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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 office.

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 display space.

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’ vehicles.

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.

 

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