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Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues and Strategy Bulletin of November 30, 1999

NO PARTY IN CONGRESS SUPPORTS LIMITED GOVERNMENT

Investor's Business Daily (11/15/99, p. A28) editorializes that "Giddy from their 1994 election victory that gave them control of Congress, Republicans promised to shrink government. But as Congress adjourns for this year, it appears Republicans don't believe in limited government after all. ...

"But it was not to be. Overall federal spending has risen, from $1.56 trillion in 1996 to $1.72 trillion last year. The federal government will spend $1.77 trillion this year. ...

"Neither have the Republicans succeeded in rolling back regulation. After modestly cutting federal spending on regulatory programs in their first budget, they've increased funding every year since."

GOP BOOSTS # OF FEDERAL REGULATORS TO 131,587

"And after actually cutting the regulatory work force in their first two budgets, staffing has grown every year Republicans have held the majority. A record 131,587 employees will oversee federal regulatory activities in fiscal 2000. ... [T]hey couldn't even kill the National Endowment for the Arts. ..."

TAX, SPEND, AND ELECT IS THE BIPARTISAN MOTTO

"Still the sad truth is the GOP hasn't been that focused on limiting government. The overall view of Republicans is not that different from that of Democrats: The easiest way to get re-elected is to ladle out federal largess. Staying in office has become the GOP's guiding principle.

"If the Republicans really believed as they spoke, they at least would have voted on bills to eliminate cabinet departments, cut spending and tried to override the president's veto of this year's tax cut."

TO DO IT, YOU MUST BELIEVE IT

"[A]s Gen. George S. Patton was quoted in Friday's Leaders & Success feature, 'Wars are lost in the mind before they are lost on the ground.' And this Congress proves the point: The battle for individual freedom will always be lost given the statist mind-set that prevails."


REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS FAVOR USING GOVERNMENT AS "BIG DADDY" AS WELL AS "BIG BROTHER"

Investor's Business Daily editorializes (11/18/99, p. A26) that "The 'Fathers Count Act of 1999' has a Republican author, Connecticut Rep. Nancy Johnson, along with sizable Democratic support. It won healthy majorities from both parties when the House approved it 329-93 on Nov. 10. ..."

HOUSE APPROVES "GREAT SOCIETY"-STYLE FAMILY INTERVENTION SUBSIDIES

"In spite of its declared aim of reviving the institution of marriage, a key Republican theme, most of its $155 million in grants (a five-year figure) seems destined for the same kind of training and education programs the government has been running for years. ...

"Grant awards will be decided by panels representing Congress and the administration. But federal bureaucrats will be doing the staff work, and they're hardly the ones to lead a pro-family reform in the administration of welfare. ..."

ANOTHER ESTABLISHMENT OF ANTI-CHRISTIAN RELIGION?

"With public money will come oversight from a largely secular political establishment. Religious groups taking that money will have to give up some of the freedom they enjoy now.

"Democrats over the years have taken well-deserved lumps as inveterate social engineers, always ready with some new, tax-paid program to school, train, counsel or simply buy people out of poverty.

"But many Republicans have caught the engineering bug. They, too, seem to think that public money can get at the roots of bad behavior if one just pumps it through the right channels. ...

"All the while, the government continues to subsidize single parenthood through its existing welfare system. Most federal benefits flow only if a recipient is a single parent."


EXPANSION OF FEDERAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT CONTRADICTS GOP PROMISES

John Harris points out (Washington Post, 11/15/99, pp. 1, A14) that "When the newly elected Republican congressional majority roared into Washington in 1995, the most ardent revolutionaries loudly declared their intention to eliminate the Department of Education. The department's budget that year was $24.4 billion.

"This month, as Republicans nervously stepped back from many of their budget disputes with President Clinton, lawmakers approved spending that will give the Education Department $35.6 billion. ..."

REPUBLICANS SURRENDERED WITHOUT A FIGHT

"What is going on in Capitol Hill this month is more than just the usual haggling over annual appropriations. It is the latest, and--many on both sides believe--the last, sputtering battle in a five-year war between the GOP majority in Congress and Clinton over federal spending and the role of government in American life.

"It is a war that Clinton has won so decisively, at least in the realm of public opinion, that Republicans no longer have a stomach for fighting. ...

"Clinton has won the philosophical argument."

CLINTON GETS 100,000 FEDERAL TEACHERS

Alison Mitchell adds (New York Times, 11/13/99, pp. 1, A9) that "As the Congressional session sputters to a close, Republicans are quietly ceding ground to President Clinton in budget talks, determined to avoid even a hint of the kind of ideological conflagration that led to a government shutdown four years ago.

"Compromise by compromise, the Republicans have added more than $5 billion to their spending bills in the last few weeks alone and given Mr. Clinton a victory on a politically significant education program. ...

"On education, they can share credit with him for financing his program to add 100,000 teachers over seven years to the nation's schools."


Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues and Strategy Bulletin of November 15, 1999

GOP DUCKS CONFLICT WITH CLINTON BY PREEMPTIVE SURRENDER TO HIS DEMANDS

Dave Boyer and John Godfrey report (Washington Times, 11/3/99, p. A4) that "Congressional Republicans finished their budget for fiscal 2000 yesterday, with the party of fiscal restraint proposing $34 billion in increased spending overall and facing five vetoes that could result in still more spending. ...

"But the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office now estimates that the Republicans' budget would increase discretionary spending by about 5.8 percent over fiscal 1999.

"'They pre-empted the budget summit by spending it themselves,' said Marshall Wittmann, congressional affairs director for the Heritage Foundation. 'Fiscal restraint is being cast off to the side. What's stunning is at this stage there's very little protest even among conservatives.'"

More Budget FY 2000 Info


Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues and Strategy Bulletin of October 31, 1999

GOP CONGRESS HAS RAISED TAXES BY $600 BILLION PER YEAR

BUDGET COMPARISONS FOR SELECTED CATEGORIES (in millions)

 

FY1960

FY1968

FY1980

FY1994

FY2000
est.

TOTAL REVENUE COLLECTED

92,492

152,973

517,112

1,258,627

* 1,905,000

Individual Income Tax Collected

40,715

68,726

244,069

543,055

* 930,000

Employment Taxes Collected (FICA)

14,683

33,923

157,803

461,475

* 646,000

Corporate Income Tax Collected

21,494

28,665

64,600

140,385

* 177,000

Excise Tax Collected

11,676

14,079

24,329

55,225

69,902

Customs, Duties, & Fees Collected

1,105

2,038

7,174

20,099

18,364

Estate & Gift Taxes Collected

1,606

3,051

6,389

15,225

26,972

TOTAL OUTLAYS

92,191

178,134

590,947

1,461,731

* 1,744,000

Interest on Public Debt

** 9,120

14,573

74,808

296,278

* 358,000

National Defense

48,130

81,926

133,995

281,642

274,069

TOTAL DEFICIT/SURPLUS

301

B25,161

B73,835

B203,104

* 161,000

On-Budget Deficit/Surplus

510

B27,742

B72,715

B258,758

* 14,000

GROSS DEBT

290,525

368,685

909,050

4,643,705

* 5,664,000

Debt Held by Public

236,840

289,545

709,838

3,432,117

* 3,473,000

SOURCE: Budget of the United States for Fiscal Year 2000, Historical Tables ** 1962 figure; 1960 not available  * Congressional Budget Office, July 1999

In the midst of ongoing discussions about the Federal budget, it never hurts to look at the facts.

Using 1994 as the benchmark year (when Republicans won control of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives), Uncle Sam's annual tax take has increased by more than $600 billion.

TARIFFS DOWN ON FOREIGNERS, TAXES UP ON AMERICANS

Indeed, income taxes alone are more than $385 billion per year greater than six years ago. FICA taxes are up by $185 billion and business taxes by some $36 billion, while estate taxes and gift taxes have also increased. The only drop-off was in tariffs (customs, duties, and fees collected) which once constituted the principal source of revenue to the Federal government. That was before we were letting Chinese Communist goods into America with tariffs which were only a tiny fraction of those imposed on U.S. goods offered for sale in Red China.

If the budget is theoretically balanced, it is only because FICA taxes have been treated as if they were general revenues and revenues in general have expanded to meet outlays. Even in the world of a supposed budget surplus, we are still expected to pay some $358 billion in interest on the national debt during Fiscal Year 2000.

NATIONAL DEBT OF $5.7 TRILLION MOCKS BALANCED BUDGET CLAIMS

At the same time, national defense outlays are set to have actually dropped by more than $7 billion a year since 1994, not even adjusting that total for inflationary consequence. And, of course, the overall debt to the United States has not dropped in the past six years it has increased from $4.6 trillion to $5.7 trillion.


GOP CONGRESS OUTSPENDS CLINTON BY BILLIONS

As reported by Eric Pianin and Juliet Eilperin (Washington Post, 10/21/99, p. 1), "Congressional Republicans agreed yesterday to pump billions of extra dollars into federal education initiatives, the National Institutes of Health and scores of other social programs in an effort to trump President Clinton on some of his signature issues."

CLINTON COLLABORATORS PERPETRATE ONE-PARTY RULE

"After initially threatening deep cuts, House GOP leaders went along with the Senate in adding substantially to Clinton's budget request on many of these politically sensitive programs. The Republicans added $340 million for education, for a total of $35.2 billion, and $2.3 billion for the NIH, for a total of $17.9 billion. ...

"The new labor-and-health bill, with more than $300 billion in funding, would declare about $2 billion for energy assistance, refugees and public health to be 'emergency' funding exempt from spending limits. And it would essentially borrow $10 billion from next year's budget to help finance some of the programs.

"... The emergence of the huge social spending bill was a significant event on a day in which Republicans and Administration officials tried to capitalize on the cooperative spirit at Tuesday's White House meeting between Clinton and the congressional leadership."


LOTT AND HASTERT IMPLEMENT, BY DEFAULT, HILLARY'S HEALTH CARE

Sue A. Blevins, president of the Institute for Health Freedom, points out (Investor's Business Daily, 10/12/99, p. A24) that "Congress -- unless it acts fast -- has officially moved us one step closer to 'Hillary Care.' Not just by passing a so-called patients' rights bill, but by failing to protect Americans' medical privacy.

"By missing its self-imposed Aug. 21, 1999, deadline, established in 1996 by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, Congress has given the job of establishing medical privacy regulations to the Clinton administration, through the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services."

YOUR MEDICAL PRIVACY IS IN JEOPARDY

"HHS' regulations -- due no later than Feb. 21, 2000, according to current law -- will include the creation of a 'unique health identifier,' which would require every American to carry a plastic card -- much like a driver's license -- encoded with a microchip that links to a database with everyone's complete medical history.

"Sound familiar? Remember the 'smart card' plan? The plan that didn't receive a single vote in Congress? An important part of Hillary Clinton's 1993 health-care plan -- the President's Health Security Plan -- included a provision to create a unique health identifier. In fact, the plan stated that 'like ATM cards, the health security card allows access to information about health coverage through an integrated national network.' HHS' plan will be the same thing under a different guise."

YOU WON'T EVEN KNOW WHEN THEY'RE SEARCHING YOUR SECRETS

"If the plan moves forward, hundreds of individuals and organizations will have access to your medical records, whether you know it or not. Medical records could be accessed every day, with or without your consent, by employers, health insurance companies, law enforcement officials and medical researchers.

"Not only will these groups and others be able to access your basic health information, such as your immunization history, but also more confidential information, such as your HIV status and your genetic data. ..."

YOUR INSURABILITY COULD BE JEOPARDIZED

"Access to this type of data can irreparably destroy someone's reputation, employability and possibly insurability. With the creation of a unique health identifier, not only could the number of medical-privacy breaches increase, but access to this type of sensitive information by government researchers and others could be legalized as well. ...

"If Congress doesn't act soon, a major piece of Hillary Clinton's health-care plan will take effect in February 2000. The American public resoundingly rejected that plan and voted Republicans into office to stop it. Now we'll see if they do their job.

"But one thing is certain: Medical privacy is too important an issue to be left in the hands of the Clinton administration."


Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues and Strategy Bulletin of October 15, 1999

GOP CONGRESS INCREASES IRS ENFORCEMENT BUDGET

TaxPractice, a weekly magazine for tax practitioners published by Tax Analysts, reports in its September 20 edition that "House and Senate conferees to the Treasury, Postal Service, and General Government appropriations bill on September 9 not only fully restored increases to the IRS that the House had slashed in July but also decided to fund the agency at a figure higher than had been approved by either chamber -- the full $8.249 billion requested by President Clinton."

CLINTON COLLABORATORS LOTT AND HASTERT RUN CONGRESS

"Across the board, the conferees raised the IRS spending levels to meet what the administration had requested. Thus, under the conference agreement, IRS functions now are slated to be funded at the following levels during fiscal 2000:


"ROTTEN TO THE CORE"?

According to Owen Ullmann (USA TODAY, 9/30/99, p. 12A), "Boosting the minimum wage is the kind of issue that violates the core conservative principles of Republican leaders in Congress.

"So surely they'll block a Democratic push this fall to raise the pay of America's 4.4 million lowest-paid workers, right?"

PRINCIPLES "ARE LIKE PIECRUSTS, MADE TO BE BROKEN"

"Not likely. Despite philosophical opposition to government meddling in the marketplace, the GOP leadership is clearing the way for passage next month of a bill that would increase the $5.15-an-hour minimum wage by at least $1 over the next two to four years. ..."

$141,300 FOR OUR RULERS POLITICALLY REQUIRES BOOST IN MINIMUM WAGE

"Opponents of a minimum-wage increase essentially surrendered Sept. 16, when the Senate joined the House in voting to raise lawmakers' annual salary by $4,600, to $141,300, effective next year.

"President Clinton signed the pay raise into law Wednesday.

"Business lobbyists figure that Republicans facing tough re-election campaigns next year wouldn't want to open themselves to attack for boosting their own pay but not the wages of struggling families. ..."

IT WILL HURT THE POOR AND HELP THE UNIONS

"Some economists contend that a minimum-wage increase reduces job opportunities for the least skilled workers because employers absorb the higher payrolls by cutting back on new hires."


CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS ARE STILL STEALING YOUR FICA TAXES

Tim Weiner reports in The New York Times "News of the Week in Review" section (10/3/99, p. 3) that "The Republicans have promised -- publicly, daily, fervently -- not to finance the operations of the Government by spending money out of the Social Security trust fund. No Congress has done this since 1967. ..."

$40 BILLION MORE DIVERTED FROM SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUND

"More than $20 billion dollars, nearly twice the previous record, is being drawn down from the ledger for fiscal 2001. A nearly equal amount is simply being erased from the books by a device known as 'directed scorekeeping,' which one respected Federal budget analyst, Stan Collender of the Fleishman-Hillard public relations firm, defines as 'lying about the numbers.' Venerable projects like the decennial census ($4.5 billion), a home-heating assistance program ($1.1 billion), agricultural aid ($8.7 billion at last count), along with still-uncounted billions for defense, have been deemed unforeseeable 'emergency spending' -- meaning Congress can pretend they do not really count against the bottom line. ..."

IN PRINCIPLE, THEY OPPOSE WHAT THEY PRACTICE

"But there was more, much more, as the millennial fiscal year 2000 began. On the floor of the House, members of Congress almost unanimously passed a non-binding resolution -- a promise made with fingers crossed -- pledging never again to spend a dime of the Social Security surplus.

"Down the street, at that minute, their number-crunchers at the Congressional Budget Office were calculating that they were in fact spending $18 billion of the surplus, a number growing with every closed-door conference."

CONGRESSIONAL PAY HIKE OFFSET BY DELAYING TAX CREDITS

"And at the very moment President Clinton was signing into law a pay increase for members of Congress averaging $4,600 a year, Republican strategists were figuring that the only way to avoid spending the surplus was to delay a tax break for 20 million Americans on the lower rungs of the economic ladder.

"None other than Gov. George W. Bush of Texas, the presumptive Republican standard-bearer, denounced the idea, saying, 'I don't think they should balance their budget on the backs of the poor.'"


DOMENICI AND BAYH RUN ROUGHSHOD OVER THE FIRST AMENDMENT

Another prominent Republican is endorsing a terrible idea to undermine the American family and diminish the "liberty of conscience" protections established in the First Amendment to our Constitution.

$75 MILLION TO LET CLINTON PLAY "BIG DADDY"

As reported by the Family Research Council (Washington Update, 9/20/99), "Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) and Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) recently introduced legislation to provide about $75 million a year in grants to launch and enlarge programs that encourage men to embrace the resonsibilities of fatherhood."

UNCLE SAM SHOULD NOT BE TREATED AS A BLOOD RELATION

Marriage is a covenant with God when man and wife take vows to love, honor, and obey until death they do part. Civil government has no legitimate role in that covenant.

The net effect of this program is to assign the Federal government powers well beyond its Constitutional authority and to place itself above the authority of moms and dads with respect to their own children.


Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues and Strategy Bulletin of August 15, 1999

REPUBLICAN CONGRESS INCREASES LEFT-WING SPENDING BY SCORES OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS

"Four years after House Speaker-to-be Newt Gingrich's post-election prediction that GOP leadership would 'radically transform the way government works by Easter,' the federal government still does almost everything it did then. ..." (Source: Washington Post, 8/3/99, pp. A1, 6)

"'For those of us who came here with a zeal for limiting government, it's been a very frustrating 42 years,' said Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), one of the most outspoken conservatives in the historic GOP freshman class of 1994, which has already dwindled in the House from 73 to 49 members. 'We've been losing the battles, again and again.' ..."

MORE FUNDING FOR "CULTURAL COMMUNISM" -- TOO LITTLE FOR DEFENSE

"[A] 'Return of the Living Dead' analysis by the libertarian Cato Institute suggests that the GOP's post-takeover declarations of a new era of budget austerity were vastly overblown. Since 1995, Cato found, spending has actually increased overall among the programs targeted for extinction in the original "Contract With America" budget, including hikes of 513 percent in school-to-work grants, 119 percent in the Goals 2000 education program, and 72 percent in bilingual education funding. The three Cabinet agencies on the GOP's 1995 hit list are alive and well; the Commerce Department's budget has grown by 40 percent."

GROWING BACK

In 1995, the House GOP's "Contract With America" targeted $75.3 billion worth of programs for extinction. Now the government spends $77 billion on those programs. Here are some of the targeted agencies and programs for which spending has risen, in millions of dollars.

Program

1995 1999
     

Department of Commerce

$ 3,401 $ 4,767

Department of Education

31,205 34,360

School-to-work grants

82 503

Goals 2000

231 507

Manufacturing Extension Partnership

40 128

Aid to East Europe and Baltic states

332 450

Economic Development Administration

350 438

Adult education

299 400

Star Schools

25 45

Summer youth employment & training

867 871

Bilingual and immigrant education

225 386

Trade adjustment assistance

268 307

Intelligent transportation system

143 185

Source: Cato Institute analysis of federal budget
The Washington Post 8/3/99, p. A6

ONLY 3 REPUBLICANS PLUS SMITH OPPOSE FEDERAL SUBSIDY AND REGULATION OF PRIVATE AGRICULTURE

On August 4, "The Senate approved a massive emergency aid package for America's struggling farmers...a record $7.4 billion....

"Congress passed an unprecedented $6 billion rescue package for farmers just last fall, a measure that was touted as an extraordinary one-time fix. But the Senate went even further yesterday, showering cash on farmers of grain, soybeans, livestock, dairy cows, tobacco, cotton and 'specialty crops' to compensate for historically depressed prices." (Source: Washington Post, 8/5/99, p. 1)

Eight United States Senators opposed additional agriculture subsidies (Roll Call no. 257, 8/4/99, 89-8). These were Feingold (D-Wisc.), Graham (D-Fla.), Gramm (R-Tex.), Gregg (R-N.H.), Mack (R-Fla.), Smith (I-N.H.), Torricelli (D-N.J.), and Voinovich (R-Ohio).


GOP "TAX CUT" IS PIE-IN-THE-SKY BYE AND BYE (Y2006)

Investor's Business Daily (7/21/99, p. A24) asks if you "Remember the outrageous tax cut of Ronald Reagan? ... It was worth $750 billion over five years. The current GOP bill is worth $792 billion over 10 years. ...

"The Senate's $792 billion bill is even more timid. ...all the hot air is over a tax cut, the bulk of which won't kick in until 2006. All the hot air is also about a tax cut that'll come to less than 1% of gross domestic product over that period."

TRILLIONS FOR THE TAX-USERS, PENNIES FOR THE PEOPLE

Investor's Business Daily editorializes further (8/6/99, p. A22) concerning the Republican tax cut that:

"* The tax cut for 2000 is a miserly $5.2 billion. Only $156 billion would be cut over the first five years." By contrast, during the first five years, spending would amount to some $9 trillion.

"* It would take four years for the bottom tax bracket to fall to 14%. All other brackets wouldn't go down until 2005."


CONGRESS LETS WTO PUNISH U.S. PRODUCTS

As reported by Geoff Winestock (Wall Street Journal, 7/27/99, p. A19), "The World Trade Organization has ruled that a $2 billion U.S. tax-incentive provision for American exporters violates global trading rules, giving the European Union one tit-for-tat victory in its continuing trade wars with the U.S.

"The preliminary WTO ruling -- that the tax exemption constitutes an illegal export subsidy -- isn't the final pronouncement on the matter. Indeed, the decision must go through numerous bureaucratic procedures before a final ruling is issued, probably in September.

"Nonetheless, the ruling represents a breakthrough for the EU, which has been pounded this year by the WTO in its trade spats with the U.S. EU Trade Commissioner Sir Leon Brittan was quick to divulge details of the confidential ruling, and called on the U.S. to change its law.

"'This export subsidy has created a major distortion of U.S. trade by granting very substantial and unfair advantages to U.S. products,' Mr. Brittan said."

Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution makes clear that it is Congress, not any gang of international bureaucrats and bankers, who have authority to set U.S. trade policy:

"The Congress shall have Power....To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations...."

Once again members of Congress who acquiesce in WTO are violating their oaths of office.


GOP HOUSE LEADERS REVERSE COURSE -- U.N. POPULATION CONTROL FUNDING OK'D

Tom Carter reports (Washington Times, 7/21/99, p. A13) that the GOP House voted "to resume funding of U.N. family planning programs after a one-year hiatus....An amendment to authorize $25 million for the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) was approved on a 221-198 [Roll Call no. 312, 7/20/99] vote. ...

"In effect, the United States will give UNFPA about $20 million next year. Last year, Congress refused to approve any money for the agency.

"Approval of the amendment was a setback for anti-abortion Rep. Christopher H. Smith, New Jersey Republican, who has consistently linked foreign affairs funding with anti-abortion legislation. ...Mr. Smith said UNFPA did not deserve U.S. support because it was 'complicit' in China's 'crimes.'

"That view was challenged by Rep. Benjamin A. Gilman, New York Republican and chairman of the International Relations Committee, who co-sponsored the amendment that passed."


HATCH BOASTS OF FACILITATING CONFIRMATION OF 305 CLINTON JUDGES

Al Kamen reports in his In the Loop column (Washington Post, 7/21/99, p. A19) on the standoff between Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and the Clinton administration concerning Federal judgeships, saying that there is "No horse-trading here, we are certain. If [Hatch friend and judge-nominee Ted] Stewart's nominated, Hatch wrote the administration, 'The White House can count on my continuing fairness in the committee's consideration of judicial nominees.' That 'has led' to 305 Clinton federal judges, he noted. Even if his pal is not nominated, Hatch said he would continue to do the right thing."


Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues and Strategy Bulletin of June 15, 1999

EX-GOP NATIONAL CHAIRMAN SELLS OUT AMERICA TO HUSTLE REPUBLICAN VOTES FOR U.N. BAILOUTS

Thomas W. Lippman reports (Washington Post, 6/13/99, p. A22) that "With the United Nations exercising legal authority in Kosovo and long-delayed confirmation hearings for U.S. ambassador-designate Richard C. Holbrooke scheduled to begin this week, a new drive is underway to persuade Congress to pay this country's debt to the world organization."

HALEY BARBOUR WHORES FOR TED TURNER

"Former Republican national chairman Haley Barbour is the lobbying point man. His client is the Better World Campaign, a small Washington organization established with money from media tycoon Ted Turner to promote the United Nations."

HAS HE NO PATRIOTISM? HAS HE NO SHAME?

"Barbour's mission is to persuade Congress to enact legislation authorizing release of funds already appropriated without attaching an antiabortion rider that induced President Clinton to veto a similar bill last year. ..."

BIG BUSINESS CHIPS IN TO SEEK PERSONAL PROFIT AT THE EXPENSE OF NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE

"The Better World Campaign has enlisted the support of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, an influential business group, which last week invited U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan to make a pitch to members at a Washington dinner. ...

"Annan promoted the United Nations as 'business friendly' and the stabilizing force that makes international commerce possible. ..."

$926 MILLION VOTED BY CONGRESS IS BOTTLED UP

"More than half the debt is for peacekeeping activities that the United States voted in favor of undertaking, which means it is owed not to the world body itself but to the armed forces of friendly nations that went to such trouble spots as Bosnia at U.S. behest. ...

"Two years ago, Congress appropriated $819 million, to be paid over three years on condition that the United Nations cut its budget and undertake administrative reforms. With $107 million in U.N. debt to the United States that would be written off, the package totaled $926 million.

"But the money has never been spent because legislation authorizing release of the funds came with a condition attached by [N.J. Republican Congressman Christoper H.] Smith that the White House refused to accept: restrictions on the use of U.S. funds to aid family planning organizations overseas that work to ease restrictions on abortion. Even though the restrictions were watered down to win Clinton's acceptance, he vetoed the bill. ...

"The 1997 Balanced Budget Act set aside $1 billion for U.N. payments outside the spending 'caps' that restrict other spending. It is 'no year money,' meaning it can be spent whenever authorizing legislation is enacted and the United Nations meets the reform requirements demanded by Congress."

HALEY BARBOUR AND HIS NEW WORLD ORDER PAYMASTERS WANT TO GET THE MONEY FAST -- BEFORE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FIND OUT

"But unless the money is spent by Sept. 30, 2000, the end of fiscal 2000, the exemption from the spending caps will expire. In that case, the U.N. debt would have to compete with other budgetary items, making it vulnerable to being raided for other purposes.

"'Legislation takes time. If it's not done in the context of the fiscal 2000 budget, it's problematic next year, an election year,' said Craig Johnstone, a former State Department budget official now at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce."


BARBOUR BOOSTS BUSH

Mr. Barbour was interviewed by Tony Snow on Fox News Sunday (6/13/99):

TONY SNOW: "Mr. Barbour, You've got about half the members of Congress right now signed on the side of George W. Bush and they don't know the guy." ...

HALEY BARBOUR: "George Bush has made a tremendous record in Texas...."

HALEY WANTS TO DISBURSE YOUR $$ OUT OF THE COUNTRY

"You know, our 31 Republican governors are the most powerful, influential, the most popular people in our party and George Bush stands at the top of that very, very tall stack....it is a phenom to have half of the Congressmen already endorse somebody before he's officially a candidate....George Bush is the guy that stands up for like welfare reform, the idea if we take the power and money away from Washington, and disperse it out into the country, better decisions are made."


Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues and Strategy Bulletin of May 31, 1999

WOULD REPUBLICANS BE MORE "CONSERVATIVE" IF THEY LOST "CONTROL" OF CONGRESS?

What's the good of having a Republican Senate and House of Representatives?

Is it possible we would be better off with a Democratic Congress in which Republicans seeking conservative support might defend conservative positions?

WOULD "WORSE" BE BETTER?

This is a serious question. How could we do worse under the Democrats? Rhetoric aside, the Republican leadership agenda has included: the evisceration of the Second Amendment, backing Clinton on Kosovo, most-favored-nation status for Red China, NAFTA, the World Trade Organization, the $17.9 billion IMF bailout, the phony "back dues" payments to the United Nations, increased funding for the Legal Services Corporation, the National Endowment for the Arts and similar unconstitutional programs, more foreign aid, failure to block unconstitutional Presidential military aggression, Presidential Executive Orders and other White House "power grabs", throwing the fight before the impeachment trial started in the U.S. Senate by rigging the procedures in favor of Clinton, ignoring the need to secure vital U.S. interests at the isthmus of Panama, expanding governmental control of medical services, unconstitutionally involving the Federal government in local law enforcement, unconstitutional Federal subsidy and regulation of education (at a cost of more than $100 billion per year), massive foreign aid through the U.S. Export-Import Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the World Bank, and the IMF (to Communist China, Marxist Russia, and other regimes)?


Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues and Strategy Bulletin of March 31, 1999

5 YEARS OF GOP CONGRESS HAS MEANT BIGGER FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

The Return of the Living Dead

Cabinet
Agencies

1995
Millions $

1999
Millions $

Dept. of Commerce

$ 3,410

$ 4,767

Dept. of Education

31,322

35,000

PROGRAMS:

Goals 2000

231

507

Manufacturing Extensions Prg.

40

128

Economic Develop. Admin.

350

438

Star Schools

25

45

Americorps

426

456

Bilingual Education

225

351

Trade Adjust. Assistance

268

325

Adult Education

299

400

Human Events remarks (3/19/99, p.1): "It was just five years ago that the Republicans seized the majority in Congress with a Reaganite message of smaller and smarter government. Five years later the government hasn't shrunk at all. Almost no programs of fiscal consequence have been eliminated. No cabinet agencies have been dissolved. Many domestic programs that were once slated for elimination are now bulkier than they were when the Democrats ran Capitol Hill.

"Last year's $500-billion election-eve omnibus spending bill was arguably more fiscally reckless than anything that the world-champion big spender Tip O'Neil ever sent to the White House."

50% INCREASE IN SALARIED "VOLUNTARISM"

"So far in 1999 Republicans have resumed the shopping spree. Earlier this month, the House, with more than half the Republicans going along, approved a 50% four-year increase in the Great Society-era Peace Corps program. Once upon a time Republicans argued that such voluntarism should be paid for privately."

30% BOOST IN FEDERAL CONTROL OF EDUCATION

"Meanwhile, over in the Senate chamber, Republicans are rallying behind a $10-billion White House proposal to fund 100,000 new teachers and increase federal education spending by 30% over the next five years...."

TAXES HIGHEST SINCE WORLD WAR II

"First the tax burden has not fallen, it has risen in the last five years. Americans are paying a larger share of their paychecks to the IRS than at anytime since we were fighting the Nazis and the Japanese, and yet today we're not fighting any foreign enemies. The federal tax load is now heftier than the ‘malaise’ days of Jimmy Carter...."

"UPSCALE" TAX POLICY — GOP INACTION PUTS WORKERS IN HIGHER TAX BRACKET

"[O]ver the past five years the tax burden has being [sic] creeping up by a half a percentage point of GDP per year — from 18.4% in 1993 to a projected 21% in 1999...

"Though the budget season is only [a] few weeks old, Republicans have already indicated they might be willing to bust their own spending caps by $20 billion or more this year."

MINIMUM WAGE HIKE IS PART OF HASTERT'S AGENDA

"Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R.-Ill.) has proclaimed that the GOP is willing to accept another increase in the minimum wage. And now it appears that the GOP will pass another multibillion-dollar ‘emergency’ spending bill before the summer.

"Even social programs that have long been irritants to the conservative movement and five years ago were on John Kasich's chopping block, have been mightily resurrected of late. Over the past five years, for example, the Department of Education budget has expanded by 15%. This was the cabinet agency Republicans once pledged to close down before it did more damage to our kids."

"Earlier this year Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott actually criticized the Clinton budget for not spending enough on special-ed funding. The GOP's latest plan is to expand the federal education handouts by more than President Clinton has requested.

"Here are some other examples of fiscal capitulation:

"The odious Goals 2000 program's budget has doubled from $231 million in 1995 to $507 million in 1999.

"The Economic Development Administration, a pork barrel agency that the Reagan White House long ago identified as a weed patch in the federal budget, has seen its budget catapult from $350 million to $438 million....

"Last year, the inflation-adjusted increase in domestic spending was the second largest in 21 years. The $1.65 trillion Uncle Sam will spend this year equals more than $50,000 per second.

"In the five-year budget now being pasted together in Congress, the federal government will spend just a shade under $10 trillion — or more money, adjusted for inflation, than the nation spent to fight World War I, World War II, the Civil War and the Korean War combined. About 90% of that $10 trillion will go to nanny state social programs."

CLINTON IS A PIKER — GOP OUTSPENDS HIM

"Republicans in Congress have outspent Clinton's budget in two of the past three years and are on a torrid pace to outspend Clinton again in 2000 and 2001."


Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues and Strategy Bulletin of February 28, 1999

KEY REPUBLICANS JOIN CLINTON IN THREATENING PROPERTY RIGHTS

The Keep Private Lands in Private Hands Coalition (P.O. Box 423, Battle Ground, Washington 98604) warns that two key Republican Congressional officials, Congressman Don Young, Chairman of the House Resources Committee, and Senator Frank Murkowski (R-Alaska) (joined by Trent Lott), plan to introduce a "Constructive Republican Alternative Plan (CRAP)" corresponding to the billion dollar trust fund proposal of the Clinton-Gore administration.

According to the private lands coalition, "Once the Trust Fund is signed into law, no landowner will be safe. The Park Service, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service and BLM will once again become extreme tyrants exceeding even the aggressive Carter Administration. Rural America will gradually become economically crippled as the Trust Fund checkerboards private property, divides and conquers communities, destroys local businesses, wipes out jobs, eliminates the tax base and forces families to relocate to the cities. Local government will gradually lose the capacity to provide services. Vital communities will become islands of willing sellers twisting in the wind."

EXECUTIVE GETS LEGISLATIVE POWERS

"Currently the Fish and Wildlike Service does not even require Congressional approval to create a new wildlife refuge. With the Clinton/Gore/Young/Murkowski Trust Fund, they will no longer have to ask for Congressional appropriations. If there is a scarier thought for local communities, it is hard to imagine."


CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS JOIN PRESIDENT CLINTON IN RAISING TAXES BY $500 BILLION PER YEAR

The following chart shows the growth of Federal spending and taxation from the last year of the Bush Administration (Fiscal Year 1993) through the first year of the Republican-controlled Congress (FY 1995) into four of Bill Clinton's budgets.

During the span of seven fiscal years, individual income tax collections have nearly doubled, from $510 billion to a projected $900 billion. FICA taxes have grown from $428 billion per year to an estimated $637 billion. Corporate taxes have gone from $118 billion to $189 billion, excise taxes from $48 billion to $70 billion, customs, duties and fees have held constant at $18 or $19 billion, and estate and gift taxes will soon yield $27 billion, roughly twice as much as the $13 billion derived from those sources in calendar 1994.

NATIONAL DEBT HAS GROWN BY $1.3 TRILLION

Despite talk of budget surpluses, the national debt continues to grow — it was four trillion, three hundred fifty-one billion dollars in FY 1993 and is expected to hit five trillion, seven hundred eleven billion dollars in the Fiscal Year beginning on October 1, 1999. Low interest rates have kept payments on the debt down to $347 billion annually compared to $293 billion in FY 1993.

BUDGET COMPARISONS FOR SELECTED CATEGORIES
(in billions)

SOURCE: Budget of the United States for Fiscal Year 2000, Historical Tables

FY1993

FY1995

FY1997

FY1998

FY1999
est.

FY2000
est.

TOTAL REVENUE COLLECTED

1,154

1,352

1,579

1,722

1,806

1,883

Individual Income Tax Collected

510

590

737

829

869

900

Employment Taxes Collected (FICA)

428

484

539

572

609

637

Corporate Income Tax Collected

118

157

182

189

182

189

Excise Tax Collected

48

57

57

58

68

70

Customs, Duties, & Fees Collected

19

19

18

18

18

18

Estate & Gift Taxes Collected

13

15

20

24

26

27

TOTAL OUTLAYS

1,409

1,516

1,601

1,653

1,727

1,766

TOTAL DEFICIT/SURPLUS

(255)

(164)

(22)

69

79

117

On-Budget Deficit

(300)

(226)

(103)

(30)

(42)

(12)

GROSS DEBT

4,351

4,921

5,370

5,479

5,615

5,711

Debt Held by Public

3,247

3,603

3,771

3,720

3,670

3,572

INTEREST ON PUBLIC DEBT

293

332

356

364

353

347


Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues and Strategy Bulletin of January 31, 1999

WILL REPUBLICANS ROLL OVER FOR BILL CLINTON AGAIN?

According to Investor's Business Daily (1/12/99, p. A22), "President Clinton wants...triple funding for a program that barely existed three years ago. Why? ‘To meet the challenges of this new economy with our new society.’ Translation: Because government loves your family more than you do."

CLINTON WANTS $600 MILLION FOR FEDERAL BABY SITTERS

"A few hours after the Senate opened its impeachment trial of the president Thursday, Clinton, the first lady and Vice President Al Gore proposed boosting to $600 million the amount spent on after-school programs....

"True, much of America, as well as the GOP majority, adores taxpayer-funded after-school programs. It's a form of welfare that the working and middle classes love."

IS THIS A JOB FOR GOVERNMENT?

"But before parents turn more of their children's lives over to government, they should ask themselves: Are after-school programs a proper function of the federal government — or any government, for that matter?...

"That arrogance must be challenged. It's an affront to every parent in America. The Clintons and their child-welfare cronies believe the collective — Hillary's ‘village’ — does a better job of raising children than parents....

"Government has grown so big and the tax burden has grown so much that two-worker families are becoming the norm....Parents will consider it a ‘free’ program and have no interest in arranging private care."

LET PARENTS CONTROL THEIR MONEY BY CUTTING THEIR TAXES

"However, instead of shifting $600 million from other programs to bloat another bureaucracy, Clinton and Congress should return the money to its rightful owners. Then parents would have more money for after-school child care. That's the best way government can help solve the problem."


Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues and Strategy Bulletin of January 31, 1999

THEY'LL NEVER MAKE THAT "MISTAKE" AGAIN

The Washington Post (1/31/99, p. A10) reported that it "was a highly unusual meeting of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee last Wednesday. A few minutes after the Senate completed the day's session of the impeachment trial, Chairman James M. Jeffords (Vt.) collected his Republican members and, in a flash, reported out the first major education bill of 1999 by a 10 to 0 vote....

"Similar legislation had been reported from the committee last year by a 17 to 1 vote and had nearly become law, and Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) wanted to be sure it was ready for floor action as soon as this week...."

CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT IS "FOOLISHNESS" FOR UNPRINCIPLED PACHYDERMS

"‘My party,’ said a prominent Republican pollster, ‘is still trying to recover from the foolish 1995 effort to abolish the Department of Education. Republican governors have made a record on education, but in Washington, we still have to prove to people we care about schools.’"

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