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Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in At TMV, Budget, Economy, Finance, Politics, Terrorism | 1 comment

Hey Kids, Let’s Shut Down The Government

Got an issue that really bugs you? A policy that you strongly disagree with? Tired of seeing your own views not getting exactly the results you know in your heart they deserve?

Fret no more! Just elect a few right thinking representatives (i.e. folks who think like you) to congress, and have them shut down the government to get your way. And if that doesn’t work, destroy this country’s credit by not paying our debts.

Real democracy at last! Democracy that makes your view everyone’s mandate. Or else. The Tea Party anti-Obamacare people have stumbled on to something big here. Really, really big.

So let’s take it from here. Oppose abortion? Shut ‘er down. The national minimum wage isn’t fixed at $23 a hour? Shut ‘er down. Our embassy in Botswana doesn’t serve rice pudding on Friday? Shut ‘er down.

Before one of Poland’s partitions, at the end of the 18th century, they had a parliament that required a unanimous vote to pass any legislation. Now THAT was real democracy.

We can do it here, too, kids. Why have a national legislature that is merely dysfunctional when we can make it totally unworkable. It just takes the courage of our convictions, an absolute contempt for common sense, and an utter disdain for the needs of the majority.

Anyone who opposes us is Cruz-ing for a bruising. We know what’s right and we ain’t scared of a fight. Follow me! Over the cliff! Follow me! Away….ay….ay….ay.

(Now available from Amazon in print and ebook formats — Michael Silverstein’s The Devil’s Dictionary Of Wall Street.)

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