Come on Yoder, ask me a question. Any question!
The Kansas City Star
It’s no secret that most of us think our congressmen are clods, but apparently the feeling’s mutual.
I recently got one of those Congressional Action Surveys in the mail, from Rep. Kevin Yoder, and silly me, I thought I’d fill it out and let Kevin know how I felt about things. I know my opinions are as half-baked as the next guy’s, but it’s always nice to be heard.
But it didn’t take a rocket scientist to realize the point of this congressional survey was not to get my opinions, but tell me what mine should be.
Here’s a typical example:
Question #5: Congressman Yoder supports tax reform to make our tax code simpler, flatter and fairer. Do you support similar tax reform? A) Yes B) No.
Of course I picked B. I prefer tax reform that is biased, complicated and favors me, doesn’t everybody?
Maybe Rep. Yoder didn’t write this thing. I like to think he didn’t, because if he did, I’d like to ask him if he still beats his wife.
What is really discouraging is that Yoder is probably one of the more reasonable guys in Washington. He didn’t sign Norquist’s inane tax pledge, and some people have even accused him of being, god forbid, too moderate.
If Yoder is one of the moderates, this doesn’t bode well, considering how sorely we need a Congress that can buckle down and take care of business. Instead they behave like a bunch of kindergartners, all pointing fingers at the other kids’ stinky. (And there’s lots of stinkies out there, no arguing that.)
Meanwhile, the country slides deeper and deeper into a sorry funk.
Maybe someday they’ll look back on this period and scratch their heads. Just like we look back on the bizarre Joe McCarthy days of the fifties and wonder “how did that happen?”
There is one good thing about those tax-payer funded surveys. They include a postage-paid return envelope, which I’m sure the Postal Service appreciates. They need the money.
So, before I shut up, I’d like to ask my congressman a question. Who said this?
“It is not my intention to do away with government. It is rather to make it work.”
Hint: He’s the same guy who once said, “Facts are stubborn things.”