Congressional Committees - The Republican Congressional "Self-Help" Program?

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Has it occurred to anyone else that the House Republicans seem to make Committee appointments based not so much on the member's areas of expertise as on those areas in which the member needs the most growth?

The most recent, and glaring, example of this is the presence of Todd Akin, who seems to believe that egg cells can differentiate between "loving" sperm and "hostile" sperm, and can apparently block the "hostile" sperm, on the Science and Technology Committee. Obviously, Mr. Akin has quite a bit to learn about Science, and what better placement could there be for him to gain that knowledge?

Other examples include mathematically-challenged Paul Ryan, who thinks he can balance $4.1 Trillion in tax cuts with somewhat less than $1 Trillion in spending cuts, on the Budget Committee, and Michelle Bachmann's seat on the Intelligence Comittee (Do I REALLY need to explain this one? ... I think NOT!).

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How much did "fast track" cost the corporate elite?

It cost corporations less than $18,000 bucks per vote to get “fast track” passed in the United States Senate.

According to a recent analysis by The Guardian Newspaper, corporate members of the US Business Coalition for TPP donated more than $1.1 million dollars to Senate campaigns in the first quarter of 2015. The average Democrat received about $9,700 dollars and the average Republican raked in almost $20,000.

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