Missing the story
Unlike Texas Gov. George W. Bush, for instance, [Vice President] Gore is never accused of winging facts or not understanding policy debates.
—Washington Post, Jan. 11, 2000
[Bill] Bradley’s assault on Gore’s integrity … underscores longstanding concerns—voiced by Gore’s own presidential campaign aides in 1988, according to memos obtained recently by the Boston Globe—that Gore has a predilection for embellishing facts to burnish his personal resume or professional accomplishments… In two memos to Gore in late 1987 and early 1988, his press secretary, and then his communications director, warned Gore that he had developed a reputation for stretching the truth.
—Boston Globe, Jan. 28, 2000
You’d think we’d be safer
Do you folks have any idea how many police departments can write traffic and parking tickets in the District of Columbia? I didn’t. The answer is kind of stupefying. At least 20 police agencies, including National Zoo police and U.S. Park Police visitor aides, may write parking tickets, and 11 departments may write moving violations in the city.
—“Dr. Gridlock” in the Washington Post, Dec. 2, 1999
ATF finds inner‐city gunowners aren’t stupid
Most of the nearly 3,000 weapons exchanged for a $100 bill during this summer’s gun amnesty program [in Washington] were about 15 years old, many were cheap revolvers barely worth $30 on the street, and none of the ones tested so far had been used to kill anyone, according to an analysis by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
—Washington Post, Dec. 16, 1999
When Gore and Bradley promise to bring Canadian health care to the U.S., do they mean patient by patient, nurse by nurse?
From Vancouver to Halifax, the complaint is the same: Not enough hospital beds. Not enough nurses. Not enough doctors. Not enough of the latest equipment that everyone seems to want or need.
In Quebec, they’ve sent more than 250 cancer patients over the border to the United States this year to get treatment and still there are 350 who have waited more than eight weeks for radiation or chemotherapy (waiting more than four weeks is considered medically risky).
And in Ontario, the waiting list for MRIs is so long that one Ontario resident booked himself into a private veterinary clinic that happened to have one of the machines, listing himself as “Fido.”
Residents flocking to Alberta often have to contact scores of doctors before they can find one who is accepting new patients, while the local nursing association has launched a program to lure back the 6,000 Canadian nurses who, largely out of frustration, have fled to the United States.
—Washington Post, Dec. 18, 1999
We have ways to make you
Gov. Parris N. Glendening declared yesterday that gun manufacturers’ claims that they cannot make a childproof handgun were “nonsense,”… during his State of the State Address. “Whether it is air bags or childproof aspirin bottles, we know the industry will not do what is right until we make them do what is right. And we can make them do it.”
—Washington Post, Jan. 20, 2000
Thank God for that. They can’t screw up ethanol
America may be plunging into a new global economy at warp speed, but the major presidential candidates would rather talk about ethanol subsidies than the future of the Internet.
—New York Times, Jan. 16, 2000
We’re all in this together, so rat on your neighbors
The D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue is inviting anonymous tips about tax cheating and has set up a hot line (toll‐free) and e‐mail site to receive them.
—Washington Post, Dec. 20, 1999
Recruiting for the welfare state
Despite the shortage of child‐care centers and preschools in Ventura County [Calif.], Head Start employees must recruit children to fill classrooms in several of their 16 schools.
Beginning next week, bilingual outreach workers will canvass neighborhoods, set up tables at public health clinics and visit local markets. And they will go door‐to‐door, trying to persuade low‐income parents to register their children for a Head Start preschool…
“Recruiting is necessary and exhaust‐ing,” [Sandra Estrada] said. “It’s hard to find people in this area. I’m worried about how I am going to find kids for next year.”
—Los Angeles Times, Jan. 15, 2000
This article originally appeared in the March/April 2000 edition of Cato Policy Report.