I don’t have a lot to add to what I wrote last night about the debt ceiling impasse, but I do have a couple of random thoughts that keep popping up. They’re sort of in the manner of the New Rules that Bill Maher uses to close his show, but not nearly as clever or profane.
* Any politician who compares running the government to running a small business knows nothing about running government or a small business. And chances are that any politician who got out of his small business to run for office probably did so because they sucked at running their business.
* A president shouldn’t have to explain the nuts and bolts of the crisis he’s addressing in a nationally televised address. By the time you get to that point, people need resolution and a solution, not a tutorial on budgeting and a plea to call 1-800-CONGRESS.
* I liked it better when John Boehner cried on TV. This bombastic false bravado schtick comes across like he’s being told by his captors to make a ransom tape to prove to the world that he’s still alive and they haven’t chopped off an ear.
* Every time a Tea Party member of Congress appears on TV, there should be a Google map of his district behind him or her so the rest of the world can see where they live and we can either mock the people who elected this idiot or avoid the area altogether.
* Any pundit who says “both sides are equally to blame” should be fired for being an incompetent and an enabler. In this particular situation, even the few remaining moderate Republicans left in this world (which is roughly akin to being an Ivory-billed Woodpecker) know that no, both sides are not equally to blame.
* The next Congressperson who says “we don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem” should be thrown into a pit and pecked to death by ducks.
* Right-wing columnists like George F. Will should just drop all the pretense and call the president “uppity” and tell us that he obviously doesn’t know his place. This pussyfooting is just too cute by half.
* Any politician who begins a sentence with “The American people want/don’t want…” has no idea what the American people want or don’t want.
Feel free to add your own.