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For the People - We're All Mad Here
You can tell I'm mad because I have straw in my hair.
For the People
Let's say you are a business owner. You've got an employee who's been hired to do a specific job; for the purposes of this analogy, let's say it's making fries. His job description is straightforward: make fries for the customers. On his resume, he claimed to know how to use the fryer, how long to leave the fries in, how to properly salt and season the fries, and so forth. But when you look at his performance, you find it's drastically lacking. To be sure, he's making fries. But they're often still half-frozen when he takes them out and the seasoning is erratically applied. He's paying no attention to the number of fries that are meant to be going into each size, meaning that the customers aren't getting what they paid for, and it's making you look bad. In short, it's like he's barely paying any attention to his work at all. The fries come out okay when you stand over his shoulder and watch him do it the entire time, but you're starting to think that maybe he's really just not the best guy for the job.

Now, let's say that you are a citizen of the United States of America. You've got some employees who have been hired to do specific jobs; for the purposes of this reality, let's call them congresspeople. Their job description is straightforward: create, rescind or change laws to improve our country. And there's a key element in there that maybe you've noticed your congresspeople not quite following through on: reading the laws to find out what they do first.

Since yesterday, at least seven of the co-sponsors of PIPA have announced their opposition to the bill. Senator Marco Rubio said that he had "legitimate concerns about the impact the bill could have on access to the Internet and about a potentially unreasonable expansion of the federal government's power to impact the Internet."

That's an excellent thing to be concerned about. But perhaps Senator Rubio should have investigated this bill and discovered that he had this concern about it before putting his name on it as a co-sponsor. Why did he not have this concern on Tuesday? Unless Florida does things very differently than I expect, Sen. Rubio has an entire staff whose job is to help him read and understand these things. And yet the fries still came out undercooked.

There are plenty of people who can work a fryer. It might be a good idea to find some who are less likely to burn down the business if left unattended.

Mood of the Moment: annoyed annoyed
Auditory Hallucination: Bad Lip Reading -- Dirty Spaceman

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crisper From: crisper Date: January 20th, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not to hork on your post, but of course what Senator Rubio meant was that he had "legitimate concerns about the impact the bill could have on my chances of re-election." The liberal media must have mis-quoted him.
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