TLP: Once Big Bird Takes You Down, Maybe You Lose Your Nerve

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Kind of disappointing. You'd think the Republicans would at least try to be serious about the things they said they wanted to fix in Washington when they won the majority in the U.S. House. But after they failed to kill funding for public broadcasting, they just haven't learned and now have a whole list of supercritical problems to address.

Politico looks at the latest GOP maneuvers:
Rep. Darrell Issa is focused on menopause, condoms, malt liquor and video games as the House considers how the government should spend taxpayer money over the next seven months.

The California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee submitted a slew of amendments yesterday that would ban government-funded studies of how well men use condoms, the effects of integral yoga in treating hot flashes for menopausal women, whether video games improve old folks’ mental health, the use of marijuana in conjunction with malt liquor and with opiates, and the impacts of a possible soda tax.

Issa’s assault on silly-sounding studies represents just a small slice of the 180 amendments that House Republicans and Democrats prepared yesterday for the trillion-dollar continuing resolution that would fund the government through Sept. 30. There were already 403 amendments in the hopper, meaning nearly 600 were drafted before yesterday’s deadline. Many of them are duplicative, will be ruled out of order on the House floor or will not be offered at all. Most amendments are expected to fail.
Pitiful. Especially after Issa had laid out a plan to investigate some pretty high-profile issues. Oh well, he can still go after the Postal Service.

The Lazy Paperboy

Some say he’s half man half fish, others say he’s more of a seventy/thirty split. Either way he’s a fishy bastard.


chairmanben said...

Cutting the sprinkles, leaving the cake untouched...

Bernanke's got more Nerve!

elf2006real said...

Well maybe they already got to him - note the Clinton Hit Teams publically promised to turn his life inside out.

elf2006real said...

Good insights from Libertarian side (but not nutz) from Walter Russell Mead.

elf2006real said...

I think you may have to reconsider JDA.
They had a full open debate where everything was scrutinized, votes were allowed and the minority party was allowed to offer Amendments. Boehner allowed debate on the entire budget. let's remember the little knick knack billion/million here adds up.

And this may be the snowball to avalanche gambit. Remember those Stimulus at Work road signs that pissed you off? It got debated and shot down.

Those sprinkles ain't the cake, but every sprinkle they don't waste means many jobs in the Private Sector.

POTUS only offered his no calorie all you can eat diet buffet Monday. Today is Friday. Let's for the good of all of us hope they keep pushing.

elf2006real said...

And if you weren't there, Bammy is 100% stuck in the 70's. He's trying to be Jimmy Carter but thinks charisma will make the difference. The real difference now is whatever the mood of the populace "Malaise" isn't it.

Elf - JDA was not around in the '70s, but I was. (And I wrote the post, though I'm sure she loves it and agrees with it 100 percent, just like all my work.)

I think one difference is that Carter was seen as the cause or at least the face of malaise. I don't think that holds with Obama. For one thing, the economic mess preceded him as president. For another, there's the kind of bullshit that's going on now, pushed by Republicans who have a boner for the (limited) power they have in the House and seem happy to just jerk off instead of actually getting some.

The jobs America cares about aren't on Sesame Street.

W.C. Varones said...


I think you have it backwards.

Carter inherited stagflation. He was clueless about what to do about it, but he didn't start it.

Obama worsened the current debt crisis dramatically by piling up ridiculous debt for the stimulus, the Fannie/Freddie permanent bailout, etc. And he and his lackey Bernanke are directly responsible for the stagflation that is coming.


I take your point on where it started for Carter (I had a WIN button) ... but I was thinking more about the image he ended up presenting.

I see something different now in a more confident style of leadership. I also feel that Obama is not solely culpable for where we are; the deal he got was shitty and he made his choices.

Where we go now is the question and this bullshit on the Hill, from these Issa stunts to things like the Planned Parenthood obsession, is so fucked up.

W.C. Varones said...


I'd change out "more confident style of leadership" for "more arrogant bullshit artist."

Newspapers and commenters across the political spectrum are ripping Obama's non-budget for what it is: a transparent, cynical ploy to propose nothing at all and force Republicans to be the only ones to propose cuts, which he will promptly denounce for political gain.

Anonymous said...

...and five months later, where are we? Fleeing... Fleeing for our lives... elbows and assholes headed for the exits.... dogs living with cats, chaos.... I remember seeing a Mad magazine drawing of Jerry Ford wearing on of those super cool "W.hip I.nflation N.ow" buttons. Public enemy number one in 1974 or so he said (and Carter took office, what around...1976 and of course being the dickweed he was, made the existing problems worse... don't know.... it was a looooong time ago... was Adrienne even fucking born then?)

Anonymous said...

big bird giving the finger... that's priceless... make me laugh. what's next, oscar the grouch mooning me or elmo grabbing his dick and saying I got yo' laughs right here bitch.

Anonymous said...

I also feel that Obama is not solely culpable for where we are; the deal he got was shitty and he made his choices.

And the Reverend asked for an Amen and the congregation said Amen. You know what could be dangerous? If he said, "Fuck it - We're going for broke - they are either going to hate us or love us come Fall 2012. Let's start hiring lawyers and clerks and let's go head hunting for whatever heads we can put on a pike and try to earn some love from the unwashed masses. Let's put some people up on crosses and let's see what happens". How much of a fraud cleansing by fire do you think our system can bare? Can a fire be set that burns away all the clutter and trash without taking out the whole forest? I wonder.