Monday, November 19, 2001

Stocking stuffer
Former Clinton adviser George Stephanopoulos’ memoir, “All Too Human,” is now on sale for $1 at the Owen Brown Dollar Store in Columbia, with plenty of copies available.
Mr. Stephanopoulos, now an ABC commentator, opined that President Clinton was in the midst of building a strong record, then “threw it all away” by getting involved with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
The former Clinton campaign aide said he never would have joined Mr. Clinton’s team in 1992 had he known what would transpire, adding the entire White House staff was “tarnished” by Mr. Clinton’s sexcapades.
“I knew in my gut that Clinton was lying,” Mr. Stephanopoulos said of the Lewinsky affair.

Skunk and Otter
That was former Doobie Brother and Steely Dan member Jeff “Skunk” Baxter joining 10 musician-moonlighting members of Congress and local vocalists Mary Ann Redmond and Jane Adams for a benefit concert for victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Jammin’ congressmen at Washington’s Hard Rock Cafe included Republican Reps. C.L. “Butch” Otter of Idaho, Dave Weldon of Florida, John M. McHugh of New York, Kenny Hulshof of Missouri, and Denny Rehberg of Montana; along with musically inclined Democrats Collin C. Peterson of Minnesota, David Phelps of Illinois, Joseph Crowley of New York, Dennis Moore of Kansas and David Wu of Oregon.

American resolve
In the shadow of the U.S. Capitol, surrounded these days of terror by camouflaged members of the D.C. National Guard, sits the Folger Shakespeare Library.
“I write to let you know that we’re here, that work goes on in the Reading Room and that no one not a single fellow or seminar participant stayed away or left early in September,” Folger librarian Richard Kuhta writes to his group of Shakespeare readers, including Dr. John Arnold of Alexandria.
“With such fearlessness exhibited by my fellow Renaissance scholars, I know this country will prevail,” Dr. Arnold tells Inside the Beltway.
As for the recent events, we can’t help but recall what Shakespeare wrote in “The Merchant of Venice,” Act 3, Scene 3: “Thou call’st me a dog before thou hadst cause, but since I am a dog, beware my fangs.”

Move over, China
Capitol Hill’s response to the September 11 terrorist attacks has left immigration-control groups with a mixture of frustration and optimism.
“We are made optimistic by the new appreciation for common sense on immigration policy increasingly evident in Congress,” says the leading immigration group ProjectUSA, which notes membership in the House Immigration Reform Caucus founded by Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican, months before the attacks has grown from fewer than a dozen representatives to nearly 60 since September 11.
“We can now imagine Congress putting an end to our selfish and irresponsible immigration policy a policy that now has U.S. population doubling within the lifetimes of today’s children,” says Project-USA.
As for frustration, “those of us who have been warning for years that America’s reckless mass immigration policies present a clear terrorism threat are frustrated that we weren’t listened to in the first place that it took the deaths of 4,000 of our fellow citizens to bring action on a few of the many problems associated with mass immigration,” the group says.
And as Washington scrambles to fix its myriad immigration-related problems, ProjectUSA offers these reminders and warnings:
Mass immigration is responsible for 100 percent of U.S. population growth “a growth rate higher than that of China’s.”
Importation of a cheap-labor underclass during economic expansion risks severe social upheaval during economic contraction. (“A country should do its own work,” the group says.)
Mass immigration on the scale the United States is now experiencing increases the likelihood of serious ethnic conflict and political Balkanization.

Pay now or pay later
Congress thus far has provided the U.S. Postal Service with $100 million for irradiation equipment and $75 million for the protection of postal employees against future biological terrorist attacks.
Which is cheap, considering Postmaster General John E. Potter recently testified that the Postal Service would need a whopping $5 billion to recover from October’s anthrax attacks alone.

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