- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 16, 2016

In the typical whirlwind of legislation comes H.R. 5457, a nice breeze of a bill was introduced this week by Rep. Jody Hice. The Georgia Republican simply proposes that Gravelly Point Park — located on the Potomac River at the foot of the main runway at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport — be renamed Nancy Reagan Memorial Park. It is a petite, scenic and unique park. Aircraft thunder directly overhead, families picnic, and the grand marble monuments gleam across the river.

“Like her husband, Mrs. Reagan invested in people and worked diligently to strengthen our communities and advance the American dream for our citizens. She championed veterans, especially our heroes who were returning home after wartime, and spearheaded the Just Say No campaign to combat the use of recreational drugs,” notes Mr. Hice. “Mrs. Reagan was the embodiment of grace, elegance, and tenacity and put duty, honor, and country above all.”

The legislation has an outspoken champion. Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, is a particular fan of the idea, and no wonder. He also founded the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project in 1997, an effort which encourages the naming of buildings, roads, landmarks, and schools after the late president. Mr. Norquist has sent a formal letter of support to Mr. Hice for the bill, and fired up a public petition at StandUnited.org

“Mrs. Reagan led a life dedicated to service and charity. Known for her passion for fighting alcohol and drug abuse, she has touched many lives, and her legacy will continue to inspire generations to come,” the petition states, noting that a number of public places have been named for first ladies. Indeed, Lady Bird Johnson Park is just up the parkway from Gravelly Point, and is now a part of the National Park System.

It’s a personal thing as well.

“It is time to honor Nancy Reagan by renaming Gravelly Point, the park right next to Reagan airport. Nancy and Ronald Reagan will be side by side forever, here in the East as they are already in California,” Mr. Norquist tells Inside the Beltway.


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DON”T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU HEAR

“Reports of discord are pure fiction.”

— Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, in a tweet responding to multiple news stories showcasing unnamed sources who insist there is tension between presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and the party apparatus.

PAUL RYAN OFFERS SOME WEEKEND READING

It is a publication that has been six months in the making. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan has shepherded a significant new report titled “A Better Way: Our Vision for a Confident America” into the public arena. The choice of words in the title is canny; some might interpret as a poke at Donald Trump’s motto “make America great again”, but no matter.

“Our nation is on the wrong path. We can complain about it, but that won’t change things. To get America back on track, we have to raise our gaze. We have to go bold. That’s what ‘A Better Way’ is about. It is a full slate of ideas to address some of the biggest challenges of our time. Developed with input from around the country, it looks past this president to what we can achieve in 2017 and beyond. It is our vision for a confident America, at home and abroad,” the preface reads.

A product of a task force of Republican heavyweights, the report addresses poverty, national security, the economy, health care, tax reform, and perhaps most importantly, a return to the Constitution.

“Just as the size of government has grown, so has its arrogance. Washington spends money it isn’t authorized to spend. It takes power it isn’t given. It ignores laws it is required to execute. It doesn’t listen, and it certainly doesn’t care to learn. The Founders insisted on a separation of powers to protect our constitutional liberties. But over time, especially in recent decades, the executive branch has collected more power for itself, enabled by a judiciary that defers to the bureaucracy and a Congress that has yielded some of its most fundamental duties,” the section declares.

Find the whole shebang at www.better.gop

WEEKEND CANDIDATE TRACKER

The lone Republican strikes a familiar stance: Donald Trump is back in theatrical mode, staging jumbo events this weekend in New Hampshire, Georgia and Texas. And he’s not done yet. Mr. Trump plans back-to-back rallies Saturday, one at Treasure Island, a Las Vegas resort, and another at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix, a mere five hours later.

Among the Democrats, Sen. Bernard Sanders had a single event in Burlington, Vermont on Thursday night. Then nothing else, so far. And Hillary Clinton’s schedule? That too is a mystery, and there are two possible dynamics at work here. One, The Wall Street Journal has revealed her short list of possible running mates. The vice presidents in waiting include Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Tim Kaine, Cory Booker and Sherrod Brown. And one other thing. Some wonder if Mrs. Clinton could be a grandmother-in-waiting at the moment; daughter Chelsea Clinton’s baby is due around about now.

WEEKEND REAL ESTATE

For sale: Clock Tower Penthouse, four-level loft apartment in San Francisco’s South Park clock tower, built in 1907. Two bedrooms, two baths; 3,000 square feet, includes custom room within the clock workings, contemporary open floor plan. Hardwood and polished concrete floors, exposed bricks, built-in bookcases, gourmet kitchen, living and dining rooms, wrap-around private terrace. Family room, office, game room, library; registered historic landmark. Priced at $8.5 million through TheClockTowerSF.com

POLL DU JOUR

77 percent of Americans plan to celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday.

70 percent will spend about the same this year as they did in 2015; the total spent across the nation this year will reach $14.3 billion.

53 percent will buy a gift for their father or stepfather, 28 percent for a husband, 9 percent for a son, 7 percent for “another relative,” 6 percent for a brother, 5 percent for a grandfather and 5 percent for a friend.

47 percent will treat dad to brunch or dinner; 43 percent will buy him clothing.

41 percent will get a greeting cards, 22 percent will buy tickets to concert or sports event, 20 percent will buy electronics.

Source: A National Retail Federation survey of 7.200 adult consumers conducted May 2-10 and released Tuesday.

Happy Father’s Day; thank you for reading Inside the Beltway.

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