- The Washington Times - Monday, May 28, 2001

Daschles garter
"Governing in Washington is like a marriage; it takes both parties to make it work," says Rep. Kevin Brady, Texas Republican, reflecting on Sen. Jim Jeffords broken vows with the GOP. " [Democratic Senate leader Tom] Daschle has now gone from chief heckler at the wedding to the blushing bride."

Liberal trail

Some congressional observers cite Sen. Jeffords abandonement of the Republican Party as being the result of a conservative party hostile toward a self-described "middle-of-the-road" politician.
But examining Mr. Jeffords spending habits over the past decade, it seems less like a moderate being ousted from an undeserving party and more like an "established liberal coming home."
So says Tom McClusky, senior policy analyst for the National Taxpayers Union Foundation, who compared Mr. Jeffords spending record during the last decade with the spending records of senators from both major parties. "The truth is that Jeffords has always been out of step with his fellow Republican senators, and many times has proven himself less fiscally responsible then even his new Democratic colleagues."
Take the 103rd Congress, when Mr. Jeffords overall proposed agenda had a $456 billion price tag — a figure 20 times more than the average Republican senators net agenda to save taxpayers $23 billion.
Mr. Jeffords, in the same session, was closer to but still less fiscally responsible than the average Democrat.

Byrd's bride

If you bump into Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia today, wish him a happy 64th — wedding anniversary, that is.
Mr. Byrd first laid eyes on his wife, Erma, when they were schoolchildren growing up in the hills and hollows of West Virginia, and that very day the senator began courting her with his precious bubble gum.

Not so dumb

Dont call the school children in this country dumb, Democratic Rep. Harold E. Ford Jr. of Tennessee warned during congressional debate on improving academic achievement in the nations classrooms.
For as Mr. Ford submits to Congress, if "9-, 10-, 11- and 12-year-olds could vote, they would vote us all out of this place."

Catholic dean

Douglas W. Kmiec, one of the nations leading scholars in constitutional law and head of the Justice Departments Office of Legal Counsel during the second half of the Reagan administration, is the new dean of the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America.

Pumped up

While Washingtonians are crying all the way to the gas pumps, the nations major oil companies "are laughing to the bank," reveals a Democratic congressman who sits on the House Resources subcommittee on energy and mineral resources.
"In this first quarter of this year alone," Rep. Ron Kind of Wisconsin reports to Congress, "ExxonMobil is realizing a $5 billion profit … BP Amoco is at a $4 billion profit … Chevron, a $1.6 billion profit … [and] CONOCO with a $700 million profit already in just the first few months of 2001.
"So obviously they are making a hefty profit," he says.

Picnic canopy

Dont trample on that errant oak seedling. After all, its Americas new national tree.
This past Arbor Day, Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman, Environmental Protection Agency chief Christine Todd Whitman, and Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton joined the National Arbor Day Foundation in planting a young oak on the U.S. Capitol grounds after the American public, over a four-month period, voted the oak Americas National Tree.
Then last week, Rep.Robert W. Goodlatte, Virginia Republican and chairman of the House Agriculture subcommittee responsible for forestry, introduced legislation granting the oak "official status" as Americas National Tree, calling it "a most fitting selection."
The stately oak, the congressman observes, is common to all 50 states.
Beyond that, he says, theres no better satisfaction than lying beneath one of the "shaded giants."

Happy Memorial Day

"The Union has become not merely a physical union of states, but rather a spritual union in common ideals of our people. Within it is room for every variety of opinion, every possible experiment in social progress. Out of such variety comes growth."
—President Herbert Hoovers 1929 Memorial Day address at Gettysburg National Cemetery in Pennsylvania

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