As millions of Americans are adjusting their lives and their pocketbooks to the
new reality of exploding gas prices, our elected representatives continue toiling endlessly
on our behalf.
A house subcommittee last week
voted down a GOP led
that would allow the U.S. to open up off shore areas for oil exploration. "The United
States can't drill its way out of this problem", our servants endlessy intoned, as they
effectively denied Americans the app. 86 billion barrels of oil that lie off our
coasts. Oh well, they're the experts. And after all, based on the latest
only 67% of voters are
in favor of drilling.
As ethanol mandates imposed by these very same experts continue causing some very
serious unintended consequences, like global food riots and starving people, our
elected servants astutely ignore this crisis of their own making, focusing instead
on other vital issues of the day.
The House was busy passing an
extension of jobless benefits
for unemployed Americans,
knowing full well that this measure had a very slim chance of passing the Senate
and virtually no chance of surviving the promised White House veto. Their intentions
As the Supreme Court
handed down a decision
that effectively hinders the war on terror by allowing foreign terrorists the constitutional privelege of habeaus corpus rights, our dedicated public servants
responded in various ways. A group of House Democrats kept busy
petitioning Attorney General
to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate torture. Meanwhile, Sen.
Carl Levin, chairman of the Armed Services Committee is busy holding his own
hearings on torture. Hoping, no doubt, to determine if using panties while
interrogating terrorists violated their rights.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich took time off from his strenuous efforts to snatch defeat from
the jaws of victory in Iraq to
introduce another resolution
to impeach President
Bush. And Congressman Weiner (D-NY) had his hands full trying to fix what he perceived
to be a shortage of fashion models
in New York by sponsoring a bill that would give
foreign models "of distinguished merit and ability" their own visa classifications.
Two other of our public servants, both openly gay, and of course, Democrats, were
busy recruiting 50 of their colleagues to officially join them in promoting the
homosexual agenda in Congress. Thanks to their tireless efforts, we now have the
House Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Caucus.
I, for one, will sleep
better tonight knowing that the GLBT crowd will now have an official venue for their
Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) took a brief hiatus from
their relentless search for the culprits responsible for the mortgage meltdown in
order to spin the fallout from
their very own 'sweetheart deals'
extended to them by bad
boy sub-prime mortgage lender Countrywide. Both Senators expressed frustration over 'the people's'
inability to appreciate nuance and context.
We, 'the people,' are resting easier, knowing that our servants are experiencing the same spiraling
food prices the people are. Apparently, feeding our public servants is getting so costly
that the Senate dining concession needed another $250,000 of our tax
dollars in order to continue providing the level of service to which our servants have become accustomed. Rather than allow this to happen, our servants in the Senate took a brave stand
and voted to, gasp,
privatize its failing restaurants
. It was agreed by all that the fact that
this government operated food service lost about $18 million of the people's money
over the last 15 years was unfortunate and unintentional.
Not to worry. Privatization is a desperate measure of last resort and our public servants assure us they
will not consider this solution when addressing the people's business, like health
care, social security, and education. After all, our servants
are well aware that their primary job is to save ordinary Americans from the consequences of their own choices.
Oh, the travails of our noble, hard-working public servants. Selflessly toiling on
the people's business, enriching their, oops, our lives and solving all
the problems they create.Having to get by with less and less national appreciation
and adoration as the media switches its focus to getting Obama comfortably installed
in the White House. But they toil on, putting their own needs last as they fight
to save America from itself.
As one of 'the people' whose business these selfless public
officials are serving, I'd like to propose a big round of appreciation for these guys and gals. I think they have earned a long vacation and I'd be more than willing to allocate a portion
of my 'investments' to see them get it.
The residents of a Romanian village knowingly
voted in a dead man as their mayor
in Sunday's municipal election, preferring him to his living opponent.
Nancy Morgan is a columnist and news editor for RightBias.com
She lives in South Carolina