Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Congress Takes A Mulligan...

I want to be careful here not to give too much credit to our lawmakers on Capitol Hill, but it appears the Senate is doing what it can to make last week's angry AIG bonus tax vote in the House go away quietly. After Majority Leader Harry Reid initially tried to bring the Senate version to a vote last week, someone got to him and told him to shut the hell up, and it now appears the Senate will put off a vote on the measure until late next month at the earliest.

What's causing the delay? Embarrassment, mostly. The Senate is treating the House like a naughty child - sending it to its room to think about the bad thing it's done.

I've mentioned this already, but it bears repeating. Last week's knee-jerk reaction in the House to use the tax code as a weapon was immature, thoughtless and potentially dangerous to the nation's recovery. President Obama knows it, and he has said as much. So does most of the Senate. And even some of the members of Congress who voted to tax the bejeezus out of the AIG executives last week are now blasting the very same package this week!

To me, this is a very clear reminder that we do not necessarily send our best and brightest to represent us in Washington. We send ambitious politicians - people who will pander as needed to keep their jobs.

Let this be a lesson to us all.

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