- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 30, 2004

Four more years

Thanks to hundreds of readers from around the country who submitted New Year’s resolutions on behalf of the president of the United States.

Because 2005 is the official start of President Bush’s second term in office, we had suggested this year’s batch of resolutions pertain to the next four years — whether concerning the U.S. war in Iraq, the hunt for Osama bin Laden, Social Security reform, or dealing with Democrats.

Here, then, are just a few of the resolutions forwarded to Inside the Beltway. They begin with “I, George W. Bush …”:

• “resolve to veto just one bloated spending bill.” — Doug Barnes, Sioux Falls, S.D.

• “resolve to veto something.” — Joe Tully, Pennington, N.J.

• “resolve to continue doing what’s right for the country, to include backing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and ignoring the windbag political opportunists in both parties.” — G.L. Gunderman, U.S. Army retired, Florence, Ala.

• “firmly resolve to hang tough and enact real Social Security reform before the end of my administration.” — John Casteel, Traverse City, Mich.

• “resolve to stop using the ‘Dan Rather fact-checker’ on future Cabinet members during their vetting process.” — Lester Berry, Voorhees, N.J.

• “resolve that Terry McAuliffe stay on as Democratic National Committee chairman. His leadership and personality have proven to be the best thing that ever happened to the Republican National Committee.” — Bob Dyer, Virginia Beach.

• “resolve not to misunderestimate the 44 Democrats in the U.S. Senate.” — Ryan J. Baker, Atlanta.

• “resolve to protect our borders, using U.S. troops on the southern border.” — Ray Gordon, Baltimore.

• “acknowledge that my present efforts lack cohesiveness, and I resolve to stop the flow of illegal immigrants across our borders by synchronizing the work of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, and the U.S. Customs Service.” — Cara Lyons Lege, Frisco, Texas

• “resolve to publicize the fact that the first amendment to our Constitution forbids Congress, and only Congress, from making a law establishing a religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. It does not prohibit prayers in schools or anywhere else. It does not prohibit the mention of God. It does not prohibit Nativity scenes. It doesn’t do anything but forbid Congress to interfere in religion in any way.” — Richard Emlin Reed, Port Charlotte, Fla.

• “resolve to educate other Americans that 23-year-olds today, according to Democratic figures, will never see a penny of Social Security without reform. A personal social savings account will guarantee that a portion of the Social Security tax they pay will be there when they do reach Social Security age.” — Charlie Bretz, Nashville, Tenn.

• “do resolve that during the early part of 2005 I will advocate, encourage and insist upon a more realistic management of our borders and upon improving the surveillance of illegal immigrants already within those borders, in order to assure that terroristic attacks, if any, would originate from without instead of within our nation.” — Jack Dorwin, Livingston, Texas

• “resolve to send the ACLU to France and make France keep them.” — Tom Camp, Shelby, N.C.

• “resolve to make the tax code better, taxes lower and more fair for all.” — Betty Bliss, Melbourne, Fla.

• “hereby resolve for 2005 to remind the Democrat Party that they are no longer in charge of the federal government and that ‘bipartisanship’ means reaching out by Democrats to Republicans and not just Republicans’ reaching out to Democrats. It means working as a team and not as two separate parties.” — Bob Rudeseal, Denver.

• “resolve to develop the … spine to actually promote the ideals that I’ve run on twice, instead of compromising with or buckling under to the Ted Kennedys and Tom Daschles of the world.” — Jeff Fishbein, Selinsgrove, Pa.

• “resolve to continue to fight for America and Americans; despite vilification, in the face of hysterical liberal ideological opposition, against hate-filled international criticism, and, most importantly, for the long-term posterity of this noble experiment, instead of personal short-term presidential legacies.” — Jeffrey R. Riley, Arlington

• “resolve to end the practice of congressmen adding spending bills in our budget that fund projects in their states. It’s our money not theirs.” — Robert Miecznikowski, Waterloo, Iowa

• “will stop spending like a drunken sailor on leave and therefore not participate in the bankrupting of America by the U.S. Congress.” — Michael Curran, Aliso Viejo, Calif.

• “will not start another ill-conceived pre-emptive war. I will spend my time working to cut taxes, reduce spending, shrink government and extricate U.S. forces from Iraq and other foreign-basing assignments.” — Mark Stromberg, Sacramento, Calif.

John McCaslin, whose column is nationally syndicated, can be reached at 202/636-3284 or [email protected]

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