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The Names Have Been Changed to Protect the Self-Interested

HR 5034, bane of direct shipping or act of political theater, depending on who you choose to believe, has been reintroduced in the new Congress. It is now HR 1161. While the text of the new legislation has not been published (Monday, I think), it is reportedly much the same as the old legislation.

What has changed is the make-up of the new House of Representatives. Nancy Pelosi (D-Wine Country) is no longer Speaker, so the odds of the bill getting as far as a floor vote have increased. On the other hand, Speaker John Boehner (R-Back Nine) has his hands full keeping the Tea Partiers in his caucus from auctioning Massachusetts to cut the deficit. A bill that has mostly Democratic co-sponsors may not be his highest priority.

So, as my father always said, six of one, half-dozen of the other. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

The bill remains a vile example of political self-interest intended to thwart liberty in the name of protecting monied interests. It also continues not to amount to much, in the real world. It’s an indulgence of a set of lobbyists with deep pockets, and if it somehow becomes law the sky will not fall.

Direct shipping regulations are still going to be set at the state level. All this dicking around in Washington is just that: dicking around.

UPDATE: The Blend has a nice roundup of webby opinion on the “new” legislation. Also a photo of an apparently rabid dog.

UPDATE: Jeez. Tom Wark and I are arguing again, this time over at Dr. Vino. We’re like an old married couple that just can’t get along.