Quote of the Day: “If I studied all my life, I couldn’t think up half the number of funny things passed in one session of congress.” – Will Rogers
In addition to bills that become law, the House and Senate also pass hundreds of resolutions each year. Many of them are statements of appreciation or recognition of people and events. They may seem harmless, but they waste Congress’s time, time that could be spent reading bills that actually matter.
Moreover, these resolutions are often handled with comic incompetence . . .
On May 19, the House recognized “Women’s Health Week,” which had ended on May 16
On the same day, it also honored “Police Week,” which likewise had ended the previous Saturday
On May 20, the House recognized “National Teacher Appreciation Week,” which had ended on May 10
Four months after he announced his retirement, the House congratulated football coach Tony Dungy
The House also passed a resolution urging every American to visit national cemeteries, memorials, and markers on Memorial Day. They even bothered to call for a roll call vote, as if anyone would dare oppose it.
They also passed a resolution recognizing May 25 as National Missing Children’s Day and urged us to “plan events in communities across America to raise public awareness about the issue.” They again took the time for a roll call vote.
May 25, of course, was also Memorial Day. If Congress was at all sincere with either resolution, they would have seen the unfairness to both missing children and America’s war dead by having them compete for attention on the same day.
By merging such special days together, and recognizing events well after the fact, Congress ends up trivializing what they are supposed to be honoring.
The House also held pointless time-consuming roll call votes recognizing at least four other anniversaries of various events. (My favorite celebrated the IEEE, without bothering to mention what the acronym stands for.) In any case, none of them needed Congressional recognition to establish their significance.
Meanwhile, over the past three weeks the House passed 25 bills totaling 1466 pages – bills that will actually impact our lives. Members of Congress claim they don’t have time to read these bills.
Ron Paul appeared on CNN American Morning this morning and talked about the contradictory actions the Obama administration is taking to help curb our economic woes. A few of Paul’s quotes from the interview are below.
On Obama: “But he contradicts himself. He wants to spend more money, but he admits we have no money.”
On Washington: “They seem to live in a different world. They’re not living with reality.”
“They are begging and pleading for inflation.”
“The financial system has collapsed. The house of cards has come unglued.”
The concept of a money bomb, pooling a bunch of campaign donations in a single day, was made famous during Ron Paul’s Presidential campaign of 2007 and 2008. Many others have utilized the practice to draw in campaign funds and press mentions since then. Now, it is Ron Paul’s son, Rand Paul, who is ready for his own.
This one is to raise money for his exploratory committee for the U.S. Senate representing Kentucky. The day is next Monday, June 1st, 2009. The goal is $25k in a single day. More details are here.
We need more Ron Pauls in DC. Without cloning Ron Paul it is unlikely you’ll find someone more similar than his son, Dr. Rand Paul.
Ron Paul was interviewed by Neil Cavuto yesterday on Fox Business News regarding Barack Obama’s new Supreme Court Justice nominee Sonya Sotomayor. It seemed that Cavuto wanted Paul to focus on the topic of the SCOTUS nominee and Ron went into more limited government generalities as he often does.
Still, Cavuto allowed Ron Paul to speak to the point where I barely recall Cavuto asking more than one or two questions. A few choice quotes from Paul and the clip are below.
“It’s pretty scary…”
“It makes you stop and think though because she was originally a George Bush appointee”
“This appointment, if it goes through is just adding more fuel to the fire of bigger government, more meddling, and nationalizaiton.”