Human seat-warmer Jean Schmidt in the Ag Committee
Congresswoman "Mean" Jean Schmidt (R-OH), perhaps aware of a strong correlation between the vibration of her vocal cords and the likelihood of personal humiliation , has yet to ask one single question in hearings as a member of the Agriculture Committee in the 110th Congress, according to committe transcripts.
Ms. Schmidt, who sits on both the Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, and Research and Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry, has made no statement at all over the course of several hearings in those committees-- she has either sat mute like a statue or has not shown up at all .
In fact, the sum total of Ms. Schmidt's utterances in Agriculture Committee hearings (other than "Thank you, sir. I didn’t have any questions" ) is this brief statement in a Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition, and Forestry hearing :
Ms. SCHMIDT. I am really here today to listen to what the Food Stamp Program has as far as nutrition, corrective nutritional opportunities for our working poor and most especially our children. One of my concerns with the Food Stamp Program is that we give an amount of stamps for an individual to purchase food for their families and on tight incomes, when you go to the grocery store and you look at an apple that is maybe 80 or 90 cents per apple and you look at a box of Little Debbie’s that are 99 cents, it is a lot easier to buy the Little Debbie’s, because it fills up the tummy a whole lot more quickly, but nutritionally, it is not very, very sound. I am trying to work out some sort of an idea that would give these working poor families the opportunity to have the apple and to be able to afford the apple or the banana or the pear or fruits and vegetables that are so important to our dietary supplement, and I haven’t worked out the details yet, but that is why I am here today, sir, to listen to what is going on and hopefully be able to address it in the future. Thank you so much.
Maybe even a grape!!!! /giddy
In all sincerity: if the voters of southwestern Ohio continue to insist on sending Ms. Schmidt to Washington, I would hope to prevail on the Republicans in Congress to only seat Ms. Schmidt on committees where she has some semblance of informed curiosity regarding the issues at hand. This will drastically limit the number of suitable committees for Ms. Schmidt to roughly zero, of course.