Trent Franks Resigns, December 7, 2017

It is NOT NORMAL for a member of Congress to ask his female staff members to be a surrogate for his child. He offered one staff member five million dollars to carry his child and left some with the impression that he wanted to wanted to impregnate them via intercourse rather than via in-vitro fertilization. I . . . am at a loss for words.

Updated with the additional details of the payment and the method, December 8, 2017.

Source: The Hill, Politico, the Associated Press.

Tax Bill Rushed into Senate, December 1, 2017

It is NOT NORMAL for the Senate to try to pass a bill that will have an enormous impact on the nation’s economy that has been written hastily, is still in flux, is riddled with loopholes, and has had no hearings. Remember that the Senate was intended by the Founders to be a deliberative body that would serve as a check on the House of Representatives. This is not the process that the Founders had in mind.

Update, December 5, 2017: Apparently the hasty process worked against the bill’s supporters, who effectively nullified the corporate tax cut by forgetting to change other provisions.

Sources: the Washington Post; The Hill; Vox.


Media “Manhandled” in Alabama, November 28, 2017

It is NOT NORMAL for the staff of Alabama’s Republican candidate for the United States Senate to “”decided to push the cameras back and physically manhandle two Fox News photographers, pushing them away and grabbing their cameras” at a campaign rally that was open to the media. If you are not comfortable with being on camera, you should probably not run for the Senate.

Sources: CNN, Fox News