#1 By: Xeni Jardin, October 1st, 2013 09:34
#2 By: Aric Fedida, October 1st, 2013 09:41
This photo very accurately represents my feelings towards the GOP right now.
#3 By: agonist, October 1st, 2013 10:04
Leave the government shut down. It's too late to save Washington from the pervasive cancer of greed and self-interest. Leave it shut down and let the states take charge and work it out for themselves. Things like plane travel might be a little sketchy for a while until things get sorted out but Americans are great at working through difficult situations-- unless, of course, we're talking about politicians in Washington.
#4 By: Cowicide, October 1st, 2013 10:07
Leave the government shut down.
You really think that's going to hurt anyone but the poor and (shrinking) middle class? The corporatists will figure out slimy ways to profit-take on this situation while everyone else suffers.
#5 By: jackbird, October 1st, 2013 10:08
As long as Massachusetts and Oregon get the carrier groups, I'm OK with that.
#6 By: galaxies, October 1st, 2013 10:13
Already tried, didn't work, takes about 2 seconds of following that thought exercise through to see why a Federal government is definitely neccessary ->
#7 By: Shane_Simmons, October 1st, 2013 10:15
Agreed, but I'd expand it to "politicians"
#8 By: Shane_Simmons, October 1st, 2013 10:16
Plot twist: they'll be handed over to Colorado and Wyoming.
#9 By: waetherman, October 1st, 2013 10:26
That's a collectible cover right there - goes down with Nixon Resigns and Titanic Sinks as one of the headlines we'll remember for years to come. Also, it's kinda a combination of those two...
#10 By: agonist, October 1st, 2013 10:52
I agree. The entire strategy of the House Republicans is to do anything they can to prevent the poor and middle-class from getting help. My honest feeling is that it's too late for American government. For about three months after Obama was elected it felt like things could be changed but we've learned that they cannot and that it will always be big business as usual in Washington.
#11 By: Cowicide, October 1st, 2013 11:07
My honest feeling is that it's too late for American government.
Nah, humanity and America has been through much worse than this clusterfuck. We'll get through it. And, who knows? In the long run, these kinds of gross displays of government ineptitude might work in our favor. It's uniting many Americans from different walks of life in realizing it's time to send these bums in Congress, etc. packing. I certainly wish it didn't have to get this shitty and destructive first, but I guess that's what it takes for some people to finally get motivated.
For about three months after Obama was elected it felt like things could be changed
I wasn't so sure. The American public failed at strategy very badly. Without removing the Republican fillibuster from the equation, it allowed the Democrats to continue to blame Republicans for obstructionism instead of taking all of the responsibility for inaction (and/or failure) themselves. It's worked out very nicely for the corporatists and I'm sure they're hoping and praying all this leads to further false equivalency mistakes and the continued, destructive ping-pong effect that the American public has been stupidly locked into for decades.
My hope is the American public finally learns from this and finally (FINALLY!) votes out enough Republicans to thwart their obstructionism. That way we can finally put the Democrats' feet to the fire and put all blame (or credit) squarely on their shoulders. This will either result in them working for average Americans for fear of a permanent loss of power or blowing it and ushering in a third party from an angry populace. Obama and the other Democrats are blowing it, but they can still blame the Republicans. We need to remove that part of the equation in the next elections. The American public needs to finally put the same emphasis on mid-term elections as they do on presidential elections.
If that doesn't work, then we're fucked.
#12 By: knoxblox, October 1st, 2013 11:12
Ah, but some states have "houses of dingleberries" (Kansas, for one) that are just as bad as the "house of turds". There's no working through that mess without a severe drain snaking.
#13 By: Rob, October 1st, 2013 13:56
One of many problems with that is that they kept all the shitty parts. The DEA and NSA are still at work, as are all the people who just passed this legislation.
#14 By: Ben W , October 1st, 2013 16:21
I know of NYDN from seeing some of their headlines getting pulled in by Android's stock News & Weather app (BTW: Is my app the only one that grabs month-old headlines ONLY for the "world" section, and when refreshed, pulls even older material than that??). Generally speaking, I avoid their stuff because it's commonly useless gossip-news...but this? I gotta say, well done, NYDN. Well done.
#15 By: Cary, October 1st, 2013 16:28
Ya, but the title is unfair to turds...
#16 By: Aric Fedida, October 1st, 2013 17:00
What you are proposing is essentially what happens in the book "Snowcrash" by Neal Stephenson. What happens there is that without the Fed, corporations have even more free reign over states and burbs. At least in washington they still have to lobby, and if a President (like our current president) has it as a priority to severely limit the influence of SIGs on the way things run in the government, then you have a much more manageable situation.
#17 By: cantfightthedite, October 1st, 2013 19:14
I'm surprised that I haven't seen this here:
#18 By: kcsaff, October 1st, 2013 21:11
#19 By: knoxblox, October 2nd, 2013 00:52
On a related note, I think it's no coincidence that many, if not most, criminal case judges are Republican.
#20 By: Paul Hoerner, October 2nd, 2013 06:04
That cover is an excellent example of awesomeness.
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