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CSE Calls on Senate Judiciary Committee to Approve
Miguel Estrada for Full Senate Vote
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CSE Calls on Senate Judiciary Committee to Approve<br> Miguel Estrada for Full Senate Vote

Today, Citizens for a Sound Economy called on the Senate Judiciary Committee to allow for a full Senate vote on Miguel Estrada, nominee for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Miguel Estrada is a much respected and qualified nominee who would well serve the federal judiciary and the American people. Unfortunately, stonewalling by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and highly polemic rhetoric by committee members and liberal interest groups threaten to derail Mr. Estrada’s nomination. CSE President and CEO Paul Beckner had these comments:

09/26/2002
Keyvote on the "HEALTH Act of 2002"
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Keyvote on the "HEALTH Act of 2002"

On behalf of the nearly 300,000 members of Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE), I urge you to vote YES on H.R. 4600, the “HEALTH Act of 2002.” Litigation is taking a heavy toll on the health care in America, both in terms of patient care and the costs that lawsuits impose on the system. Lawsuits have limited the availability of health care and have led many doctors to engage in “defensive medicine,” where doctors require a battery of tests and consultations simply to establish the basis of a defense in the case of a lawsuit. Not surprisingly, the additional procedures increase the costs of health care in America, as do rising insurance premiums, which lead to higher fees for health care services. A tort system is necessary for resolving accidental harms, but in the current tort system in the United States, awards are too arbitrary and uncertain to establish the correct incentives for avoiding harmful activities. HR 4600 would help to eliminate frivolous lawsuits while insuring that real victims are compensated for their losses.

09/25/2002
Throw Precaution to the Wind—Please!
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Throw Precaution to the Wind—Please!

This week, the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank begin in Washington, D.C. As usual, the meetings promise to bring thousands of protesters to the nation’s capital. While identifying their underlying message is as difficult as reading tea leaves, one of the perennial themes is the global environment. Global warming, deforestation, endangered species, and a slew of other environmental panics fuel discussions of world calamity, despite a growing body of scientific evidence that suggests, by and large, significant progress has been on many environmental problems. Rather than incorporate these findings, many environmentalists simply abandon science altogether.

09/25/2002
Serious Problems and the Politicians Who Ignore Them
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Serious Problems and the Politicians Who Ignore Them

Since the height of the Internet bubble, the U.S. telecommunications sector has shed $2 trillion in market capitalization, 500,000 jobs, and nearly 70 companies. Many telecom firms that have survived will not for long, as the typical company faces annual interest payments equal to its revenue and investors unwilling to provide another dime.

09/25/2002
Tom Daschle’s Spectacular Budget Disappearing Act!
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Tom Daschle’s Spectacular Budget Disappearing Act!

It’s not the Greatest Show on Earth, but the federal budget is definitely the most expensive circus in the world. All the more so this year, thanks to some nifty new tricks from ringleader Sen. Tom Daschle (D - S.D.). Every year, Congress is required to pass an overall plan for U.S. government spending, known as a budget resolution. The budget was due this year on April 15, 2002, and to meet this deadline, President Bush offered his budget plan last February. And the House of Representatives passed its budget in March.

09/25/2002
Response to Leiter's Op-Ed Regarding Textbooks
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Response to Leiter's Op-Ed Regarding Textbooks

Leiter's letter lacked truth. The one environmental science textbook removed from the SBOE "approved" list last year was of such poor educational quality that the purchase of it would have equated to robbery of the taxpayers.

09/24/2002
Bring in the Prognosticators
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Bring in the Prognosticators

This Week- The House is considering several pieces of legislation this week. They begin with H.R. 4691, the “Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2002,” and then will turn to a resolution known as a ‘CR.’ Short for “continuing resolution,’ a CR provides government funding during the interim of the fiscal year and the signing into law of the appropriations bills. It is required since the fiscal year officially ends on October 1st. Near the end of the week they expect to take up a very important piece of legislation limiting medical malpractice claims. This legislation, H.R. 4600, would address a growing crisis in our nation. Due to rampant lawsuite and aggressive trial lawyers medical malpractice insurance has skyrocketed leaving many communities without physician care. This bill would impose some limited legal reform bringing sanity back into the medical liability system. Like the movie Groundhog Day the Senate will take up the interior appropriations bill at the beginning of the week with homeland security being considered on a dual track. This is the fourth week for the interior appropriations bill which might actually be a new record for Senatorial logjams. The Senate also hopes to take up a continuing resolution since the fiscal year ends early next week.

09/24/2002
Al Moves (Further) Left
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Al Moves (Further) Left

The former vice president moved out in front of his potential Democratic rivals yesterday by staking out a decidedly anti-Bush position on Iraq. While the other contenders for the Democratic nomination have either totally supported President Bush or given wishy-washy tepid support, Al Gore took a bold step. In a speech that would have made German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder proud, Gore staked out a position as the leading critic of President Bush’s foreign policy.

09/24/2002
Property Rights Rallies...A CSE Hero...and the Sawgrass Rebellion
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Property Rights Rallies...A CSE Hero...and the Sawgrass Rebellion

Kathy Van Tuyl would never call herself a hero. But when this member of Oregon's CSE chapter begins talking about her activism in the property rights arena, it is easy to see that she is a very special person. Kathy begins her interview by saying, "I don't really have a dog in this hunt," meaning that her property rights have not been directly violated by land-grabbing government agencies and their green allies.

09/24/2002
Highlights From NC CSE Tax Tour
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Highlights From NC CSE Tax Tour

< table width="750" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5"> < div align="center"> John Hood, from the John Locke Foundation, speaks to CSE members at the Oyster Bay Restaurant on September 18 in Hillsborough.

09/24/2002

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