Send email to Congress expressing your support for H.R. 310, the
Broadcast Indecency Enforcement Act to raise fines against broadcast
decency violators, and strengthen the FCC's ability to enforce those
Contact lawmakers to voice your opinion on the following bill on
When Congress returns from
Spring recess on May 2, the U.S. Senate will vote on S. 22. This crucial
legislation will improve access
to health care by implementing reasonable and effective health care
liability reforms designed to reduce the cost of defensive
medicine and improve access to quality care for millions of Americans.
S. 22 is based on Texas’ highly successful “stacked-cap” medical
liability reform law, which has already reduced premiums by 22 percent.
It provides for reasonable
limits on non-economic damages and ensures that patients, not personal
injury lawyers, are compensated for their injuries.
Please take a moment to stand with The Rutherford Institute as we work to defend this courageous Christian’s right to freely express his religious beliefs and pray according to his conscience at City Council meetings.
For the past several years, the ACLU has repeatedly threatened to sue Rev. Turner and the Fredericksburg City Council unless Rev. Turner, an elected member of the Council, stops ending his prayers at Council meetings with the three words “in Jesus’ name.”
Bill to Balance the Budget, Cut Pork Barrel Spending
Senator Allen just proposed a bill (S. 2262) which calls for the withholding of congressional paychecks if Congressmen and Senators fail to pass all appropriations bills by October 1. This bill is part of a three-pronged attack to reign in pork barrel spending that also includes the passage of a balanced budget amendment and giving the President a line-item veto.
Urgent Action Needed! Use the contact buttons on this page to email the President, your senators & representative urging them to support Allen's common sense, reasonable bill (S.2262).
Vision America Petition, Survey & Action on Issues
Click the following links to find more information on these bills and to send an e-mail or fax to your Congressman.
Proposed Republican legislative agenda of interest to conservatives, moderates,
and anyone interested in government spending restraint:
The legislative agenda for 2006 was announced by the House Republican Study Committee, chaired by Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN). The ten priority legislative actions proposed by the RSC are:
1. Make the Bush Tax Cuts of 2003 Permanent 2. Pass significant Reforms to the Budget Process 3. Pass another Deficit Reduction Bill to reign in federal spending 4. Pass Ethics Reform that requires transparency and earmark reform 5. Pass the Marriage Protection Amendment 6. Pass a Balanced Budget Amendment 7. Offset all emergency supplemental spending with spending reductions 8. Pass the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act to defend the sanctity of human life 9. Pass legislation to provide Protections for Religious Freedom 10. Pass legislation providing for Personal Social Security Accounts
House Republican Study Committee's budget proposal--dubbed the
Contract With America: Renewed--offers a serious course correction, writes Brian Riedl. The RSC budget would cut hundreds of billions of dollars in projected spending by slowing the growth of government to rates last seen in the 1990s.
Its main proposals are all based on common sense: cut corporate pork and unnecessary programs, give states greater control over education, roads, and healthcare, and reform Medicare along market-based lines.
The budget’s proposals include: real
reductions in discretionary spending, eliminating more than 150 federal
programs, repealing the outrageous pork-barrel spending found in the
six-year Highway Bill, capping Medicare growth at 5.4 percent annually -
an amount still above the current 3.6 percent inflation rate - and
reducing foreign aid by $31 billion over five years.
Not all these reforms will be popular but consider
the alternative: an economy-crippling $7,000 per household tax hike in 10 years to balance the budget. Read more at: RSC Budget Provides Serious Blueprint for Spending Restraint
Washington gossip indicates that Pence was TOLD that the Contract with America: Renewed would be marked DEAD ON ARRIVAL. Here's some of what the Washington elites don't want you to know is contained in the
Contract with America: Renewed:
"Eliminate the Corporation for Public Broadcasting . CPB, which receives $400 million annually from Congress, funds 15% of the Public Broadcasting Service's annual budget... CPB and PBS continue to use federal funding to pay for questionable programming, such as a documentary on sex education promoted and partially paid for by the Playboy Foundation."
"Eliminate the National Endowment for the Humanities . The NEH funds humanities programs and initiatives through grants to various entities. As with the NEH, the general public benefits very little from
the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and it could be funded through private donations."
"Eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts . The NEA funds art programs and initiatives through grants to various entities. In 2001, America spent $27 billion on non-profit arts funding: $11.5 billion from the private sector; $14 billion in earned income (tickets sales, etc.); and $1.3 billion in combined federal, state, and local public support (of which $105 million was from the NEA -- 0.4% of total non-profit arts funding). The [arts should] be funded completely through private donations, and the federal role eliminated."
In plain English that means YOUR tax dollars will no longer fund:
NEA funded obscene "art" that shows crucifixes suspended in urine or women smearing syrup on their naked bodies while shouting obscenities or actors dressed like priests sodomizing other men on-stage.
PBS funded smearing of Christianity, traditional values and the promotion of deviant sexual behavior.
NEH sponsorship of "history standards" that call for a politically correct rewriting of the past to promote a far-left agenda and indoctrinate our youth.
Here's some more of what is contained in the Contract with America: Renewed:
"Eliminate Title X Family Planning. Established in 1970, the program was created to distribute contraception to the poor to help curb the population... Despite approximately $5 billion spent on the Title X program since its inception, the U.S. population did rise to approximately 300 million people in 2005 (up from 203 million in 1970), and the catastrophic predictions made to justify this program have proven false. According to the General Accountability Office, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates spent $58.7 million federal Title X dollars in FY 2001..."
"Eliminate the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) . The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) was established by the Legal Services Corporation Act of 1974 to provide free legal assistance to the poor in civil, non-criminal matters... Instead of focusing on this core mission, the LSC has assisted lawyers and groups engaged in lobbying, advocacy of political causes, and litigation against the federal government."
"Open ANWR for Exploration . This budget assumes that a small portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska will be leased for oil and gas exploration, development, and production... Leasing could provide significant revenues to the Treasury, jobs to the U.S. economy, and a valuable domestic energy resource to offset the current transfer of U.S. wealth to other nations. This portion of the provision reflects gross receipts."
"Reduce Funding for U.N. Peacekeeping Operations . The United States is the largest financial contributor to the U.N. peacekeeping budget... U.N. peacekeepers have been involved in a litany of scandals. In 2002 and 2003, Human Rights Watch accused peacekeepers in Sierra Leone of systematically raping women. In 2005, peacekeeping staff ran up more than $500,000 in unpaid international calls. Currently, peacekeepers stand accused in the Democratic Republic of Congo of widespread sexual exploitation of refugees. According to recent press reports, waste is rampant: The UN paid $10.4 million to lease a helicopter in East Timor when it could have been secured for $1.6 million, $2.4 million to buy aircraft hangers in Congo that were never used, and roughly $193 million in fraudulent contracts (nearly 20 percent of the $1 billion in contracts that were examined). This proposal would reduce funding for U.N. peacekeeping operations by 50 percent."
"Eliminate Federal Subsidies for Amtrak . Amtrak's model for providing intercity rail service has been a failure since it began service in 1971. Historically, it has carried less than 1% of the traveling public... This budget proposes to reduce and eventually end over 30 years of taxpayer subsidization of a failed government monopoly."
It's time to tell so-called Republican leaders in the House and Senate to stop acting like Teddy Kennedy and Hillary Clinton and Barney Frank and start to keep the promises they made to conservatives. It's time to tell them that YOU are demanding they support the Contract with America: Renewed.
Take a stand TODAY! Send President George Bush, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, House Majority Leader John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist an important message.
Please join fellow Patriots and sign A Balanced Budget Amendment...and Tax Reform to Match (see text below). In order to encourage serious consideration of this issue by the Bush administration and Congress, we must collect over 100,000 signatures. Please forward this invitation to friends, family members, and fellow American Patriots.
To sign this petition by e-mail, send a blank e-mail to: <sign-budget@PatriotPetitions.US> Each e-mail sent to this address will be counted as one signature for the petition. Duplicate e-mails are not counted.
To President George Bush, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, House Majority Leader John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist:
We, the people of these United States, rightfully petition our President, House of Representatives and Senate to proffer a Balanced Budged Amendment to the Constitution, coupled with the enactment of the tax system overhaul Republicans promised.
The only real hope for preventing the weight of the central government from crushing the life from our Republic is to renew the bid for a constitutionally mandated balanced-budget amendment and to enact real tax reform as originally outlined by Ronald Reagan. That amendment and reform will force Congress to either make dramatic cuts in government spending or enact enormous tax increases to pay for the current distended and mostly unconstitutional government budget.
A Balanced Budget Amendment, combined with real tax reform; namely, a flat or national sales tax with deductions and exclusions, will result in a reduction in government spending, as American taxpayers will not tolerate bearing the burden of the actual cost of government.
We call on Republicans -- our President and Congress -- to make such legislation the new priority in Washington, ushering in a new era of restraint, responsibility and respect for the constitutional limitations of government. We expect President Bush to embrace Ronald Reagan's legacy, and make limited government and fair taxation his administration's principal objectives for the remainder of his second term.
Only time will tell who was right and who was wrong regarding foreign investment in U.S. ports. On the other hand we may never know. What we do know is that a great deal of time, energy, and money that could have been directed to productive endeavors for the common good and public utility were usurped and misdirected to wasteful and non-productive efforts on the part of both the "pro" and "con" sides embroiled in the controversy. The lesson learned is that the wasted time and energy could have been avoided if the White House administration had policies and procedures in place that would facilitate the timely and efficient distribution of information on proposals, legislation, and so forth through the proper channels to the pertinent "need-to-know" entities among the WH staff to and including the VP and President, Cabinet, departments, Congressional committees, the press corps. This, of course, should be carried out before any final and binding action is taken. Responses at each level, along with recommendations and approved/not approved, should be added to the proposal as it goes forward. By the time the initiative reaches the media and the public the facts will be known avoiding the uninformed, "knee-jerk" reactions that resulted in the ports controversy. The use of an appropriate computer software program, email, and interagency network should made the procedure efficient and timely.
Urgent Action Needed!
Use the contact buttons to email the President, Congress, the media urging reform in administration policies and procedures for the dissemination of proposals and initiatives to make the process more informative and efficient. The improved procedure should be applicable to current and future White House administrations. Take Action Now!
"No taxation without representation" is a familiar phrase. Representation refers, of course, to our elected representatives--local, state, Congress, the President. The error and lack of logic in that premise is that it assumes that our elected officials, those we place in charge of collecting money from us and disbursing it where it is most needed, will carry out this duty in a manner that is reasoned, reasonable, logical, fair, honest, and for the common good. Most elected officials fail in representing voters and taxpayers responsibly! Here are some ways you can take action on this issue:
Go to this page of WO to read more, send emails, etc.
Go to What Are You Doing with My Money?! to read shocking examples of the nonsense the government wastes our money on and the outrageous sums involved. It should make you angry enough and disgusted enough to take action now! Use the contact buttons and demand they STOP:
Wasteful Government Spending
"Earmarks," pet project spending, special interest spending
Spending as paybacks to lobbyists
Over-paying opportunistic price "gougers"
Spending that benefits a few rather than the common national good
WO: We have studied this issue and it meets the WO four-point criteria of rational/logical/reasonable/fair. Further, CAGW's stance on issues is generally correct and pertinent to the Enlightenment precepts of "for the greater good" and "public utility" that WO advocates. We encourage you to take action on this issue as well as the others on this page. Thank you.
Use the following link or the "Write to Congress" button on the upper left to urge your U.S. Representative and Senators to support legislation that would lower the tax burden on working Americans, while providing a free-market solution to America’s “obesity crisis.”
As I know you are aware, politicians are proposing big-government program after big-government program in response to Americans’ expanding waistlines and the corresponding increase in costs that obesity-related illness is imposing on our healthcare system. In New York City, for example, Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently announced that the city health department will begin monitoring the blood sugar levels of its diabetic residents!
Rather than more costly government intrusion into our everyday lives, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Rep. Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.) have introduced the WHIP Act, which would create private-sector incentives to promote healthier lifestyles.
Specifically, the WHIP Act would allow all employers to provide a fitness center subsidy (for example, partial payment of gym membership dues) to their employees without counting it as part of employees’ taxable income.
Current tax law requires employees to pay fringe benefit income tax on any subsidy an employer might provide to help them join a fitness center unless that fitness center is located at the employer’s worksite. The employees of firms - particularly small- and medium-sized businesses that employ the vast majority of Americans - that cannot provide a fitness center on site face a discriminatory tax code that hinders their ability to benefit from corporate fitness center subsidies.
The WHIP Act would level the playing field for employers of all sizes, promote tax fairness for all working Americans, and provide a private-sector solution in the public health fight against obesity and inactivity.
Venezuelan Dictator Vows To Bring Down U.S. Government
Venezuelan government is sole owner of Citgo gasoline company
Venezuelan Dictator Hugo Chavez has vowed to bring down the U.S. government. Chavez, president of Venezuela, told a TV audience: "Enough of imperialist aggression; we must tell the world: down with the U.S. empire. We have to bury imperialism this century."
The guest on his television program beamed across Venezuela was Cindy Sheehan, the antiwar activist. Chavez recently had as his guest Harry Belafonte, who called President Bush "the greatest terrorist in the world." Chavez is pushing a socialist/communist revolution and has a close alliance with Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
Regardless of your feelings about the war in Iraq, the issue here is that we have a communist dictator vowing to bring down the government of the U.S. And he is using our money to achieve his goal!
The Venezuelan government, run by the dictator Chavez, is the sole owner of Citgo gas company. Sales of products at Citgo stations send money back to Chavez to help him in his vow to bring down our government.
Take Action Send an email to Chavez and to Citgo that you will not be shopping at a Citgo station. Why should U.S. citizens who love freedom be financing a dictator who has vowed to take down our government?
Two provisions in this bill (a one-time accounting charge on domestic integrated oil companies and elimination of the foreign income tax credit) would in effect increase taxes on profitable U.S. oil companies.
If these penalty tax provisions pass, they would dramatically increase energy prices, hurt retirees and pensioners, and make the U.S. more dependent on foreign oil!
INCREASES ENERGY PRICES & THREATENS U.S. JOBS
Higher taxes on energy companies will be passed on to consumers, resulting in higher energy and gasoline prices. If Congress increases energy prices, the U.S. economy will lose competitiveness with Asia. Americans will lose jobs in the process.
HURTS RETIREES & INVESTORS
A study by Investors Action Foundation found that taxing oil company profits would cost pension and retirement savings up to $50 billion per year in lost gains and dividends. A substantial share of the cost of these profit taxes would be borne by retirees and those currently saving for retirement.
INCREASES DEPENDENCY ON FOREIGN OIL
According to a report by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service, the WPT enacted in 1980 reduced domestic oil production from between 3 and 6% from 1980 -1988 and increased oil imports from between 8 and 16%! The WPT was repealed in 1988 due in part to the depressed state of the oil industry.
PENALIZES PROFITABLE U.S. COMPANIES
The WPT currently being considered by Congress would only apply to U.S. oil companies—giving a massive subsidy to foreign oil producers! This subsidy to foreign oil companies will only reduce U.S. competitiveness with China and the rest of the world.
If the penalty tax provisions of SB 2020 pass, they would dramatically increase energy prices, hurt retirees and pensioners and make the U.S. more dependent on foreign oil!
World Observer Comment: You may have read about the controversy surrounding Google's effort to provide web search services for printed books. While there is a great deal of information on the internet, there are many useful volumes that are available only in print. Being able to search books in print on the web is a tremendous asset for students, teachers, academics, and researchers of virtually any subject. Google Book Search does just that, but the effort has been met with lawsuits from unlikely sources--authors, publishers, and even academic presses--claiming copyright infringement. This is absolutely not the case. Most or all of books that are no longer in copyright can be viewed. However, in the case of books that are under copyright, only small portions--a couple of sentences surrounding a search term--are shown. This is much less than is legally permitted in a review or a publication quoting several sentences and even paragraphs with proper citation of the source. What web (re)searchers are able to view of a copyrighted work falls within "fair use" policy. Furthermore, Google Book Search results provide information on libraries and bookstores in the searcher's vicinity as well as online bookstores where the book can be read or purchased. This creates additional (free) advertising and an added source of revenue for publishers and authors, making their objections incomprehensible. We have used Google Book Search several times and have purchased books that we became aware of only through Google's print book search.
If you are familiar with World Observer you know that we adhere to many of the principles and concepts of the 18th-century Enlightenment. One of these is the necessity, importance, and value of research. If you appreciate the invaluable research resource offered by Google Book Search, please read the following and take action.
The only national public interest legal foundation dedicated exclusively to protecting property rights
There is a surprising debate over a new technology introduced by Google that would make books searchable online. Google Book Search is a new innovation that essentially allows a user to quickly find books he or she is interested in, and then provides information on how to either purchase that book or borrow it from a library.
As an attorney who specializes in the constitutional protection of intellectual property rights, I am a close observer of emerging technologies which, when misused, represent a threat to property rights. Google Book Search does not represent such a threat to property rights, as it only allows users to view “snippets” of information – not even a whole page of text. That is why we at Defenders of Property Rights are surprised to learn that the Association of American Publishers, under the leadership of former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder, and the Authors Guild do not see it this way and are leading the charge against Google’s project. In their lawsuits, both groups claim that Google is violating copyright law. We at Defenders of Property Rights couldn’t disagree more. The Google Book Search program plainly appears to meet the standards of the “fair use doctrine” and falls well within both the spirit and the letter of federal copyright law.
Protecting property rights is a serious issue, and we think it is wrong for some people to use property rights simply to advance their own agenda of quashing innovation. Far from diminishing the value of a book, Google Book Search actually enhances a book’s value by drawing it to the attention of readers who have a higher than average interest in buying it, having seen firsthand how the book contains information relevant to their inquiry.
Defenders of Property Rights supports the freedom to search and access information through Google Book Search. I encourage you to learn more about this issue, and to contact members of the House and Senate Judiciary committees and the Intellectual Property subcommittees; you will find the necessary contact information below. If you have any questions regarding this issue please feel free to contact me.
There is a Values Voters’ Contract with Congress and we need your signature and help.
In November 2005, the leaders of 40 major conservative organizations met in Washington, D.C. to discuss the disturbing trends in America that are seriously eroding the principles established by our founding fathers and espoused in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.
At the conclusion of the meeting, a group dubbed the “Servant Committee” (consisting of Janet Folger, Alan Keyes, Andrea Lafferty, Manny Miranda, Connie Mackey, Phyllis Schlafly, Aryeh Spero, Mike Valerio, Phillip Jauregui and myself) was charged with developing a strategy for a collective effort to address these issues, including a plan to mobilize people of faith.
The Servant Committee developed a unique approach, the Values Voters’ Contract with Congress: A Declaration of American Renewal. This Contract addresses a number of issues facing America and proposes solutions that flow from the American values that we receive from our Creator and are recognized in our Declaration of Independence. The Preamble to the full version was written by Alan Keyes and is a beautiful and profound statement of our present situation.
You are a values voter and one of the keys to the continued success of the values voters will be our ability to join forces on common action items. I believe that now is the time to join forces and promote this common Contract.
In America, we do not create our own values. Rather, we recognize that we are endowed by our Creator with value and as our Declaration of Independence makes clear, we get our American values from Him. Today, we renew our commitment to Him and re-affirm the values that He gave to us. The Values Voters’ Contract with Congress applies these American values to the great issues of our day. Moreover, we recognize that in order to touch the lives of the people affected by these issues we must propose practical solutions that can be enacted by our elected leaders.
In order for this common cause to succeed it will require the participation of values voters like you. So please sign on today and ask your friends to join you!
John McCain, a big proponent of free trade, wants the free flow of political information in this country regulated, limited—even stopped. The infamous McCain-Feingold (read: Incumbent Protection) Act has already voided a large chunk of the First Amendment, infuriating Americans who take the Constitution seriously. Now McCain and a growing number of co-sponsors are pushing S2128 in response to the Abramoff scandal. Instead of promoting honest reform, McCain wants to widen Congress's control over political speech.
Among other things, the bill redefines the term "lobbyist" in the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 to include grassroots activists, possibly even individuals working at home on their own dime. All "lobbyists" will be required to file quarterly financial reports, including lists of their subscribers and their donations. Clearly, this puts a huge burden on small operations (such as bloggers) and aims at silencing them. Unfortunately, Republican Christopher Shays has proposed S2128's twin in the House.
Undercutting the GrassrootsRenew America, 3.5.2006 In the aftermath of the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, the Senate is poised to punish those least responsible for the scandal--America's "grassroots," those average citizens who frequently contact their elected representatives on Capitol Hill and urge them to wise action, as well as those who encourage such broad citizen participation.
Take Action: Use the "Write to Congress" buttons to voice your objection to this infringement on free speech. Please email or call your representatives to encourage them to vote against McCain's bill S2128 and Shays House bill. Yes on lobby reform; no on silencing the free speech of political activists.
GOPUSA: Arlen Specter's Tangled Web Of Pork by Chuck Muth Hey, boys and girls. It's that time of year again when Uncle Sam dons the red-suit-and-beard and hangs pork ornaments on the "Emergency Spending" tree. If you're not quite familiar with this annual congressional festival, let me share with you just one example from last year's taxpayer-funded earmark orgy. >> Read Full Column
WO Comment: Read the above shocking article on Arlen Specter's reprehensible abuse of the public trust, misuse of his elected public office for personal gain, and betrayal of the common good. Then take action--write or call elected officials and demand an end to bribery conveniently labeled "political contributions," an end to selling favors for contributions, an end to lobbying, an end to "budget earmarks," and an end to pork barrel spending.