whether through warnings on packages and menus or mandatory or voluntary limits. Salt is ‘generally recognized as safe’ by the FDA now, leaving it less regulated.”
- Associated Press
NO FEDERAL MEDDLING LEFT BEHIND
“Concluding a yearlong study on the effectiveness of President Bush's sweeping education law, No Child Left Behind, a bipartisan panel of lawmakers drawn from many states yesterday pronounced it a flawed, convoluted and unconstitutional education reform initiative that has usurped state and local control of public schools."
- The New York Times
BACK TO BASICS
"Instead of proposing more top-down fixes for education, the president should use his position to push for the return of control of education to states and localities and urge state-level reforms that return the control of education to parents."
- David Salisbury of the Cato Institute
WHEN IN ROMANIA, FLAT TAX AS THE ROMANIANS…
“After enduring the 22-year dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu, (Romania) is striving to gain a new measure of international respectability, solicit further foreign investment and replace its currency, the leu, with the euro. To that end, (Prime Minister Calin Popescu) Tariceanu introduced a 16 percent flat tax to replace corporate and personal income taxes that ranged from 18 and 40 percent for individuals and 25 percent for corporations. ‘We strongly support it as a source of wealth for all Romanians and foreign companies in Romania,’ he said in the Jan. 27 speech.”
- Robert Schroeder of MarketWatch
“This is the fastest any governor claiming to be a Reagan Republican has folded under the pressure of big-spending interests.”
- Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform on newly-elected Indiana Gov. Mitch “The Blade” Daniels’ proposal for a one-year tax hike on people making over $100,000 a year
HILLARY THE CHURCH LADY
“Forget her prepared speeches, put aside her moderate statements on Iraq and abortion. This is how you know (Hillary Clinton’s) running for president in 2008. Ten days ago a reporter interviewed her in the halls of the Senate and asked if she planned to run for president. She did not say, ‘I'm too busy serving the people of New York to think about the future.’ She did not say, ‘Oh, I already have a heckuva lot on my plate.’ She said, ‘I have more than I can say grace over right now.’
“I have more than I can say grace over right now. What a wonderfully premeditated ad lib for the Age of Red State Dominance. I suggested a few weeks ago that Mrs. Clinton was about to get very, very religious. But her words came across as pious and smarmy, like Tammy Faye with a law degree. Maybe she still thinks in stereotypes; maybe she thinks that's what little Christian ladies talk like while they stay home baking cookies. Whatever, it was almost as good as her saying, ‘I'm running, is this not obvious to even the slowest of you?’"
- Columnist Peggy Noonan
ACTIONS SPEAK SOFTER THAN WORDS
"[Harvard President Larry] Summers' mistake was that he did not treat women badly. Take Summers' old boss, Bill Clinton, who was able to date while married, as his top female staffers (who considered themselves feminists) strove to protect him from nubile workers. In this politically correct era, words speak louder than actions: You can act like a sexist cad, but you can't talk as if you think a sexist cad conceivably might have a point.”
- Columnist Debra Saunders
EXPENSIVE MISSION CREEP
“After the first three years -- that is to say, beginning in 1940 -- you will pay, and your employer will pay, 1.5 cents for each dollar you earn, up to $3,000 a year. ... Beginning in 1943, you will pay 2 cents, and so will your employer, for every dollar you earn for the next 3 years. ... And finally, beginning in 1949, 12 years from now, you and your employer will each pay 3 cents on each dollar you earn, up to $3,000 a year. ... That is the most you will ever pay."
- 1936 government pamphlet on Social Security, as reprinted in a column by Walter Williams. By the way, workers and employers now pay over 15 cents on the dollar in Social Security taxes...on income up to $90,000 a year.
THE COMING CATASTROPHE: YOU DO THE MATH
“There are 48 million Social Security beneficiaries today, but in 2030 there will be 84 million. In 1950, there were 16 SS taxpayers for every recipient. Now there are only 3.3 taxpayers for every recipient, and that will be reduced 30 percent by 2030. Additionally, when SSI was formed, life-expectancy was 61 years, which is to say, most Americans did not make it to 65. Now, however, average life expectancy is 77.”
- Mark Alexander of the Federalist Patriot
A TAX BY ANY OTHER NAME STINKS AS BAD
“Social Security is simply a tax. Like all taxes, the money collected is spent immediately as general revenues to fund the federal government. The Social Security trust fund does not exist, and Social Security 'surpluses' are nothing more than an accounting ledger showing that contributions exceeded benefits paid for a given calendar year -- not that the excess was put aside. ... No matter what politicians promise, Social Security reform will not change the fact that your money is taken from your paycheck and sent to Washington, where it will be spent."
-Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican
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FAMOUS LAST WORDS
“Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare but only those specifically enumerated."
- Thomas Jefferson
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