The Lifer

Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) is now the longest-serving member of Congress in history. As of last Friday, he surpassed the previous longevity record, which had been set by Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia. Dingell took office on December 14, 1955 after winning a special election to fill the seat his father had held for more than 20 years.

The Bard of Murdock comments:

While others pause to praise the man
Who’s given sixty years,
We might recall what he has wrought
Before we join the cheers.

An advocate for government,
With bureaucratic heart,
In every regulation passed
Our John has played a part.

The EPA, the FDA,
And now Obamacare!
For every bit of overreach
Our Dingell has been there.

And how he prospers through the years
While moving up in rank;
The latest calculations show
Five million in the bank.

For us, the hand of government.
For him, a fortune gained.
Forgive me if my accolades
Might seem a bit restrained.

While Johnny pauses to reflect
And hear his life acclaimed,
For what he’s done with sixty years
He ought to be ashamed.

2 Responses to The Lifer

  1. Hear, hear. Ashamed, indeed.


  2. I now subscribe to the following tenets: Re-elect NO ONE. Politicians should be restricted to ONE TERM. Life-time benefits should be REVOKED. Medical insurance should be the same as what is available to the GENERAL PUBLIC. The salary should be revoked if there is no budget. Anyone serving in public office should be a natural-born citizen of the United States and must show proof before taking the oath of office.


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