Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tennessee Legislators Working for You, Sending Angry Letters to D.C.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 11:10 AM

This is a noisy gong. (Not picture: clanging cymbal)
  • This is a noisy gong. (Not pictured: clanging cymbal)
In recent weeks, Republicans on Capitol Hill, from the governor on down, have been reprimanding the media for focusing on "crazy" legislation, instead of the substantive issues they're hammering out at some undisclosed location. They insist it's the cynical press corps, not the majority of honorable legislators, who are obsessed with frivolous matters like saggy pants and the proper place for the word "gay."

Endeavoring to prove us wrong, representatives in the House this morning took up HR0195, a resolution in support of the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Republicans took turns showing off their conservative credentials, declaring their righteous indignation at President Obama's decision to reject the project. Democrats argued that the resolution should also be sent to the oft-cited Republican governor of Nebraska, Dave Heineman, who opposed the pipeline which would have run through his state. They also argued that the resolution was politically motivated, which is obvious.

Rep. Matthew Hill put them all in their place when he rose to declare, "If you vote against this resolution, you are voting against jobs."

No. You're not. This resolution — like the one declaring the "insidious nature" of the United Nation's Agenda 21 initiative, or one announcing the state of Tennessee's support for the nation of Israel — will end up in a pile somewhere. It will not create a single job, though it will add to the work of whatever poor soul is charged with collecting these things. The president, however, will not read your letter. Try tweeting at him.

The resolution eventually passed and will soon be making an impact on par with that of an angry anonymous Internet comment.

If Republicans are going to continue to enjoy an overwhelming majority here - and they are going to — they should indulge these urges in private. If they insist on parading them out into the public square, on the public's time and dime, then we're all too happy to continue writing about them.

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