Beltway Beat: Conservative kids

Posted: May 31, 2002 12:00 AM
A 15-year-old boy, of all liberal age groups, is the latest to attack President Bush's amnesty proposal for thousands of illegal immigrants from Mexico. We turn to the Tucson Citizen, an Arizona newspaper that runs a regular feature titled "Citizen Teen Columnist." In his column titled "The Key Word in 'Illegal Immigrants' is 'Illegal,'" Timothy Workman of Tucson takes Bush to task for siding in favor of amnesty for the Mexican aliens. "Bush has got some nerve," writes the young man, "demeaning the meaning of American citizenship by proposing amnesty. It is as if President Bush is trying to please everybody, which he must believe is his ticket to a second term, and he is doing so by embracing issues that are opposite of what is the best for the citizens of America." The immigration watchdog group ProjectUSA is applauding Timothy's article, noting that the youth of this country are generally the repository of radical ideas, extremism and social upheaval, while older generations represent conservatism, stewardship of traditions and wisdom informed by experience. "But this is not a normal country in normal times," the group says. "In today's America, we find 15-year-olds writing intensely conservative lines." As Timothy says, "If we want to lead America into the future as a healthy political state, and as an America with upright, honest qualities, then we will start with turning away the idea of illegal immigrant legitimacy." "Why has our country stooped so low?" he asks. ABM RIP An uncommon wake - a "cheerful wake" for a "flawed treaty" - will be held in the Russell Caucus Room of the Capitol on June 12, the day the ABM Treaty is set to lapse. "For 30 years, the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty has served to bolster the policy of mutually assured destruction - MAD - and impose crippling restrictions on the nation's missile defense programs," says
Heritage Foundation President Edwin J. Feulner's invitation to the wake. "President Bush, recognizing the inappropriateness of MAD and the policy of vulnerability of missile attack, announced on December 13, 2001, that the United States is withdrawing from the treaty." Among the non-mourners who will be attending: Undersecretary of State John Bolton; Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., a host of lawmakers; an ambassador or two; and retired military representatives. MICKEY MICE So, John Michael Snyder, dean of the nation's gun lobbyists and chief spokesman for the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, tell us what you really think about the government's decision to prohibit commercial airline pilots from possessing handguns in the cockpit in response to the terrorist threat. "Appalling, disgusting and revolting," Snyder says. "The U.S. Department of Transportation Mickey Mice responsible for the refusal - Mickey Mouse Magaw and Mickey Mouse Mineta - are sucking up to fat-cat airline executives fearful of potential liability." Snyder is referring, of course, to John Magaw, the former Secret Service director who heads the new Transportation Security Administration, and Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta. LIGHTNING ROD We're told that the once-embattled Katherine Harris is wrapping up the final chapter of a book she's been quietly writing, appropriately titled: "Center of the Storm: Practicing Principled Leadership in a Time of Crisis." "It's more about leadership skills and specific principles she drew on during the re-count" of disputed Florida ballots, says our source in Sarasota, than Harris' current bid for Congress. "However, she will touch on some events about Election 2000." Those events could fill volumes. It was Harris, as Florida's secretary of state, who ultimately declared George W. Bush the winner of her state's widely contested presidential sweepstakes, casting her into well, as the book title states, the center of the storm. BARR'S BILL Everybody, including Congress, realizes teachers in this country don't get paid what they're worth. So a bill will soon be introduced in Congress to amend the Internal Revenue Code and provide a refundable tax credit of $1,000 to teachers of elementary- and secondary-school students, and to provide and expand deductions for unreimbursed expenses for continuing education and classroom materials for teachers. The author of the bill is Rep. Bob Barr, R-Ga.