Issue 88 April 24, 1995

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
E-Mail: [email protected]

Stanton Meeting

Coalitions for America

Activities at the April 13 Stanton foreign and defense policy meeting chaired by Laszlo Pasztor of Coalitions for America and Amy Moritz of The National Center for Public Policy Research.

Heritage Foundation Recommends 40-50% Funding Cut for the U.S. Information Agency

Jeff Gaynor of The Heritage Foundation briefed participants on the role of the U.S. Information Agency and Heritage Foundation recommendations for reforming the agency, including funding cuts of approximately 40-50%. Contact Heritage Foundation at 202/546-4400.

Vietnam Veteran & Security Consultant Reviews McNamara's New Book

Col. Sam Dickens (USAF-Ret.), a former Fighter Squadron Commander in Vietnam and a Washington defense and foreign affairs consultant, reviewed and commented extensively on Robert McNamara's new book In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam. "[The book] isn't a mea culpa. It's a justification of his actions as Secretary of Defense that led to such a disaster for the United States," said Dickens, who said that NcNamara's underlying thesis is that McNamara was right in his point of view but wrong in that he failed to convince LBJ of this position. The book, Dickens said, "is full of extraordinary statements," such as that there were no Far East experts in the U.S. government at that time, and, he said, the book repeatedly shows that LBJ, General Westmoreland and others wanted to win the war, but McNamara "squashed" their efforts. "We lost a lot of fighter pilots" because the bomb targeting strategy was decided by the Secretary of Defense and White House, Dickens said, concluding: "It's a very important book and it does show why Desert Storm was fought the way it was fought -- with a definite objective. I do recommend the book -- I hope people realize [because of it] the damage one man can do."

Group Seeks a National "Victims of Communism" Memorial Museum on the Washington Mall

Maritza Alvarez of Americans for Tax Reform reviewed her organization's plans to promote the construction of a "Victims of Communism" museum in the tradition of the Holocaust Museum on the Mall in Washington, D.C. She reported that the Congress has already approved, and the President signed, legislation authorizing a formal Memorial to the Victims of Communism, but said that the President needs to authorize a formal Commission to make the memorial happen, "or it won't." She invited interested persons and organizations to get involved in the Memorial project. Contact Americans for Tax Reform at 202/785-0266.

Bulletin Board

Publications, press releases, statements and plans of the conservative community.

Conservative Leader Calls President's Words "A Virtual Recipe for Continued Violence"

Amy Moritz, President of the conservative National Center for Public Policy Research, on April 24 criticized what she termed "President Clinton's utterly irresponsible decision to equate the expression of views contrary to his own on the talk radio medium as the moral antecedent of mass murder. The President has a responsibility to lead, not to divide. Instead, he served up a de facto blanket condemnation of the millions of conservative Americans today who participate in talk radio as listeners, callers and hosts, today saying, in part 'They spread hate, they leave the impression by their very words that violence is acceptable. I'm sure you're now seeing the reports of some of the things that are regularly said over the airwaves today. Well, people like that who want to share our freedoms must know that their bitter words can have consequences.' According to a Reuter's report, White House Deputy Chief of Staff Harold Ickes told reporters after the President's remarks that the President wasn't singling out any one individual or talk radio program - so that tells us that the President's harsh words were meant to paint large numbers of Americans as morally complicit in the Oklahoma bombing. The Oklahoma bombing was a crime brought about by murderers; that is, people who set out to murder - not by people who set out to have a radio conversation about the policies that are best for our nation. There can be no excuse for what the President has done. To accuse millions of people of complicity in the bombing is to escalate the tragedy. Yesterday, it was a crime. Today, it is a crime coupled with an accusation of murder that sets groups of Americans against one another and creates a situation that is a virtual recipe for continued violence. This afternoon, in Sacramento, a package bomb went off in the offices of an organization that promotes what some would call the conservative perspective on environmental issues. Today the President called conservatives complicit in murder by bombing and today a conservative is murdered by a bomb. Did some deluded soul believe the President's words and set out to obtain 'eye for an eye' justice? It is too soon to know, but one thing is certain: conservative Americans now are in the sad state of wondering if the next day's mail will bring a bomb of retribution into their mailbox and that the President of the United States might have tacitly encouraged the bomber to put it there. The President is charged with leading the nation - but absolutely not with leading the nation to violence. The President should withdraw his remarks immediately." Contact The National Center for Public Policy Research at (202) 507-6398.

National Talk Show Host Calls on President to "Either Name Me or Exonerate Me"

Nationally-syndicated radio talk show host Michael Reagan, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Radio Talk Show Hosts, issued on April 24 a statement in response to President Clinton's comments of the same day about radio talk shows: "Our feelings of grief and sadness in the face of the tragedy in Oklahoma cannot be expressed with mere words. Our anger toward those responsible is tempered only with our belief in God's justice. And yet, even as rescue workers continue to risk their lives in the wreckage of the Federal Building, our President lashes out indiscriminately at those of us who make our livelihoods from listening to and talking with the American people. It is unfortunate, but not unexpected, that this President chose to do a political dance even before those killed in this tragedy are laid to rest. After listening to the hateful rhetoric that the President spoke today, I ask the President to either name me or exonerate me, but not to paint me with his broad brush. I ask the President to personally apologize to me and my listeners." Contact Paul Wilkinson at 213/466-2900.

Gun Owners of America Says:

Larry Pratt, Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, on April 24 released a statement saying, in part, "We support the President's decision that whoever bombed the Federal Building in Oklahoma City must be dealt with swiftly and severely... The senseless death of men, women and children cannot and should not be tolerated in this society. The individuals who are responsible for such carnage and death should receive the death penalty. However, we must not demonize law-abiding citizens for the actions of extremists. The bombing in Oklahoma was the work of demented individuals. It is wrong to put the blame for the evil committed in Oklahoma on the unorganized militias, just as it was wrong to blame the bombing by the Weathermen on the law-abiding protestors against the Vietnam War. Likewise, one cannot demonize the civil rights movement because of the violence of the Black Panthers..." Contact Gun Owners of America at 703/321-8585.

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Issue 96 * June 19, 1995

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
E-Mail: [email protected]

Activities at the June 9 Environmental Policy Task Force Meeting chaired by David Ridenour of The National Center for Public Policy Research. Sponsored by The National Center for Policy Research ((202) 507-6398).

* House Staffer Separates Clean Water Legislation Fact from Fiction: Distributes Analysis of 7 False Claims

Tricia Law of the staff of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee reviewed disinformation being given to the public regarding the content of the Clean Water Act Amendments, and distributed a handout "The Clean Water Amendments of 1995: Separating Fact From Fiction." Among the items in the handout: 1) a March 23 statement by EPA Administrator Carol Browner that the legislation "undermines 20 years of success in our clean water programs" (in fact, says the handout, the bill keeps the same water quality standards while increasing water quality funding from $1.2 billion to $2.5 billion annually); 2) a New York Times March 22 statement that the legislation "backs away from programs to control polluted runoff from farms and city streets... and makes the program essentially voluntary" (in fact, says the handout, the legislation only allows voluntary programs for facilities where rainfall does not come into contact with pollutants). The handout reviews the truth of five other claims. Law said that President Clinton has further confused the debate by confusing the Clean Water Act with the Safe Drinking Water legislation. The Clean Water Act Amendments include: 1) requiring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct risk accessment/cost-benefit analysis on new regulations; 2) takings protection; 3) streamlined regulations; 4) charting a definition of "wetland" that requires a relationship to water; 5) flexibility (allowing the EPA to recognize regional differences in setting quality standards); 6) providing $15 billion to localities in water quality funding over 5 years. Contact the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee at 202/225-9446.

* Senate Begins Regulatory Reform Debate June 19

David Ridenour of The National Center for Public Policy Research reviewed the provisions of S. 343, Senator Bob Dole's "Comprehensive Regulatory Reform Act of 1995." Debate is scheduled to begin June 19 and may last weeks, he said. Contact The National Center for Public Policy Research at (202) 507-6398.

* Is America Wasting An Average of $1500 Per Family Annually to Solve Phantom Problems?

Dr. Fred Singer, founder of the Science and Environmental Policy Project and former Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia, spoke on the dangers of the Global Climate Treaty, saying "the problem with the Global Climate Treaty is that it's like a loaded gun... it could become a very serious problem." Singer urged the U.S. Senate to withdraw from it, saying that the "treaty is not backed up in any way by science" as data increasingly shows that there is no global warming problem. Singer distributed background information, including a February 1995 Singer speech that says, in part: "The reason [the use and misuse of science in fashioning environmental policies] is so important is that such policies have become very costly - approaching $150 billion per year, or about $1500 per year for the average U.S. household. And so it has become essential to spend this money wisely and to real risks and real environmental problems, rather than to phantom risks and problems... The CFC theory was taken seriously only after 1985, when the so-called Antarctic 'ozone hole' was discovered... there are extremists who argue that the release of CFCs will promote a worldwide catastrophe... their fertile imagination has invented catastrophes that don't exist. For example, they have blamed the existence of blind sheep in Argentina on the Antarctic ozone hole. They have linked the disappearance of frogs to the depletion of the ozone layer. They have even hinted that the AIDS epidemic may be related in some way to the destruction of ozone. All of this is nonsense." Singer also reviewed the GOP initiative for a new "National Institute for the Environment," saying it is a bad idea. Contact the Science & Environmental Policy Project at 703/934-6940.

* No, We're Not Kidding: The U.S. Ratified A Treaty To Ban the Sale of Used Clothing

Following his introduction by R.J. Smith of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Dr. Ray Evans of the Western Mining Center of Australia, reported on the Basel Convention, an international environmental trade treaty ratified by the U.S. Senate during the Bush Administration but not yet in effect because the U.S. Congress has yet to pass the necessary implementing legislation. Under the terms of the Basel Convention the population of the world is divided into two classes (those who are citizens of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries and those who are not, the latter group being the great majority of the world's population), and trade in a large range of materials is banned between those two groups. The Basel Convention Treaty would, quoting from the treaty preamble, make certain that "hazardous wastes and other wastes... be disposed of in the state in which they were generated." The effect of the Treaty would be to ban international trade in computer scrap, used car batteries, used clothing and other items. Evans reported that implementation would ban the $2 billion worth of used clothing that currently goes from the U.S. to the Third World, and said that this is intentional: Greenpeace and the European states who initiated Basel fear that used clothing might contain minute amounts of environmental contaminants, and thus they seek to ban this trade. Similarly, Evans said, the conversion of First World computer scrap into other products have become a significant job creator in India and other Third World countries, yet this would be banned under Basel. Contact the Competitive Enterprise Institute at 202/331-1010.

* Endangered Species Act Reforms Reviewed

Myron Ebell of the staff of Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ), R.J. Smith of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and Dennis Hollingsworth of the Riverside, California Farm Bureau discussed the Endangered Species Recovery Act. Ebell commented that the bill meets Newt Gingrich's three criterion for environmental legislation: 1) economically sound; 2) biologically sound; 3) protects property rights. Ebell noted that the current ESA fails because it encourages people to engage in practices against species they otherwise would not engage in. Ebell distributed a handout. Dennis Hollingsworth expressed his view that environmentalists are "just putting more carrots on the same stick" by using "incentives" to sweeten the Endangered Species Act in an attempt to blunt widespread landowner opposition to it. According to Hollingsworth, "land owners don't mind having wildlife on their land, they mind having the Feds on their land," and simply adding "takings" compensation to current federal policies and practices will not solve the problems. Contact John Shadeqq's office at 202/225-3361, the Competitive Enterprise Institute at 202/331-1010 or the Riverside, California Farm Bureau at 909/684-6732.

* Analyst Gives State-by-State Legislative Update and Review of Clinton Administration Executive Order 12898

A legislative update was given by David Almasi of Defenders of Property Rights, who distributed a handout showing that 19 states have passed property rights legislation and 48 states introduced over 120 property rights bills in 1995. Almasi also distributed information on Clinton Administration Executive Order #12898, which mandates that all federal agencies promote "environmental justice." Contact Defenders of Property Rights at 202/686-4197.

* Analyst Says Clinton Administration, ABC Claim of Falling Sperm Counts Is "Fact Butchering"

John Berlau of Consumer Alert reviewed his article in the current (June 26) issue of National Review, "Case of the Falling Sperm Counts." The article reviews claims made by Clinton Administration Undersecretary of State Tim Wirth and others (including the ABC TV program 20/20) that sperm counts have dropped by almost 50% since 1940 due to human exposure to man-made chemicals. Berlau concludes that "fact-butchering" is a greater problem than mythical sperm count decreases, and explains why. Contact Consumer Alert at 202/467-5809.

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Issue 97 * June 24, 1995

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
E-Mail: [email protected]

Activities at the June 8 & 22 and May 25 Stanton foreign and defense policy meetings chaired by Laszlo Pasztor of Coalitions for America and Amy Moritz of The National Center for Public Policy Research.

* Senate to Ask: Should Saddam Hussein Be Charged With Genocide?

Douglas Layton of Servant Group International, who has done relief work in 45 nations and now directs an organization working with the Kurds in northern Iraq, reviewed Saddam Hussein's "campaign of genocide" against the Kurds. Layton, who just returned from a fact-finding tour of Kurdish areas in Iraq and was in D.C. to brief the U.S. Senate, described the Kurds as "passionately pro-American" but suffering under both an international embargo against Iraq and an internal one imposed on the Kurds by Saddam. Layton, who said Saddam is "purposely starving his own people to death," is working with Senator Hank Brown (R-CO) on hearings to investigate whether Saddam should be charged with genocide. He distributed a detailed information kit. Contact the Servant Group International at 615/227-8452.

* Are Western Taxpayers Paying to Keep the People's Republic of China Solvent?

Ingatius Ding of Silicon Valley for Democracy in China, a group founded by California engineers and executives with an extensive network within the PRC, reviewed: 1) the deterioration of China's social order; 2) official corruption; 3) what he termed a "$400 billion telecommunications scam" whereby western businesses are given lucrative business accounts in China but must first arrange "loans" from their own governments to pay the Chinese government's bills; and much more. Ding urged the U.S. policymakers to examine the PRC's financial state and attach human rights conditions to MFN status, and distributed information in both print and VHS form. Contact Silicon Valley for Democracy in China at 408/446-2011.

* Had Pilot Scott O'Grady Been Captured, He Would Not Have Been a POW

Bonny Stilwell of the National Vietnam Veterans Coalition reviewed the "Missing Service Personnel Bill," needed, she said, because under current policy military personnel captured in situations in which the Congress has not officially declared war are not considered to be POWs and thus are not protected by the human rights safeguards of the Geneva Convention. She noted that pilot Scott O'Grady, had he been captured, could not have claimed Geneva Convention protection. Stilwell also reported that on June 29 Rep. Bob Dornan (R-CA) will hold hearings into the fate of POWs/MIAs in Laos. Stilwell predicted "a lot of surprises" at the 5-panel hearing, although she does not expect it to stop the Clinton Administration from normalizing relations with Vietnam as, she said, President Clinton is "dead set" on it. Contact the National Vietnam Veterans Coalition at 703/360-1173.

* Functions and Budget Levels of Voice of America, USIA and Other International Programs Reviewed

Bob Reilly of the Voice of America reviewed the benefits of VOA operations, noting that 70% of the university students in China listen to the VOA, and explaining how the VOA helps improve human rights worldwide and the VOA's role in introducing millions to the pro-democracy, pro-free market viewpoint, and other benefits. Reilly reported that both the House and the Senate budget plans call for VOA funding cuts, but the House cuts are far more dramatic: 47%. Reilly said the House cuts would result in cutting the number of languages VOA broadcasts in by half. Jeff Gaynor of The Heritage Foundation reported that many U.S. government domestic agencies have international components. He recommended that the government consolidate overlapping programs to save money. Contact Voice of America at 202/619-0786 and The Heritage Foundation at 202/546-4400.

* U.S. Bases in Panama Needed & Wanted, Says General, But: Where's Bill?

General Milnor Roberts (USAR-Ret.) of High Frontier described the importance of U.S. military bases in Panama, which, due to the Panama Canal Treaty, the U.S. will abandon in 1999. He reported that a proposal to direct the President to open negotiations with Panama for permission to keep the bases open is in the Foreign Aid Bill, but noted that the President may veto it for other reasons and then ignore this issue. Roberts also reviewed a poll showing that 80% of all Panamanians want the U.S. to keep its military bases operating. Contact High Frontier at 703/671-4111.

* U.S. Immigration Law & Proposed Changes Reviewed

Col. Sam Dickens (USAF-Ret.) of the National Committee on Immigration Reform reviewed the recommendations of Barbara Jordan's " Commission on Immigration Reform," calling it a "pleasant surprise" although his group "does not endorse all of it." Contact the National Committe on Immigration Reform at 703/824-8359.

* News Articles on Vincent Foster; Mena Arkansas Available

Amy Moritz of The National Center for Public Policy Research distributed several news articles, including: June 16 & 13 articles by Chris Ruddy of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and a June 12 article by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard of the London Sunday Telegraph on inconsistencies in the investigation into the death of Vincent Foster, and "The Crimes of Mena" by Sally Denton and Roger Morris from the July 1995 Penthouse. "The Crimes of Mena" was originally scheduled to run in the Washington Post on Sunday, January 29, but was withdrawn at the last minute without explanation. Contact The National Center for Public Policy Research at (202) 507-6398.

* U.S. to World: What Is Good for the Goose Is Not Good for the Gander

Dr. Henry Sokolski of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center analyzed the U.S.'s present nuclear non-proliferation strategies, saying there is "mixed news." The bad news: 1) our inability to convince Russia and China not to provide nuclear technology to Iran; 2) our information that Iran is determined to build nuclear bombs; 3) our continuing difficulties with North Korea. The good news: Iran's difficulty in financing their nuclear program. Sokolski the U.S. is asking other nations to take a tough line with Iran while we take a weak line with North Korea, and this undermines both our moral argument & our effectiveness in persuading our allies. Contact the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center at 202/466-4406.

* 2,000 Drug Cartels Operate In Colombia, Analyst Says

Mario Navarro de Costa of Tradition, Family, Property discussed the domination of Colombia by more then 2,000 drug cartels, and made suggestions as to how U.S. policy could be improved. Contact Tradition, Family, Property at 703/892-1810.

* U.S. Policy in the Former Yugoslavia Reviewed

Col. Greg Vuksich (USA), Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, summarized the conflict in the former Yugoslavia from the military viewpoint (a presentation he has made at the Senate and in European capitals on behalf of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff). Prof. Edward Damich of the National Association of Croatian-Americans recapped his recent meeting with White House National Security Advisor Anthony Lake. Captain Joe Mandich (USN-Ret.) of the Croatian-American Association reviewed Russian intentions and called for lifting sanctions on Bosnia & Croatia.

* U.S. Relationship with India Reviewed

Dr. Dalton West, Chairman of the U.S. Global Strategy Council, discussed the economy of India (the size of Holland's), its population (India will surpass China in population in coming decades), and India's second most anti-U.S. voting record in the U.N. Contact the U.S. Global Strategy Council at 202/466-6029.

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