Wednesday, April 6, 2011
The Policies of Unintended Comedy
The Policies of Unintended Comedy
By John Ransom
On Monday, the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy continued its deployment of dozens of aircraft and ships in support of the “War-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named,” in the countries soon to be known as West Libya and East Libya.
The “War-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named,” – you can visit its Facebook page, right here!- is led by the coalition formerly known as NATO.
And the French.
Presumably, the French are playing a comedic role.
Attorney General Eric Holder, meantime, threw a fit over prosecuting male humans of other-than-Christian beliefs, who planned man-caused disasters in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
General Holder told us, basically, that he had to prosecute the case down in Gitmo rather than in civilian courts in New York, for no other reason than it was the only way to find out what was in the case.
At least one family member of someone killed in the attacks thinks that Holder wants the case to fail.
Into this Peter Sellers' movie, with exquisite timing, marched our own Chauncey Gardener, and announced his re-election campaign:
“Yes. In the garden, growth has it seasons,” Chauncey tell us, “First comes spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter. And then we get spring and summer again. Yes. We are the ones we have been waiting for!”
On Tuesday, mercifully, refreshingly, the GOP responded to our state-sponsored tragic-comedy with the broad strokes of their 2012 strategy to unseat the gardener.
It’s an astonishing idea based on…wait for it…facts.
There is a wide notion- a notion gaining some support- that the country is spending too much money.
The manager of the world’s largest mutual fund recently reckoned America’s debts at $75 trillion when you include entitlement liabilities that are off the books, like Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare.
Consequently, he, like Warren Buffet, dumped all his investments in US Government securities.
In riposte, GOP Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, has introduced a budget on Tuesday that aims to trim $5.8 trillion from the budget and balance federal spending against revenues by 2015.
You can get the details here.
It’s a big improvement over the joke-shop novelty budget that Obama submitted earlier this year. That budget was so full of gas that congressional staffers used it as a whoopie cushion- a novelty not to be confused with the Whoopi cushion that currently stars on the View.
The story behind the story, however, is that some Republicans on the committee think that the budget doesn't go far enough in cutting spending. Likely there will be some presidential candidates that think the same; and some grousing from the grassroots too.
The budget doesn’t go far enough, in my opinion. But it is a good start. It will hopefully lead to a serious discussion- the first of my lifetime- on what the legitimate size and scope of government should be.
So prepare yourself. We’re going to use big words. We are going to have real debate now. People’s feeling will get hurt. No joking.
In addition to the Dem-on-GOP debate over the budget, watch for some GOP-on-GOP-on-Tea Party debate as well.
The Donald Party candidate, Donald Trump, will likely, occasionally, reluctantly, weigh-in also.
We can’t, after all, expect the Left -including the French- to provide the only hilarity on stage.
To read another article by John Ransom, click here.
Posted by Brett at 11:54 AM