“We’ll always have Paris.” – Humphrey Bogart, Casablanca, 1942
It’s New Year’s Day, and we all noted that Congress managed to do nothing on New Year’s Eve. At least they are being consistent. What’s the objective? Single-digit public approval? As in a beach limbo, “How low can you go?”
There’s a standing tradition for columnists to record, and often lampoon, a “year in review” piece. I was also planning to do one, but also knew celebrated humorist Dave “I am NOT making this up!” Barry would have a hilarious piece on a variety of subjects, likely including exploding flatulent cows.
Over the weekend, the Senate tried to bang out a cliff-avoiding accord without success. A half-hearted effort by Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) consisted of a Social Security and entitlement slashing “poison pill.” McConnell even tried appealing to Vice President Joe Biden (D) to “break the impasse.” He probably knew that the White House was equally as adverse to accepting a bad deal, as were the Senators on the other side of the aisle.
In the “Mob of 435” called the House of Representatives, 2012 was spent protecting tax cuts for the very affluent, decimating the already thin livelihoods of the rest of Ann Romney’s We the “You People,” and continuing the war on a woman’s right to control her own body. Let’s not forget taking every opportunity to impede the President. There was House Deputy GOP Whip Rep. Marsha “Bluegrass Michele Bachmann” Blackburn (R-Tenn.) defiantly pouting, hands on hips, singing “It’s My Party (and I’ll Cry If I Want To),” proclaiming to Bloomberg News that the “House’s work is done.” No wonder there was GOP grumbling about being called back to work.
So much for Republicans’ campaign claims of being all about “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs.” If the Federal Trade Commission had sway over Congressional bluster, the mantra might have been forced to change to “Zygotes, Zygotes, Zygotes” under the “Truth In Advertising” statutes.
President Obama and Congressional Dems have already said that they oppose a “bad deal” just to avoid the undesirable “fiscal cliff.” No deal is better than a bad deal which panders to the rich and sticks it to most of the “rest of us.”
It’s little wonder Democratic partisans are probably waiting for the “Party of No” to drag the country over the so-called “Fiscal Cliff.” The business and financial sectors want stability more than the tax cuts which will expire. Tea Party-pandering Republicans continue their hapless wildcat strike to protect the rich, and the other side of the aisle might just let the GOP crash and burn for a brief bungee jump dangle over the edge. Democrats already have a tax cut bill waiting in the wings to restore lower and middle class tax cuts should Republicans keep playing the “Party of No” hand. This time, it will be Republicans voting against a tax cut.
Speaking of Rep. Michele “Wing Nut Daily Woman of the Year” Bachmann (R-Looney Tunes), we have heard little lately from the Tea Party’s Gaffe-a-Day Queen. Perhaps she is busy? Did her hubby Missus Marcus get out of the locked closet again for some “Pray Away The Gay” counseling on Fire Island or in San Francisco?