Today’s Wall Street Journal editorial nails it:

The 111th Congress’s Final Insult

The 111th Congress began with an $814 billion stimulus that blew out the federal balance sheet, so we suppose it’s only fitting that the Members want to exit by passing a 1,924-page, $1.2 trillion omnibus spending bill. The worst Congress in modern history is true to its essence to the bitter end.

Think of this as a political version of the final scene in “Animal House,” when the boys from the Delta frat react to their expulsion by busting up the local town parade for the sheer mayhem of it. Bluto Blutarsky (John Belushi) did go on to be a U.S. Senator in the film, and a man of his vision must have earned a seat on Appropriations.

Letting politicians who got defeated return to DC and vote on more bills is like sending convicted pedophiles back to Chuck E. Cheese for a couple of months before they have to go to jail.

Meanwhile, President Obama, who said he’d never sign a bill chock full of earmarks, signed the Stimulus in spite of all the earmarks, and he signed last year’s $447 billion spending bill in spite of all the earmarks. So there’s no reason to believe he’ll suddenly stick to his campaign promise and veto the current $1.1 trillion spending bill (kind of makes last year’s $447 billion omnibus not seem so bad, eh?).

Remember all the Obama promises about earmarks? Our loyal reader Ken from Texas might say this guy’s “all hat and no cattle.” Actually, Ken might say something worse, but we’ll leave it at that:


16 Responses to “Has There Ever Been a Better Argument Against Lame Duck Sessions?”

  1. OK_Loyalist on December 16th, 2010 12:18 pm

    The pedophile analogy is perfect. Getting these people to give up the lame duck will happen when they vote themselves pay reductions.

    Voting yes on the Tax Bill gives Prez YoMama another stimulus package for 2011. Any and all of the Tax Bill or Omibus Spending package can wait until 2011 (112th Congress). YoMama played the Senate & the people like a fiddle.

    It's not too late, write/email you congress representative and tell them to vote NO on the tax bill and vote HELL NO on the Omibus Spending bill.

  2. sizemorew on December 16th, 2010 12:56 pm

    The pedophile analogy was spot on.

    And are you really surprised, Doug, that he's backing out on his "no earmarks" promise? I don't think there's been a single campaign promise that he's kept except for the ones that plunge our grandchildren's grandchildren into debt.

  3. Doug on December 16th, 2010 1:25 pm

    are you really surprised, Doug, that he's backing out on his "no earmarks" promise?

    Not at all. If I had been dumb enough to believe that he was going to do what he promised and the country he promised everyone was actually possible, I'd have voted for him.

  4. sizemorew on December 16th, 2010 1:56 pm

    Sadly, enough dupes out there fell for it to put us where we are now. The ones that are shocked that he lied to get elected make me facepalm.

  5. Marshall_Will on December 16th, 2010 2:08 pm


    I realize it was a bit before your time but the movie Animal House fundamentally changed America. The movie was set in 1963 and college campuses were awash in uptighty-whitey " Submitted faithfully Douglass C. Neidermeyer-types". At the dawn of the 60's ( smashing convention was a 'good' thing )

    The only Black and/or Jewish people in the pre-PC film are used for comic effect. Otis Day & The Nights ( "Mind if we we dance wit' yo' "dates"? ) and the audience assumes Otter's 'mark' is a repressed Jewish girl that isn't quite sure what a 'date' actually is? We can tell she's Jewish b/c she has a big nose? I know, the whole movie is pretty tasteless.

  6. Marshall_Will on December 16th, 2010 2:14 pm

    Part II,

    In any event, the movie needed a 'big finish' and the boys of Delta vow to do something so 'pointless' Daniel Day ( D-Day ) and crew turn Kent Dorman's Lincoln Continental into the "Death-Mobile" and set about vandalizing and defacing property!

    This is where the comparisons to the 111th. Congress come in. They've already gotten the axe so WTF? Pardon my language.

  7. sizemorew on December 16th, 2010 2:18 pm

    Language pardoned. And, yeah, I've never seen nor had the desire to see Animal House. But it looks like an excellent analogy.

  8. Marshall_Will on December 16th, 2010 2:41 pm

    I'd rec. everyone see it at least 'once' and it airs on TBS every now & again. If stuck home w/ a cold it's definitely worth the laughs. "Toga parties" became all the rage on college campuses during the late 70's and it spawned a sort of pop-culture revolution. One of crudeness. In ways you can say it gave birth to Political Correctness. IMHO.

    But when John Belushi OD'd in the 80's.., the REST of us grew up and moved on! It was a lot of fun and a great way to say good-bye to over 2 decades of over indulgence. People your age would be -shocked- to see how ppl our age used to party!

    Seriously, if the night didn't end passed out, in jail or w/ anon. sex it was a 'dud of a night'. Oh, we also know she's Jewish as her name was "Fawn Leibowitz". Nothing subtle there huh? Congress -today- no less obscene.

  9. SignPainterGuy on December 16th, 2010 3:49 pm

    For John Belushi, "Dumb and Stupid" as a lifestyle proved to be more than just a movie line !

    Brother Jim was / is a much better actor – resisting the urge / call to cross the "silly" line !

  10. Clu Seatoe on December 16th, 2010 1:07 pm

    Remember all the Obama promises about earmarks?


    And that’s one of the human problems. And if one gets their news in the morning, it’s forgotten by lunchtime. And so two years from now who is going to remember? And that’s what the liar counts on. And even though the facts are undeniable that’s why we need to be continually reminded by the truthers. And the truthers don’t have to try to argue their point, just play the audio or the video and let the liars hang themselves.

    But unfortunately there’s a large voting block who thinks, I don’t care. My monthly check should come today, I should look to see.

    If I get too hot, I have a place to cool off. If I get too cold, I have a place to warm up. If I get hungry, I can eat.

    Hey, everything’s good. Let those other people fight about it.

  11. SignPainterGuy on December 16th, 2010 3:34 pm

    You are sadly……….too right !!

  12. Must? « Random Neural Synapses on December 16th, 2010 1:25 pm

    […] editorial from this morning.  The Senate as “Animal House”, indeed.  As Doug Powers says, “Letting politicians who got defeated return to DC and vote on more bills is like sending […]

  13. SignPainterGuy on December 16th, 2010 3:53 pm

    Doug, you continue with apt analogies, well done !

    There`s a reason fired employees are escorted to the door – having their stuff brought to them at the door !

  14. Mike S. on December 16th, 2010 7:24 pm

    The 111th Congress's message: it's not over until we say it's over. Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor…?

  15. OK_Loyalist on December 16th, 2010 7:50 pm

    Exactly !

  16. Ken in Texas on December 16th, 2010 10:11 pm

    Actually, Ken might say that this numb-nut should shit on the ground and fall backwards.

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