What, if anything, do Senate hearings achieve?
Certainly, there's a place for hearings before the Senate when it entails shining a spotlight on an issue that needs public attention. But when an issue is already front and center in the national consciousness -- do we really need to see our national leaders grandstanding?
It doesn't take a genius to recognize how awful the child-molestation case at Penn State really is. Everyone in America is clear on two things: that sexual assault on children is wrong, and that the failure to report a crime of that significance is also wrong.
But that doesn't keep our elected officials from wanting to go in front of the camera to express their outrage as well. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Penn., has requested a hearing before a Senate subcommittee.
He said he wanted to see how well federal laws protect children. Note to Sen. Casey: there are a lot of laws already. We poor ignorant citizens actually know that the Penn State situation is wrong and is outrageous. We don't need these senators to get up and tell us that.
We don't need any new laws here, folks. There are plenty of laws at the state level that govern child molest and the failure to report it.
Please, senators. Spare us the speechifying. We get it. Now how about doing something about the $15 trillion debt?