HAPPY HOLIDAYS!  1:55 pm November 21, 2011

Debt Supercommittee Fulfills Its Promise To Make Everything Worse

by Kirsten Boyd Johnson

At least God still thinks America is the best nation on Earth, because no one else does.Hooray, the Dow Jones decided to start its day with a two hundred point crash in apparent surprise at history’s least surprising news ever, that somehow a few months of mindless bickering between the twelve members of the bipartisan congressional deficit-reduction “supercommittee” has — how is it possible? you ask — officially amounted to abject failure according to some sad announcement members will submit in lieu of a proposal by the assigned Thanksgiving deadline. Oh sure, there may have been one or two humans somewhere eating record amounts of acid in celebration of their last unemployment checks who hopefully dreamed for a hot second there was some chance that this thing running America called “Congress” would actually manage to “govern,” but like we said, that would take a lot of acid. Were these corrupt goons at least trying to come up with some kind of last-minute deal, just as a show of good faith?

Hahahahaha, no, they were on the teevee, blaming each other before the corpse of a budget reduction deal had even gone cold.

The Hill reports:

Earlier in the day, supercommittee members from both parties headlined Sunday news shows, expressing faint hope but little confidence that they could find $1.2 trillion in budget cuts.

In separate interviews, six supercommittee members also admitted that they had a tight window, and pledged to keep working until time had run out.

“I’m at the table. I want to solve this,” [Sen. Patty] Murray said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Here is a weird thing about physics, is that you cannot actually be on television talking to numbskull CNN anchors and be “at the table” at the same time. Details!

And Barack Obama, who steadfastly refused to have any part in the supercommittee’s work throughout because eh, he already submitted his homework in the form of a jobs bill no one wants to pass, even fled to Asia to avoid any confusion as to where he was during the final days of the fictional “negotiations.” So not his fault Congress blows! We look forward to the inevitable fundraising spam reminding us as much in, what, a few hours?

Ugh, and Obama wasn’t the only one who wanted to avoid even geographic proximity to the panel’s total failure.

From POLITICO:

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told a crowd at a fundraiser last week that a debt agreement was a long-shot, noting that he had to be in Florida by Wednesday to brine the Thanksgiving turkey he got shipped there. Top aides to the Democratic and Republican leadership didn’t come to the Capitol over weekend, and neither did most of the members on the committee. Even as committee members said publicly they hoped for a last-minute breakthrough, the Capitol was virtually empty Sunday.

Boehner had not heard from Obama as of Sunday evening, aides said, and the White House refused to say whether the president had done any personal outreach or made any phone calls to committee members at the 11th hour.

Sorta makes you wonder if maybe it would better if they would just always stay away from Washington, all of them, forever? Oh well, Congress will now get to work on its real task, letting John McCain and Lindsey Graham dismantle the $500 billion in automatic defense spending cuts triggered by the supercommittee failure while equal automatic cuts to domestic programs benefiting the poor and elderly proceed quietly, as Jesus intended. [The Hill/Politico/AP]

 
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nounverb911 November 21, 2011 at 1:57 pm

It's time for #OccupyGroverNorquist.

TanzbodenKoenig November 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I think the 1% have already beat us there…

user-of-owls November 22, 2011 at 12:29 am

I think an incubus already beat us there…

GOPCrusher November 21, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Just heard that asshat on NPR, saying that the real problem is that the Democrats refuse to address the spending problem, and want to raise taxes to further Obama's Socialist Agenda.
When are we going to see the benefits of this Socialist Agenda? Or better yet, when are we going to see the man propose something Socialist?

Naked_Bunny November 21, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Any agenda that doesn't feed money directly into a Koch is socialist.

dadanarchist November 21, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Preferably with TNT.

nounverb911 November 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Fox Noise blames Obama in 3..2..1..

BerkeleyBear November 21, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Already done, no countdown needed.

Lionel[redacted]Esq November 21, 2011 at 2:06 pm

The question is, has FOX News blamed Obama for the Crucifixion of Jesus? Or are they waiting for Bill O'Reilly's annual War on Christmas special for that?

chicken_thief November 21, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Well, I'm pretty sure that the Romans were influenced by creeping Muslin Sharia Law, which also was the downfall of the Empire. They should have listened to Paul Revere warning the British. Also. Too.

anniegetyerfun November 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Funny – he doesn't LOOK Jewish.

horsedreamer_1 November 21, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Neither does Lenny Kravitz.

poncho_pilot November 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm

maybe a countdown that stars at -3 leading up to the present.

BaldarTFlagass November 21, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Set the controls for the heart of the black hole.

EatsBabyDingos November 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm

But be careful with that budget ax, Eugene.

Generation[redacted] November 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Could be worse. I found Atom Heart Vice President very difficult to sit through.

SexySmurf November 21, 2011 at 2:00 pm

noting that he had to be in Florida by Wednesday to brine the Thanksgiving turkey he got shipped there.

By "Florida" he meant his tool shed and by "the Thanksgiving turkey he got shipped there" he meant his liver.

DaRooster November 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Shh… Tool shed, that's where I store my "extra"… um… brine.

horsedreamer_1 November 21, 2011 at 10:32 pm

It's also the leading educational, sex-positive, womyn-friendly sex-toy outlet in the Brew City.

mrpuma2u November 21, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Like that elitist tool is in anyway involved with food prep. His hired brownz will be making all the vittles. He probably doesn't even pour his own super double scotch booze bombs.

BerkeleyBear November 21, 2011 at 3:35 pm

No, no. Long tradition of entitled white males taking over the glory portions of this particular occasion, leaving it to the help/little women to do all the rest of the work. So he brines it, but his freaking wife has to then cook it, 4 sides, get the table set, etc.

msbreathing November 21, 2011 at 5:52 pm

He'll be passed out in the mashed potatoes before the turkey is even served.
Kind of reminds me of my brother in law.

donner_froh November 21, 2011 at 2:00 pm

"brine the Thanksgiving turkey"

Sounds a lot like choking the chicken, Mr. Speaker. Have fun.

Terry November 21, 2011 at 2:00 pm

It's hard to reach a compromise when almost half the committee members refuse to give on taxes.

V572625694 November 21, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Or, to be fair, benefits.

FlownOver November 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm

≠.

Big-time ≠.

Nobody proposed tax increases without benefit cuts. Half demanded benefit cuts without tax increases. Guess who?

Master Janitor V572 November 21, 2011 at 4:27 pm

You are correct, thank you. Got reeled in by the ol’ false-equivalency scam. As Jules Feiffer once had Eisenhower say, “We must strike a path between those who want to keep schools open and those who want to blow them up.”

chicken_thief November 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm

"…almost" half? Was there one common sense Republican?!

SayItWithWookies November 21, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Not really — one of them was lying.

Master Janitor V572 November 21, 2011 at 2:00 pm

At least Berlusconi had the decency* to resign after failing to persuade his hand-picked parliament to tell the population it's time to eat your broccoli. Can we get some technocrats in here to fix our mess? That always works. We already tried the fascist dictator thing with Chimpy, and it turned out that the drawbacks outweighed the benefits, as he most definitely did not make the trains run on time.
____________________
*Well, really there was a gun at his head

anniegetyerfun November 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Love the new alias.

Master Janitor V572 November 21, 2011 at 4:59 pm

You should see me change a urinal soap-cake midstream. Takes years to develop that skill.

anniegetyerfun November 21, 2011 at 5:01 pm

You must have started training at a young age, like maybe 12? As a school apprentice?

hagajim November 21, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Completely useless fucks screw America yet again.

Sue4466 November 21, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I get that Boehner has to be there for the turkey brining, because his tears are the main ingredient, but why Florida? And what, Florida turkeys aren't good enough, he has to ship them in?

Jukesgrrl November 21, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Maybe Caribou Barbie sends him a turkey; the people he represents in Congress clearly aren't good enough to share his holiday. But when Obama goes to Hawaii for Christmas, I'm sure the Tan Man will declare that unpatriotic — Hawaii being a foreign country with flowers in December and sexy dancing.

GOPCrusher November 21, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Maybe Florida has miraculously become part of Boehner's Congressional district in Ohio?

imissopus November 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm

He should be careful if he wants to go there during orange-harvest time. Someone might accidentally run him through a juicer.

Guppy November 21, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Apparently one of the things he'll be thankful for this year is not being in his "home" state of Ohio.

flamingpdog November 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Florida Republican congresspersons probably will ship themselves in.

DetectiveGrey November 21, 2011 at 2:01 pm

In other news, a conservative activist by the name of Grovero Norquista has been making news in Mexico, urging the ruling drug cartels to sign pledges stating that they will never raise taxes on themselves.

poncho_pilot November 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer relocated to Mexico?

TeaNuts November 21, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Understand they speak "Cuban" down thar.

memzilla November 21, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Jeebus H. Tap Dancing Christ on a Soda Cracker, Scrooge McDuck had better budgeting and political skills.

Sue4466 November 21, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I believe Scrooge McDuck is the GOP mascot. They do, after all, hare the motto "Mine! Mine! Mine!"

memzilla November 21, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Right sentiment, wrong duck.

Sue4466 November 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Either way, if it quacks like a greedy ass duck. . . .

poncho_pilot November 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm

duck. penguin. one of those.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l63SRpGXBHE

Swampgas_Man November 21, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Donald had better debating skills than either party.

BaldarTFlagass November 21, 2011 at 2:03 pm

I hope Ron Jeremy "brines" Boehner's turkey.

Monsieur_Grumpe November 21, 2011 at 2:12 pm

haha
eeeeeeew
haha
eeeeeew
etc

elviouslyqueer November 21, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Oh please. Ron's too classy for Boehner. Plus, he's sexy, and he knows it.

Fred_Wertham_Jr November 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm

I hear that Peter North is providing the dressing for the Waldorf salad.

Master Janitor V572 November 21, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Don't worry, the sequestration doesn't begin until 2013, except for that little payroll tax cut you got — it'll disappear out of your first 2012 paycheck. And the really good news is that there actually won't be any defense cuts because…c'mon! We need the F-35, for the jerbs!

What's that you say — I would be cheaper to lay off defense workers and pay them unemployment than it is to pay them to build airplanes we don't need? Maybe, but how are Boeing or Lockheed Martin going to make any money out of a deal like that? Get serious!

Biel_ze_Bubba November 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I'm sure U.C. campus police could use a few V-22 Ospreys. I hear the prop wash really moves the pepper spray around.

JustPixelz November 21, 2011 at 3:41 pm

The DoD budget has doubled in the last ten years. So we can win a war against men on horseback. Let's go back to the defense we had when we beat won in Panama, Grenada, the Soviet Union and — wait for it — beat Iraq in 35 minutes.

We can use some of the savings to hire some more goons to stand outside airplane doors.

widestanceshakedown November 21, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Needs more snowstorm, dead of night/xmas eve and throat-ramming to be historic.

Jukesgrrl November 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Where have you gone Lyndon Johnson? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you. Woo woo woo.

donner_froh November 21, 2011 at 2:03 pm

expressing faint hope but little confidence

Sums up what most people feel about congress–if you take out the hope part and change "little" to "no".

MildMidwesterner November 21, 2011 at 2:03 pm

I knew from the begin that the "super" in supercommittee was meant to be ironic.

Biel_ze_Bubba November 21, 2011 at 2:23 pm

It was the stupor committee… we just heard it wrong.

JustPixelz November 21, 2011 at 3:43 pm

I thought it had something to do with soup. And it turns out I'm closer to the truth than anything "super"

Swampgas_Man November 21, 2011 at 4:30 pm

If Superman were this powerful, Luthor woulda killed us all forty years ago.

weejee November 21, 2011 at 2:04 pm

brine the Thanksgiving turkey

Is the traditional keelhauling no longer PC for Conservtards?

RadiosTyrone November 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I think Keelfisch is what they're into now.

Fukui_sanYesOta November 21, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Oh well, Congress will now get to work on its real task, letting John McCain and Lindsey Graham dismantle the $500 billion in automatic defense spending cuts triggered by the supercommittee failure while equal automatic cuts to domestic programs benefiting the poor and elderly proceed

These aren't the hellfire-equipped death-droids you're looking for. Move along.

JustPixelz November 21, 2011 at 3:46 pm

They'll pass some bill to increase defense spending instead. Then howl at the Dems for saying "I will not put one more penny of debt on my children's shoulders."

Lionel[redacted]Esq November 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm

How can this be so hard. By the position taken by both parties, we simply need a deal that doesn't cut domestic spending, doesn't cut defense, allows us to bomb the browns back into the stone age, and doesn't raise taxes on the wealthy because they are so busy creating jobs with the lowest tax rates on the wealthy since the 50s.

Maybe if we just started Mississippi, everyone would be happy.

Callyson November 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm

The people who criticize OWS for supposedly not having a specific plan to get our country out of this mess might take a good, hard look at the clown in Congress, who are *paid* to come up with something…
Happy f'n Thanksgiving, Congress!

Master Janitor V572 November 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm

The one "leak" from the committee that is totally believable is that "Lurch" Kerry wasted everybody's time with pointless speechifying.

Steverino247 November 21, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Uhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Millennial Malaise November 21, 2011 at 4:12 pm

On NPR this morning, Chris Matthews was gushing about Kerry's "leadership," which in Villager speak is defined as "raising your voice above 50 decibels in order to mildly call out your dumbass colleagues."

Where was Kerry the last two months? How convenient that Kerry only shows "leadership" the day after everyone's given up on the super-committee.

DetectiveGrey November 21, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I can't wait until these balanced cuts across the board are accepted by Congress without complaint in accordance with the deal they agreed upon when the debt ceiling was raised.

Fukui_sanYesOta November 21, 2011 at 2:09 pm

That was then. This is now

It was all about "waaah budget deficit and national debt". Turns out that our Republican chums didn't really care about that. Now the narrative will be that Hopey will allow the defence cuts to come through which destroys jerbs in this economy. Fuck the poors though.

It's almost as if nobody in Congress really cares about the country.

RadiosTyrone November 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Maybe they signed a pledge to carry it out…..ha ha ha ¤cries¤

CliveWarren November 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm

"Six supercommittee members also admitted that they had a tight window."

The other six sheepishly admitted that their windows were wide as fuck. "It's like swinging a baguette in an airplane hangar," said one supermember…

Biel_ze_Bubba November 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm

That's what the camel said about the eye of the needle.

emmelemm November 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm

That literally made me spit out a little coffee. Fortunately, it didn't land on my keyboard.

DaRooster November 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Many upfists… and I think there is room for them.

flamingpdog November 21, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Supercommittee needs a 13th member to break the log*jam. Given their comments, I nominate Marcus Bachmann.

*ha, ha, I said "log".

Naked_Bunny November 21, 2011 at 3:49 pm

I want a supermember.

Goonemeritus November 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm

I heard the schedule was so tight they could only spare time for 90% of the lobbyist that wanted to meet with them.

Chichikovovich November 21, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Now if those lobbyists were children, supervised by a master lobbyist, they could fit more of them in a congressional office.

flamingpdog November 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Newt Gingerich approves of your suggestion, but only if unionized lobbyists are fired.

Jukesgrrl November 21, 2011 at 5:39 pm

We can be sure they started with the lobbyists who are married to members of Congress.

donner_froh November 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm

The chances of defense spending being cut by one cent when the supercommittee gives up and the "automatic" cuts are triggered across the board:

1) None

2) A snowball's in hell

3) Fuck you, Islamofascist terrorist who fears our freedoms and wants to destroy Amerikkka. I will hit you in the mouth with this $18,000 pipe wrench.

Oblios_Cap November 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Why are you hitting me with the cheapest model pipe wrench? I deserve to be whacked with a model that costs at least $40,000.

Biel_ze_Bubba November 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Cool it… Goldman Sachs is doing well selling my snowball futures. Nobody's supposed to know that they're designed to … you know.

BerkeleyBear November 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm

The Dems didn't cave in order to make a last second deal. The President didn't negotiate because he knew it was pointless. Isn't that what all the assholes on the far left said was wrong with the Dem strategy up until now on everything – that Dems were too willing to compromise? Well, they didn't, so now those same assholes are all going to bitch that Hopey didn't swoop in at the last second and give away Medicare to make a deal.

GregComlish November 21, 2011 at 3:41 pm

the assholes bitching about Obama compromising and the assholes bitching about Obama's lack of centrism are distinct sets of assholes.

flamingpdog November 21, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Snark off, how does that even follow? I'm one of those far-left assholes that said the Dems were too willing to compromise, and I would only bitch if Hopey did swoop in at the last second and give away Medicare to make a deal.

fuflans November 21, 2011 at 11:49 pm

meh. it's the baggers. it was the baggers, it currently is the baggers and it will be the baggers until someone makes them take a test or something.

KathrynSane November 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm

I'm not sure whether to grab popcorn or opiates.

donner_froh November 21, 2011 at 2:23 pm

When in doubt go for the opiates.

Jukesgrrl November 21, 2011 at 5:40 pm

I'm stuffing my turkey with them even as we speak.

bureaucrap November 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm

why not both? Have you heard of "Crack-Jack" — delicious popcorn covered with a flavorful coating of crack cocaine. and comes with a prize. The prize is crack. Admittedly not an opiate, but might make you feel better temporarily.

flamingpdog November 21, 2011 at 3:52 pm

♪ Buy me some peanuts and crack — , I don't care if I never get back! ♪

Jukesgrrl November 21, 2011 at 5:42 pm

I don't want to feel my feelings. I want some of that stuff Michael Jackson had.

chicken_thief November 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm

I seriously doubt that the super committee action, or lack thereof, had anything to do with anything. The more likely rationale is the Goldman Sachs went short across the board, so started throwing shit against the wall hoping something would stick and the market would tank short term. By days end, they will be back to long on all the blue chips.

plinkleton November 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm

preznit 'bammma invented the "Super Comittee" how cool is that? yeah

BarackMyWorld November 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Someone in the media or Washington really needs to point out that this failure is actually a good thing since cutting trillions of government spending during a major recession is probably a very bad idea that'll throw thousands out of work and hurt the economy even more.

But I doubt they will.

LiveToServeYa November 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm
BarackMyWorld November 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm
Mumbletypeg November 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Center on Budget Policy/ Priorties, also. Via TPM.

GOPCrusher November 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Wasn't it Mark Zandi who pointed out about three years ago that not only would one stimulus spending plan be necessary to bail out the economy, but we would need two?

Lionel[redacted]Esq November 21, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Thank goodness that in this time of trouble, Speaker Boehner is avoiding his constituency and keeping his orange glow alive in Florida.

stopthemovie November 21, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are, oh You well heeled big wheel, ha ha, charade you are…….

Oblios_Cap November 21, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Oh well, Congress will now get to work on its real task, letting John McCain and Lindsey Graham dismantle the $500 billion in automatic defense spending cuts triggered by the supercommittee failure while equal automatic cuts to domestic programs benefiting the poor and elderly proceed quietly, as Jesus intended.

Do you the Devil's work.

elviouslyqueer November 21, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Keep brinin' that turkey, you lachrymose Oompa-Loompa.

MissusBarry November 21, 2011 at 2:11 pm

So, is Boner importing that turkey from Ohio or something? Who the fuck has a turkey shipped in? Apparently, the local market is far far beneath a man (or his servants) so orange, er rich, as the speaker.

As to the supercommittee failure.,.about as surprising a the sun coming up in the east. The announcement of said failure days before the actual deadline, however, is a nice touch.

GunToting[Redacted] November 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm

As God is my witness, I thought that turkeys could brine themselves.

Jukesgrrl November 21, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Land sakes alive, you don't know nothin' about brinin' turkeys!

BigDumbRedDog November 21, 2011 at 2:11 pm

When Congress's approval rating gets to 0%, I think we should disband and start over.

GunToting[Redacted] November 21, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Other governments have the ability to hold a confidence vote and flush the useless fuckers out. Sure wish we had something like that.

GOPCrusher November 21, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Sadly enough, voting the assholes out makes for a great slogan. But voters don't think it's their asshole that needs to go.

Jukesgrrl November 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm

As long as we don't refresh anything with the blood of patriots … unless Wonket gets to decide who the tyrants are.

SorosBot November 21, 2011 at 2:15 pm

But how will we solve the non-problem of the deficit even though we're in a recession and should be spending more government money, not less, but are ruled by morons who believe in Hoovernomics now?

BarackMyWorld November 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm

"Hoovernomics" is as good a term for it as any. Not just for the similarities to the Hoover Administration's policies, but their resemblance to the similarly named vacuum cleaners' sucking.

fuflans November 21, 2011 at 11:49 pm

jet packs?

DaRooster November 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm

So… what's so Super?

Jukesgrrl November 21, 2011 at 5:49 pm

The depth of the shit we're in?

BornInATrailer November 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Ugh. You know he drunkenly drops cigarette ash into that brine.

b[redact]opple November 21, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Speaking of cigarettes and turkey, when is Ken going to post the real actual awesome cranberry business this year?

Jukesgrrl November 21, 2011 at 5:55 pm

It's Keith Richards' recipe.

Rotundo_ November 21, 2011 at 6:55 pm

No, Johnny has people to brine the bird and cook it for him. What they use for brine who knows, but I have some suggestions if they want some ideas…

mavenmaven November 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm

The Republicans will not rest until every one of us, and our children (until they are old enough to be fodder for meaningless foreign for-profit adventures) have been transformed into exploitable chattel for their corporate overlords.

SenileAgitation November 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I just want better broadband, is that such a chore? I think even the supercommittee can admit that is worthwhile.

Jukesgrrl November 21, 2011 at 5:56 pm

I guess free broadband is too much to ask for.

MARCdMan November 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm

In a normal country filled with reasonably intelligent people, this would be the sign that it's time to vote all of these clowns out and get new lawmakers that can actually govern. Good thing for the clowns that this is 'murica.

DaRooster November 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm

So Barry split because "Congress blows"… so… he ain't never comin' back.

Schmannnity November 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm

If only Donald Trump could talk some sense into these chaps. Donald why hath thou foresaken us?

Oblios_Cap November 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Has The Donald gone Galt?

prommie November 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Unnecessary and unworkable compromise solution to artificial, manufactured crisis fails to meet fake, arbitrary "deadline." I once had a girlfriend who worked things this way. Drama, blame, repeat.

Steverino247 November 21, 2011 at 3:35 pm

I'll bet that got real old real quick.

prommie November 21, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Doesn't everything?

GunToting[Redacted] November 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Keep fucking that turkey, Mr. Speaker.

DaRooster November 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Cuts? TAX THE RICH THEIR FAIR SHARE!!

Nostrildamus November 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Auction off television rights to beheadings of GOP presidential candidates.

Debt problem solved.

elviouslyqueer November 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm

“From the Democratic side, it was the same thing — raise taxes, pass the president's jobs bill, no entitlement reform,” said Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” "On the Republican side, you had the one true breakthrough and that was this new concept of tax reform which could generate revenue from the upper brackets for deficit reduction."

With respect, Sen. Kyl, FUCK YOU with a Drano-soaked cattle prod. Oh, and PS: I'm reserving a rusty straight razor for your microscopic genitalia too, Grover Norquist.

Oblios_Cap November 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Kyle is one of the biggest assmunches in the Senate. And that's saying a lot.

BarackMyWorld November 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm

"…new concept of tax reform which could generate revenue from the upper brackets…"

The fuck is he talking about?

elviouslyqueer November 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Extending the Bush-era tax cuts, yet again. For fuck's sake, all these assholes have is one idea, and I guess they think by repeating it over and over and over again, eventually it'll happen. Textbook insanity, iow.

BarackMyWorld November 21, 2011 at 3:13 pm

The old "cutting taxes increases revenue" myth? Ugh.

imissopus November 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm

The one give on taxes by the GOP, if I'm not mistaken, was a proposal to limit deductions in such a way that would have raised a whopping $250 billion over the next ten years. To Republicans, this is an enormous sacrifice for them to make. Hence Kyl trying to bullshit everyone about his party's reasonableness. Oh, the limits on deductions would have been accompanied by something like $3 trillion in cuts over the same time frame.

Chichikovovich November 21, 2011 at 3:15 pm

I seem to remember a trial balloon being floated about eliminating certain deductions, which would indeed raise a lot of revenue. One of the big revenue generators was, as I recall, eliminating the mortgage interest deduction. Right there you know the proposal was 100% not-serious. There is no flipping way the Congress is going to vote to eliminate that huge giveaway to the middle and upper classes. That's as certain as 2+2=4. Especially because it would generate a tsunami of negative ads from the Realtors' association, the homebuilders, etc.

So I'm guessing that what the Republicans did was a) find a bunch of deductions whose elimination would rake in the loot. b) Make sure that the theoretical in-raking of the loot did not result from actually raising the base percentage of income taxed – so that they could say "we didn't propose raising taxes, just eliminating loopholes the rich use." c) Choose deductions that by the inexorable laws of congressional stuff-doing, will never be eliminated before the heat death of the universe.

Then you can claim to have had great innovative ideas about reducing the deficit "without raising taxes" but won't actually have to do anything.

That is my guess – but maybe someone who has been following the debate more closely can chip in.

GOPCrusher November 21, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Eliminating the mortgage interest deduction will have the same effect on the housing market as the elimination of the deduction of interest paid on automobile purchases had on the auto industry during the Reagan Depression.

DahBoner November 21, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Senator John "Not intended To Be A Factual Statement" Kyl, (R-Tool, Dirtbag, AZ)…

Jukesgrrl November 21, 2011 at 5:57 pm

May I watch?

LiveToServeYa November 21, 2011 at 2:29 pm

DOW down 200 points. 200 points isn't even a 'crash', anymore. It's more of a 'flux' or a 'hiccup' or an 'oops'.

BaldarTFlagass November 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm

a small shart.

Generation[redacted] November 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm

It's a speculative profit opportunity for those with liquid capital and ultra-fast trading software.

BarackMyWorld November 21, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Figurative economic burps and farts, less serious than the vomit or taking a dump we've gotten used to.

glamourdammerung November 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Why exactly did Boner have to have a turkey shipped to Florida? Do they not have grocery stores? He mentioned brining, so I am guessing it was not some kind of nicotine-smoked bird.

bureaucrap November 21, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I thought "history’s least surprising news ever" was either "Ricky Martin Gay" or "This Years' Wall Street Bonuses Even Bigger than Last Year's".

johnnyzhivago November 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Ricky Martin is gay???

PuckStopsHere November 21, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Jefferson himself said: The tree of Liberty must be watered from time to time with the brine of turkeys.

johnnyzhivago November 21, 2011 at 2:38 pm

More importantly – will Obama be back to pardon a turkey this year?

RadiosTyrone November 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm

He will be back to make sure that the Bush/Obama tax cuts go untouched. After all, you can't raise taxes during Black Friday Week.

smoothmineral November 21, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Fuck bipartisanship. When will Obama learn to avoid working with these filthy (rich), greedy Repigs when he has the choice?
If he had just used the Constitutional option to raise the debt ceiling without Congress, none of this would be happening right now.

Oh well, at least we were able to avoid getting our credit rating downgraded…

stopthemovie November 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm

John Boehner's turkey brine : one fifth Jameson's, one fifth VO, one fifth Southern Comfort, one fifth Scotch and one fifth Old Grandad, soak Turkey for 24 hours. Remove Turkey from brine and despose. Makes one gallon of gravy.

V572625694 November 21, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Neat or on the rocks?

DerrickWildcat November 21, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Might need a new SuperDuper Committee.

Fukui_sanYesOta November 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Oh yeah, they could run that one up until 2040.

"What, the UltraMegaWonderCongress Committee failed? It must be time for the GigaPowerUberSteering Group to appoint members to a new FabuSuperDogsBollocksHeavenly Committee"

RadiosTyrone November 21, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I'm thinking they need a Super Maxi Pad Committee.

subsum November 21, 2011 at 2:58 pm

USA!, USA! USA!…

DaRooster November 21, 2011 at 3:01 pm

So Boehner… you shouldn't have to "brine" a Kobe Turkey… shipped in? For fuck's sake.

Eve8Apples November 21, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Importing fancy out of state turkeys to sunny vacation destinations sounds like something reserved for the top 1% of American wage earners. The other 99% of us will be lined up at the local food bank eating expired local turkeys with a side of hobo beans.

I can't understand why Congressional leaders don't relate to the problems of ordinary Americans.

elfgoldsackring November 21, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Probability that turkey will in fact be prepared by someone named Consuela: approaching 99%.

GOPCrusher November 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm

The expired turkey hot dogs aren't too bad, as long as you cut the green stuff off before throwing them in the water.

Eve8Apples November 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Congress considers that green stuff a serving of vegetables.

elviouslyqueer November 21, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Turkey loaf libel!

Generation[redacted] November 21, 2011 at 3:35 pm

1% of the turkeys soak up 99% of the brine.

FatalServerErrorFace November 21, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Utility grade turkeys now come with a bonus third wing or second neck bone.

SoBeach November 21, 2011 at 3:01 pm

There are three possibilities:

1. The supercommittee agrees to drastic cuts to programs benefiting the middle class and poor, or

2. There's no agreement, and drastic cuts are automatically made to programs benefiting the middle class and poor, or

3. Nobody does anything, they refuse to raise the debt ceiling, we default, and programs benefiting the middle class and poor are dissolved.

Sounds bad, I know, but we're all going to have to sacrifice if we're going to make sure the job creators don't have to pay another 3% on income over $250,000.

SayItWithWookies November 21, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I don't understand why this is called a failure when nobody expected the Republicans to present anything reasonable — as long as the automatic cuts take effect, something will be done. It's too bad idiots like McCain and Graham can't see the bloated military budget (twice what it was before 9/11) touched at all — but $50 billion is what — two toilets and a hammer?

smitallica November 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm

I wonder what the right-wing reaction would be if most of the Democratic caucus in Congress said they couldn't budge on a particular issue because they had signed a promise to some unelected wonk at an extremist think tank.

I'm sure they would accept that with their characteristic grace and aplomb.

BlueStateLibel November 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm

The most puzzling thing about all of this is why Boehner has to ship a turkey to Flordia and why does he have to personally "brine" it? Everyone knew this BS committee was just BS anyway.

e_z November 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Myself, I've always wondered what "I don't know whether to shit or go blind" means. I guess I still don't.

Mumbletypeg November 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Boehner… to be in Florida by Wednesday to brine the Thanksgiving turkey

Newt Gingrich is barely restraining himself from pointing out to the House Speaker his missed opportunity to call on any number of extended clan's unemployed grand-nieces & -nephews to enlist for fetching, soaking and stuffing however many gourmet turduckens it takes to feed a tribe of Boehners.

johnnyzhivago November 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Instead of admitting failure, why not say they came up with the BEST idea ever, wrote it down and then lost it.

Shift the debate from republican/democrat to "who lost it"

fuflans November 21, 2011 at 11:52 pm

this, this is brilliant..

comrad_darkness November 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm

If they aren't cutting the defense budget to 1/3 of its current level, this is all just bullshit anyway. You can't even eliminate the deficit, let alone cut into the debt without butchering that bloated half rotting carcass and the military industrial companies sucking on its teats.

Generation[redacted] November 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Brine a turkey? Sounds like socialism. Real americans deep fry their turkeys.

x111e7thst November 21, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Maybe if we fed the member of the SuperC lots and lots of acid. Or MDMA..

DahBoner November 21, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Republicans may be "at the table", but they shit into America's punch bowl long ago…

DaRooster November 21, 2011 at 3:53 pm

“was unable to reach agreement because President Obama and Washington Democrats insisted on dramatic tax hikes on American job creators, which would make our economy worse.”

FUCK YOU BOEHNER!! You good for nothing, hateful, scumbag piece of shit!! "Dramatic" hikes?? One half of one percent is barely a hike… let alone dramatic. MAGGOT!

hagajim November 21, 2011 at 4:34 pm

And Barack Obama, who steadfastly refused to have any part in the supercommittee’s work- because it's not his job. Though a little bit of leadership would certainly help

plinthic November 21, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Why so negative? At least they agreed that Pizza is a vegetable.

philpjfry November 21, 2011 at 4:47 pm

It surprises me that anyone is surprised

Jukesgrrl November 21, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Politicians and the media are in a contest to see who can do faux outrage better.

poorgradstudent November 21, 2011 at 4:48 pm

This would all be so much easier if they'd just admit that the only thing they want tax money to ever be spent on is blowing up Muslims and making sure that bank presidents can retire without having to worry about selling their third winter homes in Europe.

anniegetyerfun November 21, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Brining is how you get that nice, taut orange color.

ttommyunger November 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm

"Debt Supercommittee Fulfills Its Promise To Make Everything Worse." And this is headline-worthy exactly why?

orygoon November 21, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Fuck fuck fuckity-fuck fuck fuck. And my migrine salutes you, Congress.

user-of-owls November 22, 2011 at 12:34 am

So it appears the Thanksgiving menu this year will feature Turkey l'Orange.

flamingpdog November 21, 2011 at 6:30 pm

That's my connection to Obama – I'm "Grumpy".

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