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Nationalizing Prescription Drugs is Bad Medicine: Clinton-Gore Plan Will Quickly Lead to Rationing for Seniors
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Nationalizing Prescription Drugs is Bad Medicine: Clinton-Gore Plan Will Quickly Lead to Rationing for Seniors

Medicare is already insolvent, losing $9 billion last year alone. The Medicare trustees have reported that Medicare will be totally bankrupt in just sixteen years. Due to the federal government’s mismanagement of Medicare, provider payments for hospitals, doctors, and nursing homes have already been significantly reduced, and some nursing homes and HMOs are refusing new Medicare beneficiaries. The Clinton-Gore administration rejected a bipartisan commission’s recommendations to save Medicare from bankruptcy – a plan based on what federal employees already have.

06/29/1999
CSEF Background - Lawsuit Abuse: Government Continues to Waste Tax Dollars Pursuing Misguided Case Against Microsoft
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CSEF Background - Lawsuit Abuse: Government Continues to Waste Tax Dollars Pursuing Misguided Case Against Microsoft

Antitrust law was designed to protect consumers 81 percent of the American people believe Microsoft has been good for consumers (Wirthlin Worldwide poll). Nearly 250 of the nation’s leading economists have signed a open letter to President Clinton stating "consumers of high technology have enjoyed falling prices, expanding outputs, and a breathtaking array of new products and innovations." Browser technology has fueled the explosion of Internet traffic

06/25/1999
Senator McConnell’s Litigation Fairness Act Would Help End ‘Taxation Through Litigation’
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Senator McConnell’s Litigation Fairness Act Would Help End ‘Taxation Through Litigation’

(WASHINGTON) - J.V. Schwan, Deputy Director and Counsel for Civil Justice Reform at Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE), made the following statement in support of Senator Mitch McConnell’s bill, The Litigation Fairness Act. "Taxation through litigation is the latest scheme in Washington. When the administration can’t accomplish their goals through legislation, they sue. This is not what our Founding Fathers intended. ‘The Litigation Fairness Act’ would help stop their ‘taxation through litigation’ scheme’.

06/23/1999
Twenty Troubling Facts About American Education
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Twenty Troubling Facts About American Education

Student Performance 1) American 12th graders rank 19th out of 21 industrialized countries in mathematics achievement and 16th out of 21 nations in science. Our advanced physics students rank dead last. 2) Since 1983, over 10 million Americans have reached the 12th grade without having learned to read at a basic level. Over 20 million have reached their senior year unable to do basic math. Almost 25 million have reached 12th grade not knowing the essentials of U.S. history.

06/21/1999
Capitol Comment 242 - Class Action Torts and Federalism
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Capitol Comment 242 - Class Action Torts and Federalism

Before Congress adjourns for its summer recess, the House Judiciary Committee is set to consider legislation designed to enhance federal "diversity jurisdiction" over class-action liability cases. The purpose of H.R. 1875, the Interstate Class Action Jurisdiction Act, is to make it easier for defendants in multi-state class-action torts to transfer their cases from state courts to federal court. As it becomes more and more a form of regulation, tort law will become more susceptible to structural tinkering designed to benefit special interests, much like the tax code.

06/20/1999
Capitol Comment 240 - Taxpayer Double Whammy:
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Capitol Comment 240 - Taxpayer Double Whammy:

Consumers of telecommunications services, advocates of smaller government, and ultimately, the U.S. Constitution are under attack by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Recently, the FCC not only unilaterally raised the federal telephone E-Rate tax (also known as the "Gore-tax" after its chief promoter Vice President Al Gore) by 73 percent, but it also took deliberate steps to block phone companies from identifying the tax on their customers’ phone bills.

06/15/1999
Issue Analysis 92 - The Federal Government Has No Legal Case Against the Tobacco Companies
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Issue Analysis 92 - The Federal Government Has No Legal Case Against the Tobacco Companies

In his State of the Union Address, President Clinton announced that the Justice Department would sue the tobacco companies. This directly contradicted earlier testimony Attorney General Janet Reno provided the Senate Judiciary Committee, indicating the federal government had no independent cause of action to bring such a lawsuit. Now the administration is seeking $20 million, largely to hire lawyers who can help them determine how and where to file their lawsuit. A closer look at the legal theories, however, indicates that the administration does not have a viable case. Last year, an outrageous transfer of wealth occurred – with as much as $250 billion going from the pockets of smokers (many of whom tend to be in lower income brackets) to state governments and private contingency-fee trial lawyers. This transfer was the result of a settlement entered into by the tobacco companies after a number of states filed lawsuits against them, but not before some states changed their laws to give the government an unprecedented upper hand in court.

06/14/1999
Capitol Comment 234 - Urban "Sprawl": The Nationalization of America’s Neighborhoods
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Capitol Comment 234 - Urban "Sprawl": The Nationalization of America’s Neighborhoods

With the announcement of their "Livability Agenda" and "Lands Legacy Initiative," the Clinton-Gore administration has brought the federal government into the battle over what is euphemistically called "urban sprawl." The administration claims that its "smart growth" proposals will solve a host of problems such as air pollution, the loss of farmland and open spaces, traffic congestion and even having too little time in the day.

06/08/1999
Capitol Comment 234 - Urban "Sprawl": The Nationalization of America’s Neighborhoods
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Capitol Comment 234 - Urban "Sprawl": The Nationalization of America’s Neighborhoods

With the announcement of their "Livability Agenda" and "Lands Legacy Initiative," the Clinton-Gore administration has brought the federal government into the battle over what is euphemistically called "urban sprawl." The administration claims that its "smart growth" proposals will solve a host of problems such as air pollution, the loss of farmland and open spaces, traffic congestion and even having too little time in the day.

06/08/1999
Capitol Comment 236 - The South Florida Re-Study: An $11 Billion Gamble
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Capitol Comment 236 - The South Florida Re-Study: An $11 Billion Gamble

What is the Re-Study? The Central and Southern Florida Comprehensive Review Study ("Re-Study") is a review of the Central and Southern Florida Project (C&SF) that recommends a dramatically reconfigured approach to South Florida’s water policy. First authorized by Congress in 1948, the C&SF today provides fresh water and flood protection to nearly 6 million people in a 16-county region.

06/08/1999

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