Washington DC - Our mole in the Ways and Means committee reports that the rules of parliamentary procedure are to go the way of the dodo bird and the Bill of Rights.
Tough economic times dictate that the government reinvent itself in a form that will draw the interest and support of the television audience, which now consists of people in nursing homes who can't reach the remote control to turn off CSPAN.
Congressmen will now get on stage and act out their 'bills', after which the Supreme Court "judges" will pick the winners and losers, consulting polls taken of the television audience when they can't decide.
Losers will be instantly replaced with members of the studio audience, or 'peanut gallery' as it was originally called by Jimmy Carter.
Extra points will be awarded if the congressmen accompanies his plaintive request for money with a ditty on his violin.