The Fools on the Hill

Congress joins the iPod generation


The Intellectual Porperty Action Committee, a fair-use advocacy organization that lobbies against industry-friendly copyright legislation, is raising funds to give every member of Congress an iPod so they might better appreciate the value of stol—uh, easily accessible—music. Here are a few of the songs we’d like to download for our favorite legislators.

SONG ARTIST DEDICATED TO
Been Caught Stealing

Jane’s Addiction Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-Calif.)
Hammer to Fall Queen Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas)
Girlfriend in a Coma The Smiths Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn)
Road to Nowhere Talking Heads Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska)
Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon & Garfunkel Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.)
Queen Bitch David Bowie Rep. “Mean” Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio)
Bad Medicine Bon Jovi Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)
Don’t Fence Me In Cole Porter Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.)
God is a Real Estate Developer Michelle Shocked Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Calif.)
Talk Talk Talk Talk Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.)
Carolina on My Mind James Taylor Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
Stuck in the Middle With You Stealers Wheel Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.)
Lost Cause Beck Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.)
If I Were the Man You Wanted Lyle Lovett Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY)
Kickstart My Heart Mötley Crüe Senate President Dick Cheney

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