It’s the little things that count

When it broke for its August recess, Congress had passed only 294 laws, the fewest at this point of any Congress in the last 20 years. Out of those, 81 named post offices.

That relative inactivity might be no bad thing for the country. Unfortunately, among those that did not pass were the 10 appropriations bills, which fund the operations of the federal government and whose passage is Congress’ main order of business, in fact, almost its whole purpose.

Those bills are supposed to be passed before the end of the federal fiscal year, Sept. 30, but no one’s betting on it. Some of them may not get passed until the start of 2009.

However, Congress has not been totally idle. According to the nonpartisan watchdogs over at Taxpayers for Common Sense, the lawmakers have introduced a total of 1,932 resolutions. The staff picked a few of their favorites.

One would recognize dirt — the language of the resolution actually says "soil" — as "an essential natural resource." Hard to quarrel with that.

Other resolutions would make July National Watermelon Month, May as Idaho Potato Month, and June 30 as National Corvette Day. Still another would declare support for designating a National Funeral Director and Mortician Day.

A pro-polygamy outfit celebrates August 19 as national Polygamy Day. Apparently that was one of the few resolutions the lawmakers missed.

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