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Paging Emperor Nero; bring your fiddle to Washington

By July 29, 2011Uncategorized

From today’s Wall St. Journal (subscription required to access link):

“On Aug. 2, the very day the Treasury may begin scraping around for cash to pay its bills, half a dozen lawmakers from both parties are hosting separate fund-raisers at a concert by country crooner Taylor Swift….Not long ago, lawmakers canceled fund-raising events when important votes made such efforts appear in bad taste.

“Not anymore.”

And here’s a passage from today’s Politico’s Playbook that describes Speaker Boehner’s attempts to cajole his members into rallying behind his proposal (which it appears isn’t going to get the requisite partisan support):

“With earmarks gone, leaders have fewer levers. So now members ask for committee assignments and campaign favors. Leaders say they try to stick to the high road: personal appeals, and the argument of “being part of a team that’s doing big things for the country … moving toward the goal of getting the country back on the right path.”

Wonderful. We’re watching watching pirates on a sinking ship trying to divvy up their plunder, except it’s our sinking boat the pirates are pretending to pilot.

 


P.S. If you appreciate these kinds of observations, you might want to read this as well.
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