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Will House Democrats Allow History to Repeat Itself?
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Will House Democrats Allow History to Repeat Itself?

When asked to identify the most salient leftward shift of the modern Democratic party, today’s political historians may cite the nomination of George McGovern as its presidential candidate in 1972. Come January 7, 2003, this assessment may change if, as expected, Nancy Pelosi is elected by recorded public vote as the Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives.

12/03/2002
Will House Democrats Allow History to Repeat Itself?
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Will House Democrats Allow History to Repeat Itself?

When asked to identify the most salient leftward shift of the modern Democratic party, today’s political historians may cite the nomination of George McGovern as its presidential candidate in 1972. Come January 7, 2003, this assessment may change if, as expected, Nancy Pelosi is elected by recorded public vote as the Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives.

12/03/2002
Caging the Cardinals
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Caging the Cardinals

Heeding the President’s wish for fiscal discipline, this week leaders of the House of Representatives announced a change in the way things are done in their chamber of Congress. House leaders have finally decided to reign in the free-spending “Cardinals” of the House Appropriations Committee. Mostly unknown outside of Washington Beltway, these “Cardinals” control the flow of hundreds of billions of dollars, which makes them some of the most powerful men in America.

12/03/2002
Make the Tax Cuts Permanent and Fully Effective Now
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Make the Tax Cuts Permanent and Fully Effective Now

The Senate's failure to make last year's tax rate cuts permanent and fully effective now is hurting America's workers and families, the economy, and the stock market. Government should not act like a business and try to bring in as much money as possible: It should take from people only as much money as it needs to fund truly essential functions in the most efficient (that is, economically least destructive) way possible. Policymakers should move away from the flawed goal of maximizing government tax revenue and toward the correct goal of maximizing economic growth by limiting the size of government and lowering tax rates on working, saving, investing, and developing a business. The President should demand that Congress make the entire 2001 tax cut package, particularly the rate cuts and death tax repeal, permanent and fully effective immediately. Such a policy would remove unnecessary and economically damaging uncertainty about tax rates and instantly improve incentives and lower government barriers to working, saving, investing, or developing a business. Workers, families, the economy, and the stock market would all benefit from this prudent policy.

12/03/2002
It’s the Substance Stupid
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It’s the Substance Stupid

According to the pundits, President Bush needs to avoid the mistakes of his father in appearing disengaged on the economy. In less than 20 months, the former President went from a 91 percent approval rating at the end of the Gulf War to less than 40 percent of the popular vote in his reelection attempt. The former President looked out of touch when he held a sock purchasing photo-op, appeared amazed at the scanner at a grocery store and used language like, “message: we care.” Recent polling shows the American people think the current president is not spending enough time on the economy, so the pundits claim that President Bush risks repeating the mistakes of his father.

12/03/2002
New House GOP Steering Committee is Pro-Growth
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New House GOP Steering Committee is Pro-Growth

Most of the members of the 108th Congressional Republican Steering Committee have CSE Economic Scorecard ratings of 80% or higher, which means they voted repeatedly to cut taxes and grow the U.S. economy. The CSE Economic Scorecard tracked 20 key votes in 107th Congress, and scores above 80% earned the respected Jefferson Award.

12/03/2002
The Impact of Asbestos Liabilities on Workers in Bankrupt Firms
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The Impact of Asbestos Liabilities on Workers in Bankrupt Firms

The spiraling cost of asbestos lawsuits is a burden on the American economy. The pace at which firms are forced into bankruptcy is accelerating due to an increasing number of asbestos related lawsuits. Indeed, these suits caused 61 companies to file bankruptcy and up to 60,000 jobs have been lost. Many of the businesses that are hit by asbestos lawsuits were only tangentially connected to the harms caused by asbestos.

12/01/2002
Giving our children right tools for learning
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Giving our children right tools for learning

Next school year, new history textbooks will be in classrooms across the state. And thanks to the participation of hundreds of parents, teachers and other citizens, the textbooks will have fewer errors and better depict American values and the virtues of our system of government.

11/27/2002
First, There Was The Mayflower
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First, There Was The Mayflower

The first Thanksgiving is an amazing story. Almost four hundred years ago, a small community of Anglican reformers sought the freedom to worship God in their own way. They left their friends and family in Europe to make a dangerous journey to a strange land none of them had ever seen. And, they would soon learn, Massachusetts winter was merciless. Of the 102 settlers who came to Plymouth Rock on the Mayflower, half died during that first long hard winter. But these people, or literal and spiritual forefathers, were tough, and we still owe them a lot.

11/27/2002
Member Made Right Call in Voting Against Textbooks
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Member Made Right Call in Voting Against Textbooks

In casting the lone vote against social studies textbooks earlier this month, State Board of Education Member Dan Montgomery not only showed courage, but followed Texas law. In 1995, the Legislature stripped board members of authority to decide content and shifted textbook decisions to local school districts. The 15-member elected board is supposed to approve all textbooks that contain at least 50 percent of curriculum standards, meet manufacturing codes and are free of factual errors. Instead of focusing on whether the books met curriculum standards, the board became consumed with whether they adhered to certain ideology or whether they adequately represented Latinos and African Americans in Texas history. The latter is a legitimate point that should have been taken up with publishers at the start of the textbook process to ensure that books complied with what is being taught in public schools. Forcing publishers to make additions at the end of the process -- other than to correct errors -- amounts to editing content. The board's long-running battle over ideology is the reason lawmakers stripped the board of its once-unlimited authority to decide textbook content. Despite the law, board members have found a clever but dubious way to circumvent the law. They declare facts to be "errors," then proceed to "correct" them. For instance, after pressure from the conservative Texas Citizens for a Sound Economy, publishers changed references in books to characterize global warming as theory rather than fact, despite agreement by the scientific community that global warming is real. The board approved such revisions without input from scientists or experts regarding their validity. By spinning facts into errors, board members have put Texas' 4 million public school students at a disadvantage, especially on national tests and college entrance exams that won't use the same political lens to test students on their knowledge of economic systems, history and environmental issues. On our pages this week, Montgomery confirmed the board's improper actions on textbooks. "I talked with the president of one of the major publishers. He said he discovered long ago that the (education board) is intent on driving content, and he admitted that his company has deleted what it considers factual information and has added material deemed erroneous to appease some board members." In other words, publishers are replacing facts with errors in books that students will use for the next six years. Montgomery said he will try to halt the practice -- a noble goal that is unlikely to pass the board. We urge the Legislature to strip the board of all textbook authority so it can do no more damage to Texas students.

11/27/2002

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