D.C. in December

January 12, 2009 by  

D.C. in December is beautiful!  Even after the trees shed their leaves.  Not having visited our nation’s Capitol since I was ten, my husband, Joe and I attended the A.L.E.C. States and Nations Annual Conference during the first week in December. Promoting Jeffersonian thought and free market principles, the American Legislative Exchange Council is comprised of legislative and private members from all 50 states.  Members serve on task forces, educating and formulating model legislation for use in the individual states and have a great opportunity to network with like-minded lawmakers across the nation.

The organization gathers the latest and greatest speakers. Last year President Bush, Mike Huckabee and Fred Thompson each addressed us at length. Newt Gingrich was a keynote this year – focusing on transforming health care. But the conference does more than inspire which, in itself, is a worthy goal.  The breakouts are like mini-graduate classes, many taught by panelists from D.C. think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation, the Tax Foundation and Cato Institute.

We also took advantage of our historic surroundings and fit in as much sight-seeing as possible – Arlington National Cemetary, a Capitol tour, several of the Smithsonians, the Library of Congress (an amazing work of art!) and the National Cathedral. Pictures and photographs don’t do justice to seeing the architectural beauty and history carved into our national monuments and museums firsthand. And if you go, take a nighttime taxi tour of the monuments. Naturally, we want to return and experience much more – and bring our grandchildren!

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