July 7, 2009

As an example of how just irrelevant and silly government has become — in addition to becoming increasingly tyrannical and authoritarian — consider a bill introduced in the House: H. Res. 600: A Tribute to an American Legend and Musical Icon, sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee of Texas.

[efoods]Jackson-Lee’s bill proposes a “tribute to an American legend and musical icon,” Michael Jackson. For some reason it was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Jackson is described as a “noted humanitarian,” a dominant figure in popular music and the first African-American entertainer to amass a strong crossover following on MTV, a general all-around good guy who supported the NAACP, the United Negro College Fund, Make a Wish Foundation, Give For Life, who donated $500,000 to Elizabeth Taylor’s AIDS Foundation, donated more than 200 turkey dinners to needy families in Los Angeles, etc., ad nauseam.

In other words, Michael Jackson — like any other celebrity — did a few good things. However, none of it has anything to do with the business of the people who elected Ms. Jackson-Lee to represent them.

The government should not waste taxpayer money lionizing a “musical icon.” One wonders how many staffers and how many hours were squandered writing this preposterous “bill” that is nothing more than a shameless effort to pander to the media circus and feeding frenzy surrounding the death of a washed-up performer who apparently died from a drug overdose (it is said his home was stocked like a pharmacy with sedatives and there are persistent rumors of Jackson’s abuse of Oxycontin and possibly IV medications).

Let the corporate entertainment media concentrate on Michael Jackson. Our representatives should have more important business to deal with.

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