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Thursday, October 03, 2013

Shutdown poll

This is sort of good news, but not really good news:
According to the latest CBS News poll, 44 percent said they blame the shutdown on Republicans in Congress, compared with 35 percent who said they blame Obama and Democrats. Seventeen percent said they blame both sides.
That 17 percent bugs me. Read another way, these numbers say that more than half the country considers the Dems to be at least partially at fault.

Meanwhile, Michelle Bachmann says: "This is about the happiest I've seen members in a long time, because we see we are starting to win this dialogue on a national level..." Is she crazy?
I'm returning to an old favorite nom de Web.

"Is [Michelle Bachmann] crazy?"


This has been another edition of "Simple Answers". ^_^
Rand Paul said the same thing.

It reminded him, he said, of when Charlie Sheen kept saying "winning!," and he said he felt that way now (a day or two ago).

He said it again whispered on a live mike to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The Senate passed their original and response to the House CRs at the sequester level of budget. Austerity is a victory for Tea Party (TP) dogma. It weakens the economy in advance of the mid-term election.

The need for the debt ceiling hike in 2 weeks will present another chance to wring out spending cuts in that deal, further weakening the economy.

The House is probably safe because of redistricting, so they can continue to sabotage the economy through to 2016, to try to leverage a poor economy to winning the presidential election.

It seems likely they can successfully sabotage the economy for the next 3 years. It may work.


I'm a car guy, so here's how I see, and have seen, these monkey wrench throwing Poopy Heads (professional Republicans) for a long time.

What's happening now, and has been happening for years and years, is akin to having a team comprised of a little over 535 people designing, building, and fielding a race car, with the American people as the driver.
The goal being: to build a world class race car.

Most of the team is concerned with doing the best job they can.
But a hundred or so members of the team hate race cars.
They think race cars are worthless, that they serve no useful purpose, and frankly, they don't really care for the team driver all that much.
Why they wanted join the team in the first place, is beyond me.

This small group of a hundred or so insists, relentlessly and angrily insists, that the engine must be made with the cheapest material available.
That the cam should be designed, not for speed, but for fuel economy.
That the tires be as small as possible. That the suspension be made from weak materials. That the safety of the driver is of little concern.
That good brakes, a roll cage, and an onboard fire suppression system are costly and unnecessary extravagances.

Then, when the race car turns out to be slow, and eventually and crashes and burns maiming the driver, they triumphantly point their unskilled fingers at their fellow team members and say, "See, I told you race cars suck".

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