Yesterday, U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver introduced H. Con. Res. 155, a resolution that begins with the complaint that, “Whereas the average person complains approximately 15 to 30 times per day, resulting in roughly 4,500,000,000 complaints spoken every day in the United States…”
Yes, it’s a resolution that supports the idea of a holiday called Complaint Free Wednesday. On this proposed holiday, everyone would try to stop complaining. But, the resolution itself begins with a complaint. Emanuel Cleaver introduced this resolution to complain about complaining.
The idea, I suppose, is that if people just stopped complaining, then they could go out into the world and actually accomplish something, instead of dwelling on negative thoughts. If Emanuel Cleaver is any measure, however, a complaint-free lifestyle is not the reliable path to accomplishment that H. Con. Res. 155 suggests it is. Emanuel Cleaver is not what you would call a high achiever in Congress. Cleaver has offered no substantive legislation this year, no positive solutions for the problems that most Americans deal with.
The three bits of legislation that Cleaver has introduced to the current session of Congress are:
1. His complaint about complaining
2. A bill to create a commission to talk about preparing a centennial memorial event in Missouri
3. A bill to ensure that insurers of tax-exempt municipal bonds are able to get reinsurance
Maybe the reason Emanuel Clever is introducing his resolution to complain about complaining is that he’s tired of his constituents calling his office to complain that he’s not doing a good job of representing them in Congress.