So, in this time of high unemployment and a stagnant economy and the threat of tax increases and the growing presence of disgruntled voters, just how do lawmakers on Capitol Hill figure that the American people are going to take their efforts seriously?
Here’s how. They will have a comedian — yes, a comedian — testify on Capitol Hill before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International law at a hearing entitled “Protecting America’s Harvest.” (Wow, with a name like that, that committee sure has a lot to accomplish. Glad they could fit the comedian into their schedule.)
Yes, that’s right. We’ve been subjected before to Hollywood activists and even Elmo from Sesame Street in Capitol Hill testimony. Now Stephen Colbert — whom I’ve found to be humorous, even though my political leanings aren’t in step with his — will share his expertise on immigrant farm workers. Colbert is now an expert on immigrant farm labor since he spent one day on a New York vegetable farm picking sweet corn.
Colbert became involved in the immigration issue this summer when the United Farm Workers launched a “Take Our Jobs” campaign in an effort to prove that Americans will not do farm work so we have to hire migrant workers. The comedian decided to try out the job for himself, so that is what makes him an expert to testify before Congress about the importance of migrant workers for American agriculture.
Does this make sense to you, because it sure isn’t making sense to me. But then again, that’s why our fine Beltway and East Coast intellectuals are taking charge of the country because there are too many people like me who just aren’t smart enough to get it.