"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors." - Thomas Jefferson (appears in the Jefferson Memorial)

The other congressman

Somebody write in and advise if we’re drawing too much out of this press release. But it seemed here highly unusual.

There’s nothing unusual about members of Congress proclaiming how they brought home the bacon, usually expressed by the phrase “secured funding.” Nor anything unusual about more than one member of Congress from a state joining together to make a joint announcement.

So today’s press release from Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and Representative Mike Simpson was in that sense nothing unusual.

But when they “announced today that several North Idaho projects are included in the National Security Funding Package” a bell rang, because while the senators do represent northern Idaho, Simpson does not – his district covers southern and eastern Idaho, and none of the projects noted in the press release are in his district. They are in the 1st district, whose representative is Bill Sali.

A slip? An oversight? Or?

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