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October 02, 2013

Our National Nightmare Day 2

A CNN headline this morning addresses the gridlock in Washington over the budget thusly:

Buck Stops Not

Damn that Congress!

If you are like most Planet Moron readers, you’re probably thinking, “Didn’t Cheez Whiz used to come in a spray can?”

Also, “Wait a second, isn’t there another person involved here who is also getting paid despite the shutdown? Someone in an executive capacity if you will, who sits alone among the branches of government in that he or she is elected by all the people and so is expected to take charge and act in a manner that would bring disparate interests together in compromise?”

It sounds like you are describing the office of the presidency. In fact, the phrase used by CNN, “The buck stops here” was popularized by President Harry S. Truman who wanted to make it clear that regardless of circumstance or excuses, he alone bore ultimate responsibility for whatever happens on his watch saying,

The President--whoever he is--has to decide. He can't pass the buck to anybody. No one else can do the deciding for him. That's his job.”

Why then, does the buck now stop with a legislative body naturally prone to divisiveness and parochial interests?

Because Obama.

Sure, some might argue that because he is the President, ultimate accountability must rest on his shoulders.  But you have to remember that President Obama takes a more post-modernist approach to the presidency believing that phrases such as "the buck stops here" are anachronistic in this day and age.

Also, it's somebody's elses fault.

Besides, it’s not like he’s sitting around doing nothing.  Just the other day he said he was unwilling to compromise saying,

“I Shouldn't Have To Offer Anything.”

Damn that Congress!

In other news the government is so very shut down that only the very barest of necessities are being provided for.  For example, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) does not have any money to pay for its web site.

OMB Shutdown

However it is seeing to it that money is made available to pay to put up barriers in order to prevent elderly WWII veterans from walking around in an open space.

Damn that Congress!

J.

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Jon, there will be enough of them left at the IRS to audit you. They have no sense of humor. Ask Ben Carson about that.

Posted by: John | Oct 2, 2013 5:28:38 PM

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