Dr. Peter Venkman: This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.
Mayor: What do you mean, “Biblical”?
Dr Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath of God type stuff.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Exactly.
Dr Ray Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!
Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes…
Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave!
Dr. Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!
Mayor: All right, all right! I get the point!
The 2010 budget battle has come to this. Obama threatens our troops with loss of pay if House Speaker John Boehner’s one-week Continuing Resolution passes a vote in the Senate. The Obama Administration, Thursday afternoon, April 7th, sent the following E-mail, blasting it to various legislators in Congress:
The Administration strongly opposes House passage of H.R. 1363, making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2011, and for other purposes. As the President stated on April 5, 2011, if negotiations are making significant progress, the Administration would support a short-term, clean Continuing Resolution to allow for enactment of a final bill.
For the past several weeks, the Administration has worked diligently and in good faith to find common ground on the shared goal of cutting spending.
After giving the Congress more time by signing short-term extensions into law, the President believes that we need to put politics aside and work out our differences for a bill that covers the rest of the fiscal year. This bill is a distraction from the real work that would bring us closer to a reasonable compromise for funding the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011 and avert a disruptive Federal Government shutdown that would put the Nation’s economic recovery in jeopardy. The Administration will continue to work with the Congress to arrive at a compromise that will fund the Government for the remainder of the fiscal year in a way that does not undermine future growth and job creation and that averts a costly Government shutdown. It is critical that the Congress send a final bill to the President’s desk that provides certainty to our men and women in military uniform, their families, small businesses, homeowners, taxpayers, and all Americans. H.R. 1363 simply delays that critical final outcome.
If presented with this bill, the President will veto it.
Contrary to a superficial assessment, the petulant email actually shows weakness on the part of Captain Kickass. Remember, this is a president who votes “Present” at every possible opportunity. Obama has been forced to actually come down from Mount Olympus and take a position. How big of him. This is nothing more than the old Good Cop/Bad Cop routine. Naturally, Obama is casting Harry Reid in the role of the Bad Cop. If Reid votes a vote on the one-week Continuing Resolution, and it passes, then the Good Cop (that would be the Bamster) will ride to the rescue and veto that bad Continuing Resolution foisted on him by that bad Majority Leader. Remember, there is no honor among thieves.
The Bamster’s weak attempt to paint the Republicans with the obstructionist charge on the battle of the budget is laughable. It was the Democrats who failed to pass a budget last fall when they held all the cards. The Democrats could have passed any budget they wanted to. They chose for political reasons not to. They simply didn’t want to be painted with yet another big spending brush right become the midterm elections. Fair enough. But what goes around comes around. Now those south ends of a herd of northbound Jackasses have to deal with the Tea Parties in Congress. Hurts, don’t it!
The best thing Boehner can do right now is to hold firm. Force the Bamster to actually follow through on his threat. The political fallout will all be on Barry – he won’t be able to vote “Present” when his veto is the only thing standing between American troops and their paychecks. The Nobel Peace Prize winner sure doesn’t hesitate to continue, escalate, and start new wars. But he won’t pay the troops?
Methinks the Bamster doth protest too much. After all, he presided over the Jackasses’ failure to produce a budget. He’s the Bamster in question who literally calls it in when starting a war, oh yeah – a Kinetic Military Action, whatever… and skips out of down on the eve of the government shutdown. Fine. Give him what he is asking for. Obama threatens it – he owns it. Lock, stock, and fly on the lip.
Look at it pragmatically. If the Bamster goes through with his threat to deny pay to the troops he is committing breach of contract. You know, the troops promise to fight and the U.S. Government promises to pay them. Imagine the legal quagmire that could cause the Jackasses!
And let’s not forget poor ole Harry Reid, caught between a hard place and a Senate majority of Jackasses. Don’t think he doesn’t resent the Bamster’s trickeration. Old Barry’s boxed Hairy the Reed into a very uncomfortable corner. For example, Harry is desperately trying to keep the Jackasses in control of the Senate. He is trying his best to avoid having to take tough votes – thereby keeping the collectivist butts of all his Jackasses relatively clean. If Reid follows the Bamster’s lead and doesn’t bring the Continuing Resolution to a vote then he gets the knock from the public, along with the Bamster, for forcing the gubmint shutdown. But if he goes ahead and passes the darn thing then he loses face when, and if, Barry vetoes it. What’s a Harry to do?! Harry has got to be doing The Calculus on this one. Chances are Harry figures Obama is full of it. It is an empty threat. Any bill that hits his desk is by definition bi-partisan. Obama loses what little credibility he has left with the progressives if he vetoes the Continuing Resolution after the Senatorial Jackasses pass the darn thing. If Reid keeps the bill from coming to a vote he emasculates himself by doing Barry’s dirty work for him. It’s a losing proposition for the tumbleweed from Searchlight, Nevada.
Furthermore, don’t forget that Barry “Present” Soetero didn’t offer a single substantive point in his stated opposition to the GOP’s Continuing Resolution. Which is tantamount to just crying “trust me!” Yeah, sure, Obama, and the horse you rode in on. Lest we not forget, the Bamster just announced his bid for another term in the big house. He can kiss it goodbye if he cuts our troops off at the knees.
Go ahead, Barry, shut it down! After all, you already exited Libya, so why should you care? Oh, yeah, there’s that little thing of forcing the Congressional Jackasses to choose between themselves or Barry. After the midterm elections, Barry, which way do you think those Jackasses are going to go, Barry? Nope, try again! It’s a fairly safe bet that your veto will fall by the wayside during an override of your veto. Quack, Quack, Quack. Can you say Lame Duck?
And the Dems are going to pin a shutdown on the GOP how…? The GOP is the only political party that has been offering up any solutions. Barry hasn’t and neither have the Congressional Jackasses. Barry is simply using our military as human shields. Barry makes Jimmy Carter look like a rock star.
Other than the military issue what’s not to like about a government shutdown? Does it mean that Planned Parenthood doesn’t get money for abortions? Darn! Does it mean that PBS doesn’t get cash for communist programming? Da! Does it mean that the FCC can’t go ahead with its version of Cap and Trade? You betcha! Come to think of it, a government shutdown is nothing but an enforced budget cut. Cry me a river!
Go ahead, Barry. Make our day!
Dr. Peter Venkman: What do you think, Egon?
Dr. Egon Spengler: I think this building should be condemned. There’s serious metal fatigue in all the load-bearing members, the wiring is substandard, it’s completely inadequate for our power needs, and the neighborhood is like a demilitarized zone.
Dr Ray Stantz: Hey. Does this pole still work?
[slides down a fireman's pole]
Dr Ray Stantz: Wow. This place is great. When can we move in? You gotta try this pole. I’m gonna get my stuff. Hey. We should stay here. Tonight. Sleep here. You know, to try it out.
[Venkman looks at Spengler. Spengler slowly shakes his head. Venkman turns to the real estate agent]
Dr. Peter Venkman: I think we’ll take it.