We tend to think the people in Congress today are a bit looney, but it all started way earlier.
In 1936, Democrats took over Rhode Island’s
state senate and began giving out $100 bonuses to veterans. A
Republican was concerned at this liberality and quietly recommended
a bonus for Sgt. Evael O.W. Tnesba of the Twelfth Machine Gun
Battalion. A Democrat seconded the bill and it passed immediately,
sending a ripple of laughter through the chamber.
Sensing they’d been had, the Democrats referred
the bill to a committee for study. There they discovered that
Evael O.W. Tnesba spelled backward is Absent W.O. Leave.