Matt Towery

 France isn't alone in hosting more new people of a foreign culture than it can assimilate. There are places in America where you can't function if you don't speak Spanish.

 That's not diversity. It's a lack of common sense by governments local, state and federal. 

 And don't be fooled. The American public overall isn't wild about the situation.

 Meanwhile, in the world of Washington, D.C., there is always turmoil and intrigue. Several days ago, CNN reported extensively on an alleged rift in the White House between President Bush and Vice President Cheney.

 Here's the likely truth: There is no genuine rift, but there is a genuine need to float that perception. What if Cheney's legal problems should grow? The president might then need to separate himself from his vice president in order to keep governing effectively.

 Another widespread perception is true, though. Dick Cheney has controlled this White House from the start -- that's not going to change.

 For Cheney fans, that's good news. For his enemies, it may be good, too, if they can make him a useful and perpetual target of widespread political scorn.

 Congress is finally starting to "get it" on another important issue -- its out-of-control spending.

 It still lacks the needed leadership to engineer the concerted effort required to put the lid on spending. But at least some GOP leaders are now willing to admit that spending has gotten out of control -- something that public opinion polls told the rest of us over a year ago.

 Perhaps the biggest worry is that the voters turning out the spendthrift Republicans would empower the historically spend-happy Democrats.

 The limits the Democrats put on spending in the 1990s were a direct reflection of GOP pressure that turned the public in favor of fiscal restraint. Now the Republicans need to rekindle that spirit -- and train it on themselves.

 Here's one final issue: Why would anyone bother to ask the question, or conduct a poll, on whether the American public approved of Prince Charles' wife's appearance on the royal couple's recent visit to America?

 Asking that question invites a comparison of Camilla to the late Princess Diana, and we all know who will win that popularity contest.

 The only useful lesson from such a poll is that even the usually fickle public can be consistent on a few issues -- unimportant as some of them may be.

Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a former National Republican legislator of the year and author of Powerchicks: How Women Will Dominate America.
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