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Monuments to Congressional Dumbness

Need to raise your blood pressure? Andy Roth at the Club for Growth’s blog provides a list of the 10 dumbest votes in the U.S. House of Representatives. He says there are dumb votes every year, but these 10 struck him as “monuments to dumbness.” Here are just two examples:

  • Mohair Subsidies. Offered by then-Rep. Mark Sanford, this vote sought to defund all mohair subsidies. Pray tell, what exactly is mohair? Webster's dictionary says it's, "a fabric or yarn made wholly or in part of the long silky hair of the Angora goat." From 1995 to 2005, taxpayers have been on the hook for $40 million on mohair subsidies.”
  • Viagra Subsidies. Did you know that Viagra used to be subsidized through Medicaid and Medicare? Rep. Steve King (R-IA) offered an amendment to remove the subsidy in 2005. According to the New York Times, "Mr. King said it was wrong to tell taxpayers that "we're going to take the money you earned on overtime to pay for Grandpa's Viagra." Thankfully, the House sided with King, but 121 members still wanted to keep it up (the subsidies, that is).“

Wondering how Jim Moran, Arlington’s Congressional representative, voted on the 10? Andy provides links to the specific votes so you can find out..


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