Nancy Pelosi will lose her G5 broom under John Boehner's leadership -he'll fly commercial. The Tea Party's new congressional members are calling for deep cuts in spending. There are even a few hardcore Global Warming believing, polar bear hugging, Cap and Tradeors© that have begun to make noises in that direction.
So what does it mean? Hell if I know. But maybe, just maybe, it's a sign that Saving Green is the New Going Green© .
Jump ahead a few months, and we may see government officials rushing to gain righteousness through austerity. The next one-upsmanship may involve bragging about how much money they saved the taxpayer.
In the House cloak room
Congressman (R): "I rode my bike in here this morning instead of taking my chauffeur driven car. It shows that I get it."
Congressman (D): "Well I can top that. I just cut my staff by one person."
Congressman (R): "Not bad, but I'm co-writing a Bill that will slash our chamber's electric cost by mandating that at least half the lights always be off. That's going to save a lot more than you cutting one staffer."
Congressman (D): "Whatever. We Democrats have been passing legislation in the dark for years."
Congressman (R): "Yeah... Well, I guess that makes me a superior Save Green person."
Congressman (D): "Hold on. Even better than printing on both sides, I'm saving paper in the Congressional Washroom by using both sides of the toilet paper. So there."
Congressman (R): "....Uh... You win."
Saving Green is the New Going Green and Cap and Tradeors are the exclusive intellectual property of Les James. I don't care that he's not a real person. He still has rights. Like the right to vote.