Congress Abdicating

Interesting revelation by BusinessInsider (hat tip Market Ticker):

“I can’t write regulations, this is way beyond the competency of Congress.”

Said none other than Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT).

One wonders what Congress normally does then on a daily basis? I thought it was their job to write laws and regulations (it’s the legislative branch of government, for God’s sake) – but maybe it’s more attending fundraisers and playing golf with the right people…

Anyhow, Senator Dodd is in the Senate since 1981 and before that he was in the House since 1975. So he needed, let’s see, 35 years to figure out that he is incapable to write legislation, i.e. incaple of doing his job?
From the Wikipedia article above:

In 1972, Dodd earned a Juris Doctor at the University of Louisville, where he served as vice magistrate of the law school’s student body.[citation needed] The following year, he was admitted to the Connecticut bar, and began practicing law in New London.

So he is a lawyer with a doctoral degree and still can’t write legislation? Hhm.

Obviously, the self-confessed inability didn’t keep him from writing some legislation anyway – or maybe he didn’t and someone else wrote it for him all these years?
Gee, I wonder who that might have been. Maybe we can get a clue from this snippet from the BusinessInsider article above?:

“The business community needs certainty on this issue,” he said. “We ought to leave it to them to make the recommendations.”

This must be the dream job for many. Not only can you begin with having no previous qualifications or knowledge pertinent to the job at hand (having deep pocket sponsors is enough, it seeems), you can also sit in there for 35 years without having to learn the core skills required to do the job properly, namely writing legislation. And noone seems to have noticed.
Amazing.

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  1. The tragedy of education is played in two scenes – incompetent pupils facing competent teachers and incompetent teachers facing competent pupils. Martin H. Fischer

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