Lame Duck

Lame-Duck-SpotlightI don’t recall hearing the phrase "Lame Duck" more than I have recently. It is a reference to the House of Representatives mostly, but when considering the changes in the Senate, it applies to Congress as a whole.

I thought it odd that the phrase "Lame Duck" was what was used. Why a duck? Why lame? I found out that it has been around for over 100 years. It came to us through England and was used on the London Stock Exchange. It was a term for a broker who defaulted on his debt, referring to the fact that he wasn’t able to keep up, just like a lame duck wouldn’t be able to keep up with the rest.

Today the term is pretty well contained to a politician who is at the end of the term, especially with a successor already elected. Like a lame duck, they can’t keep up with what is going on, because they are on their way out.

Hmmm. Not sure if that lame duck story has any application at all.

So . . . we are in a lame duck session right now. Does that mean that congress can’t keep up with the run away inflation? That they can’t support the sinking moral of our society? Does it mean that they aren’t going to be able to pass any more legislation? No more intrusion into our health plans, education, state immigration efforts, plus a myriad of other things I could think of?

My thoughts - if a lame duck session means that they are not going anywhere quick, then, please, please, somebody break the other leg! We are probably better off with a congress that can’t keep up - maybe we can finally get ahead!

"You can lead a man to Congress, but you can't make him think."
- Milton Berle

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