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Current U.S. Government News & Issues

Bush Urges Extension Of Tax Cuts As Lawmakers Near Deal  The Financial Times reports President George W. Bush "urged Congress to extend many of his popular first-term tax cuts and renew his party's commitment to spending restraint." Bush "appeared likely to prevail on tax cuts, after a meeting at the White House late Tuesday prompted Republican leaders to reach a compromise on the legislation, which has been stalled since last year." The Wall Street Journal (5/4, Mullins) reports "tax lobbyists close to Republicans say that there is little chance that Congress will wrap up the legislation this week. By not reaching a deal yesterday, lawmakers won't be able to approve the bill this week, because the floor schedule in the House is booked for today, and the House is out of session tomorrow."

Senate refuses independent ethics office
The U.S. Senate has soundly rejected calls to form an independent office to look into ethics complaints.
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Bush signs renewal of USA Patriot Act

Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 Signed into Law

The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) encouraged and then applauded final passage of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, after the Senate amended the bill and the House of Representatives had to pass it a second time.  The first reform of entitlement programs in nearly a decade, the act will save approximately $39 billion over five years by stemming the growth of mandatory spending programs that, including interest on the national debt, account for about 60 percent of the federal budget.  Though critics have called the proposed reforms draconian “cuts,” the Deficit Reduction Act merely slows the growth of mandatory spending by less than one-tenth of one percent.  “The Deficit Reduction Act is a modest step to control spending,” said CCAGW President Tom Schatz, who was on hand at the White House as President Bush signed the legislation into law.  “There is nothing compassionate about ignoring reality and leaving a crushing debt burden to future generations.”  Read more about the Deficit Reduction Act.   

FOX News:  Protests Paralyze Pakistan
Anti-U.S. protests erupted in several Pakistani cities Friday, with crowds burning American flags, chanting "Death to Bush" and scuffling with police shortly before the U.S. president was to arrive for a two-day visit.  Read more.

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Support Our Troops Assists Military Heroes:
Secretary of Defense Thanks Freedom Alliance
rumsfeld

In a recent letter to Freedom Alliance President Tom Kilgannon, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said:
I want to express my appreciation for the invaluable support you provide to our men and women in uniform.  Thank you for letting service members and their families know how much their fellow Americans value their courage, commitment and sacrifice.

How the Scope of Government Shapes the Wealth of Nations
by Brett Schaefer, Heritage Foundation

The White House

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The White House Morning Update - Link to White House Front Page

The President's Schedule

Monday, April 24, 2006
President Bush addressed his vision for comprehensive immigration reform that secures our border, improves enforcement of our laws, and upholds our values.  The President also discussed his proposal for a temporary worker program that rejects amnesty, allows foreign workers to fill jobs that Americans are not willing to do, and reduces smuggling and crime at the border.

President Discusses Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Tuesday, April 25, 2006
The President discussed the four parts of his focused, practical plan to confront high gas prices.  The President's plan includes making sure consumers and taxpayers are treated fairly, promoting greater fuel efficiency, boosting our crude oil and gasoline supplies, and for the long term, investing aggressively in alternatives to gasoline, so that we can eliminate the root cause of high gas prices by diversifying away from oil.

President Discusses Energy Policy

Wednesday, April 26, 2006
President Bush participated in a briefing for members of the House of Representatives on ongoing operations in the War on Terror.

In the afternoon, the President and Mrs. Bush recognized the 2006 National and State Teachers of the Year.  Strengthening America's education system is one of the President's top priorities.  While improving the quality of education requires good laws and policies, success ultimately depends on good teachers.  The dedication and commitment to excellence demonstrated by these teachers, and numerous teachers across the country, have helped their students learn critical knowledge and succeed.   

President And Mrs. Bush Meet With The 2006 National And State Teachers Of The Year

President Announces Tony Snow As Press Secretary

Thursday, April 27, 2006
President Bush traveled to the Gulf Coast region to participate in National Volunteer Week service projects.  As part of National Volunteer Week, the President and members of his Cabinet are participating in service activities across the Nation. 

President Visits Damaged Home In New Orleans, Louisiana

President Discusses Volunteerism During Visit To Hands On Gulf Coast Civic Action Center

President Discusses Refining Capacity In Biloxi, Mississippi

Friday, April 28, 2006
President Bush welcomed President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan to the White House. The two leaders discussed democracy promotion and cooperation in the Caucasus, energy diversification, and our common commitment to working together to advance freedom and security.

The President also held a meeting with North Korean defectors and family members of Japanese abducted by North Korea.  In the afternoon, the President discussed the situation in Sudan's Darfur region with Darfur advocates.

President Discusses the Economy, Participates in Press Availability

President Bush Welcomes President Aliyev Of Azerbaijan To The White House

President Meets With North Korean Defectors And Family Members Of Japanese Abducted By North Korea 

President Meets With Darfur Advocates

 

Monday, April 17, 2006

The President and Mrs. Bush welcomed children to the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll – a tradition since 1878.  The President also traveled to Sterling, Virginia to host a roundtable discussion on taxes and the economy. As Americans filed their taxes, the good news is that American workers, families, and small businesses will once again be left with more money in their pockets because of the President's tax cuts passed in 2001 and 2003.  The President's tax relief has left $880 million in Americans' hands and has helped fuel economic growth that has created over 5.1 million new jobs.

President Participates In Roundtable On Taxes And The Economy

White House Easter Egg Roll 2006

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

President Bush traveled to Rockville, Maryland, to discuss the American Competitiveness Initiative (ACI) – a comprehensive strategy to keep our Nation the most innovative economy in the world.  As the President outlined in his State of the Union Address, the ACI will increase investments in research and development, strengthen education, and encourage entrepreneurship and innovation.

President Discusses American Competitiveness Initiative

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

President Bush met with a bipartisan group of governors who have just returned from Afghanistan and Iraq.  After discussing the governors' meetings with military commanders, visits with the troops, and assessment of the situation on the ground, the President made a statement on the War on Terror. 

The President then traveled to Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama, to discuss the American Competitiveness Initiative (ACI) – a comprehensive strategy to keep our Nation the most innovative economy in the world.

Remarks By The President On The American Competitiveness Initiative At Tuskegee University

President Meets With Governors Who Traveled To Kuwait, Iraq, And Afghanistan

Thursday, April 20, 2006

The President and Mrs. Bush welcomed Chinese President Hu Jintao and Madam Liu Yongqing to the White House. The visit was an opportunity for the two leaders to work together on a number of areas of mutual interest and to make progress in resolving outstanding differences. The President discussed a full range of regional and international issues with President Hu, including the War on Terror, nonproliferation, and advancing freedom and promoting prosperity in Asia and beyond.

President Bush And President Hu Of People's Republic Of China Participate In Arrival Ceremony

President Bush Meets With President Hu Of The People's Republic Of China

President Bush And People's Republic Of China President Hu Exchange Luncheon Toasts

Friday, April 21, 2006

The President traveled to San Jose, California and discussed the American Competitiveness Initiative (ACI) – a comprehensive strategy to keep our Nation the most innovative economy in the world. 

President Participates in Panel on the American Competitiveness Initiative

Monday, April 10, 2006
President Bush made remarks on the War on Terror.  Marking the three-year anniversary of the liberation of Iraq on Sunday, the President will discuss the strategy for victory, the progress that has been made, and the challenges ahead.

President Bush Discusses Global War On Terror

Tuesday, April 11, 2006
The President traveled to Missouri and Iowa to discuss how the Medicare prescription drug benefit is helping seniors receive the drugs they need at reduced costs.

President Participates In Conversation On Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit

President Discusses Medicare In Iowa

Wednesday, April 12, 2006
President Bush welcomed President John Kufuor of the Republic of Ghana to the White House.  The visit was an opportunity for the President to recognize Ghana's strong democracy and President Kufuor's efforts to invest in the people of Ghana. 

In the afternoon, President Bush traveled to Annandale, Virginia to discuss how the Medicare drug prescription benefit is helping seniors receive the drugs they need at reduced costs.

President Bush Welcomes President Kufuor Of Ghana To The White House

President Participates In A Conversation On Medicare Prescription Drug Benefits In Virginia

Thursday, April 13, 2006
President Bush addressed the Small Business Week Conference and outlined his agenda to help small businesses grow.  The President discussed three broad areas where the Administration is improving the environment for small businesses – keeping taxes low and reducing spending, making health care more affordable and accessible, and expanding business opportunities at home and abroad.

President Bush Addresses Small Business Week Conference

Friday, April 14, 2006

Ask The White House – Leslie Norwalk, Deputy Administrator For The Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Discusses Medicare And The New Prescription Drug Benefit

 

Monday, April 3, 2006
President Bush marked the beginning of the Major League Baseball season by throwing out the first pitch at the Cincinnati Reds opening home game.

Tuesday, April 4, 2006
President Bush participated in a meeting on health care initiatives. The President is committed to making health care more affordable and available for all Americans through common-sense, innovative reforms to expand choice, lower cost, and improve the quality of care.

Wednesday, April 5, 2006
The President discussed his agenda to make health care more affordable and accessible by expanding Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). HSAs are giving Americans more control over their health care costs and decisions, and helping businesses make health care more affordable and accessible for their employees.

Thursday, April 6, 2006
President Bush traveled to Charlotte, NC, to make remarks on the War on Terror. The President discussed the strategy for victory in Iraq, the progress being made, and the challenges ahead. In the afternoon, the President recognized the achievements of the 2005 and 2006 NCAA sports champions.

Friday, April 7, 2006
President Bush made remarks at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast. Later, the President made a statement on America's continuing economic growth and his pro-growth agenda.

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Monday, April 24, 2006

President Bush To Welcome Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez To The White House

Presidential Message

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

President Bush Presents Commander-In-Chief's Trophy to the United States Naval Academy

President Discusses Immigration Reform With Members Of The Senate

Text Of A Letter From The President To The Speaker Of The House Of Representatives

Press Briefing By Scott McClellan

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Message To The Congress Of The United States

Executive Order Blocking Property Of Additional Persons In Connection With The National Emergency With Respect To Syria

National Charter Schools Week, 2006

Press Briefing By Scott McClellan

Thursday, April 27, 2006

President Pleased With U.S. And Canada Agreement Resolving Softwood Lumber Trade Dispute

Message To The Congress Of The United States

Executive Order: Responsibilities Of Federal Departments And Agencies With Respect To Volunteer Community Service

Executive Order: Blocking Property Of Persons In Connection With The Conflict In Sudan's Darfur Region

U.S.-Targeted Sanctions On Persons In Connection With The Conflict In Sudan's Darfur Region

Medicare Check-Up: Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Is Cutting Costs

Press Gaggle By Scott McClellan

Friday, April 28, 2006

Statement By The Press Secretary

Text Of A Letter From The President To The Speaker Of The House Of Representatives And The President Of The Senate

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, 2006

Law Day, U.S.A., 2006

Older Americans Month, 2006

Ask The White House – Ambassador Jendayi Frazer, Assistant Secretary Of State For African Affairs Discusses Sudan

 

Monday, April 17, 2006

Statement Condemning Terrorist Attack In Tel Aviv

Press Briefing By Scott McClellan

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

President Bush Nominates Rob Portman As OMB Director And Susan Schwab For USTR

President Bush Welcomes Prime Minister Siniora Of Lebanon To The White House

President Thanks Faith-Based Director Jim Towey For His Service

Vice President's Remarks At A Rally For The Troops Of The 24th Infantry Division

National Park Week, 2006

Ask The White House - John Snow, Secretary Of The Treasury, Discusses Tax Relief

Press Briefing By Scott McClellan

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Press Secretary Scott McClellan Announces His Resignation

Vice President's Remarks At A Rally For The Troops

Vice President's Remarks at the 2005 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Ceremony

Vice President Cheney To Travel To Lithuania, Kazakhstan, And Croatia

Press Gaggle By Scott McClellan

Thursday, April 20, 2006

President Bush Welcomes Recipients Of The President's Environmental Youth Awards

President Signs H.R. 4979, The "Local Community Recovery Act Of 2006"

National Physical Fitness And Sports Month, 2006

National Volunteer Week, 2006

Ask The White House - Margaret Spellings, Secretary Of Education, Discusses The American Competitiveness Initiative

Press Briefing by Deputy National Security Advisor Faryar Shirzad and National Security Council Acting Senior Director Dennis Wilder on the President's Meetings with President Hu of the People's Republic of China

Friday, April 21, 2006

President Bush To Host Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen At Camp David

Press Gaggle by Scott McClellan

Statement by James L. Connaughton, Chairman, Council On Environmental Quality

National Crime Victims' Rights Week, 2006

Jewish American Heritage Month, 2006

 

Monday, April 10, 2006

President Bush To Welcome President Aliyev Of Azerbaijan To The White House

President Bush To Welcome Prime Minister Siniora Of Lebanon To The White House

Press Briefing By Scott McClellan

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

President Signs H.R. 1259, S. 2116, And S. 2120

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Setting The Record Straight: Despite Democrat Claims, President Bush's Policies Are Growing Our Economy

Press Gaggle By Scott McClellan

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

President Bush To Welcome German Chancellor Merkel To The White House

Setting The Record Straight: The Washington Post's Reckless Reporting On WMD Claims

Press Briefing By Scott McClellan

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Easter 2006

Thomas Jefferson Day, 2006

President Signs H.J.Res. 81 and H.J.Res. 82

Press Briefing By Scott McClellan

Friday, April 14, 2006

President Bush Expresses Full Support, Appreciation for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld

 

India and Pakistan: On the Heels of President Bush’s Visit
by The Honorable R. Nicholas Burns

Remarks by President Bush in Photo Opportunity After Meeting on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
Christian Wire Service, 3.9.2006

President Bush and Secretary Rice Travel to Afghanistan, India and Pakistan February 28, 2006 to March 5, 2006Picture of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

They will work with each country to fight terrorism, advance democracy, expand free and fair trade, and meet our common energy needs in a responsible way.

President George W. Bush shakes hands with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai during a press conference after making a surprise visit to Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, March 1, 2006. © AP/WWP

 

 

 

President Bush shakes hands with Afghan President Karzai during a surprise visit to Afghanistan.

 

 

 

President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressing a Joint Press Conference at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, March 2, 2006. State Department photo.

 

 

 

President Bush and Prime Minister Singh addressing a press conference in New Delhi.

 

 

 

US Eyes Lucrative Fighter Plane Deal With India
As the relationship between the United States and India advances in the political, economic and energy fields, so too are military ties strengthening, to such an extent that U.S. firms will go head-to-head with Russians and Europeans to bid for one of the biggest fighter plane deals in more than a decade.  >> Read full story

Fiscal 2007 Budget Request

CAGW had a mixed reaction this month to President Bush’s $2.8 trillion fiscal 2007 budget request.  Although the President has proposed $65 billion in savings over five years through a combination of program reforms and spending cuts, those savings pale in comparison to the record $423 billion budget deficit forecast for this year, an increase of 33 percent over the $318 billion deficit in 2005.  President Bush’s initiatives ranged from the Good to the Bad to the downright Ugly for taxpayers.  Taxpayer friendly proposals include establishing Health Savings Accounts and trimming Medicare spending.  Read some of the highlights and lowlights from the President’s budget.  

U.S. Department of State

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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2005

Secretary Rice:  Our promotion of human rights and democracy is in keeping with America's most cherished principles and it helps to lay the foundation for lasting peace in the world. How a country treats its own people is a strong indication of how it will behave toward its neighbors. The growing demand for democratic governance reflects a recognition that the best guarantor of human rights is a thriving democracy with transparent, accountable institutions of government, equal rights under the rule of law, a robust civil society, political pluralism and independent media.  We hope that the reports will encourage governments, organizations, the media and publics to address human rights problems. We also hope that the reports will be a source of information and inspiration to the noble men and women across the globe who are working for peaceful democratic change.

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State Department To Release Annual Human Rights Report
U.S. State Dept. 3.8.2006

Secretary Rice Defines Transformational Diplomacy

Speaking on Transformational Diplomacy at Georgetown University

Remarks from Question-and-Answer Session

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17 April 2006 Terrorist Attack in Israel & Palestinian Authority

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Press Briefing 14 April 2006  Transcript & Links to Media

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Press Briefing 13 April 2006 Topics:  Iraq & Others

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Press Briefing 12 April 2006

Main Topics:  Sudan and Iran

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Press Briefing 10 April 2006

Main Topic:  Venezuela's Chavez Threatens U.S. Ambassador

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Special Briefing on U.S. Assistance to the Palestinian People 7 Apr 06

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Secretary Rice's Remarks on Iran's Nuclear Program at BBC Today-Chatham House Lecture (Transcript & links to media)

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Secretary Rice's Remarks on Democracy at BBC Today-Chatham House Lecture (Transcript & links to media) 

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Secretary Rice shakes hands with Greek Foreign Minister Theodora Bakoyannis. Washington, DC. March 23, 2006. State Dept. photo.

Remarks with Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Theodora Bakoyannis

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Secretary Rice and Justice Sandra Day OConnor attended the Centennial Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law ,ASIL, at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, DC.  State Department photoSecretary Rice at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law

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Secretary Rice and British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw speaking at a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq. DoD photo

Secretary Rice Visits Iraq With British Foreign Secretary  April 3, 2006

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Daily Press Briefing  March 31, 2006

ISRAEL/PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY

  • Restriction of U.S. Officials’ Contact with Some Palestinian Officials / Contact with Abbas and His Offices May Continue
  • U.S. Will Not Have Contact with Hamas or Hamas-Led Ministry
  • U.S. Working for Two States, Peace and Security / Process Based on Shared Values, Fundamental Rights, Non-Violence
  • U.S. Contact Policy Constraining, but Result of Hamas’s Decisions
  • PLO Representative in Washington does not Report to Foreign Ministry

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Press Briefing:  16 March 2006

Main Topics:
IRANConsultations and Diplomacy / Nick Burns / Ambassador Bolton
 Right Language on Issue / Presidential Statements and Resolutions / Security Council
 Issue of Japan’s Investment in Iran’s Petroleum Sector
 
IRAQRelease of Christian Peacemakers / Tom Fox
 US and Multinational Coalition Forces Stand Firm
 Secretary Rice’s Involvement in Issues Related to Iraq
 
AFGHANISTANIssue of Abdul Rahman
 Issue Raised with Foreign Minister Abdullah / Dialogue with President Karzai
 Importance of Freedom of Religion and Expression
 US Seeks Favorable Resolution / Deep Relationship with Government
 Afghan Government’s Decision on Issue

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Secretary Rice's remarks on the Release of the Second Annual Report to Congress on the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.  Transcript & Links to Media 

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Secretary Rice's remarks with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni after their meeting. Links to these files can be found on the transcript page at:  Transcript & Links to Media 

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Press Briefing:  16 March 2006

Topic:  Iran

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Press Briefing:  15 March 2006

Main Topics:  Concerns Regarding the Implications of a Hamas-Led Government; Review of Humanitarian Assistance to the Palestinians

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Press Briefing:  14 March 2006

Main Topic:  Future Government of Palestinian Authority / U.S. Position on Hamas

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Press Briefing:  13 March 2006

Topics:  Russia and Iran

ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS

  • U.S. Review of Assistance Programs to Hamas / Potential Hamas-led Government
  • Humanitarian Needs of the Palestinian People
  • U.S. Laws Dealing with Foreign Terrorist Organizations
  • Dealing with Members of a Potential Hamas-led Government

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Daily Press Briefing:  7 March 2006Secretary Rice and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov shake hands at podium

Topic:  Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation

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Daily Press Briefing:  3 March 2006 Transcript & Links to Media

Main Topic:  Hamas as governing Palestinian authority

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How Foreign Direct Investment Benefits the United States

   Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Creates New Jobs: U.S. affiliates of foreign companies (majority owned) employ 5.3 million U.S. workers, or 4.7% of private industry employment. (Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), U.S. Department of Commerce)  
  Foreign Investment Boosts Wages: U.S. affiliates of foreign companies tend to pay higher wages than U.S. companies. Foreign companies support an annual U.S. payroll of $318 billion, with average annual compensation per employee of over $60,000. Average compensation per employee within these companies has risen every year since 1992 (Source: BEA). Some studies have found that foreign     
companies have paid wages in the past that were as much as 15% higher on average than wages paid by U.S. companies. (Source: National Bureau of Economic Research, Robert Lipsey, Working Paper 9293)                                                                         
   Foreign Investment Strengthens U.S. Manufacturing: 41 percent of the jobs related to U.S. affiliates of foreign companies are in the manufacturing sector. (Source:  BEA)
   Foreign Investment Brings in New Research, Technology, and Skills:  
Affiliates of foreign companies spent $30 billion on research and development in 2003 and $109 billion on plants and equipment. (Source: BEA). These advances are often adopted by locally-owned companies.
 
   Foreign Investment Contributes to Rising U.S. Productivity: The increased investment and competition from FDI leads to higher productivity growth, a key ingredient that increases U.S. competitiveness abroad and raises living standards at home. (Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB), U.S. Department of State) 
   Foreign Investment Contributes to U.S. Tax Revenues: In 2002, foreign affiliates paid $17.8 billion in taxes, which represented 12 percent of U.S. corporate tax revenues. (Source: Internal Revenue Service)  
   Foreign Investment Can Help U.S. Companies Penetrate Foreign Markets, and Increase U.S. Exports: U.S. companies can use multinationals' distribution networks and knowledge about foreign tastes to export into new markets. Approximately 21 percent of all U.S. exports come from U.S. subsidiaries of foreign companies. (Source: BEA)
   Foreign Investment Helps Keep U.S. Interest Rates Low: The inflow of foreign capital also decreases the cost of borrowing money for domestic entrepreneurs, especially in the small- to medium-sized enterprise sector. (Source: EB) 
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Analysis & Commentary

To the Barricades!
by Oliver North
Heidelberg, Germany – The streets of this quaint university town are less photogenic these days. Much to the chagrin of the city fathers – and businesses relying on tourism – nearly every corner is filled with very un-Teutonic piles of garbage – the detritus of a weeks-long public workers strike. The accumulated trash may be an eyesore – and eventually a haven for vermin and rats – but it hasn’t kept the local university students off the streets. . .

WO Comment:  The article goes on to describe several German university students meeting at a cafe deciding whether to go to Paris or to Venezuela to join anti-capitalist, anti-American protests.  The students reflected a disturbing ignorance and misunderstanding of America.  If this is the atmosphere in Heidelberg, the intellectual hub of Germany, imagine the misconceptions in the rest of the world.  The US government's information programs for "winning the hearts and minds" of people around the world certainly need to be improved and expanded.

The Heritage Foundation

Iran. Iraq. The war on terrorism. Israel and Hamas. These are the issues that are at the front of Americans' thoughts. They are issues that President Bush will have to address in his fifth State of the Union address. Last year, Bush laid out "an ambitious and visionary" agenda for spreading freedom around the world, writes Helle Dale. This year, he needs to fill in the details. Dale puts forward a foreign policy wishlist for the address, on issues from confronting Iran to alleviating world poverty. Freedom and democracy are the watchwords. How they translate into policy is the question.

Read: A Foreign Policy Agenda for the State of the Union by Helle Dale

Also: Substance in the State of the Union by Edwin Feulner

Townhall

Annan and U.S. troops

Administration sources say UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan misspoke in suggesting to reporters that he asked President Bush, when they met at the White House last Monday, to send U.S. troops to Darfur in the Sudan.

A great force for good

Is the United States good? Or bad? For the average American reading the paper or watching the news, the answer is obvious -- and wrong.

It's time to evict the U.N.

My wife would like to see us kick the United Nations out of the United States. I, for one, think it’s a swell idea.

Will Mannen: The New "Third Way": Global Conservatism
Conservatism is in constant flux. Modern conservatism can be traced to Edmund Burke, with his attacks on the French Revolution and how it destroyed the “permanent things” in society. Quite a bit has changed. In 1981, another conservative, Ronald Reagan, came into office emphasizing free markets and downsized government. Yet if the Burkean and Reaganite strands were united, it would transform America’s perspective of the world’s poorest nations, particularly how they ought to be “globalized.” This is the Global Conservatism...

 

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House Narrowly Passes Lobbying Reform Measure  By a tight 217-213 vote, the House passed a Republican-backed lobbying reform bill Wednesday. News reports focus on the sharp partisan split and generally portray the measure as weak. USA Today notes the House bill "passed with eight Democratic votes, which helped overcome the 20 Republican votes against it." Before the vote, says The Hill, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi warned Democrats "not to buck their leadership" on the vote. But The Hill also says the eight Democratic defectors' votes "signaled a reluctance to take a possible political hit by voting against any reform legislation." Knight Ridder calls the bill a GOP attempt to "inoculate themselves from recent scandals," but the New York Times says Democrats "denounced the measure as a sham." Roll Call reports lawmakers "now have to reconcile the House measure with stronger Senate language on earmarks, gifts, travel and disclosure, while determining the fate of a potentially deal-killing House clause that cracks down on so-called 527 groups."

Senate Adds More To Spending Bill As Bush Reiterates Veto Threat   President Bush again told Congress he would veto any emergency spending bill that exceeds the $92.2 billion ceiling he has imposed. Fox News' Special Report reported, "During a speech to an engineering trade group in Washington, President Bush warned lawmakers working on federal spending and tax legislation that, particularly now with energy prices high, he will not tolerate waste or tax hikes." Bush said, "The Congress needs to hear me loud and clear. If they spend more than $92.2 billion plus pandemic flu emergency funds, I will veto this bill."  But as the New York Times reports the Senate "did not seem deterred by the veto threat," agreeing to Sen. Edward Kennedy's request for an additional $289 million "to compensate emergency workers who might be injured by experimental flu vaccines," as well as requests for "an extra $1.6 billion for levees in Louisiana, $30 million for Gulf Coast election assistance and $30 million for forest projects."

Senate Lacks Votes To Reduce Cost Of Supplemental Spending Bill   The Washington Times reports the Senate's "overloaded $106.5 billion emergency spending bill -- already facing a veto threat -- yesterday ran into more problems, as progress was stalled" by Democratic Sen., Ron Wyden, who demanded "that government stop helping oil companies." At the other end of the political spectrum, "conservatives -- led by Sen. Tom Coburn -- lined up several attempts to cut extra unrelated items from the bill, originally intended for hurricane relief and the war effort." But "even with President Bush's threat of a veto hanging over the bill, it became clear this week that the Senate likely can't muster the votes to significantly reduce the bill's $106.5 billion price tag, which includes extra items such as $4 billion for agriculture assistance."

McCain and Kennedy:  Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act (S. 1033)

Senators Hillary Clinton and John McCain spoke to a crowd of over 2,400 ILLEGAL aliens at a March 8th rally in Washington D.C.

Clinton said:  "It is so heartening to see you here... You are really here on behalf of what America means..." 

McCain said:  "You are doing what democracy is supposed to be all about, petitioning the government to right a wrong."  McCain also quipped to the crowd of illegal aliens, "This kind of reception is enough to make a guy want to run for President of the United States."

McCain and Clinton joined Senators Chuck Schumer and Ted Kennedy at the March 8th rally of ILLEGAL ALIENS as part of a lobbying effort to generate support for granting amnesty to the more than 11 million people living and working in this country ILLEGALLY.

Dubai Controversy Encouraging House Port Security Bill

The controversy over a proposal to allow Dubai Ports World to operate terminals at some major U.S. ports may have hurt President Bush's approval rating, but it could be helping some members of Congress move legislation they believe is needed to better protect U.S. seaports from terrorist threats.  >> Read full story

Daily Capitol Report  by Townhall.com Editors 03/15

A Senate Maverick Acts to Force an Issue
Democrat Feingold's Motion to Censure the President Roils Both Parties
(The Washington Post) 

Censure Feingold

Unlike Sen. Russell Feingold, the Wisconsin Democrat seeking to censure President Bush for ordering the interception of communications in and out of the United States involving persons with suspected links to al-Qaeda, Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt had no qualms about warrant-less eavesdropping to protect the United States against attack.

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

America's fiscal policy is headed for an iceberg. But the 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.  Not all these reforms will be popular, Riedl allows, but consider the alternative: an economy-crippling $7,000 per household tax hike in 10 years to balance the budget.

RSC Budget Provides Serious Blueprint for Spending Restraint by Brian M. Riedl

Congress:  Analysis & Commentary

The Patriot Post

According to Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 'The number of pork-barrel projects in the federal budget has skyrocketed from 1,439 in fiscal 1995 to 13,997 in fiscal 2005, an increase of 873 percent. Among the $27.3 billion of pork identified in the 2005 Congressional Pig Book were $6.3 million for wood utilization research and $2 million to buy back the USS Sequoia Presidential Yacht.' If the president did not find this sort of outrageous misspending unnecessary, why should anyone believe he will veto other pork projects, known as earmarks, contained in future legislation?" —Cal Thomas

"After Hurricane Katrina destroyed a lot of oil processing capacity around the Gulf of Mexico, there was—surprise!—less oil being processed. With less oil being supplied—surprise again!—gasoline prices rose. However much economists rely on supply and demand to explain price movements, politicians need villains, so that the pols can play hero. Big Oil is a favorite villain and has been for decades. There is nothing like the political melodrama of summoning oil company executives to televised hearings before some Congressional committee, where politicians can wax indignant at Big Oil's profits. It so happens that Big Government takes more money in taxes out of a gallon of gas than Big Oil takes out in profits. But apparently somehow taxes don't raise prices. They certainly don't raise indignation from the politicians who voted for those taxes. After the oil processing facilities were repaired and put back in operation—yet another surprise!—prices came back down. Supply and demand has been doing this for centuries but apparently the word has not yet reached some politicians." —Thomas Sowell

Democratic lawmakers have changed the word "embryo" to "material" in a bill for embryonic stem-cell research  Read it here

Republicans Back Line-Item Veto for President
Fiscal conservatives are endorsing proposed legislation that would give President Bush the line-item veto, but one Democrat said the president should be more concerned about submitting a balanced budget.  >> Read full story

GOP Plan to Balance Budget Called 'Huge Step Forward'
A group of U.S. House Republicans will unveil a plan Wednesday that they say will balance the federal budget in the next five years. One conservative leader calls it "a huge step forward."  >> Read full story

America needs a better policy on immigration by Edwin J. Feulner

Congressional Hearing on Abortion Focuses on Roe v. Wade, Helping Women  Life News, Steven Ertelt, 3.3.2006

Senator Wants to Narrow Indecency Bill
Reuters on MSNBC, 3.2.2006

News from Senator Frist:  USA Patriot Act Renewed

Just a quick note to let you know the Senate voted overwhelmingly today to renew the USA Patriot Act.  This legislation includes sensible, measured provisions that tear down antiquated walls to allow better information-sharing between law enforcement and
intelligence agencies.  Indeed, this legislation will help save American lives.
 
A short term memory is a dangerous thing in a post-9/11 world.  Remember who these terrorists are.  Remember what they’ve done -- and still seek to do -- simply because we are Americans.  The simple fact is, there’s not been a successful terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11.  Not one.  And that is due in large part to the effectiveness of the Patriot Act -- which has broken down the barriers that impeded effective intelligence sharing in the years leading up to 9/11.
 
Some in the Democratic Leadership talked just months ago about ‘killing’ the Patriot Act.  They failed.  They weren't just out of touch with reality on this issue, they were out of touch with the American people.
 
Today marks a major victory in our efforts to win the War on Terror.  Bottom line ... we will continue to do whatever it takes to protect American lives and defeat those who plot our destruction.
 
I hope you will take a moment to visit my blog and leave a comment on the Patriot Act by clicking here.
 
When you visit, you may notice that the blog has been redesigned and greatly improved, with the addition of an RSS feed, a blog roll, a list of the most active blog posts and of the most frequent blog commenters.  I'd greatly appreciate any feedback you have on the blog.  To read about these features and to let me know what you think, click here.

News from Senator Frist:  Senate to Debate "Flag Protection Amendment"

Just a quick note to let you know that the Senate will debate the “Flag Protection Amendment” in the end of June.  If it passes -- and I will do everything in my power to see that it does -- this constitutional amendment will give one of our Nation's proudest and most treasured symbols the protection it deserves.

Polls have shown that roughly 80% of the American people want to vote on the right to protect the flag.  In addition, all 50 state legislatures have passed resolutions asking Congress to pass an amendment -- to be sent back to the states for debate and ratification.  Clearly, the American people have spoken.  It’s time for the Senate to listen.

Battles have culminated in the raising of that flag.  Countless U.S. soldiers have – using their last breaths – labored on the battlefield to hoist that flag.  And desecrating it is an insult to their memory, and their sacrifice.  That flag represents all that we are -- all that we stand for.  Freedom.  Liberty.  It represents so much to so many.  And I believe we have a moral obligation to rise as a body and declare that it is wrong to burn the flag of the United States of America.

If you'd like to comment on my blog on the need to protect our flag, click here:

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Bill Frist, M.D.

Heritage Foundation

RSC Budget Provides Serious Blueprint for Spending Restraint by Brian Riedl

America needs a better policy on immigration
by Edwin Feulner

The sale of a British-based company that controls cargo handling operations at a number of U.S. port facilities to Dubai Ports World, a government-owned company in the United Arab Emirates, has raised many concerns. While the deal has since been modified—Dubai Ports World has agreed to transfer all of its U.S. operations to a domestic firm—a review of the facts suggests that there were no apparent security issues. Still, concerns over the deal reflect the importance of ensuring that the U.S. government is looking after Americans’ safety and security. Congress should take this opportunity to amend current laws to strengthen oversight of foreign-owned critical maritime infrastructure.

Because of the regrettable actions of a few, Congress is now considering significant reforms that would curb the influence of lobbyists and discourage the use of wasteful earmarks. Among the Members of Congress with more notable lapses in fiscal responsibility that triggered the current quest for reform were Representative Don Young (R–AK), who showed a penchant for pork-barrel excess in the highway bill, and former Representative Randy Cunningham (R–CA), who has been convicted for accepting bribes in return for earmarks. Taken together, their actions helped to precipitate a national backlash against the growing influence of lobbyists in the federal budget.

Democrats For Life: Response to the Catholic Statement of Principles Christian Wire Service, 3.3.2006

Born Again? Looking to Regain Its Base, the Democratic Party is Restating Its Liberal Program in Religion-Friendly Terms
World, Lynn Vincent, 3.11.2006

House Democrats Release Historic Catholic Statement of Principles
Congressman DeLauro, 2.28.2006
"Above all, the document expresses the signers’ commitment to the dignity of life and their belief that government has moral purpose."

"Life and a Catholic": FRC Comments on Catholic Democrat Statement  FRC Blog, Tom McClusky, 3.1.2006

Catholic House Democrats Publicly Defy Catholic Teaching on Abortion  Christian Wire Service, 3.1.2006

Priest Chides Catholic Legislators Christian Wire Service, 3.1.2006

The House's Catholic Democrats Detail Role Religion Plays
Washington Post, Alan Cooperman, 3.1.2006

55 'Catholic' Democrats Out Themselves as Pro-Abortion - Slammed by Catholic Leaders

By John-Henry Westen

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In a so-called 'Statement of Principles', 55 House Democrats have exposed themselves as being pro-abortion.  The self-proclaimed 'historic' statement issued Monday, contains the basic message that the proponents support all the politically correct teachings of the Catholic Church such as reducing poverty and increasing access to education and health care but stop short on the Church's teaching on abortion.  The letter also conveniently skips over the issue of homosexuality which has serious bearing in public life today.

On abortion, the Democrats make a lame attempt to feign agreement with the Church saying that they, "agree with the Catholic Church about the value of human life and the undesirability of abortion, we do not celebrate its practice."  They propose as a solution, not granting unborn children the legal right to life, but rather efforts toward "reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies and creating an environment with policies that encourage pregnancies to be carried to term. We believe this includes promoting alternatives to abortion . . ."

The gobbledygook is not being bought by Catholic leadership, both lay and clerical. 

Catholic League president William Donohue commented, "The House Catholic Democrats who signed this statement - and 17 of them did not - are trying to convince the public, and especially Catholics, that one can be a good Catholic and differ with the Catholic Church on abortion."

"Perhaps the most convincing evidence that this statement is a sham," said Donahue, " is the fact that Rep. Rosa DeLauro is the point person for this effort.  There has never been an abortion she couldn't justify, including the killing of an innocent child who is 80-percent born.  Indeed, she previously served as the executive director of EMILY's List, the richest pro-abortion organization in the country.  So with her at the helm, the 'Statement of Principle' is nothing more than a 'Statement of Politics.'"

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, commented that the legislators had "made a big mistake" and introduced "a bundle of contradictions" into the public debate on faith and public service.

"This statement tries to soften the contradiction between creating a just society and tolerating legal abortion," said Fr. Pavone.  "The voting records of these legislators are available to anyone who wants to look them up. To fail to protect the unborn, and then to say that you are 'committed to…protecting the most vulnerable among us' is a blatant contradiction."

Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, President of Human Life International (HLI), responded to the 'Statement of Principles' saying, "On the Eve of Ash Wednesday the day that marks the beginning of the Lenten Season, 'Catholic' House Democrats choose to play the role of Judas in a passion play that ends with the crucifixion of the unborn child."

"The House Democrat so-called 'Statement of Principles' is nothing more than Washington-speak for: 'We support abortion on demand and we do not care what the Church teaches.'

The 55 signatories and the full letter are available online here:
Democrat Catholic Statement

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Separation Of Powers -- Fact Or Fiction? by Gina Parker 

Another Reason It's Time For The Fair Tax
By Doug Patton

As April 15th approaches, millions of us are again pouring over receipts, records and other information relevant to our federal income taxes. After getting everything in order, we will be forced by the complexity of the tax code to take it all to an accountant or other tax professional, who will spend a few very expensive hours working through a process our own government doesn't even understand much of the time. Finally, our tax preparer will place in front of us a stack of papers, some of which we will be expected to sign. >> Read Full Column

Sen. Stevens Needs to Build a Bridge to Decency
CWA, Jan LaRue, 3.2.2006
Stevens’ refusal to move a decency bill shows his ‘decency’ hearings are a sham.

Focus on the Family Expert Calls for Approval of Indecency Proposal; Alaska's Sen. Stevens Blocking Broadcast-Indecency Legislation U.S. Newswire, 2.21.2006  

Lautenberg's 'Devil and Dubai' Comments Prompt Outrage
Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a New Jersey Democrat, has angered Arab-Americans with remarks comparing the Middle Eastern emirate of Dubai to the devil.
>> Read full story

House Resolution Rebukes Iran
In a vote of 404 to 4, the House Thursday approved a resolution condemning Iran's nuclear program and calling on other nations to apply sanctions to thwart Iran's ability to develop atomic weapons.
>> Read full story

WO:  No doubt the president of Iran is trembling in fear.  He is most likely trembling with laughter.  Rebukes, resolutions, and sanctions have as much affect on him as they did on Saddam Hussein.

Daily Capitol Report: Inside the halls of Congress

Yesterday I posted about a tip I received from a reliable source on the Hill regarding an "Appropriations Committee Earmark Reform Task Force." The source said there would be a meeting in the Capitol at which the appropriations committee would begin discussions about earmark reform.

Congressional Reform: Let the Sun Shine In  by Mark Tapscott

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Government Spending Gone Wild

  • As of February 10, 2006, the federal deficit had reached $8.2 trillion!

  • In Fiscal Year 2005 the US government ran up $352 BILLION JUST IN INTEREST ON THE NATIONAL DEBT.

  • So far in Fiscal Year 2006 the interest bill is over $153 billion.

  • What do those figures mean? The politicos rack up more in interest to be paid by the taxpayers than is spent on just the following 3 combined:  NASA is currently budgeted at $15 billion, Education at $61 billion, and the Department of Transportation at $56 billion.

  • A few examples of wasteful government spending from Taxpayers for Common Sense:

  • The National Endowment for the Humanities funded a study to determine why people lie, cheat, and behave rudely on the tennis court.

  • The Environmental Protection Agency kicked in $1 million to preserve an historical monument. The "monument" worth preserving? A Trenton, New Jersey sewer.

  • The Department of the Army funded a study that told the federal government how to buy a bottle of Worcestershire sauce.

  • The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism spent millions in an attempt to determine if drunken fish are more aggressive than sober fish. But wait a minute! To be fair, the study also asked the question: Are young rats more likely than mature rats to drink alcohol to reduce anxiety? And can drinking rats be turned into alcoholics?

  • The Big Dig -- a Massachusetts road-and-tunnel project -- was originally supposed to cost $2.5 billion -- a hefty sum. In 1991, sponsor Teddy Kennedy said on the floor of the Senate: "There is no intention of repeating or coming back for additional resources." But he did come back! Again and again. Last year, the estimate to complete the job -- $14.6 billion! And guess what! The tunnel already leaks!

The Heritage Foundation

When the Heritage Foundation and the Brookings Institution work together, opinion leaders take notice. A new joint proposal for "Auto IRAs" is making big waves.

The New York Times calls it simply "The Way To Save." Peter Orszag calls it "powerful and pragmatic." It is "The right proposal at the right time," says David Certner of AARP. As for action in Congress, "The sooner the better," writes one top financial columnist. The idea is a simple way to firm up retirement savings: automatically direct a portion of workers' paychecks to a low-cost IRA. The cost to the government would be modest and the burden on employers almost nothing. Increased savings, improved retirement security, and low costs: No wonder this idea is already gaining strong bipartisan support. Read Pursuing Universal Retirement Security Through Automatic IRAs (PDF link) by Mark Iwry and David John.

It is a common charge that spending cuts in programs for the poor pay for tax cuts for the rich. The numbers, however, do not support this claim.  “[The] people with the highest incomes are paying more of the tax burden while the poor are receiving more of the spending,” Brian Riedl writes. Indeed, antipoverty spending in 2004 grew to a record 16.3 percent of all federal spending. With the cost of entitlement programs set to skyrocket, it’s time to set aside the rhetoric and examine honestly America’s fiscal outlook.  “Given the long-term spending challenges America faces, it is time to analyze realistically which areas of federal spending are increasing, what the legitimate functions of the federal government are, and what is ultimately affordable,” Riedl writes.

Read The Myth of Spending Cuts for the Poor, Tax Cuts for the Rich by Brian Riedl

Follow the logic, if you can: The federal government is running deficits. The states are enjoying surpluses. And -- the federal government is shelling out billions to the states.  Hardly makes sense, yet that's exactly what's happening.

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Imagine, for a moment, you’re back in 2000. A visitor from the present day arrives and tells you that Washington is spending almost $22,000 per household, the most since World War II and one third higher than it was in 2001. Your reaction?  If you’re like most conservatives, you’d probably say, “I guess the liberals won.”

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Go to Take Action to support legislation that addresses the issue of wasteful government spending and send emails expressing your concerns.  Use the Write Congress button on the left if you wish to write now.  For greater impact, make a phone call!  When you enter your zip code you'll be given the contact information you need for the President, your senators and representative. 

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From the "Untied" Nations...

The UN Commission on Human Rights (including such stellar rights-protectors as China and the Sudan) released a report this week highly critical of Camp X-Ray, the U.S. terrorist detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The report argues that the war on terror isn't sufficient grounds for America to detain terror suspects (although the Commission remains silent on Sudan's right to hold 30,000 African slaves).

Based on a "thorough" investigation by four rapporteurs who interviewed former detainees, the Commission demands that all torture be halted, that the U.S. try or release the current crop of 520 guests, and that all responsible military and political officials be prosecuted immediately. CBS News reported that on-site visits were denied the rapporteurs, but U.S. officials insist the investigators rejected an invitation last year—lest, of course, they stumble across any evidence to the contrary.

U.S. officials, furious over the report, say it is little more than a regurgitation of baseless allegations made by the terrorist detainees' lawyers. We couldn't agree more, and we encourage the U.S. to withdraw from this worthless and corrupt world body. In the meantime, as the UN's watchdogs lick their chops, let's thank our lucky stars that Bill Clinton's assent to the International Criminal Court never passed muster in the Senate

The Heritage Foundation

UNESCO's Chavez Outrage  by Nile Gardiner and Stephen Johnson

The U.N. Human Rights Council Is Not Enough: Time for a New Approach to Human Rights  by Brett Schaefer

Renewing Welfare Reform  by Robert Rector

Spreading the Word by Helle Dale

At Last, Sanity on Terror  by Edwin Meese

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Wednesday 1 February 2006

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Visit the Patriot Post site and sign up for their informative conservative newsletter. Highly recommended!  WO:  A fine speech and commendable goals for 2006 and beyond.  Now let's see some action and positive results, sooner rather than later.  Accomplishing the agenda proposals would be more successful without partisan politics, politicians more concerned with themselves than the good of the nation, bureaucracy, red tape, endless debate, countless amendments, filibusters, stalling and similar childish nonsense on the part of egomaniacal members of both parties who want to be in the limelight and seek self-serving media coverage by being contentious rather than cooperating to achieve goals for the good of "we the people" so that we might more effectively engage in "the pursuit of happiness" as intended by the Founding Fathers.

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