American Congress is the least functional
in the History of the United States.
In response to a question about civility in politics, Barbara Bush didn’t hold back. “I think the rest of the world is looking at us these days and saying, ‘What are you doing?’ They are looking on not only worried about America, but laughing at America.
She also said, “I hate that people think compromise is a dirty word. It’s not a dirty word.”
The Democrats, teeter/ On the edge of the cliff / damn! it’s just a hill.
Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia noted, “Something has gone terribly wrong when the biggest threat to our American economy is the American Congress.”
AMERICA, THE BEST DEMOCRACY ON EARTH THAT MONEY CAN BUY!
They couldn’t figure out how to avert $110 billion
in spending cuts that were about to take effect.
Congress and the White House just agreed to put off a decision
for two more months.
So… two months will come and go without anything being resolved. What will follow will be one crisis after another with the Republicans stalling and hoping and preying that they can keep Obama from governing until the next Federal Election. And then the incredible nonsense of the US Presidential race will take place again. It’s government by crisis, delay, avoidance and temporizing.
In effect, Washington is up shit creek without a paddle.
(To be in deep trouble with no solution.)
Cliff Clavin (John Ratzenberger) explains the “buffalo theory” to his drinking buddy Norm (George Wendt):
“Well ya see, Norm, it’s like this… A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But, naturally it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That’s why you always feel smarter after a few beers.”
MORAL OF THE FISCAL CLIFF CLAVIN STORY
Congress can only move as fast as the slowest Republican members.
Unfortunately, there are far too many Republicans
who are really, really slow!
The Fiscal Cliff and Monkeys
If you start with a cage containing five monkeys and inside the cage, hang a
banana on a string from the top and then you place a set of stairs under the
banana, before long a monkey will go to the stairs and climb toward the
As soon as he touches the stairs, you spray all the other monkeys with cold
water. After a while another monkey makes an attempt with same result …
all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon when another
monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.
Now, put the cold water away.
Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one.
The new monkey sees the banana and attempts to climb the stairs.
To his shock, all of the other monkeys beat the crap out of him.
After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the
stairs he will be assaulted.
Next, remove another of the original five monkeys, replacing it with a new
one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer
takes part in the punishment… with enthusiasm.
Then, replace a third original monkey with a new one, followed by a fourth,
then the fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs he is
attacked. Most of the monkeys that are beating him up have no idea why they
were not permitted to climb the stairs. Neither do they know why they are
participating in the beating of the newest monkey.
Finally, having replaced all of the original monkeys, none of the remaining
monkeys will have ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, none of
the monkeys will try to climb the stairway for the banana.
Why, you ask? Because in their minds… that is the way it has always been!
This, my friends, is how Congress operates… and is why, from time to time,
all of the monkeys need to be REPLACED AT THE SAME TIME.
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Congratulations President Obama!
It’s Finally Time to do something
The 17 months of campaigning or the silly season is over, I hope.
America sure is a country divided!
AS MANY PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD SAY
It’s been Howdy Doody Time
There are a few things out there that are universally annoying
– like fingernails on a blackboard
the GOP candidates.
“It’s extremely well-established, when you’re
getting lower-quality information coming in,
you’re having to work harder to understand and reconstruct it.”
Now I know why the GOP Candidates bug me so much.
Even Barbara Bush thinks that the GOP Race is a cause for embarrassment for America:
”The current political atmosphere was the worst she could remember. “I think the rest of the world is looking at us these days and saying, ‘What are you doing?” she said.
America is a great nation with many brilliant people and outstanding leaders.
It’s a shame that the Republican Party
( Tea Party ~ The GOP )
can’t find credible candidates and has made a laughing stock of American politics around the world.
WHAT A SILLY TEA PARTY!
While there are plenty of irritants in the world, there aren’t a lot of ways to alleviate that sense of annoyance. Palca points out that they’re part of human life and they’re something that everyone has to deal with from time to time.
But there are some techniques that people can use — distracting yourself if you’re stuck in a long line or something Palca calls “cognitive restructuring.”
“You can tell yourself that that mosquito is just a part of the life flow of the world and I shouldn’t be mad,” he says. “It’s just trying to do what it was genetically programmed to do.”
Basically, though, the bottom line is that you’re stuck, it’s annoying, and that’s part of life.
Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us
By Joe Palca, Flora Lichtman
Maybe, what we all need is a little BUG HUG!
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Republicans aren’t worried about Hurricane Isaac.
It’s only a Level 1 hurricane.
Therefore, it is not
Bad timing for the Republican Convention —instead of the coronation for Mitt Romney, many television-watchers will be watching the weather Network!
Good Timing for the rest of us!
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