deus ex ma·chi·na n.1. In Greek and Roman drama, a god lowered by stage machinery to resolve a plot or extricate the protagonist from a difficult situation. 2. An unexpected, artificial, or improbable character, device, or event introduced suddenly in a work of fiction or drama to resolve a situation or untangle a plot.3. A person or event that provides a sudden and unexpected solution to a difficulty.4. a totally contrived and improbable act necessitated because Obama and Congress believe the people are so stupid we’ll not consider politicians planned the recent debt ceiling “crisis” of October 2013 to be resolved in this hackneyed and trite manner: again and again ad infinitum ad nauseum.
Sarge’s Bitter Almonds Dictionary
It’s 8:30 a.m. on October 16, 2013 and I suffer with a severe case of dyspepsia brought on by the latest Obaman/ Boehner dramatic performance by droids cast in the role of Senators and Representatives. I know what’s going to happen. It’s embarrassing to know how many of my fellow citizens believe disaster was averted at the last moment by the decisive, bipartisan efforts of our stalwart heroes, Obama and Boehner. The latest dramatization by these two hack playwrights came to the expected final act and as usual, the sky didn’t fall, Pauline’s Perils were averted and all other distressed damsels were saved by the Singing Cowboy.
Obama and Boehner plotted this plodder and maintained the dramatic tension of the poorly written play. The scripts distributed are so old the mimeographed pages are more a light, misty blue than the powerful purple once noted as the norm in this manner of mass copy reproduction.
Debt ceiling crises have been a reality in American politics since before many of us were born. Since 1944, America’s debt ceiling has risen 94 times. Until the 90s, it was routine congressional business. In 1995, Republican House leader Newt Gingrich demanded $245 billion in tax cuts, entitlement reform and a balanced budget be executed within seven years. Bill Clinton refused the government shutdown . In 1996, as Moody’s announced they were considering downgrading America’s debt rating, the Republicans, exhibiting the seriously chronic spinal wilting they’ve come to be noted for, gave in like Marshall Petain at Compeigne in World War II France.
The rest is repetitive history with a rarely changing cast of characters only suffering replacement due to death. But their ideological stagnation reeks to Olympian heights. Where Democrats progressively give America away to anybody and everybody espousing philosophies remotely reminiscent of Marxism, Socialism or Communism. The Republicans maintain their stance with their heads firmly planted in close proximity to their colon. This serves as a place marker so Republicans can remember where they left off the last time they were commanded by their Democrat Party masters to leap through the hoops the Democrats hold in the center ring of this circus.
Now, we’re being instructed to pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. “O”, The Great and Powerful has won this one (as usual). Harry Reid said his Senate deal will reopen the government and fund it until January 15. The Republican Capitulation allows for the raising of the debt limit until February 7th to avert this threat of default on our debt obligations. The Republicans stand ready to man the oars of their sinking trireme one more time so Caesar may show his command of the Roman Lake that once was the Potomac.
The God in the machine descended. The play concluded with the same trite ending as always. The Democrats will explain it’s all the fault of those evil Republicans we approached the abyss leading to Tartarus, the dungeon of torment and suffering for the wicked. Tartarus is the place where the wicked received punishment. You know; like we’re stuck with the Congress we re-elect regularly.
And thus we see our future in the repetitious acts of a necrotic Congressional culture not understanding they’ve been found out as being less than useless. But stay tuned, the next performance will hit the road between January 15th and February 7th when they’ll again try to convince us to suspend our disbelief.
Thanks for listening.