Now that Thanksgiving is past, the country will shift from turkey to duck. As in Lame Duck. Congress will spend two weeks taking up bills they couldn’t pass in two years.
Will Rogers offered this definition of a Lame Duck Congress, “It’s like where some fellows worked for you and their work wasn’t satisfactory and you let ’em out, but after you fired ’em, you let ’em stay long enough so they could burn your house down.” (DT #1980, Dec. 8, 1932)
The biggest problem Congress might face is a rail strike, scheduled for December 9. I’ve heard it would cost our economy $2 Billion a day.
Did you know that any one of the 12 rail unions can veto a labor contract? You’re probably surprised there are 12 unions workin’ on the railroad. Two of them are the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers and the National Conference of Firemen.
Boilermakers? Firemen? Those guys must be at least 80 years old. There can’t be many steam locomotives left with boilers that depend on coal shovelers. At least not ones pulling a long string of rail cars loaded with coal, crude oil, corn, or cargo containers from China.
Another major ongoing problem is illegal immigration. At least 5,000,000 have entered since President Biden took office. Homeland Secretary Mayorkas is kinda stuck between a rock and a 30-foot steel wall. Congressman Kevin McCarthy of Kern County, California, the apparent incoming Speaker of the House, plans to pursue impeachment of Mayorkas unless he agrees to stop immigrants at the border and send them home. But Mayorkas is doing exactly what President Biden wants, redefining an ‘open border’ as a ‘secure border.’ So, he is squeezed between impeachment or getting fired. What a choice.
Meanwhile, the Washington DC city council and mayor passed a law that anyone who has spent 30 days there can vote in elections. Does that include lobbyists and foreign diplomats? I think the real reason for the law is because Texas Governor Abbott is busing illegal immigrants: if Republicans keep sending us thousands of immigrants, we’re gonna let ‘em vote.