(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)
JB: It HAS to be a rhetorical question.
BE: What does? Did all politicians graduate from Me First College at the University of Greed?
JB: Well, yeah, but I had another question in mind.
JB: Philly Democratic state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, he who spent millions of others' money in a failed run for Guv last year, yesterday issued a press release asking, "Are You Smarter Than a State Legislator?"
BE: Wow. Talk about asking for it.
JB: Exactly. Anthony, whose official website says his initials (A.H.W.) stand for Always Hard Working (which, of course, promps cynics to suggest they really stand for Always Hardly Working), is sponsoring a contest called "There Oughta Be a Law." You can read about it on his site.
BE: There oughta be a law against such contests. And maybe such websites. And maybe Anthony Williams.
JB: Anywho. He's asking folks statewide to submit ideas for some "new laws."
BE: Yeah? I've got some ideas.
BE: How about a law to reduce the size of the legislature? How about a law to tie lawmakers' pay and perks to the state's median household income? How about a law to limit their terms in office?
JB: To what? A quarter-century? Anthony's been in the legislature 23 years. His father, Hardy Williams, was in 15 years.
BE: How about a law limiting one family to, oh, I don't know, three decades at the public trough?
JB: You may want to enter the contest. At least one winner gets to spend a day in the Capitol with the senator, and maybe even testify before a committee on his/her proposed law.
BE: Yeah? I'd like to testify all right. I'd like to testify that I'm sick of our ruling class using our tax dollars for their plush pensions and primo health care.
JB: I could sit beside you and growl at appropriate moments.
BE: So you basically agree with me?
JB: Is that a rhetorical question? Grrr.