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Congress Has a Snow Day

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Posted on Feb 8, 2010
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Thanks to the lousy weather pummeling the nation’s capital, Congress is taking some time off. The House canceled all business pending bluer skies, while the Senate convened for a whole five minutes Monday. As of this posting, there is a 100 percent chance of snow in the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday.

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By Vic Anderson, February 9, 2010 at 6:37 am Link to this comment
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In CONgress EVERY DAY is “snow (US) day”! Who’ll STOP the blizzard?

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By Commune115, February 9, 2010 at 3:07 am Link to this comment

So Congress is basically just using the weather as an official excuse to do what it always does…nothing.

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By Samson, February 8, 2010 at 11:09 pm Link to this comment

We should put those Indian leaders in charge of our wars.  They used to be very good at it, while spending no money at all.

The Sioux should declare that they’ve found oil on their reservation.  Then the US Army would show up real fast. Then I’d imagine some Sioux braves could manage to steal a couple of generators from them.  The US Army probably wouldn’t even notice they were gone.

We could pick names out of a phone book right now and end up with a better Senate.  At least a couple of random people might be honest.

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By CJ, February 8, 2010 at 7:59 pm Link to this comment

I just heard from Olbermann of the disaster ongoing at the Cheyenne River Reservation due to sub-zero weather that caused electricity to go out two weeks ago. Sub-zero weather is also ongoing. Water too is unavailable, and so must sewers be where those exist at all. Olbermann—rightly obviously—blasted (as Worst Persons) the Senate Committee On Indian Affairs, members of which are (or not) oblivious, as I was until a few minutes ago. (My bad; I had on CNN and MSNBC most of the day. Not for news, but for background noise. Still, I’d have picked up on any news of this as I did on blather concerning previous blather delivered up last Saturday Night Of the Brain-Dead Living.)

Maybe Olbermann hadn’t heard (on taping Countdown) that the Senate took a snow day, which, it should be noted, is not entirely inappropriate for five-to-seven-year-olds with, evidently, not much to do anyway: Not with providing the nation built on top of the once great Sioux Nation with a respectable healthcare-delivery system, and not with assisting what barely remains of the once great (far more humanistic) Sioux Nation. Or, for that matter, with assisting any other tribes remaining of all Indian Nations who’ve not yet been able to cash in on the “civilized man’s” propensity for gambling.

Did anyone have the authority we used to have, but surrendered for profit long ago, I’d recommend to that authority that as soon as the Senate returns—no doubt bundled up like that kid in “A Christmas Story” and wading sans snowshoes through six inches of what remains of snowfall from 100 D.C.-area dwellings to the Capitol entrance—that all 100 cronies, and why not House cronies too?, be immediately dispatch to South Dakota to spend the next three months outdoors along with the Lakota, et al. members of tribes remaining of the once great Sioux Nation (all members also “enjoying” 75% unemployment) whereat to experience an actually harsh winter sans electricity and water. Executive and Big Judiciary cronies too, including any and all ex-ones currently on the dole. Well, they’re all on the dole, aren’t they? Officially active or not.

On second thought and much better idea, authority might simply banish cronies of all three branches to the newly named Potomac River Reservation (still located in North Dakota) for their own durations and then appoint members of the several tribes constituting what remains of the Sioux and other once great Indian Nations to just-vacated offices in place of old cronies and sub-cronies.

I’m guessing that the new Senate would have more compassion, possibly even provide ex-cronies with some minimal heat and water come next winter. And maybe even provide the rest of us with healthcare for a small monthly premium of $50 or so. Any big biz execs and others who profit by sickness who didn’t like the plan would be—as always—free to join political counterparts at the Potomac River Reservation. One in four might find a job for minimum wage, thought they’d have to be willing to do some hard work for once.

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By ofersince72, February 8, 2010 at 7:10 pm Link to this comment

I wish they would stay home…..have a long time out

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