Monday, December 21, 2015

The Farce Awakens

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While it may not initially be obvious, the two cartoons are most definitely linked - specifically, because they both address the preposterous state of our current political scene.

New House Speaker Paul Ryan quickly passed a budget bill (with more Democrats than Republicans voting for it) which essentially gave Barack Obama and his cronies everything they could possibly want with no fight whatsoever. 

Cash for Planned Parenthood butchery? Full funding for the resettling of immigrants and refugees in the nation's vulnerable heartland? Taxpayer dollars to combat alleged climate change? All this and much, much, MUCH more was rubber stamped "to keep the government open," making a complete mockery of the hard fought elections which finally gave the House and Senate to Republicans under the mistaken impression that it might make a difference.

And we conservatives can scream, complain, and debate amongst ourselves all we want, but to what end? Everything we stand against is already funded through next year.

Meanwhile, a similar dog-and-pony show continues during the oh-so-suspenseful process of picking a Democrat nominee for the presidential election. In Saturday night's debate, the most interesting and widely-discussed moment came from Hillary taking too long with her bathroom break, which we suppose is a hazard of doing a campaign lunch stop at Taco Bell.

Other highlights included Bernie Sanders, who previously gave Hillary a pass for having sensitive unsecured computer data, apologizing profusely for having recently stolen some of her sensitive unsecured computer data. Meanwhile, Martin O'Malley made his strongest case for the presidency to date: that taxpayers could save thousands of dollars by not having to change the current "O" monograms on the White House towels if he is elected.

Frankly, Hope n' Change increasingly wonders if American voters actually participate in the process of running this country, or are only a captive audience forced to watch the absurdist political equivalent of "Waiting for Godot."

Perhaps we should call it "Waiting for Good Goverment."


TrickyRicky said...

Waiting for Godot indeed. It's going to be a long, long wait I am afraid. And the only way we will recognize it as good government is because our "trainer" at Club Get Your Head Right has told us so, for the 32nd time in 96 sleepless hours.

Geoff King said...

Is there anyone left in congress who is NOT guilty of treason? 1.1 trillion going for what they want, not for what the people and the country need is criminality of the highest order.
Interesting that the dems held their debate when the absolute least amount of people would be available to watch it. Between holiday shopping, football games, and Christmas parties there must have been several dozen viewers with no life that actually tuned in.

Fred Ciampi said...

I actually started to watch the dee-bait but had to quit; I was running out of bleach for my eyes and one of my hearing aids exploded. But after reading the excerpts I realized that if the hildabeast did make it to be the president, we could be 86% of the way through a war by the time she got off the pot (so to speak).

And how come our nice shiny new speaker of the house looks like the president of Iran now? I think that we the people have been tricked once again. Remember, he's only two heart beats away from being president.

CenTexTim said...

@Fred Ciampi - Gee, thanks. It's not as though there weren't enough things to be depressed about, now you just gave us one more...

Rod said...

@Geoff King. You & I pretty well see Congress the same.

As for the D-bate: I think God got me on that, for all my recent bitching. I was trolling channels & landed on it just in time for Hillary to shrill "Everyone should like me" before I could hit the button again. OMG. What are the odds on that?
I just sat there for a minute wondering how did that happen?

Anonymous said...

C'mon - there was long line at the "ladies room".

And too many hot chicks for Hill too ignore. Just like the hubby.

chef621 said...

Speaking of the D-bate and Taco Bell....I know that this is corny, but I can't help myself. My favorite Christmas Carol is Cannon in D by Pachelbel. The mention of that brings up a picture in my mind of a little Chihuahua with a sombrero standing next to a Taco Bell store, firing a cannon with a D shaped barrel at the US. I know that it is an outrageous picture, but with all that is going on in the world, I can't help what pops into my mind. Perhaps it is because I don't feel that Mexico is our dearest friend. Probably not our worst enemy either.......Merry Christmas everyone!

John the Econ said...

If Paul Ryan is the vanguard of "fiscal conservatism" in Congress, we're doomed. Interestingly, Newt Gingrich predicted last week's capitulation last October:

"You get to keeping the government open, to a continuing resolution, then you get to the debt ceiling, if you're not careful, by Christmas you resemble John Boehner," Gingrich said."

Again, do they not understand why Trump remains so popular? It's because he at least pays lip service to fighting for those not on the Washington gravy train. Nobody else, except perhaps Cruz seems to be.

Perhaps Ryan thinks that the GOP didn't need more bad press right now, and is saving his powder for a budget battle against Hillary in 2017. Who knows. Either way, we've long since become the most broke country in history. During the Global Warming Spoils Conference, we should have been demanding reparations from everyone else.

Personally, I like "government shutdowns". I think it's a reminder to most people that unless you're a dependent of the state, the sun still rises the morning after. During the previous shutdown, we experienced the childish temper tantrum of the bureaucracy by doing it's best to annoy those of us who aren't dependent upon the Federal government for the very air we breathe by actively seeking ways to punish us; like by blocking off turn-offs in national parks.

The Debate: Recorded it but didn't watch much. For one thing, was anyone else annoyed that the debate didn't actually start until 32 minutes into the program? I thought I was watching a overhyped boxing match, with a cavalcade of talking heads sputtering the usual speculative nonsense. Then we spent the first 10 minutes on the database kerfuffle. Boring. By then, Mrs. Econ badgered me into turning it off. My mood for a Saturday evening was not going to improve. Glad I didn't wait the extra 20 minutes for Mrs. Clinton's bowel movement.

Colby Muenster said...

Isn't this typical congressional behavior for an election year? NOBODY wants to risk their precious job appearing like they can't "get along" with the other party, or force the need to take tough votes close to election days. What this batch of cats don't realize is, we are ACHING for somebody to grow a pair of friggin' nuts and take a damn stand against spending no matter where we are in the election cycle.

I think we should:
1) Increase Representative's terms to 4 so they aren't running for re-election immediately after they win an election.
2) Reduce Senator's terms to 4 because senility and/or corruption can set in so quickly.
3) Limit all of them to two terms, just like the President.
4) Make it mandatory that both houses of Congress HAVE to take an up or down vote on every piece of legislation submitted.
5) An absence or a "present" vote count as a vote with the other party.
6) Make the office of Attorney General an elected one. No more of them being the President's hit men.

I didn't bother to watch the DNC "debate." Hillary took an extended potty break? When she came back, did she holler, "Hey everybody, I lost 14 pounds!" Did Bernie ask her how everything came out? Did she walk back in, or did she ride the litter amongst rows of sounding trumpets? Or maybe the sounding trumpets happened DURING her brief reign on the great white porcelain throne?

NVRick said...

Well, Stilton, your invitation to read today's commentary referenced good surprises and bad. Today, when juggling, er, reconciling one of my checking accounts on line, I found a nice Christmas surprise that will last at least a year. The monthly autopayment for my Medicare (which I have never used) has increased by $16.90!
At least this will be offset by my wife's social security next year...Oh, never mind.
Well, perhaps my small contribution will help little Achmed and his Syrian friends get the health care they'll need if one of their 'clocks' prematurely detonates.

DougM said...

I see you've taken the high road on this one.

Joseph ET said...

Found this story
about Hillary’s reason for being late from her bathroom break.
I was hoping to view a video clip of this.
Oh well!

elcedar said...

@Fred Ciampi and @Centex Tim ... I figure that If lyin Ryan is two heartbeats from the Presidency ... then he's just trying to show us that all that Hopey Changey stuff won't change when he's in charge. As to the beard? My guess is he wanted some way to differentiate himself from Nancy Pelosi ..

elcedar said...

Has anyone else considered the possibility that Hillary went on a potty break when that 3AM Benghazi call came in?

PRY said...

So much can be learned from HnC Cartoons! Had heard nothing anywhere about Hillary's long potty break, but thankfully I am aware of it now! (worthless info that it is).

What I wish none of us knew is how Ryan rolled over and spread'em to 'keep the govt open'!

Totally disappointed, and Stilt, I feel we ARE just observers and bystanders at the decline of the greatest nation in history! The way the electorate practice their right to vote lately, might as well get used to the idea of a second President Clinton! Arghhh!!

God help us all! I mean it!!

David in SoCal said...

Sorry to admit, but I did watch some of the 'Hagglery is our nominee; eff everyone else' show. My observation: After watching Hagglery Rodwilter Curmudgeon at the latest '(master)debate; I can't believe the Native Congress of American Indians is not upset about her severe over-use of the 'tomahawk chop'. I just bet she's SO much fun to live with.

David in SoCal said...

Sorry, I meant 'National Congress of American Indians'.

Popular Front said...

A lot of people are making a fuss about Clinton's extended toilet break. I can't see why. She just had to duck offstage to pinch off a great pile of leftist policies to serve up to America, fresh and steaming. Bon Appetit!

FlyBoy said...

I have to wonder if Hitlary wiped her a$$ with the Constitution when she finished? Or is it only Barry who can get away with that?