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Issue Analysis 102 - Clinton's Bait-and-Switch FY 2001 Budget Raids Social Security and Taxpayers' Wallets
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Issue Analysis 102 - Clinton's Bait-and-Switch FY 2001 Budget Raids Social Security and Taxpayers' Wallets

The Clinton administration claims that its $1.84 trillion budget for FY 2001 is a “balanced and fiscally responsible” framework to retire debt, secure Social Security and Medicare, cut taxes, and invest in key priorities. Behind the rhetoric, however, the numbers show that Bill Clinton is proposing a massive increase in the size of government, a trivial amount of tax relief, and a phony scheme to extend the lives of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds. If enacted, the president’s FY 2001 budget would mean:

02/02/2000
Message of the Day
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Message of the Day

CSE RESPONSE TO THE CLINTON STATE OF THE UNION: NO GORE TAXES!!! CONCORD – In his final State of the Union address last night, President Clinton claimed credit for the economic prosperity being enjoyed by this nation. He then turned around and proposed big government spending and regulatory schemes – all of which would not only take more money out of the pockets of Americans, but also put the brakes on our thriving economy.

01/28/2000
CSE Activists Keep Issues in front of Candidates Despite Snowstorm
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CSE Activists Keep Issues in front of Candidates Despite Snowstorm

On the day of the biggest snowstorm of the year, CSE staff plodded through blizzard-like conditions to keep the important issues in front of the candidates. On Tuesday alone, CSE staff asked: George Bush about international trade, John McCain about Internet taxation, Steve Forbes about tort reform and Bill Bradley about scrapping the code.

01/27/2000
Capitol Comment 263 - Lessons From This Year’s Budget Debacle
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Capitol Comment 263 - Lessons From This Year’s Budget Debacle

In the heat of the debate over Congress’s $792 billion tax relief plan, Bill Archer, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, guaranteed his colleagues that unless they fought to return the $1 trillion in general fund surpluses to hard-working Americans, "the politicians will spend every dime of it on more government programs. They always have, and they always will." Lawmakers shamelessly used the pretense of meeting Clinton’s demands as cover for filling this year’s spending bills with hundreds of pork barrel projects.

12/10/1999
Remarks by Peggy Venable to the Texas Federation of Republican Women State Convention: Houston, Texas
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Remarks by Peggy Venable to the Texas Federation of Republican Women State Convention: Houston, Texas

I am excited and enthusiastic to be here today. We are on the cusp of a new century and I am in a hall filled with women who are helping shape the new millennium. You have had a tremendous impact on Texas politics as this century comes to a close. You have worked in campaigns across the state and are largely responsible for Texas having all 29 statewide office holders Republicans. You are a powerful group, and I am grateful to be here.

11/13/1999
Spending Your Tax Cut: The A to Z Guide of How Washington is Wasting Your Money Instead of Cutting Your Taxes
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Spending Your Tax Cut: The A to Z Guide of How Washington is Wasting Your Money Instead of Cutting Your Taxes

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cut the Pork, Don’t Spend Our Tax Cut

08/01/1999
Tax Fact #30: The Only “Emergency” is the Lack of Political Courage
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Tax Fact #30: The Only “Emergency” is the Lack of Political Courage

Lacking the political courage to cut waste, redundancy and obsolete programs from their spending bills, House Appropriators have resorted to indefensible budget gimmicks in order to "comply" with the discretionary spending limits required by the 1997 Balanced Budget Act. In the past week, Appropriators have declared nearly $10 billion in spending for routine programs – such as the 2000 decennial census and veterans health care – as "emergency" spending, which does not have to be offset by cuts elsewhere in the budget (meaning, it is funded with surplus dollars) and does not count against the discretionary spending caps.

07/28/1999
Tax Fact #30: The Only “Emergency” is the Lack of Political Courage
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Tax Fact #30: The Only “Emergency” is the Lack of Political Courage

Lacking the political courage to cut waste, redundancy and obsolete programs from their spending bills, House Appropriators have resorted to indefensible budget gimmicks in order to "comply" with the discretionary spending limits required by the 1997 Balanced Budget Act. In the past week, Appropriators have declared nearly $10 billion in spending for routine programs – such as the 2000 decennial census and veterans health care – as "emergency" spending, which does not have to be offset by cuts elsewhere in the budget (meaning, it is funded with surplus dollars) and does not count against the discretionary spending caps.

07/28/1999
Tax Fact #28: Department of Commerce: Financial Mismanagement and Redundancy Should Rule Out Spending Increases
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Tax Fact #28: Department of Commerce: Financial Mismanagement and Redundancy Should Rule Out Spending Increases

Before giving money to federal programs, Congress has a moral obligation to ensure that these programs can account for every tax dollar they spend. This week, when the Senate considers increasing the budget for the Department of Commerce by $2.1 billion ($1.7 billion of which is dedicated to the 2000 Census), lawmakers should take note of a recent General Accounting Office report that most agencies within this department "lack the basic financial and performance information they need to manage their programs and activities and improve their performance."

07/21/1999
Tax Fact #26: $9 Billion to a Nation of Part-Time Farmers?
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Tax Fact #26: $9 Billion to a Nation of Part-Time Farmers?

According to recent Department of Agriculture statistics, America has become a nation of middle-class, part-time farmers. Yet some lawmakers are suggesting that because of the recent dip in crop prices, farmers should be given as much as $9 billion in direct crop support payments and subsidies for disaster programs such as low-cost crop insurance. Before throwing $9 billion to a handful of part-time farmers, lawmakers should consider the following information reported in the USDA’s Agriculture Fact Book for 1998:

07/16/1999

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