This isn’t a new one, but it has never seemed more appropriate than right now.
From the Onion-
It’s just like they say, ‘You have to throw money in a hole and set it on fire to make money.’
With numerous competing viewpoints, poison pills, deal-breakers, must-haves, and various philosophies, Washington D.C. is embroiled in a furious debate about spending and the debt ceiling. It seems even the good guys have lost sight of the big picture. Simply put: The federal government takes too much money, spends too much money, intrudes too much in our lives, and produces very little of value along the way. No one up there is directly addressing that issue – even cap, cut, and balance does not go far enough in dealing with the problem, just limits future damage from it. The big weenies in the room to me are the Republicans who shout about the need to cut, but lack the political courage to actually put anything of substance on the chopping block. It is borne out of a ridiculous fear, because no matter what the proposals, the Democrats and the
democrats media will run with the idea that Republicans are evil, greedy bloodsuckers that want to kill grandma, the poor, and minorities. That will be the narrative, regardless. If they are going to get tarred with it anyway, can they not at least produce something valuable for all of us who know better? Especially since we are in the tea party era, where many more citizens than average know better.
As I stated in my Fundamental Changes post, the approach has to change, and apparently these guys can’t get it done. The sane GOP lawmakers (and I know we put a few up there in 2010) need to remove all GOP leadership, and they need to do it now. Of course the media will portray it in all kinds of bad light, but so what. Republicans need to get it through their heads once and for all that the media is not their base. The media will never be favorable to Republicans, no matter how much they bend over backwards to please them. The Republicans learned exactly the wrong lesson from the shutdown in the 90’s. They were winning the issue, and they caved. Once they caved, it was easy to paint a narrative that they weren’t serious from the start and that it was just a political stunt. Had they held out a while longer, President Clinton would have folded – he had no choice, and the political landscape would look much different today.
P.S. If anyone could embed the onion video, that would be great.