TLP: At Least Santorum Carried A Shotgun When He Went Bird-Hunting

big bird
Maybe the Romney campaign's opposition research team has gotten a little cocky. The sudden appearance of curiously detailed media attention to past deeds and misdeeds has annoyed, damaged or killed the campaigns of Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain. All of the Republican candidates fought back, but front-runner Mitt Romney may have his toughest adversary in Big Bird.

HuffPost:
Mitt Romney on Wednesday made a pledge to spare the life of the beloved children's television icon Big Bird, but as he told a crowd while campaigning in Iowa, his mercy would come with a price.

"Big Bird is going to have advertisements, all right?" he promised while outlining his plan to cut spending on programs such as the National Endowment for the Arts and the Public Broadcasting Corporation.
Yawn. Republicans in Congress have tried this, repeatedly, only to be laughed at for putting so much effort into chasing so little money. Remember how Eric Cantor tried to slap Big Bird with his big Boehner? And Big Bird flipped him off.

Good luck, Mitt!

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.

17 comments:

W.C. Varones said...

Why should a free society have government media?

It's not just the money. It's the indoctrination.

No argument there.

But no one on either side has the balls to make any meaningful cuts to anything. Too much political gain in jerking off over things like this.

Anonymous said...

"But no one on either side has the balls to make any meaningful cuts to anything."

Modern American democracy is in the form of a democratic republic or a representative democracy.

Do you know very many people out there who are truly willing to "take one for the team"? I should say a meaningful number of individuals willing to make meaningful sized cuts to their own slice of the pie? Long ago, the camel got his nose under this tent.... interesting stuff.

That's what representative democracy is all about, right? If people get tired of all the political jerking off, they can vote out these asshats any time they want to.

Even if it means less pie.

Anonymous said...

"That's what representative democracy is all about, right? If people get tired of all the political jerking off, they can vote out these asshats any time they want to.

Even if it means less pie."

Gosh Darn Pollyanna!!! You're right!! They COULD vote out these asshats!!!

The problem tends to be that the average voter will vote for the candidate who will take away some pie from another voter and leave his pie alone...

Don't tax me, don't tax thee.... tax that fellow behind that tree... and by "tax" I mean either in the form of money paid in or in the form of less pie. I'm starting to think that is the reason we vote in a little booth covered in sheets.... it's so that our neighbor down the street can't see that we're trying to take away some of his pie via our vote.

W.C. Varones said...

Yep, anon.

And it's worse than that, because they don't even tax anyone. They just run up trillion-plus deficits to pass the bill on to the kids.

And, TLP, someone does have the balls to make meaningful cuts. But his name is Ron Paul and the political-media establishment is doing its best to keep him down.

W.C. Varones said...

The people, in fact, did vote for change in 2010.

And look where it got them. The alleged "Tea Party" Republicans caved on the debt ceiling, the budget, every opportunity they had.

The Congress is supposed to hold the purse strings but these assholes are spending more money this year than Barry and the Dems did in 2009-10 with their huge Porkulus bill.

It's naive to ignore the structural incentive issues and declare that the people must not want change because they would have voted for it if they did.

One of the best parts of being a reporter was getting to hold politicians accountable -- what did you say and what are you doing? It wasn't my job then and it isn't now to tell the public what to do about it. If there's no will to do things to make life better, then don't complain.

And it's just the sort of tendency toward political self-preservation that drives too many of these asshats to decide not to fulfill the bargain they made with voters to get elected in the first place.

Wcv said...

It's not that there is no will among the public; it's that the system is corrupt and immune to public will.

See gerrymandering, revolving door, baseline budgeting, lobbyists, etc.

And I'd add that the media is either complicit or incompetent in keeping the public uninformed. Anyone who relies on the MSM for information is blissfully ignorant. Probably just since you left.

*eats popcorn*

Complicit? Incompetent? See my point above about oppo research. None of it is an accident.

Just look at all the things we can't help knowing about these candidates. I really thought I was done hearing about Newt's marriages.

Wcv said...

Oppo research is tabloid stuff. That's the problem- the media pushes Newt Gingrich's philandering instead of informing the public about 10% GDP deficits and their consequences.

Anonymous said...

"One of the best parts of being a reporter was getting to hold politicians accountable -- what did you say and what are you doing? It wasn't my job then and it isn't now to tell the public what to do about it. If there's no will to do things to make life better, then don't complain."

Agree, agree, agree, agree, agree ..... and ..... I concur!

You can lead horses to water all the dooo-daaahhh day but you can't make them drink.

Anonymous said...

Ron Paul needs to stop tilting at windmills about "ending the Fed". It isn't going to happen. I'd be happy to keep the Fed if all they did was clear checks and keep an eyeball on inflation. My bloviating O-Pinion is that he should focus on getting Congress to amend the Fed's mission by taking away part of the dual mandate. Tell the Fed to control inflation and do away with that "promote full employment" portion of their current mandate. But wait.... then Congress would bear that responsibility - if not in fact at least in the minds of the voting public.... then Congress would be accountable.... to the voters... wait.... maybe that would not be such a good idea.

(and while he's at it - get the bankruptcy rules changed back to pre-2005 status - losses are the only thing that keep big banks in check and from gettin' too big for their britches)

Funny how things aren't as simple as politicians and campaigns make them seem.

Anonymous said...

We've made a fairly complex world for ourselves but want to think that there are simple solutions so the politicians give us what we want (or deserve) ---- sometimes, good and hard.

Wcv said...

Who' s "we," white man?