“Welcome to Intro to Congress class, please everyone open your syllabus to page 1 where we will cover some of the most basic activities of Congress: How to accept payments from lobbyists to push for dubious legislation, how to take advantage of Congressional immunity to engage in insider trading for yourselves and your families, and last, how to argue for federal stimulus funds to benefit your district, and then flagrantly lie about it to make yourself look like a small-government deficit hawk.”
Is it just just me or is there something poetically appropriate about Harvard’s massive cheating scandal stemming from its “Intro to Congress” class?
279 students took the class last semester, of which 125 are accused of cheating. In Congressional terms, these are what we’d call “young stars of the freshman class.”
Even more appropriate, it’s not even a hard class! “The course is considered relatively easy by Harvard undergraduates,” reports Bloomberg.
Hey—we are talking about an institution that allows Michele Bachmann a seat and is actually on the verge of reelecting a guy who thinks women’s bodies have magical powers that make it impossible to get pregnant if raped. If we want an accurate “Intro to Congress” experience, we’re going to have to leave the rigors of the rocket science program on the other side of campus.
Take heart, young Harvard bucks, you know what they say: Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me—and fool me constantly, over the course of decades, and you’ve become a very successful Congressperson.