"My Name is Earl," a short-lived sitcom on NBC, might have been canceled two years ago, but House Financial Services Committee Chairman Spencer Bachus stills sees value in the show, which concerned the exploits of a small-town criminal trying to make amends. Speaking at a Credit Union National Association conference last week, Bachus invoked Earl in an effort to make sense of Congress.

"You wonder about Earl," Bachus said. "Does Earl just not get it? Is that his problem? Is he just oblivious? Or does Earl get it but he doesn't know what to do about it? Or Earl may know about it, knows there's a problem, probably knows how to solve it and just chooses not to."

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