The National Center for Public Policy Research
Amy Moritz, President
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Bulletin Board: Publications, press releases, publications and plans of the conservative community, plus information of interest to Scoop readers.
* House & Senate Press Conference on Tax Cut Plan Scheduled for March 16; Members Available for Interviews
House and Senate Republicans will hold a joint press conference on Thursday, March 16 at 11 AM at the House triangle in support of the $188 billion tax cut bill approved by the House Ways and Means Committee March 14. The plan calls for a $500 tax credit per child for families making $200,000 or less; non-deductible annual contributions to Individual Retirement Accounts of up to $2,000 ($4,000 for married couples) with provisions permitting use for first-time home purchases and educational and medical expenses; a 50% capital gains tax deduction for individuals with indexing for inflation; a tax credit for legal adoptions; a tax credit for the cost of caring for a disabled or mentally-impaired parent, grandparent or great-grandparent; greater deductions for home offices. There are more provisions. "The $500 per child tax credit within the Contract With America is the heart and soul of the Republican reform effort. If we do everything else from term limits to welfare reform and we don't do this, we will have failed in our Contract With America," said Rep. Tim Hutchinson (R-AR) in a Scoop interview. Rep. Hutchinson will be joined at the press conference by several Members of the House and Senate, among them: Senate Majority Whip Trent Lott (R-MS), Senator Rod Grams (R-MN), Senator Dan Coats (R-IN), Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), Senator Spence Abraham (R-MI). House Ways and Means Chairman Bill Archer (R-TX) and House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) may also attend.
* Project 21 To Endorse Congressional Efforts to Reform Welfare at Press Conference March 16
The African-American leadership group Project 21 will endorse comprehensive welfare reform at a 10:30 AM March 16 press conference in Room HC4 of the U.S. Capitol. Project 21 Chairman Edmund Peterson and members Horace Cooper and Phyllis Berry Myers will be joined at the press conference by leaaders in the House welfare reform effort, Rep. Jim Talent (R-MO) and Rep. J.C. Watts (R-OK). For more information contact Project 21 at (202) 507-6398, or contact Rep. Talent at 202/225-2561 and Rep. Watts at 202/225-6165.
* "The Fortune Spent On Welfare Has Actually Retarded Black Advancement," Says Project 21 Analyst
Peter Kirsanow of Project 21 and author of Welfare Reform: An Emancipation Proclamation for the 20th Century (a 16,000-word analysis of welfare reform, including GOP and Clinton Administration proposals that appeared in Project 21's Black America 1995: A New Beginning released in January 1995) has written a New Visions Commentary published by The National Center for Public Policy Research linking the black unemployment rate to the rise of the welfare state. Mr. Kirsanow, former labor counsel for the city of Cleveland, writes: "The most remarkable declines in the nation's poverty rates actually occurred before the creation of the Great Society. Nearly 30% of Americans lived under the poverty line in 1950. During the next 14 years, the poverty rate fell by nearly 1% per year. Poverty rates for working-age blacks dropped from 58% in 1959 to approximately 40% in 1965, an amazing 18% points. But then the trend began to slow and sputter. By 1969, the remarkable progress had collapsed." Mr. Kirsanow's conclusion: "Considerable evidence is emerging that recent improvements in the condition of the Black community are the result of passage of equal employment opportunity laws, as well as advancements in science, medicine and technology, and that the fortune spent on welfare has actually retarded Black advancement by creating a persistent underclass -- one both sustained and suppressed by the destructive incentives of the welfare state." Contact Project 21 at (202) 507-6398.
* Center Proposes Solutions to Immigration Controversies; Opposes National Worker Registry
The Center for Equal Opportunity has called upon Rep. Lamar Smith, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims, to oppose establishment of a national worker registry as a tool to halt illegal immigration. "Only 1.5% of the U.S. population is not in the country legally. Yet a worker registry will involve the federal government in 100% of the hiring decisions that employers make, even those affecting citizens," said Center President Linda Chavez in a letter to Smith. Chavez, former Director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, also called a national worker registry a "Big Government solution," and said "voters in November... indicated that they've had enough of bureaucracy. They don't want to carry national ID cards." The Center has available a two-page press release, a January 25 USA Today editorial by Chavez, a letter circulated by the Cato Institute containing the signatures of 43 conservatives opposed to a registry, and a March 1995 Commentary magazine article by Chavez entitled "What To Do About Immigration." The Center also has available: 1) "Asian-Americans Head for Politics," an article by Center Vice President John J. Miller analyzing voting patterns of Asian-Americans -- a group, the article predicts, that will probably outnumber Blacks in America by 2020, and 2) a February USA Today article by Chavez "Let's End Welfare to Corporations, Too."
* Group Calls for "National Immigration Awareness Week," Plans Pickets of White House & Ford Foundation
A group of citizens concerned about high levels of illegal immigration into the U.S. have formed a national committee to proclaim the week following May 7 as "National Immigration Awareness Week," and to conduct peaceful protests, including a picket in front of the White House and visits to Capitol Hill, on the issue. The group is calling upon the President to sign tough immigration bills, for the resignation of the INS Commissioner, and will picket the Ford Foundation in New York..
* Doctor, Lawyer Analyze Medical Ethics of Prostaglandin Abortion Research
Ivar K. Rossavik, M.D., Ph. D., a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Oklahoma, and Stan Twardy, J.D., LL.M., an Oklahoma City attorney specializing in medical law have written in the March 2 Daily Oklahoman an op/ed examining the medical ethics and medical (including side effects) issues involved in prostaglandin abortion research such as that conducted by Surgeon General-nominee Dr. Henry Foster. Contact the Daily Oklahoman at 405/475-3466.
* Anti-BBA Senators Sought Seven Times the Federal Spending of Pro-BBA Senators
The National Taxpayers Union Foundation has released an analysis of the spending patterns of Senators and compared them, finding that Senators presently opposed to the Balanced Budget Amendment sponsored legislation that would have increased federal spending more than seven times what pro-BBA Senators supported.
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The National Center for Public Policy Research
Amy Moritz, President
300 Eye Street N.E. Suite 3 * Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 507-6398 * Fax (301) 498-1301
Strategy Lunch: Activities at the March 22 Wednesday Strategy Lunch, sponsored by Coalitions for America (202/546-3003) and chaired by Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation and Rep. Ernest Istook (R-OK).
* Politics of and Budgeting for GOP Tax-Relief Proposals Discussed
Participants from Congress and a variety of think-tanks discussed media reports that 100 Members of Congress want to lower the income eligibility level of families that the $500 per child tax credit and associated tax relief proposals under consideration in Congress (which includes provisions allowing the use of IRAs for first home purchases, tax relief for caring for elderly relatives, adoption deductions, capital gains tax reduction, etc.). Some present reported that some in Congress signed a letter calling for a debate on a lower income ceiling because they want to open a debate on whether there should be any ceiling at all, while others support tax relief but are afraid of Democratic Party attacks that the GOP is the "party of the rich." Also discussed was the proper mechanism for making sure the federal budget is balanced and the tax cuts are paid for, and Senator Paul Coverdell (R-GA) stressed the importance of communicating well to the American people exactly how proposals pending in the Senate and House would affect them. Contact Rep. Tim Hutchinson's office (R-AR) at 202/225-4301, Rep. Ernest Istook's office (R-OK) at 202/225-2132, Rep. Bob Dornan's office (R-CA) at 202/225-2965, Rep. Steve Stockman's office (R-TX) at 202/225-6565, Senator Paul Coverdell's office at 202/224-3643, Senate Majority Whip Trent Lott's (R-MS) staff at 202/2708, The Heritage Foundation at 202/546-4400, the Association of Concerned Taxpayers at 202/785-0494, The National Center for Public Policy Research at (202) 507-6398, the Free Congress Foundation at 202/546-3000, the National Center for Policy Analysis at 202/628-6671, or The Hudson Institute at 202/223-9200.
* Pros and Cons of Tort Reform Bills, Consumer Concerns, and Prospects for Tort Reform Passage Reviewed
Mike Horowitz of The Hudson Institute reviewed the importance of tort reform, provisions and pros and cons of various tort reform planks, the politics of tort reform, and prospects for passage. He was critical of those who "buy into the culture of victimization that is the heart of the liberal agenda" and whose votes on tort reform are influenced by the fact that tort lawyers "have replaced labor unions as the number one financiers of the Democratic Party," but also was critical of some elements of the House GOP tort reform proposal. A tort reform bill, S. 300, sponsored by Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Spence Abraham (R-MI) will be the subject of hearings in the Senate after the upcoming Senate recess, he said. Horowitz also discussed provisions designed to protect consumers. Contact The Hudson Institute at 202/223-9200.
* Mexico a "Huge Pressure-Cooker," Says Congressman, and President Clinton's Policies are a "Disaster"
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) reviewed what he termed President Clinton's mandate on Mexico to "raise taxes, impose price controls, and have interest rates at 90%," calling the President's plan "a disaster" and Mexico "a huge pressure-cooker." Stockman reviewed his efforts, including a discharge petition, to stop the U.S.-Mexico loan bailout. Rep. Bob Dornan commented: "The American middle class taxpayer cannot make up for... Wall Street squandering of investors' money." Contact Rep. Steve Stockman's office at 202/225-6565 or Rep. Bob Dornan's office at 202/225-2965.
* Rep. Dornan Analyzes His, Others' Chances in Presidential Sweepstakes
Rep. Bob Dornan (R-CA) reviewed his plans to declare himself a candidate for the Presidency of the United States on April 15 and analyzed the qualifications and chances of the various GOP candidates for president. Contact Rep. Dornan's office at 202/225-2965.
Family Forum Meeting: Activities at the March 23 Family Forum meeting chaired by Amy Moritz of The National Center for Public Policy Research and Becky Kimberly of the Family Research Council.
* Clinton Administration Sought to Give the UN Taxing Authority Over the World's Citizens
Mike Schwartz of the Life Advocacy Alliance reviewed the Clinton Administration agenda at three ongoing United Nations conferences (1994's in Cairo on birth control/abortion, the just-concluded conference in Copenhagen, and the scheduled September 1995 UN "Conference on the Status of Women"). Specifically, he said, the Clinton Administration, joined by Britain, Australia, Canada and some European countries, sought in Copenhagen to get two main proposals adopted. They were: 1) imposition of a world-wide tax, payable to the UN, so the UN would no longer be answerable to or need to rely on member nations in funding matters, and 2) a so-called "20/20" proposal that would mandate that a) all developed nations must give 7/10ths of 1% of their national budgets in foreign aid and that 20% of that aid must be designated for "social development" ("social development" defined to consist of family planning aid, clean water aid, payments for primary education and other specific categories), and b) that all aid-receiving nations must devote 20% of their national budgets to UN-specified "social development" categories. Poor countries opposed the 20/20 proposal, Schwartz said, because many of them must devote much of their budgets to the repayment of international bank loans and simply cannot afford the UN mandate. U.S. conservatives also opposed 20/20, Schwartz said, for a variety of reasons. Schwartz, who attended the Copenhagen conference, also reviewed public relations literature the People's Republic of China distributed in Copenhagen, quoting a line the PRC apparently believes demonstrates its dedication to women's rights: "When a wife terminates gestation as required by the population program, her husband may not file for divorce until six months after the abortion." Contact the Life Advocacy Alliance at 202/637-9550.
* Family Research Council Proposes Alternative National History Standards
Stating that the recent controversial National History Standards developed by a government panel had, among other things, forgotten to include the 1969 moon landing as a significant historical event, Becky Kimberly of the Family Research Council distributed copies of a 64-page booklet Let Freedom Ring: A Basic Outline of American History, representing the FRC's recommendations for what a comprehensive history curriculum should include. Contact the Family Research Council at 202/393-2100.
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* Should Congress Fund Groups That Lobby Congress?
60 Plus, a conservative seniors group, recently testified before Congress that three left-of-center seniors groups are extensively funded by tax dollars while three conservative seniors groups are not, and called for legislation to stop all federal funding of groups that lobby Congress. Contact 60 Plus at 703/351-5251.
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