See this cute little guy to your left? Meet Fukuppy
, the best corporate mascot ever! He was designed for Fukushima corporation in Japan, and the people who came up with him apparently had no idea how he would be received in English-speaking nations.
Although Fukuppy perfectly summarizes everything we love about Fukushima, I think we should appropriate this fellow and make him the official mascot of Congress. The end of the House plan to raise the debt ceiling gives us the perfect opportunity to introduce Fukuppy to the nation.
Seriously, I don't see what's the big deal over the failure of the teabagger plan (which failed, in part, because it wasn't nutty enough
to please the truly hard-core baggers). Any plan acceptable to the wingnut contingent was hardly going to get Obama's signature, so what the hell was the reason for this diversion, anyways?
Boehner had said of the House plan "I'd rather throw a grenade than catch a grenade." No, Johnnikins. You don't want to toss a grenade when you're trapped in a very small place, because the grenade will just bounce off the wall and land on you. This is not grenade time.
Let's not forget what Senator Patty Murray
wrote a week ago:
All it would take is for Republican House Speaker John Boehner to allow a single vote.
One vote — on a bill that is sitting in the House of Representatives, that the Senate has already passed and that continues funding the government at levels that Republicans and Democrats already negotiated — and this embarrassing episode would be brought to a close.
It’s that simple.
But thus far, over a week into a crisis of his own creation, the speaker has refused to do that.
says "Let's get it over with":
None of that was enough to please the small band of 20 or so House conservatives who have been all but running the House since this fiasco began. They refused to support House Speaker John Boehner and even Budget Chairman Paul Ryan. Another 30 or so Members were tired of getting kicked around by Heritage Action and Senator Ted Cruz and want the whole thing settled. With Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi keeping her troops in line for a no vote, GOP leaders pulled the bill from the floor.
The conservatives thus undermined whatever small leverage the House GOP had left. Without a united majority of 218 votes, Republicans might as well hand the Speaker's gavel to Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid.
Savor the strangeness. In this environment, Paul Ryan
I still can't get over what has happened to this country.
The warning I've sounded in previous columns is coming true: Even if the U.S. finds a way to raise the debt ceiling, we may be headed for another downgrade
because we keep lurching from one tea-stained crisis to another. Also see here
For now, it’s a warning that politicians are showing just why U.S. bonds no longer are considered to be worthy of the gold-plated AAA status. The AA designation means that U.S. bonds are now considered a riskier investment than those issued by Canada or Germany.
S&P spokesman John Piecuch told McClatchy it was “worth reiterating that this level of discord, which is not consistent with a AAA rating, is a dominant reason the U.S. sovereign rating is no longer rated AAA.”
Did you get that, my Libertarian friends? Canada and Germany are less risky.
Both of those countries are, by Randroid standards, unforgivably socialistic. In Germany, labor representatives sit on company boards and workers get both month-long vacays and nationalized health insurance. In Canada, the health system is first rate and people can live on the minimum wage.
Message: Libertarianism is bad for business. Libertarians won't understand that simple fact, because Libertarianism is the continual triumph of theory and rhetoric over lived experience.