Watching Government: Still seeking a quick fix

The Silly Season has arrived earlier than usual in Washington—undoubtedly because gasoline prices have soared, and many members of Congress feel their constituents' pain more than usual because it's an election year. Committee leaders begin gasoline price hearings by declaring there are no quick fixes. Then they ask experts who have been invited to testify if they can think of any. Some federal lawmakers arrive with their own answers, and bark "just answer yes or no" when a witness tries to explain. Nuance is routinely lost amid the obvious political posturing. It fortunately can be found in some witnesses' written testimony, which becomes part of the written record. There are r...

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