These Members of Congress have Time for Magic but No Time for Minimum-Wage Workers
It’s funny how our political leaders decide what’s important and what isn’t important. I just can’t decide if it’s funny ha-ha or funny creepy.
The following members of the U.S. House of Representatives have decided to throw their time and effort behind H. Res. 642, a new bill introduced just last week:
|Rep. Sessions, Pete [R-TX-32]|
|Rep. Stivers, Steve [R-OH-15]|
|Rep. Meehan, Patrick [R-PA-7]|
|Rep. Donovan, Daniel M., Jr. [R-NY-11]|
|Rep. Dent, Charles W. [R-PA-15]|
|Rep. Simpson, Michael K. [R-ID-2]|
|Rep. Buck, Ken [R-CO-4]|
What does H.Res. 642 do? Well, it doesn’t do anything, per se, in the sense of accomplishing any actual improvement of any problem facing the country. No, it doesn’t do anything. But the bill says something, and this is what it says:
Magic Is So Cool.
I kid you not. The “action” portion of the bill resolves “that the House of Representatives recognizes magic as a rare and valuable art form and national treasure.” Why? The “whereas” section has some doozies:
“Whereas magic enables people to experience the impossible;”
“Whereas magic, like the great art forms of dance, literature, theater, film, and the visual arts, allows people to experience something that transcends the written word;”
“Whereas many technological advances can be directly traced to the influential work of magicians;”
“Whereas David Copperfield, with 21 Emmy Awards, 11 Guinness World Records, and over four billion dollars in ticket sales, has impacted every aspect of the global entertainment industry;”
“Whereas people consistently leave David Copperfield’s live magic show with a different perspective than when they entered;”
“Whereas Rebecca Brown of Portland, Oregon, left a David Copperfield magic show with a newfound inspiration to pursue her lifelong, unfulfilled passion for dance;”
“Whereas cities such as Wylie, Texas, and its mayor, Eric Hogue, recognize and promote the art of magic with official proclamations, summer educational programs, and the first festival dedicated to the art of magic in the State of Texas;”
“Whereas Mayor Eric Hogue, who learned the art of magic as a child, continues to use those skills to teach elementary school students about the different roles and responsibilities of local government;”
These Republican members of Congress have decided it’s of vital importance to recognize that magic is not books, to promote David Copperfield’s entertainment career, and to note that Wylie Mayor Eric Hogue issues proclamations about magic, too.
The same Republican members of Congress have decided it’s not really of vital importance that America’s minimum wage workers have gone without a raise for seven years, during a period in which the cost of living in this country has gone up 11% and corporate CEOs make 350 times the wage of the average worker who toils beneath them. None of these members of Congress has bothered to support H.R. 2150, a bill to at long last kick the minimum wage up a notch. They’re too busy marvelling at the wondrous impossibility of magic.