Berkshire Ruminations

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Victory for Wooden Arrow Advocates

It was a glorious evening yesterday when the U.S. Senate passed its version of H.R. 1424, the package of legislation representing Congress’ half-hearted attempt to stabilize the economy. It was glorious for all those of us who have striven so hard in our lives to ensure the proliferation of wooden arrows designed for use by children.

I was ecstatic to see that, upon passage of this legislation, wooden arrows (with shafts consisting of all wood and containing no laminations or artificial means of enhancing the spine of such shaft) will be exempt from excise tax. Importantly, this provision allows for wooden arrows with shafts measuring 5/16 of an inch or less! The heck with all those wooden arrow manufacturers who intend for their product to be suitable for use with a bow. Who needs ‘em? I am talking about arrows with natural spines. What a landmark victory in the history of wooden arrows!

In times of crisis, I am still able to rest assured that our elected officials are able to reach meaningful legislative consensus.