Issue 98 * June 26, 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]

* Limbaugh Calls Press Blackout of Democrat Strategy Memo a "Classic Example of Why We Here At Talk Radio Are the New Media"

Syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh has been questioning the priorities of "the mainstream press" in light of a near-total press blackout about a Senate Democrat political strategy memorandum given to the Rush Limbaugh Show after the memo was accidentally left at Neil's Liquor Store on Capitol Hill. The five-page memo contains recommendations such as: "[Polling by consultant Mark Mellman shows that] 55% think that lobbyists have made things worse and only 14% think that lobbyists have made things better. Therefore, we need to associate the GOP with lobbyists"; "The natural inclination for people is to think that the GOP wants to cut Medicare -- NOT to make it more efficient but to hurt the elderly. We need to exploit this"; "Corporate Welfare -- This works great individually, but not collectively, because each Senator is watching out for the corporations in his or her state"; and "Opportunities in the weeks ahead include regulatory reform -- We need to emphasize the GOP connection with lobbyists here -- 'The GOP is in bed with special interests.'" Speaking on his June 26 radio program, Limbaugh remarked: "The inside the Beltway crowd has become so accustomed to the way business is done that this isn't news to them... It's a result of being inside for so long that you become desensitized to what really is interesting to people or what is newsworthy. Ultimately, this memo, and the fact that I got it, the fact that I've shared its contents with you, and the fact that you consider it to be news is a classic example of why we here at talk radio are the new media because we are doing the mainstream press' job... If it were a Republican memo... and it had words in it like 'exploit' and words in it like 'we don't want the argument to be about Big Government versus Small Government because we'd lose' -- they'd find that news." Amy Moritz, President of The National Center for Public Policy Research, thinks Limbaugh has a good point: "In 1990, Newt Gingrich's GOPAC put out a manual including the suggestion that the word 'traitor' be applied to some Democrats -- and then GOPAC recalled the manual, thinking that it went too far. The existence of the GOPAC manual -- though not its volunatary recall -- was big news for the mainstream press in late 1994: four years later. Now that Senate Democrats have done something similar, the same press apparently doesn't think this kind of story warrants any coverage, even though this memo makes it clear that Senate Democrats are making policy decisions on political expediency rather than on the merits of each issue."

* Cartoons Paint Scientists/Businessmen as Bad Guys; Kids Told Business Intentionally Hurts Environment

The Center for Media & Public Affairs has released a 53-page report, "Doomsday Kids: Environmental Messages on Children's Television," which concludes that "doom and gloom pervade the environmental world of cartoons. Viewers are warned of looming crises which require swift intervention to save the planet from imminent destruction..." For the report, Center for Media & Public Affairs researchers studied the themes in 175 episodes of animated and live action children's programs. Among their findings: "most cartoon treatments of [environmental issues] were extremely simplistic"; "a majority of business figures are bad guys"; "Nearly three-quarters (73%) of scientists were bad guys"; "[Captain Planet] casts environmental damage as a goal [of business] in itself, rather than as an unintended consequence of human actions"; "programs failed to explore the real-life trade-offs between genuine human needs and environment conservation." A four-page executive summary and the full report are available. Contact John Sheehan at 202/223-2942.

* New Book By House Judiciary Chairman Examines Government's Ability to Take "Everything You Have Away" at a "Whim"

The Cato Institute has just published a new book by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Henry Hyde (R-IL), Forfeiting Our Property Rights: Is Your Property Safe From Seizure? According to Rep. Hyde, "Federal and state officials now have the power to seize your business, home, bank account, records, and personal property, all without indictment, hearing, or trial. Everything you have can be taken away at the whim of one or two federal or state officials operating in secret." Hyde traces the history of forfeiture back to medieval Europe and proposes reforms. For book orders, call 1-800-767-1241 ($19.95 cloth; $10.95 paper); for information about the Cato Institute call Anna McCollister at 202/789-5225; for media interviews with Rep. Hyde, call Sam Stratman at 202/225-4561.

* Think Tanks Offer Budget Information as Budget Debate Heats Up<

As the federal budget debate heats up, a variety of resources are available from conservative think tanks on budget issues: 1) The National Center for Public Policy Research will publish a weekly one-page budget fax newsletter, Budget Watch, until the FY 1996 budget is approved. 2) The Cato Institute has published a 358-page Handbook for Congress that comes highly recommended by House Budget Committee Chairman John Kasich. For copies/information/interviews contact the Cato Institute public affairs office at 202/789-5225. 3) The Heritage Foundation has published a 283-page book Rolling Back Government: A Budget Plan to Rebuild America, edited by Scott Hodge, which addresses the question 'what are the core functions of the federal government,' recommends the elimination of nine cabinet departments and proposes specific budget amounts and actions for hundreds of federal programs. The book is also available for purchase at $22.75 at 1-800-544-4843.

* New Book Offers Both Sides of School Prayer Debate By Man Who Ought to Know

William J. Murray, son of atheist leader Madalyn Murray O'Hair and a plaintiff in the 1963 Supreme Court decision that outlawed school prayer, has written a new book Let Us Pray: A Plea for Prayer in Our Schools. The book, timed to coincide with debate in Congress of an amendment to the Constitution to allow public religious expression, recounts the position of America's founding fathers on school prayer, reviews relevant Constitutional issues, explains how and why school prayer was eliminated and the present state of the school prayer debate. The book will be released by William Morrow and Company in September. Contact William Murray at 214/242-1198.

* Efforts To Eliminate the Office of Surgeon General Continue

Rep. Bob Dornan (R-CA), who has introduced legislation (H.R. 860) to eliminate the office of Surgeon General, is leading an effort to eliminate funding for the office of Surgeon General in the FY 1996 budget. Dornan recently circulated a letter -- also signed by nearly three dozen other Members of Congress -- to the full House, urging them to save the taxpayers $1.4 million annually by transferring the responsibilities of the Surgeon General (acting as a spokesperson on matters of public health) to officials of the Department of Health and Human Services. Contact Rep. Dornan's office at 202/225-2965.

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Issue 99 * June 28, 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 June 14 and 6 Wednesday Strategy Lunches chaired by Paul Weyrich & Dick Dingman of the Free Congress Foundation, Senator Paul Coverdell (R-GA), Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), and Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform. Sponsored by Coalitions for America.

* House and Senate to Consider Bill Increasing Parental Rights

Rep. Steve Largent (R-OK) reviewed his "Parental Rights and Responsibilities Act," and announced that Senator Charles Grassley (R-OK) has introduced a comparable bill in the Senate. Rep. Largent distributed information, including specific legal cases where he believes parental rights have been violated by the government and which his bill seeks to address, such as: a Massachusetts case where parents were not informed that their children would be required to attend a ninety-minute presentation by "Hot, Sexy and Safer Productions, Inc.," a so-called "group sexual experience" in which a child was told to lick a condom; an Illinois case in which a court rejected parents' protests against the state's practice of a) inspecting children with the children nude, b) warrantless searches of parents' homes in child abuse cases and c) the state's failure to implement a probable standard for investigations of child abuse; an Ohio case in which a court removed children from their mother's custody solely because she had chosen to conduct a legal home-school program. Twelve pages of information, including legislative summaries, more examples of parental rights cases, and the text of the bill are available. Contact Rep. Largent's office at 202/225-2211.

* AARP Operations and Senate Hearings Into AARP's Non-Profit Status Reviewed

Mike Korbey of the United Seniors Association distributed a 15-page report, "The AARP: Promoting Whose Interests?" written by Tom Holt, formerly of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and reviewed Senate hearings into AARP operations. Contact the United Seniors Association at 703/803-6747.

* Bi-Partisan Bill Would Put "Sunset" Provisions on Federal Regulations

Rep. John Mica (R-FL) reviewed the efforts of some in the Senate to weaken regulatory reform and his and Rep. Jim Chapman (D-TX)'s seven-year automatic "sunset" legislation for government regulations. This bill would force the government to review all regulations every seven years, and "stop driving business overseas," he said. Contact Rep. Mica's office at 202/225-4035.

* Cato & Heritage Jointly Suggest Federal Budget Recommendations

Steve Moore of the Cato Institute reviewed federal budget recommendations he and Dan Mitchell of the Heritage Foundation have made to the Congressional leadership. The recommendations, which are summarized in the June 26 National Review magazine, include: 1) Adopt the House tax cuts; 2) Follow the Senate approach of front-loading the spending cuts; 3) Don't cut programs -- kill them; 4) Implement sequester-enforced spending caps; 5) Impose party discipline.

* Religious Equality Amendment to Be Proposed

Rev. Lou Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition reported on the proposed "Religious Equality Amendment," the goal of which, he said, is to assure that wherever voluntary speech is allowed, religious speech also will be allowed. He cited the case of a real estate agent sued for having a religious symbol in an advertisement as an example of the type of situation the Amendment would address -- the Constitution should not ban a real estate agent from doing this, he said. Sheldon distributed a 4-page handout. Contact the Traditional Values Coalition at 714/520-0300.

* "Cost of Government Day" Falls on July 9 This Year

Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform distributed an 11-page handout on "Cost of Government Day," which, Norquist said, falls on July 9 in 1995. Contact Americans for Tax Reform at 202/785-0266.

* Ways to Insure Federal Election Commission's Objectivity Discussed

Senator Paul Coverdell (R-GA), Dick Dingman of the Free Congress Foundation and Morton Blackwell of the Leadership Institute discussed ways to insure the Federal Election Commission's objectivity and to insure that people who get involved in the political process don't have to spend large sums on legal help to protect themselves during FEC investigations of actions with which they were not associated.

* Proper Role of Combined Federal Campaign in Soliciting from Federal Employees Debated

Kris Ardizzone of Eagle Forum briefed participants on proposed changes to the Combined Federal Campaign (the system in which federal employees are encouraged, sometimes strongly, to contribute to charities) by Rep. John Mica (R-FL), Chairman of the House Civil Service Subcommittee. They would have the effect, she said, of removing National Right-to-Life from eligibility while leaving Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions & thus can be classified as a "health" charity, eligible. Dan Mitchell of the Heritage Foundation said that Mica's goal is to eliminate political groups from the Combined Federal Campaign. Gordon Jones of the Association of Concerned Taxpayers called for ending the Combined Federal Campaign entirely "on principle" to stop "the coercion of federal employees." Jones added: "Nobody who has worked for the federal government can possibly say these contributions are voluntary... You are helpless before your managers who are in charge of these drives."

* Effort to Dismantle Department of Commerce Reviewed

Rep. Dick Chrysler (R-MI) reviewed efforts to dismantle the Department of Commerce. Contact Rep. Chrysler's office at 202/225-4872.

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* Administration's Trade Deal With Japan Likened to "Failed Affirmative Action"

Members of the African-American leadership group Project 21 are publicly criticizing the trade deal with Japan announced June 28 by the Clinton Administration because, they say, the Administration's settlement with Japan has all the problems inherent in a quota-based affirmative action plan. According to the Associated Press, the deal calls for Japanese automakers to adopt Rvoluntary goalsS of 200 new American auto dealerships and a 50% increase in the purchase of auto parts over 3 years. Project 21 Members note that quotas tend to be a band-aid approach and do nothing to address the underlying problems impeding either international or local economic opportunity. As Project 21 Member Clarence Weaver, Chairman of the San Diego-based Committee to Restore America noted, RThe AdministrationUs brinkmanship trade policy is an attempt to force the Japanese into a quota-based American-style affirmative action program. As most Americans know, affirmative action is a failed policy that will only increase tensions between the two countries...S Contact Michael Session of Project 21 at 202/543-4110.

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Issue 100 * July 12, 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 June 28 and 21 Wednesday Strategy Lunches chaired by House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-TX), Rep. Ernest Istook (R-OK) and Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation.

* Bill Introduced To Mandate Cutting Congressional Pay If Federal Deficit Is Not Tamed

Jim Backlin of the staff of Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) reviewed the "Congressional Pay for Performance Act," which would reduce Congress' pay 1/2 of 1% for each $1 billion the actual deficit exceeds the deficit target established by the FY 1996 budget resolution. Rep. Bartlett says the goal of the bill is to force Members to "put their money where their mouths are" vis-a-vis the deficit. A three-page handout was distributed. Contact Susan Knight or Jim Backlin at 202/225-2721.

* Legal Services Corporation Sues Taxpayers With Taxpayer Funds; Should Be Defunded, Analysts Say

Peter Flaherty of the National Legal and Policy Center, House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-TX), Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation, Brian Lopina of the Christian Coalition and Marshall Wittmann of The Heritage Foundation discussed the U.S. government-funded Legal Services Corporation (LSC) and why they believe it should be both defunded and formally abolished. The LSC was formally established by Congress in 1974 to help the poor obtain legal services, but swiftly exhibited dedication to using taxpayer funding on behalf of an ambitious number of left-wing causes, many of which force the taxpayer to finance vast increases in government spending. (Examples: Suing the Social Security Administration to obtain benefits for a Chicago alcoholic drug addict on the basis that the addiction made the man too disabled to work; suing New Jersey because New Jersey does not increase welfare benefits if recipients have more children while on welfare on the basis that this restriction limits a woman's right to procreate; representing a convicted rapist in his suit for custody of a child he fathered by raping a 13-year-old girl; using the courts in an attempt to establish a U.S. Constitutional right to welfare; suing Georgia in an attempt to force that state to pay for sex-change operations; suing California for adopting a law that requires those seeking emergency services under Medicaid to disclose their immigration status; suing the Immigration and Naturalization Service because the INS required that resident aliens renew green cards issued before 1978 and charged a $70 fee; using taxpayer funds to train welfare recipients how to hide funds from state welfare boards that might reduce their eligibility; suing states on behalf of prisoners to demand nicer prisons; political activity to force public schools to educate illegal aliens.). The LSC's existence has a federal agency has not been formally authorized by Congress since 1977, yet $435 million is in the 1996 federal budget for LSC operations and lawsuits in FY 1996. The National Legal and Policy Center has available succinct Legal Services fact sheets obtainable by calling 703/847-3088. Citizens for a Sound Economy (202/783-3870) also has a two-page paper, Capitol Comment #120, available on the LSC, and the Family Research Council at 202/393-2100 and Eagle Forum at 202/544-0353 have recently issued press releases about it.

* Group Releases List of GOP Presidential Candidates Who Have Signed Pro-Life Pledge -- And Who Has Not

Sandy Tiller of the Republican National Coalition for Life (chaired by Phyllis Schlafly) reviewed the pro-life pledge her organization has asked all Republican presidential candidates to sign. Five have done so: Senator Phil Gramm, Pat Buchanan, Alan Keyes, Senator Richard Lugar and Rep. Bob Dornan. As of July 11 Senator Dole -- who was asked to sign two months ago -- had not done so. The text of the pledge reads: "Recognizing that the Republican Party was founded on the principle that no human being should be considered the property of another, I pledge my support for the 1996 re-adoption of the principled pro-life Plank in the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Republican National Platforms, which states in part: 'We believe the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.' I will vote for qualified pro-life Republicans at every level of our Government and Party." Contact the Republican National Coalition for Life at 202/544-9448.

* Senator Gramm Sponsors Bill to Outlaw Partial Birth Abortions

Matt Shimkis of the staff of Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX) reviewed S. 939, the Gramm/Smith "Partial Birth Abortion Ban Bill," which would outlaw "partial birth abortion" abortion procedures in which babies are delivered feet first, then stabbed in the base of the skull while their head remains in the birth canal and their brain tissue suctioned out. The procedure is used in second- and third-trimester abortions. Senator Gramm's office: 202/224-2934.

* Chabot Bill Gathers Over 100 Sponsors In Effort to Close Department of Education

Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) reviewed provisions of the "Back to Basics Education Reform Act," a bill with over 100 sponsors which would shut down the U.S. Department of Education (DOE), provide for no-strings (save that only 2% can be used for overhead) Elementary & Secondary Education block grants to the states and Post-Secondary Education block grants to institutions of higher education, repeal some federal education laws and transfer seven key DOE programs to various other federal departments. More information about the bill is available by contacting 202/225-2216.

* Move to End China's MFN Status Initiated

Jeff Fisher of the staff of Rep. Steve Stockman discussed H.R. 1849, Rep. Stockman's bill to remove the People's Republic of China's MFN status. Rep. Stockman's office: 202/225-6565.

* Anti-Terrorism Legislation Criticized

Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America discussed problems with the House version of anti-terrorism legislation and distributed information. Gun Owners of America can be contacted at 703/321-8585.

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* If You Liked the Smithsonian's Anti-U.S. Enola Gay Exhibit Plans, You'll Love Its "Science in American Life"

Is U.S. pre-eminence in science and technology actually a history of failures and horrors? The Smithsonian Museum apparently thinks so, based on the content of its $5 million permanent "Science in American Life" exhibit, which portrays America's scientific record as one of debacles like Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Silent Spring, Love Canal, Three Mile Island, and the Challenger explosion. Author and professor Christina Hoff Sommers has written about these and other abuses of science by America's cultural left in a July 10 op/ed in the Wall Street Journal. The piece includes numerous examples of the use of Department of Education and other taxpayer funds in anti-science programs. Sommers' 1994 book, Who Stole Feminism?, was recently released in paperback by Simon and Schuster. For additional information contact The National Center for Public Policy Research at 202/543-4110, or the offices of Simon and Schuster at 212/698-7250.

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Issue 101 * July 14, 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 July 13 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.

* Vietnam Veterans Respond to Clinton Administration's Normalization of Relations With Vietnam

Vietnam Veteran Col. Sam Dickens (USAF-Ret.) and Bonny Stilwell of the National Vietnam Veterans Coalition described, at times emotionally, the effect of President Clinton's decision to normalize relations with Vietnam on the resolution of the questions surrounding the fate of U.S. POWs/MIAs.

* Administration Moves to Make More Military Technology Available to PRC; Vietnam-PRC Relations Reviewed

Al Santoli (Vietnam veteran, journalist and author of several histories of the war in Vietnam) revealed to participants that President Clinton has lifted the ban on exporting cryptographic technology to the People's Republic of China (PRC), and distributed President Clinton's June 22 notification to the Senate on this. Santoli described the military uses of cryptographic technology and its potential for use in curbing internal political dissent (such as fax and Internet communications currently used by human rights groups within China). Santoli also reviewed new evidence of arms exports by the PRC and described Vietnam's role in facilitating the PRC's acquisition of new military-use technology, saying: "Anybody who thinks the Vietnamese are going to be our base against China are out of their minds... I wish conservatives would get off their duffs on [the intentions and relationship of the PRC and Vietnam] and stand up for democracy and freedom instead of for corporate dollars." Santoli described and favorably reviewed S. 34, a Senate bill to block U.S. funding to Vietnam until Vietnam accounts for U.S. POWs/MIAs, and urged support for it and a companion bill in the House being drafted by former POW Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), International Relations Committee Chairman Rep. Ben Gilman (R-NY), Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and others. Santoli also discussed the case of two Vietnamese-Americans who have been in a Vietnamese prison since 1993 because they tried to conduct a pro-democracy seminar in Vietnam. The case of these two Vietnamese-Americans has received no publicity, he said. Santoli has in the past briefed the Stanton Group on Vietnamese government crackdowns against Christians and Buddhists conducted because of the Vietnamese government's view that religious people tend to work for pro-democracy reforms. Information, including copies of President Clinton's June 22 notice to the U.S. Senate, are available. Contact Al Santoli at 703/255-6437.

* Are All U.S.-Run International Radio Broadcasts Pro-U.S.?

Mary Ciliberti with Local 1812 of the American Federation of Government Employees reviewed the at times anti-American content of some U.S. taxpayer-supported Radio Liberty broadcasts abroad, Senator Al D'Amato (R-NY)'s bill for a "Radio Free Iran," and other issues related to international broadcasting. Contact the American Federation of Government Employees at 301/622-0140.

* Group Revisits Wisdom of U.S. Embargo on Cuba

Lt. Gen. Bob Schweitzer (Ret.) of the U.S. Global Strategy Council reviewed the question: Should the U.S. embargo on Cuba be lifted? and gave several reasons why it may be wise to do so, though he said he and his organization had yet to reach a policy conclusion. Contact the U.S. Global Strategy Council at 202/466-6029.

* House Responds to Arrest of Human Rights Crusader Harry Wu in China; Information Kit Available

Laszlo Pastor of Coalitions for America distributed a 24-page information kit prepared by the House International Relations Committee's Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights on U.S. citizen and human rights advocate Harry Wu's arrest by the PRC. The kit contains news articles, statements by Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), House Resolution 178 (passed unanimously by the House June 29 calling for Wu's release), Congressional testimony by Wu on April 3, 1995 detailing PRC human rights abuses. For a copy by fax or mail contact Mike Auten at The National Center for Public Policy Research at 202/543-4110. For additional information on the case contact Chris Smith's office at 202/225-3765.

* Hey Harkin -- Whose Side Are You On, Anyway?

Stephanie Behrends of the Hans Siedel Foundation reviewed Senator Tom Harkin's (D-IA) intervention with the government of Vietnam to prevent Rep. Bob Dornan (R-CA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Military Personnel of the House National Security Committee and House staffer Paul Behrends from travelling to Vietnam to investigate POW/MIA reports. She also distributed a press release issued by Rep. Dana Rohrbacher (R-CA). Contact the Hans Siedel Foundation at 202/546-4744 or Rep. Rohrbacher's office at 202/225-2415.

* New Cuba Coalition Calls for Support of S. 381, Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act

The New Cuba Coalition distributed information in support of S. 381, "The Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act." Contact The New Cuba Coalition at 301/270-1159.

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* Project 21 Condemns ATF "Roundup"; Asks: Why Isn't the Left Critiicizing this Racist Event?

Members of the African-American leadership group Project 21 have condemned the role of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) agents in organizing the annual "Good O' Boys Roundup." At the most recent (May 18-20) "Roundup," shirts featuring a target over Martin Luther King's face were sold, and so-called "nigger hunting licenses" were issued. Project 21 Chairman Edmund Peterson said such actions by federal agents should not be tolerated: "Liberal black leaders have accused conservatives in Congress of racism for opposing group preferences, and favoring cuts in the rate of growth for social spending programs. Yet, when ATF uses one of their offices to help stage a spring gathering of law officials that resembles a KKK meeting, our so-called civil rights leaders are nowhere to be found. In the eyes of liberal leaders, it appears that modest increases (rather than huge increases) for school lunch programs pose a greater threat to black Americans than whites-only meetings of federal agents. I can only speculate that since there are no government funds at stake, the left is not interested in standing up against the intolerable actions of federal agents." Project 21 member Horace Cooper, Legislative Counsel for Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX), says he is not surprised by the silence of the black liberal leadership on the "Good O' Boys Roundup." "Since the ATF is a regulator of firearms, many liberals, who are gun-control advocates, believe the ATF serves a legitimate purpose. Liberal civil rights leaders are willing to criticize the ATF for discriminatory hiring and promotion practices, because such arguments support their call for preferential treatment for minorities. But if ATF violations of lawful conduct cannot be used to advance their liberal agenda, then civil rights leaders turn their heads because of their sympathies for the ATF's agenda. Demonstrating a lack of respect for American taxpayers and the liberties and concerns of all Americans, the ATF is begging Congress to stop it and stop it now. At the very least, Congress should hold hearings to investigate the extent to which ATF resources were used to stage the infamous 'Good O' Boys Roundup.'" For more information contact Project 21 at 202/543-4110.

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