Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Children and Higher Office


This election night will determine if 4-year-old Gracie Linh Hoffman will become a US Senator. But one severe critic has questioned whether the responsibilities of a Senator would be incompatible with a healthy childhood. It turns out that holding a position as a senator is perfect for a 4-year-old (subject to those pesky constitutional age limitations). After all, who acts more like little children than many of our elected representatives? Gracie could continue to enjoy her childhood, act like a 4-year-old, and fit right in--except that she doesn't throw as many tantrums as some of the older senators. She knows everything there is to know about earmarking funds for her special projects and how to assert herself by putting a "hold" on anything her parents might otherwise do until they pay due attention to her. And, as for the Bridge to Nowhere, she's building it on the family room carpet (see photo, above), but merely needs more funding to finish it up. So Gracie holding high office and her childhood are incompatible at all.