Our Government Is Stupid

Posted: October 2, 2010 in Current Events, Politics
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Yeah, I know that will not come as a shocking revelation for many of you.  But I am becoming increasing frustrated with the “procedures” that our government have set up seemingly to make sure that it is as ineffective as it can possibly be.  Take for example the Haiti situation.  After the earthquakes in Haiti, the U.S. pledged $1.15 billion in humanitarian aid to support the country in its rebuilding efforts.  Do you want to know how much of this money has been delivered?  C’mon, take a wild guess.  If you said anything higher than zero, then you have way too much faith in our government!

Keep in mind it is now October.  The earthquake occurred in early January.  Also keep in mind we promised Haiti this money.  Both the House and the Senate approved this expenditure.  So what’s the hold up?  Well first, it is “procedure” that you have one vote to authorize the expenditure, and then you have a second vote to authorize how and when to spend the funds.  You would think it would be more efficient to do that all at once, but what do I know?  Still, it took until July just to get past phase one.  Better late than never I suppose.  So we are good to go, right?  Just get the second vote done, and let’s start the flow of money that, you know, we promised.

But no, that’s not happening.  Because there is another “procedure” that allows any one U.S. Senator to put the kibosh on having a vote on any bill at his or her own whim.  Even better, they don’t even have to tell anyone who they are.  That’s because the “hold” can be “secret”.  Simply brilliant.  Republicans have loved using this “procedure” to block many (many, many) of Obama’s nominees.  And right now there is an assclown in the Senate that loves using this “procedure”.  We know who he is because with the increasing frustration these “secret holds” have caused, there are people not willing to keep the “secret” if they know and will leak the info to the press (fortunately).  So we know the assclown is Tom Coburn of Oklahoma.

So what is Tom Coburn’s problem with allowing this bill to come up for a vote?  Oh, he says that a coordinator and staff to oversee this project is unnecessary.  See, we already have staff in Haiti.  Hmm, this really strikes me as being like objecting to funding a book budget for a library because, hey, the library already HAS books!  But anyway, let’s suppose it really is a waste.  How much money are we talking here?  As it turns out, it would be at most $1 million per year for five years.   So Coburn is going to hold up this bill over a provision that is less than 0.5% of the bill’s total cost (not to mention 0.0001% of our total national budget)?  Really?  This while millions of Haitians still have nowhere to live?  Wow, you really are an assclown!

Archived photo of Senator Tom Coburn (R - Oklahoma)

OK, cynic time.  This whole “secret hold” business in not about principle.  It’s just about trying to make the government as ineffective as possible while Obama is charge.  Then in 2012 the GOP will say, ‘Hey look, Obama can’t get anything done, put us back in charge.’  Really the GOP could have saved a lot of time with their Pledge To America by just making it a one liner, ‘We will stop Obama from doing anything”.  Or maybe just one word, “No”.  I think that’s what a lot of people want anyway, so let’s just cut to the chase.

But just the fact that the “secret hold” exists at all shows the stupidity of government.  Why should one person be able to totally hold up the works on anything?  If Coburn really objects, bring it to the floor and convince 50 Senators that you are right and to vote the bill down.  Doesn’t that make more sense?  I guess if it is any consolation, other governments are stupid too.  Out of the $8.75 billion promised by governments around the world, Haiti has actually received less than 15% of that.  That’s OK governments of the world.  I’m sure the Haitians that are living in tents think you are awesome!

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Comments
  1. LB says:

    I really think you’re being inflammatory and violating the image of assclowns everywhere. They do not appreciate being associated with republicans.

  2. gesvol says:

    You are so right. I hereby apologize to assclowns all around the world. 🙂

  3. As an active member of the assclown association, I am pleased to hear you retract your inflammatory comments. However, I am legally obligated to inform you that the Republican Party and their esteemed members are recipients of our PAC fund. Each and every time one of them makes the news we get free advertising.

  4. gesvol says:

    Wow! That’s a lot of advertising!

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