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Posted by on Dec 29, 2012 in Guest Contributor, Politics | 8 comments

With A Bang or a Whimper?

The 112th Congress has been an embarrassment. Whether you are a Republican, Democrat or Independent (or whatever), the spectacle of a congress so ideologically conflicted that they haven’t passed many more bills than their congressional number, and of THOSE, most are renaming public building bills.

q+a death tax

But they still talk about the “makers and the takers”? If these were employees, no tenure nor seniority would save them from being terminated. But, as they are the opposite of progress, they are the congress.

Obama To Congress: Come To A Deal – Or Else
Talking Points Memo

Following a meeting with congressional leaders at the White House on Friday, President Obama appeared before the press to urge all parties to take immediate action to reach a deal before a set of major tax increases and spending cuts kick in on Jan. 1….

Uh, yeah. President Obama continues to behave as though he were dealing with adults. 

Oh well.

Joking aside, we find ourselves faced with a dumbed-down, irresponsible philosophy that paralyzes a society that many Tea Partiers refuse to admit actually exists.

In a body, we call such cells a “cancer”: wildly sucking in nutrients without contributing to the general welfare of the organism.

In Washington D.C. we call such slackers a “congress.”

A party that has managed to filibuster itself. ‘Nuff said.

Perhaps if they could actually acknowledge “facts” and the “real world that we inhabit” some pragmatic response might be forthcoming.

But we’re talking about the 112th Congress here.

fiscal cliff notes

Since this illustration’s shelf-life is limited, 
might as well use it as much as I can … before the End…

Good luck with that.

But with the 113th Congress taking office January 3, the clock is ticking down on the worst Congress in American history. Certainly since the 19th Century.

Will this shameful, shameless batch of boobs go out with a bang, a whimper or another clueless tantrum in dealing with a ‘crisis’ that THEY THEMSELVES created?

Were their positions guns, they’d have no feet left.

Tick … tick … tick … tick ….


A writer, published author, novelist, literary critic and political observer for a quarter of a quarter-century more than a quarter-century, Hart Williams has lived in the American West for his entire life. Having grown up in Wyoming, Kansas and New Mexico, an honorary Texan, Clown (ditto) and a veteran of Hollywood, Mr. Williams currently lives in Oregon, along with an astonishing amount of pollen. He has a lively blog His Vorpal Sword. This is cross-posted from his blog

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  • ShannonLeee

    I am not a big fan of the death tax. I prefer higher income taxes and consumption taxes. If the oligarchy wants to live like kings…let them, but I they will need to pay for it. It just seems like double taxation to me.

  • zephyr

    In a body, we call such cells a “cancer”


  • Jim Satterfield

    SL, it’s not the person who dies that is paying an inheritance tax, it’s the ones receiving the money that they didn’t have before.

  • dduck

    JS, I had to chuckle at your remark cause the first thing i thought was, well no, the government would prefer that “the person” pay the maximum amount of taxes while he is alive and leave as little for the heirs as possible. Sorta like that flesh eating disease.

  • ShannonLeee

    Something about taxing income that has already been earned and taxed, in particularly within a family, doesn’t sit right with me.

  • sheknows

    ” Were their positions guns, they’d have no feet left” 🙂

    We are becoming desensitized to the dysfunction. It’s been going on so long, it’s like refrigerator art that nobody notices anymore. A few voices in the wilderness ( columnists) keep pointing out the newest piece of work being displayed, but it’s just so much jumbled garbage hanging in our faces anymore.

    Every election cycle I am sure we tell ourselves ” this must change”, and then vote the same way to perpetuate the cycle.

  • petew

    I love the humor in this piece. But the observation of a party filibustering itself, would be even more humorous if it weren’t so damn true.

    I’m glad that you throw some support to the President by pointing out that he may be falsely assuming that he’s talking to adults. It is also a sad state of affairs when Republicans define compromise only, as being willing to accept all of their ideological positions. I may be becoming an Obama groupie, but with all of his faults he continues to impress me as one of the best President’s we’ve ever had. But his accomplishment of winning a mostly unexpected 2nd term, lost much of its luster when he ran against someone who could not win even with an existing national unemployment rate of just under 8%. I’m the first to admit that, if not for the group of inept clowns represented by Republicans during the primaries, he would probably never have been elected.

    Truth is stranger than fiction and the GOP is stranger than any other party so lacking in truth could ever manage to be! Thanks for a well-written post.

  • Thanks for the kind words, all.

    And just to clarify “hereditary oligarchy” is just a hereditary aristocracy by another name, and the Founders, the Framers and all American tradition is agin’ thet.

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