The Congress: The Useful Pest

The angry Congressman stepped to a microphone, stared scornfully at the nearly empty chamber, and denounced a motion that the House of Representatives recess for three days. "I am becoming more and more disturbed over the failure of the House to get down to work," he snapped. "This is just about the most do-nothing session I have seen in my 14 years here." He had figured it all out, and a little later he passed on his statistics to reporters. So far this year, he said, the House has been working an...

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