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Can Congress Ever Move Quickly?

It is a rather minor story, but in some respects symbolic of what is going on in Washington D.C. these days as the nation deals with economic problems. Tammy Duckworth, a disabled Iraq war veteran who lost her legs in the war had her nomination blocked for the postion of deputy secretary of Veterans Affairs. Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina is concerned about the right paper work being filled out. Three months have gone by since the inauguration of Barack Obama as president and hundreds of positions are still unfilled as Congress investigates and deliberates and discusses.

On one hand, Congress is concerned about things being right before anyone is confirmed as a member of the government. On the other hand, no one confirms the presence of Congressmen except the electorate. Would anyone actually serve in Congress if they had to undergo the examination about taxes and paper and so on that nominees must endure? After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, thousands were hired in Washington and, believe it or not, we won World War II.