Activities at the June 12 Wednesday Strategy Lunch chaired by Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation and Rep. Ernest Istook (R-OK).
Rep. Bob Franks (R-NJ) discussed the Children's Privacy and Protection Act of 1996, which he is sponsoring. The bill would outlaw the sale of sensitive, personal information about a child without the permission of the child's parent or legal guardian. Franks described why he believes the bill is necessary, citing as an example the fact that a TV reporter in California recently purchased -- using the name of Richard Allen Davis, the convicted killer of 12-year-old Polly Klass -- a mailing list containing the names and addresses of 5,000 children. A copy of the legislation and further information is available. Contact Rep. Franks at 202/225-5361.
Mike Schwartz of the Congressional Family Caucus recapped activity on Capitol Hill throughout the spring relating to the epidemic of burned churches. Referring to President Clinton's late attention to the issue, beginning with one of the President's Saturday radio addresses, Schwartz quipped: "If President Clinton only worked on a Saturday, he's be a great President!" Schwartz described how the Congress was originally alerted to the church burnings in February by the African-American group Project 21 (which, in turn, had learned about the burnings from reporter Gary Fields of USA Today, who apparently was the first person to have the story), which asked Congress to look into the matter. In response, 22 Members of Congress wrote a letter on March 1 to Attorney General Janet Reno asking for information on the investigation. On the same date Rep. Mark Neumann (R-WI) became the first Member of Congress to call for hearings. Both the House and Senate Judiciary Committees responded favorably, and hearing were held. In April the Congressional Family Caucus addressed the issue again, deciding that an appropriate additional step would be a sense of the Congress resolution opposed to church burnings. Project 21 provided a resolution, and he, Mike Schwartz, acting on behalf of the Family Caucus, approached Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ)'s office, asking if the CBC would co-sponsor the resolution with the Family Caucus. Unfortunately, he said, the CBC was noncommittal, telling Schwartz they'd get back to him -- but they never did. Eventually, he said, the CBC arranged to introduce a resolution without the conservative Members of Congress, as if it had been their idea in the first place. Contact Mike Schwartz at 202/225-3031.
Activities at the May 23 and May 3 Environmental Policy Task Force Meetings, Part 2, chaired by David Ridenour of The National Center for Public Policy Research
Dr. S. Fred Singer of the Science and Environmental Policy Project, a physicist on leave from the University of Virginia who devised the first ozone monitor used in satellites, reviewed instances of false scientific reporting in the media, particularly about the views of House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-TX) and his allies. Singer reviewed his attempts to correct the record, and also announced that SEPP is working on a book about the Delaney Clause, an old law which bans any substance containing a measurable amount (such as a molecule) of a substance which causes cancer in rats. Singer distributed op/eds he has written, including "Anthology of 1995's Environmental Myths" and "Clouds of Misinformation," Washington Times February 11 and April 26, 1996; "The Hole Truth About CFCs, Chemistry & Industry, March 21, 1996; "Climate Change and Consensus," Science, February 2, 1996; "Swedish Academy's Choice of [Nobel] Honorees Signals That Ozone Politics Played a Role," The Scientist, March 4, 1996; and others. Contact Dr. Singer at 703/352-7535.
Mary Fattig of Federated Women in Timber described the group's effort to become credentialled as a Non-Governmental Organization, or NGO, by the United Nations. Fattig said: "It is not that we want to be part of the United Nations. It's that we have to be part of the United Nations" because the Sierra Club and similar groups are part of it. Fattig discussed a UN project to develop "biosphere zones" to dictate how many people can live in a single square mile. Contact Mary Fattig at 916/629-2268.
R.J. Smith of the Competitive Enterprise Institute led a discussion about S. 1110 and H.R. 3305, bills to create "National Heritage Areas" sponsored by Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO) and Rep. Joel Hefley (R-CO). Information about the issue, such as a May 21 Washington Times op/ed by Alston Chase, was distributed by several participants. Chase says, in part: "At first blush, Heritage Areas sound like good ideas. Touted as ways of conserving 'natural, cultural, historic and recreational resources' through local-federal partnerships, they might be worth supporting if they could stop the uncontrolled sprawl that threatens America's landscapes. But rather than beautify America, they would merely spread pork, thus enhancing the re-election of undesirables to Congress... In reality, the Heritage Area initiative is a massive central planning scheme to impose politically motivated federal zoning across the country. It would subject millions more acres of private lands to federal authority, to be directed by whatever policies bureaucrats decide... If you liked the social injustices wrought by the Endangered Species Act, you'll love the Heritage Areas bill. The idea so reeks of elitism that the legislatures of two states -- Colorado and Alaska -- recently passed joint resolutions condemning it." Contact R.J. Smith at 202/331-1010, Myron Ebell at 703/527-8282, David Ridenour at 202/543-4110 or [email protected]
John Cavanaugh-O'Keefe of the American Life League delivered a presentation on philosophical similarities between the left-wing environmentalist philosophy and the eugenics movement. The eugenics movement began, he said, as a movement to get people the eugenics movement approved of to reproduce more and other people to reproduce less. In practice, he said, they essentially encouraged rich people to have many children and poor people to have few or none, but they soon found that neither group was interested. So they moved on to advocate population control measures. It is in this area that the eugenics movement intersects with left-wing environmentalists. David Ridenour of The National Center for Public Policy Research noted that this could explain why the League of Conservation Voters ranked a Congressional vote on funding abortions abroad as an "environmental" vote. Cavanaugh-O'Keefe distributed background materials, including a 24-page booklet "Introduction to Eugenics." Contact John Cavanaugh-O'Keefe at 540/659-4171.
David Ridenour of The National Center for Public Policy Research distributed four new Dossier publications highlighting the views of Al Gore, Richard Elliot Benedick, the Envangelical Environmental Network, and Bruce Babbitt, two new Posthaste Facts on the Environment, and Talking Points on the Environment #19: "The Myth of Subsidized Timber Sales." These publications are archived online at http://www.nationalcenter.org. Contact David Ridenour at 202/543-4110 or [email protected]
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