Friday, March 8, 2013

The Sequester's Unkindest Cuts : The New Yorker

The Sequester's Unkindest Cuts : The New Yorker:

… "If this is indeed the gamesmanship it appears to be, then, well, one such turn deserves another, right? Representative Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican, has introduced a measure that would, if passed, cut off all funding for transporting President Obama to and from the golf course as long as the tours remain shut down. Since Obama travels with a huge entourage of federal employees and is of course protected by the Secret Service everywhere he goes, the effect would be to prevent him from golfing at all.

Gohmert is a grandstander. He’s famous for, among other things, warning about ‘terror babies’; signing on to birther legislation; and casting the lone vote against a bill to remove the word ‘lunatic’ from federal law because, he said, ‘not only should we not eliminate the word ‘lunatic’ from federal law when the most pressing issue of the day is saving our country from bankruptcy, we should use the word to describe the people who want to continue with business as usual in Washington.’ In this case, the President’s golf game has little real impact but it quite effectively riles up conservatives, and Gohmert submitted his proposal as an amendment to a continuing resolution to fund the government. The House leadership was not allowing any amendments to the C.R. to be considered, so there was quite literally no chance that it could pass.

But, in this case, Gohmert was just giving the White House a taste of its own demagoguery. So it’s hard not to appreciate what he did—or, even, depending on your perspective, to love it a little. It could be an opportunity for the White House to start adhering to a new, better standard when it comes to the sequester fight: if you’re operating at Louie Gohmert’s level, try harder."

Obama, "I'll close the Whitehouse tours", Gohmert, "You can't play golf"

Like kids in a schoolyard, yet they run our country… Boy are we in sad shape.