- The Washington Times - Friday, August 10, 2001

Salacious insights
Suffice it to say the Southeastern Legal Foundation, the public-interest law firm that successfully pursued law-license sanctions in Arkansas against Bill Clinton, won't be rushing out to buy the former president's promised book.
The Atlanta-based legal firm is slamming the $10 million to $12 million book-advance deal signed by Mr. Clinton as "a pure example of contemporary American public life — disgrace pays."
"The Clinton book deal confirms the darker angels of our national consciousness, that the market will pay for salacious insights into the most corrupt presidency of the second half of the 20th century," says Phil Kent, SLF's president. "It pays to be bad."
The best way for the American people to say goodbye to President Clinton, Mr. Kent suggests, is to "greet his book with a resounding silence."

Take two
And why shouldn't President Bush take a monthlong vacation?
Most Americans take scant time off and could benefit from more vacation time, experts say. An International Labor Organization study this year found the United States has overtaken Japan with the highest average annual hours worked — just under 2,000 hours per year — taking two vacation weeks tops. The typical vacation in Europe is four to six weeks.
Deborah Figart, an economics professor and co-author of the book "Working Time," says it's great Mr. Bush "can recoup his energy with long vacations. Now he should encourage policies so that other hard-working Americans can also have time for rest, family and other activities."

Erasing the South
Jason Koehne had hoped the 250 pictures of tearing eyes he posted all over Chantilly would draw attention to the "inequities and suffering wrought upon Southern people."
He got the attention, if not the sympathy.
"Our history is being rewritten and or obliterated" in the guise of political correctness, complains Mr. Koehne, chairman of the Northern Virginia chapter of the League of the South. "As Southerners, we are forced to endure ridicule and scorn on a daily basis. Our people are verbally attacked in all aspects of American life."
Mr. Koehne attached color pictures of a tearing eye to street signs as a "peaceful attempt to bring light to these barbaric acts."

Why a tearing eye?
"The United States General Philip Sheridan," he says, "said in regard to the children, women and men of the South: 'They must be left nothing but their eyes to weep with.'"
Mr. Koehne will get no sympathy from the Southern Poverty Law Center, a racism-watchdog group that classifies the league as a hate group.
"We merely are a roadblock to their goal of wiping out Western civilizations and turning the rest of the country into a Marxist society," he answers. "Southern culture epitomizes Western society."

Politics aside
Retired Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey, former director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy under President Clinton, says President Bush's drug-czar nominee carries "a lot of baggage," but is "brilliant" at the same time.
"The challenge to [John P.] Walters will be, and I've told him this, when you come into [the confirmation process] say, 'Whatever you think I said before, I am here to endorse President Bush's strategy,'" Mr. McCaffrey told Inside the Beltway yesterday. "He has a lot of baggage, but that was then and this is now."
This was a marked shift from what this newspaper called Mr. McCaffrey's "unseemly assault" last spring, when he "unloaded heavy artillery" on his named successor by urging Congress to "carefully consider" the nominee's views on drug treatment.
Critics have contended that Mr. Walters is a "law-and-order conservative" with zero tolerance — not for illegal drugs, but for treatment.
But during his tenure as deputy director to White House drug czar Bill Bennett in the previous Bush administration, Mr. Walters supervised four years of drug budgets that increased federal support for treatment programs more than any other administration — including all eight years of Clinton administration budgets combined.
Yesterday, Mr. McCaffrey applauded the anti-drug proposals voiced by President Bush when nominating Mr. Walters.
Mr. Bush vowed to follow in his father's footsteps.
"As of today, the federal government is waging an all-out effort to reduce illegal drug use," the president said in a recent Rose Garden ceremony, by attacking the problem through treatment, education and reduction in demand — not supply.
There are an estimated 5 million drug addicts in America, but only 2 million are seeking treatment.
"The president's remarks in the Rose Garden made a lot of sense," Mr. McCaffrey said yesterday.

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