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February 24, 2004

John Dingell - Funniest Man in Congress

The Congressman from Michigan, who has quite a history of being a thorn in the side of conservatives - and George W. Bush, too - puts together what can only be called a leter in the best traditional of political rhetoric. Oh and its ass-clenhingly funny, as well.

(He's done it before, too - see end of post).

His letter (PDF) rips the idea outlined in the new Economic Report of the President from the administration's Council of Economic Advisors that wants to include fast food workers in their definition of manufacturing (and Republicans wonder why Democrats are skeptical of the unemployment figures and anything else coming out of this admin).

I am sure the 163,000 factory workers who have lost their jobs in Michigan will find it heartening to know that a world of opportunity awaits them in high growth manufacturing careers like spatula operator, napkin restocking, and lunch tray removal. I do have some questions of this new policy and I hope you will help me provide answers for my constituents:

Will federal student loans and Trade Adjustment Assistance grants be applied to tuition costs at Burger College?

Will the administration commit to allowing the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) to fund cutting edge burger research such as new nugget ingredients or keeping the hot and cold sides of burgers separate until consumption?

Will special sauce now be counted as a durable good?
Do you want fries with that?

There's more there.

But in January, Dingell may have put in a deeper - and more personal dig at GWB:
... Maybe they're desperate for money, U.S. Rep. John Dingell of Dearborn thought when he read the letter offering him a Virginia charter membership in the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign.

Dingell, the senior Democrat in the U.S. House, said Friday that he received the letter last week at his Virginia home, complete with a picture of a smiling Republican President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush.

Dingell responded with a tongue-in-cheek two-page letter saying, "With all the special interest giveaways to contractors like Halliburton, energy companies like Enron, or the pharmaceutical industry, I would think the Bush-Cheney re-election fund would be flush with contributions."

He enclosed a picture of himself seated in an aircraft cockpit in full flight-suit gear.

Link Detroit Free Press: Dingell receives mailbox surprise