Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Comedian-in-Chief and the Squeaker of the House (or None Dare Call it Conspiracy)

I was having trouble getting my arms around the current sordid budget wrangling in Washington . . . until I had an epiphany.

The President and the Speaker are secretly conspiring to provoke the creation of a major third party.

They certainly are not trying very hard to do much on the deficit. That Boehner of a budget deal is looking worse and worse. Not only tea partiers, but also more mainstream conservatives are saying no and agreeing that this is “strike one against the speakership of John Boehner.”

As for Obama, his speech yesterday plunged to new depths of demagoguery, lies, and class warfare. Listening to it (Yes. I must stop my habit of self-punishment.), I was angry at first.

But later on, I found myself laughing again and again. I really think Obama has a career as a stand-up comedian after 2012. I mean saying things like Obamacare will reduce the deficit (SNORT!) and . . .

“One vision has been championed by Republicans in the House of Representatives and embraced by several of their party’s presidential candidates…This is a vision that says up to 50 million Americans have to lose their health insurance in order for us to reduce the deficit. And who are those 50 million Americans? Many are someone’s grandparents who wouldn’t be able afford nursing home care without Medicaid. Many are poor children. Some are middle-class families who have children with autism or Down’s syndrome. Some are kids with disabilities so severe that they require 24-hour care. These are the Americans we’d be telling to fend for themselves.”

. . . with a straight face is high comedic talent! Throw Grandma from the Train, move over!

I love one congressman’s take on the speech:

Dallas Rep. Jeb Hensarling, kicking off a House GOP leadership rebuttal event, says President Barack Obama's debt-reduction speech this afternoon set "a new standard for class warfare."

He was honored that the White House invited him to attend the speech at George Washington University, he said. But once he heard what Obama had to say, his main thought was: "And I missed lunch for this?"

But, as I said, what I really think is going on is Obama and Boehner are secretly working together to bring about a major third party. Why else would they alienate so many with phony budget deals and absurd demagoguery? Only the most brain dead Democrats and wimpy RINOs are happy with the leaders of their party at the moment.

(Disclaimer: I do not support the formation of a third “tea party.” But I think both Obama and Boehner are asking for it.)

1 comment:

Just Me said...

The Tea Party movement was never intended to be a third party and I can safely say, that hasn't changed.

Boehner is out; the memo has been sent.

Here's the problem; the amount of damage that has been done over the past 10 years cannot be undone. There are no "fixes". As much as we would love to "change" things, we are left with no other option except preparation. It's a difficult pill to swallow, but complacency put us here; not activism.

Long term, we can only hope that we make enough of a difference on the ground as to sway the direction of leadership. That takes time; a lot of time. It also happens locally first, then regionally, then statewide and finally nationally. Long before civil rights were federally granted to minorities, it was 4 teenagers and a Woolworth's manager who knocked down the first domino.