Be thankful lame ducks did little more damage

It appears all but certain that the lame-duck session of Congress, now winding down, will have been nothing more than an exercise in political gamesmanship. In that regard, it is little different than any other session of Congress.

Democratic leaders were ecstatic after Election Day, and couldn’t wait to summon their colleagues back to Washington. The agenda was high-minded and ambitious.

At the top of the list was a new, sweeping economic stimulus package. (Never mind that the last stimulus package, passed earlier this year, did little, if anything to lessen the economic crisis we find ourselves in today.)

But they weren’t going to stop there. There was the sinking automobile industry that needed help.

Well, after all is said and done, congressmen will head home for the holidays having done nothing more than pass a modest extension of unemployment benefits.

That, in our view, is not necessarily a bad thing. We don’t think another economic stimulus package is what the country needs at the moment, nor do we think bailing out the auto industry is in the best interest of taxpayers.

So let them go home having accomplished nothing.

Well, maybe they did do one thing: Thanks to this lame-duck session, late night television comedians have a new batch of rich material. Why was it necessary, for example, for the CEOs of Ford, GM and Chrysler to each be ferried to Washington, hats in hands, in separate corporate jets?

Have they never heard of jet-pooling?


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