By Gregory B. Hladky
11:10 AM EST, November 16, 2012
So Congress has finally passed the "Mark Twain Commemorative Coin Act," which will help bring in some cash for four worthy non-profit outfits including Connecticut's Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford.
And some of Connecticut's congressional pols are just oozing with self-congratulatory satisfaction over this momentous event, which happens to follow an election where SuperPacs and candidates spent $6 billion.
U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, our very own lame-duck "Independent Democrat," noted that Twain's "timeless works are known across the world, and I am proud to have worked throughout my career to protect the Twain House..."
All of which, for some reason, reminded me about some of Twain's comments concerning Congress and politicians in general.
-- "It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress." (From Twain's Following the Equator.)
-- "Fleas can be taught nearly anything that a Congressman can." (From What is Man.)
-- "I think I can say, and say with pride, that we have some legislatures that bring higher prices than any in the world." (Speech, 1873.)
-- "Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." (Mark Twain: A Biography.)
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