House Republican Leader Tom Cross will chair the Rudy Giuliani political effort in Illinois. Ron Gidwitz will be political co-chair and also head up the Illinois fund-raising for the former New York mayor.
At the same time, Steve Forbes (whom I supported for president initially in 2000 before George W. Bush) has endorsed Giuliani as the real fiscal conservative in the 2008 presidential race. Most Americans know that Giuliani cut crime and welfare in half in New York city, Forbes wrote in the Wall Street Journal recently. They know he improved the quality of life from Times Square to Coney Island and everywhere in between. And they witnessed his Churchillian leadership following the terrorist attacks on 9/11.
Less well known is the mayors fiscal record. Nonetheless, conservatives will find it impressive. He built New Yorks resurgence not just on fundamental police work but also on a foundation of fiscal discipline. He cut taxe sand the size of government and turned an inherited deficit into a multibillion dollar surplus.
[He] entered office in 1994 with a $2.3 billion deficit handed to him by his predecessor,Mayor David Dinkins. Liberal conventional wisdom held that the only way to close the gap was to raise taxes while cutting back on basic civic services such as sanitation. The new mayor rejected this advicein fact, he famously threw the report recommending tax hikes in the trash! Instead, he set out to restore fiscal discipline to the `ungovernable cityand achieved results that Reagan Republicans can applaud.
Forbes said that when Giuliani left office, New Yorkers had saved over $9 billion while enjoying their lowest tax burden in decades. The private sector which had been hemorrhaging hundreds of thousands of jobs in the years before he took office, produced over 423,000 new jobs. Meanwhile the unemployment rate was cut in half. Businesses responded to Mr. Giulianis reforms by returning to the center of city life. So when he talks about his belief in supply-side economics, its a plan he has already succeeded at putting in action
Rudy Giuliani can unite the Republican party and restore our traditional claim as the party of fiscal conservatism. He has already proven he can stand up to liberal special interest groups and achieve tax cuts, even with a Democrat-controlled City Council. Thats the kind of leadership we need in Washington. Thats the kind of leadership[ that will inspire the next generation of the Reagan Revolution. And thats why Americas Mayor should be Americas next president.
Tom Cross has been a fiscal conservative and Giulianis record is similar to the fiscal program Gidwitz espoused when he ran for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in 2006so its fitting that entrepreneur Gidwitz co-chairs the campaign for Giuliani in the state of Illinois.
In my March 13, 2007 blog entry (since removed from this website, including the archives) in this space, I made a number of statements regarding Body Worlds and its creator, Dr. Gunther von Hagens, based on my casual reading of various articles. My recollection was faulty and my entry was sloppy with the facts. A representative of Body Worlds has contactedme and ask that I set the record straight and I am happy to do so. I also want to offer my sincere apology to both my readers and to Body Worlds and Dr. von Hagens.
While I still have moral and aesthetic reservations about the show, that does not excuse getting the facts wrong. To set the record straight, Body Worlds representative has provided me with the following gfacts, all of which are available on the Body Worlds web site, www.bodyworlds.com .
o None of the bodies exhibited by Body Worlds are those of executed Chinese prisoners. In fact, none of them are from China. Courts in Germany have actually issued injunctions against claims about Body Worlds alleged use of executed Chinese prisoners.
o The bodies in Body Worlds exhibitions are those of individuals, who, through a unique body donation program founded by Dr. von Hagens in 1982, agreed during their lifetimes to will their bodies to Body Worlds. Most of the donors are of European origin, although there are now more than 325 donors from North America.
o Body Worlds has received the approval of ethics committees formed by the California Science Center (with the involvement of world-renowned ethicist Dr. Hans-Martin Sass of Georgetowns Kennedy Institute of Ethics) and Chicagos Museum of Science and Industry. Click here to review a copy of the report from the California Science Centers ethics committee.
Further, I have not met and should not have uncharitably speculated about the motivations of Body Worlds creator, Dr. von Hagens. As his representative informed me, Dr. von Hagens was once a political prisoner in the former East Gemany. His stated objective is to advance public understanding of anatomy, not personal enrichment.
In the future, I promise to exercise more caution for the facts and regarding my characterization of the motives of others which, are, ultimately known only to God.