THE CONGRESS: The Inquisitors

Congress used to be called "Government by Committee." The Senate's Committee on Committees, invented in 1912, was a staple for the political japes of a generation not yet extinct. But now the system has been perfected into "Government by Inquiry." Whenever a "crying need" or "shameful scandal" is discovered, the nation's legislators (especially in the Senate) go through motions which notify the coun- try that (though the matter may be handled by one of the 79 committees which Congress keeps standing for all purposes) the treatment...