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Pollster Names Empower America Co-Director William J. Bennett As the Nation’s Single Best Communicator of 2002
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Pollster Names Empower America Co-Director William J. Bennett As the Nation’s Single Best Communicator of 2002

In a story that appeared in today’s Washington Times, pollster and MSNBC focus group analyst Frank Luntz listed the year’s best political communicators based on focus groups and listening sessions that he conducted across the country. Mr. Luntz identified those he concluded are the strongest voices from Congress and within the Bush administration. But according to Mr. Luntz, the “single best communicator of 2002” is Empower America co-director William J. Bennett:

01/30/2002
No Second Best: The Unappetizing Alternatives to Social Security Privatization
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No Second Best: The Unappetizing Alternatives to Social Security Privatization

Although proposals for privatizing Social Security have been much debated, there has been far less discussion of the alternatives. Indeed, most opponents of privatization would prefer to avoid comparing various proposals for reform. That is probably because their alternatives boil down to some very unpopular options—raising taxes, cutting benefits, or government investment in the stock market.

01/29/2002
George W. Bush State of the Union Address, 2002
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George W. Bush State of the Union Address, 2002

ACTUAL REMARKS MAY VARY THE PRESIDENT’S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS Mr. Speaker, Vice President Cheney, Members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens: As we gather tonight, our Nation is at war, our economy is in recession, and the civilized world faces unprecedented dangers. Yet the state of our Union has never been stronger.

01/29/2002
The State of the Union
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The State of the Union

On Tuesday, President Bush delivered his first State of the Union address to the American public. Not surprisingly, the war on terrorism was a major focus, as was homeland security. Bush also touched upon a few domestic policy initiatives and the unease with corporate America generated by the collapse of Enron. In the next few weeks the president will deliver his budget to Congress, which will provide a more detailed description of some of the plans outlined in his State of the Union. The budget will make one thing clear: Washington has some tough choices ahead as early projections show deficits for the next two years. President Bush has outlined an ambitious program to provide for the security of the American people. With deficits looming, the president and Congress must revisit many costly programs and reorder budget priorities with an eye toward prudence and responsibility.

01/29/2002
Get the Economy Moving: Accept the Microsoft Settlement
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Get the Economy Moving: Accept the Microsoft Settlement

CSE sent this letter on January 25, 2002, in support of the settlement ending the federal lawsuit against Microsoft. January 25, 2002 Renata B. Hesse Antitrust Division U.S. Department of Justice 601 D Street NW Suite 1200 Washington, DC 20530-0001 To Whom It May Concern:

01/29/2002
Senator Daschle Needs to Check Spending
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Senator Daschle Needs to Check Spending

Last week, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) announced that the estimated 10-year federal budget surplus would be $4 trillion lower than last year's estimate for the same time frame. While a $4 trillion difference is staggering indeed, this reversal of fortune should be a reminder of the precariousness of economic activity and the futility of 10-year projections.

01/29/2002
Tom Daschle’s Lawsuit Abuse
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Tom Daschle’s Lawsuit Abuse

America needs your help. Each year, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court issues a report titled, “Report on the Federal Judiciary.” Most Americans have never heard of it, let alone read it. That is understandable. While the Chief Justice is an honorable, wise, and consistent defender of the constitution, the report is usually pretty dry. This year, however, citizens who care about the constitution should take a close look at the Rehnquist report.

01/29/2002
FROM 'HERO' TO 'ZERO,' TITLES DELUGE LEGISLATORS
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FROM 'HERO' TO 'ZERO,' TITLES DELUGE LEGISLATORS

BY ALAN BJERGA

WASHINGTON - Rep. Todd Tiahrt is a "Super Friend." Sen. Sam Brownback is a "Guardian of Small Business." Rep. Jim Ryun is a "Hero of the Taxpayer." These are only a few of the thousands of titles and awards that special interest groups shower on lawmakers each year to show their appreciation for the lawmakers' support.

01/28/2002
Alabama CSE Helps to Stop a Property Tax Increase in Huntsville
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Alabama CSE Helps to Stop a Property Tax Increase in Huntsville

Huntsville, AL - Since our inception, Citizens for a Sound Economy has been fighting for lower taxes, less government, and more freedom. Our motto has been "politics goes to those who show up." Whether it's on the national, state, or local level, citizen activism is the key factor that changes public policy. As a testament to these beliefs, Alabama CSE activated its membership base in the Huntsville area to fight against a proposed property tax increase, which would have affected those living in the Huntsville school system. The proposal called for an increase of 3-mill on top of a previously passed 5-mill property tax (the 5-mill equates to nearly $6 million a year for the Huntsville school system). With the help of Alabama CSE activists on the ground, the 3-mill levy was defeated. Our activists' message from the beginning was clear: Before Huntsville citizens are burdened with more taxes, the local school system needs to better utilize the funds that it already receives from taxpayers. As Alabama CSE activist Hugh McInnish stated in the Huntsville Times, "I believe that the people of Huntsville think the city schools have enough money if they operate efficiently." When the votes were tallied, Huntsville residents thought that the school district had enough revenue to operate: More than 60% of Huntsville voters, declined to support a new 3-mill levy on taxpayers.

01/25/2002
Enron effect: loud, but not clear
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Enron effect: loud, but not clear

BY Peter Grier

HIGHLIGHT: As lawmakers open hearings today, Enron boondoggle seems unlikely to catch fire as a big political scandal. BODY: Opening today in Washington: a drama with compelling charactersand moral overtones, but a plot so complex that only an attentive CPA may be able to follow it to the end. The show in question is the congressional Enron investigation, of course. Lawmakers are lifting the curtain on a series of hearings in which they plan to question firm officials and accountants about the energy firm's spectacular collapse.

01/24/2002

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