The House of the Absurd-entatives

Whenever one thinks that it really cannot get nuttier while hearing what the Democrat controlled Congress is working on, here comes another whopper: The House of Representatives voted on May 23, 2007, to, and we quote “ make energy price-gouging illegal!” According to a report in USA Today, written by Barbara Hagenbaugh, “the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday that would give the government the power to impose millions of dollars in fines and jail time on people seen as gouging drivers at the gasoline pump.” 

It really is amazing that stuff like this happens, Congress voting for accusations they have made without evidence. This is despite the fact the Federal Trade Commission,  the‘FTC’, shortly before passage of this bill stated that it had not uncovered any anti-competitive behavior or other illegal business practices by oil companies that have caused current record gasoline prices. According to the article, the vote was 284-141 in favor of the “Federal Price Gouging Prevention Act”, which would make it illegal for companies to sell gasoline at prices that were “unconscionably excessive” (whatever that means). Violators would face fines of up to $2 million and could spend up to 10 years in prison. The trigger for this piece of legislation is the current record level of gasoline prices and a plurality in Congress decided to do something about it. Never mind, that oil prices have forever been driven by a formula of supply and demand. Oil is being traded at over $65 a barrel, you couple that with limited refining capabilities in our country, an ever-increasing demand for gasoline and then you know why the prices are high.    

The vote means that at a minimum more than fifty Republicans voted in favor of this thing, too, in other words, a truly Bi-partisan law. The bill will now go to the Senate where things could change or be passed as is before it goes to the President’s desk for his signature (or veto pen).

 The big question for us here at Back to Common Sense is: Who voted these people into office? The second question is: Is this what these office holders were elected for by their constituents? The third question is: What more do they have in store for us while in charge? Since we do not know the answers to questions 1 and 2, we will make some recommendation as to question number 3. Here is our list of legislation that should be considered by the current crop of lawmakers in Congress: 

  • Pass legislation to make lying legal for Congressmen/women and Senators, but do not call it that, call it “creative facts and scientific premonitions”,

  • Remove a Republican President’s power to veto any Democrat legislation reaching his desk, call it “Obstruction removal element”, change the U. S. Constitution if you have to, this is important,

  • Prosecute all people that contribute to Global Warming without supportive Carbon Credit in payment to the U.S. Treasury, call the law the “ Flatulence Reduction Act”, if this becomes too cumbersome to enforce, just convert it to a “Flat Flatulence Tax” whereby every person in this country will be charged a given amount to pay as tax based on average daily occurrences,

  • Prosecute all people who approach an elected official in Congress in any form without first sending a significant campaign contribution to him or her,

  • Prosecute any person who questions the motives of U.S. Senators or Congressional members when voting at any time contrary to previous campaign promises and assurances,

  • Pass a law that allows any Congressional member to get reelected every time with less than 25 % of the votes cast, call it the “Incumbent’s Security Act”,

  • Prosecute and punish with lengthy prison terms any person who questions the integrity and corrupt behavior of any member of Congress, 

Oh, and one more thing: Congress should erect a monument entitled ‘Profiles in Courage’ whereon they can engrave all their names for posterity.

But seriously, folks, something should be done to stop this craziness. There are serious issues to tackle and deal with of global and national importance for short- and long ranging periods and time should not be wasted on stupid, unenforceable legislation such as the one Congress passed on Wednesday, May 23, 2007.

 This article and others on Back to Common Sense are designed to provoke further thought and investigation.   It is not the intent for the articles to be politically biased. Sources are referenced in each article to encourage readers to delve into the supporting material.  We welcome all readers to participate with their point of view either in support or contrary with additional information sources.


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