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Max Baucus and Great Legislation

It was reported in today’s Tribune that the U.S. Senate has rejected the plan proposed by the anointed one that would have created a budget commission. This budget commission would have required the Senate to approve the commission’s budget recommendation in it’s entirety, or to disapprove it totally. The senate rightly decided that this was a poor proposition, that would have divested the senate of its discretion and its responsibility on budgetary matters.

I had to laugh, though, when the gasbag from Montana, Max Baucus, was quoted in regard to this matter. He said, “Bureaucrats do not enact great legislation, senators do. ” Which, of course, spurred me to take a look at one of my favorite web sites, http://thomas.loc.gov/. This is the very informative web site run by the Library of Congress, that reports on legislative matters. So, in the interest of finding out about great legislation, I went to thomas, and queried bills sponsored by Sen. Baucus during the last year or so. Let’s take a look.

S.RES.57 : A resolution designating the first week of April 2009 as “National Asbestos Awareness Week.”

S.450 : A bill to understand and comprehensively address the oral health problems associated with methamphetamine use.

S.1823 : A bill to renew the temporary suspension of duty on certain footwear.

S.1824 : A bill to extend the temporary suspension of duty on lug bottom boots for use in fishing waders.

S.1826 : A bill to suspend temporarily the duty on certain glass snow globes.

S.1827 : A bill to suspend temporarily the duty on certain glass polyresin magnets.

S.1828 : A bill to suspend temporarily the duty on certain metal key chains with acrylic mini-globes.

S.1829 : A bill to suspend temporarily the duty on certain acrylic snow globes

S.1928 : A bill to extend and modify the temporary suspension of duty on golf bag bodies made of woven fabrics of nylon or polyester sewn together with pockets, and dividers or graphite protectors, accompanied with rainhoods.

I was unaware that we had a veritable Solon in our midst. When the history of the 20th and 21st centuries is written many years from now, I am certain that Max Baucus’ great legislative contributions to the snow globe industry will be featured prominently, right next to his belated appreciation of the dangers of asbestos and golf bags with rainhoods.

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