Monday, September 30, 2013

Pumpkins & Politics

I'm stealing this from my own facebook status because, whatever, it's long enough for a blog post. And I'm trying to blog more. Ergo, DOUBLE POST.

1. Can we just all sort of pinky-swear that we are collectively going to vote out of office everyone that's in Congress right now and get a brand new batch in next time 'round? And so and and so on until they've all been unseated? Because our government sucks at governing. They're REALLY good at bickering though.

 2. I saw a snide comment somewhere earlier where someone was all "ooh, the national parks are shutting down, big deal, whatever" - NO, ignoramous, that is not what the fuss is about. Clearly you don't know anyone that has a federally funded job because, hey, they're not going to be getting paid for a while - which IS a big deal if they have, y'know, houses and family and the desire to pay bills and/or eat. Meanwhile, Congress is getting paid regardless, so what do they care if this shutdown takes forever. Doesn't affect them. / Side though, aren't most of them rich from their previous jobs as lawyers or whatever anyway? Maybe we should just pay them minimum wage. I mean, that's a federal standard, right?

3. I saw a headline that was all MODERATE REPUBLICANS ARE PLANNING TO REVOLT and I hope that happens because that would be bad-ass. In my head I'm picturing them kicking open the doors to the chambers and walking in in slow-motion like a ragtag group of action heroes.

4. To steal my friend Sean's status: "So as I understand it, the GOP is willing to have a total govt shutdown and hurt the economy to make a point that the Affordable Care Act will hurt the economy..."

5. I still don't get why "Obamacare" is bad. Do we not want people to have health insurance? Do we not all like having health insurance? I LIKE HAVING HEALTH INSURANCE AND I AM GENERALLY A BIG FAN OF ANYTHING THAT IS "AFFORDABLE" USUALLY. Did I miss something? I'm actually kind of serious. What's the problem?  

6. The pumpkin spice bread I got today was highly disappointing. It kind of tastes just like the cinnamon raisin swirl bread by the same company. That didn't stop me from eating four slices of it, but, man. What a bummer. Also, in the comments for that pumpkin-hatin' article I posted the other day, someone pointed out that all y'all only have to deal with the deluge of pumpkin for a season, whereas the bacon fad is year-round and never stops. SO THERE.

EDIT (for future historical reference): the shutdown ended at the eleventh hour, we didn't default, and life returned to a relative normal, at least until January/February when this whole circus could repeat itself again. 'Merica!

5 comments:

Kelly L said...

Happy belated birthday! I'm approaching 30 and I don't think I'm ever gonna grow up. I'm doing grown up things and I have a mortgage, but most days I just feel like I'm pulling off a really elaborate prank and then I wander around and make up songs about my cats.

Kelly L said...

I'm for kicking everyone out of Congress and I'm so annoyed that they get paid while so many of us don't. It's SO DUMB.

Kelly L said...

I second Terra. Also, yes, I have a desire to eat and I do have to pay bills. People are so ignorant.

Kelly L said...

I may be off here, but I believe that the people who oppose Obamacare do so because 1. they don't want government forcing people to do things like buy health insurance, 2. they don't think that everyone's health care costs should be averaged via the government spending tax money on health ins premium subsidies, and 3. it's just hugely, hugely expensive. Most people's premiums are going up, there are all kinds of fines for not getting people the right coverage, and the cost to change everything is enormous. Personally, I don't see how health insurance will even bea legit business anymore. I'm not really sure how I feel about it, really. I'm Li.d of experimenting with apathy right now...

Kelly L said...

*kind of. damn virtual keyboards...