Inside the Beltway
McCaslin, John, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
Byline: John McCaslin
Suffice it to say the Southeastern Legal Foundation, the public-interest law firm that successfully pursued law-license sanctions in Arkansas against Bill Clinton, won't be rushing out to buy the former president's promised book.
The Atlanta-based legal firm is slamming the $10 million to $12 million book-advance deal signed by Mr. Clinton as "a pure example of contemporary American public life - disgrace pays."
"The Clinton book deal confirms the darker angels of our national consciousness, that the market will pay for salacious insights into the most corrupt presidency of the second half of the 20th century," says Phil Kent, SLF's president. "It pays to be bad."
The best way for the American people to say goodbye to President Clinton, Mr. Kent suggests, is to "greet his book with a resounding silence."
And why shouldn't President Bush take a monthlong vacation?
Most Americans take scant time off and could benefit from more vacation time, experts say. An International Labor Organization study this year found the United States has overtaken Japan with the highest average annual hours worked - just under 2,000 hours per year - taking two vacation weeks tops. The typical vacation in Europe is four to six weeks.
Deborah Figart, an economics professor and co-author of the book "Working Time," says it's great Mr. Bush "can recoup his energy with long vacations. Now he should encourage policies so that other hard-working Americans can also have time for rest, family and other activities."
ERASING THE SOUTH
Jason Koehne had hoped the 250 pictures of tearing eyes he posted all over Chantilly would draw attention to the "inequities and suffering wrought upon Southern people."
He got the attention, if not the sympathy.
"Our history is being rewritten and or obliterated" in the guise of political correctness, complains Mr. Koehne, chairman of the Northern Virginia chapter of the League of the South. "As Southerners, we are forced to endure ridicule and scorn on a daily basis. Our people are verbally attacked in all aspects of American life."
Mr. Koehne attached color pictures of a tearing eye to street signs as a "peaceful attempt to bring light to these barbaric acts."
Why a tearing eye?
"The United States General Philip Sheridan," he says, "said in regard to the children, women and men of the South: `They must be left nothing but their eyes to weep with. …