DURST: Adding Amendments

They're porking it up in the media vacuum that is July in Washington, furiously adding amendments to bills like teenagers dumping six packs into grocery carts at unattended convenience stores after hours. They're also up to so much other no good I expect C-SPAN close-up stills to show hell born leeches dripping out of their jacket pockets. We have come to trust our elected officials to exhibit greed and petty underhandedness, after all they're paid to represent us, but every once in a while they manage to do something so incredibly shallow and self serving, it takes your breath away. Grab a quick mouthful of oxygen and check this out. Last week the House cut $174,000 from the budget of the National Science Foundation, as a punishment for underwriting a study why civic leaders choose not to run for Congress. In response, Representative William Clay, D-Missouri, said "if there is one thing we do not need in this country it is more people to run for Congress." Especially in Missouri, I assume. He went on to say the study "is an affront to every member of this Congress because these two professors start with the premise that we are not getting the best qualified people to serve in Congress." Those cads. Who in their right mind would ever consider that? And what better way to prove your quality than limply slapping a wrist that dared criticize you? Makes you think of a petulant child grabbing the ball and going home, although I would have to hazard a guess that this situation has to do with an excess of petulant children and an extreme lack of balls.Will Durst loves Congress for their pride and dignity.

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