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
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
"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
Ja¢k$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
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
"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."
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."
"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
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.
"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
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
"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
"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-
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
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
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."
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
In a subsequent fax, Farbrother wrote that he had instructed INS
Commissioner Doris Meissner to "get the results the Vice President
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
"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."
"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
"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
"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.