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The Weblog at The View from the Core - Fri. 07/03/09 08:24:07 AM

The Good Old Days of the Civil War

Yesterday, Assistant Village Idiot blogged about "Separation":

Instapundit linked today to a Randian article on separation of economy and state.
I'm not providing the link. Don't go there today. Just let that phrase run around in your mind for awhile.

And I posted a comment:

That sounds wonderful.

Here's another idea to savor: a Congress that is hardly ever in session.

This is an official compilation of the Congressional sessions:

Congressional Directory: Statistical Information

Have a look at, for instance, the time of the Civil War, numbered Page 519. See, in 1861, the year the war began, Congress was not in session from August 7th all the way through December 1st. (It wouldn't have been in session from March 29th through December 1st had not Lincoln called an extraordinary session in the summer to deal with the war.) And see, in 1865, the year the war ended, Congress was not in session from March 12th all the way through December 3rd.

Congress not in session for months at a time. Doesn't that sound wonderful?

And... if they could have it that way during critical years of the Civil War, why can't we have it that way now?

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Fri. 07/03/09 08:24:07 AM
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