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DOMA HANGING BY A THREAD
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 www.citizenoutreach.com
LITTLE BIG MAN
“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
WHITE HOUSE TO POST OFFICE: “NO”
“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
HEY, BIG SPENDERS
“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
LESS THAN MEETS THE EYE
“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
WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY
“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
THE DONKEYS’ ALBATROSS
“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
YER PUBLIK SKOOLZ INAXION
“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: http://www.chuckmuth.com/petition/TakeAction.cfm?PetitionID=10 )
YESTERDAY IN DC CONFIDNETIAL...
* 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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