“Stupid is as stupid does.”
~ Forrest Gump
Mike Lee, Utah’s junior Republican United States Senator, decided today that it would be a good idea to publicly announce his ‘solution’ to end the government shutdown.
Lee stood in front of cameras and microphones on the floor of the United States Senate and announced that the best way to end the government shutdown is to create hundreds of pieces of new legislation so members of the House and Senate could pick and choose which government agencies should or should not be funded.
Lee has suggested that the best way to re-open the United States government is to pit Republicans against Democrats . . . not over one piece of legislation but over hundreds of pieces of legislation.
I know what you’re thinking: Davy . . . was Senator Lee okay when he made that suggestion? In other words, was he, well, ‘under the weather’, if you know what I mean?
I know what you mean but I have no evidence to indicate that the honorable senator was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he announced his solution to end the government shutdown.
Nevertheless, I can understand your concern.
How long would it take for hundreds of pieces of funding legislation to be signed into law while Republicans like Eric Cantor, John Boehner, and Mitch McConnell complain, whine, and argue over every jot and tittle in each piece of legislation?
That question makes reasonable people wonder, 'what on earth was Senator Lee thinking’?
Republicans have proven that they can’t handle even one piece of legislation so why would any thinking person think that Republicans could in any way handle hundreds of pieces of legislation?
After all, this is the bunch of incompetents who waited until the last moment to resort to extortion as a tactic to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a law they failed to repeal in last year’s presidential election and in 40 plus votes in the House of Representatives.
While the good senator from Utah does not seem to be entirely aware of the damage this proposal could do to his image and reputation, it must be painfully embarrassing to his staff, colleagues, constituents, family, and friends.
Here’s what Senator Lee actually said earlier today: “Today, I called for an end to the government shutdown by passing smaller, noncontroversial funding bills for government agencies that are not related to the implementation of ObamaCare.”
Lee then made himself look even more foolish by saying, “My plan, in other words, would involve setting up segmented continuing resolutions, appropriations measures that would keep the funding going at current levels to various areas within government, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, military construction, C.J.S., which includes funding for the Department of Justice, the federal court system, the F.B.I., NASA, and the national weather service, for example.
“We can act. We should act. We must act today to resolve this. There is absolutely no reason why this noncontroversial aspect of our federal government's operation should continue one more day or even one more hour, for that matter, without being funded.”
I admit that it is hard to be hard on someone who can’t help himself, but Mike Lee is a United States senator and we do have to worry about whether he might actually convince another member of Congress to buy in to his proposal.
I can’t even think about it!
By the way, if you’d like to contact Senator Lee, you can reach him by phone at 202-224-5444 or by FAX at 202-228-1168. But, if you do call or send a FAX to Mike Lee, go easy on him, willya?
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