I am all sure that you have been waiting in hideous agonies of suspense about the fate of the “National Day of the Horse” resolution that I refered to yesterday. I am sorry to report that it looks as though it may fall victim to the partisan bickering that too often stymies this kind of important legislation. My anonymous informant — known as Deepthroat to his wife and children — informs me this morning:
Now, for a brief update on the Equine Awareness Act (or â€œEAA,â€? as Iâ€™m sure it will be soon be nicknamed), it appears that the Democrats may have a problem with this bill, as it did not pass by unanimous consent yesterday. I spoke with the cloakroom this morning, and while the Republicans were happy to let it pass by unanimous consent, there may be a hold placed on it by one or more Democrats. (And, as you know, which individual Senator/s has placed a hold on any particular bill is something that is generally not disclosed by the cloakroom).
I do not know the reason for the Senatorial shenanigans, but here is my guess: the bill is both facially vague and unclear. After all, it simply says â€œhorse.â€? It does not specify what type of horseâ€”thoroughbred? Arabian? Steed? Rocking? It could apply to all of those, or none. Plus, there is almost no legislative history which would be of assistance to a court in discerning Congressional intent when it is called upon to interpret that all-encompassing and vague word, â€œhorse.â€?
Another sticky thoughtâ€”the bill completely ignores the significant contributions that horses have made to the glue industry. Now, I will admit that this is pure speculation, but I would guess that the Elmerâ€™s lobbyists have contacted one of their Democrat puppets and forced them to place a hold on the bill. (After all, everyone knows that the Democrats are in the hip pockets of the glue industry).
All I can say, is that Kaimi, Kristine, Jim and other who blithely affirm that one can be a good Mormon and a good Democrat need to look deep into their souls and ask themselves whether this is the sort of thing that they can be associated with and still sleep with a clear conscience.