In the waning days of the lame duck session, when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) was blocking any attempts at reaching a compromise to avoiding Fiscal Cliff, Senate Minority Leader used Vice President Biden as an instrumental go around to craft a compromise. Biden showed potential at being respectable. Then came the new Congress.
Aside from being the next in line for Presidential succession, the only specified role for the Vice President of the United States is as a ceremonial President of the Senate. So as the 113th Congress was sworn in, Vice President Joe Biden was front and center at the ceremonial swearing-in photo-ops.
Witness our national treasure–
Personally, my favorite moment was when first term Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) took office and Biden quipped: “Spread your legs, you’re gonna be frisked.”
While Senator Heitkamp managed to be all smiles for the camera, this lack of decorum was, to echo Biden, “a Big F**king Deal.”
When newly appointed Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) had his photo op, at least Biden managed to muzzle himself to just joke about his pecs. This is better then when then Presidential candidate Senator Biden greeted then Senator Barack Obama’s entrance to the 2008 Democratic primary race.
Next on the Senate agenda is formally announcing the Electoral College vote. And what will Joe Biden say?
But all things considered, Joe Biden’s jocular gaffes are at least more respectable than ex-VP Al Gore’s Current (sic) hypocrisy.
h/t: Steve Sack
As politicians on both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue perform the strip tease regarding the avoiding Fiscal Cliff, it is worth stepping back to chuckle and simultaneously smirk at what brought us here.
In late November, protesters who could have been typecast out of the Occupy Wall Street sit-ins, albeit better bathed and sans clothes, decided to demonstrate in Speaker John Boehner’s office regarding cuts from the sequestration
When commenting on the Capitol Hill streaking spectacle, former Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY) quipped at a Christian Science Monitor luncheon about the difference between being “naked” and “nekkid”. Obviously from the messages on their backs, they were up to something…
A similar case can be made about approaching the fiscal cliffs and budgetary sequestration
Typical of his governing style, President Obama had a hands off approach to budget negotiations when he went on his Hawaiian holiday. When the President showily returned to the District of Calamity for budget talks, he gathered politicos for a photo op, offered nothing new and dictated how Congress should legislate by demanding an up and down vote, which might not even carry the upper chambers majority caucus.
Speaker Boehner called back House Members on Sunday afternoon in case there was a legislative compromise. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have tried to craft a last minute compromise. It would not be surprising if the proverbial can gets kicked another month down the road…
So expect lawmakers to realize that they are “nekkid” and find a fig leaf. The problem is that such a fig leaf of a plan essentially covers nothing and may get everyone banished from the land of the free and the home of the brave.
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Since the principles in the District of Calamity who are responsible for averting the Fiscal Cliff insist on playing games with the economy and America’s indebtedness, it is time to respond in kind.
Over the past couple of years, the Lamestream Media magnified memes of class warfare and lionized the Occupy Wall Street activists while demonizing the top 2% income earners in America. Hence, it is is appropriate to reflect this rethinking of reality with America’s iconic board game-Monopoly.
A piece of Occupyista propaganda pushed their own vision of the Monopoly game board.
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It may be sold as the Tree of Life, but that bitter fruit of taxes is actually the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Blaming the tempter won’t work either as the public will be made to remember the vow breaker not the insidious instigators.
Gorging on the fruit without having a disciplined diet (like spending cuts and a Senate approved budget) should get both banished from the garden but that is unlikely in the District of Calamity.
reason for this U.S. Government policy is because the animals will grow
dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.
In one month, unless Congress and the President can agree upon a solution, sequestration will occur which will automatically make an across the board 10% budgetary reduction. In the District of Calamity, this willy-nilly cost cutting is know as going over the fiscal cliff.
As most Americans are in the Christmas preparation rush and President Obama is set to rush off to a 20 day $4 million holiday in Christmas Vacation in Hawaii, it does not seem that the calamitous effects if the Lame Duck Congress is unable to craft a compromise budget are widely understood. So here are some fiscal cliff notes:
President Obama offered an idea to allegedly avoid the sequestration crisis:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) found this proposal laughable.
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Yesterday, some publicity seeking protesters with naked ambition briefly occupied the ante-chamber to House Speaker John Boehner’s office.
WARNING the video exposes the naked truth from this “happening”. It is not for the faint hearted or those offended by public nudity.
Former Majority Whip Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY) quipped “If you are naked, you’re without clothes. If you are nekkid, you’re also without clothes but you’re up to something.” Aside from generating some titillating news pegs, it is unclear what these demonstrators are really seeking to do.
Presumably, they are agitating over sequestration (a.k.a. the fiscal cliff) during the 112th Congress’ Lame Duck session, but that is a 10% across the board spending reduction. So is their plan to not cut discretionary domestic to make the greenback as worthless as Monopoly money or to follow a donkey plan to extract all savings at the expense of the Pentagon?
Maybe President Obama could show some leadership and offer a real plan to avoid the fiscal cliff, instead of remaining in the role of campaigner-in-chief for class warfare without offering any real solutions.
But then the protesters would have to move to Lafayette Park and it’s pretty cold in the District of Calamity right now.
One thing is for sure is that these protesters are better bathed than the Occupy types who were permitted to take over McPherson Square last year.