Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday Funnies: Hot August and Politics

Conan O'Brien: "Obama said the housing market may not pick up again for another year or longer. On the bright side, President Obama now has nine people interested in his house."

"Texas Governor Rick Perry distanced himself from George W. Bush by saying, 'I went to Texas A&M. He went to Yale.' In other words, his idea of instilling confidence is by saying, 'Don’t worry. I’m not as smart as George W. Bush.'"

The White House sent Vice President Joe Biden to China today. So now we owe them a trillion dollars AND an apology."

"Michele Bachmann said that when she is president, gas prices will come down to less than $2 a gallon. When asked how she’ll make that happen, she said she'll hunt down the CEO of Exxon and stare at him."

Jimmy Kimmel: "Perry is an attractive candidate for many conservatives, because he wants smaller government, to cut national spending, and he knows how to fire a grenade launcher. He’s like the Sarah Palin of politics."

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Paul Ryan to charge admission to his "town halls"

blue aardvark     Tue Aug 16, 2011

In order to avoid angry interactions with real citizens, Paul Ryan has outsourced the operation of his "town halls". As a consequence, it will cost $15 to gain admission.


Ryan, who took substantial criticism from his southeast Wisconsin constituents in April after he introduced the Republicans’ budget proposal, isn’t the only member of congress whose August recess town hall-style meetings are strictly pay-per-view.

The others mentioned: Republican Ben Quayle, and Republican Chip Cravaack.

Nothing says Republican to me like only speaking to voters who are willing to pay you for the privilege.

By outsourcing the events to third parties that charge an entry fee to raise money, members of Congress can eliminate most of the riffraff while still – in some cases – allowing in reporters and TV cameras for a positive local news story.

Riffraff. That's you, gentle reader. You are one of ... them. The people who ask questions that haven't been pre-screened. The people who might yell at a Republican for wanting to privatize Medicare so they can cut rich people's taxes.