Thursday, May 8, 2008

What's the Matter with Kansas?

A few years ago, there was a famous book that rhetorically asked What's the Matter with Kansas? The book generated a lot of discussion, especially around here, as it proposed that the Republican party had tricked red state America into believing it was on their side when it was actually for the rich and empowered.

I haven't read the book, and so don't have an opinion on the author's thesis, but I was reminded of its title yesterday when Kansas Representative Todd Tiahrt halted discussion in the House on the spending bill by asking for a roll-call vote on House Resolution 1113. Never heard of HR 1113? It's a resolution to show that Congress celebrates the role of mothers in the United States and supports the goals and ideals of Mother's Day. Rep. Tiahrt wanted to make sure all the Representative's mothers knew that their sons and daughters loved and appreciated them.

I'm sure their mothers would be more excited if the House stopped wasting time and money, stopped taking and looking for kickbacks, and ate their lima beans. But hey, what do I know?


Andy Forbes said...

I'll tell you what's wrong with Kansas.

It's a scary place, that's what.

Andrew said...

That is a wonderful find, especially as I'm living in the rectangle right now!

Andy Forbes said...

Well, Maria and I think it would be cool to look for residencies in KC, so we might be joining you at some point!

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