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Citizens for a Sound Economy’s comments on the Notice of Proposed IRS Rulemaking
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Citizens for a Sound Economy’s comments on the Notice of Proposed IRS Rulemaking

Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation (“CSE Foundation”), is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with approximately 280,000 members. Its mission is to educate citizens on, and to promote the adoption of, free-market policies, which it believes inure to the benefit of consumers and citizens generally. CSE Foundation welcomes the opportunity to submit comments on the Internal Revenue Service’s proposed rulemaking, “Guidance on Reporting of Deposit Interest Paid to Nonresident Aliens,” (REG-133254-02). We have a number of concerns about the proposed rule and its adverse impact on the U.S. economy. Consequently, we request that the IRS withdraw the proposed rule.

11/14/2002
Defend schoolchildren from board's `revisions'
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Press Release

Defend schoolchildren from board's `revisions'

Where are academics in the debate over textbooks for public schools? A "citizens" group is bullying textbook publishers into exorcising facts from history, government and social studies books slated for Texas students while most scholars and institutions of higher learning warm the bench.

11/14/2002
Letter to the IRS on Proposed Rulemaking
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Letter to the IRS on Proposed Rulemaking

11/14/2002
Nancy Pelosi Earns a Zero on CSE Economic Scorecard
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Nancy Pelosi Earns a Zero on CSE Economic Scorecard

Representative Nancy Pelosi, the new House Democrat Minority Leader, scored a worst-possible 0 percent on the CSE Economic Scorecard for the 107th Congress. Analysts at Citizens for a Sound Economy track all legislation in Congress, and identify the votes most critical to maintaining and expanding America’s economy. The result is compiled into the CSE Economic Scorecard, which rated 20 key House votes on key economic issues in the 107th Congress. Members scoring above 80% receive recognition and the prestigious CSE Jefferson Award.

11/14/2002
Washington Agenda-General
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Washington Agenda-General

UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL For content questions, call 202-898-8291 To fax additions or changes, 202-898-8064 For the UPI News Desk call, 202-898-8111 EVENTS ON THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2003 TIME: All Day EVENT: CHAMBER OF COMMERCE holds a conference to discuss Modernizing Medicare for the Next Generation. AGENDA: Highlights: 8:30 a.m. - Welcoming Remarks Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce 8:30 a.m. - The Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare: Lessons Learned and Next Steps Sen. John Breaux (D-LA), Former Co-chair, National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare Rep. Nancy L. Johnson (R-CT), Chairwoman, Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Robert Kerrey, Former Senator (D-NE), Former Member, National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare, and President, New School University Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce 9:30 a.m. - Medicare Outlook Dan L. Crippen, Former Director, Congressional Budget Office David Wessel, Deputy Washington Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal 10 a.m. - Networking Break 10:15 a.m.- The Medicare Crisis: Implications for Business Andy B. Bressler, Managing Director, Bank of America Nancy-Ann DeParle, Senior Advisor, JP Morgan Partners, LLC Rita Metras, Director, Benefits, Eastman Kodak Kate Sullivan, Director, Health Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce 11:15 a.m. - Building a Medicare System that Works Today and Meets the Needs of Tomorrow Craig L. Fuller, President and CEO, National Association of Chain Drug Stores Thomas R. Saving, Director, Private Enterprise Research Center, Texas A&M University, Senior Fellow, National Center for Policy Analysis and Public Trustee, Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds Karen Ignagni, President and CEO, American Association of Health Plan Nancy E. Taylor, Co-chair, National Health Practice, Greenberg Traurig, LLP 12:30 p.m. - Luncheon Keynote Address Doug Badger, Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: 1615 H Street NW, Washington, DC CONTACT: 202-463-5682 WEB ADDRESS: uschamber.com TIME: All Day EVENT: NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF STATE LEGISLATURES holds its "Leader to Leader" meeting. AGENDA: Highlights: Breakfast Plenary Session with Congressional Leaders Rep. Dennis Hastert Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Sen. Joe Lieberman, Senate Democratic Policy Committee 10 a.m. - State-Federal Issue Summit: Special Education Sen. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska (confirmed) 12 noon - Leaders Plenary Luncheon: Economic Stimulus Sen. Olympia Snowe, Maine Sen. Charles Schumer, New York DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: Grand Hyatt, 1000 H Street NW, Washington, D.C. CONTACT: 202-624-5400 WEB ADDRESS: ncsl.org TIME: All Day EVENT: INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL holds its Economic Development Summit, "An Agenda for Change." DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. CONTACT: 202-223-7800 TIME: All Day EVENT: POPULATION RESEARCH INSTITUTE holds its third annual China Human Rights conference. AGENDA: Highlight: 1:15 p.m. - News conference on An American Held Hostage in China, and the Persecution of Chinese Families of Americans: Falun Gong" DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: Concerned Women for America, 1015 15th Street N.W., Suite 1100, Washington, D.C. CONTACT: 540-622-5240 ext 209 WEB ADDRESS: pop.org TIME: 8:45 a.m. EVENT: AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE holds a program on Russian Oil and U.S. Energy Security. Over the past four years, Russian oil production has grown by 25 percent. In February of 2002, Russia surpassed Saudi Arabia to become the world's top oil producer-pumping 7 million barrels per day against the Saudis' 6.9 million. WHO: The speakers are: Leon Aron, AEI Fiona Hill, Brookings Institution James Richard, Firebird Management DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: 1150 17th Street NW, Washington, DC CONTACT: 202-862-5933 WEB ADDRESS: aei.org TIME: 9:30 a.m. EVENT: GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY presents a Congressional briefing on "Improving Identification: Enhancing Security, Guarding Privacy." WHO: The speakers are: Rob Atkinson, vice president, Progressive Policy Institute Eileen Doherty, committee director, National Council of State Legislatures Tom Wolfson, senior vice president for government affairs and communications, American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators Mike Swetnam, CEO, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Richard Norton, executive director, International Biometric Industry Association Mark Kirkorian, executive director, Center for Immigration Studies DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: 188 Russell Office Building, Washington, DC CONTACT: 202-994-3087 WEB ADDRESS: gwnewscenter.org TIME: 9:30 a.m. EVENT: CENTER FOR RESPONSIVE LAW holds a program to discuss troop readiness for Bio-Chem Attacks. WHO: The speakers are: Rep. John Conyers, D-MI Consumer Activist, Ralph Nader Stephen Robinson, National Gulf War resource Center DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: National Press Club, 14th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC CONTACT: Jason Kafoury, 202-387-8030 or 202-232-9887 TIME: 10 a.m. EVENT: BROOKINGS INSTITUTION holds "Iraq Series" briefing on Iraq: Debating War, Preparing for Reconstruction. WHO: The speakers are: James B. Steinberg, Vice President and Director, Foreign Policy Studies, Brookings Bathsheba N. Crocker, Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies Philip H. Gordon, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, and Director, Center on the United States and France, Brookings Martin S. Indyk, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, and Director, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Michael E. O'hanlon, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, Brookings Kenneth M. Pollack, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, and Director of Research, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC CONTACT: 202-797-6105 WEB ADDRESS: brookings.edu TIME: 11 a.m. EVENT: NATURAL TRAILS AND WATERS COALITION, REP. RUSH HOLT, D-NJ, REP. CHRISTOPHER SHAYS, R-CT, REP. NICK RAHALL, D-WV, SEN. HARRY REID, D-NV, SEN. LINCOLN CHAFEE, R-RI, hold the Protect Yellowstone news conference DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: U.S. Capitol, Room HC-9, Washington, D.C. CONTACT: Kristen Brengel, 202-429-2694 TIME: 11:30 a.m. EVENT: SENATORS DIANNE FEINSTEIN, D-CA, JUDD GREGG, R-NH, JON CORZINE, D-NJ, PATRICK LEAHY, D-VT AND VISA CEO CARL PASCARELLA hold a news conference to unveil new Visa regulations prohibiting the display of all but the last four digits of credit card numbers on consumer receipts-- effectively setting a new industry standard for the protection of credit card information. DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: 410 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. CONTACT: Howard Gantman, Sen. Feinstein, 202-224-9629 WEB ADDRESS: sen.gov TIME: 11:30 a.m. EVENT: JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PAUL H. NITZE SCHOOL OF ADVANCED INTERNATIONAL STUDIES Center for Transatlantic Relations at holds a program on "The Czech Republic's View on Current Transatlantic Challenges," with Cyril Svoboda, deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of the Czech Republic. DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: 1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, Dc CONTACT: 202-663-5626 WEB ADDRESS: sais-jhu.org TIME: 12 noon EVENT: NATIONAL ECONOMIST CLUB holds its luncheon program featuring Alice Rivlin, Brookings Institution. DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: Chinatown Garden, 618 H St., NW, Washington, DC CONTACT: 703-739-9404 WEB ADDRESS: national-economists.org TIME: 12:30 p.m. EVENT: WOMAN'S NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CLUB presents Kurt Schmoke, Mayor of Baltimore from 1987 to 1999, now Dean of the Howard University School of Law on the first day of January 2003. DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: 1526 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC CONTACT: 202-232-7363 WEB ADDRESS: democraticwomen.org TIME: 12:30 p.m. EVENT: NATIONAL PRESS CLUB holds its "Luncheon Newsmaker" news program featuring Dr. Elias Zerhouni director National Institutes of Health discussing Is This The Biomedical Century? Challenges for a New Age." DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: National Press Club, 14th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC CONTACT: 202-662-7500 WEB ADDRESS: npc.press.org TIME: 1 p.m. EVENT: CITIZENS AGAINST GOVERNMENT WASTE, NATIONAL TAXPAYERS UNION, CITIZENS FOR A SOUND ECONOMY, AMERICANS FOR TAX REFORM, CLUB FOR GROWTH, AND 60 PLUS AND REP. JEFF FLAKE, R-AZ, hold a news conference to discuss the introduction of legislation that will transfer the money that Congress appropriated on pork projects in the recent omnibus appropriations bill to a reserve fund for defense and homeland security. DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. CONTACT: Matthew Specht, 202-225-2635 TIME: 1 p.m. EVENT: FOOD & AGRICULTURE POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE holds a news conference on agricultural outlook DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: National Press Club, 14th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC CONTACT: Vicki Trower, 573-882-9710 WEB ADDRESS: fapri.Missouri.edu TIME: 2 p.m. EVENT: INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH FREEDOM holds a panel discussion about the Federal Medical Privacy Rule, which takes effect on April 14, 2003 WHO: The speakers are: Sue Blevins, Institute for Health Freedom Kent Snyder, The Liberty Committee Barbara Fisher, National Vaccine Information Center Robin Kaigh, Esquire DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: National Press Club, 14th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC CONTACT: 202-429-6610 WEB ADDRESS: forhealthfreedom.org TIME: 5 p.m. EVENT: NATIONAL PRESS CLUB presents The 2003 William E. Colby Military Writers Symposium entitled Journalists At War featuring a panel discussion with Rick Atkinson, Joseph Galloway and Sean Naylor moderated by Lewis Sorley. DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: National Press Club, 14th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC CONTACT: 202-662-7500 WEB ADDRESS: npc.press.org TIME: 5:30 p.m. EVENT: JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PAUL H. NITZE SCHOOL OF ADVANCED INTERNATIONAL STUDIES holds the annual Rostov Lecture on International Affairs with Thomas Friedman, New York Times columnist and best-selling author. DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: 1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC CONTACT: 202-663-5626 WEB ADDRESS: sais-jhu.org TIME: 6 p.m. EVENT: GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY presents Miguel Rodriguez, The George Washington University J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of International Affairs and former president of Costa Rica (1998-2002) will deliver his annual Shapiro Lecture on the advantages of an academic perspective for a world leader DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: 800 21st Street NW, Washington, DC CONTACT: 202-994-3087 WEB ADDRESS: gwnewscenter.org TIME: 6 p.m. EVENT: KENNEDY CENTER MILLENIUM STAGE presents The US Naval Academy Band Brass Ensemble blending tradition and change into a wide variety of styles thanks to the unmatched versatility of its members. DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC CONTACT: 202-416-8000 WEB ADDRESS: kennedy-center.org TIME: 7 p.m. EVENT: POLITICS & PROSE BOOKSTORE presents Eric Alterman discussing and signing copies of What Liberal Media: The Truth About Bias and the News. Alterman presents an overview of the powerful and moneyed institutions whose interests effectively shape reporting and opinion in a decidedly conservative and even reactionary direction. DATE: March 6, 2003 LOCATION: 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC CONTACT: 202-364-1919 WEB ADDRESS: politics-prose.com

11/14/2002
Issues in Eduction
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Issues in Eduction

BY Lucy Hood

A four-month debate over Texas textbooks' portrayal of everything from religion to the Alamo and its profound consequences for schoolchildren across the nation is expected to end this week. Social studies books to be adopted by the State Board of Education were vetted over four months for mistakes, philosophical preferences and compliance with Texas' curriculum. "I think it's over and done with, and we'll pass the proclamation," said state board Chairwoman Grace Shore, R-Longview. But at least one board member and one interest group have cautioned that anything can happen at the last minute. The outcome will affect what students learn nationwide. Texas is the second-largest textbook market in the country. Public schools will spend $345 million on the social studies texts alone, and changes made to the Texas books often end up in classrooms elsewhere. The books, in the end, will incorporate suggestions from the right and the left. Both sides unleashed their critiques at three public hearings in July, August and September. And publishers, to a great extent, acquiesced to their demands. At the behest of Mary Helen Berlanga, D-Corpus Christi, for example, Prentice Hall increased Hispanic representation in some books and created a 32-page section featuring many Hispanics, including defenders of the Alamo, who played a role in Texas history. Publishers also made changes requested by a conservative coalition. The San Antonio-based Texas Public Policy Foundation took the lead with a $100,000 study that produced a list of 533 alleged mistakes. Other groups, such as the Texas Eagle Forum and Citizens for a Sound Economy, offered their own lists. According to the Texas Freedom Network, those revisions promote Christianity, attack Islam and distort the teaching of science and slavery. The network is a liberal group that monitors the religious right. "These kinds of changes go far beyond anyone's idea of factual errors and constitute a form of censorship," said its director, Samantha Smoot. Board member David Bradley, R-Beaumont, part of the social conservative bloc on the board, defended the changes. "Promoting Christianity? That's a crime?" he asked. "America was founded on Christian principles." Asked if the public could expect swift approval of the texts, Bradley hesitated. "Never say never. ... Twenty-four hours is a long time in education," he said, adding fuel to Smoot's fear of a last-minute pitch from the right for additional changes. Board members said the debate had been healthy, producing better books and giving the public an opportunity to participate in the selection process. "It represents democracy in action at its best," said board member Joe Bernal, D-San Antonio. Bernal praised publishers for increasing minority presence in some of the books, and he called the initial lack of Hispanic representation an "error of omission." Errors are important to the board, whose role in the textbook debate is only to correct factual errors, determine if the books conform to the state curriculum, and pass judgment on the bindings. In 1995, lawmakers restricted the board's powers, leaving it "with just enough authority to constantly get us in trouble," said board member Chase Untermeyer, R-Houston. "Right now we live in this half light," Untermeyer said, "in which textbooks are the best but by no means the only example of the problems faced by having partial powers." He suggested lawmakers either restore full authority to the board or take it away altogether. Smoot agreed that something must be done, suggesting that textbook selection be given to a separate entity. "A narrow group of people is able to use this process to grandstand about their political opinions and affect which books are chosen and which are not," she said. "It's clear that a great many things about this process don't serve children."

11/14/2002
Defend Schoolchildren From Board's 'Revisions'
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Defend Schoolchildren From Board's 'Revisions'

Where are academics in the debate over textbooks for public schools? A "citizens" group is bullying textbook publishers into exorcising facts from history, government and social studies books slated for Texas students while most scholars and institutions of higher learning warm the bench. If this were a football game it would be fourth and goal. The star players should get off the bench, or we'll lose more than a game -- our children will lose out on a well-rounded education. Today and Friday, State Board of Education members are scheduled to approve social studies textbooks for Texas' 4.1 million public schoolchildren. Some of these books are being cleansed of information Texas students need to compete for admission to the nation's best colleges and universities. The omission or blurring of those facts puts our kids at a disadvantage in taking college entrance exams or law or medical school admissions tests. Should the elected education board allow this to happen, it will be dumbing down public education. Let's review two facts that Texas Citizens for a Sound Economy has identified as erroneous, and therefore, subject to revision: * Global warming. Texas Citizens for a Sound Economy pushed for textbooks to describe global warming as a theory. This comes a year after a panel of top American scientists appointed by President Bush to study the issue declared that global warming is real and getting worse. The panel's report was written by 11 atmospheric scientists who are members of the National Academy of Sciences, including a meteorologist who for years had expressed skepticism about some of the dire predictions regarding the significance of human-caused warming. * Acid rain. Another theory, according to Texas Citizens for a Sound Economy. However, that "theory" has done real damage in Franklin, N.Y., according to the Environmental Protection Agency, which describes the city's Little Echo Pond as one of the most acidic lakes in the United States due to the effects of acid rain. In the face of the existing evidence about these and other issues, it seems odd -- to put it mildly -- to call global warming or acid rain "theories." If facts are desired, here are a few. A majority of the State Board of Education, with the help of their friends at Texas Citizens for a Sound Economy, has circumvented a state law. After more than a decade of ideological wars over books, the Legislature stripped the education board of its power to edit content -- a power board members had abused by using it to advance a political and religious agenda. But the education board's social conservative members cleverly found a way to edit textbooks and seize authority the Legislature wisely gave to local school districts. The 1995 law only allows the board to correct information in books that is erroneous. To get around that, the board and groups such as the conservative citizens group need only claim that facts are errors to force revisions. And as long as they can muster a majority on the board, they can turn facts into errors or "theories." They are doing it with impunity. Just last week, Texas Education Commissioner Felipe Alanis and Higher Education Commissioner Don Brown visited with this editorial board to promote in part a tougher curriculum to move 300,000 more kids into college over the next decade or so. Yet they have been silent in standing up for the kind of textbooks needed to accomplish that task. We commend professors such as the University of Texas' Andrew Riggsby, who correctly characterized this process as vandalism rather than review. The University of Texas, with its army of noted scientists, researchers and legal scholars and its College of Education, should have intervened. But it has curiously remained on the sidelines as the battle over our schoolchildren's minds plays out blocks from the campus. We only hope it shows up today and Friday to stop what otherwise will be a certain victory for the board -- but a big loss for our schoolchildren.

11/14/2002
IRS Regulation Is Threat To Economy
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IRS Regulation Is Threat To Economy

November 13, 2002 Alexandra K. Helou Office of Associate Chief Counsel (International) Internal Revenue Service CC:DOM:ITA:RU (REG-133254-02) Room 5226 P. O. Box 7604, Ben Franklin Station Washington, DC 20044 Dear Ms. Helou:

11/13/2002
Liberal Raleigh News and Observer Mocks CSE Pledge
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Liberal Raleigh News and Observer Mocks CSE Pledge

11/13/2002
Who is Nancy Pelosi?
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Who is Nancy Pelosi?

Rep. Dick Gephardt is on the way out, making way for Rep. Nancy Pelosi to become House Democrat Minority Leader. It's not an improvement.

11/13/2002

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