During the past year, gasoline prices have spiked to record levels and severely impacted how Americans get to their jobs, to the doctor and to the grocery store. Sadly, our "do-nothing Congress" quizzes oil executives with less enthusiasm than it does in probing baseball stars for steroid use. When Joseph Smith Jr. ran for president of the U.S. in 1844, he advocated reducing the pay of Congress. It would have an impact if we used a formula of cutting the salaries of Congress in the exact same percentage as the increase in the cost of a gallon of gasoline.

James A. Marples