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American Consumers for Affordable Homes to Hold Media Briefing at Legislative Conference
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American Consumers for Affordable Homes to Hold Media Briefing at Legislative Conference

News Advisory: American Consumers for Affordable Homes, an ad hoc alliance of 17 U.S. national organizations and businesses, will hold a media briefing at the National Lumber and Building Material Dealer's Association Legislative Conference. When: Tuesday, April 23, 9:15-9:45 a.m. Where: Marriott Metro Center Washington, D.C. London II room mult box provided

04/22/2002
Memo to Congressional Leaders
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Memo to Congressional Leaders

The Washington Post, of all publications, confirmed what we already knew: Congress has been on a spending binge of historic proportions. In fact, the closest historic precedent is Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society.” Hill leaders should remember that his policies led to: 1: stagflation 2: the ascendancy of the modern conservative movement

04/18/2002
Time to Act on the Lessons of History
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Time to Act on the Lessons of History

© 2002 Copley News Service, 4/17/2002 With the agony of filing federal tax returns once again behind us, it is useful to recall the words of the famous German philosopher, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: "What experience and history teach is this -- that people and governments never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it."

04/17/2002
Tax Protestors Rally
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Tax Protestors Rally

BY Moke Conley

A large number of local residents showed up at the Marion Post Office Monday afternoon to mail off their completed income tax forms before the midnight deadline. By the 4:30 p.m., the line of cars waiting to enter the post office's front parking lot stretched out into South Garden Street. But some people did not go quietly to the post office.

04/17/2002
D.C. Trade Reps Urged to Ask President Bush to Intervene in Pending New 29 Percent Sales Tax on Lumber Consumers Imposed…
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D.C. Trade Reps Urged to Ask President Bush to Intervene in Pending New 29 Percent Sales Tax on Lumber Consumers Imposed…

Attendees at a meeting of Washington trade professionals held here today were urged to express their concerns to the Bush Administration about its looming 29 percent sales tax on U.S. consumers by putting protectionist duties on all softwood lumber imports from Canada. The U.S. cannot provide sufficient framing lumber and relies on Canada for approximately one-third of its needs. Lead by International Paper, Potlatch, Plum Creek, Sierra Pacific, Temple Inland, and southern land owners forming the Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports filed petitions a year ago alleging that they had been harmed by Canadian softwood lumber imports and asking for countervailing and antidumping duties. The U.S. Commerce Department said it will impose the duties pending a decision by the International Trade Commission which is expected May 2. "It is very sad that a segment of U.S. forestry producers and land owners have been able to get our government to impose such a ridiculous level of duties on our consumers," said Susan Petniunas, spokesperson for an alliance of 17 national organizations and companies, American Consumers for Affordable Homes (ACAH), which has been fighting the trade action. She spoke to the Washington International Trade Association. "We believe that the President should intervene and stop this process," she said. "Canada is our most important trading partner and strong supporter of our overall government in many global actions. We should not allow our own government to impose a new sales tax on consumers so that a handful of companies can improve their bottom lines." Petniunas said that, if the new taxes are imposed, they will add nearly $1,500 to the price of a new home, pricing close to 450,000 families out of the housing market since they can not qualify for mortgages. "Unfortunately, those most impacted are first time homebuyers and seniors seeking to lower housing costs in retirement. While $1,500 may not sound like much to some people, for many, it is the difference between being able to buy a home for the first time, or not." ACAH believes that there should be no trade restraints on Canadian softwood lumber imports. More than 100 members of the U.S. House and Senate have signed resolutions or written letters to the administration indicating their support for free trade in lumber, and urging no new taxes or penalties on consumers. "For the first time ever, a panel of consumers was assembled to testify before the ITC in March," Petniunas said. "They represented homebuilders, lumber dealers, The Home Depot, manufactured housing firms, and others. Each clearly pointed out that softwood lumber does not compete with southern yellow pine, and that the charges by the Coalition are false." The panel appealed to the Commissioners to reject the Commerce Department's plan to impose the duties.

04/16/2002
Letter to Financial Services Committee
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Letter to Financial Services Committee

Dear Chairman Oxley, As the House Financial Services Committee reaches the point of deciding just how extensive the new controls over accounting firms should be, Citizens for a Sound Economy urges you to look beyond the partisan arguments and consider the impact of the proposed “reforms” on the economy.

04/16/2002
Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places
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Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places

The allure of being a state attorney general is not the riches, notoriety, or duties, but the career opportunities the post provides. President Bill Clinton used his position as Arkansas Attorney General to run for governor; John Ashcroft did the same in Missouri. North Carolina Attorney General Mike Easley made the jump to governor of his state in the 2000 election, while Virginia Attorney General Mark Earley narrowly lost in his gubernatorial bid. The position has become such an infamous launching pad for the governorship that the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) is colloquially referred to as the “National Association of Aspiring Governors.”

04/16/2002
Organizing Voters for Less
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Organizing Voters for Less

Cynicism. Pessimism. These are the words that the media constantly uses to describe the public’s attitude towards politics and politicians. Voter turnout is low, campaigns are driven by money rather than policy, and Congress remains helplessly gridlocked on important national issues such as energy and social security reform. There is more than a grain of truth to this description of politics. But what is unclear, however, is whether the voters are wrong. Should they be optimistic? Should they view politics as a positive force that can better their lives? In many ways, voter sentiments are right in line with the tenets of limited government that frame our constitutional democracy.

04/16/2002
With All Due Respect
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With All Due Respect

Parents, children and taxpayers won a small but important victory late last week when the Chicago School Board announced it would close three “chronically failing” public elementary schools.

04/16/2002
Making Tax Cuts Permanent
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Making Tax Cuts Permanent

Week in Summary: This week being ‘tax week’ the House will take up legislation to make permanent the tax benefits enacted by the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Act of 2001. This legislation is desperately needed to get our economy back on track and is featured below in the issues in-depth section. The House will also consider H.R. 476, the “Child Custody Protection Act.” This bill would make it a crime to take a pregnant minor across state lines for an abortion.

04/15/2002

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