UPDATE: The Springfield News-Leader has received an apology from Rep. Billy Long. The paper reports Long texted it to them Monday night:
"Although I do believe spending 42 percent more than we take in is anOriginal post: Someday, politicians will learn how to effectively use Twitter. Maybe. Until then, we'll just have to continue to stare in total befuddlement at the stream of projectile vomit that some of our elected officials choose to spew onto the Internet.
addiction, I certainly meant no disrespect to Amy, her family or her
fans. She was one of the few true artists to come along in a long time.
What happened to her was a senseless tragedy and drawing an analogy
wasn't meant to minimize the loss of life. If anyone took offense, I
even got the trending hashtag in there to make his tweet maximize his
reach. And his implication that the nation meeting its debt obligations
in order to continue functioning is the same as drug and alcohol
addictions? Spot on.