Sorry to start in on American politics. But after Senator Harry Reid's gaffe (basically using the word "Negro" about 4 decades after it lost acceptability) I think it's time U.S. Congresspeople should earn their jobs. They should have to take a test every election year and pass it to be eligible for reelection. Tests with questions like: How do you pronounce Kim Jong Il? This could have eliminated the late Jesse Helms (R-NC), who repeatedly pronounced the North Korean's name as "Kim Jong the Second". When staffers made cheat sheets that read "Kim Jong Ill" Helms started saying "Kim Jong the Third." Let's give him a break, after all, he was only the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
What the hell? How about Ted Stevens (R-AK) describing the internet as a "series of tubes." Stevens was the author of the Communications, Consumer's Choice, and Broadband Deployment Act of 2006.
Tired of me picking on Republicans? How 'bout Democrat Joe Biden's repeated brushes* with plagiarism.
The point is, making these bozos take a competency test might either a) force them to learn something or b) force them out of office. I'm thinking about a test that covers current affairs, scientific literacy, societal norms, cultural literacy, etc. Think the SATs, but for the people who write the laws and policies for a major world power.