Two weeks ago, I had the chance to testify before a Congressional subcommittee. It was quite exciting, even though the room was more than half empty, and only four of the members of Congress were present. The whole thing was a little surreal, though, because the witness invited by the Republicans used all his time to argue that the biggest challenge facing American families is high energy costs, and so that we should expand domestic production of oil (in ANWR and offshore). The ranking member therefore asked each of testifying whether we'd support expanding domestic production.
While those of you read this regularly can probably guess what I personally think of that, my organization certainly doesn't have a position on the matter. So when it was my turn, I responded that I would decline to offer a position on an subject outside my area of expertise. Representative Davis then commented that I had disqualified myself from ever running for Congress, as having opinions on topics that you know nothing about is an absolute prerequisite for members of Congress.
This week has certainly proved the truth of that observation. I haven't been blogging about the bailout because I don't know what the right thing to do is, and I wish I had any confidence that anyone else really does. I'm afraid that they're all making it up as they go along, and we're going to be left holding the bag at the end.
While I recognize the symbolic appeal of limiting executive pay, I think I'd actually rather see the banks commit to opening no fee bank accounts -- tied to debt cards, but programmed not to allow overdrafts -- for everyone in the country.
This made me laugh. (No video, safe for work).