Thursday, April 7, 2011

Shut Down And Shut Up

Let the lying and finger-pointing begin. Just remember, only one party gave their leader an ovation when he announced preparations for government shutdown:

House Republicans huddled late Monday and, according to a GOP aide, gave the speaker an ovation when he informed them that he was advising the House Administration Committee to begin preparing for a possible shutdown. That process includes alerting lawmakers and senior staff about which employees would not report to work if no agreement is reached.

There's a fundamental difference between the parties. Republicans and teabaggRs love government shutdowns, because they only hurt government workers and the people most in need of government services. Not, in other words, Republican legislators. Democrats, who believe in the value of government and in the need for it to help people, try like crazy to avoid it, meeting halfway time and again, even as the half-way point gets moved ever further to the right.

It's called empathy, and it divides the parties like a canyon. One side really doesn't want to see people get hurt, the other side simply doesn't care. So, in a game of political hardball, who has the advantage?

The answer, of course, is clear. But what's never been clear to me, and I doubt it ever will be, is how the people who elect these uncaring and selfish and disingenuous legislators are the very ones (yes, rich people vote for them, too; but it's the deluded teabaggRs who've turned the tide) most vulnerable to the effects of their deeds.

[Update: more evidence.]


  1. Sid, I know your sweatin that May Social Security Check, but don't worry...
    You and my Mom will still get your lottery tickets/Smokes..
    Seriously, you sit on one months worth of Social Security and you'll put every Indian-Owned QT in Delaware out of business faster than Ted Kennedy(RIP) slithered away from Chapaquidick...
    Personally, I'd like her to smoke a little less...and she knows about my Dr. Strangeglove Doomsday stash of Lucky Strikes I've got hermitically sealed in a top secret location in my basement...
    Seriously, theres a better chance of Barney Frank turning straight than a Shutdown, as much as I'd like to see Barney Frank with a Woman...


  2. This says it all:

    "But we’re trying — we’re trying to score a victory for the Republican people, for — for the American — for the Republican people —

    Uhhh... for the American people, not for the Republican Party."


    The country can go to hell; because the Insane Clown Party demands that raped women, and women at risk of death in childbirth, must be forced to sacrifice for the "Republican People."

    "Let's get the gummamint off ouah backs."



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