A hearing aid company announced today that it was giving state of the art hearing aids to the Democratic delegation in the US Senate.
A company spokesman stated the following: "With the uproar going on over health care reform it seems that many members of the US Senate have not been able to hear what the public is saying in regard to this issue. They seem to hear the loud shouts and read the signs at protest rallies only and the average American speaking in normal tones appears to be beyond their hearing capabilities. We have been in this business of helping folks for a long time and not hearing well is a difficult thing to admit. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said... "What you are shouts so loudly that I cannot hear what you say. We think it is time that they also hear what is said. In recognition Of Senator Max Baucus's leadership roll on the Senate Finance Committee we have sent him one with an On/Off button"
Not wanting to seem partisan the company sent each of the members of The Senate Republican delegation ...Moose Horn Ear Trumpets. According to a goggle search the Ear Wax Museum notes: Ear trumpets were probably early man's first attempt at coping with hearing problems. In pre-historic times, hearing trumpets were simply hollowed-out horns of cows, rams or other animals.
When told of the company's donation Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was reported to have replied...."huh" ....Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa angrily threw his horn in the trash can shouting..."Why should I start listening now??"
MSNBC reports that many members of Congress from both sides of the aisle, wearing their new hearing aids for the fisrt time, were observed leaving the Captitol looking confused and bewildered.