I’ve said before that these next two years are going to be chaotic and annoying, and already my angst levels are high, though not as high as they were at this point six years ago! So, I have just a couple of thoughts at the moment to share with you.
The keepers of the purse …
Y’know … the people on the right-hand side of the aisle, also known as Republicans, sure do make a big fuss over saying that Democrats are not fiscally responsible, that they just spend, spend, spend, with no thought to a balanced budget or debt reduction. Funny though … last year the U.S. deficit (the difference between assets and liabilities) fell … from $2.6 trillion to $1.4 trillion. Now, as I recall, the Democrats were a majority in both chambers of Congress, and we had a Democratic president as well. So, it seems to me that the Democrats do just fine with managing finances! I guess those Republicans just need something to say to make themselves feel superior, eh? Oh, and in case you’re wondering … the last time the deficit was erased and the budget fully balanced was under another Democrat – President Bill Clinton.
And speaking of those pesky Republicans …
In the days following the January 6th violent insurrection, additional security measures were taken in the Capitol, one of which was to install metal detectors, known as magnetometers. Threats against members of Congress are at an all-time high, with 9,625 such threats in 2022 alone, so the safety of our lawmakers should be of primary concern. But once the Republicans won a very slim majority in the House of Representatives, they had the magnetometers removed from outside the House chamber. Why? Who knows? I do seem to recall that pistol-totin’ Lauren Boebert complained about having to pass through the detectors, ‘cause you know she can’t go anywhere without her gun, so maybe she whined long and loud enough. Or maybe they’re already working with the likes of the Proud Boys to plot the next attempted coup and want to make sure they can get in with their guns.
But in an additional move to risk the safety of the members of the House, they lifted the smoking ban on their side of the Capitol building. A number of representatives lit up stinky stogies (cigars) just because they could. An interesting tidbit … former House Speaker John Boehner smoked so many cigarettes that new carpets, a fresh coat of paint and an ozone machine were required when Paul Ryan took over his office. Guess who paid for all that? I wonder if some of the non-smokers will file a lawsuit against their colleagues?
And that’s all the serious stuff I have the stomach for this morning, so how ‘bout some ‘toons?