There's two ways to look at the gridlock besetting Congress. We can worry about the series of federal spending cuts and tax hikes set to take effect at the beginning of 2013 if Congress and the Obama administration don't countermand the sequestration process they approved as part of the debt ceiling agreement. Or, we can worry about the much larger issue: there are only 164 calendar days left in 2012 to rename more things after Ronald Reagan.
Rep. Darrell Issa has chosen wisely, introducing legislation rename the Exclusive Economic Zone, an area extending from three miles to 200 miles offshore in which the United States claims sovereignty over natural resources, as the Ronald Wilson Reagan Exclusive Economic Zone.
The only drawback is the confusion the Ronald Wilson Reagan Exclusive Economic Zone may engender vis-a-vis the Reagan Economic Zone of free trade and economic integration proposed by Mitt Romney this year and the Reagan Zone of Economic Freedom proposed by Romney in 2007.
Otherwise, this solves a slew of problems. All those embarrassing stories about American schoolkids unable to point to the Pacific Ocean on a geography quiz? Problem solved, when all bodies of water are named after Reagan.
Famine in drought-stricken regions of the world? Gone, when Republicans realize that the UN's World Food Program is now the Reagan Food Program. In fact, the UN's mandate for Reagan peace should make international aid budgets much easier to adopt. To say nothing of the urgency of solving the problem of Reaganal warming.
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