- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 26, 2008

WHEN YOU’RE HOT

Just when we thought her star power was fading, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is getting another boost, via Sarah Palin Radio.

The program, which launched Monday (“Sarah Palin Appreciation Day,” coincidentally, as declared by the National Federation of Republican Women), is aired over the WS Radio network, the California-based world leader in Internet talk radio.

“This initiative is a medium for Governor Palin and her supporters across the country,” explains LaDonna Hale Curzon, executive producer of the program. “The governor will have a very dedicated, built-in audience anytime she wishes to come on the air.”

She notes that when Ronald Reagan lost his presidential bid to Gerald R. Ford in 1976, “he didn’t ride into the sunset. He kept his name alive with a weekly radio show. I think Sarah Palin is the female equivalent of Ronald Reagan, so why not follow his footsteps?”

The hour-long show is broadcast live every week and can be heard by downloading from the Web site Sarah Palin Radio.

DOUG’S DEALS

Detroit would sell more cars and American buyers would get tax breaks under some tempting legislation proposed by Colorado Rep. Doug Lamborn, who has opposed financial bailouts for the failing U.S. automakers.

“Instead of writing them a check, my bill could help them move inventory,” explains the Republican, whose bill would provide tax relief to Americans who purchase vehicles with final assembly in the United States.

Under the plan, the buyers would be eligible for a tax deduction of $10,000 with the purchase of a new U.S.-made automobile. The short-term stimulus would be made available for the balance of tax year 2008, 2009, and 2010.

“Thus, consumers would be incentivized to make a purchase now and help spur sales in the industry,” the congressman says.

‘RAKER-IN’

A pair of Republicans - Reps. Jeff Flake of Arizona and John Campbell of California - have sent a letter to the respective chairmen of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees requesting that earmarks secured by embattled Alaska Republican Sen. Ted Stevens during fiscal 2008 be reviewed before they are awarded.

Mr. Stevens, a pillar of the Senate for 40 years (he was described by the Los Angeles Times recently as Alaska’s “long-serving raker-in of federal money”) until losing his seat earlier this month, was recently convicted of seven felony corruption charges.

“Despite the fact that Senator Stevens was under indictment for corruption charges, his 39 earmarks worth $240 million received scant scrutiny this year,” noted Mr. Flake. “I would hope that his conviction spurs Congress to examine these earmarks more closely before they are awarded.”

And speaking of spurs, this closing swipe from the congressman: “If the Appropriations Committee isn’t interested in scrutinizing the earmarks of a convicted Senator, I think we can fairly conclude that the Appropriations Committee isn’t interested in scrutinizing earmarks at all.”

WILL’S 40TH

William Russel, dean of the Princeton Graduate School, will be hosting a reception for Washington-area graduate alumni Monday evening at F. Scott’s on 36th Street Northwest, featuring as the guest speaker Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George Will, class of 1968.

OFFICIAL VERSION

Stuff your turkey, Thanksgiving Day 2008 is now declared:

“NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 27, 2008, as a National Day of Thanksgiving. I encourage all Americans to gather together in their homes and places of worship with family, friends, and loved ones … ”

• John McCaslin can be reached at 202/636-3284 or e-mail John McCaslin.

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