Hold 'em all up

You can't make this stuff up.

Alabama senator Richard Shelby has put a hold on all of President Obama's appointments. Meaning that they can not be appointed unless the senate overcomes a filibuster.

Why did he do that? So that his state gets two pork-barrel projects: an aerospace contract and a FBI lab. Shelby is unapolegetic about his use of earmarks. And if I were from Alabama, I'd be fully in support of his behavior too.

But as a nation, it's not in our interest to have these kinds of rules. The Senate needs reform. The Brits did it with their anachronistic House of Lords a few years ago. We need to follow suit.

Photo: Shelby Center at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, Alabama.
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