Posted by: Rick | Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Republican Clown Show

Who needs Nickelodeon?  The GOP comedy team of Mike Pence and Jeb Hensarling appeared on C-SPAN this morning to roll out a plan designed to keep future generations from hating on their profligate grandpappies.

“Spending”, you see, is like the weather.  Everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything.  Except for Mike and Jeb.  That’s not how they roll.  Busy as they are with obstructing the people’s business, they’ve still found time to pool their massive IQ’s and devise a dandy way to “reduce the size and scope of the federal government”.  Their idea is kind of like the old Balanced Budget Amendment but way cooler:

SECTION 1. Total annual outlays shall not exceed one-fifth of economic output of the United States of America, unless two-thirds of each House of Congress shall provide for a specific increase of outlays above this amount. Total outlays shall include all outlays of the United States Government, except for those for repayment of debt principal. [Emphasis added]

I’m not sure where the boys got that “one-fifth” number (and I wonder who’s going to do the accounting), but it sounds reasonable enough.  I say we run with it.  Budget problems solved!

Now, what’s for lunch?

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