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MONDAY Birmingham Sales and Marketing Executives Association. Luncheon meeting, 11:30 a.m., The Harbert Center, Bruno Hall, 2019 Fourth Ave. North, $10 for first-time guests. Lyndy Rogers, Financial Solutions Group-NCR account director, will present "Your Most Important Customers: Managing Major Account Relationships." Reservations, Janet Ellis, 803-1200 or e-mail smebhm@aol.com. IntraState Parliamentary. Workshop, "Streamlining Your Meeting," 10 a.m., Assistance League of Birmingham, 1755 Oxmoor Road, Homewood. Information, Nell Williams, 870-4554. National Safety Council, Alabama Chapter. Course, Safety Management Techniques, MondayFriday, 2168 Green Springs Highway. Information, 328-7233 or 1-800-457-7233. Tipmasters South of Birmingham. Lunch meeting, 11:45 a.m., Damon's Restaurant, 1901 Hoover Court, Hoover. Business referrals and networking. Information, George Griffin, 802-9240 or Andrew Burke, 969-3000. Toastmasters International, Vulcan Voices Chapter. Meeting, 6 p.m., So

10/07/2001
Coalition Pushes for Good Economic Policy
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Coalition Pushes for Good Economic Policy

Washington, DC, October 4, 2001 – Today, a coalition of organizations led by Empower America met with White House officials and delivered a letter to the President urging him to "take the reigns of economic policy firmly in hand and present Congress and the American public with a bold plan for economic recovery with specific proposals that build on the successful tax rate reductions of the past." Empower America co-director Jack Kemp, on behalf of the signatories, delivered the letter to the President.

10/05/2001
Truth or Consequence
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Truth or Consequence

This publication was originally printed in the Texas Federation of Republican Women's Issues and Actions newsletter. During the last few months, a small group of people here in Texas has been fighting valiantly against a dangerous but very subtle, threat to our nation from within. These Texas heroes are trying to prevent science textbooks from being approved by the State Board of Education that are full of error, unsupported extremist environmental bias, and occasional anti-American rhetoric.

10/04/2001
Education Leaders Send Recommendations to Congress and White House on ESEA Reform
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Education Leaders Send Recommendations to Congress and White House on ESEA Reform

Please note: Organizations of signatories are provided for identification puposes only. MEMORANDUM TO: President George W. Bush House and Senate ESEA Conferees Congressional Leaders FROM: William J. Bennett, Empower America Lisa Graham Keegan, Education Leaders Council Chester E. Finn, Jr., Thomas B. Fordham Foundation Krista Kafer, The Heritage Foundation RE: Recommendations for Improving ESEA Legislation DATE: October 3, 2001

10/04/2001
Trade, Terror and Truth
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Trade, Terror and Truth

Copley News Service, 10/03/2001 In addition to America's battle plan for the war on terrorism, we have to develop a battle plan to combat recession. Even before the terrible events of Sept. 11, the economy was stumbling toward a deflationary recession because of deflationary monetary policy. Coupled with unnecessarily high tax rates on the factors of production and unwarranted regulatory encumbrances, the economy didn't have a chance.

10/03/2001
The Doctors Company Hosts Tort Reform Summit
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The Doctors Company Hosts Tort Reform Summit

The Doctors Company, a leading national professional liability insurer, will host the second annual Tort Reform Summit October 10-12, 2001, in Napa, California. Tort reform leaders throughout the nation will meet to honor those who have made significant contributions to tort reform.

10/03/2001
Letter to Congress on Economic Growth
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Letter to Congress on Economic Growth

Dear Member of Congress: As all Americans continue to mourn the events of September 11, 2001 and begin the difficult process of returning to "normalcy," we thank the Congress for your leadership. We recognize the difficult challenges you face.

10/02/2001
A Strong Sector: The Key to Victory
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A Strong Sector: The Key to Victory

Where do we go from here? This is the question that many of Citizens for a Sound Economy’s 280,000 activists have been asking the last few weeks. While we will continue to mourn the senseless loss of life in New York and Washington, we must now build for the future. While terrorists can attack our buildings and destroy our property, they cannot extinguish the ingenuity and spirit that built our nation.

10/02/2001
President Bush Urged to Intervene in Commerce Decision Imposing 19.3 Percent Duties on Canadian Lumber Imports
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President Bush Urged to Intervene in Commerce Decision Imposing 19.3 Percent Duties on Canadian Lumber Imports

Citing its harmful effects on housing consumers, lumber-dependent industries and the overall economy, President George W. Bush was urged today to intervene in a preliminary decision by the Commerce Department to impose countervailing duties of 19.3 percent on softwood lumber imports from Canada. According to the alliance of American Consumers for Affordable Homes (ACAH), a 15-member organization that represents over 95 percent of the domestic consumption of lumber in the U.S., in a letter to the President, said that the duties could reduce GDP from 0.05 to 0.11 percent at a time when GDP growth was last reported to be only 0.3 percent. (Letter follows.) "The Commerce Department is considering additional anti-dumping duties of up to 39 percent, which could further reduce the GDP," said Susan Petniunas, ACAH spokesperson. "We urge President Bush to assess this situation, and factor in how Commerce's preliminary determination is negatively impacting the housing sector and other lumber-dependent industries that provide jobs for more than 7 million workers and accounts for 5 percent of the nation's GDP." Softwood lumber imports from Canada account for some 35 percent of U.S. softwood lumber consumption. It is primarily used in framing for homes, including manufactured housing. The supply of softwood lumber in the U.S. has continued to decline over the past 20 years, and much of the supply has been prevented from logging since it is on public lands. A handful of U.S. producers, led by International Paper, Sierra Pacific, Potlatch and Temple Inland, along with southern landholders, petitioned Commerce to impose the duties when the U.S./Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement expired in April. That agreement put quota restrictions on the amount of lumber imported into the U.S. Commerce subsequently issued a preliminary ruling on August 10 that put the 19.3 percent duty in place on Canadian softwood lumber imports. "Expiration of the quota agreement was a positive development for home builders, lumber dealers, and consumers of lumber products, and specifically for affordable housing in America," Petniunas said. "However the countervailing duty is nothing more than a 20 percent federal sales tax being imposed on homebuyers. This, and any additional anti-dumping duties could add thousands of dollars to the cost of a new home. This would be especially problematic for families seeking to purchase their first home, and for the elderly looking for more affordable housing, and for the elderly looking for more affordable housing. According to U.S. Census Bureau calculations, the additional cost of these duties could price as many as a half million families out of the mortgage market." The ACAH letter to President Bush said: "The Commerce Department action is even more troubling when you compare it to your Administration's strong free trade position on many other global issues. Supporting this strong free trade position are over 100 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Representing all political spectrums, these lawmakers are calling for open lumber markets between the U.S. and Canada." The U.S. economy would have contracted in the second quarter without the growth in housing investment. "With the fragile nature of our economy, and the importance of the housing sector, ACAH is asking the President to confer with Secretary Evans and reverse the Commerce Department's egregious preliminary decision, and to move our two countries to free trade under NAFTA," Petniunas said. A similar appeal was made recently by two ACAH member organizations, Manufactured Housing Institute and Manufacturing Housing Association for Regulatory Reform, pointing out that the cost of a manufactured home has increased by as much as $2,000 since the duties were imposed. The average cost of a manufactured home is $43,600. The manufactured housing builders rely on softwood lumber from Canada since southern yellow pine does not have the characteristics required for this type of construction. Approximately six million U.S. workers are involved in lumber-using businesses, including home builders, remodelers, lumber dealers, and workers in industries such as wood pallet manufacturers, window frame and bed makers. More than 7 million workers are associated with the consumers of lumber and outnumber lumber-producing workers by 25 to 1 in the United States. ACAH members include CHEP USA, Citizens for a Sound Economy, Consumers for World Trade, Free Trade Lumber Council, The Home Depot, International Mass Retail Association, International Sleep Products Association, Leggett & Platt Inc., Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform, Manufactured Housing Institute, National Association of Home Builders, National Black Chamber of Commerce, National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association, National Retail Federation, and the United States Hispanic Contractors Association.

10/02/2001
The Apple of a Think Tank's Eye
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The Apple of a Think Tank's Eye

BY Richard Morin and Claudia Deane

Inside the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, a few blocks from Grand Central Station in downtown Manhattan, life still isn't completely back to normal, said spokeswoman Lindsay Young. And it may never be. The terrorist strikes on the city have prompted the tank to reshuffle its research priorities and refocus attention on its home town.

10/02/2001

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