Issue 131 * June 3, 1996
The National Center for Public Policy Research
Amy Moritz, President
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Activities at the May 29 and 22 Wednesday Strategy Lunches chaired by Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation, House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-TX) and Rep. Ernest Istook (R-OK).
Juanita Duggan of the Phillip Morris Companies, a former White House staffer in both the Reagan and Bush Administrations, discussed the White House's use of the tobacco issue for political purposes and the proposal Phillip Morris recently made for new laws governing minors' access to tobacco. "President Clinton has had tremendous success using children as a wedge to attack the Republican Congress..." she said, and "one of these ways is attacking tobacco companies on teen smoking." Dugan reported that the White House has plans for a series of Rose Garden ceremonies this fall to make the President seem child and family-friendly during the campaign season. Separate ceremonies will be held throughout the fall to announce FDA regulation of tobacco, new regulations covering E-Coli bacteria, and other issues, she said, saying that the President's desire to have favorable press coverage is not a sufficient reason for the FDA to go beyond its Congressionally-mandated powers. (For example, she said, the FDA does not have the power to regulate advertising, but the proposed FDA tobacco regulations would regulate advertising.) Dugan noted that it has been extremely difficult for lawmakers to counter the President's politicized use of the tobacco issue because lawmakers don't want to seem to be pro-tobacco, but noted that if Congress were to enact into law all or most of the FDA's proposed regulations three things would be accomplished:
Dugan also discussed recent poll data on the tobacco issue and distributed a comprehensive information kit and responded to comments. Among the comments: Mike Schwartz of the Congressional Family Caucus noted the irony that the President has avoided addressing topics of the most concern to parents, such as failing public schools, gangs, and illegal drug use, but touts himself as pro-child because he advocates new tobacco regulations. Marlo Lewis of the Competitive Enterprise Institute said that FDA Commission David Kessler is using a "nose under the tent" strategy to expand FDA regulations over many industries. It's not just one pariah industry that's at risk," Lewis said. Andy Messing of the National Defense Council Foundation said of Kessler's plans: "This is a fundamental attack on capitalism." Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation noted: [The government regulators] always start with the hard cases... but the next thing we know, they'll have all the food industries tied up in red tape, killing jobs." The documents contained in the information kit are available under "Hot Topics" on the Web at http://www.nationalcenter.org. For interviews, the media should contact Juanita Duggan at 202/637-1500, Mike Schwartz at 202/225-3031, Marlo Lewis at 202/331-1010, Andy Messing at 703/836-3443, Paul Weyrich at 202/546-3000.
Citing the Supreme Court's Romer decision striking down Colorado's Amendment Two, Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation called for impeaching the six justices who voted with the majority in the case. It has gotten to the point that "the people cannot express their will without it being overturned by elites," said Weyrich. "I have come to the conclusion that the only remedy" for this rule by elites is impeaching justices who ignore both the Constitution and the will of the people. "To me, anybody who would take part in that decision has gone around the bend." Weyrich has released a three-page commentary, which he delivered on his cable television show "Direct Line," explaining his reasons in more detail. Contact Paul Weyrich at 202/546-3000.
Rep. Bob Dornan (R-CA) announced that he will soon deliver a major speech on the floor of the House of Representatives correcting what he termed "lies" by Rep. Steve Gunderson (R-WI) on the issue of illegal activities that allegedly took place at an AIDS fundraiser at a federal government building in Washington. The speech will also focus on the political strategies and agenda of homosexual activist groups. The speech will be carried on C-SPAN. To find our when, contact Rep. Dornan's office at 202/225-2965.
Rep. Mark Neumann (R-WI) called on President Clinton to "officially make good on what he said" about endorsing the Wisconsin welfare reform plan by signing a waiver permitting Wisconsin to put 100% of the plan into effect. Contact Rep. Neumann at 202/225-3031.
Rep. Ernest Istook (R-OK) distributed information obtained [following lawsuits] from the White House Health Care Working Group showing proof from the White House that proposals to extend health care coverage to children is merely step #1 in a detailed plan to impose a Clinton-style health care plan on every American. The information is very specific and very clear about the fact that the White House sees childrens' issues as a stalking horse for big government programs. For copies of the White House documents contact Steve Jones in Rep. Istook's office at 202/225-2132.
Penny Young Nance of Concerned Women for America discussed a recent Wirthlin poll debunking the gender gap. Contact Penny Young Nance at 202/488-7000.
The African-American leadership group Project 21 is applauding the courage of those Prince George's County school board members who are emphatically rejecting the ideological bullying of a school board member and principal of Thomas G. Pullen magnet school to "uninvite" Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas from speaking at the school's awards ceremony. "As a homeowner in Prince George's County, I would like to make it emphatically clear that Justice Clarence Thomas is welcome to come here anytime he wants," says Doris Jacobs, Associate Counsel for the Subcommittee on Human Resources and Intergovernmental Relations, who is also a Vice Chair of the Republican Central Committee in Prince George's County. "This is not about whether one is conservative or not. It is about respecting and honoring those who work hard and succeed in America. If anyone has done that, Justice Thomas has. Such achievement should be acknowledged and applauded." Justice Thomas accepted an invitation to speak at the awards ceremony on June 10 at the request of the school's PTA who were aware Thomas devoted special attention to the school's eighth graders when they visited the Supreme Court on a field trip last Spring. His appearance was canceled, however, when School Board member Kenneth Clark, who represents the district where the school is located, threatened to protest and embarrass Thomas if he spoke. He objected to Justice Thomas's judicial rulings and said Thomas had no place in the county. The school superintendent of Prince George's County, Maryland schools and principal of the school decided to cancel Thomas's appearance. In the past, both President Clinton and Reagan had spoken at schools in the county without incident. Contact Arturo Silva or Michael Session at (202) 507-6398 or by e-mail at [email protected]
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