If Barbara Boxer Borks Ben Bernanke...

Don Boudreaux's recent observation on "taming" inflation, via our own Jonathan Wilde, brought to mind this gem from J. Neil Schulman's novel Alongside Night:

The true cause of the general rise in prices that is usually called inflation is one of history's best-kept secrets: it is known to almost everybody but its victims. To listen to most political debates on the phenomenon, one would think that it was some malarious fever -- still incurable -- which is to be treated with the quinines of joint sacrifice, Maoist self- criticism, and liberal doses of governmental controls. Yet, even today, one can look up "inflation" in most dictionaries and find in its definition a proper diagnosis of the disease and by that diagnosis an implied cure.

Sure enough, Merriam-Webster delivers the goods:

An increase in the volume of money and credit relative to available goods and services resulting in a continuing rise in the general price level.

So, I was thinking: If for some reason the Bernanke confirmation doesn't work out, maybe we bloggers should direct our newfound power towards getting a copy of the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary nominated for the Fed Chair. He governs best who governs least, and he governs least who is composed primarily of cellulose.

And while I'm nominating inaminate objects for key government posts, I'd like to point out that a copy of The Federalist Papers would be eminently qualified to replace Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court. It's a solid originalist (not to mention solid in its originalism), and---let's face it---this is the only way we're ever going to get most of the other Justices to read it. Some might suggest that a book, or at least one written by dead white males, is unconfirmable, but I disagree. Granted, the Democrats will be able to read it like the book that it is during the confirmation hearings, but it's guaranteed not to say a word about abortion, and most of the newer editions are bound pretty well, so they tend not to lose pages and leave a paper trail. I think we have a pretty good shot at getting this one through.

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While we're at it, I've got

While we're at it, I've got a pile of manure that might make a good Secretary of Agriculture.

I think you guys are on to

I think you guys are on to something.