- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 17, 2013

A recent Bloomberg Government study reveals that Democratic congressional districts will be harder hit than Republican districts with the March 1 sequester. It stands to reason that conscientious Democrats might be leaping for compromise. Or maybe not.

“The Republican-led House has already voted twice to replace the president’s sequester with targeted spending cuts based on real budget priorities,” pointed out Rep. Martha Roby, Alabama Republican, in the weekly GOP address.

“Unfortunately, the Democratic-run Senate never acted on either bill. And, as the clock is ticking towards his devastating sequester, President Obama has failed to put forward a plan to prevent it. Why? Because President Obama and Senate Democrats see his sequester as an opportunity to push through another tax increase. If you’re feeling a sense of deja vu, you’re not alone. After all, the ink has barely dried on the tax hikes the president pushed through in January,” the lawmaker continues.

“No one in Washington should be talking about raising your taxes when the federal government is still spending billions of dollars on things like giving people free cellphones. And it is a shame that our commander in chief is using the military he leads as leverage in an ideological crusade for higher taxes. These games have got to stop.”

WASHINGTON SLEPT HERE

Oddly enough, four properties are for sale this week that George Washington either slept in or frequented. Listed among the condos and celebrity mansions, according to Toptenrealestatedeals.com:

Fairfield Manor: seven-bedroom, 8,400-square-foot stone home in Berryville, Va., built in 1768 for Warner Washington, a cousin. Price: $2.8 million, reduced from $3.9 million.

Spring Garden Tavern: Four-bedroom, 4,296-square-foot brick residence in Alexandria; Washington was once a patron, including his last Fourth of July in 1798. Price: $4.2 million.

Green House: Eight-bedroom, 5,400-square foot house built in 1786 in West Sayille, N.Y.; local historians confirm the local Green family hosted Washington in 1790. Price: $1.2 million.

Fowler Homestead: Five-bedroom, 5,500-square-foot home built in 1740 in Brewster, N.Y.; Washington stayed here frequently during the Revolutionary War, and also conducted a court-martial here in 1780. Price: $475,000.

IT’S ALL IN THE PITCH

If he wants to ban or tax plastic bags and sugar-charged sodas, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg needs to switch his role from nanny to marketer. The public often frowns on meddlesome legislation fraught with agenda and/or political correctness. But couch those proposals in something helpful, and public attitude shifts:

“When voters statewide are initially asked their opinion of the idea of taxing the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages, more are opposed (53 percent) than in favor (40 percent),” says a new Field Poll of California voters released Friday. “However, support increases dramatically (68 percent in favor vs. 29 percent opposed) if proceeds from the tax are used to improve school nutrition and physical activity programs.”

PRESIDENTS OF YORE

So President Obama goes to Florida for celebrity golf and such on Presidents Day. Well, OK. It’s a federal holiday. But styles change. Witness an allegory of life as it once was in the nation’s capital, from the White House Cookbook, written in 1887 by then-White House steward Hugo Zeimann and one Mrs. F.L. Gillette. Here is their suggested dinner menu for the grand occasion of George Washington’s birthday 126 years ago:

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