As we come dangerously closer to the prospect of a government shutdown, Democratic congresswoman Donna Edwards' last-ditch effort to sway her Republican counterparts was an unlikely one. Rather than quote the political ideologies of Thomas Malthus or Adam Smith, Edwards stepped to the microphone of the House of Representatives to share lyrics from the White Stripes' song "Effect and Cause." She has our vote.
"You burnt my house down then got mad at my reaction? It's just that you can't take the effect and make it the cause," the Jack White-quoting Maryland rep told her peers (via Gawker). "To my Republican colleagues that want to shut the government down for the effect you caused, you learn this White Stripes' lesson first: 'If you're heading to the grave, you don't blame the hearse. You built a house of cards and got shocked when you saw them fall. You seem to forget just how this song started, you can't just take the effect and make it the cause.'"
Whether the wise words of the White Stripes prevents a government shutdown remains to be seen. Check out the inspiration behind Edwards' plea:
- Donna Edwards
- government shutdown
- Thomas Malthus