Thursday, December 6, 2012

Lunatics In The House

Good news everybody!  I realize that we're headed straight over the fiscal cliff and the prospect of the average household's taxes going up by about $2,000 a year is looming in the next few weeks with no sort of deal in sight up there on Capitol Hill.  But don't worry!  The House passed a measure today removing the word 'lunatic' from federal law!  We're saved! 

That's right, America.  Your House of Representatives spent time today taking a vote on whether or not the word 'lunatic' should remain in the wording of federal laws.  According to CBS DC, "The legislation cites one instance in banking regulation that refers to the authority of a bank to act as “committee of estates of lunatics” on guardianship issues." See, I find nothing wrong with this.  Seems like a reasonable wording.  And sensible! 

The pertinent legislation passed the House by a vote of 398-1.  Do you know who the ONE who voted against it is?  My hero, that's who.  That would be a one Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, who not only voted "no" on the matter, he issued a statement about his vote as well, saying that "...not only should we not eliminate the word “lunatic” from federal law when the most pressing issue of the day is saving our country from bankruptcy, we should use the word to describe the people who want to continue with business as usual in Washington."  See?  My hero. 

I honestly cannot believe that this is the sort of drivel that is going on when things are not looking promising for my money come January 1st.  Actually, wait.  I take that back.  Of course I can believe that this has happened.  See, if our lawmakers had been paying attention the entire time and actually trying to solve this issue, we wouldn't be in the situation that we're in now (which, in case you haven't figured it out, is effed).  But no.  Instead, they're going to spend their time making sure that some wording of some legislation that no one is ever going to read (much less be offended by) isn't "offensive".  Well, the wording might not be offensive, but their actions are.  We're so utterly doomed. 

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