[Fwd: [sixties-l] Re: Makah Whaling Update (June 18,2000: Your tax

Michael Hoover hoov at SPAMfreenet.tlh.fl.us
Wed Jun 21 07:04:13 MDT 2000

> Does anyone know anything about the "Citizens Against
> Government Waste (CAGW)"?
> Carrol

Below is quite telling when read against grain.  Example of how
so-called 'public interest' groups are not just for liberals anymore.
Folks like to cite Naderite PIRGS Common Cause (which bills
itself as 'national citizens' lobby) and other groups that have
origins in 'new politics' of late 1960s/early 1970s but CAGW is
indication that 'citizens' groups can fit what E. E. Schattschneider -
no marxist, advocate of multi-party democracy who was identified with
conflict theory (type of facile category that permeates US political/social
science) - called 'flaw in pluralist heaven': 'heavenly chorus sings
with a strong upper class scent.'

Whether liberal or conservative, pressure groups exaggerate size &
unanimity of membership, have few if any means for rank-and-file
(dues payers) to hold leadership accountable, and reduce politics to
narrow, minoritarian special interests.  Michael Hoover (practicing
political scientist, place smiley mark here)

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) is a 600,000 member, private,
non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to educating Americans
about the waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in the federal
government. Founded in 1984 by the late industrialist J. Peter Grace
and syndicated columnist Jack Anderson, CAGW is the legacy of the
Presidents Private Sector Survey on Cost Control, also known as the Grace

In 1982, President Reagan directed the Grace Commission to "work like
tireless bloodhounds to root out government inefficiency and waste of tax
dollars." For two years, 161 corporate executives and community leaders led
an army of 2,000 volunteers on a waste hunt through the federal government.
The search was funded entirely by voluntary contributions of $76 million
from the private sector; it cost taxpayers nothing. The Grace Commission
made 2,478 recommendations which, if implemented, would save $424.4 billion
over three years, an average of $141.5 billion a year  all without
eliminating essential services.

The 47 volumes and 21,000 pages of the Grace Report constitute a vision of
an efficient, well-managed government that is accountable to the taxpayers.
CAGW has worked to make that vision a reality and, in a little over a decade,
has helped save taxpayers $486 billion through implementation of Grace
Commission findings and other recommendations.

Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole has stated, "CAGW researches
and identifies the most blatant waste in government and shows how it
can be eliminated. CAGW has a long and successful record of winning
major cuts in wasteful spending without sacrificing Americas defenses."

House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Christopher Cox (R-Calif.) went
even further: "CAGW has fought side-by-side with us for welfare reform and
massive cuts in wasteful spending to shrink the size of government and the
deficit." Rep. Cox called CAGW "the premier waste-fighting organization in

CAGWs membership has grown from 5,000 members in February 1988 to
600,000 today. This phenomenal growth is the result of the taxpayers
increasing frustration with the squandering of their hard-earned money
in the nations capital.

CAGW is nationally recognized as the source of information on government
waste. CAGW representatives appear frequently on commercial and public
television, radio talk shows, and in print.

CAGW produces numerous publications highlighting wasteful government
spending. Government WasteWatch is the groups quarterly newspaper,
which is distributed to members of CAGW, members of Congress, and
members of the media nationwide. The annual Congressional Pig Book
Summary is the famous exposi of the most glaring and irresponsible
uses of taxpayer dollars for pork-barrel spending. CAGWs lobbying arm, the
Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, tabulates its annual
Congressional Ratings, measuring the willingness of each member of Congress
to fight government waste and reduce the federal deficit.

) Citizens Against Government Waste | 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 400,
Washington, DC 20036 | 1-800-BE-ANGRY

> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [sixties-l] Re: Makah Whaling Update (June 18,2000: Your tax
> dollars at work)
> Date: Sun, 18 Jun 2000 21:02:26 -0700
> From: Joe McDonald <joe at countryjoe.com>
> Reply-To: sixties-l at lists.village.virginia.edu
> Organization: Acme Music
> To: sixties-l at lists.village.virginia.edu
> References: <002401bfd94c$7c373d00$8144433f at jonathop>
> fyi, for the past two weeks a running battle has taken place between the
> Makah
> Native American Tribe, the US Coast Guard ordered to protect them and
> pro whale
> defenders, resulting in a hospitalized protester and many demonstrations
> and
> confrontations.  A judicial ruling a few days ago reversed the ruling
> that
> allowed the Makah to hunt whales in violation of the International
> Whaling
> Commission.  Here is the latest info:   enjoy , cheers, country joe
> mcdonald
> For further information and several web sites related to this issue
> visit my
> home page at <http://www.countryjoe.com>
> Dan Spomer wrote:
> > =====  A message from the 'makahwhaling' discussion list  =====
> >
> > -------------------------------------------------
> >
> > Sekiu, WA: 10:25am PDT
> >
> > We are pleased to bring you the results of the investigation launched by
> > Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), a 600,000 member, private,
> > non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to educating Americans about
> > the waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in the federal government.
> >
> > It is our opinion that the following article may be one of the most
> > important ever generated on the Makah whaling issue, and we encourage you to
> > contact CAGW to thank them for their involvement! (www.cagw.org) Be SURE to
> > contact your congressional representatives with this information and DEMAND
> > they halt any further hunting NOW! Further information is available at
> > www.stopwhalekill.org
> >
> > As taxpayers, you will be less than amused with what you are about to
> > read...
> > *****
> >
> > ------------------------------------------
> > By Kerrie N. Rezac
> > (June, 2000 'WasteWatcher,' CAGW's official newsletter)
> >
> > Whether you are Tevye, the lead in the musical Fiddler on the Roof, or a
> > member of an American Indian tribe trying to resurrect a long forgotten
> > hunting custom, you have to know that some traditions just arent worth
> > keeping.  Especially if they cost the taxpayers $5 million.
> >
> > While cutting back on normal operations (such as ticketing drunken boaters
> > and arresting drug smugglers) due to increasing oil prices, the Coast Guard
> > is spending $11,550 an hour to help the Makah Indian Tribe of Washington
> > resurrect a tradition.  Ironically, Coast Guard spokesman John ODell has
> > remarked, If it is not a life-threatening situation, we have to ask how
> > much involvement from the Coast Guard there should be.  Apparently the
> > rules change if the Clinton-Gore administration wants something.
> >
> > In Neah Bay, Wash., the federal government has doled out almost $5 million
> > to help the Makah Indian Tribe resurrect the tradition of hunting gray
> > whales.  But the Makah hunt is not a tradition at all.  Unlike 21st century
> > Makah, earlier Makah did not wear Nikes and Adidas and use automatic rifles
> > on their hunts.  The early tribesmen certainly did not get government
> > funding for their hunting.  Their sense of pride came from having conducted
> > the hunt themselves.
> >
> > The current situation no doubt has the Makahs ancestors rolling in their
> > burial mounds.  The federal government spent $200,000 just to obtain
> > permission for the hunt from the International Whaling Commission (IWC).
> > Uncle Sam also spent $735,000 to show members of the tribe how to kill and
> > eat their prey.  And then there are the Coast Guard escorts who watched the
> > hunters do cannonballs off the sides of their canoe for three hours.  All
> > in order to restore a sense of culture in the tribes children.
> >
> > After the gray whale was taken off the Endangered Species List in 1994, the
> > Makah requested the governments assistance in resurrecting their
> > tradition.  The tribe made their appeal under an 1855 treaty in which the
> > U.S. government agreed not to interfere with Makah tradition.  So far, no
> > one has stopped to consider whether a federal handout is, by its very
> > definition, government interference and a violation of the 145-year-old
> > pact.
> >
> > Further, the Makah accepted the wampum despite the fact that the tribe had
> > voluntarily given up whaling early in the 20th century and, in the 1970s, a
> > tribal council decided against resurrecting the whaling tradition.  Many of
> > the tribes elders (including one woman who was fired from her job after she
> > spoke out against whaling) still believe the hunt is unnecessary.
> >
> > In order to kill the whales legally, the Makah first had to gain permission
> > from the IWC.  And so a federal spending spree began (despite the fact that
> > 43 congressmen signed a petition against sanctioning the hunt). The tribe
> > received $200,000 for 15 tribesmen and their lawyer to attend the 1997 IWC
> > conference in Monaco.  The IWC limits whaling rights to cultures that
> > depend on the whale for subsistence or that have a long, unbroken whaling
> > tradition.  The Makah needed to convince the IWC that they fell into one of
> > these categories.
> >
> > The Makah and their lawyers failed in this endeavor.  The Oct. 23, 1997, IWC
> > decision, which supposedly allows the Makah tribe to kill four whales per
> > year, never mentions the tribe by name.  The IWC decision not to sanction
> > the Makah hunt makes sense, since the tribe does not depend on the whale for
> > subsistence and their cultural tradition was voluntarily abandoned twice.
> > But the intrepid Makah whalers had no need to worry  the pale faces in
> > Washington would cook up a deal.
> >
> > The government struck a understanding, outside formal IWC discussions, with
> > Russian and American aboriginal tribes.  (The tribes practices have long
> > been sanctioned by the IWC because the whale is the main source of food and
> > income for these tribes.)  In a deal with these tribes, the Makah were given
> > 4 of the 120 whales that the tribes are allotted annually by the IWC.  It is
> > this agreement, and not the language of the IWC decision, that gives the
> > Makah the permission for their hunt.
> >
> > Spending on the Makah did not stop after the pow-wow in Morocco.  The
> > government also gave the Makah:
> >
> > $300,000 for a grant to prepare for the hunt, because the tribe had given
> > up whaling almost a century earlier and there was no one left in the tribe
> > who actually knew how to hunt whales;
> >
> > $435,000 for a grant to teach the tribe how to eat the whale meat;
> >
> > $335,000 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the
> > National Marine Fisheries Service  to ensure that domestic and international
> > whaling laws are followed (although it appears that the government has
> > already skirted around the IWC law);
> >
> > $87,000 directly from the Bureau of Indian Affairs for the hunt; and
> >
> > $13,910 from the U.S. Marshalls Office for Operation Harpoon.
> >
> > Nor did the federal governments spending spree cease when the Makah entered
> > the water, even though almost $1 million had already been spent.  The
> > federal and local governments also dipped into taxpayers pockets to make
> > sure the Makah were not disturbed by protesters.  Therefore:
> >
> > $751,295 was spent for the National Guard and FBI to monitor anti-whalers at
> > the 1998 Makah Days celebration (not one anti-whaler showed up, so the
> > federal delegation watched ceremonial dances);
> >
> > Approximately $50,000, including a $10,000 grant from the federal
> > government, was used by the Clallam County Sheriff to prepare for the
> > whaling events and the phantom anti-whalers;
> >
> > $924,000 was used for Coast Guard escorts for the spring 2000 hunt at
> > $11,550 per hour (the fall 1998 and spring and fall 1999 hunts were also
> > provided Coast Guard escorts; and
> >
> > $44,800 was spent on legal fees during Metcalf v. Daley, which questioned
> > the environmental impact of the hunt.
> >
> > While the government was being so generous with taxpayers dollars, two
> > Clallam County Prison workers, who also happen to be Makah Indians, were
> > arrested for using prison equipment to make whaling tools.  One female
> > protester was run over on her jet ski while the Coast Guard was patrolling
> > the waters with the Makah.
> >
> > The tribe, whose members do not pay taxes, is having a whale of a time with
> > federal tax dollars.  They have hired a Beltway-based public relations firm
> > to help with the tribes image.  It shouldnt be difficult for the Makah
> > to find the means to pay for these services since the government has already
> > given them millions.  The tribe spent $100,000 of their government funds for
> > a potlatch party to celebrate their 1999 catch.  Who would throw a $100,000
> > party for less than 70 people?  The same people who would spend $640 on a
> > toilet seat:  the federal government.
> >
> > As Tevye learned in Fiddler on the Roof, traditions disappear.  But in this
> > particular case, it is our tax dollars that are disappearing  far faster
> > than any whaling tradition of the Makah.
> > *****
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