- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 30, 2009

SOME WELCOME

At 4:07 p.m. Tuesday, the front page of the Democratic National Committee Web site flashed the headline: “Welcoming Sen. Specter to the Democratic Party.”

“Earlier today, Senator Arlen Specter left the Republican Party and he is now a Democrat,” the DNC announced. “Help us welcome Sen. Specter. Post a comment.”

Twenty-four hours later, not one visitor to the widely-viewed DNC site saw fit to comment.

SO THAT’S IT

“The president approached me when he was Senator Obama, before the Democratic primary. And he said, ‘Tell me, Arlen, if a Jewish kid from Kansas can carry Pennsylvania, how can a black kid from Kansas carry Pennsylvania?’ And I gave him some advice, and he became, he became president of the United States of America.”

- Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter speaking Wednesday at the White House (the senator is now hoping he can win re-election as a Democrat, given he was trailing his Republican challenger Pat Toomey, a former Pennsylvania congressman, by a sizable margin in the polls).

SPARE A DIME?

The May 2009 Harper’s Index, not surprisingly, reflects heavily on the economic downturn in this country, including this pair of revealing eye-openers:

Percentage of all U.S. men over 20 who are now unemployed or not seeking work: 31

Estimated percentage of Bush administration political appointees who are currently unemployed: 70

NO HABLA INGLES

It will be revealed at the National Press Club on Thursday to what extent the lack of English proficiency is hurting the United States (actually, we’ll go ahead and disclose an estimated $65 billion in annual lost wages due to poor English speaking skills in America).

Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican, and event host ProEnglish will discuss a new Lexington Institute study on the value of English proficiency. The congressman will also provide an update on efforts to make English the official language of the federal government.

HABLA ESPANOL

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