Meanwhile …

What would most Americans do without Congress to guide them? Could they even tie their own shoes?

Many elected officials inside the beltway apparently don’t think so.

From one vital issue to another they rush, selflessly scurrying to protect the masses from all manner of insidious threats. Whether it’s dictating how much water we may send down the commode each flush, what type of light bulb we’re allowed to switch on when we read, or what kind of second-hand garb we can buy for our tots (if any), these hard-working politicians recognize no limits in their urgent quest to make the world a better place for those who don’t know any better.

And now comes word that the House has taken up another desperately needed measure. By voice vote, members on Tuesday opted to force TV broadcasters to stop "volume spikes" that sometimes occur when a program goes to commercial.

"You can say, ‘Well, that’s fine. Just turn it off,’ " explained Rep. Cliff Stearns, a Florida Republican. "But it’s constantly an irritant when you have to do it. And we’ve got all the new bowl games coming up."

Our best and brightest, ladies and gentlemen.

Pray for the Republic.

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