“We are picking winners and losers, when it is clearly obvious that witches can only be found by dunking them in water. If they float they’re a witch. If they don’t, installing a pool will allow us to retrieve the non-witch before he or she drowns,” Cárdenas said in an actual press release. “Like the Chairman, I am interested in effective government oversight and reform. This pool will allow that to take place, wasting far fewer taxpayer dollars in the process.”
Yes, ladies and gentleman, with absolutely no serious work getting done on Capitol Hill, members of Congress have turned to satire, officially.
“It’s a ridiculous release to underscore the ridiculous,” Cárdenas’ office tells us.
Cárdenas proposes the new pool be called the: “Senator Joseph R. McCarthy Memorial Truth Pond.” The words of former head counsel for the U.S. Army, Joseph N. Welch, who asked McCarthy, “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?” would be enshrined on a plaque.
Issa, to be sure, does seem to take pleasure in being a White House irritant. Since becoming chairman in 2011 he’s issued close to a 100 subpoenas. Most recently his target has been Simas, the director of the White House Office of Political Strategy, contending that Simas’s position might violate a federal law that official and campaign business be separate. Issa’s committee voted 19-14 along party lines to reject the White House’s claim that Simas has immunity from testifying.
The average aboveground pool usually runs under $5,000, but lest anyone accuse Cárdenas of wasting taxpayer dollars, he says members and staff alike would be free to use it recreationally … when it’s not being used for witch trials, of course.