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Another Member of Congress Living in ‘La La Land’

Yesterday, we growled about Rep. Howard ‘Buck’ McKeon (R-Calif) who received June’s Porker of the Month award from Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) “for littering the fiscal year (FY) 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with what appears to be pork.” We commented that some members of Congress don’t understand that the nation is headed towards bankruptcy, as we growled on June 22, 2011.

We don’t have an award to hand out, but today we’ll growl about a bill (S. 929 -- the Literacy Education for All, Results for the Nation (LEARN) Act), sponsored by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Washington) and co-sponsored by such liberal luminaries as Senators Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Al Franken (Minnesota) and Bernie Sanders (Vermonth). According to the June 22, 2011 issue of The Taxpayer’s Tab from the National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF):

“S. 929 would establish grant programs to create new initiatives for literacy and to improve existing efforts to teach children how to read.

NTUF adds the annual cost would be $2.35 billion.

A question for Sen. Murray: why isn’t all the money (federal, state or local) currently being spent on K-12 education sufficient to provide “high quality literacy education?” You can reach Sen. Murray on Capitol Hill:

  • Phone Number -- (202) 224-2621

For one member of Congress who definitely isn't living in the 'Beltway Bubble,' take a few minutes to watch this video (through Moonbattery) of Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pennsylvania) [also available at You Tube]. It's Rep. Kelly's statement during an Education and Workforce committee mark-up, and as one person commented, "what a great American! Keep up the good work!"

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