"The taxing power of government must be used to provide revenues for legitimate government purposes. It must not be used to regulate the economy or bring about social change." President Ronald Reagan State of the Union message Feb.
SAN DIEGO -- It wasn't surprising that the Mexican government would hire an American public relations firm to improve its image in the United States. Nor was it surprising that Mexican President Vicente Fox tapped my friend, Dallas-based political consultant Rob Allyn, to be Mexico's goodwill ambassador. Allyn worked on Fox's 2000 presidential campaign, after which a Dallas magazine dubbed the consultant "Mr. Mexico." What was surprising was that a simple business deal would result in so many people becoming so unhinged.
It is time for the Republicans to stand up and permanently replace Tom DeLay as a party leader in the House. DeLay's legal difficulties are not about to end anytime soon, which hinders his leadership and damages the party's reputation. He had been awaiting trial in Texas on campaign money laundering charges. A Texas prosecutor subpoenaed records Thursday for a contribution to a nonprofit organization associated with DeLay and Jack Abramoff, a Republican lobbyist. Abramoff pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy and fraud in Florida and has agreed to testify for the government.
We are continuously bombarded with negative news about livestock in agriculture in this Northland. I wonder what causes it. Is it the cold weather that numbs the brain of our citizenship or is it the genetics of the people that live here? I just read an article in the Dec. 12 issued of FEEDSTUFFS magazine, and I would like to relate some of that article to you. State and local community leaders cheered Hilmar Cheese Co.'s announcement that it will build a new cheese plant in Dalhart, Texas, as it will bring thousands of jobs and dairy cattle to the region.
Rev. Dan Croonquist's letter (Public Forum, Nov. 30,), "(Sen. Dean) Johnson is a courageous leader" made me realize how unimportant the marriage amendment is to some people. What is more important than God's divine plan? When the state found out we had a budget surplus again, the statement was made that the legislators could change current law and spend it wherever they want. As a law professor stated, the marriage law we have now, "as well written as it is," is just a law or statute.
I would like to give my opinion on rebuilding New Orleans on its present site. This is a city that lies below sea level, which is adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico, which in turn is part of the ocean. It is a fact that we are experiencing global warming. The cause of global warming can be debated, but the cause is not pertinent to making my point. The ice glaciers are melting at an alarming rate. When this ice melts, it flows into the ocean, which will raise the sea level. The hurricane season is getting longer, which is increasing the number of them.
John McCain had a very good day this week. It occurred Tuesday when super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to various charges of corruption and when, across town, the Homeland Security Department announced it would henceforth depart from its customary procedure and award its anti-terrorism grants on the basis of merit. Here, in a single day, was Washington as McCain always said it was. It could make you sick. Abramoff, of course, is the very personification of the Washington McCain has long railed against.
It was refreshing to hear a new voice in the Public Forum recently, that of Jeffrey Ratliff-Crain, who "took the bait" that Brent Waldemarsen offered in his latest letter bemoaning the fact that the marriage amendment has not been brought to a public vote. Waldemarsen suggested that those of us who oppose bringing the marriage amendment to a public vote lack the basis for intelligent debate on the subject.
PORTSTEWART, N. IRELAND -- In America, the party out of power gets to respond when the president makes a major address. The outs try to contrast their viewpoint with the president on one or more issues, hoping to show their ideas are more worthy of voter consideration in the next election. Britain's new Conservative Party leader, David Cameron, has come up with a new scheme. He appears to be trying to identify with the philosophy and political tactics of the Labour Party and Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Minnesota needs to do more to prevent state driver's license numbers released by the Department of Public Safety from being utilized in check fraud and identity theft. The issue was highlighted Wednesday and Thursday by Attorney General Mike Hatch and Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Driver's license information is available under the Data Practices Act, Minnesota's primary freedom of information act. Under the law, the state is required to release driver's license information to allowed users.