- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Dealing with Bush

“We’ve also got the baby boom generation coming along. Those people born in 1946 and after. President Bush was born in 1946. He’s part of the problem.”

Vice President Dick Cheney, at a town hall meeting this week on strengthening Social Security

Reagan return

Final preparations are under way for Wednesday’s national dinner at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, celebrating the life and accomplishments of former first lady Nancy Reagan.

Vice President Dick Cheney will address the many admirers of Mrs. Reagan, while President and Mrs. Bush will be honorary co-chairmen of the special tribute, which the former first lady will attend.

Meanwhile, Democratic as well as Republican leaders of the House and Senate, who have found little to agree about in this 109th Congress, will join together at the dinner.

As for entertainment, morningtelevision host Diane Sawyer will serve as mistress of ceremonies, with special performances by Tony Bennett and Ronan Tynan — the latter is a popular Irish tenor, most famous for his stirring renditions of “God Bless America” at Yankee Stadium in New York.

Snooze, we lose

Let’s hear it for empires — or so we will hear at an intriguing book forum Tuesday at the American Enterprise Institute, as economist Deepak Lal has written “In Praise of Empires: Globalization and Order.”

Mr. Lal argues that empires have played a decisive role throughout history in providing the political stability essential to economic and social progress.

“If the U.S. public does not recognize the imperial burden that history has thrust upon it, or is unwilling to bear it, the world will continue to muddle along as it has for the past century — with hesitant advances, punctuated by various alarms and by periods of backsliding in the wholly beneficial processes of globalization,” he says.

“Perhaps, if the United States is unwilling to shoulder the imperial burden of maintaining the global Pax, we will have to wait for one or the other of the emerging imperial states — China and India — to do so in the future.”

Redder blues

Don’t look now, but that’s red ink pouring into the blue states.

The National Taxpayers Union Foundation is preparing to release its 108th Congress BillTally study, which computes a “net annual agenda” for each member based on his or her individual sponsorship or co-sponsorship of pending legislation.

Except this year, the tax-watchdog group compared legislative sponsorships to the results of the 2004 presidential election, finding that representatives from blue states, whose electoral votes went for Democrat Sen. John Kerry, advocated more than twice as much spending ($368 billion) as those representing red states ($173 billion), which favored President Bush.

Senators from blue states sought nearly three times as much spending as those from red states — $158 billion to $55 billion.

Not forgotten

Congress, by resolution, salutes World War II veterans in recognizing this weekend’s 60th anniversary of Victory in Europe (V-E) Day:

Whereas on May 7, 1945, at Gen. Dwight Eisenhower’s headquarters in Reims, France, a representative of the German High Command signed the document of surrender, unconditionally surrendering all air, land and sea forces to the Allies on May 8, ending the war in Europe;

Whereas V-E Day was a day for which millions had worked and fought and prayed and died during that terrible war;

Whereas this day marked the end of six years of misery, suffering, courage and endurance across the world;

Resolved, that the House of Representatives … joins with a grateful nation in expressing respect and appreciation to the men and women who served in the European theater during World War II, and remembers and pays tribute to those Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their life for their country.”

John McCaslin, whose column is nationally syndicated, can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslin@washingtontimes.com.

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