It seems like regardless of party we should all be able to agree that government should be more efficient. Likewise, it seems like, regardless of political affiliation, we should also agree government is currently as efficient as a president trying to evade national scandal within his first year in office. The United States isn't actually Rome and maybe it's not really burning, yet with all the responsibilities Congress juggles, they often spend their time on pointless issues like passing inconsequential resolutions. This week saw one of the stupidest ones yet.
Ever had Cheerwine? On Wednesday Rep. Ted Budd, R-N.C., introduced a formal resolution honoring the 100-year anniversary of Cheerwine, a beverage created in 1917 originating from his district. The resolution makes sure to mention that Presidents Eisenhower and George H.W. Bush appreciated the beverage.
Congress "recognizes the significance of the hundredth anniversary of the soda Cheerwine and acknowledges its contribution to North Carolina's vibrant food culture and unique local character" and "recognizes that Cheerwine is an important part of North Carolina's heritage and culture."
First of all, have you ever tasted Cheerwine? It's like Dr. Pepper and Cherry Coke had a one-night stand and produced this thick, sugar-burn-sweet, abomination to carbonated beverages. It's part cough-syrup, part-molasses and if you drink more than one can I swear your body will go into apoplectic shock from all the excess sugar and you may end up doing something absurd — like being in Congress.
Second, I don't care if this resolution took 30 seconds. Some staff member, whose paycheck is covered by hard-earned taxpayer dollars, drafted this resolution and Budd, who also earns a living via the taxpayer, actually brought it up in the House of Representatives. This, in the middle of Congress' inability to adequately repeal Obamacare or defund Planned Parenthood or figure out if Russia and President Trump are just pals, politicians or traitors.
Congress does this stuff all the time. A couple years ago, a bill was introduced "To specify the size of the precious-metal blanks that will be used in the production of the National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins." I'm convinced most people are too busy working to keep up with the high level of absurdity in terms of inconsequential paper-pushing Congress engages in daily.
This isn't just inefficient, it's stupid and absurd and Congress needs to stop taking the time to draft, introduce and enact petty resolutions that honor beverages as if that's somehow influencing the fabric of the American psyche.
I'm all for a great entrepreneur, American-as-apple-pie products, and the free market, but Congress isn't the place to have a birthday party — it's a place to efficiently use taxpayer dollars to protect and serve the American people.
Nicole Russell is a contributor to the Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential blog. She is a journalist in Washington, D.C., who previously worked in Republican politics in Minnesota. She was the 2010 recipient of the American Spectator's Young Journalist Award.
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