Friday, February 16, 2007

"I Resolve to be Non-Binding"

Join Sen. Kerry on setting a deadline

Like many of you, I was following the House vote today, until a question occurred to me: what the hell exactly is meant by "non-binding"? That led me on an Internet search, which led to this Daily Kos diary post. I'll be asking these kinds of questions of my local members of Congress when they come home for their winter break next week; you're welcome to join me if you like.

What does it mean to "resolve" something, but not be bound by it? Resolution is a fairly serious matter, I was always taught, and usually implies some degree of "binding". Is Congressional non-binding sort of like the final score of a spring training baseball game—it counts but doesn't really count? And what does it mean that such terminology is taken for granted by citizens to whom these people in Washington are supposedly accountable?

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