In Congress, a really good law is like a really good movie. If audiences liked it the first time, they’re going to love a remake — or two.
That appeared to be the logic Tuesday evening as the House debated whether “In God We Trust” should be the national motto. Of course, “In God We Trust” already is the national motto, guaranteed by an act of Congress in 1956.
And “In God We Trust” had already been reaffirmed once before as the national motto, by another act of Congress in 2002.
Still, on Tuesday, the House spent 35 minutes debating whether the motto should be re-reaffirmed.
Last year, when Democrats controlled the House, they passed more than 250 commemorative resolutions, honoring everything from motherhood to motor homes.
When Republicans took over, they promised that would change. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) set out what aides called “the Cantor Rule.”
“Each day, we will hold ourselves accountable by asking the following questions: Are our efforts addressing job creation and the economy; are they cutting spending; and are they shrinking the size of the federal government while protecting and expanding individual liberty?” Cantor said at the beginning of this term. “If not, why are we doing it?”
So how does this re-reaffirmation fit into that?
Is this the smaller government you want?