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10-28-2016, 10:44 AM
Lame-duck session is dangerous

Thomas Massie
October 28, 2016

U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie is running for re-election in Kentucky's Fourth Congressional District.

The phrase “lame duck” was first used in London in the 18th century. It was slang for a stockbroker who could not pay off his debts. In this country, it was later used to describe a politician who has lost re-election or is not running again, but who stays in office for the remainder of his term. In fact, President Abraham Lincoln was one of the first to use the term here in the United States, when he said, “a senator or representative out of business is a sort of lame duck. He has to be provided for.”

Fast-forward to today’s dysfunctional Congress. Despite objections by me and many of my colleagues, Congress will now meet for a “lame-duck” session after the November elections and before the new Congress convenes in January.

Ironically, “a stockbroker unable to pay off his debts” seems an appropriate way to describe this upcoming lame-duck session, since our federal government is now over $19 trillion in debt.

The main business of the lame-duck session will be an omnibus spending bill that will fund every branch of the government. Although it will be over 1,000 pages long, congressmen will have only hours to read this budget-busting legislation that will fund virtually the entire Obama agenda until Sept. 30, 2017.



10-28-2016, 11:09 AM
Congress doesn't follow the rules, yet we keep reelecting them. What's up with that?

10-28-2016, 11:36 AM
Congress doesn't follow the rules, yet we keep reelecting them. What's up with that?

We are not very smart, are we? :eek: