It is disturbing that in a country of nearly 300 million people, a
place where hot dogs are as American as hot dogs, hot dog eating has
fallen to such a sorry state. And while it's true that this decline
began under the Clinton administration, it is under the negligent
handling of the Bush administration that it has been allowed to fall to
its current catastrophic levels.
Democrats have proposed a toughminded and fiscally responsible $20
million program that would make our woefully outgunned hot dog eaters
into a world class team once again, a sum that's easily affordable for a
country as rich as ours. But the Bush administration, having passed
over a trillion dollars of tax cuts since they took office, now claims
that we can't afford this. The question they should be asking is, can
we afford not to do this?
Hot dog eating is at a low ebb in this country, but there's no reason
we have to accept mediocrity. The Democratic proposal is both
affordable and necessary, a first step toward a time when our hot
dog eaters can once again stand up and proudly say to the world, "Bring
Call your congressman.
Posted by Kevin Drum at July 5, 2003 10:01 AM
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