The Best-Laid Plans: Labor had its Solidarity Day, and the Republicans were supposed to have their Unity Day as well last week, a Sept. 15 celebration marking the first anniversary of the day in the 1980 campaign on which Ronald Reagan, George Bush and several hundred Republican members of Congress and candidates stood up and pledged what they would do together if they came to power. To everyone's surprise, they have done most of the things they said they'd do: cut taxes, trim the bureaucracy, boost defense, reduce congressional staffs. So a celebration seemed to be in order.
But the plans were put on ice, for an interesting reason. White House congressional liaison officials insisted that the guests of
In describing "What Fourth of July Means to Me" for Parade magazine, President Reagan appears to have drawn inspiration from a handout distributed last year by the National Federation of Independent Business. The handout gave brief biographies of signers of the Declaration of Independence. One paragraph begins: "What kind of men were they? Twenty-five were lawyers or jurists. Eleven were merchants. Nine were farmers or large plantation owners. These were men of means and education."
The article over Reagan's name has a paragraph beginning: "What manner of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists, 11 were merchants and tradesmen, and nine were farmers. They were soft-spoken men of means and education." What happened to the 25th lawyer? He probably got riffed as a loudmouth.