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Something Useful the Lame Ducks Can Do—Congressional Medal for Borlaug

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In September, the Senate passed legislation giving Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Norman Borlaug, America's highest civilian award, the Congressional Gold Medal.  In the 1960s, Borlaug's work launched the "Green Revolution" that dramatically boosted crop yields, thus averting massive famines and protecting millions of miles of natural landscape from being plowed down by starving farmers. So instead of wasting time on useless idiotic symbolic culture war stuff, the House of Representatives could vote to let this 92-year old hero know that his country truly appreciates all his hard work at alleviating suffering and hunger in the world. As the commendation passed by the Senate notes:

Dr. Borlaug has saved more lives than anyother person who has ever lived, and likely has saved more lives in the Islamic world than any other human being in history.  Due to a lifetime of work that has led to the saving and preservation of an untold amount of lives, Dr. Norman E. Borlaug is deserving of America's highest civilian award: the congressional gold medal.

See Reason's interview with Borlaug here. My review of a recent Borlaug biography here.