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  THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER
(THE CLASSIC VERSION)

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he's a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter so he dies out in the cold.

(THE MODERN VERSION -- c. 2000)

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he's a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving. CBS, CNN, NBC and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. America and the world are stunned by the sharp contrast. How can it be that, in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Then a representative of the NAGB (National Association of Green Bugs) shows up on Nightline and charges the ant with "green bias," and makes the case that the grasshopper is the victim of 30 million years of greenism. Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper, and everybody cries when he sings "It's Not Easy Being Green."

Bill and Hillary Clinton make a special guest appearance on the CBS Evening News to tell a concerned Dan Rather that they will do everything they can for the grasshopper who has been denied the prosperity he deserves by those who benefited unfairly during the Reagan summers, or as Bill refers to it, the "Temperatures of the 80's."

Richard Gephardt exclaims in an interview with Peter Jennings that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and calls for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his "fair share."

Finally, the EEOC drafts the "Economic Equity and Anti-Greenism Act." Retroactive to the beginning of the summer, the ant was fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the government.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant's food while the government house he's in, which just happens to be the ant's old house, crumbles around him since he doesn't know how to maintain it. The ant has disappeared in the snow. And the image on the TV, which the grasshopper bought by selling most of the ant's food, is of Bill Clinton standing before a wildly applauding group of compatriots announcing that a new era of "fairness" has dawned in America.

 

Demo Fritz Hollings was in charge of advancing the Enron/White House nonsense this week: "There's a culture of government corruption. I've never seen a better example of cash-and-carry government than this Bush Administration and Enron." Fritz did not mention that he also received thousands of dollars from Enron, and more than $1.2 MILLION in  business PAC donations since his last election. Other Demo-gogues on Enron's payola roll: Chuck Schumer ($22,000), Tom Daschle ($6,000) and Joe LIEberman ($2,000). Why even the champion of so-called "campaign finance reform," John McCain, collected $9,500!
 



Over in the House, ultra-Leftist Sheila Jackson Lee tucked away $38,000. (Yes, that is the same Sheila Jackson Lee who, though her residence is only a few hundred feet from her office at the Cannon HOB, is, as noted in Weekly Standard, "chauffeured the one short block to work -- in a government car, by a member of her staff, at the taxpayers expense...apparently in violation of House rules.") But hey, don't expect the Leftmedia cartel to make hay of the above mentioned Enron collections -- or the fact that the titular head of their party, DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe, cashed out $17,900,000 on his $100,000 investment in Global Crossing -- prior to its recent collapse.

Stocks fell sharply following Tom Daschle's midweek announcement that he'll be shelving Bush's stimulus package.  Treasury Secretary O'Neill explained that with a stimulus package we can expect as much as a 3.5% growth in the economy...but then again economic recovery wouldn't be in the best interest of Demo re-election bids.
 


"Government is instituted to protect property of every sort; as well that which lies in the various rights of individuals, as that which the term particularly expresses.  This being the end of government, that alone is a just government, which impartially secures to every man, whatever is his own." --James Madison
 


"There are three points of doctrine the belief of which forms the foundation of all morality. The first is the existence of God; the second is the immortality of the human soul; and the third is a future state of rewards and punishments. Suppose it possible for a man to disbelieve either of these three articles of faith and that man will have no conscience, he will have no other law than that of the tiger or the shark. The laws of man may bind him in chains or may put him to death, but they never can make him wise, virtuous, or happy." --John Quincy Adams
 


"Liberalism is embarrassed by success and prosperity because independent and free people do not need liberals -- and above all,  liberals need to be needed. Otherwise, they'd have to find real work instead of careers in politics, entertainment, class warfare (the only kind of war in which they believe) and, yes (and here I might be guilty of self-incrimination), column writing."  --Cal Thomas
 


The BIG lie...

"Even in this time of crisis, the Republicans are back to politics-as-usual, as we can see from the 'economic stimulus bill' they are trying to pass and which gives huge tax-breaks to corporations. It shows us that Republican legislators are still the representatives of big business, leaving the Democrats to defend working people...." --Barbra Streisand
 

In the House of Commons, Demo Leader Richard Gephardt, who provided the Democrat response to Mr. Bush's speech, has been making early presidential bid noises. To wit: "I would ask anybody: A year ago, if you had the choice of investing in your Nasdaq account or investing in Social Security, which of those two accounts would be better today? .. Which would be stronger? There is no doubt in our mind that a Social Security account over the last year would have been far stronger." Yes, but since Social Security is generally a benefit maturing over a long period of time -- about 30-40 years -- retirees today can rightly ask what their money would be worth had it been invested in equities rather than left on deposit in the nonexistent Social Security trust fund.
 



Hey, you know the Leftspin machine is in trouble when the only guys Daschle-Gephardt, et al., could round up to lead the charge are Je$$e Jak$on and $hyster $harpton! And with all their effort to spin Enron toward the White House, you would think someone would have the common decency to shine some light on this tidbit regarding the massive bankruptcy of fiber-optic cable company Global Crossing. It seems that Democrat National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe's buddy at  Global, Gary Winnick, gave McAuliffe an early in for $100,000. It seems McAuliffe also got an early out -- cashing out with a cool $17,900,000 profit before the company bellied up, leaving the remaining stockholders with, well, nothing.

(Apparently McAuliffe took some lessons from Sen. Ms. Hillary Rodham-Clinton, who, you may recall, turned a $1,000 commodities investment into $100,000 -- with a little help from her friends at Tyson Chicken. That would be the same Tyson Chicken served up with new indictments by U.S. Attorneys two weeks ago.)

"[Former New York City Mayor Rudy] Giuliani will screw you every time." --Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose husband has taught her much on this score, we know!


This month's "Demo-Goguery" Award:
"I don't think the politics of personal destruction, Bob, have any place in the public debate.  So much for changing the tone in Washington." --Tom Daschle to Tim Russert responding to Dick Cheney's labeling him as an obstructionist to Mr. Bush's economic recovery legislation. 

 The New York City Board of Education doesn't want any blessing going on around there! After a teachers union representative questioned whether the parents association of Beach Channel High School in Queens may constitutionally enact their First Amendment rights of "free speech" and "free exercise of religious faith" by posting a "God bless you" sign, the education board banned the phrase "God bless you" from school property.

"You may have seen that both [Al] Sharpton and [Jesse] Jackson have rushed down to Houston, to pose for pictures and agitate in front of Enron. To call these two 'ambulance-chasers' is almost a waste of breath now. But aren't they ever embarrassed? Aren't their supporters?" --Jay Nordlinger 



"Andrea Yates, the Houston woman charged with murder for drowning her five young children, is doing much better, her brother tells the Houston Chronicle. 'She's continuing to improve,' says the brother, Andrew Kennedy. 'She is coherent and talking more.'  Well, what lovely news. The condition of Yates's five children, meanwhile, is unchanged." --Wall Street Journal's Best of the Web 


"Ted Kennedy says the tax cut is responsible for the $150 billion reduction in the surplus in 2001. However, the cut in tax rates couldn't be responsible, because it hasn't taken effect yet. Where was Ted Kennedy last year when that bill that would have eliminated his $5,000 pay raise went through? You don't see Kennedy volunteering to give back his pay raise. Instead,  he wants you to feel guilty over the puny little $300-$600 rebate on your taxes you received last summer. Sen. Kennedy is rich. The move to block the rate reduction to people in his tax bracket may seem like a magnanimous gesture, but don't be fooled. Kennedy wants you to allow him to stimulate the economy by extracting more hard-earned money from the taxpayers  0f America so that he can dole it out to his friends, who, in turn, give him hefty campaign contributions, which helps keep him in office. Our money is his power. Ted Kennedy is blaming the economic downturn, which began under Bill Clinton, on George W. Bush. The only men (and women) who are dumber than Sen. Kennedy are the ones in Massachusetts who keep sending this man back to Washington every six years." --Jane Chastain
 



GOVERNMENT

"The tragedy-in-process that moves our country toward socialism is based on the success of liberalism in teaching people to look to big government rather than to themselves for the satisfaction of their needs -- and to man's law, rather than to God's commandments, for moral direction. The ultimate tragedy will consist of a massive redistribution of wealth and power -- not as is commonly believed from one citizen to another, but from all citizens to the government."
--Linda Bowles

Today's kids, and even law students, are taught that the Constitution is a 'living document.' That is, it has no fixed meaning, and means whatever a judge says it means today. In effect, kids are taught that we have no Constitution." --David C. Stolinsky
 



OPINION IN BRIEF

"The systematic destruction of the Afghan culture was steeped in religious fanaticism, but driven by political correctness as well, and therein lies the lesson for others elsewhere. We've got a ministry in waiting for the protection of virtue and prevention of vice in America, and it's alive, well, and already practicing a venomous hatred for all that displeases. The political correctness running amok in America, if unchecked, could be as destructive as the religious quackery in Afghanistan.  Some of America's greatest heroes, with whom every American schoolchild was once familiar, have been thrown out or are about to be. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, only yesterday regarded as Virginia's most beloved sons, icons of generations of Southerners and held in veneration nearly everywhere else as an authentic American hero, are regarded now as villains by the cultural elites, who have spooked a lot of people who know better. Even James Gilmore, the just-retired  Republican governor, was afraid to rise to the defense of history when the illiterates of the left demanded that Lee and Jackson be erased from Virginia's heritage. And not just white Southerners, though dead white men are particular targets. American Indians have forced Christopher Columbus off the calendar in many places. George Washington and Thomas  Jefferson are under assault from certain blacks for having owned slaves. (Abraham Lincoln will no doubt be under similar assault as soon as the red-hots learn to read and find out what he thought about the idea of social and political equality for blacks.) In California, Hispanics not only won the establishment of Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday, as a state holiday in California, but forced the state to replace a statue of an American hero of the U.S.-Mexican War with a statue of the pagan Aztec god Quetzalcoatl. Mark Twain is an annual target of the sensitivity police, along with James Joyce, Harper Lee and Flannery O'Connor. Not all yahoos wear turbans, grow long beards and pray five times a day." --Wesley Pruden
"God's greatest gift is human life ... We have a sacred duty to protect the innocent life of an unborn child [which] should be entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. ... We cannot diminish the value of one category of human life -- the unborn -- without diminishing the value of all human life. ...  Abraham Lincoln recognized that we could not survive as a free land when some men could decide that others were not fit to be free...  Likewise, we cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to abortion or infanticide... There is no cause more important for preserving that freedom than affirming the transcendent right to life of all human beings, the right without which no other rights have any meaning." --Ronald Reagan.
 



FOR THE RECORD

The $4,900 pay raise Members of Congress voted themselves (unconstitutionally, we might add!) worsened the wage gap between the citizens (median household income of $42,148) and their representatives (over three and a half times that). And  this means Senators and Representatives are increasingly insulated from the painful economic effects their legislative acts wreak on their constituents. Pete Sepp of the National Taxpayers Union offered a historical comparison: "During the Depression era, lawmakers actually reduced their salaries in 1932 and 1933 as gestures of sympathy to millions of fellow citizens who were suffering economic harm." Moreover, during World War II, congressional salary increases were deferred. More recently, Florida legislators overturned pay raises already enacted, and South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges shaved $4,000 off his annual salary, and Sen. Russell Feingold has been returning the unconstitutional portion of pay boosts.


Open Query...

"Are we a better country because we have allowed perhaps 10 million illegal aliens to walk in, demand the benefits of American citizenship, without being American citizens, and then protest the fact they were not being given equality of treatment in being sent back where they came from? Is it a better country -- because it surely is not a safer one, is it?"  --Pat Buchanan


On the Left...

If you think all "race cards" are played with the Left hand, consider how easy they are to trump! Commenting on Left Reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and their race bait games, commentator Armstrong Williams concluded: "Jackson and Sharpton...appeal to the lowest common denominator.  The jig goes something like this: Sharpton and Jackson see some opening where they can exploit our racial sensitivity. Then they move in, threatening to replicate with mobs and bad press if their demands aren't met (often their demands include no small amount of financial gain for themselves). Bottom line: They  make their living as racketeers, offering to inflame or quell racial tensions at a cost." 

More in line with the Williams philosophy of black American success is BOND (Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny). Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson is the founder, and he is the antithesis to the Left Reverend Jesse Jackson. On January 21st (MLK holiday), BOND is hosting the "Third Annual National Day of Repudiation of Jesse Jackson" in Los Angeles in front of Jackson's Rainbow/Push (read "SHOVE") offices on Wilshire Boulevard! Memo to Right Thinkers on the Left Coast: Show up and be counted!


Did you know that your tax dollars pay for a couple of supposed "safe sex" programs called the "Great Sex Workshop" and "Booty Call"? We didn't think so! Now, some reason returns, as in an initial inquiry, Inspector General Janet Rehnquist has discovered that these programs, instead of serving their intended purpose of AIDS prevention, may be inappropriate and potentially obscene as well as promoting sexual promiscuity.  "Where's the data that all the billions we spent over the last 10 years has slowed or stemmed the spread of this disease?
Just because somebody wants the money -- and claims it's for a good purpose -- does not mean we should necessarily keep giving it to them year in and year out," commented Rep. Dave Weldon (R-Florida), also a physician, who supports a comprehensive review of AIDS prevention grants, such as the  $698,000 Stop AIDS received from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Faulting the tax cut for the newfound deficits is like blaming the person who grabbed the last slice of pizza for eating the whole thing. In other words, it's the spending, stupid!"  --Joel Mowbray 


"Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime & pure, [and] which denounces against the wicked eternal misery, and [which] insured to the good eternal happiness, are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments." -- Charles Carroll, Signer of the Declaration of Independence
 



"If we want our kids to defend and live out God's truth, we must help them identify the worldviews that lie at the heart of cultural conflicts. We must take advantage of every opportunity -- including rides to school each morning -- to help them grow in their awareness of unbiblical biases in films, newspapers, textbooks, and songs. Biases that quietly deny the authority and presence of our Creator God." --Charles Colson
 



Attempting to reconcile a lack of understanding of Islam, several California public school districts have adopted a seventh-grade curriculum for the study of Islam which includes learning about historic Islamic martyrs, wearing a robe, adopting a  muslim name, memorizing verses from the Quran and learning to pray "in the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful."

"We could never teach Christianity like this," protested Elizabeth Christina Lemings, a teacher in Byron's Union School District, whose child came home with homework to memorize 25 Islamic terms, 6 Islamic phrases and 20 Islamic proverbs. "We can't even mention the name of Jesus in the public schools," Lemings complains. "Can you imagine the barrage of lawsuits and problems we would have from the ACLU if Christianity were taught in the public schools, and if we tried to teach about the contributions of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and the Apostle Paul?"


"President Kennedy and President Reagan understood that the best way to put more money in people's wallets is to leave it there in the first place. After all, when you can keep most of what you earn, you have more incentive to be productive and earn more. As your income grows, you spend and save more. And that fuels economic growth. But the long-term logic of this seems   to escape most liberals." --Edwin Feulner


WORTH REPEATING

"It isn't the case that the parents of John Walker -- the Marin County child of privilege turned Taliban terrorist -- never drew the line with their son. True, they didn't do so when he was 14 and his consuming passion was collecting hip-hop CDs with especially nasty lyrics. And true, they didn't put their foot down when he announced at 16 that he was going to drop out of Tamiscal High School -- the elite 'alternative' school where students determined their own course of study and only saw a teacher once a week. And granted, they didn't interfere when he abruptly decided to become a Muslim after reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X, grew a beard, and took to wearing long white robes and an oversized skullcap.  On the contrary: His father was 'proud of John for pursuing an alternative course' and his mother told friends that it was 'good for a child to find a passion.' Nor did they object when he began spending more and more time at a local mosque and set about trying to memorize the Koran. Nor when he asked his parents to pay his way to Yemen so he could learn to speak 'pure' Arabic. Nor when they learned that his new circle of friends included gunmen who had been to Chechnya to fight the Russians. Nor when he headed to Pakistan to join a madrassah in a region known to be a stronghold of Islamist extremists. His parents also didn't balk when he went to fight in Afghanistan -- but that, at least, they didn't know about: Walker hadn't told them.  Perhaps by that point he had learned to take their consent for granted. Only once, it seems, did Frank Lindh and Marilyn Walker actually deny their son something he wanted.  When he first adopted Islam and took the name Suleyman, they refused to use it and insisted on calling him John. After all, he had been named for one of the giants of our time: John Lennon. Devout practitioners of the self-obsessed nonjudgmentalism for which the Bay Area is renowned, Lindh and Walker appear never to have rebuked their son or criticized his choices.  In their world, there were no absolutes, no fixed truths, no mandatory behavior, no thou- shalt-nots. If they had one conviction, it was that all convictions are worthy -- that nothing is intolerable except intolerance. ... It undoubtedly came as a jolt to his parents when Walker turned up at the fortress near Mazar-i-Sharif, sporting an AK-47 and  calling himself Abdul Hamid. ... His mother, meanwhile, was quite sure that 'if he got involved with the Taliban he must have been brainwashed....  When you're young and impressionable, it's easy to be led by charismatic people.' Yes, it is, and it's a pity that that didn't occur to her sooner.  [John Walker's] road to treason and jihad didn't begin in Afghanistan.  It began in Marin County, with parents who never said 'No'." --Jeff Jacoby


"100 percent of the successful terrorist attacks on commercial airlines for 20 years have been committed by Arabs. When there is a 100 percent chance, it ceases to be a profile. It's called a 'description of the suspect.' This is not a psychological judgment about an ethnic group -- it is an all-points bulletin: Warning! The next terrorist to board a commercial flight will be an Arab or Muslim male. If ethnic appearance can be used as a factor by the police trying to stem the dire threat of one more Mexican raking leaves in Los Angeles, it is logical to conclude that ethnic appearance can also be used to counter the threat of thousands of Americans being killed in a terrorist attack." --Ann Coulter


"He who is void of virtuous attachments in private life, is, or very soon will be, void of all Regard for his country." --John Adams
 


"Doesn't Chrysler know that its cars will be used in bank robberies and drive-by shootings? Can't Rawlings foresee that thugs will use its baseball bats to deliver vicious beatings? Isn't Stanley aware that adolescent toughs (not to mention hijackers) use its box cutters as weapons?" --Jacob Sullum applying consistently the same argument an Illinois appeals court accepted as basis for suing gunmakers and gun sellers. Everybody must get sued!


The BIG lie...

"But September 11 and the war aren't the only reasons the surplus is nearly gone. They're not even the biggest reason. The biggest reason is the tax cut. ...The Republican agenda in Washington today is being written by a wing of the Republican Party that isn't interested in fiscal discipline. They have one unchanging, unyielding solution that they offer for every problem: tax cuts that go disproportionately to the most affluent."  --Senate Demo Leader Tom Daschle kicking off efforts to blame the $1.35 trillion tax cut for the slow economy and the disappearing federal budget surplus, and repeating the mantra "The Bush Recession." But most of the "tax cut" won't be realized for many years, and the recession started months before Clinton's departure! Sounds like "fuzzy math" to us!


In news from the American Labour Party this week, the Washington Education Association was in hot water with Thurston County Superior Court Judge Gary Tabor for refusing to pay fines over $700,000, imposed for illegal use of teacher dues for political causes.  Washington schoolteacher Forrest Clark complained of the politically motivated misuse of his money, "They support [the] homosexual ... agenda.... They also are very pro-choice, pro-abortion, to include birth control available in school clinics without parental notification or approval." We hope the judge will teach the teachers union a lesson or two!


"That religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and
conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the
dictates of conscience." --Patrick Henry

 


Then, the Democrats, ostensibly in the name of "tolerance," are planning an intolerance campaign demonizing Christian conservatives as being "like the Taliban." As Newsweek's Howard Fineman comments, "The theory goes like this. Our enemy in Afghanistan is religious extremism and intolerance. It's therefore more important than ever to honor the ideals of tolerance -- religious, sexual, racial, reproductive -- at home. The GOP is out of the mainstream, some Democrats will argue [this] year, because it's too dependent upon an intolerant 'religious right'." Yes, this has been tried before -- quite unsuccessfully until now, we note -- but the problem for Mr. Bush is that he has within his administration a handful who actually believe and have spouted this Leftist rot about Christian conservatives.  And quite a handful they may prove, if he cannot curb their tongues when the Leftmedia press them to denounce Mr. Bush's most reliable allies (and by extension denouncing Bush himself)! Stay tuned, as this war of words should be interesting.

Not surprisingly, the New York Times has already gotten its Democratic Party marching orders, with a front-page reference last week to Islamic radicals as "the religious right." Foreign correspondent Douglas Jehl discussed the Saudi royals' dealings with radical Islam, saying: "Choosing accommodation over confrontation, the government shied away from a crackdown on militant clerics or their followers, a move that would have inflamed the religious right, the disaffected returnees from other wars [besides the one in Afghanistan] and a growing number of the unemployed."

 


  What Al Gore Really Did Invent
 
The claim that Al Gore invented the internet has been a favorite target of political jokes, but Al Gore's role in "reinventing" the INS is no laughing matter. He was a driving force behind the perversion of Immigration and Naturalization Service procedures in order to "invent" a million votes for Clinton-Gore in November 1996. 

Al Gore was the Administration's point man in charge of the plan developed in early 1996 to put a million aliens on the fast track to citizenship even if they didn't qualify and even if they had criminal records. Gore was responsible for keeping the pressure on INS to make sure the aliens were naturalized by September 1, the last day to register for the presidential election.

INS Administrator Doris Meissner was at first reluctant to go along with these shenanigans. But she finally acquiesced in Gore's plan to remove alleged "bureaucratic roadblocks" to speedy naturalization. 

The "smoking gun" documentation came to light sort of as an aside in the new book Sellout by David P. Schippers, his own story as chief investigative counsel for the House impeachment of Bill Clinton. Before Schippers was ordered to limit his investigations to the Monica case, he had focused on the politicization of the INS.

Schippers uncovered a memo written early in 1996 from Doug Farbrother of the National Performance Review (NPR) to Bill Clinton reminding the President that he had "asked us to expedite the naturalization of nearly a million legal aliens." Farbrother set forth the plan "to force some serious 'reinvention' on INS" by "appointing one of our proven NPR reinventors as Deputy INS Commissioner" and moving the existing Deputy elsewhere. The National Performance Review is now called Vice President Al Gore's National Partnership for Reinventing Government, according to its website www.npr.gov. This confirms Gore's peculiar obsession with reinventing things.

Dr. Elaine Kamarck in Gore's office responded to Farbrother on March 21, 1996 in a solid-cap memo: "THE PRESIDENT IS SICK OF THIS AND WANTS ACTION. IF NOTHING MOVES TODAY WE'LL HAVE TO TAKE SOME PRETTY DRASTIC MEASURES."

A March 22 memo to Al Gore from Doug Farbrother then reported that he told INS "to waive stupid rules, move money from one account to another as needed, and recruit and hire people locally instead of through the slow centralized process."   Farbrother added that each city manager in the major cities was to be given "a project budget to spend as needed." Farbrother's memo spelled out other details of the plan to circumvent customary procedure: "delegate hiring authority, waive  extensive background investigations on new employees, allow the cities 'overhire authority.'" This carried out the suggestion originally made in a February 15 memo from HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros to Clinton and Gore suggesting the use of "volunteers" from Hispanic action groups to "process" naturalization applications.

In a subsequent fax, Farbrother wrote that he had instructed INS Commissioner Doris Meissner to "get the results the Vice President  wants."

In a memo addressed to Al Gore on March 28, Farbrother restated the goal to "produce a million new citizens before election day." The game plan was to "blast INS headquarters loose from their grip on the frontline managers" and to "make Doris Meissner delegate broad authority to her field managers" in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Miami.

A March 29 memo from Farbrother to Elaine Kamarck revealed his concern lest this plan be exposed as "a citizenship/Clinton voter mill."

This ingenious 1996 "voter mill" paid off big time. An audit by the accounting firm of KPMG Peat Marwick uncovered some of the results. The newly naturalized citizens who were qualified to vote by this Gore project included more than 75,000 who  had arrest records when they applied, an additional 115,000 citizens whose fingerprints were unclassifiable for various technical reasons and were never rechecked, and another 61,000 people who were given citizenship without submitting any fingerprints at all.

Federal law requires that an alien's application for citizenship must be accompanied by a complete set of fingerprints, which must be cleared by the FBI to determine if the applicant has a criminal record.

Schippers sent the FBI a list of 100 of these new citizens who had committed documented heinous crimes prior to naturalization and discovered that 20 percent were arrested for serious crimes after citizenship was granted in 1996. No one knows how many thousands of criminals were granted citizenship whose fingerprints were never checked at all.

Schippers uncovered some of the additional ways that alien applications were processed. INS agents were directed to relax the
testing for English, to complete every interview within 20 minutes, and to ensure that all applicants passed the Civics test by continuing to ask questions until they got a sufficient number right, sometimes asking 25 questions to get four or five correct answers.

Crooked politicians have always stuffed the ballot box in traditional ways, but Al Gore must be given credit for one of the most ingenious. Is the same plan in the works for this year's election?

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  Is Hillary Really "For The Children"?

Nov. 8, 2000                            by:  Phyllis Schlafly

That great national authority on health care and on children, Hillary Rodham Clinton, owes it to her public to give her opinion on two current controversies in New York State. Does she support government-mandated medical treatment of children over the objections of their parents?

In Utica, NY, parents of 77 middle schoolers were warned in October that their children will be taken and turned over to Child
Protective Services for neglect unless they are vaccinated against hepatitis B within two weeks. Yet, there is no emergency, no
epidemic of hepatitis B against which children need to be protected, and no evidence that hepatitis B is being transmitted at school.

The "emergency" is that the school district will lose a substantial amount of state funding if students do not comply with the vaccine mandate. So school district physician Dr. Mark Zongrone, giving his financial (not medical) diagnosis, says, "We refuse to let that happen."

How did we get to a circumstance in America where a school, for its own financial self-interest, imposes medical treatment on children in opposition to their parents' wishes? Is this America or Nazi Germany?

Hepatitis B is primarily an adult disease spread by multiple sex partners, drug abusers, and those in occupations where they are exposed to blood. Unless the child is born to an infected mother, children under the age of 14 are three times more likely to die or suffer adverse reactions from the hepatitis B vaccine than to catch the disease itself.

Down the highway in Albany in September, a family court judge ordered the controversial drug Ritalin to be given to a seven-year-old diagnosed as having ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder). The parents, who had tried Ritalin but wanted to stop it because of  adverse effects, were visited by the Albany County Child Protective Services, served with a petition to appear in court, and intimidated into compliance by what was described as "at least the theoretical threat of having their child removed from their custody."

Public schools are increasingly accusing parents of neglect when they refuse to drug their children with Ritalin, and some are fighting back. Two major class-action lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturer of Ritalin, and Britain's National Institute of Clinical Excellence is expected soon to announce strict guidelines for its use and even ban it for children younger than five.

We would be very interested in Hillary Clinton's comment about these New York cases. We would also like to know where she stands on the letter Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN), chairman of the House Committee on Government Reform, wrote to HHS Secretary Donna Shalala on October 25.

His letter was the result of a July 18 hearing that produced evidence about the health dangers from vaccines containing thimerosal (mercury). Babies who are injected with the vaccines specified on the Universal Childhood Immunization Schedule, which are typically delivered in four to six shots during one doctor's visit, may receive 40 times the amount of mercury that is  considered safe under Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines.

An independent evaluation conducted by the National Research Council confirmed the EPA guidelines as accurate, and the FDA's own website states that "lead, cadmium, and mercury are examples of elements that are toxic when present at relatively low levels."  Credible testimony was also given regarding the possible relationship between symptoms of mercury  poisoning and the skyrocketing rate of autism, now occurring in one in 500 children nationwide.

Requests to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to recall all thimerosal-containing vaccines by Chairman Burton and by parents of vaccine-injured children have so far been ignored. This is despite the fact that the FDA admits that the vaccines on the Childhood Immunization Schedule are all available in a thimerosal-free version.

Apparently, the FDA is not planning to recall any of the 50 thimerosal-containing vaccines but only suggests a "phase out" over time, thus allowing the pharmaceuticals to unload their defective merchandise on unsuspecting children. For years to come, these toxic vaccines will continue to be injected in babies in Public Health Clinics, doctors' offices, and managed care facilities.

It is unconscionable to continue to put thousands of babies every day at risk from mercury poisoning, especially when the government is recommending use of these vaccines and the schools are making them mandatory, and when safe alternatives are easily available.

Leaving these dangerous vaccines on the market so that the pharmaceuticals can continue to receive revenue from current
inventories seems to be the pattern. Even after it was known that oral polio and whole cell pertussis vaccines caused a higher rate of adverse reactions, clinics and doctors continued to use their supplies for years rather than pitch them in favor of safer vaccines.

If there is any reason for HHS and FDA to continue to put thousands of babies at risk from dangerous vaccines other than to protect the profits of the powerful pharmaceuticals, we'd like to know what that might be. What does our great national health care authority, the one who wants the "village" to raise children, have to say about the government's responsibility for vaccine injuries to children?

                               Phyllis Schlafly column 11-08-00

 


Phyllis Schlafly Report - October 2000 - page 1

     Differences Between the Two Party Platforms


TAXES
Democrats: Selective tax cuts only for those who spend money the way Gore wants you to spend it.

Republicans: Tax cuts for all Americans so we can choose how to spend our own money.


NATIONAL DEFENSE
Democrats: Oppose a missile defense system. Praise the phony "victory" in Kosovo.

Republicans: America must deploy effective missile defenses." Oppose "social experiments," coed basic training, and homosexuality in the military.


AMERICAN SOVEREIGNTY
Democrats: Ratify UN treaties to regulate U.S. behavior, including the UN treaty on "Discrimination Against Women" and the Kyoto Global Warming Treaty.

Republicans: Oppose putting U.S. troops under U.N. command. Oppose the International Criminal Court.


EDUCATION
Democrats: Oppose "private school vouchers." Support an expensive expansion of federal spending and control. Support preschool "for every child."

Republicans: "The role of the federal government must be progressively limited as we return control to parents, teachers and local school boards."


HEALTH CARE
Democrats: Move our nation closer to universal nationalized health care financed by the taxpayers and managed by the federal government.

Republicans: Allow all Americans to own their own health insurance, including Medical Savings Accounts.


SECOND AMENDMENT
Democrats: Support a long list of regulations on gun ownership and the purchase of guns, plus a "photo license I.D." system.

Republicans: Support "the constitutional right to keep and bear arms." Oppose gun registration and licensing of gun owners.


ABORTION
Democrats: Support abortion in all circumstances, including partial-birth abortions. Support tax-funded abortions through Medicaid.

Republicans: Support legal protection for "the fundamental individual right to life" of the unborn baby. Oppose tax funding of abortions.


FAMILY & MORALITY
Democrats: "Support the full inclusion of gay and lesbian families" with financial benefits. Punish "hate crimes." Support ERA. Support Affirmative Action.

Republicans: Support "marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman." Oppose giving sexual preference any "special legal protection or standing in law." Stand with the Boy Scouts.


END OF BIG GOVERNMENT?
Democrats: Start many new federal spending programs called "investments" -- a word used 53 times in the Platform. Oppose abolishing any programs.

Republicans: "Downsize this mess and make government do what it is supposed to do." "Restore the force of the Tenth Amendment."

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"Only brave and independent people can preserve liberty. Are there a sufficient number of such people left in America? We shall see." --Chuck Baldwin


"Truth, honor, and integrity have always been the cornerstone of the United States armed force's core values." --Dexter Ingram

"When under attack, no country is obligated to collect permission slips from allies to strike back." --Charles Krauthammer

"Denying the existence of evil is so convenient for the cowardly, so effortless for the lazy, and so uninvolving for the indifferent." --David C. Stolinsky

"Injustice is rife when people have no conscience. In our time, only politically correct official 'victim groups' are deserving of concern, and the compassion they receive is orchestrated for the purpose of advancing political agendas." --Paul Craig Roberts


I wonder where President Clinton and the democrats were when the steel mills needed their help with the dumping of steel from other countries?  They sure came out this year because "they are for the poor and the hungry and the little people".   I guess they changed their minds, huh?


Testimony of Darrell Scott (father of Columbine High School victim Rachel Scott) before the House Judiciary Committee, May 27,1999. (This past weekend was the third anniversary of that tragic day.)

"Since the dawn of creation there has been both good and evil in the heart of men and of women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher and the other children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers. The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used. ... The true killer was Cain and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain's heart.

"In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA -- because I don't believe that they are responsible for my daughter's death. Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel's murder, I would be their strongest opponent.

"I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy -- it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of that blame lies here in this room. Much of that blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves....

"Men and women are three part beings. We all consist of body, soul, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our makeup, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual influences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation's history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historic fact. What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God and in doing so, we open the doors to hatred and violence.

"And when something as terrible as Columbine's tragedy occurs -- politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that continue to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws. Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our OWN hearts. Political posturing and restrictive legislation are not the answers. The young people of our nation hold the key. There is a spiritual awakening taking place that will not be squelched! We do not need more religion. We do not need more gaudy television evangelists spewing out verbal religious garbage. We do not need more million dollar church buildings built while people with basic needs are being ignored.

 
"We do need a change of heart and an humble acknowledgment that this nation was founded on the principle of simple trust in God. As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I challenge every young person in America and around the world to realize that on April 20, 1999 at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. ... My daughter's death will not be in vain. The young people of this country will not allow that to happen.
 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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