Give till it hurts. Others already are.

One of our own, Yatsuno, is currently furloughed with no idea if he’ll ever get paid for his forced time off.  A Republican (quelle surprise!) is holding up paying back pay to furloughed federal workers.  The family members of recently deceased US Servicemembers are not getting the compensation to which they are entitled by law.  The claims of thousands of military Veterans are on hold because the Veterans Benefits Administration, many of whom are claim-receiving Veterans themselves, have all been furloughed.  I, like hundreds of thousands of others, am working without pay.

People are being sacrificed on the teabagger altar of “I got mine so fuck off!”

I’m not asking you to give to food banks or hold funding drives for us.  While that’s nice, and I appreciate the impulse in those who’ve had it, I’m after a longer term solution.  I want to make the fuckers pay.  We can’t get rid of all of them.  My own state will continue to send brain-dead jackasses to Congress until judgement day.  But we can shrink their numbers to irrelevancy, or as close to it as possible.  Please consider supporting us by helping to rid the Congress of these “people.”

I know that others in our readership are suffering because of the shutdown and lockout of federal employees, or soon will.  Tell us about it in comments as well as give us anything you have on local Congressional races.

Goal Thermometer

Your typical city involved in a typical daydream

Principled Burkean moderates (via):

Tractor-trailer drivers will intentionally clog the inner loop of the Washington, D.C., beltway beginning on the morning of Oct. 11, according to a coordinator of the upcoming “Truckers Ride for the Constitution” rally.


“We are not going to ask for impeachment,” Conlon said. “We are coming whether they like it or not. We’re not asking for impeachment, we’re asking for the arrest of everyone in government who has violated their oath of office.”

But remember that time a DailyKos commenter said Bush was a fascist? Pretty much the same as this.

Revealing tan line

Pretty sure he’s bluffing and that the so-called moderate Republicans will step in before this happens, but (via)…..

Pressed again and again by host George Stephanopoulos about whether he’d prefer default to bringing up a clean debt limit bill, Boehner didn’t flinch.

“I don’t want the United States to default on its debt,” he said. “But I’m not going to raise the debt limit without a serious conversation about dealing with problems that are driving the debt up. It would be irresponsible of me to do this.”

Any man with a microphone can tell you what he loves the most

I guess the plan is:

1. Jerk Ron Fournier off.


3. Profit.

Rand Paul on a mic he knew was hot:

“I’m all wired up here, um,” Senator McConnell replied.

“I just did CNN and I just go over and over again ‘We’re willing to compromise. ‘We’re willing to negotiate.’ I think… I don’t think they poll tested we won’t negotiate. I think it’s awful for them to say that over and over again,” Paul said.

“Yeah, I do too and I, and I just came back from that two hour meeting with them and that, and that was basically the same view privately as it was publically [sic],” McConnell agreed.

Paul added, “I think if we keep saying ‘We wanted to defund it. We fought for that and that we’re willing to compromise on this’, I think they can’t, we’re gonna, I think… well I know we don’t want to be here, but we’re gonna win this I think.”

(h/t The Sailor)

Hangin’ tough

Predictions are hard, especially about the future, but I think this is right:

If Schelling is right, one might plausibly expect the next few days of negotiations to be shaped by two contradictory forces. On the one hand, House and Senate Democrats and the White House are likely to hang tough, because they anticipate that the House Republicans will have no choice but to fold. On the other hand, the House Republicans may have a strong incentive to double down, because they fear that if they concede this time around, their future leverage (including their leverage over the debt ceiling negotiations) will dwindle rapidly. This may give further reason to Republican moderates not to dissent from the party line (they may not like that line: but they do not want to damage their party’s negotiating strength).

The GOP may eventually fold on this, but I expect a double shot of Wolverines! over the next few days.