John McCaslin

We already knew that 100 senators and 435 congressmen go to work every day in the U.S. Capitol -- when all of Congress' seats are filled. Now we know how many visitors come to the U.S. Capitol each day to witness democracy (and socialism, of late) at work.

Thursday afternoon, we're not sure exactly during what hour and minute, an unknown person, perhaps a child or senior citizen, became the one millionth visitor to walk into the new Capitol Visitor Center, which only opened its doors just 5 1/2 months ago, on Dec. 3.

Whereas the current congressional body has extremely low approval ratings among Americans, we can tell you that more and more citizens are coming to watch their elected representatives conduct business: compared to this year's million, there were only 467,800 visitors to the U.S. Capitol during the same period one year ago.

The peak visitors' day thus far in 2009: Monday, April 20, when 19,500 people - six times the population of Nome, Alaska - entered the U.S. Capitol building.


Hats off to Heritage Foundation President Edwin J. Feulner Jr. for receiving the Charles H. Hoeflich Lifetime Achievement Award from the national educational organization Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI).

Mr. Feulner, who heads the nation's leading conservative public policy organization, is an ISI alumnus and currently an ISI trustee.

Since 1953, there have been only six recipients of ISI's Lifetime Achievement Award - William F. Buckley Jr., M. Stanton Evans, and philosopher Gerhart Niemeyer among them.

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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