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Your Inside View to the Strategies and Activities of the Conservative Movement in Washington Issue 105 * August 15, 1995 The National Center for Public Policy Research Amy Moritz, President 300 Eye Street N.E. Suite 3 * Washington, D.C. 20002 (202) 543-4110 * Fax (202) 543-5975 E-Mail: [email protected]

Activities at the August 9 Wednesday Strategy Lunch chaired by Dick Dingman of the Free Congress Foundation

Future of "No Welfare for Lobbyists" May Rest With Bob Dole

Marshall Wittmann of The Heritage Foundation reviewed prospects in the Senate for the MacIntosh/Istook/Ehrlich "No Welfare for Lobbyists" provision that passed the House August 4 as part of the Labor/HHS Appropriations Bill. Senate staff present reported that prospects for passage are "uphill" but will increase substantially if Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) is not appointed to the conference committee when the Labor/HHS bill eventually goes to conference. Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-KS), will make this decision, they said. Contact the Heritage Foundation at 202/546-4400.

Republicans Mull Over Changes to Medicare, Social Security; Medicare Report Distributed

Senator Paul Coverdell (R-GA) discussed Medicare & Social Security, saying: "The [country] needs a two-year debate over Social Security. Ask the people: What do you think the changes should or shouldn't be?," and then "do what the people want." A summary copy of President Clinton's Medicare Trustees' Report of 1995 was distributed by other participants. Contact Senator Coverdell's office at 202/224-3643.

Activities at the August 10 Stanton foreign affairs and defense meeting chaired by Laszlo Pasztor of Coalitions for America and Amy Moritz of The National Center for Public Policy Research.

Congress Told: If Completed, Castro's Faulty Chernobyl-Style Nuclear Reactors Risk 55 Million U.S. Lives

Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy alerted participants that a decision by the Castro government in Cuba to complete two flawed Chernobyl-style VVER-440 nuclear reactors 150 miles from the U.S. "bears not just close watching, but urgent action." If the project is completed and an accident occurs, up to 55 million Americans could be killed as a wave of lethal radiation could spread either across the southern U.S. from Florida to Texas or across the eastern seaboard from Florida to the mid-Atlantic, he said. Among potentially-fatal reactor flaws:

  1. an estimated 15-20% of the welds in the cooling systems are faulty (in the U.S. a single faulty weld results in a Nuclear Regulatory Commission-mandated shutdown);
  2. Russian sources say some of the Russian equipment being installed is faulty;
  3. equipment being installed was left outside and has corroded;
  4. design problems;
  5. an unreliable workforce;
  6. seismic instability.

Gaffney reported that Castro seems to want the U.S. to pay him a substantial sum not to complete the reactors, and outlined U.S. alternatives:

  1. import controls (block those European firms helping Castro finish the reactors from doing business with the U.S. unless they stop work on the reactors);
  2. pay blackmail to Castro;
  3. interdiction;
  4. risk the casualties.

The Center's Roger W. Robinson Jr., a member of the National Security Council in the Reagan Administration, testified about this August 1 before a House subcommittee, and a copy of his testimony and a summary press release are available. Contact Amir Morgan of the Center for Security Policy at 202/466-0515.

New Book by Author of New Lies for Old Takes Harsh View of Pace of Reform in Russia

Christopher Story, publisher of Britain-based foreign affairs newsletters and editor of The Perestroika Deception, a new book by Soviet/Russian intelligence expert Anatoliy Golitsyn (author of New Lies for Old), described The Perestroika Deception and provided a harsh assessment of the pace of reform in the former Soviet Union. The Perestroika Deception, a collection of Golitsyn's recent memorandums of advice to the CIA on dealing with Russia, is available for $29.50 from publisher Edward Harle Ltd. Contact Edward Harle Ltd. at 212/697-7212.

Author Highlights Corruption in Russian Economy; Seeks to "Build Bridges" for a Moral Renewal

Barbara von der Heydt of the Heritage Foundation, author of Heritage Committee Brief #13, "Corruption in Russia: No Democracy Without Morality," reported on the six years she spent interviewing 200 people who resisted the Iron Curtain from within during the Cold War. Von der Heydt described in detail the extreme corruption pervading the Russian economy; cases in which witnesses to corruption have been killed to silence them; the need for a moral renewal in Russia and a Heritage Foundation project to "build bridges between American conservatives and reformers and people of faith" in Russia. Contact the Heritage Foundation at 202/546-4400.

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Project 21 Applauds Governor Wilson's Lawsuit Opposing Unconstitutional Race & Gender Preference Polices

Members of the African-American leadership group Project 21 have endorsed California Governor Pete Wilson's decision to file a lawsuit August 10 charging that seven state agencies have been unconstitutionally practicing race and gender preference policies. Project 21 members call the lawsuit "a necessary step to eliminating racial preferences." Project 21 member Jonathan Leonard, a Los Angeles County Fire Commissioner, supports Wilson's determination to end racial preferences: "I applaud Governor Wilson's action because affirmative action has lost its meaning. Affirmative action must be restored back to its original intent which was to ensure equality of opportunity for everyone. Today, we have minority groups and women who have not suffered at the hands of slavery and legal segregation who are getting a free ride on the efforts of others. What began as a gesture to address the unique circumstance of black Americans has become a political entitlement for almost everyone." Project 21 member Charles House, Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Republican Central Committee says: "It's about time someone took the lead to move our country forward on this important, if not defining, issue of our time. The Governor should be commended for his principled stance on this sensitive issue. I support whole-heartedly his moral stance of not counting people by race." Contact Project 21 at 202/543-4110.

Group Says Resources to Regulate Tobacco Would be Better Spent Fighting Illegal Drug Use in Inner Cities

Members of the African-American leadership group Project 21 say President Clinton's decision to regulate tobacco is a misguided application of government power and resources that would be better spent combating illegal drug use and associated problems in the inner cities and elsewhere. Project 21 members point out that if the increases in cocaine, marijuana, and heroin use between 1992-94 continue at current trends, by 1996 President Clinton will have presided over the greatest increase in drug use in modern history. This includes sharp increases in illegal drug use among teenagers in 1994, despite sharp declines before 1992. Project 21 member and Georgia political activist Teresa Jeter-Chappell says: "I'm disturbed that the President has chosen big government again as the solution for solving the problem of teenage smoking. His actions are probably unconstitutional. It's one thing for the President to use his office as a bully pulpit, but another altogether to use it as a throne to issue yet another executive decree. I wish this President would devote as much energy to the substance abuse problem as he does the tobacco problem. Drugs like cocaine and heroin have a much more perverse effect on society than tobacco." The President's proposals included banning cigarette vending machines, sharp limits on tobacco advertising, and a government-mandated $150 million advertising campaign by tobacco companies to urge young people not to smoke. Contact Project 21 at 202/543-4110.

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