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  Deja us right in the vu

Republicans To Shut Down Government Again Because Screw You, America!

Future Republican Member of Congress
It has been almost five whole months since the grown-up Republicans in Congress threatened to SHUT IT DOWN faster than you can say “legitimate rape.” So now seems like a pretty good time to do that again, huh? It was so all kinds of fun last time, when we damn near defunded the Department of Homeland Security because — what was the reason again? Something something Obama shart-breath sadface? Yeah, that. Read more on Republicans To Shut Down Government Again Because Screw You, America!…
  Also bad at doctoring

Rand Paul Canceling Government Again, Because Planned Parenthood (And Because He’s A Dick)

He went to some kind of medical school?
Hiya, Rand Paul, how are you being terrible today? Doing a “filibuster“? Yelling at all the girl journalists, for not journalisming at you like you like? Telling jokes about your college Aqua Buddha hijinks when you “kidnapped” a lady, HAHAHAHA? (Probably not that, actually.) Read more on Rand Paul Canceling Government Again, Because Planned Parenthood (And Because He’s A Dick)…
  our crumbling infrastructure

Obama Unveils Important Transportation Bill That Also Will Not Pass

Not long ago, during one of our spelunking expeditions through the dark caverns that take up all the space inside Peggy Noonan’s skull, we found her wondering why, in the debate over health insurance reform, we were not talking about medical research and cures, and how doing something like curing Alzheimer’s now could keep down health care costs in the future. As we wrote at the time: It would be nice if we could cure all sorts of diseases, and if the austerity fetishists ever get voted out of Congress maybe we’ll get to fund the NIH again. Here’s a thought, Peggy: try writing a column about why some government spending might be good and important, and funding it might require a few tax increases here and there. This passage came back to us today as we read Michael Grunwald’s piece in Time about the four-year, $300 billion transportation bill the Obama Administration rolled out on Tuesday. The GROW AMERICA Act – yes, it is a terrible acronym – would significantly increase both highway and transit funding (railroads, buses, the sort of thing that causes George Will to wake up gasping in the middle of the night). It is a fairly significant proposal, and as Grunwald points out, no one paid a lick of attention to it. Read more on Obama Unveils Important Transportation Bill That Also Will Not Pass…
  budget-breakers and hostage-takers

House Republicans Threaten To Kill 1.9 Million Jobs To Try To Make Like Eight Or Nine Jobs Max

Republicans love jobs. Jobs jobs jobs. All they want to do is make jobs. They’re the mayors of Jobland, where jobs grow on jobbies. In 2012 alone, they’ve sponsored the Jobs Score Act, the Do Your Job Act, the Bridge to Jobs Act, the Mid-Atlantic Energy and Jobs Act, the— You get the point. They basically take regular legislation, include provisions to give money to rich people, then add “jobs” to the title. They looooove saying “job” in front of TV cameras, in this, the hardest of economic times, which also happens to be an election year. So when presented with a bill that saves 1.9 million transportation jobs and purports to create another million, you might be thinking the JobJobJob Party of Jobber Jobs would be all over it. You might be thinking that because you are a rational human, which the aforementioned JobJobJob Party of Jobber Jobs is not. They want their Keystone XL oil pipeline, and they’ll toss 1.9 million jobs in the garbage if they don’t get it. Read more on House Republicans Threaten To Kill 1.9 Million Jobs To Try To Make Like Eight Or Nine Jobs Max…
 

Hastert’s Brilliant Plan

Perhaps you’ve been wondering why we’ve repeatedly been ragging on Heffalump-a-like Congressional Speaker Denny Hastert. It’s because he suggested that, you know, maybe we shouldn’t bother with New Orleans: “It looks like a lot of that place could be bulldozed.” Oh, why not? But we were thinking. . . Maybe instead of bulldozing, they could just drop copies of the transportation bill. Would flatten any city pretty quick. Too bad you can’t eat that kind of pork. Read more on Hastert’s Brilliant Plan…