“These Dog Days of Summer”

From the Merriam-Webster Free Dictionary:

“Woofed”

“Past tense of woof — (Verb)

1. Bark of a dog.

2. To say something in an ostentatious or aggressive manner, but with no intention to act.”

With the nation held hostage once again, our President blinked. Abandoning other viable options, he caved. Embarrassing himself and supporters in full global view, he was wonderfully woofed by Speaker Goofy and the gang, all of whom had repeatedly gone on record guaranteeing they wouldn’t do what Obama feared they might. They started pretending and he began bending. They woofed and it worked.

As the House of Representatives went first in voting on “The Budget Control Act of 2011” with only hours to go before an artificial, arbitrary “deadline”, Democrats tied at 95 to 95 while Republicans overwhelmingly approved the measure 174 to 66. Then the whole Senate rolled over with confirmation at 74 to 26 and the measure was sent to the White House for a presidential signing strikingly devoid of ceremony or celebration. Behind the scratch of his pen, I believe I heard crickets.

The Economic Policy Institute, a highly accredited nonpartisan think tank, estimates that the devil’s deal struck August 2nd officially raising the nation’s debt limit will end up costing our American economy 1.8 million jobs by the end of next year. And will probably plunge us into further recession/depression/suppression.

In signing the extraordinarily tortured piece of superfluous legislation, President Obama simultaneously announced he is now going to concentrate on the most important immediate priority facing our country — jobs.

This seems the biggest disconnect since Lucy left Desi, Eddie departed Debbie or, for younger readers, since Charlie split from Winona, Bree, Heidi, Robin, Rachel, Brooke, Capri, Denise, Elizabeth Ann, Ginger, Heather, Kacey, Tracy, Kelly, Tamara, Dolly, Melanie, Michelle, Natalie — and others of varying significance.

Meanwhile, Congress, having failed to resolve an issue involving the Federal Aviation Administration, went home and started enjoying a fully paid five week vacation, leaving 75,000 support and construction workers unemployed, including over 400 safety inspectors. House Speaker John Boehner publicly stated the whole problem could be resolved immediately in exchange for Democratic concessions on changing a labor rule to make it more difficult for airline workers to unionize. The cost to taxpayers on this newest GOP hostage taking? 200 million dollars a week in lost airline fees or, by the time September arrives, a cool billion bucks gone bye-bye from our Federal Treasury. So much for dealing with the deficit.

For those who might feel the word “hostage” is pure Democratic hyperbole, here are Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Kentucky) comments:

“I think some of our members may have thought the default issue was a hostage you might take a chance at shooting. Most of us didn’t think that. What we did learn is this — it’s a hostage that’s worth ransoming. And it focuses the Congress on something that must be done.”

You know what? I can’t fairly fault good old boy Mitch. What works — works. Decoded?

“This hostage thing is a dog that DOES hunt.”

And there’s another old Kentucky saying I’ve always treasured, herein edited for purposes of propriety in a family newspaper–

““Hostage” me once? Shame on you. “Hostage” me twice? Shame on me!

Blame for such future shame should be properly attributed accordingly, substituting “me” with the collective “us” for any critically necessary future change in which we can truly believe.

In faithfully backing Barack with dog like loyalty, perhaps some of us have been barking up the wrong tree.

Unless he’s finally listening.

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