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President Bush Announced His Intention to Nominate Four and Appoint Three to Serve in His Administration
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President Bush Announced His Intention to Nominate Four and Appoint Three to Serve in His Administration

The following is an announcement by President Bush: THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary President George W. Bush today announced his intention to nominate four individuals and appoint three individuals to serve in his administration The President intends to nominate Dee Ann McWilliams of Texas, to be Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Veterans Affairs. As an active member of the U.S. Army, Major General McWilliams is currently the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel and Installation Management for the U.S. Army in Europe and the Seventh Army. Previously she was the Director of Military Personnel Management with the Department of the Army. She was awarded the U.S. Army Distinguished Service Medal for her service. Major General McWilliams earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees from the Steven F. Austin University. She went on to earn a second master's degree in national security strategy from the National Defense University. The President intends to nominate Joseph Robert Goeke of Illinois, to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court for a term of 15 years. He is currently a partner at the law firm of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw, where he has practiced tax litigation since 1988. From 1980 until 1988, Mr. Goeke worked in the Chief Counsel's Office at the Internal Revenue Service. He began his service at the I.R.S. as a trial attorney, moved up to senior trial attorney, and eventually became a special international trial attorney. Mr. Goeke is a graduate of Xavier University and he earned his J.D. from the University of Kentucky. The President intends to nominate Ricardo H. Hinojosa of Texas, to be a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission for a term of six years. Judge Hinojosa has served on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas since 1983. He is also currently an Adjunct Professor at South Texas Law School. He graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin, and earned his law degree from Harvard Law School. The President intends to nominate Michael E. Horowitz of Maryland, to be a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission for a term of six years. Mr. Horowitz is currently a partner with the law firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. Previously, he served as Chief of Staff and Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Earlier in his career, he served in various posts at the U.S. Attorney's Office in New York, including Chief of the Public Corruption Unit and Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division. He graduated with honors from Brandeis University and earned his law degree from Harvard Law School. The President intends to appoint Eric Steven Lander of Massachusetts, to be a Member of the National Cancer Advisory Board for the remainder of a six year term, expiring March 3, 2006. Dr. Lander, a geneticist, molecular biologist, and mathematician, is a member of the Whitehead Institute and the founder and director of the Whitehead Institute ? M.I.T. Center for Genome Research. He is also a professor of biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition to his work in biology, he was an assistant and associate professor of managerial economics at the Harvard Business School from 1981 until 1990. He earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in mathematics from Oxford University. The President intends to appoint the following individuals to be Members of the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations for two-year terms: James Philip Hoffa, General President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Paul Norman Beckner, President and CEO of Citizens for a Sound Economy SOURCE White House Press Office

01/15/2003
Day of Reckoning Editorial Misses the Point
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Day of Reckoning Editorial Misses the Point

The Dallas Morning News stated facts, but missed the point in the editorial “Day of Reckoning – GOP must lead or get out of the way.” You stated correctly that Republicans control the Governor's Mansion, the Senate and the House for the first time since the 19th century. And we are facing a potential $9.9 billion budget shortfall.

01/15/2003
Why Do We Regulate Insurance?
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Why Do We Regulate Insurance?

As the economy has evolved, insurance markets have become more diversified, more efficient, and more accurate in assessing risk. Today, consumers have a wide variety of options when shopping for insurance, which has become a major industry in the United States, with revenues of roughly $800 billion and net income of around $40 billion annually. Numerous brokers and agents supply a wide variety of products to meet the needs of consumers. At the same time, insurance instruments are available from a greater number of sources, including self-insurance and financial services providers. Where allowed, competition has generated the results that would be expected in any competitive market—lower prices, a wider variety of goods and services, and more fully informed producers and consumers who can make more knowledgeable decisions about the insurance products they need. Nonetheless, insurance markets in most states remain heavily regulated, which raises costs for consumers.

01/15/2003
Taxpayer Action Day a Rousing Success
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Taxpayer Action Day a Rousing Success

Taxpayer Action Day on January 14 was a rousing success. This is the same day that the Washington Education Association chose to walk out of their classrooms and hold a “Day of Action” in Olympia – so we were far-outnumbered – their 20,000 to our 200! But, numbers are never the entire story and we were glad to be in Olympia representing the vast majority of taxpayers who were working on the 14th and who agree that our state government should spend less and tax us less.

01/15/2003
CSE’s Plan for the 108th Congress
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CSE’s Plan for the 108th Congress

The start of the new year and the 108th Congress are an opportunity to outline Citizens for a Sound Economy’s legislative agenda for this session. Congress faces many issues (extending unemployment reinsurance, passing a continuing resolution to fund the government until the 11 outstanding appropriations bills are passed, reorganizing Senate committees, working on judicial nominations, etc.), but fundamental tax, Social Security, welfare, civil justice reforms and energy legislation that decreases our nation’s reliance on foreign sources of oil, are legislative priorities that must be addressed today.

01/15/2003
Let the American People Be Heard
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Let the American People Be Heard

Often in Washington the political parties engage in fierce battles about small ideas. For example, the Senate right now is fighting over “committee ratios” and last week Congress argued about whether unemployment should be extended for an additional 12 weeks or 18 weeks.

01/15/2003
This Week On Capitol Hill
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This Week On Capitol Hill

Massive Spending Bill Rolling Your Way The Pittsburgh Steelers made the playoffs this year behind massive running back Jerome “The Bus” Bettis, but they’ve got nothing on Congress. The folks up on Capitol Hill are preparing an “Ominbus” Appropriations bill for nearly all 2003 discretionary spending. The Omnibus will roll through town carrying all 11 Appropriations bills that the 107th Congress didn’t finish—a total of $385 billion in spending. Despite the bill’s huge size, Senate Democrats are preparing an arsenal of amendments to add even more spending. The Omnibus may also attract a number of legislative “riders” from both Republicans and Democrats that attempt to make changes in non-spending laws like the Clean Air Act and the Energy Regulatory Commission.

01/15/2003
Bush names Teamsters Leaders to Advisory Panel on Trade
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Bush names Teamsters Leaders to Advisory Panel on Trade

President Bush, who has tried to woo organized labor into the Republicans' political camp, on Wednesday named Teamsters President James P. Hoffa to an administration advisory panel on trade. Bush also named Paul Beckner, president of the conservative Citizens for a Sound Economy, a group that advocates lower taxes and less government, to a two-year term on the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. The large panel is made up of industry and labor leaders who give advice to U.S. negotiators as they pursue new trade agreements with other nations. The White House has made reaching out to organized labor, traditionally allied with Democrats, a priority. The Teamsters and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters are among a handful of conservative-leaning unions that Bush and his advisers have targeted since taking office almost two years ago. Hoffa, for instance, was a guest of honor at Bush's State of the Union speech last year and worked with the White House on efforts in Congress to open an Alaskan wildlife refuge to oil drilling.

01/15/2003
Why High Tax Rates Lose Revenue
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Why High Tax Rates Lose Revenue

© 2002 Copley News Service, 1/14/2003 Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., says he thinks "the Bush economic plan is a stimulus for the rich and a sedative for the rest." This flippant statement is exactly what you would expect from the class warriors of the left. When Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., opposes President Bush's tax reforms because he says they would mostly benefit the wealthiest Americans and explode the deficit, not only is he wrong, he also gives the left enormous leverage and great political cover.

01/14/2003
Day of Reckoning
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Day of Reckoning

This editorial originally ran in the Dallas Morning News. Welcome, Rick Perry, David Dewhurst and Tom Craddick. Starting today, Texas' government belongs to you and your party. Republicans control the Governor's Mansion, the Senate and the House for the first time since the 19th century.

01/14/2003

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