“Leading, which means herding 240 or 435 cats in the same direction, ain’t easy anywhere and particularly in D.C.,” said Rep. Tim Scott fromSouth Carolina.
Mr. Scott may have thought this a good analogy, but my two cats, Owen and Twinkle, found it downright insulting. And they have spared no meows in expressing their opinion.
They may have a point. Let’s do a bit of comparison, cats versus Congress:
Which is Smartest?
According to researchers at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, cats are capable of learning, thinking, problem solving, reasoning, and—perhaps most of all—adapting.
Lawmakers? Well, let’s see. No marks for thinking this debt-ceiling issue through. Reasoning and problem solving were not demonstrated either. Learning? We’ll have to wait and see about that. But all the posturing indicates it is also a no.
One for the cats.
Which is Most Popular?
In an Associated Press poll, 41 percent of respondents say they like cats a lot.
Polls indicate that the overall approval rating for Congress is at 14 percent, an all-time low.
Two for the cats.
Which is Better at Problem Solving?
Give your kitty a good sniff of catnip, then try hiding it. See how long it take you furry friend to solve that dilemma.
Congress? In a CNN poll released yesterday, 77 percent of the public says lawmakers behave like spoiled children. And then they go home to vacation with important legislation waiting… and costing the country over 1 billion dollars in lost taxes.
Three for the cats.
Which Operates Independently?
Well, cats certainly do. You say, “Here, kitty, kitty!” and your fluff ball ignores you. He lies down and goes to sleep, or runs out into the street, or does whatever he wants.
Congress? Beholden as they are to lobbyists, with their eyes firmly fixed on the polls, they ignore their constituents and do whatever they want.
This one’s a tie.
What Twinkle and Owen? You meowed? Ahhh… You say sometimes getting a quiet nap is as hard as herding Congress?
“A catless writer is almost inconceivable. It’s a perverse taste, really, since it would be easier to write with a herd of buffalo in the room than even one cat; they make nests in the notes and bite the end of the pen and walk on the typewriter keys.”