John McCaslin

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

Since 2005 is the official start of George W. Bush's final term in office, we had suggested this year's batch of resolutions pertain to the next four years - whether surrounding 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 The Beltway Beat:

"I, George W. Bush, resolve to veto just one bloated spending bill." - Doug Barnes, Sioux Falls, S.D.

"I, President Bush, resolve to veto something." - Joe Tully, Pennington, N.J.

"I, George W. Bush, resolve to continue doing what's right for the country, to include backing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and ignore the windbag political opportunists in both parties." - G.L. Gunderman, U.S. Army Retired, Florence, Ala.

"I, President Bush, firmly resolve to hang tough and enact real Social Security reform before the end of my administration." - John Casteel, Traverse City, Mich.

"I, George W. Bush, resolve to stop using the 'Dan Rather fact-checker' on future Cabinet members during their vetting process." - Lester Berry, Voorhees, N.J.

"I, President Bush, 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." - Dr. Bob Dyer, Virginia Beach, Va.

"I, George W. Bush, resolve not to misunderestimate the 44 Democrats in the U.S. Senate." - Ryan J. Baker, Atlanta, Ga.

"I, George W. Bush, resolve to protect our borders, using U.S. troops on the southern border." - Ray Gordon, Baltimore, Md.

"I, President Bush, 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.

"I, George W. Bush, 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.

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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