Computers are only human . . . er, computers are only finite beings â€” thatâ€™s better â€” and can only do as much at any given time as their microprocessors, random-access memory, storage space, network connections, and software allow.
On a Wednesday in March, the computer database that takes earmark requests from Congress failed. In the words of Roll Call, â€œan overload of pork requests clogged the House Appropriations Committeeâ€™s Web siteâ€ and forced â€œan extension to the request deadline to next week.â€
So our representatives are still at it. Let it not be said that they arenâ€™t busy. They are so busy that they clog up computers with too many requests for data entry.
I could commiserate. I have had computer troubles too. I sometimes even resent the way my life is being run by the demands of technology. I donâ€™t always feel liberated.
But for once Iâ€™m sympathizing with the poor, dumb machines. Too many requests for too much pork! Itâ€™s not their fault. They can only do what they do.
We should take our hats off and honor these computers. Theyâ€™ve suffered much to accommodate Congress. Letâ€™s thank them. In fact, thank goodness theyâ€™ve suffered failure before they completely tanked our economy.
Yes, we may have to pay the price for all the requests, and for all the computers . . . but we wouldnâ€™t need upgrades if Congress could just keep its â€œgenerosityâ€ with our money under control.
This is Common Sense. Iâ€™m Paul Jacob.