Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Congess* (for Congress*)

How Congress decides to spend our money is truly anyone's guess. Sometimes the whole thing seems like a giant con. When it comes to reading, writing, and 'rithmatic, our reprobate reps seem to be remiss in at least one of the 3 R's. Today's typo for this congealed mess is also missing an R: Congess* turned up on 104 records in OhioLINK this morning. Yes, that is a lot, but fortunately it's not 104 billion ... or 9.6 trillion. Mind-boggling debt and deficit numbers tend to inure folks to the current problem, but if you want an accessible and entertaining explanation of what we're really up against these days, check out the 2008 documentary by Patrick Creadon, I.O.U.S.A.

(Benjamin Harrison, whose legislative branch was known as the "Billion Dollar Congress," portrayed here as wasting the surplus gained under Cleveland, from Puck magazine, 1892. Remind you of anyone?)

Carol Reid

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