‘Take some more tea,’ the March Hare said

`I didn't know it was YOUR table,' said Alice; `it's laid for a great many more than three.'

`I didn’t know it was YOUR table,’ said Alice; `it’s laid for a great many more than three.’

Alas, The Beast is back in business in Washington, D.C. Lord, how the Constitutionalists’ comments must be a-flyin’ over at The Gazette‘s website. Repeat after me: Don’t read the comments; don’t read the comments; don’t read the comments.

The Teabillies’ tantrum cost the nation billions — there’s that Big Gummint hand in your pocket again, but this time it’s wearing a Louie Gohmert Decoder Ring — and based on the early returns, it taught them exactly fuck-all.

“There’s an old adage: There’s nothing to be learned from the second kick of a mule,” mused Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), shortly after voting in favor of the package. “Maybe there’s been a little bit of education—we’ll see.”

Oh, and for any Coloradans idled by the feddle-gummint shutdown, only Doug Lamborn (R-Lipton) voted to keep it going. Feel free to ask him why.

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33 Responses to “‘Take some more tea,’ the March Hare said”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    The punch line is we might get to replay this comedy in January. The talking heads are telling us that the GOP learned its lesson and wouldn’t try this again, but we need to remember we are talking about Congresspeople, not thoughtful actors.

    Here in BombTown, life starts up again. I don’t know how many other people put off purchases, wondering if 85% of the town would be laid off after tomorrow, but hopefully, the local businesses can return to picking Uncle Sam’s pocket courtesy of all these Feddle Gummint paychecks. I guess now I can call the three NPR stations with our twice a year contributions.

    If I sound cynical, well, I am. I do worry about how we continue to live far beyond our means and why these a-holes in Congress refuse to reform the tax code so we are not giving free rides to the wealthy as we watch the income gap ever widen. Perhaps the ride down is inevitable. How does one compete with a Mexican worker making a car for fifty cents an hour? Rebuilding Uncle Sam will be a political as well as economic sea change.

    My old man, who turns 80 next year, once told me his “Cadillac” health care plan paid for by GM (and since jettisoned to the UAW to manage) was a calculated gamble that GM took to postpone raises for the working stiffs by trading raises in wages for health care and retirement benefits. Nowdays, the tea baggers, egged on by the Kochs et al, beat on the unions and their retirees claiming they are taking away from productivity. Well….that grand bargain was made by people on both sides of the table and having been a labor union board of directors member once, I know how that works. Maybe these baggers should go back to the days when labor protests were met with shotguns. I think a few of those fawning followers of Ted Cruz et al would benefit from a reminder of how things used to be, courtesy of a little whiff of birdshot up the ass.

    • Steve O Says:

      I never understood the argument that the unions stuck it to the automotive industry, or any other industry for that matter.

      You got a bunch of grease monkeys and shift workers up against a bunch of MBAs, and you’re gonna blame the unions for beating the MBA’s? If it was a bad deal, they shouldn’t have signed the contract.

      And that’s not even getting into the fact that it was Big Bizness’s idea in the first place to lump healthcare in with salaries.

      I’ve heard the same thing for ever in our public schools and education system. A bunch of kindergarten teachers set down at the table with the mayor and the governor and the superintendent of education, and somehow twisted their arms into signing a salary package that included summers off and healthcare? If you got beat at the negotiation table, don’t go whining to me now about it. The argument basically boils down to, “don’t blame me… Because I was a dumbass.” I’ve never quite understood how that absolves somebody from responsibility.

      • Patrick O'Brien Says:

        As Rocky would say, absolutely! Union workers built the wealth that the government has mortgaged in the last 30 years.

  2. Derek Says:

    Are you kidding, a little rock salt would scare them fellers so bad they would be out of sight before you could empty the other barrel.

  3. khal spencer Says:

    Wonderful comment on Mother Jones:

    “…What we have here is an ongoing smoke screen, that will repeat itself every 3-4 months until the two corporate parties finally “agree” to eviscerate Social Security, Medicare, Medicate, Aid to Dependent Children, and all forms of safety net support for the people.

    Things that neither party is willing to discuss? A progressive tax system (if we returned to the tax rates of the Eisenhower Admin, we’d be totally in the black with no need for this silliness), additional taxes on the 1% who own over 40% of all wealth, eliminating unnecessary weapons systems, eliminating $Billions in tax credits and taxpayer subsidies for the oil and gas industries, phasing out Bush tax cuts, eliminating subsidies for nuclear power plant construction – even though the vast majority of Americans support all of this. Neither party is going to advocate for any of these proposals – EVER.

    No. What you’re going to hear from now on is how Social Security is in trouble (even though it has a $2.8 Trillion trust fund, which will last it until at least 2027 and with the elimination of the cap would make it strong for any forecastable future), how Medicare and Medicaid have to be cut (with no mention of the $Billions that could be saved through a Single Payer system and through forcing Big Pharma to competitively price its products). Both the Democraps the the Rethuglicans are going to push this viewpoint until they totally destroy the US safety net.

    Both parties hope that you will continue to go along with their divide and conquer strategy until they have totally stripped all of your savings, the value of your homes and ever last penny of your assets. Then your only choice will be to take whatever below-survival servant job that the 1% wants to offer you and when you get too sick to work, you can go lay down in a ditch and die…”

    • Steve O Says:

      // Things that neither party is willing to discuss? A progressive tax system (if we returned to the tax rates of the Eisenhower Admin, we’d be totally in the black with no need for this silliness), additional taxes on the 1% who own over 40% of all wealth, eliminating unnecessary weapons systems, //

      I’ve talked about this before… And don’t have the energy to bring it up again… Except to say that, when I was in new systems development, I blew about $50 million of your hard-earned tax money on weapons systems that will never see action outside of a TRADOC schoolhouse training area. And I was the tiniest cog in a massive machine, a pimple on the ass of a gnat nibbling on the smallest player you can imagine.

      Google “army engineer wolverine grizzly” one of these days. Everyone knew both were obsolete before the ink on the blueprints was dry. A lame effort to keep up with our armored brethren in the infantry, armor, and cavalry corps. We spent money on those two like a Louisiana congressmen in a French quarter whorehouse. For every Sgt. York that the media and public hear about, there are 100 similar programs that never make the newspaper.

      And I totally get that the nature of military spending is that you have to throw a whole Lotta spaghetti at the refrigerator to see what’s going to stick. But most of the time, you can smell that the pastas no good before the water even hits a boil.

      Everyone wants to support the troops, but you could cut military spending by 25% without touching a single troop program

      • Patrick O'Brien Says:

        I spent 3 years in the Army, 1969-1972, and 33 years working for them. Steve is right. A 10% cut to the military, effectively managed, would be unnoticeable. The management is the problem. That and the maddening rules about OPA vs OMA money. You can buy things, but you can’t fix them. New buildings on the fort with crappy roads leading to them.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Steve makes a good point here. And it’s not just about the military. I think any reasonable person would agree that there is plenty that the feddle gummint need not do; that there are budget cuts a-plenty that could be made.

      The tough part is doing the actual work of (a) finding them, and (2) making them. Ever’body has an ox, and nobody wants his gored.

  4. Larry T. Says:

    I’m not so cynical, though with some luck hope to be living in Italy within 5 years so I don’t have to care much, so perhaps I can be a bit optimistic that a) the Affordable Care Act won’t prove to be so affordable, forcing (finally) a switch to a single-payer system and b) the Repuglican Party once extinct, will cause the Democrats to back away from Wall Street and pay a little more attention to the common folks. We need a new “New Deal” here in the USA but things were bleaker than this before we got the original. That “Occupy” sentiment is far from dead. I hope so anyway.

  5. psobrien Says:

    This last two weeks were an exclamation point on congress’s failure to manage the federal budget or debt since 1997. Wanna bet the re-election rate a year from next month is over 85 percent?

  6. psobrien Says:

    Good study on wealth distribution in the US. It’s from California though, so probably penned by a commie pinko junkie.

    http://www2.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power/wealth.html

  7. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    No matter what they do, whatever you do, don’t listen to the prez and stop focusing on the bloggers. I’m Patrick O’Grady of Mad Blog Media, and I approved this message.

  8. karen Says:

    OH, the irony!!! The DC shutdown bums have cost economy approx $ 24Billion it was announced last night, and still get their personal paychecks/gym/bennies during their shameful fiasco!!, and I, a SS elder–taxpayer here all my life– receiving $14,400. a year, ( along with many other low incomes folks across this country), have just received a letter today, that my/our foodstamps will be Reduced about $10++./month! This is a lot of money to me! This will hurt many of the unemployed,families, children, us seniors, the ill, the homeless, etc who are barely getting by !! Write the congresspeople please!!

  9. Larry T. Says:

    How ’bout some good news?
    http://www.bicycleretailer.com/retail-news/2013/10/14/frame-and-component-builder-bruce-gordon-open-retail-store#.UmE1PnCvWKJ

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      That is good news, isn’t it? Wish I could be there for the grand opening. Bruce is supposed to be building a review bike for me, but these irksome other side projects, like earning a living, keep cropping up. Dern.

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