Focus Point - George W. 2Commentary by
December 19, 2000
I'm Pete du Pont with the National Center for Policy Analysis. Today, more free advice to George W. Bush, starting with his cabinet. First, find an Attorney General of the highest integrity, and have him assist local authorities in the prosecution of vote fraud in Florida. Select an outstanding Treasury Secretary; your administration (and all of us) will rise or fall on the economy.
As for policy, free trade is the most important international issue. Make it clear to the world we won't be party to protectionism, or protectionist regulation of the Internet. Get fast track authority through congress while your honeymoon lasts. Regarding russian policy, appoint a realist, not a sympathizer, and start over.
Find a way to drill for and refine more oil in this country. Windmills won't save us from shortages. Direct some well-spent dollars to the sagging military. Govern as if you'd won big. Faint hearts never forged successful policies.
Finally, draw a bright line between yourself and Bill Clinton. Disclose all, don't obfuscate, cheat or lie. And until Lincoln himself arrives, close up the Lincoln bedroom.
Those are my ideas, and at the NCPA we know ideas can change the world. I'm Pete du Pont. Next time, throwing money at schools.