Mayor of Juárez, Mexico lives in the United States – just another illegal alien crossing the border?

The "Chimp" bill -- illustrating what's wrong with politicians ...

First and foremost, politicians are media whores – using any national news event to secure media “face time” so they can appear to be doing their jobs on behalf of the American people whom they allegedly represent.

Second, politicians believe everything can be fixed with legislation, especially legislation which creates controversy and encourages lobbyists to pony up large campaign contributions.

Third, politicians never consider previous laws or legislation because it often does not have their name attached to the bill or because amendments, technical corrections and supplements are just not worthy of major media time.

So it should come as no surprise that Congress will act to introduce and pass a bill that would stop interstate commerce in primates destined to become pets. H.R. 80, known as the Captive Primate Safety Act, is just another nonsensical application of a sledgehammer to swat a fly.

This is a states rights issue – and should not become a federal matter …

Yes, several people have been horribly maimed by Chimpanzees which become increasingly hard to control after they reach puberty. But, with all of the turmoil surrounding the current problems in both our domestic and foreign policies, would it not have been simpler just to add the Chimpanzee to the list of animals requiring a “zoo” permit to purchase and keep as a pet? Problem solved without making it a federal matter.

Where in the United States Constitution does it say that the federal government has the right to control pet animals? I wonder if there is a separate bill for lions, tigers, crocodiles and other dangerous game. So why not just amend the law to add primates to the list of controlled animals.

Yes, legislators can control the interstate commerce procurement, sale and transfer of dangerous animals, but that is stretching the powers of the federal government very thin – especially when one considers exactly how few people have been hurt and the additional expense of creating and enforcing legislation.

Oh, I forgot, legislators have all the time in the world. Especially when they are not required to read the very laws that they vote on. Especially with all of the time saved from reading the stimulus bill. I wonder if Congress has exempted themselves from this act – because, judging from the quality of their work,  most of them must have a cadre of chimpanzees in the back room cranking out conflicting, confusing and controversial legislation. (Whoops – strike that politically incorrect example lest we be accused of racism by Al Sharpton and his corrupt cronies who see everything through the prism of race.)

-- steve

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