- The Washington Times - Friday, April 19, 2002

Robin Hood vs. IRS
"Democrats are frequently heard making the Robin Hood analogy in reverse, claiming that the Bush administration's budget, including tax cuts and social spending restraint, would take from the poor and give to the rich. Leaving aside the detail that a tax cut allowing someone to keep more of his earnings is not 'giving' him anything that is not already his, the adoption of Robin Hood as the patron saint of liberalism cries out for correction. To the contrary, it is conservatives who should extol Mr. Hood as one of their own.
"Robin Hood's claim to fame was not that he took from the rich to give to the poor, but that he took from the tax collector and gave back to the people their own money. The central issue was overtaxation, and Robin Hood was most emphatically not on the side of the bureaucracy.
"The ultimate bad guy was Prince John, the very caricature of greedy, arrogant government; the proximate bad guy was the Sheriff of Nottingham, the ruthless enforcer whose audit strategy was even more intimidating than that of the IRS. The victims were the taxpayers whose property was confiscated to feed John's insatiable lust for higher revenues."
Andrew E. Busch, writing on "Liberals Have Robin Hood All Wrong," an April editorial from the Ashbrook Center for Public Policy at www.ashbrook.org

Copycat America
"[G]lobalization has become the main enemy for academics, journalists and political activists who loathe what they see as a trend toward cultural uniformity. Still, they usually regard global culture and American culture as synonymous. And they continue to insist that Hollywood, McDonald's and Disneyland are eradicating regional and local eccentricities.
"Despite those allegations, the cultural relationship between the United States and the rest of the world over the past 100 years has never been one-sided. On the contrary, the United States was, and continues to be, as much a consumer of foreign intellectual and artistic influences as it has been a shaper of the world's entertainment and tastes .
"American culture has spread throughout the world because it has incorporated foreign styles and ideas.
"Americans, after all, did not invent fast food, amusement parks or the movies. Before the Big Mac, there were fish and chips. Before Disneyland, there was Copenhagen's Tivoli Gardens (which Walt Disney used as a prototype for his first theme park, in Anaheim [Calif.], a model later re-exported to Tokyo and Paris)."
Richard Pells, writing on "American Culture Goes Global, or Does It?" in the April 12 issue of Chronicle of Higher Education

'Loony' theory
"When Rep. Cynthia McKinney made the asinine suggestion that President Bush was responsible for September 11, she surely never thought her allegations would travel far.
"After all, it's not as if the Georgia Democrat uttered her infamous remark on the House floor. Instead, she chose San Francisco's KPFA, the Pacifica radio station for Bay Area radicals.
"McKinney would soon become the target of national ridicule. Fellow Georgia Democrat Sen. Zell Miller described her conspiracy theory as 'loony,' as well as 'dangerous and irresponsible.' The congresswoman's hometown newspaper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, derided her as 'the most prominent nut' among conspiracy-peddling 'nut cases.'
"Sometimes, it's more than just loony or nutty to nuzzle up to the nation's enemies and recycle their rhetoric it's downright disloyal."
Chris Weinkopf, writing on "Cynthia McKinney: More Than Just Nutty," Wednesday in Front Page at www.frontpage-magazine.com


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