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Change the debate: Ashcroft a Champion for Consumers
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Change the debate: Ashcroft a Champion for Consumers

Citizens for a Sound Economy President Paul Beckner today announced his support for Attorney General nominee Senator John Ashcroft and urged senators to confirm the former Missouri governor. “Few public servants have defended consumer interests as steadfastly and on a consistent basis,” said Beckner about Sen. Ashcroft in a letter to the Senate. Sen. Ashcroft is a champion for consumers and his record proves it: 1. Despite his ardent anti-smoking convictions, Ashcroft shielded consumers from an $800 billion cigarette tax.

01/10/2001
Seattle's "Light" Rail Faces Weighty Problems
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Seattle's "Light" Rail Faces Weighty Problems

There is a belief among many Americans that government is inherently wasteful, inefficient, and arrogant. To the dismay of everyone in the Puget Sound area, the recent Sound Transit debacle has confirmed these stereotypes.

01/10/2001
Citizens For A Sound Economy Urges Senate to Confirm Ashcroft
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Citizens For A Sound Economy Urges Senate to Confirm Ashcroft

The following was released today by Citizens for a Sound Economy: -- Change the Debate: Ashcroft a Champion for Consumers -- CSE Urges Senate to Confirm Ashcroft Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) President Paul Beckner today announced his support for Attorney General nominee Senator John Ashcroft and urged senators to confirm the former Missouri governor. "Few public servants have defended consumer interests as steadfastly and on a consistent basis," said Beckner about Sen. Ashcroft in a letter to the Senate. Sen. Ashcroft is a champion for consumers and his record proves it: -- Despite his ardent anti-smoking convictions, Ashcroft shielded consumers from an $800 billion cigarette tax. -- Ashcroft favors restraint in antitrust regulation and has voiced his concern over the government's case against Microsoft. -- His record shows consistent support of consumer-friendly bills including tort reform legislation, such as the Y2K Liability Act of 1999 and the Common Sense Legal Reform Act of 1995. Erick Gustafson, CSE's Center for Consumer Choice director, said the idle left-wing talk of the liberals doesn't focus where it should: on Ashcroft's pro-consumer record. "The fact is, as Attorney General, Senator Ashcroft will favor innovators over litigators and will fight for consumers every step of the way." Gustafson said. "We have no reason to believe otherwise. Time and again Ashcroft has proven himself a champion for consumers." "Ashcroft's distinguished record of public service should serve as the primary focus of the confirmation process and compel a 'yes' vote," Beckner concluded. "American consumers deserve John Ashcroft as their Attorney General."

01/10/2001
Rules of the Road: Starr Power
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Rules of the Road: Starr Power

BY Jaret Seiberg and Shanon D. Murray

Former Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr has joined the fight against the Federal Trade Commission's efforts to prevent H.J. Heinz Co. from acquiring Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp. In briefs filed Dec. 29 with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Starr is listed as the lead lawyer for Beech-Nut and its Milnot Holding Corp. parent. He joins fellow Kirkland & Ellis partner Tefft W. Smith in arguing that a trial court was correct in ruling that the efficiencies of the merger of the two baby-food operations outweigh any anti-competitive harms.

01/09/2001
CSE: Onerous and Unnecessary Rules for Salmon Take Effect Today
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CSE: Onerous and Unnecessary Rules for Salmon Take Effect Today

The following was released today by Oregon Citizens for a Sound Economy: Today the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) will begin enforcing 4(d) rules for salmon in the Pacific Northwest, threatening the rights of property owners throughout the region. These rules will apply the "take" prohibitions of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to salmon populations listed as "threatened." Included in the 4(d) rules is a provision giving individuals and special interest groups the right to file lawsuits against property owners for alleged violations of the ESA. Potential impacts of the new federal rules could include lost jobs, higher energy and water bills, higher costs for new homes, caps on residential and commercial water use, the destruction of dams that produce clean energy and are a vital source of power in the Pacific Northwest, limits on agricultural irrigation, and new government regulation of construction and transportation costs. "The prohibitions in the 4(d) rules threaten basic property rights and turn the entire Pacific Northwest into a fief of the Fisheries Service," said Oregon CSE Director Russ Walker. "What's worse, NMFS has virtually guaranteed that extremists will try to shut down farms and businesses with a flood of frivolous lawsuits." The 4(d) rules are not only onerous, but unnecessary. Populations of salmon in the Pacific Northwest are surging to levels not seen in decades. However, NMFS refuses to count most of these fish because they do not meet the agency's misguided standards of biological purity. Walker noted, "If this bureaucracy would stop inventing reasons to ignore the millions of salmon returning to our rivers, there would be no justification for ESA listings at all." "The only rule NMFS should be applying is just count every fish. "Ignoring good science in order to pander to special interests is an unfortunate aspect of the Clinton-Gore legacy. A legacy we in the Pacific Northwest will have to live with." ------ CSE recruits, educates, trains and mobilizes hundreds of thousands of volunteer activists to fight for less government, lower taxes and more freedom. CSE believes individual liberty and the freedom to compete expand consumer choices and provide individuals with the greatest control over what they own and earn.

01/09/2001
The Media's Coup: McCain 'Reform' Is A Win For Press, But Loss For Voters
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The Media's Coup: McCain 'Reform' Is A Win For Press, But Loss For Voters

By James C. Miller III The general public is far less concerned with campaign finance reform than journalists and incumbents are. During the recent presidential election, poll after poll found the issue ranked near the bottom of voters' concerns compared to matters such as health care, education and taxes. A Portrait of America poll found the public ranked campaign finance 24th of 28 issues in order of importance, and the Gallup Poll found a majority of Americans consider it either a low priority or no priority at all. Yet it is hard to turn on the TV or pick up a newspaper without being bombarded with arguments about the evils of campaign finance. The public's attitude toward politics is not one of disinterest. It is one of despair that any reform would improve the quality of political representation. Gallup reported last October that six out of 10 people believe "no matter what new laws are passed, special interests will always find a way to maintain their power in Washington." The interests of journalists and incumbents in campaign finance reform are transparent. By limiting the power of challengers to acquire the money to get their messages out, it increases the power of the media to be the conduit and interpreter of those messages and gives additional protection to incumbents. As amply demonstrated by my own writings and those of others, the salient characteristic of the current campaign law is its protection of incumbents against challengers. Various provisions make it very difficult for a challenger to raise enough money to overcome the incumbent's name recognition and access to funds. The incumbent 's dream, of course, would be a flat-out prohibition on campaign spending. Under that scenario, challengers remain unknown, incumbents get all the attention and volunteers and, barring some sensational scandal, citizens vote for the devil they know rather than the one they don't. So, with the media and elected officials driving the process, we are likely to end up with campaign finance reform that caters to their interests, not those of the voters. Determing how we select our representatives does matter. Having a competitive market for representation is just as important as having a competitive market for automobiles, groceries and, yes, computer operating systems. David Boies' characterization of Microsoft pales in comparison with any objective description of monopoly power in politics. Incumbents, not challengers, set the rules under which "competition" takes place. Incumbents establish the means to enforce those rules through the Federal Election Commission. They confirm some of its officials. They appropriate its operating budget, and they monitor its activities. The result is that political representatives on the whole are not nearly as responsive to voters' concerns as they would be if political markets were truly competitive. Why is the Postal Service the brunt of so many jokes about poor service? Not because it's a government enterprise, but because, at least until recently, its customers have had little choice. When did the U.S. automobile industry become significantly more responsive on quality and price - before the competition from imports, or after? Would the U.S. cell phone industry be anything like as dynamic as it is today if it were a monopoly? Do you think your fuel bills would be higher or lower if all energy sources - natural gas, oil, electricity, even wood - were owned by a single firm or managed by a cartel? Why expect anything different when it comes to politics? For the most part, well-meaning proposals such as the McCain-Feingold/Shays-Meehan legislation could make political markets less competitive, not more. The latest version of the Senate bill would increase the limit on "hard money" contributions to political parties (which tend to funnel money to incumbents), but would not raise the limit on direct contributions to candidates (which would be particularly helpful to challengers). Moreover, the bill would make it more difficult for outside groups to support candidates and would even limit (probably unconstitutionally) the ability of individuals and groups to promote or oppose issues - the effect of which might benefit one candidate over another. If campaign finance reform were to increase the overall advantage enjoyed by incumbents, it would not necessarily be the voter's friend. When it comes to campaign finance, the media may extol the vision and foresight of reform's champions, and elected officials may, with reluctance, say, "Throw me in that briar patch." But the voting public could be taken for a ride. James C. Miller III is counselor to Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation, a market-based public policy organization in Washington, D.C. He is the author of "Monopoly Politics," published by the Hoover Institution in 1999.

01/07/2001
Benton Starts Retirement with Court Appearance
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Benton Starts Retirement with Court Appearance

BY J. Andrew Curliss

Former Raleigh City Manager Dempsey Benton probably had other plans for the first workday in 17 years that he didn't have to go to City Hall. But the powers-that-be wanted at least one more day of public service out of Benton, whose retirement started Sunday.

01/06/2001
Public Interest Groups Getting Ready to Lobby
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Public Interest Groups Getting Ready to Lobby

BY Bruce Hight

Some call them good government, watchdog or public interest groups. Their harshest critics say they are liberal Democrats posing as nonpartisans, or fronts for ambulance-chasing trial lawyers. Whatever the label, groups such as Consumers Union, Public Citizen, Common Cause of Texas and Texas Watch will spend the next five months in the Capitol lobbying, testifying and holding news conferences in hopes of getting the Legislature to see things their way.

01/05/2001
Charlton Heston To Address 28th Annual CPAC
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Charlton Heston To Address 28th Annual CPAC

News Advisory: CPAC 2001 Chairman David A. Keene today announced that Charlton Heston, will be among those delivering remarks at the Presidential Banquet at the 28th Annual Conservative Political Action Conference. The gathering will be held Thursday, February 15 through Saturday, February 17 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. "Both President Clinton and Vice President Gore have acknowledged that the NRA was instrumental in the election victory of George W. Bush, especially in their home states. We are very pleased that Heston will be able to join us to discuss his views on the future of the conservative movement," said Keene. The conference will include many of the following invited speakers: President-elect George W. Bush, Vice President-elect Richard Cheney, Senators Jesse Helms, James Inhofe, Tim Hutchinson, Jon Kyl, Richard Shelby and Fred Thompson; Congressmen Tom DeLay, Steve Chabot, Phil Crane, J.C. Watts and Joe Scarborough; Fred Barnes, Steve Forbes, Wayne LaPierre, Bob Novak, Sam Donaldson and many, many, more. More confirmed speakers will become available next week. Numerous groups and organizations have already signed-on as co-sponsors of the annual conference, including: 60 Plus Association, Accuracy in Media, Advocacy Ink, America's Constitutional Coffee Company, LLC, America's Survival, American Civil Rights Institute, American Conservative Network, American Conservative Union, American ISP Association, American Legislative Exchange Council, American Studies Center, Americans for Sovereignty, Americans for Tax Reform, Americans for Technology Leadership, Ashbrook Center, Bruce W. Eberle & Associates, Capitol Advantage, Capitol Research Center, Center for the Study of Popular Culture, Christian Coalition of America, Christian Voice, Inc., Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Citizens for a Sound Economy, Citizens United, Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, Club for Growth, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Comrex Corporation, Concerned Women for America, ConservativeHQ.com, Council for Government Reform, Craig Shirley & Associates, Eagle Forum, Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates, Family Research Council, Freedom Alliance, Hartco Strategies, Heritage Foundation, High Frontier, Hillsdale College, Human Events, Insight Magazine, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Jack Wynn & Co., Inc., Jesse helms Center Foundation, Leadership Institute, Media Research Center, National Federation of Republican Assemblies, National Rifle Association, National Right to Work Committee, National Smokers Alliance, National Tax Limitation Committee, New York State Conservative Party, Northern Virginia Political Action Committee, O'Leary report, Republican National Hispanic Assembly, Small Business Survival Committee, Southeastern Legal Foundation, Sullivan & Mitchell, P.L.L.C., Taxpayers Network, Inc., Tech Central Station.com, The Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty, The Richard Norman Company, The Weekly Standard, Town Hall.com, Traditional Values Coalition, Tray Business Systems, United Seniors Association, United States Justice Foundation, Washington Times National Weekly Edition, Wewer & Lacy, LLP, William J. McCarthy and Associates, Young America's Foundation, and Young Americans for Freedom.

01/05/2001
CSE Foundation Files Amicus Brief in the Heinz/Beechnut Merger
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CSE Foundation Files Amicus Brief in the Heinz/Beechnut Merger

CSE Foundation recently filed a “friend of the court brief,” defending the proposed merger of Heinz and Beech-Nut. CSE Foundation has long held that the overzealous antitrust activism practiced by the Clinton Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been harmful to both consumers and the marketplace. The FTC’s latest attempt to block this merger is no different.

01/04/2001

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