There were two mass shootings last week, so I expanded on the Strip I did after Sandy Hook. Since we’re incapable of implementing any meaningful gun safety laws at the national level, this could become my longest running and most depressing recurring bit yet.
The current Congress, especially the GOP-led House, is one of the least productive ones in history. And now they’re on a five week vacation. At least I think it’s a vacation. I haven’t had any vacation experience myself, so I can’t recognize one.
When they get back, they’ll treat us to the same budget brinkmanship and general obstruction (That’s a cool wrestling name, BTW.) that’s been the norm since 2010. Then they’ll switch to campaign mode for the midterm elections and get even less done. If that’s even possible.
Whoops! I forgot to post this on Monday. The nice weather is making me dumb.
Besides a critique of those ever-present listicles, this is a hodgepodge of news I missed while Boston was engrossed in Marathon madness.
Austerity is bunk, and its biggest advocates, Reinhart and Rogoff, are being pretty petulant about being exposed as lazy hacks. I’m glad it happened, but it shouldn’t have taken a grad student at UMass to expose this fraud. Anyone who watched even a shitty History Channel documentary about the Great Depression could tell you that when they tried austerity in 1937, it killed the recovery. Things didn’t improve until WWII happened. Government deficit spending came back in vogue, without anyone having to admit that austerity was a really bad idea.
I could post articles for every other panel, but it’s Wednesday and I’m busy writing next Sunday’s cartoon. In conclusion, I hate Congress.
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I didn’t really care about Lance Armstrong’s confession or the inauguration, so I went back to the gun debate. NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre is a human goofball, and that’s probably why the NRA President David Keene has recently taken over saying dumb gun-things to the public.
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I also forgot to write about last week’s comic about the 113th Congress. The word “intransigent” bugs me to no end. It’s just a way make acting like a petulant baby sound like a serious position.
Congress’s record unpopularity is old news, but the recent jackassery surrounding the payroll-tax holiday and Obama’s recess appointments (and yes it’s a recess if nothing can actually be voted on) have taken it to new and disgusting levels.
I’m not exactly taking the centrist “everyone’s to blame equally” position, but the Democrats haven’t been helping themselves either. By twisting the parliamentary rules to require a filibuster-proof super-majority to do even the most basic governmental tasks, they’ve turned the Capitol into nothing more than a political theater, performing a play only Moe Phelps would approve of.
We’re not even a full week into the new year and deadlines are piling up. At least I’m back to posting new BFWs every Friday.