"We Can Put a Man on the Moon..."
"but we can't do X" is a common expression I'm soooooo sick of hearing. (With "X" being "cure cancer", "eliminate poverty", "put the Dukes of Hazard back on TV", you name it). Give it up already, people! Fortunately, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-10th/NC) - who no doubt has a sense of humor - has coined a new expression for us. From yesterday's Congressional Record:
Mr. McHENRY. Mr. Speaker, some say we have no border security. The Associated Press reported that border authorities inspecting a car crossing into the
from United States uncovered a food item in a strange place. Customs and Border Patrol officers searched the manÂs car, and they found two pounds of raw pork, oh, heaven forbid. Mexico
The meat was wrapped in foil inside two disposable diapers. Bringing in pork is prohibited because the Âother white meatÂ can carry hog cholera. Some say we have no border security. Authorities seized these items and fined the man $250.
Mr. Speaker, you are telling me, this report tells me that the Border Patrol can stop 2 pounds of pork in a diaper from entering this country, but we canÂt stop $58 billion worth of illegal drugs and half a million illegals crossing the border each year?
This is crazy. We must fix this problem before people start smuggling themselves in diapers.
So, there you have it. Your job, should you choose to accept it, is to popularize this expression. I want to hear a character on TV say "We can find pork in baby diapers, but we can't find a cure for cancer" by the end of the year. Get to it! I know you can make this expression popular. Don't make me have to say, "we can put a man on the moon, but we can't popularize the baby diaper expression."