"Rep. Tom DeLay, whose iron hold on the House Republicans melted as a lobbying corruption scandal engulfed the Capitol, told TIME that he will not seek reelection and will leave Congress within months. Taking defiant swipes at "the left" and the press, he said he feels "liberated" and vowed to pursue an aggressive speaking and organizing campaign aimed at promoting foster care, Republican candidates and a closer connection between religion and government."
By the simple act of resigning, DeLay has already brought government closer to any God worth worshipping. And I share the sense of liberation that the knowledge that he is resigning has brought. I don't know how long it will last, what with the prospect of prison and all, but may he enjoy it while he has it. I am certainly enjoying mine, and I feel certain that, somewhere, the ghosts of Washington, Adams, Madison and Jefferson are resting a little easier.
In other news, I am back from Idaho; I got the house; and I'm really, really happy about Jill Carroll.
Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson, is a wonderful novel. You don't a t all have to be religious to read it, but an added bonus is this: if any of you are inclined to think badly of religion, it gives you a wonderful sense of what it is like to genuinely believe that there is a God who is absolutely good, asks a lot of us, and knows the human heart. If Jerry Falwell has given you the wrong idea about what Christianity might be, read this and get the right one. -- As I said, though, enjoying it is in no way dependent on caring about this; it's just a side benefit to the glorious writing.
And does anyone care to speculate about why our government has chosen to disregard disregard the statutory requirement to issue its Social Security report, and seems to have no idea when it will issue one? (Matt Yglesias points out later that the '98 report came out on April 28, but having no idea when it will come out when the deadline has already passed makes it sound as though it will be later.
"There are two reasons for concern here. One is that the Trustees need to somehow keep coming up with new ways to justify ignoring the past several years worth of productivity growth, years worth of data that other government agencies routinely account for. The other thing is that the Report's immigration projections -- always implausible -- are now seriously at odds with the administration's immigration proposals."