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Medicaid and the State Budget
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Medicaid and the State Budget

I don’t know about you, but when Legislators start thinking that they know more about health care issues than doctors, I get nervous. By the way, remember that the definition of health care to politicians is “someone else paying for it.”

07/10/2002
New Books, another battle
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New Books, another battle

BY Jim Suydam

The opening shots of a new state textbook tussle were fired Tuesday, as the Texas Public Policy Foundation released a review of proposed social studies and history books and the Texas Freedom Network announced plans to fight what it called textbook censorship. The foundation's review, conducted by academics and public school teachers paid by the group, found none of the more than 150 books offered by publishers to be without flaws.

07/10/2002
Social conservatives, foes clash over schoolbooks
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Social conservatives, foes clash over schoolbooks

BY TERRENCE STUTZ

AUSTIN - The annual wrangling over textbook selection in Texas got off to an early start Tuesday as competing groups clashed over efforts to revise proposed social studies books for public schools. The Texas Freedom Network, a political watchdog organization that battles with socially conservative groups, launched a campaign to thwart what it called textbook censorship by those groups.

07/10/2002
Conservatives release critique of textbooks
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Conservatives release critique of textbooks

BY Sharon K. Hughes

BODY: The liberal group Texas Freedom Network sent out a call Tuesday for Texans to speak out against what they called textbook censorship by right-wing conservatives. On the same day, the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation released an extensive report that it said is an objective review of the social studies textbooks up for review this year by the State Board of Education. "We've seen a little bit of what they have to say - outlandish claims that children won't learn history," said Samantha Smoot, executive director of the Freedom Network.

07/10/2002
Accounting for Misunderstanding
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Accounting for Misunderstanding

In the swirl of the political drama that has engulfed Washington, D.C. it seems that some of our nation’s leaders have forgotten, or do not know, that accounting deceptions are not responsible for business failures. On the contrary, accounting gimmickry, duplicity, and outright fraud are used to conceal them. Thus it seemed a bit odd when Senator Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.) appeared Tuesday with former employees of Enron and WorldCom to announce their plan for an “Investors Bill of Rights” to expand government oversight of corporate governance, accounting, and pensions.

07/09/2002
Moral Character and Proper Incentives
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Moral Character and Proper Incentives

Does anyone in America want their kid to grow up to be just like Ken Lay, Bernie Ebbers or Jeffrey Skilling? Hopefully, after the civil suits strip these and other corporate thieves of their stolen wealth and criminal courts make them spend real time in a real jail, the lasting price these people will pay is that their names are forever synonymous with sleaze.

07/09/2002
Can Washington Boost Investor Confidence?
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Can Washington Boost Investor Confidence?

Washington loves a crisis, and the recent spate of corporate misdeeds has the city buzzing with a sense of urgency or the need to “do something.” Unfortunately, much of the concern appears driven by political posturing rather than an insightful examination of the accounting standards that govern corporate behavior. While the crisis in corporate governance is real, a rash attempt to fix the problem through more regulation may do more harm than good. Grandstanding politicians may harangue their counterparts in corporate America, but they actually have more in common than they would care to admit: exploiting opportunities for personal gain rather than seeking to serve the public.

07/09/2002
Statement by Peggy Venable, Director of Texas CSE, on TFN Attempts to Censor Citizen Input On Texas Textbooks
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Statement by Peggy Venable, Director of Texas CSE, on TFN Attempts to Censor Citizen Input On Texas Textbooks

The Texas Freedom Network, the organization that supports banning the Pledge of Allegiance from classrooms, is making allegations of textbook censorship. But it appears they are attacking their own "hero." Last year, that so-called "freedom network" presented SBOE Chairman Grace Shore with the organization's first "Hero Award".

07/09/2002
Groups spar over what goes in history textbooks
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Groups spar over what goes in history textbooks

BY CONNIE MABIN

 The fight over what material goes into Texas social studies textbooks heated up Tuesday when several groups accused each other of trying to push their political and religious agendas on public school students. Texas, which has about 4.1 million students in its public school system, adopts new social studies books every eight years. The state will spend $344.7 million on the textbooks, which will be used in classrooms in 2003.

07/09/2002
Unleash Broadband
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Unleash Broadband

As Published in the July 8, 2002 edition of the Wall Street Journal WorldCom's impending $40 billion bankruptcy should galvanize Washington to this simple fact: For the last two years we have suffered not a mild recession but a technology depression. With 34 major bankruptcies so far and 24 more expected, the collapsing communications industry -- 17% of the economy -- is the prime source of a $4 trillion dollar decline in the net worth of U.S. households.

07/08/2002

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