Remain Calm, Etc: A-Funding We Will Go
Posted January 9, 2015on:
Happy Friday, Widdershins. The long and difficult week is over. The Vandals have invaded Washington City, and immediately began laying waste to civilization as we know it. I won’t rehash the details so eloquently reported by Prolix in his Tuesday post, as my one and only Economics class was a required one back in 1967. In fact, I would go so far as to quote Thomas Carlysle in regard to my economics acumen: “Teach the words ‘supply’ and ‘demand’ to a parrot, and you have an economist.” Yep. I’m right there with the parrot in the comprehension department. I know the words, and I know what they mean. As to the rest, I am guessing.
I can, however, guess that Rep. Paul Ryan’s dynamic accounting methodology has its roots in the Reagan Administration’s voodoo economics, which tripled the national debt. I can also guess that there are a blue million committees and even more subcommittees that are germinating in those dark corridors as we speak, and that every one of them is exploring some method to ascertain that the 99% find some other way to make the 1% more comfortable. I can guess that Mitch McConnell’s bloviating claim that the economy is improving because we all knew that the Republicans were taking over is solid gold bull-puckey. Even the Daily Caller is amused. To wit:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell credited the new Republican Congress with recent economic improvements in a statement Wednesday outlining the Senate’s legislative priorities.
“After so many years of sluggish growth, we’re finally starting to see some economic data that can provide a glimmer of hope,” McConnell said. “The uptick appears to coincide with the biggest political change of the Obama administration’s long tenure in Washington: The expectation of a new Republican Congress.”
The economy grew 5 percent in the third quarter of 2014, and unemployment is relatively low at 5.8 percent. President Obama boasted of 57 straight months of job growth in December, and 10.9 million new private sector jobs.
So there you have it – two days into the new (not necessarily) improved Congress, all is well because “we” are here, and all the gains of the past year are because “we” are here. “Supply and demand” – you’ve got it. Jon Stewart has a slightly different take, and suggests that rubbing Mitch McConnell’s shell will produce five years of business growth. Either way, it’s supply and demand: the difference is perspective.
Best of all is the decision to tinker with the funding for DHS because the Republicans are in a snit about the President’s immigration plan. How perfect will it be to defund the department charged with protecting our borders as retaliation? Will we get to see those cantaloupe-calved Mexicans scurrying across the Rio Grande, or are they limited to the darkest portions of Louie Gomert’s dreams? Stay tuned. In the meantime, I have a suggestion to make, a wee modest proposal of sorts. If the Repubs won’t fund something, let’s Crowdsource it. The White House/Democratic caucus can put up a Crowdsourcing page for Border Patrol salaries, and I’ll bet the Right Wing will pony up. Put up another for food stamps for the elderly, and invite the church groups to pitch it. Need money for education? Not a problem – all those people who scream about better schools will have the opportunity to put their money where their mouth is, and perhaps a number of the foundations pledged to same might well help. If you can’t get over the wall, trying walking around it.
In the meantime, Congress will then be freed up for the really important stuff, like investigating Benghazi and defunding Acorn. And bailing out Steve Scalise – you know, the really, really important stuff. Like working on their tans, and golf, and…….
This is an open thread.
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