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Another hat tip today … June 19, 2010

Posted by WillardWhyte in Economy, Environment, Justice, Politics.
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… goes to Gail Collins over at The New York Times for this column this morning.

You could call it Ruby Slippers governance because it depends on a kind of silly denial of reality that only works with Dusty Springfield singing “Wishin’ and Hopin'” in the background.

It’s like the repeat drunken driver who still thinks he can slip into the bar at quitting time to have just “a taste” before hitting the road. The law of averages assures he will be caught, maybe at a roadblock, maybe in a ditch, maybe in the emergency room when he comes to as the only survivor in a wreck that maybe wiped out a family.

But no judge, there is no need for an ignition interlock. It won’t happen again.┬áNo need for you to do anything to come as close as you can to making sure it can’t happen again.

Here’s a word of advice to all in Congress wishin’ and hopin’ — most of us out here expected that you already had done everything in your power to make sure it didn’t happen in the first place.

We were wrong — you and the people who work for you (and us) either figured wrong or just didn’t do their jobs. It happened — and it is still happening.

We are a forgiving bunch, all said and done. The odds were pretty long that this would not go down.

But it did. Now you know it can — and will again unless you figure out how the barn door got open, how to close it and how to make sure it doesn’t swing open again.

We can put a bunch of monkeys in there to jabber and bicker and scratch and whine — and do nothing.

Not an option.

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