In a move that has most of the nation’s capitol in an
uproar, earlier this week Congress passed and the President signed a
resolution that makes it mandatory that all elected officials must
display logos or other decoration on their clothing, vehicles and lobby
walls, designating the top contributors to their campaign for public
The biggest contributors will get the best location,
such as chest area, hat, and hood of
the limo or side of the campaign bus or airplane for their money.
H.R. 1686.23, a House bill dealing with infrastructure
funding for the remotest areas of the country, will become law on June
1, 2010. Buried deep inside the bill was this one-page rider on campaign
finance and it is hoped that this measure will eliminate citizen’s
guesswork about lobbyists, and other “big money” contributors, and the
politicians who accept their contributions.
The only problem that has surfaced so far is the
available marketable space. A skinny representative and a, shall we say,
bigger man, will have a completely different number of square inches of
The debate now is whether congressional aides and pages
will have to wear the excess logos or if the logos of the largest
contributors should only be placed prominently on the representatives’
A suggestion that the logos be tattooed on all
candidates for public office was tabled, as the lobbyists will have to
renew their contributions to elected officials to keep their ad space.
Some have dubbed the bill the “NASCAR” resolution, and
they fear that it might be distracting to the public when they are
watching their congressional representative making a speech while
standing in front of a logo-covered bus and looking like the winner of a
NASCAR race, his jacket all covered with patches and logos, wearing a
cap and showing their “sponsors.”
Others think it is a move toward more honesty in
government. Something that even the founding fathers might have done if
they had been faced with today’s challenges, and knew about NASCAR.