“Reading is fundamental”. Remember that ad campaign, encouraging our students and schools to reinvigorate the importance of reading? The word “read” is taking on many new meanings in Washington, D.C. these days.
There is the embattled Harry Reid currently coping with the slow realization that he is toast in early November. His last name has always been more of a letter jumble to me. The word “dire” is in there and he has been of tremendous help in leading the country to a place in history that is best described by that very word. His poll numbers could be described as dire as well. He is also one of the powerful who helped steer the massive health care legislation to a positive vote, a bill comprised of over two thousand pages, which was read by nearly nobody prior to being passed. Speaker Pelosi, with 101 Dalmatians by her side, told us all famously how we would have to “pass it to know what is in it”. We did and we do.
The word “ride” is also a jumble winner, and what a ride we got! If you look up the old saying “got taken for a ride” in the “Old Saying Dictionary” you will see a picture of Reid in a Lamborghini with taxpayers packed in the back seat. There is no excuse…NO excuse…at least in my book, for our elected representatives to pass any piece of legislation, never mind a mammoth, trillion dollar-plus piece of legislation, with out first reading and understanding the document. I don’t know anyone who would close on a mortgage or even an automobile purchase without reading the document. Oh…wait…we’re spending our own money. That seems to be the defining difference.
So we have a government of leaders and lawmakers who are, apparently, not particularly interested in reading anything much longer than a pay stub. This week, the crown jewel of “reading is not really that fundamental” came when our Attorney General Eric Holder, the chief attorney for the country, was pressed about the Arizona Immigration Law which is the latest frenzy eating through the country. After stumbling through the usual non-answers…”I haven’t seen the brief…”, or, “I’ve seen a few newspaper pieces..”, he was forced to admit that he hadn’t yet read the law. All ten pages of it. That’s right. Ten pages, less than most traffic laws consume in their entirety and a breeze for even the most junior lawyer, and our own Attorney General is pontificating away without even having given a perusal to the document.
It is a telling sign and quickly becoming a trademark of the Obama administration. Remember the Cambridge Police ordeal? How they “acted stupidly”? Anyone see a pattern developing here? A cadre of smooth talkers who have become so used to talking their way out of everything that they don’t even recognize how ridiculous it appears to the rest of us. When was the last time you were that unprepared at work? These are the people guiding the country through treacherous waters? That reminds me. “Reed”. Keep one handy. You may need it to breathe through when the boat sinks.