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2016年09月12日

調查委員會 - 古德明

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Henry Cabot Lodge, a conservative Republican US Senator from 1893 to 1924, was talking about the ineffectiveness of most congressional investigating committees.
"Some of them," he observed, "remind me of Si Hoskins. He got a job at shooting muskrats, for muskrats overran a mill-owner's dam. There, in the lovely spring weather, Hoskins sat on the grassy bank, his gun on his knee. Finding him one morning, I said, 'What are you doing, sir?'
" 'I'm paid to shoot the muskrats, sir. They're undermining the dam.'
" 'There goes one now!' said I. 'Shoot, man! Why don't you shoot?'
"Hoskins puffed a tranquil cloud from his pipe and said: 'Do you think I want to lose my job?' "
亨利.卡伯特.洛奇一八九三年到一九二四年任美國參議員,屬共和黨,政見保守。他說,美國國會那些調查委員會一般都缺乏效率:「有些調查委員會,使我想起西.霍斯金斯。某磨坊主人因水壩有麝香鼠為患,聘用了他,囑他開槍殺鼠。當時春光明媚,霍斯金斯常坐在綠草如茵的河堤上,膝上橫放一枝獵槍。一天早上,我見到他,問道:『老兄,在這裏做什麼?』
「『麝香鼠破壞水壩,我受聘開槍殺鼠。』
「我說:『看,那邊有一隻。快開槍吧。怎麼不開槍呢?』
「他叼着煙斗,悠閑的噴一口煙,說道:『你以為我想失業嗎?』」

古德明

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