Our Self-Inflicted Wounds

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke got it right yesterday when he spoke to the Senate banking Committee on raising the debt ceiling:

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke on Thursday rejected various alternatives to raising the country’s borrowing limit and urged Congress to come up with a “strong, credible plan” for doing so while cutting spending — or risk a making “self-inflicted wound” to the fragile economic recovery.

A “self-inflicted wound ” indeed.  Now read Paul Krugman’s comments —- carefully —-  on the unrelenting ignorance of the GOP.  The article is entitled “Getting to Crazy.”  News flash: we are already there.  The GOP is not getting to crazy, but rather arrived there a while ago:


Bernanke and Krugman are not your typical partisan politicos.  They are independent of any allegiance to either political party.  Also, they are top experts in their respective fields.  For Heaven’s sake, it’s not like they are Joe the Plumber.  Their observations are accurate, and apply not only to these deficit negotiations but to our government as a whole.

I have numerous Republican friends.  In our political discussions, I cannot help myself by expressing my utter amazement that they voted, in the 2008 presidential election, for $arah Palin for VP.  Not only would McCain have been the oldest President to serve had he been elected, but also he had a very serious medical history.  Who in their right mind would have voted for a ticket who plucked an ignoramus out of the blue to stand a heartbeat away from the Presidency?  To this day, my GOP friends cannot justify their ballot for Palin.  Yet they continue to defend their vote.  Aren’t they embarrassed by their vote?  I would crawl into the deepest, darkest hole and never emerge if I had voted for Palin.  To add insult to injury, they would vote again for Palin if she ran against Obama.  Talk about a “self-inflicted wound!”

Regarding these budget talks, this weekend will be a real cliff-hanger.  May President Obama remain firm in his objectives to raise the debt ceiling, institute substantial cuts, raise taxes and not settle for any short-term band-aid approach.  And may the GOP see the light.

To get us through the tension, here are some funnies:

TWENTY-NINE LINES TO MAKE YOU SMILE1. My husband and I divorced over religious differences. He thought he was God and I didn’t.
2. I don’t suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute of it.
3. Some people are alive only because it’s illegal to kill them.
4. I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.
5. Don’t take life too seriously; No one gets out alive.
6. You’re just jealous because the voices only talk to me
7. Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.
8. Earth is the insane asylum for the universe.
9. I’m not a complete idiot — Some parts are just missing.
10. Out of my mind. Back in five minutes.
11. NyQuil, the stuffy, sneezy, why-the-heck-is-the-room-spinning medicine.
12. God must love stupid people; He made so many.
13. The gene pool could use a little chlorine.
14. Consciousness: That annoying time between naps.
15. Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
16. Being ‘over the hill’ is much better than being under it!
17. Wrinkled Was Not One of the Things I Wanted to Be when I Grew up.
18. Procrastinate Now!
19. I Have a Degree in Liberal Arts; Do You Want Fries With That?
20. A hangover is the wrath of grapes.
21. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance.
22. Stupidity is not a handicap. Park elsewhere!
23. They call it PMS because Mad Cow Disease was already taken.
24. He who dies with the most toys is nonetheless DEAD.
25. A picture is worth a thousand words, but it uses up three thousand times the memory.
26. Ham and eggs…A day’s work for a chicken, a lifetime commitment for a pig.
27. The trouble with life is there’s no background music.
28. The original point and click interface was a Smith & Wesson.
29. I smile because I don’t know what the heck is going on.

As Groucho Marx once said, “Blessed are the cracked, for they let in the light.”  Hopefully the insane nature of the GOP will enlighten us in the end.  It is quite obvious to anyone that, where the Republicans stand in our pressing policy issues, is quite removed from reason.  A final plea:

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One Response to “Our Self-Inflicted Wounds”

  1. NatalieR Says:

    “Wrinkled Was Not One of the Things I Wanted to Be When I Grew up.”

    Now on that I can agree!

    I can also agree with your post 100%. I, though, cannot stand one more newscast on the tube about this insanity. I have,believe it or not, tuned it out. Yesterday remained generally speaking debt ceiling news free in my home as I went to the movies. I may go again maybe to a film rated G!

    P.S. I have NO Republican close friends that I know of. Couldn’t stand it if I did. I ditched one who was and the other is Libertarian so he gets a pass. I use a cerebral literacy test for anyone to get into Club Nat. 🙂

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