- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 7, 2005

Left playing catch-up?

Inside Politics, compiled by Greg Pierce, starts off Thursday with the item “Left-wing network,” which I need to correct and discuss.

First the correction: Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Illinois Democrat, is wrong when she claims President Bush first changed the name of the estate tax to “death tax.” That distinction rightly belongs to President Reagan, who first used the term in a speech as far back as 1982.

For that matter, Rep. Christopher Cox, California Republican and lead sponsor of repeal legislation, notes that there were many references to “death taxes” in professional tax journals dating to the 1970s.

Credit for advancing the “death tax” tag should go to Jim Martin, a longtime activist who founded the 60 Plus Association. Mr. Martin brought the “death tax” phrase back into wider circulation starting in 1993.

Now the comment: Robert Borosage, co-director of the Campaign for America’s Future, tips his hat to the hard work the conservative community has performed for more than 30 years to develop what he claims “made Republicans the powerhouse they are now.” But I’m always left shaking my head at such spin. The liberal community has been allied with and supported by so many unions, so many foundations and so many personal fortunes. All have been enhanced by the compliant left-leaning media, that for far more than 30 years still find many in the conservative movement believing they’re only still in a catch-up mode.

ED FULGINITI

Communications director

60 Plus Association

Arlington

Restoring American jobs

I am pessimistic in answer to your question of whether future payroll growth will get better or worse (“Teeter-totter job growth,” Editorial, Sunday). The failure to maintain solid job growth this long after a recession can be blamed on our government’s enacting trade and immigration policies that replace American jobs with cheap foreign labor. Outsourcing/offshoring, H-1B visas and illegal immigration have undermined the American worker seeking myriad jobs.

The continual outsourcing of our manufacturing base is the most serious because it strips America of its industrial strength and there is no quick fix to reviving this loss of production capacity. Without a vibrant ability to produce goods, a robust increase in American jobs that pay well is nearly impossible, so a recession seems inevitable. Also, because of rising energy, commodity and import prices, stagflation is rearing its ugly head, which could result in a severe and long-lasting recession.

A recession will hurt the Republicans the most in future elections. By continuing to champion globalism and ignoring citizens, they are committing both economic and political suicide.

To avoid steep political losses in 2006 and loss of the presidency in 2008, Republicans need to focus on restoring American jobs by creating a vibrant business climate within our borders. Some suggestions are: To end our insane open-border policies, end H-1B visas, increase import tariffs (especially from Communist China), close tax loopholes for overseas companies, crack down on monopolies, reduce corporate taxes and costly regulations for U.S.-based companies, reduce bloated domestic spending and start becoming energy-independent.

LOU VENTICINQUE

Jamison, Pa.

Soros and America’s pastime

Regarding the article “Soros joining Ledecky group” (Sports, Thursday), and the letter “Smoked marijuana is not medicine” (Thursday), it is rare that a single day’s newspaper can bring both joy and anger at the same heights.

First, Dr. Robert L. DuPont’s eloquent letter laid out clearly why “Smoked marijuana is not medicine.” Then, in the Sports section, which I seldom read, the headline “Soros joining Ledecky group” jumped out at me like a cobra attacking its prey.

How can Jonathan Ledecky not know of George Soros’ nearly 10-year quest to legalize marijuana, which Dr. DuPont and I agree is our nation’s most dangerous drug? Why would he want our baseball team associated with someone who promotes that cause? It was October 1995 when I first confronted Mr. Soros at a Georgetown University forum. I had just learned of a multimillion-dollar “gift” from Mr. Soros to a group that boldly proclaimed their goal of marijuana legalization.

In April 1998, Reader’s Digest confirmed that Mr. Soros had given $6.4 million to a group called the Drug Policy Foundation. The group has since changed its name to the Drug Policy Alliance. The “foundation’s” idea of prevention was to develop a “safe crack-smoking kit.”Theaccompanying brochure, according to Insight magazine (December 1977), tells crack smokers: “Avoid cut lips … Have safer sex … Be careful with your stem or pipe.” There’s no mention of brain damage or addiction.

The Drug Policy Alliance is part of a legalization network that has introduced pro-drug bills in 23 state legislatures this year. Parents are opposing these efforts to purchase public policy in Rhode Island, New York and Connecticut. Mr. Soros has contributed an estimated $40 million to underwrite the cost of groups whose goal is to legalize drugs in one form or another.

We don’t need Mr. Soros contaminating America’s favorite sport. Let him take his toxic money elsewhere. We already have drug-sniffing dogs, metal detectors and guards in our schools trying to protect our children and grandchildren. A headline in this paper (March 6) announced, “Students want police inside D.C. schools.”

We have no multimillion-dollar counterpart to fight Mr. Soros, but we have heart and soul, and we will expend it all to protect the children that multibillionaire Mr. Soros doesn’t appear to value.

JOYCE NALEPKA

President

Drug-Free Kids: America’s Challenge

Silver Spring

Mexico and U.S. handouts

President Vicente Fox of Mexico has a new drum-beater attempting to convince us that more U.S. dollars and “cooperation” in creating jobs in Mexico will keep illegal aliens at home instead of committing crimes in the United States (“Mexico jobs may deter migration,” Nation, Friday). This new frontman, Gov. Eduardo Bours Castelo of Sonora, must have been exposed to the Sonoran sun for too long to really believe that.

Mr. Fox has found it easier to rob the U.S. Treasury by facilitating the movement of millions of illegals across his own border than to make the effort to build a thriving economy within Mexico.

Mr. Fox hails from a patronage system with rich dons at the top and peasants at the bottom. The system has not changed since the Spanish first arrived. To educate the peasants and provide them with gainful employment would be a serious threat to Mr. Fox and his elitist caste system. Educated people ask too many questions.

Why should we cooperate with a country that has, for all intents and purposes, declared war on the United States?

The Mexican government is an unfriendly power that has never been an ally. The Mexican government would rather exist as a parasite on the American taxpayer. Mr. Fox has no real reason to aid his own population when his counterpart in the Oval Office is writing blank checks to Mexico at the expense of every American citizen.

WILSON FARIS

Gaithersburg


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