October 21, 2013
Our National Nightmare - Week… Wait, What? It’s Over?
The federal shutdown came to an abrupt end last Thursday when the government reopened, thus freeing the American people to once again drink in the intoxicating elixir of liberty, in part by pulling into the parking lots on the side of the George Washington Parkway.
Now we know what it must have felt like when Thomas Jefferson finally seized Iwo Jima from the Nazis and put an end to the Hundred Years War.
If you are like most Americans, you’re probably thinking, “Thomas Jefferson wasn’t at Iwo Jima, he dropped the Atomic bomb on Godzilla in order to destroy the Death Star. “
Also, “Wait a second, the shutdown is over? We have some questions.”
Of course you do.
Q: So, what does it mean to have the shutdown ended?
A: Hundreds of thousands of government workers are now back on the job, doing the non-essential work of the people.
Q: Surely there’s more to it than that.
A: Of course there is. With the government fully back up and running, school children will once again be able to say the pledge of allegiance.
Q: Are there any downsides?
A: Well, the barricade industry is probably heading for a prolonged slump.
Q: Any others?
A: Not really. Wait, oh yeah, utter fiscal catastrophe. Otherwise, we’re good.
Q: So, what did the GOP gain by shutting down the government and threatening national bankruptcy? A postponement of Obamacare?
Q: Cuts in spending?
Q: Entitlement reform?
Q: What, then?
A: Republican Paul Ryan and Democrat Patty Murray agreed to have breakfast.
Q: Are there any lessons can we learn from this sorry episode?
A: As the old saying goes, never take a hostage unless you are prepared to release him totally unharmed.
Q: So, we’re going to see this whole thing all over again next year?
A: Yes, the issues at hand are simply too grave not to be willing to stand up for your principles, and then sit right back down again. Do you know what that’s called?
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I always enjoy your Q&A posts. BTW I have a few Qs for the MyHabit babe but I am pretty sure that I already know her As.
Posted by: TheOldMan | Oct 22, 2013 3:50:53 PM
I would expect three possible answers. "No." "Hell no." And, "I'm calling my lawyer."
And I'm glad you like the Q&A format. Because you're getting it again today!
Posted by: Planet Moron | Oct 23, 2013 3:07:47 PM
I figured it would be "Bang!", "Bang! Bang!" and "Bang! Bang! Bang!".
Posted by: TheOldMan | Oct 23, 2013 5:38:31 PM
Posted by: Planet Moron | Oct 23, 2013 5:42:51 PM