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Medicare bills are bad policy, and bad politics
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Medicare bills are bad policy, and bad politics

BY Michael Chahinian

When Republicans unveiled the "Contract with America" in 1994. they claimed it would be "the end of government that is too big, too intrusive and too easy with the public's money." Hmm . . . the $400 billion Medicare "reform" that Congress is working on is long on spending, big on government and short on reform. The Medicare trustees' own estimate for the value of unfunded liabilities, without the new prescription drug benefit, is around $38.3 trillion. That money will have to be paid through either massive tax increases or sharp spending cuts in the future.

07/23/2003
Resolving the Elephantine Mass
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Resolving the Elephantine Mass

When it comes to asbestos litigation, the trial lawyers have gotten out of control. 600,000 plaintiffs and have been sued in asbestos lawsuits, which are expected to take up to $250 billion in total damages. Many of these suits are frivolous, and they are driving innocent firms into bankruptcy. Indeed, asbestos damage awards continue to skyrocket in spite of the fact that the material has not been used since the 1970s.

07/22/2003
CSE Key Votes H.R. 2427, Drug-Reimportation
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CSE Key Votes H.R. 2427, Drug-Reimportation

July 22, 2003 Dear U.S. Representative: On behalf of the 280,000 members of Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE), I urge you to vote NO on H.R. 2427, the “Pharmaceutical Market Access Act of 2003.”

07/22/2003
Lessons from Apple
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Lessons from Apple

Apple Computer recently opened an online store, iTunes, which allows Mac users to download songs for 99 cents. Consumers can now buy a single online and use it on their PC, iPod digital music player or CD burner. Fortune recently touted this service as the savior of the music industry. A record label executive stated, “I think the whole thing is a revolution” in the context of selling the same rights to download music to Yahoo, Amazon and MTV’s audiences (L.A. Times, 6/10/03). The good news is that eventually a Windows-compatible service may save me the hassle of uploading a CD onto my PC only to download it back onto my Nike digital music player. The bad news is that after three years of Congressional debate and battles between the technology industry and Hollywood, the digital music opportunity’s salvation is pay-per-downloads, currently available for 2-3% of PC users.

07/21/2003
On Judicial Confirmations, CSE Members say “Enough is Enough!”
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On Judicial Confirmations, CSE Members say “Enough is Enough!”

This summer, unyielding grassroots pressure from the Michigan chapter of Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) is helping create the political momentum necessary for Congress to act on the issue of stalled judicial nominees. Volunteer activists in the state, tired of the inaction and political shenanigans of certain members of Congress on this issue, are raising awareness and lobbying Democratic Senators Carl Levin (D – MI) and Debbie Stabenow. Michigan CSE wants Sens. Stabenow and Levin to allow a vote on President Bush’s Judicial Nominations to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

07/18/2003
New Hampshire Townhall Photos
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New Hampshire Townhall Photos

07/18/2003
Who is Howard Dean?
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Who is Howard Dean?

Biography Born in New York, Dean moved to Vermont to complete his medical residency requirements after graduating from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1978. In 1981, he opened up a private practice with his wife, and in 1982 he began his political career as a member of the state legislature. His career in politics moved along quickly, and he was elected lieutenant governor in 1986.

07/17/2003
Addressing Social Security
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Addressing Social Security

“Reforming Social Security is almost certain to figure prominently in President Bush’s reelection campaign next year,” reports Peter Savodnik in a recent issue of The Hill newspaper. President Bush supports saving Social Security with personal retirement accounts, where workers would own a portion of their retirement contributions, and promises to those in or near retirement would be kept. Democratic candidates haven’t been as forthcoming with solutions. When CSE’s New Hampshire State Director Chuck McGee recently pressed Democratic candidate John Edwards to take a stand on the issue Edwards replied, “I do not believe in private security accounts,” but offered no alternative.

07/17/2003
This Week on Capitol Hill
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This Week on Capitol Hill

Deficit Numbers On July 15th, the White House released the Mid-Year Budget Review of the U.S. Budget. The news that the budget deficit is spiking dramatically this year to $455 billion appeared to shock the Washington media, but it wasn't a surprise to CSE members who have watched the spending orgy of the past four years.

07/17/2003
Medicare's Two Fundamental Problems
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Medicare's Two Fundamental Problems

July 16, 2003 The Honorable Dennis Hastert Speaker of the House of Representatives The Honorable Bill Frist Senate Majority Leader The United States Capitol Washington, DC 20515 Dear Speaker Hastert and Majority Leader Frist:

07/17/2003

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