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Washington State Election Update
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Washington State Election Update

Washington CSE reached out to over 40,000 voters in six targeted legislative districts during this election cycle. We educated voters regarding candidates' positions on economic issues such as taxes and jobs. CSE's election information was especially important for independent voters who are concerned about our state's economic climate.

11/06/2002
CSE in the Trenches, Reaching 1.7 Million Voters
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CSE in the Trenches, Reaching 1.7 Million Voters

As voters went to the polls in ten battleground states yesterday, it was likely they had heard from Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE). That’s because CSE ran a massive voter education and “Get Out the Vote” drive to educate and mobilize voters on the important issues: Social Security reform, scraping the tax code, legal reform, and energy security.

11/06/2002
Bush’s Real Election Gamble: Tax Cuts and Social Security Reform
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Bush’s Real Election Gamble: Tax Cuts and Social Security Reform

The liberal media would have you believe that this election was about anything but the issues. They’re characterizing it only in personal terms, as a win for President Bush.

11/06/2002
Win, Lose, or Draw? The Elections and Consumers
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Win, Lose, or Draw? The Elections and Consumers

The 2002 mid-term elections were critical for consumers on a number of issues. While Republicans were of course unchallenged in the executive branch, the battle for control of the legislature has been fierce and the Republican victory has wide ranging implications for a number of policies. With the help of activists across the nation, CSE saw the elections as an opportunity to educate voters and politicians on important questions that affect consumers. With both houses of Congress now controlled by Republicans, the policy agenda may shift in the next two years. Changes may not be dramatic, however, because Democrats have such procedural tactics as the filibuster to temper policies in the Senate.

11/06/2002
In the End, the Issues Matter
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In the End, the Issues Matter

The pundits dubbed this election the “Seinfeld Election.” The so-called “experts” couldn’t detect an overriding national theme. The journalists and consultants decided that issues weren’t important in this election. Instead it would come down to “turnout.” Which party or which candidate could best rally their supporters to show up and vote would win.

11/06/2002
CSE Takes to the Air in Alabama
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CSE Takes to the Air in Alabama

CSE is mobilizing voters across the country to fight for lower taxes, less government, and more freedom.As part of this effort, CSE is taking action in Alabama to educate voters on "Double Dipping," the practice by some office holders in the state of simultaneously taking multiple salaries and pensions from the state government. To listen to the CSE radio ad, click here. The ad will play in State Representative District 62 on WTXT, WZBQ, WRTR, WACT, WTID, WLXY, and WDGM.

11/05/2002
CSE Mobilizes Voters in New Hampshire
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CSE Mobilizes Voters in New Hampshire

11/05/2002
CSE Connects Directly with Over 1.7 Million Voters
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CSE Connects Directly with Over 1.7 Million Voters

As voters go to the polls today, it is likely they’ve heard from Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE). That’s because CSE is wrapping up a massive voter education and Get Out the Vote drive in ten battleground states. This election, CSE and Oregon CSE PAC directly reached over 1.7 million individual voters with direct mail, telephone calls, and house visits. Millions more were reached indirectly through a paid radio, newspaper, and television media campaign.

11/05/2002
CSE Mobilizes Voters in South Dakota
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CSE Mobilizes Voters in South Dakota

Citizens for a Sound Economy, a national grassroots member organization, is executing an integrated telephone and email campaign to get the truth out about Senate candidate Tim Johnson. The CSE educational campaign emphasizes Senator Johnson’s votes to undermine U.S. energy security. Tim Johnson wants the U.S. to rely on unproven alternative energy sources to power our economy, instead of exploring for new sources of North American oil.

11/04/2002
Standing Up Against America
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Standing Up Against America

BY Robert S. McIntyre

EVERYBODY'S ANNOYED AT BIG AMERICAN CORPORATIONS that renounce their citizenship and move to Bermuda to avoid taxes. The public heat has forced even most Republican politicians to feign outrage. In recent months, PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting abandoned its plan to incorporate in Bermuda, as did the Stanley Works, the poster child for unpatriotic corporate behavior. Who could defend this disreputable practice? Well, it turns out that quite a few people are weird enough, or have been paid enough, to have done so. On Aug. 29, a collection of right-wing ideologues sent a letter of praise to House Ways and Means Chairman Bill Thomas (R-Calif.) for introducing legislation generally calling for more offshore tax abuses. But the group expressed such deep concern that Thomas felt forced to take a small step to address the specific Bermuda loophole -- albeit temporarily. According to the right-wingers, even briefly creating "barriers against companies that wish to re-charter" is "misguided" and would "undermine economic growth." Who signed this astonishing endorsement of unpatriotic corporate behavior? Representatives for 30 Republican groups, including the Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, Citizens Against Government Waste, Citizens for a Sound Economy, the National Taxpayers Union, Paul Weyrich's Christian-right Coalitions for America and, of course, Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform. These guys ought to consider changing their names. How about the Coalitions Against America? Or Citizens for an Insane Economy? Or in Norquist's case, Bermudians for Tax Reform? Not surprisingly, the unpatriotic expatriating companies themselves are also waging a fierce battle to keep their tax shelter. The former Andersen Consulting, for example, which renamed itself Accenture as part of its Bermuda tax dodging, has hired big-time GOP political consultant (and Bush family confidant) Charlie Black, the disgraced almost -- House Speaker Bob Livingston (R-La.), former Sen. Dennis DeConcini (D-Ariz.) of the Keating Five and Ken Duberstein, chief of staff in the Reagan White House. The notorious Tyco International has persuaded the previously honorable Bob Dole to defend its Bermuda tax abuses. Former House Ways and Means Chairman Bill Archer of PricewaterhouseCoopers is flacking for two Houston oil companies that have renounced their U.S. citizenship. In defense of the indefensible, the lobbyists offer two contradictory arguments. The funniest claim is that tax avoidance wasn't why the companies moved offshore -- merely "a minor factor," as Livingston put it on behalf of Accenture. Actually, he asserts, Accenture's European partners suddenly decided they couldn't stand being headquartered in the United States, while the American partners were adamant that they wouldn't accept European control. "So they picked a nice island, Bermuda," Livingston told The Washington Post. Well, gee, if avoiding taxes isn't a big deal, why are the companies so upset about proposals to close their tax loophole? And if Accenture really was only seeking "neutral turf," why does its securities and Exchange Commission filing note that "Accenture Ltd is a Bermuda holding company with no material assets other than . . . shares in . . . Accenture SCA, a Luxembourg partnership"? Last time I checked, Luxembourg was in Europe. The lobbyists' second claim concedes the obvious: Avoiding taxes was indeed the only reason their clients moved offshore. Sadly, we're told, they were forced to do so because U.S. law would otherwise unfairly tax their foreign earnings -- under our "worldwide" corporate tax system. This claim is also a ridiculous falsehood. In calling our tax system "worldwide," the lobbyists conveniently ignore a huge exception to that supposed rule: U.S. taxes on foreign profits are deferred indefinitely. And in the rare cases in which companies decide to waive deferral, U.S. taxes are almost always completely offset by a credit for taxes paid to foreign governments. Rather than taxing companies on their foreign profits, we try, with insufficient success, to tax companies solely on what they earn in the United States. For their part, the multinational companies try, with considerable success, to style their U.S. profits as "foreign" in order to avoid paying taxes on their U.S. earnings. That's precisely the goal of the Bermuda shelter, as it is for a wide array of other abusive offshore tax machinations. Despite the poverty of their arguments, the lobbyists against patriotism are not without influence. Speaking for President Bush, Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill has swallowed the companies' bogus "worldwide taxation" complaint hook, line and sinker. So have all the Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee, along with many of the Democrats. Reporters, too, often are confused by the relentless onslaught of corporate lies. Fortunately, on this issue the general public seems smarter than our leaders and scribes. Unfortunately, that may not be enough to win the battle.

11/04/2002

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