Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Five Minutes

That's all it'd take to get everything done. Mitch McConnell has announced that, after allowing a piddling 60 billion or so in annual increased tax revenue (while agreeing to a deal that raised the projected debt by four trillion bucks), he's done talking about taxes. Now, he says, it's all about cutting spending. So "balance," to him, is allowing 60 billion in increased revenue and doing the rest by, presumably, cutting spending by the remaining 900 billion of our deficit. Whadda guy.

So, fine. Let's just get this thing over with: Ds announce the amount they want in new revenue, the amount they want to cut in defense spending, and their bottom-line acceptable reductions in Medicare and Social Security. Rs do the same. Then we split the damn difference. Let 'em go back on break and not show up again until the next budget is due. (And if we don't pay them while they're gone, we'll have less of a deficit to fix.)

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AlisonH said...

Ah, my. I so wish. And while we're at it, bring back the stand-your-ground version of the filibuster, where you have to stand up for what you believe in and you can't phone it in.

I am so proud of my late grandfather, a very conservative Republican who later nearly lost his seat because, Strom Thurmond pontificating to a record number of hours or no, the Civil Rights Act was the right thing to do and Grampa voted for it.

The only time in my life I heard my grandmother badmouth anyone was when she growled that Thurmond had had a catheter installed under his pants (her description) so that he could pull that off. So to speak.

Larry Simoneaux said...

Sid, Alison H:

Trivia moment:

Actually, it was called "The Motorman's Friend." My father was a streetcar conductor in New Orleans and, because there were no bathrooms except at the end of the streetcar lines, they wore these to take care of business when necessary. It was simply a flask attached to the lower leg with a rubber tube leading from "source" to container.

Sid Schwab said...

And there's a "condom catheter," which slides over the, uh, organ without having to go, uh, inside. Has a tube at the end, and a leg-bag.

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