Tuesday, January 20, 2009


I can't convince myself to feel excited about today's inauguration. The triple combination of concerns about Obama's economic policies, his dubious squad of cabinet officers, and the real emotional high I felt last November when he actually won the damn thing is leaving me a bit . . . meh about the whole thing.

Nevertheless, I'm half giddy that in a few hours Bush & Cheney & the rest of their disgraceful crew will slink away to their date with history as the worst executive team the U.S. has seen. Good riddance, you bastards.

(Don't forget to wave dramatically as they fire up the 'copter.)



Blogger Smitty said...

I can't help but feel celebratory.

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my thoughts exactly.

11:25 AM  
Blogger George said...

Yeah, for a day at least, let's party.

Or find Richard Windmark to give Cheney's wheelchair a push.

11:35 AM  
Anonymous wfta said...

The inaugural address was superb as I expected it would be. And Reverend Lowry’s benediction so completely upstaged Rick Warren that I think God would have been amused if he’d been watching. And the completely unsubtle nod to Aaron Copeland, gay- commie-all-American-Jewish composer, certainly contributed to my joi de vivre.

Unfortunately reading the papers since the election leads me to believe that Pelosi, Reid, McConnell and Boehner plus a few of the R-pols from my home state of Alabama seem completely tone deaf to what the electorate sang in November. It may be up to the letter writing citizenry to light a fire under somebody’s ass.

But as you say, Bush and Cheney finally gone—may they die with (if not of) hemorrhoids.

3:20 PM  
Blogger Rickey Henderson said...

Good riddance you bastards indeed.

4:18 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I waved vigorously. I did. I really did.

11:15 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

I can't help but feel celebratory.

You're entitled.

my thoughts exactly.

Knowing the author of this comment, I assume you mean with the post, and not the previous comment.

The inaugural address was superb

It was.

6:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congress should work without pay or pension. They have aided and abetted the looting of America. Let them live off the graft they crave. Pass it on.

5:20 PM  
Blogger DED said...

I set aside my cynicism for a day to enjoy it.

11:52 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

Congress should work without pay or pension.

Honest question:
What will cutting their pay solve?

5:43 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

What will cutting their pay solve?

I can't speak for Edgar (not sure who could!), but I think he's saying that con artists and crooks shouldn't get paid for anything. They're "paid" through their various grifts and they shouldn't be rewarded anyhow.

7:01 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

"They're "paid" through their various grifts and they shouldn't be rewarded anyhow."

I think everyone thinks all these guys are rich fat cats who travel by limo.

I see my U.S. Senator in the grocery store pretty regularly. She's middles class, pretty normal and a very approachable person. She’s definitely not getting rich off the system. There are better jobs for that.

5:25 PM  
Blogger Smitty said...

They're "paid" through their various grifts and they shouldn't be rewarded anyhow

They don't get a free house, nor do they get a free mortgage. Lobbyists are not allowed to give them free meals. They do not receive free clothing, except from family at Christmas. They get per-diems and mileage and such, because a significant part of their job is travel. We, for some reason, want to see them here as much as in DC.

Really, all this "punish the legislators" stuff, like reducing or cutting their pay, I have found is nothing more than misdirected retribution. It won't really solve anything other than making you feel good.

12:57 PM  
Blogger DED said...

I think there's a misperception that they're all like the Dukester or Traficant. Or that they're getting set up for lucrative post Congressional jobs, or otherwise "looked after", once they reward certain companies with gov't contracts while in office.

3:44 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Yeah, you guys are right. Our Congresspeople and Senators are just a bunch of public servants, thinking only of the next way to help their constituents.

Frankly, I don't care if they earn $100,000 or $150,000 a year. But I'm not gonna defend them, or see them as anything else but the parasites they are.

6:12 AM  
Anonymous edgar said...

they sit by and watch the 401Ks of america get looted while soaking up that rich gubbermint pension? Who works for whom? J6P gets laid off while they vote themselves raises? I am hoping for maximum pain, only then will those buzzards get theirs.

5:02 PM  

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