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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Vermont House Comedy


Stuffy boardrooms, stern men in suits and a sprinkling of women is the first image of what comes to mind what a Vermont House committee meeting is like. To the public, politicians are barely ever given an image of jovialness but imagery of strict and down to business is the order at hand. That was not the case this past Friday in the House Agriculture committee meeting.

In observation of the meeting I witnessed multiple laughs breaking up the seriousness of the day. While this committee is committed to finding resources to assist with an aid package to Vermont farmers, a tedious task that some may just find mind-numbingly boring a gasp of civility and humor lightened up the room. Unfortunately, the brunts of the laughs were on Chairman Zuckerman who inadvertently missed a flight to Washington DC. A mix-up occurred by somebody forgetting to purchase the ticket for him.

With the age of security of flights one could begin to question. Rep Zuckerman is going to introduce a bill that calls for the impeachment of the President. Was he prevented from flying or was it a mix-up? Every time, someone entered into the committee room Vice-Chairman Perry explained the predicament and then spontaneously followed the room erupted into a serious of chuckles from the committee and audience. Maybe he is on the “No fly list” or just maybe President Bush personally bared him for flying to Washington. I was there to cover the meeting for an organization I am working for and Rep. Larrabee turned to me to make sure I got that for my report, as he said he is “on the terror list.”

While state houses and Congress are filled with meetings analyzing data, witnessing testimony and interpreting law sprinklings of comedy arise. Reports barely ever show the human side of our elected officials but as witnessed by me they are human. As I have witnessed most politicians are not the vial creatures(just nationally) we suppose but consist of men and women who are overall think they are representing the common good.

Peace
Robb Kidd

“God writes a lot of comedy... the trouble is, he's stuck with so many bad actors who don't know how to play funny.” Garrison Keillor

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