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Seriously... It's like congress has the IQ of a donkey, less that of an elephant.

I have a bumper sticker on my guitar case that says “Politicians and diapers need to be changed for the same reason,” and never have I thought it truer than this weekend. For the third time this year – third time I can remember – Congress pushed funding the rest of the government up to, and in this case beyond, a self-imposed deadline.

Local DC radio station WTOP reported that one politician said there was “nothing to worry about, action is imminent,” in the Senate. Well thanks, ass. You couldn’t stay a little later tonight and get it done before the deadline? No, it’s Friday night and you’re going out for a beer.

This demonstrates the kind of arrogance running rampant on Capitol Hill. While you, Mr. Politician, SAY there is nothing to worry about, it’s not like Congress has much of a track record to demonstrate its trustworthiness this year. So now, while you’re getting drunk and touching up hookers, government employees are sitting at home biting their nails, wondering whether they’re going to work the week before Christmas when, let’s face it, we all need the money.

Now, fair reader, don’t get all partisan on me and blame one party or the other. It’s everyone. Congress is supposed to be a grand institution, where great philosophical debates are held and where congressmen and women think for themselves and determine what they think is the best course for the country. It’s not designed to be a place where congressfolk stand on either side of the isle and shout across it like bickering fucking babies.

What do babies wear? You got it.

It’s also not a place where people trade money, new houses, boats, cars or sexual favors for a shot at power. Congressmen should spend some time educating themselves about the issues instead of meeting with high class escorts in fancy hotels. But that’s an issue for another post.

I have a full time job, and if I ran close to deadline as often as the clowns in congress, I’d probably have been fired. In fact, with three big projects all running up to and over the deadline, it wouldn’t be my problem this time – They’d have fired me after the last time. And I get paid a lot less than most folks working in Congress.

So how do we fire politicians? We vote their asses out so hard they won’t stop falling until they reach the city council. But we should be good bosses and give them a warning first. That makes it your job, as your congress person’s boss, to let whichever lazy fat cat represents you know they need to take responsibility and stop sucking at their jobs.

Frankly, I’m tired of hearing rhetoric with no substance and listening to a bunch of people who are able to selectively forget and re-spin their past comments based on what they want now. We all change our minds every now and then, but some politicians, Democrats and Republicans, flip-flop more often than a bass on the end of a fishing line.

If you have a politician’s email address send them this. Please. They need to know it’s not okay to sit around and blame other people and that we DO notice.

But we should still fire them in November.


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