27 Jan 2010 14:40 Filed in: Wave of Mutilation
The Tired Donkey can admit when he is wrong, and he was wrong in his last post those many months ago. The Wave of Mutilation took far longer to crash on health care reform than he expected, but crash it did, as key Congressional leaders yesterday called a halt to actively working the issue.
“But Tired Donkey,” you may be thinking, “surely the crashing of the wave of mutilation was actually the election to the United States Senate of Cosmo centerfold Scott Brown,” and you would be right to think that. Kind of. As poll numbers point out, Scott Brown was not elected to kill socialized medicine; that is just a happy by-product of Massachusetts’ blue collar rage over the state of the economy.
The obvious lessons of Massachusetts make the Tired Donkey want to hand out—free of charge—some equally obvious advice. Take heed:
Note to Democrats. Unless you fix the economy before November, the wave of mutilation is coming for you, and it is going to wash you out of the Capitol. But fixing the economy means you have to act with some level of fiscal responsibility, something you find it impossible to do. So, basically, you’re screwed, and that is not a statement the Tired Donkey makes often or lightly. The president is taking steps in the right direction because he is properly respectful of (and frightened by) the wave of mutilation. Follow his lead and you may survive the cleansing waters. If, on the other hand, you continue with your big-spending ways, the Tired Donkey respectfully suggests that you spend some time in the coming months packing your belongings in water-tight containers so they have some chance of surviving the wave.
Note to Freeloaders. You have had your year in the sun, and gotten nothing for it. No free healthcare. No increase in welfare. A stimulus package focused on job creation. Even worse than all of this is the staggering increase in the deficit, because that means that over time there is going to be (1) even less money to give to you, and (2) pressure to actually make you start paying some taxes to pay down that massive deficit. Good heavens! Looks like you are screwed, too.
Finally, the Tired Donkey must apologize for his long absence. He is, as you know, a working donkey, and at times he simply does not have the time for pithy commentary. At other times he is bored or despairing or just doing other stuff. In short, the Tired Donkey writes when he has things that interest him to say.