Is it time to scrap the tradition of capturing our statesmen and women in oils and instead opt for photographs, something spending hawks have long argued.
Maybe we need a chart
Ridiculousness may be in the eye — or taste buds — of the beholder.
Sen. Marco Rubio
on Wednesday held up the idea of making key lime pie the official pie of the United States as an example of a laughable idea (unlike his desire to exclude the debt limit from budget talks, which he argued was perfectly reasonable).
“This is not a trivial objection,” the Florida Republican said during a speech on the Senate floor arguing against debt-limit talks. “I’m not asking that the key lime pie be made the official pie of the United States. I’m not asking for some ridiculous thing.”
But wait: Would that really be such a crazy idea? Key lime is the official state pie of Florida — and the Sunshine State is populous and politically powerful. And surely he couldn’t have meant that the very idea of having a national pie (regardless of the flavor) was silly. We essentially have a national bird (the bald eagle was made the nation’s emblem in 1782), and Congress routinely names months and days after awareness of obscure diseases and scourges (a happy belated National Invasive Species Awareness Week, everyone!).
Besides, key lime pie happens to be delicious.
But maybe Rubio is as savvy as his boosters say — or perhaps he’s got a good mastery of polling. According to the American Pie Council, key lime isn’t even among the top five pies preferred by Americans. Apple is first, followed by pumpkin, pecan, banana cream and cherry.
Now, there’s a sweet debate worthy of the Senate.
Hey, these things happen:
, President Obama’s nominee to lead the Commerce Department, understated her income by some $80 million and had to file a correction to her government-filed disclosures, Bloomberg News is reporting.
That might sound like a lot of money, but it’s all relative. Pritzker, whose family founded the Hyatt hotel chain, is worth about $1.5 billion. So it’s easy to see how a few million — or 80 — could go missing.
Maybe she left it in the other purse?
A spokeswoman told Bloomberg that the $80 million was “a substantial amount” and that Pritzker’s advisers corrected the error as soon as they realized it.
With Emily Heil
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