Sunday, September 26, 2010

Zany Zoe

Congress, apparently having abandoned any attempt to better its pathetic 16% approval rating, has redirected its efforts to boosting C-SPAN’s Nielsen ratings by bringing in comedian Stephen Colbert to testify on agricultural reform.

I’m a big fan of the Colbert Report – because it’s great satire. Rep. Zoe Lofgren, who invited Colbert to testify before her subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugee, Border Security and International Law, obviously doesn’t understand the difference between satire and reality.  Indeed, Colbert’s sole qualification for testifying on the illegal immigration of farm workers was picking beans for a day.  No, really, I’m serious.

I could write a book about the waste of taxpayer money in such a ridiculous hearing (and to think I thought the MLB steroid hearings were a waste) and Lofgren's confused priorities. What strikes me the most about a comedian helping to set public policy, however, is the parallel to the movie Idiocracy, a comedy set five hundred years in the future where morons run the country.

Clearly, with this Democratic Congress, the future is now.


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