Help! It’s Monday and I can’t get up.
READY FOR BELLY RUBS!
Have fun today.
May your Friday be victorious.
HEYY! It’s Friiiiii…. Oh, wait. It’s only Thursday.
Remember, remember… your dinner.
Nothing better than a lazy Saturday.
Coworkers who just want to hang around your cubicle when you’re trying to work…
“I was trying to think if ever in my life, I could remember any major political party being so irrelevant. I have never seen it. I have never seen a major political party simply occupy placeholders, as the Republican party has been doing. There has not been any serious opposition…against what’s happening in this country. The Republicans have done everything they can to try to make everyone like them and what they’ve ended up doing is creating one of the greatest political disasters I’ve ever seen in my lifetime…I was pondering if I could ever remember…a time when a political party just made a decision not to exist, for all intents and purposes.”
On Wednesday, Obama indicated Republicans could essentially set the agenda for budget negotiations, but only if Congress agrees first to a short-term spending plan to fund the government and to raise the federal borrowing limit to avoid a possible first-ever U.S. default next week. ”I will talk about anything,” the president said.
Pretty simple, pretty clear. Right? Here’s what happened today:
House Republicans were furious with Senate Republicans and President Obama on Saturday for trying to cut a debt ceiling deal that leaves them out in the cold. Members emerged from a conference meeting saying Obama had double-crossed them by breaking off talks in order to shop for a better deal from the Senate GOP.
Oh, my. It’s terrible that the President should want to discuss solutions to a shut down and potential default in five days with both Senate and House Republicans! What a double-crosser. But what was the very serious deal offered by the official Budget Wiz of the House Republicans: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Groundhog Day)?
The House GOP framework, pushed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), would raise the borrowing limit for six weeks while replacing across-the-board spending cuts (known as sequestration) with cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits. It would also set up formal negotiations to resolve spending disputes and address the next debt limit increase.
Got it: they won’t shoot the hostages immediately, but one of the hostages has to stay in the hole in the basement, taking lotion from a bucket for six more weeks. Basically:
- the government remains shut down,
- and let’s do this again in six weeks when we hit the new debt limit,
- also, by the way, let’s take the sequestration cuts that are currently shared by Defense (and other GOP favorites) and replace them completely with cuts to Social Security and Medicare.
I’m sure the offer from the Republican Senators via Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), who’s reportedly fluent in Moderate, was much better:
For Senate Republicans, the focus has been on the draft proposal by Collins to extend the debt limit through the end of the year and reopen the government for six months in exchange for a two-year delay of Obamacare’s medical device tax and granting flexibility to government agencies when it comes implementing sequestration cuts.
Senate Republicans are promising to lengthen the ankle chains the hostages wear, so they can at least reach the bucket in the corner of the cell. Basically:
- let’s do this again at the end of December when we hit the new debt limit,
- then let’s do it again four months after that, when temporary funding will run out for government operations,
- and, in the meantime, let’s continue this ongoing damage to our government and the entire national economy just to delay a small 2.3% tax on a select group of medical device manufacturers, who will gain business after health reform,
- but, here’s a bonus!, agencies will get to decide where they won’t spend the money that they’re no longer given.
Obviously these are all exciting opportunities. Why won’t Obama negotiate?
This is THE BEST analogy for Republicans and this shutdown that I’ve seen.
It’s the weekend and Day 5 of the government shutdown: like it… or not.
BatDad for a morning laugh.
I love how calm his kids are. I hope he makes more.
Have a good 1 of 5 day!