Busywork in Congress

Do you remember when you were little and a teacher gave you busywork…usually repetitious efforts that had no real useful intent, but just kept you busy, while she could help the students who needed more work, or step out of the room for a few moments, or took a day off and got a substitute teacher she didn’t actually trust to teach you, so used busywork sort of as a place holder.

Well imagine my surprise when I realized that that is precisely what Congress is doing in 2011.  Rather than actually address the deep problems our country faces, rather than bring forth their own jobs producing legislation, or, God forbid, actually pass the Obama jobs bill, the Republicans have been doing Busywork. They are continually coming up with legislation which is meaningless. For example, today they spent time haranguing about their bill to declare “In God We Trust” as the motto of the U.S.   That despite the fact that it is already considered the national motto.  Wikipedia states “In God We Trust” was adopted as the official motto of the United States in 1956.”  Busywork.  Other important legislation they have been pushing  guarantees that taxpayers wouldn’t be forced to pay for abortions. The fact that legally that is already forbidden didn’t stop them from doing it again and again.

Why are they doing this? Could it be they think the teacher has left the room, and they can’t do any real work until she returns?

Could it be that they are incapable of coming up with any new legislation and must restate the laws they like ad nauseum.

Methinks the truth is that Busywork is all they can do.


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