- The Washington Times - Friday, October 6, 2000

Signed Tipper

As if Al Gore and his Democratic cohorts haven't already raised enough campaign currency in their party's bid to retain the White House and retake Capitol Hill, the Democratic National Committee on Thursday is holding an unprecedented live auction of some rather unusual art masterpieces.
Well, masterpieces of a sort.
At 40 Wall Street in New York, rare works by "famous artists" Tipper Gore and Yoko Ono will go to the highest bidder.
Actually, there are 50 or so artists, Andy Warhol and Annie Liebovitz among the renowned, whose works have been donated in hopes of electing Democrats to national office.
A number of celebrities also are offering their services. Tony Randall is willing to be the butler for a private dinner party, author E.L. Doctorow wants to lead a walking tour of New York, and actor Martin Sheen, who plays the president on the hit TV series "The West Wing," says come hang with him on the set.
(Sorry, the Lincoln Bedroom is booked through the remainder of this presidential term.)
Leading up to the auction, the Web site www.dncart2000.com will be accepting bids, but there's a catch: The registration fee is $500.

Kinky first lady

With this week's House passage of the FY 2001 Interior Appropriations Conference Report, a government watchdog group whose headquarters are just a few blocks from the White House is highlighting examples of just how our Interior tax dollars have been appropriated.
Our favorite: The National First Ladies Museum, Dayton, Ohio.
"No need for First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton to sponsor White House overnights to raise money for this project," writes Citizens Against Government Waste, "as Dayton has plenty of friends on the House Appropriations Committee."
"Those friends were able to secure $500,000 for the museum, which frequently has a drag queen dress up as Helen Taft and give tours to senior citizens."

Browner garbage

There was an explosive hearing on Capitol Hill this week at which the House Science Committee and its chairman, Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., Wisconsin Republican, heard disturbing charges of a pattern of intolerance, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation at the Environmental Protection Agency under its administrator, Carol M. Browner.
"I have a request of you, Ms. Browner," Mr. Sensenbrenner said at the close of the hearing. "This administration will be going out of office in a little bit more than three months. I think it is important that you spend your personal time between now and January 20th cleaning up this mess so that the new president, and whoever he appoints as EPA administrator, does not get a can of garbage to start out the new administration."

The patriots

The only surprise with delegates to the 15th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference voting unanimously to endorse Texas Gov. George W. Bush for president is that it took them this long.
Conference participants, including leaders of all the major national gun-rights organizations, heard Washington's dean of gun lobbyists, John Michael Snyder, declare: "If Gore wins, you lose."
The lobbyist said Mr. Gore already has promised to use the power and prestige of the White House to promote legislation requiring photo-identification licensing for handgun purchases, to ban what he refers to as "junk guns," to limit firearm sales to one a month, to require a national three-day firearms-purchase waiting period, to oppose special legal protections for gun manufacturers, to oppose weakening restrictions on the carrying of concealed firearms, and "a host of other legislative and executive infringements on the right to keep and bear arms."

Then and now

In his tribute this week to retiring Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Sen. Robert C. Byrd noted the New York Democrat once arrived for an examination at City College of New York "with a dockworker's loading hook tucked into his back pocket next to his pencils, as if it were a study in contrasting worlds."
Well put, reacts Roger Ferguson, of Oak Ridge, N.J.:
"Interesting to note that in today's manic world, Mr. Moynihan would be arrested, probably jailed, certainly unceremoniously dismissed from the school and likely never permitted to become the successful politician he is said to be. All the result of policies and legislation that he and his liberal friends have bellowed about for 40 years.
"In high school, I was active in a respected gun club. Today, they suspend and admonish an 11-year-old for carrying a Tweety Bird wallet with a chain on it."

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