In case you thought Congress could fix things…including themselves…think again!
I was doing research for tonight’s show and came across the 2005 obituary for former US Senator Bill Proxmire. I thought this excerpt would grab your attention:
“…But he was best known for his Golden Fleece Awards, which he announced in monthly press releases to call attention to what he believed to be frivolous government spending. An award, for instance, went to the National Science Foundation in 1975 for spending $84,000 to learn why people fall in love…
…..Speaking of the National Science Foundation’s grant on falling in love, Mr. Proxmire said such a study was better left to “poets and mystics, to Irving Berlin, to thousands of high school and college bull sessions….
Another Golden Fleece Award went to the National Institute for Mental Health, which spent $97,000 to study, among other things, what went on in a Peruvian brothel. The researchers said they made repeated visits in the interests of accuracy.
The Federal Aviation Administration also felt Mr. Proxmire’s wrath, for spending $57,800 on a study of the physical measurements of 432 airline stewardesses, paying special attention to the “length of the buttocks” and how their knees were arranged when they were seated. Other Fleece recipients were the Justice Department, for spending $27,000 to determine why prisoners wanted to get out of jail, and the Pentagon, for a $3,000 study to determine if people in the military should carry umbrellas in the rain…”
If you don’t know much about Senator Proxmire, CLICK HERE and read his obituary. He did so much more than his obituary can include, but it gives you an idea of Senator Proxmire.