Monday, February 20, 2012

The wisdom of George Burns

"It's too bad the people who really know how to run the country are so busy cutting hair and driving taxis."

George Burns (1896-1996)

George Burns—with the help of his partner and wife, Gracie Allen—enjoyed an endlessly  successful entertainment career  that started with vaudeville, and kept going in film, radio, television and modern movies. If you don't remember "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show,"  click here . George never was much of a political expert, as far as I know, but his little gem about "the people who really know how to run the country" is perfect.

I'd be happy if my local Congressman would retire today and give up his seat to the estimable lady who cuts my hair. If I had any taxi driver friends, I'd nominate them, too.

Now, think about it. Aside from the immediate family members of the 535 Senators and Representatives who are desperately mucking it up in Washington, is there anyone in America who couldn't think of good substitutes for his or her congresspersons, right now, I mean Bing! without even thinking about it?

It's not fun, and it hurts, to say that Congress is screwing everything up. We need term limits, we need 'em bad.

Come to think of it, Gracie would be a breath of fresh air on the floor of the House…..

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