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The Theatre Of The Absurd

Filed under: General — JD @ 7:28 am

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Obama vows to veto legislation that codifies a waiver he has already granted. Dems whip vote in opposition to policy Obama has already implemented. Obama shuts down government to keep policy intact, then subsequently waives policy for political reasons.

This is the world we are living in.


37 Responses to “The Theatre Of The Absurd”

  1. Racists

    JD (dd904d)

  2. Well that’s a pretty fair summary of last fall’s gubmint shutdown.

    Skeptical Voter (12e67d)

  3. =This is the world we are living in.=

    Yes it is. And unfortunately only about one thousandth of one percent of the population actually “gets” that.

    elissa (ab9919)

  4. Just don’t remove teh handles from the drinking fountains, I couldn’t bear it.

    Colonel Haiku (224dfe)

  5. Yes it is. And unfortunately only about one thousandth of one percent of the population actually “gets” that.

    There has to be a way to thread together clips of Dem politicians illustrating this in a way that is clear enough to reach even the LIVs.

    gahrie (a05ed4)

  6. Is it time to close the National Parks again?

    mg (31009b)

  7. Put up traffic cones to stop people from pulling over to view Mt. Rushmore. Figure out how that saves money.

    AZ Bob (533fbc)

  8. Did you hear? Teh choco ration will be increased to 34 grams a month!

    Colonel Haiku (f3127b)

  9. Time for Graham Chapman’s martinet to chime in, and
    say ‘this is very silly indeed’

    narciso (3fec35)

  10. Who stole my wagyu beef and strawberries?

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  11. barcky obama
    I got your veto hanging
    your eminence sir

    Colonel Haiku (8de5ad)

  12. Don’t stand between me and Michelle and my veto pen and a taco bar or something.

    Barack Obama

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  13. #7 Job created or job saved. Next question.. – Jay Carney. Just kidding, Jay would never say something so glib.

    Back on target, I was thinking this is the result of electing the worst president ever. He has no effing idea on how to run things without the constant waffle.
    But then I thought hmmmm he does know what he is doing and he has hired wise latinas, smart power gurus, marxist economic wizards, and then we have, well, Zeke Emmanuel and K. Sebilius running 1/6 of the economy into the ground.
    Yup, “Heck of a job there Zeke, Kathy and Brownie”
    Perhaps Ms. Sebilius’ real name is Katrina and she thinks she is running FEMA because paraphrasing Gen. Honore, she is certainly stuck, mired, and surrounded by an administration stuck on stupid.
    Things get worse and worse, lurching from waffle to waffle on foreign policy, while internally there are more people out of the work force than there are working, and Obamacare is a trillion dollar trainwreck. How does it go so wrong?
    Easy. As I noted above Obama’s theories of governing America involve Marxist academics but lets not forget the Hollywood All-Stars, Windfall Billionaires, TurboTax Deniers, Baby Butchers, Code Pink Loons, Media Sycophants and Smart Power Geniuses; all helping Obama reform the “silent majority. (who woke up screaming when Dunce-in Chief took their Doctor away and sent them 35 miles or 3 gallons of gas away to where the new, covered, english impaired Doctor practices).
    Oh, and lets not forget how they can totally change the world by shrinking our international standing and blaming the Israelis.

    Obama has not changed America on the strength of policy. He has changed America by encouraging his Media Toadies and Democratic Shills to constantly equate opposition of his policies to racism.
    If we (as a nation) elect Ms Clinton to office we’ll get another 8 years of browbeating, this time over her gender.

    steveg (794291)

  14. Obama and the Democrats, plus a good share of the GOP are all part of The Deep State .

    Not much different from The Ruling Class.

    Rules are for little people.

    MikeK (cd7278)

  15. Sammah will be by to explain the whole thing with links to the NYT!

    Amalgamated Cliff Divers, Local 157 (f7d5ba)

  16. I am stocking up on pudding now. I don’t want to risk getting caught short handed after the mid-terms should dipping be required.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  17. This is the world we are living in.


    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  18. Thanks for the link, MikeK.

    I find the following (from the link) hard to swallow as it tastes suspiciously like “squirrel”.

    “These contractors now set the political and social tone of Washington, just as they are increasingly setting the direction of the country, but they are doing it quietly, their doings unrecorded in the Congressional Record or the Federal Register, and are rarely subject to congressional hearings”.

    felipe (6100bc)

  19. felipe @18 – A very self-serving piece written by a person who was a part of the system for decades. Did he just wake up or something? Did he suddenly realize bureaucracies accumulate power and empire by themselves and can thwart the designs of those who want to change them or their momentum?

    Has the individual ever looked at how hard it is to fire somebody who is part of the civil service? It’s probably harder than firing a tenured teacher. Start by reforming those rules.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  20. That writer at the link is a lefty but it is interesting that he spent 28 years as a GOP staffer.


    MikeK (cd7278)

  21. For some reason President Miley Cyrus thinks the more people who pay attention to the spectacle, the better it is for him.

    According to ecstatic lap dog news reports, his “between two ferns” skit pushing Obamacare has over 15 million hits. He might beat Justin Beiber’s (why I had to come up with a new nickname for the Preezy; I hate using the same one twice) record of 17 million hits.

    But it’s like a train wreck. You just have to look. I even looked.

    Approve/Disapprove is at 39/55.

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  22. 121-days until Bastille Day.
    Stock up now on torches, pitchforks, tar and feathers –
    “agricultural implements”, optional.

    askeptic (2bb434)

  23. “How many fingers am I holding up, Winston?”

    Kevin M (dbcba4)

  24. Mike K, Prof. Codevilla’s “America’s Ruling Class” is my political bible.

    askeptic (2bb434)

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    This isn’t an affiliate link, fyi. You can use it or navigate directly to the site, googling: AR-15 Rifle .223/5.56 NATO Caliber w/ M4 Barrel Flat Top and Hard Case

    … either/or.

    Former Conservative (6e026c)

  26. get one while you can

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  27. If the GOP weren’t always busting the President’s balls on his domestic agenda, and if Callaway were to make a decent 3-hybrid that would let the President get off the fairway in less than four strokes, then maybe the President would have time to pay attention to foreign policy. As things stand now, he’s simply too swamped.

    nk (dbc370)

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    troktiko (7bbb10)

  29. O/T but still theatre of the absurd:

    A collection of liberal student groups at Dartmouth College who vowed to take “physical action” if its demands were not met has released a statement saying that the $30 million the school has pledged to increase diversity on campus is not enough.

    Earlier this month, the groups released a “Freedom Budget,” a list of over 70 demands related to an alleged lack of diversity and “systems of oppression” of “marginalized communities on this campus.” The groups gave the school until March 24 to respond or else face “physical action.”

    On March 6, President Phil Hanlon and Interim Provost Martin Wybourne released a statement attempting to appease the students by reminding them of the tens of millions they had pledged toward diversity before the threats and promising to “do more.”

    Yesterday, the authors of the budget said in a campus-wide email that these efforts were not enough…

    No, $30M worth of vaseline is not enough for the train they’re planning to pull on the Dartmouth administration.

    Steve57 (ab7166)

  30. Don’t want to divert from this important subject, but as a little palate cleanser look at these great aerial photos of the Chicago River being dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day.

    elissa (ab9919)

  31. Stupid parade made my daughter fifteen minutes late for her hairdresser’s appointment. He’s good, and he does not deserve to be treated like that. Her hair turned out great anyway, though. He even took the trouble to add purple, blue and teal streaks. Temporary, temporary, with chalk!

    nk (dbc370)

  32. 15. Comment by Amalgamated Cliff Divers, Local 157 (f7d5ba) — 3/15/2014 @ 10:21 am

    Sammah will be by to explain the whole thing with links to the NYT!

    I don’t even understand what exactly is being said here. I think the post is referring to several different things.

    Here’s the latest, or almost latest:

    Referring to policies to be listed on (which would also be used as a starting point by many state exchanges) for the 2015 calendar year:

    Officials issued the new standards, buried in a stack of documents, at 7:15 p.m. on Friday even as President Obama was stepping up efforts to increase enrollment in health plans this year….

    ….Many health plans held down premiums this year by limiting the choices of doctors and hospitals available in the exchanges, and consumers expressed concern about such narrow networks. The administration said it would examine health plans to make sure consumers have “reasonable access” to care in 2015.
    Federal officials will look, in particular, at whether health plans have enough hospitals, primary care doctors, cancer specialists and mental health experts in their networks…

    …Under the new standards, insurers will generally be required to have contracts with at least 30 percent of “essential community providers” in their service area. They include community health centers, clinics for people with H.I.V./AIDS, family planning clinics, children’s hospitals and hemophilia treatment centers.

    People shopping for insurance often want to know if they can keep their doctors and if their prescription drugs will be covered. But consumers say it is often hard to find an up-to-date list of providers or a list of covered drugs that shows exactly how much patients must pay for each medicine.

    The administration will require insurers to provide direct links to this information from and similar websites. It will require insurers to say whether doctors are accepting new patients. And it encourages insurers to pay for a 30-day supply of any drug that a new customer had been taking, even if it would not ordinarily be covered….

    ….Federal officials said insurance plans must not discriminate against people with “significant health needs.” To enforce that standard, the government will analyze co-payments charged for prescription drugs, hospital stays and visits to specialists, and it may challenge any health plan that requires “prior authorization” for an unusually large number of drugs used to treat a particular condition.

    Sammy Finkelman (20cc53)

  33. There’s also a Wall Street Journal story that indicates there may be a litle give in the Marh 31, 2014 enrollment deadline. If someone had trouble using…

    Also, an editorial, saying a proposed law to abolish the necessity for the “doc fix” may be in trouble.

    Sammy Finkelman (20cc53)

  34. i was listening to Larry Kudlow last night on his radio show. He said Obamacare is “dead in the water” because of Obama’s delay of the individual mandate for two more years.

    The problem is that the delay removes a reason to vote in a Republican preisent and Senate making it more likely to become permanent down the line. This is the motivation clearly.

    AZ Bob (533fbc)

  35. The Crimea is today voting for losing their money, electricity and water or becoming Russian once more.

    Looks like becoming Russian will be the runaway victor.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  36. Pooter is reported to call Penis Pump a “Prankster”.

    Prolly closer to “knucklehead”, IMHO.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

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