- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 31, 2001

The economy, stupid
As President Bush observed recently, "For the first time since the landmark tax relief championed 20 years ago by President Ronald Reagan, and 40 years ago by President John F. Kennedy, an American president has the wonderful honor of letting the American people know significant tax relief is on the way."
What the Republican National Committee is now reminding everybody is that under Mr. Bushs leadership, more than enough Democrats went from opposing tax relief in 1999 to supporting the $1.35 trillion tax cut.
Even more noteworthy, the RNC cant help but point out: "The $1.35 trillion tax cut is $1.35 trillion more than former Vice President Al Gore advocated in his presidential announcement speech."
Apparently the voters were listening.

Dont take notes

Even if the 2000 presidential election was the most confusing, most controversial, most bitter democratic voting exercise in the history of this nation, other countries are anxious to know how Americans accomplished it.
This month, two officials of GOPAC, a Republican training and support center founded by former Delaware Gov. Pete du Pont in 1979, were invited to Palermo, Sicily, to share "campaign insights and communications strategies" with the European Association of Political Consultants.
GOPAC communications director Dallas Lawrence and GOPAC trainer Greg Graves tell us the conference attracted more than 100 leading political consultants and insiders from over a dozen countries, including Russia, Germany, Sweden and Australia.

Just another Texan

Before Donald L. Evans arrived in Washington as the new commerce secretary, he was a Midland, Texas, oilman and chairman of the Bush presidential campaign.
Yesterday, appearing before the National Economic Development Forum in Washington, he mentioned that while he was here on Inauguration Day, he wanted to show his young son where his dad "might be working, and so I decided to walk over to the Department of Commerce."
"And it was well known at that point that I was likely to be, if confirmed by the Senate, the secretary of commerce. And I went in through the back door, and there was a guard there, and she said, 'Who are you?
"And I said, 'Well, I may be secretary of commerce some day.
"And she said, 'I dont think so."

Fish story

Dont be surprised if Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans asks Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Joe Allbaugh to pass him a lucky fishing lure tomorrow morning.
The two department heads will board separate bass boats — equipped with fishing guides — for some early-morning bass fishing on the Potomac River, each a participant of the second annual Nations River Bass Tournament.
All told, 50 bass boats will launch at 7 a.m. from Gravelly Point, just north of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and fish until noon before proceeding to Columbia Island for the weigh-in. The Bush agency head catching the biggest fish wins bragging rights.
Sponsors of the tournament tell us the Potomac River was once so polluted it was considered almost dead. It is now acknowledged to be among the countrys top 10 bass-fishing rivers.

Modern-day Hancocks

Inviting Americans to "Sign the Declaration of Independence," the National Archives even lets its Web site visitors choose the font size, "so that your signature will appear like John Hancocks — big and bold — or like Ben Franklins — smaller, but equally firm."

Independent craze

As a gift for every descendant
In a Pledge of Allegiance amendment,
Would it be permissible
After 'indivisible
To add 'sovereign and independent?

—F. R. Duplantier

Mailbag

"Thank you for the tidbit concerning the [presidential] wreath placed at the [Arlington] Confederate Memorial," writes reader Jo Anne Thompson. "I hope too many people didnt read it … . We dont want a scandal or anything. My husbands grandfather was nine when the Yankees came toward Tallahassee [Fla.]. He guarded the railway station from their impending approach.
"He was trying to protect his mother, aunts, sisters and home from destruction such as had destroyed Atlanta. The issue of slavery wasnt on his mind."


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