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2001 Edition
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BUSH GIVES CUSHY PATRONAGE JOB TO PRO-ABORT CLINTON HOLDOVER

"Another Clinton Holdover Re-appointed by Bush - Franz Leichter, who served 30 years in the New York Legislature, has been re-appointed to a position on the Federal Housing Finance Board on which he already serves, having been appointed to the Board by Bill Clinton in 1999. According to the Swarthmore Bulletin, Leichter ‘exhibits pride when speaking of two legislative accomplishments that stand as bookends around his career. In 1970, a bill he introduced made New York the first state to legalize abortion. This was three years before the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision and an extremely controversial move at the time - especially for a newcomer. "It was just the right thing to do," says Leichter of his pioneering effort.’ " Source: Republican National Coalition for Life FaxNotes, P.O. Box 618, Alton, IL 62002, 11/2/01


BUSH’S "MEXICO CITY" ABORTION POLICY DEPENDS ON WHAT THE MEANING OF "IS" IS.
ABORTION AND ABORTION ADVOCACY WILL STILL BE FUNDED

Previously, your editor has pointed out that President G.W.B.’s decision to restore the Reagan "Mexico City" policy, limiting the provision of your tax dollars flowing to overseas population control organizations was less significant than assumed by many well-intentioned pro-life leaders, in that, while the Bush policy does limit the direct use of U.S. subsidies to perform and promote abortion, nonetheless, the pro-abortion recipient organizations still get the money to which they are not Constitutionally or morally entitled, with these funds available to offset their other expenses, so long as the U.S. Treasury dollars are assigned to a separate bank account.

Now, in reviewing the policy as enunciated in the Federal Register (Vol. 66, No. 61, Thursday, March 29, 2001) Presidential Documents, "Memorandum of March 28, 2001: Restoration of the Mexico City Policy" over the signature of President Bush, it is clear that this is even less a pro-life victory than first believed.

"FAMILY PLANNING": YES, "ABORTION": NO --- WITH EXCEPTIONS

GWB: "The Mexico City Policy announced by President Reagan in 1984 required foreign nongovernmental organizations to agree as a condition of their receipt of Federal funds for family planning activities that such organizations would neither perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations….

"It is my conviction that taxpayer funds appropriated pursuant to the Foreign Assistance Act should not be given to foreign nongovernmental organizations that perform abortions or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations…except as otherwise provided below...."

ABORTION FUNDING OK IF NOT "A METHOD OF FAMILY PLANNING"

"The recipient agrees that it will not furnish assistance for family planning under this award to any foreign nongovernmental organization that performs or actively promotes abortion as a method of family planning in USAID-recipient countries or that provides financial support to any other foreign nongovernmental organization that conducts such activities. For purposes of this paragraph (e), a foreign nongovernmental organization is a nongovernmental organization that is not organized under the laws of any State of the United States, the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. ..."

FUNDING OF "POST-ABORTION" CARE IS AUTHORIZED

"Abortion is a method of family planning when it is for the purpose of spacing births. This includes, but is not limited to, abortions performed for the physical or mental health of the mother, but does not include abortions performed if the life of the mother would be endangered if the fetus were carried to term or abortions performed following rape or incest (since abortion under these circumstances is not a family planning act)."

FUNDING OF POST-ABORTION SERVICES PERMITTED

"To perform abortions means to operate a facility where abortions are performed as a method of family planning. Excluded from this definition are clinics or hospitals that do not include abortion in their family planning programs. Also excluded from this definition is the treatment of injuries or illnesses caused by legal or illegal abortions, for example, post-abortion care. ..."

GWB: "SAFE, LEGAL ABORTION" REFERRAL IS PERMITTED

"([P]assively responding to a question regarding where a safe, legal abortion may be obtained is not considered active promotion if the question is specifically asked by a woman who is already pregnant, the woman clearly states that she has already decided to have a legal abortion, and the family planning counselor reasonably believes that the ethics of the medical profession in the country requires a response regarding where it may be obtained safely).…"

GWB OK’S ABORTION ADVOCACY IF "FAMILY PLANNING" PERSONNEL DO IT ON THEIR LUNCH HOUR

"Action by an individual acting in the individual’s capacity shall not be attributed to an organization with which the individual is associated, provided that the organization neither endorses nor provides financial support for the action and takes reasonable steps to ensure that the individual does not improperly represent that the individual is acting on behalf of the organization. ..."

SEPARATE BANK ACCOUNTS FOR ABORTION AND CONTRACEPTION

"The recipient may request USAID’s approval to treat as separate the family planning activities of two or more organizations, that would not be considered separate under the preceding sentence, if the recipient believes, and provides a written justification to USAID therefor, that the family planning activities of the organizations are sufficiently distinct so as to warrant not imputing the activity of one to the other."

ALL U.S. FUNDS MUST BE CLEANLY LAUNDERED

"Assistance for family planning may be furnished under this award by a recipient, subrecipient or sub-subrecipient to a foreign government even though the government includes abortion in its family planning program, provided that no assistance may be furnished in support of the abortion activity of the government and any funds transferred to the government shall be placed in a segregated account to ensure that such funds may not be used to support the abortion activity of the government."

DUBYA SAYS USAID SUBSIDIES WILL FUND CHILD-SPACING ABORTIONS

"The requirements of this paragraph are not applicable to child spacing assistance furnished to a foreign nongovernmental organization that is engaged primarily in providing health services if the objective of the assistance is to finance integrated health care services to mothers and children and child spacing is one of several health care services being provided by the organization as part of a larger child survival effort with the objective of reducing infant and child mortality."


BUSH HOMOSEXUALIZES HIS ADMINISTRATION

"Scott Evertz, President Bush’s appointment to head the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, has voiced opposition to the conservative moral positions of President Bush and the Republican Party, including legislation prohibiting the recognition of same-sex marriage."

DUBYA PROFESSES OPPOSITION TO "SAME SEX MARRIAGE" BUT HIRES AN ADVOCATE

"Evertz, an open homosexual, is a founding member and president of the Wisconsin chapter of the homosexual advocacy organization Log Cabin Republicans. He has been associated with various other homosexual advocacy organizations as well, including the Log Cabin Society and Amnesty International Members for Lesbian and Gay Concerns. …

"[W]hen Evertz was head of the Log Cabin Society, he opposed efforts by Wisconsin State Rep. Dean Kaufert to introduce a bill barring Wisconsin officials from recognizing counterfeit marriages that are legally recognized in other states. As reported in the Capital Times (Madison, Wis.), Evertz and other homosexual groups ‘blast[ed] the proposal,’ calling it ‘a waste of taxpayer time and money.’ Evertz lamented that ‘[t]he last time I checked, gay men and lesbians couldn’t even get married in this state.’ "

EVERTZ OPPOSES RIGHT OF CHRISTIANS TO DISASSOCIATE THEMSELVES FROM PERVERSION

"That same year, Evertz also led a session at the Amnesty International Regional Conference in Madison, in which he represented Amnesty International Members for Lesbian and Gay Concerns. According to the Capital Times, Evertz advised the audience ‘to use Wisconsin as a model in promoting gay rights around the world.’ In 1982, Wisconsin became the first state to enact statewide homosexual rights legislation that prohibits discrimination on the basis of ‘sexual orientation.’ "

SPECIAL STATUS FOR ANAL SEX PRACTITIONERS IN EXECUTIVE BRANCH

"The Log Cabin Republicans officially supports former President Clinton’s Executive Order 13087, which grants special status to government employees on the basis of their ‘sexual orientation.’ This places sexual behavior on a par with immutable characteristics such as race and national origin, as well as constitutionally protected freedoms such as religious belief. …"

USE OF FEDERAL EDUCATION DOLLARS FOR SAFE SODOMY SEX ED IS NOW BUSH AGENDA

"Evertz also opposes abstinence-only sex education to curb the spread of AIDS among teens. Evertz supports ‘safe sex’ instruction in public schools, which includes ‘counseling teens to use condoms if they choose to reject their parent’s [sic] advice.’ Public school ‘safe sex’ instruction has been criticized for exposing children to explicit and graphic discussion about sexuality issues such as homosexuality, which are often presented outside of a framework of moral and religious values."

CHRISTIAN LEADERS PROTEST IN VAIN TO THEIR MAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE

"Dr. James Dobson, President of Focus on the Family, criticized the appointment of an open homosexual to the White House AIDS office: ‘For the administration to appoint Mr. Evertz to this position is to advance a fundamental misunderstanding of what causes AIDS in this country. AIDS is primarily spread by promiscuous sexual behavior, and such behavior is rampant among male homosexuals. This appointment sends a disturbing message that the problem of AIDS can be resolved without dealing with the promiscuity of many in the homosexual life.’ " (Source: Family Research Council’s Culturefacts, 4/13/01)


BUSH BRAGS ABOUT BUDGET BOOSTS FOR UNCONSTITUTIONAL PROGRAMS

THE PRESIDENT: "Good morning. I’m discussing the budget we’re sending to the Hill today, with my Cabinet. It’s a budget that protects tax payers, protects children, protects our surplus. It represents compassionate conservatism. It’s a budget that sets priorities. It’s a budget that recognizes there are some good programs here in Washington that need to be funded.

"For example, the budget provides a $21 million increase for food safety programs, $1 billion increase for Pell Grants for low income students, $350 million increase for child care. We help children whose parents are in prison with a $67 million mentoring program. We increase funding available to prevent child abuse by 66 percent. We fight crime, $87 million increase for front line prosecutors. We give $75 million for project Child Safe, which is a program that provides gun safety locks for families." (Source: Transcript, White House Cabinet photo-session, 4/9/01)


BUSH POLICY BASED ON NIXON, CLINTON EXECUTIVE ORDERS PUSHING RACIAL AND ETHNIC QUOTAS

"There are three Executive Orders that support the provision of training grants to the educational institutions targeted in this priority area:

"(1) Executive Order 13021 of October 19, 1969....

"(2) Executive Order 12876 of November 1, 1993, Historically Black Colleges and Universities which requires strengthening the capacity of Historical Black Colleges and Universities to provide quality education and increased opportunities to participate in and benefit from Federal programs.

"(3) Executive Order 12900 of December 5, 1994, Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans that requires the provision of quality education and increased education and increased opportunities to participate in and benefit from Federal programs."

Is this any business of the Federal government anyway?

$305.6 BILLION IS TOTAL OF FEDERAL GRANTS TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

Of general interest in the HHS issuance is the observation of the Office of Management and Budget that "It is estimated that in 2001 the Federal Government will outlay $305.6 billion in grants to State and local governments" (Federal Register, 4/6/01, p. 18392), in effect making them agents of the Federal government, accountable to the Federal bureaucracy rather than to state and local citizens.


Excerpted from Howard Phillips Issues & Strategy Bulletin of February 28, 2001

CHENEY HIRES HUTCHISON WHAMPOA’S FOREIGN AGENT

In what could be a serious blow to the continuing campaign of The Conservative Caucus and allied organizations to restore a U.S. military presence in Panama and challenge control of port facilities at the Atlantic and Pacific sides of the Panama Canal by a company closely linked to the Chinese Communist government, Vice President Dick Cheney has hired Nancy Dorn to be a key member of his Capitol Hill staff.

As you will recall from previous editions of HPISB, Mrs. Dorn, whose husband was on the staff of Bob Dole, was previously hired to be national security adviser to GOP House Speaker Dennis Hastert, despite the fact that she had served as a registered foreign agent for the Chinese-controlled company, Hutchison Whampoa.

According to an article by Eric Schmitt in The New York Times (2/3/01, p. A8), "To help track Congress and tend to lawmakers’ needs, [Vice President Dick] Cheney has hired Nancy P. Dorn, [House Speaker Dennis] Hastert’s former foreign policy adviser...."


WOULD CONDI RICE AND COLIN POWELL BE "PRO-CHOICE" ON SLAVERY?

"Condoleeza Rice, Bush's much-expected pick as national security adviser, has described herself as ‘reluctantly pro-choice.’

" ‘What if I described myself as reluctantly pro-slavery?’ [Douglas] Scott [President of Life Decisions International] retorted. ‘I mean, we are all reluctant to make hard choices.’ ...

"Judie Brown of American Life League was blunt: ‘Bush's pro-life honeymoon will end in divorce. He passed up an enormous opportunity to say something profound in his acceptance speech.’ Instead, says Brown, ‘Gonzales as White House counsel is not pro-life. Rice is not held to a pro-life standard. Powell is pro-abortion. What is borne out in these appointments is that Bush is not truly pro-life. Presidents listen to their inner circle; Bush's actions contradict his rhetoric.’ Brown was particularly frustrated with Powell: ‘The Secretary of State is in agreement with population control. He will oversee population-control dollars.’ American foreign aid comes under the auspices of the secretary of state." Source: Mary Jo Anderson, WorldNetDaily.com, 12/22/00


LEST WE FORGET THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR NAFTA

Those Senators who voted to enact NAFTA in 1993 (Senate Roll Call no. 395, passed 61-38, 11/20/93), and who continue to serve in the U.S. Senate are:

Murkowski (R-Alaska), McCain (R-Ariz.), Dodd and Lieberman (D-Conn.), Biden (D-Del.), Graham (D-Fla.), Lugar (R-Ind.), Grassley (R-Iowa) and Harkin (D-Iowa), McConnell (R-Ky.), Breaux (D-La.), Kennedy and Kerry (D-Mass.), Cochran and Lott (R-Miss.), Bond (R-Mo.), Baucus (D-Mont.), Gregg (R-N.H.), Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Domenici (R-N.M.), Nickles (R-Okla.), Specter (R-Penn.), Daschle (D-S.D.), Gramm and Hutchison (R-Tex.), Bennett and Hatch (R-Utah), Leahy (D-Vt.) and Jeffords (R-Vt.), Warner (R-Va.), and Murray (D-Wash.).

Senate opponents of NAFTA still in office include:

Shelby (R-Ala.), Stevens (R-Alaska), Boxer and Feinstein (D-Calif.), Campbell (R-Colo.), Akaka and Inouye (D-Hawaii), Craig (R-Idaho), Mikulski and Sarbanes (D-Md.), Levin (D-Mich.), Wellstone (D-Minn.), Burns (R-Mont.), Reid (D-Nev.), Smith (R-N.H.), Helms (R-N.C.), Conrad (D-N.D.), Hollings (D-S.C.) and Thurmond (R-S.C.), Byrd and Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), and Feingold and Kohl (D-Wisc.).

November 15, 2000

ESTABLISHMENT REPUBLICAN CAMP-FOLLOWERS REDUCED THEIR POLICY STANDARDS TO THE LEVEL OF BUSH'S "BIG GOVERNMENT", "NEW WORLD ORDER" CONSERVATISM

Here are some of the Bush policy stances to which "establishment" Christians and conservatives gave their assent:

  • Permanent Most Favored Nation status for Communist China;
  • Continued membership in, and additional subsidies for, the United Nations;
  • Continued participation in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA);
  • Billions of dollars in additional funding for Federal intervention in education;
  • Hundreds of millions of dollars in annual subsidies for the Legal Services Corporation;
  • Increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts;
  • Massive annual increases in Federal taxes and spending;
  • Additional billions of dollars in foreign aid;
  • The $17.9 billion bailout of the International Monetary Fund (IMF);
  • Creation of FTAA (Free Trade Alliance of the Americas);
  • Unilateral destruction of a major portion of America's nuclear arsenal;
  • Extension of NATO to the borders of the former Soviet Union;
  • "Fast track" trade authority for the President;
  • Hundreds of millions of dollars in "AIDS education" subsidies to the homosexual movement;
  • Acquiescence in the distribution of RU-486 (the poison pill);
  • Refusal to acknowledge the personhood of the unborn;
  • No pro-life litmus test for Federal judges;
  • No effort to reverse Roe v. Wade, pending changes in public opinion;
  • Abortions permissible in cases of rape and incest;
  • Failure to support efforts to restore a U.S. military presence in Panama or to challenge Red Chinese control of the ports at both ends of the Panama Canal;
  • Opposition to setting a deadline for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Kosovo;
  • Increased government regulation and control of health care;
  • Additional, unconstitutional Federal land grabs;
  • Exception to the Second Amendment which would deny persons under the age of 21 the right to keep and bear arms and require trigger locks on home defense weapons;
  • Federal funding and regulation of "faith-based institutions";
  • and more.

EMBRACING CLINTON-GORE POLICIES IN A NEW SUIT OF CLOTHES

In deciding to support George Bush, Christian and conservative leaders were buying a continuation of Clinton-Gore policies with a Republican label.

Bush and Gore both favor some kind of gun control. Bush says he favors trigger locks. He says you should not be able to carry a weapon until you are 21. I do not know if he intended to disarm all of those members of the U.S. armed forces under the age of 21. He did not make that clear, but he, nonetheless, regards the Second Amendment as having exceptions.

Bush and Gore called each other liars about tax policy. This is one case where I can agree with both of them because neither one was, in fact, advocating a reduction in taxes. Each of them was advocating ways of rearranging the ways in which each year, more taxes are to be extracted from us. When they talk about "spending cuts", they are talking about reducing the increase in spending. When they say "tax cuts", they are really talking about reducing the increase in taxes.

In fact, since the Republicans gained control of Congress in 1994, our taxes have gone up from $1.3 trillion per year to $2 trillion per year, and spending at the Federal level has risen from $1.4 trillion annually to $2 trillion annually.

The Republicans agree with the Democrats on an expanded Federal role in education. Indeed, the Republicans have doubled Federal spending for the Department of Education since gaining control of Congress in 1994.

Both support socialized medicine. The Republicans rejected it when it was called "Hillary Care", but they voted for it when it was called the "Dole-Kennedy-Kassenbaum" bill and in other incremental ways.

On the question of abortion, Mr. Bush, like Mr. Gore, said he did not think there was anything he could do about the distribution of RU-486 and this, of course, manifests an extraordinary ignorance of his duties as President and as to the fact that, under the Constitution, regulatory agencies cannot legislate.

He said he would have no litmus test for judges. In Texas if there was a litmus test, it was apparently pro-abortion, given the decisions of his appointees against parental notification.

Bush, like Gore, supports Planned Parenthood funding.

Bush told Tim Russert that he would not support the overturn of Roe vs. Wade until there was a change in public sentiment. He supports abortion in the case of exceptions. He supports funding of the United Nations and its population control activities.

He refuses to assert the personhood of the unborn child, and he apparently intends to name as Secretary of State Colin Powell, who is 100 percent pro-abortion.


2000 Bush Watch

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