Boy, were my eyes opened by what we saw this past Saturday!
First of all, let me ask you: if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make any noise? Keep this question in mind as you read on.
We were in DC this past weekend visiting relatives. On Saturday, which was a beautiful day, we toured the new visitor’s center at the Capitol. This is a new facility that is on the backside of the Capitol and is underground. In fact, it connects through a tunnel to the Library of Congress, which is also worth seeing if you are in DC.
Anyway, as we went in to the center, the attendant asked if we wanted to sit in on the Senate. That is right, the US Senate. They were in session talking about the proposed Health Care legislation. On a Saturday, no less!
Wow, what an opportunity that would be to see our lawmakers in action! We decided that this could not be passed up; that it was a “must do” thing.
Ok, to make a long story short, we passed through a lot of security and were escorted into the balcony overlooking the Senate chamber. It was in fact, in session! The cameras were on and one Senator was speaking. He was giving a presentation on the ramifications of the new health care legislation. It was a very good presentation, using charts and everything!
The only problem was that there were only three other Senators in the entire chamber! And they left just a minute or two after we were seated. So, this Senator from Alabama was giving a very impressive presentation to no one! Granted, maybe he was being filmed for C-Span or something but no one was hearing him. At least no one that counted. Out of 100 total Senators who were supposed to be in session, only one was actually in session and he was the one talking!
Maybe they do this all the time. It would certainly be an eye opener for most of America, you think?
I am thinking more and more that we need to throw all the bums out and start over! Let’s elect all new comers at each election until we can get this thing right.
Now, I ask once again, if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make any noise?