No single term aptly characterizes the vulgar essence of the fraud and corruption now rampant in the legislative process. The neologism merdecracy, along with its scatological subsidiary concepts, underscores the filthiness of current lawmaking practices.

James A. Montanye is a retired consulting economist in Falls Church, Virginia.
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