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Antitrust Bureaucrats Hijack Airline Industry
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Antitrust Bureaucrats Hijack Airline Industry

As United Airlines and US Airways plunge further into debt, both airlines have little choice but to seek concessions from employees, apply for government-guaranteed loans, and potentially file for legal relief from debts through Chapter 11 bankruptcy. While the effects of September 11th on airline travel cannot be underestimated, particularly for US Airways which has a traffic hub at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, much of the airlines’ financial turmoil could have been averted had the Bush administration allowed the two airlines to merge. Instead, the Justice Department demanded concessions that would have nullified the benefits of the union and United decided to terminate the deal in July of 2001.

05/28/2002
A Constituent By Any Other Name
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A Constituent By Any Other Name

Congress is out of town this week enjoying a Memorial Day recess. I hope everyone had time over the holiday to find their representative at an event to ask them about their support for permanent elimination of the Death Tax or about their support for personal retirement accounts! If not, you still have a few days with them in town; give them a call, see if you can meet. We here at CSE are always happy to provide you with talking points or issues that you can discuss! That actually brings me to what I wanted to write about today -- your power as a constituent.

05/27/2002
Cultural Pollution and Life-Saving Medication
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Cultural Pollution and Life-Saving Medication

It is an open secret that the political institutions of the United States are often captured by economic interests who seek to further their own agendas at the expense of what can colloquially be referred to as the “greater good.” While much of the impetus for increased regulation of donations to political parties and their candidates has been based on a desire to “return” political decision-making to its traditional roots, as any student of the Constitution and the Federalist Papers can attest, this problem has been around as long as representative government has existed.

05/21/2002
Once Bitten – Twice Shy – Use That Veto!!
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Once Bitten – Twice Shy – Use That Veto!!

Week in Summary: It is a fight to the finish this week as both the House and Senate prepare for a weeklong Memorial recess. The House has the supplemental bill at the top of its calendar. The House bill may be paired with other initiatives such as a measure to raise the debt ceiling limit or language ‘deeming’ the House-passed budget resolution. The ‘deeming’ language would create a blueprint for the fiscal 2003 appropriations bills since the Senate does not appear inclined to pass its own budge resolution, leaving the spending accounts without any guidance.

05/20/2002
State AG's to Consumers: Here's Your Swiss-Cheese Security Program
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State AG's to Consumers: Here's Your Swiss-Cheese Security Program

"Consumers are likely to face higher security costs due to increased risks of viruses and hackers," concluded Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) vice president Erick Gustafson following the testimony of Virginia professor Kenneth Elzinga. "Far from providing additional consumer benefit, the non-settling states so-called remedy is going to result in confusion, chaos, and a better environment for criminals. Perhaps I've just missed why this is good for consumers, but it really appears as though the states' proposal is designed to benefit Microsoft's competitors," he continued.

05/09/2002
Political activist has Bill Clinton to thank
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Political activist has Bill Clinton to thank

Originally appeared in the Winston-Salem Journal. Joyce Krawiec used to be a PTA mom, but now she's a political activist. Krawiec is the Forsyth County director for Citizens for a Sound Economy, a group that lobbies for lower taxes and less government. Her unpaid job might take her to Washington D.C. to argue for tax cuts or to Raleigh to buttonhole a legislator.

05/02/2002
5.8 Percent
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5.8 Percent

Last Friday’s news that U.S. economic output surged by 5.8 percent in the first three months of 2002 was welcomed by President Bush with guarded optimism. Although the economic rebound was greater than anticipated by many in the administration, not all of the news was good. Business investment, the key to the historic growth of the late 1990s, fell for a fifth consecutive quarter and consumer spending, which accounts for two-thirds of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), actually fell by 2.6 percent from the previous quarter.

04/30/2002
Gates Scores Points for Appearance
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Gates Scores Points for Appearance

BY Jube Shiver

The decision to put brilliant but volatile Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates on the stand in the most important antitrust case since the breakup of Standard Oil Co. turned out to be not so risky after all. In the end, after three days of testifying in Microsoft's landmark antitrust trial in U.S. District Court, it mattered little whether the world's richest man presented a powerful legal argument. What mattered more, experts say, is that Gates simply showed up in court and came across as a human being.

04/25/2002
Enron Fix?
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Enron Fix?

As published in Investor's Business Daily, Thursday, April 25, 2002 The political bang from Enron's collapse may have dissipated, but the legislative fallout has only begun. In the name of eradicating so-called "Enron accounting," Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., John McCain, R-Ariz., and Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., have introduced legislation to make it tougher for companies to grant stock options for workers.

04/25/2002
Memo to Congressional Leaders
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Memo to Congressional Leaders

"After months of disarray and disquiet over how to deal with a popular wartime president, Democratic leaders are beginning a party-wide drive this week to refocus on their domestic agenda and to highlight their sharp policy differences with President Bush and the Republicans.” - New York Times, 4/22/02

04/23/2002

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