What if the troops were as important as the flag?

The mathematics of pandering politics.

Published June 27, 2006 12:42PM (EDT)

The U.S. Senate will spend up to four days debating a constitutional amendment to ban flag burning this week. That works out to one day of Senate debate for each incident of flag burning this year.

The Washington Post's Dana Milbank wonders what would happen if our elected officials used the same sort of equation to dole out its time on other issues: "The Senate would need to schedule 12 days of debate to contemplate the number of years before Medicare goes broke, 335 days of debate for each service member killed in Iraq this year and 11 million days of debate on the estimated number of illegal immigrants in the country."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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