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Something like the 17-year (or possibly 13-year) cicada:

Magicicada spp. spend most of their 13- and 17- year lives underground feeding on xylem fluids from the roots of deciduous forest trees in the eastern United States.[2] After 13 or 17 years, mature cicada nymphs emerge at any given locality, synchronously and in tremendous numbers. After such a prolonged developmental phase, the adults are active for about 4 to 6 weeks. The males aggregate into chorus centers and attract females for mating. Within two months of the original emergence, the life cycle is complete, the eggs have been laid and the adult cicadas are gone for another 13 or 17 years.

Evidently Wendy Gramm has grown weary of a diet of Xylem fluids in her underground bunker. I haven't seen or heard of her since she and hubby Phil (who calls himself an economist) economically took down our nation with two of Phil's stealth bills:

Between 1995 and 2000, Gramm was the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. During that time he spearheaded efforts to pass banking deregulation laws, including the landmark Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act in 1999, which removed Depression-era laws separating banking, insurance and brokerage activities...... Gramm was one of five co-sponsors of the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000. One provision of the bill is often referred to as the "Enron loophole" because some critics blame the provision for permitting the Enron scandal to occur.
I just want to remind you all that Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act took out Glass-Steagall which served to regulate banks and separate out gambling casino banks from your regular normal banks for savings accounts and stuff for regular folks.

Wendy Lee Gramm has also been a very busy woman, sorry but the woman has a lengthy scandal sheet:

In her role at the Mercatus Center, Gramm generally calls for deregulation of the energy industry. Previously, Gramm held several positions in the Reagan Administration, including heading the Commodity Futures Trading Commission from 1988 to 1993. After a lobbying campaign from Enron, the CFTC exempted it from regulation in trading of energy derivatives. Subsequently, Gramm resigned from the CFTC and took a seat on the Enron Board of Directors and served on its Audit Committee. While on the board of directors she received donations from Enron to support the Mercatus Center.

After the Enron scandal, Gramm and the other directors of the energy company were named in several investor lawsuits, many of which have been settled. In particular, Gramm and other Enron directors agreed to a $168 million dollar settlement in a suit led by the University of California. As part of that settlement, the directors agreed to collectively pay $13 million to settle claims of insider trading. The remainder of the settlement was to be paid by insurance.

From 1985 to 1988, Gramm was head of the Office of Management and Budget's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). In 2002, OIRA solicited public recommendations for regulatory reform. Mercatus made 44 recommendations.

Gramm also serves as chair of the Texas Public Policy Foundation and a director of the Independent Women's Forum, a conservative women's group. She has sat on the boards of Enron Corporation, Iowa Beef Processors, Invesco Funds, Longitude, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and State Farm Insurance Companies.

Evidently Wendy Lee Gramm now thinks it's safe to emerge from the underground bunker and loudly chirp on behalf of all things ALEC! in a recent Wall Street Journal column:
Why the Left Wants to Blacklist ALEC: For nearly four decades, the group has been an effective facilitator of good governance.
By WENDY GRAMM and BROOKE ROLLINS
Let's put the bottom line up front: We at the Texas Public Policy Foundation are members of the American Legislative Exchange Council, otherwise known as ALEC, and we're proud of it. Amid continuing reports of efforts by political critics to isolate and destroy the group because of its limited-government advocacy, it's appropriate to say a few words in the council's defense.
Normally, I wouldn't give a hoot about what Wendy Lee Gramm does, but the last time the woman was out and about I and hundreds of thousands of other American working people lost vast amounts of cash from their pension funds and 401Ks and other seemingly safe caches of cash for Americans who work for a living.

Your regular cicada innocently chomps on leaves and vegetative matter. Wendy Lee Gramm, however, goes right for your cash. Guard your wallets and bank accounts. Wendy Gramm is out and about.

Originally posted to Karen Hedwig Backman on Fri May 25, 2012 at 10:13 AM PDT.

Also republished by American Legislative Transparency Project.

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