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Friday, January 14, 2011

Ezra Klein: It's A Hard Knock Life for Congressmen

Ezra Klein writes:

There's a line from the president's speech last night that I've not been able to get out of my head. It comes in the section about Christina Taylor Green, the 9-year-old who was killed last Saturday in Tucson. "She was off to meet her congresswoman," Obama said, "someone she was sure was good and important."

"Good and important." Those are oddly simple words for a speech like this. But they're exactly the words you can imagine a 9-year-old using if her teacher asked her to describe a member of Congress. "She saw all this through the eyes of a child," the president continued, "undimmed by the cynicism or vitriol that we adults all too often just take for granted."

Sorry. I'm not cynical. U.S. Congressman just usually aren't "good" people. It's that simple. Klein is mesmerized by the child-like innocence of a 9-year-old, but I think it makes this entire tragedy all the more tragic, that this 9-year-old girl and most 9-year-old children think their Congressman is someone "good" and "important" when in truth their Congressman is probably someone who deals in favors and peddles influence; someone who is lining up a great career for themselves making millions in lobbying or some other lucrative career after their tenures end; someone who votes for the policies that destroy untold trillions in productive capital and result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands around the world.

If you want a good laugh, read the rest of Klein's piece (m). He pulls out his violin and tells a real sob story for the life of Congressman. It's a hard knock life for Dodd and Frank I'm sure! Move over Oliver Twist, U.S. Congressman really know what it's like to lead a "crummy life " as Klein describes it. Puh-leeze!

Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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