Clearly, this is what needs to be done:
Given the ultra-partisan, poll-driven atmosphere in Washington, most Americans have become accustomed to hearing wild — and, frankly, not very thoughtful — ideas coming from our elected leaders. Another one surfaced this week, amid the continuing outrage and embarrassment concerning former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla.
Foley, of course, resigned from Congress after it became known that he sent unsavory e-mail messages, including at least one sexually explicit one, to males who had served as pages in the House.
On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Ill., suggested that the page program should be shut down, at least temporarily. “We should not subject young men and women to this kind of activity, this kind of vulnerability,” LaHood said.
The page program allows 15- and 16-year-old boys and girls to learn about government by serving as aides to lawmakers. They perform menial tasks and amount to being “gofers.” But most young people who have been through the program enjoy it and, in later life, continue to praise it highly.
Apparently they can’t be trusted with our kids, so they need to shut the program down.
Do these guys think before they open their mouths?