Monday, December 31, 2007

For Congressman, Life in Bike Lane Comes Naturally -

You may have seen this recent article in the Wall Street Journal....if you read that kind of publication. ;-)

For Congressman, Life in Bike Lane Comes Naturally -

Mr. Blumenauer's "obsession with bicycling borders on the interesting," sniffed TV satirist Stephen Colbert.

"Bikeman," a House colleague from Oregon calls him. Mr. Blumenauer owns seven bikes. His congressional office is one of the few -- if not the only one -- that didn't even apply for a parking permit. On occasion, Mr. Blumenauer has cycled to the White House. On Mr. Blumenauer's first visit, the Secret Service, more accustomed to limousines, was flummoxed at the sight of his bike.

"I leaned it up against the portico," Mr. Blumenauer says.

I don't know that I'm terribly enthused about Rep. Blumenauer's cycling tax deduction bill. Instead of putting in more deductions, I'd prefer folks work to simplify the tax code so that I don't have to spend a bunch of bucks filing my taxes and wondering whether I've gotten all the deductions the byzantine code entitles me to and/or if I've slipped up and done something wrong and am going to get a nice visit from the fun folks at the IRS.

In spite of Rep. Blumenauer being in the other party and GASP even worse, being a member of the lower body, he strikes me as one of the nicest and most genuine members of the House. He seems like an authentically good human being and by all accounts serves his constituents very well.

I haven't had a chance to ride with him but maybe I'll luck out and cross paths with him on the hill one day.

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