January 25, 2008

From the Desk of Phil Burress
President of Citizens for Community Values
Citizens’ E-Courier · January 25, 2008

Moratorium on Earmarks:
A Worthwhile proposal!

When the Republican Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives gathers at West Virginia’s Greenbrier Resort this weekend for their annual retreat, “earmarks” will be a hot topic.

A trio of fiscally responsible representatives – Mike Pence (R-Ind.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) – have made a bold proposal:   Institute a year-long moratorium on congressional earmarks.

There is no doubt that the idea will meet resistance from many of their colleagues, who obviously remain convinced that their political survival is contingent upon directing appropriations to their districts.

Minority Leader John Boehner, of West Chester, Ohio, on the other hand, most assuredly will support the proposal.
Boehner is living proof that an addiction to pork is not a pre-requisite to political success.  Since entering Congress in 1993, he has never requested an earmark.

Another measure that Rep. Boehner could take to help restore fiscal responsibility to Congress would be to appoint an earmark resister, such as Rep. Flake, to a vacant Republican seat in the House Appropriations Committee.  Our partner on the hill, Family Research Council, advises that Boehner is under considerable pressure to support Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.), a social liberal with no record of opposing earmarks, to the vacancy.

Please take a moment to click on the link below to send a message to Rep. John Boehner to encourage him to appoint Jeff Flak or another pork fighter to the open seat on the House Appropriations Committee.

Warren County Ohio Launches Cyber Task Force

Kudos to Warren County Prosecutor Rachel Hutzel and County Commissioner Dave Young for caring about the safety of our children.

They confirmed their concern again this week when they announced the launching of a Cyber Crime Task Force.

Hutzel, who is recognized as a relentless prosecutor of child predators and sex abusers, said that the task force would provide law enforcement officials throughout the county a better way to “patrol online” for predators who contact children on Internet chat rooms and try to meet them for sex.

“Those children are out there, alone, online in that virtual world,” said Hutzel.  “Their parents think they are safe – and they are not.”

In spite of almost nightly local news reports as well as major network reports exposing child online predators, many parents still feel that their children are safe.

Young, who led the effort to get county commissioners to set aside the funds necessary for the task force, noted that parents would be alarmed if an adult stranger approached their children on the street or called on the phone.

“But”, he said, “we let these predators come into our house (via computer) and sit and talk to our children for hours at a time.”

To learn what other measures you can take to protect the children under your care from online predators and pornographic Web sites, visit CCV’s Web site.