But remember, we’re pretty deep in the Tea Party derp bubble here which involves what can only be called a proctological route to self-awareness which ends in confusion and can be irreversible.
Infrastructure, broken water main, and maintenance | #TOpoli
So I’m walking the dog this morning and at the corner of Humber and Dovercourt there’s an overflowing geyser …
So I’m talking to the city guy, who’s trying to mark it off with orange hazard cones, and he’s calling it in and trying to get a repair crew out here, and they’re telling him, there isn’t one available right now, is it urgent? Can it wait? And he’s all like, are you fucking kidding me? Cutbacks, buddy.
OK, whatever. It’ll go on for as long as it goes on, and maybe another few sewers will get backed up, and a few basements will get flooded, and the road will turn into a slippery sheet of ice, and insurance rates will go up, but hey — we’re saving a few dollars a year on our taxes, right? Because all taxes are evil.
@NYTimesKrugman notes how the discursive goalposts have shifted. And about bloody time.
" … prostitutes, pansies and punks … "
— Tom Robinson Band, Power in the Darkness.
True in 1978. True now.
What the Democrats are trying to do is not to end the shutdown for its own sake, but to break the cycle of crises governance, where they are constantly being asked to make absurd concessions merely to keep the government operating. They want to take away the Republicans’ ability to hold a gun to our country’s credit rating and take away their will to shut down the government. And, since this is the priority, helping the Republicans save face by giving them some reward, no matter how paltry, is entirely counterproductive.
To put it in parent/child terms, if you have a boy who throws a lot of tantrums, your problem isn’t the particular tantrum he is throwing right now, but the fact that he throws tantrums whenever he doesn’t get what he wants. When you bargain with the child, you ensure that he will continue the behavior in the future because it is effective.
Res ipsa loquitur.
It’s easy to give in to the stereotypes about Texas, but Wendy Davis is the world’s newest rock star. You go, girl.