Buck Owens, et al.

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Dis­grun­tled and dis­en­chanted. That’s the mood of the Amer­i­can peo­ple when it comes to as­sess­ing this 110th Congress.

Given the cap­tain is re­spon­si­ble for his — or her, in this case — ship, Repub­li­cans are putting the blame on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Cal­i­for­nia and her Demo­cratic lieu­tenants for the “few mean­ing­ful ac­com­plish­ments” of this Congress. How few? Nam­ing post of­fices and court­houses, it turns out, ac­count for nearly half of the 106 bills signed into law this year. As House Mi­nor­ity Leader John A. Boehner of Ohio de­scribes mat­ters, it’s “no ac­ci­dent” that Congress has an em­bar­rass­ingly low “11 per­cent ap­proval rat­ing,” ac­cord­ing to the latest Reuters/Zogby sur­vey.

Mr. Boehner’s of­fice has bro­ken down the year’s 106 signed bills, and, amaz­ingly, 46 of them deal solely with the nam­ing of post of­fices, court­houses and roads. (Bal­ti­more Ori­oles base­ball great Cal Rip­ken, for ex­am­ple, got a stretch of in­ter­state high­way named in his honor.) An­other 44 were “non­con­tro­ver­sial” mea­sures, while 14 sim­ply ex­tended ex­ist­ing pub­lic laws.

So at least give this Congress credit for the Ger­ald R. Ford Jr. Post Of­fice Build­ing, the Rush Hud­son Lim­baugh Sr. United States Court­house, the Lyn­don Baines John­son De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion Build­ing, the Buck Owens Post Of­fice Build­ing and the Eleanor McGovern Post Of­fice Build­ing.

Then there’s our fa­vorite bill of all — au­tho­riz­ing a trans­fer of needed funds from the Se­nate gift shop to the Se­nate em­ployee child care cen­ter.

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