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DEBT: Congress asleep at the wheel

Letter by Ora Clark, Federal Way on Dec. 28, 2011 at 11:16 am with 20 Comments »
December 28, 2011 11:17 am

A pastor had a problem parishioner who always fell asleep during the sermon. Finally one morning he stopped his sermon as soon as John was asleep and said “Now, I want everyone who wants to go to hell (shouting) stand up.”

John jumped to his feet. The pastor looked at him and said “John, do you know why you are the only one standing?”

“Well, Pastor, I don’t know just what we’re votin’ on, but it looks like you and I are the only ones in favor.”

Economists, editorials, columnists, letter writers, etc. are all preaching the gospel of fiscal responsibility. Fiscal responsibility means a balanced budget and bringing the national debt within reason. Doing so requires an austerity government and enhanced revenue. Congress is sound asleep through all this preaching.

Who is going to be the one to shout stand up? Is there a person or a consortium who can lead the voting public in shouting stand up loud enough to awaken Congress to the hell it’s in the process of plunging the country?

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  1. Good question Ora!!!

  2. lylelaws says:

    Ora,

    I not only strongly agree with what you have said about Congress, I loved the little story about John and the preacher.

    Laughter really is the best medicine, so thanks for the smile along with the message.

  3. In other words, while the pastor was unwilling to accept any blame for his boring sermon and attempted to make John feel stupid, he inadvertantly included himself. Congress and the executive branch.

    His very own “stand up Chuck” moment, if you will.

  4. ItalianSpring says:

    Right on amjim.

  5. hansgruber says:

    Iamjim is right on!

  6. menopaws says:

    She is aware we can’t just cut spending to get out of this mess………We need to increase revenue—RAISE taxes……..You get what you pay for in this life—being cheap bought us those Tea Party morons the last election. Managed to get our credit downgraded and make “Grover” a media darling…..I am willing to pay more in taxes to make “Grover” slither back into his parents basement. It truly is worth it!!!!!

  7. I have trouble understanding why some of you are praising amjim for explaining the joke. It doesn’t need explaining. It’s really very simple to understand. I got it the first time I read it, with all the nuances as it relates to the following text in the letter. Hmmm?

  8. A truely boring sermon should have put more that one person to sleep.

  9. The letter writer didn’t get it, obviously.

    In case anyone else missed it, the “problem parishioner” got the last laugh.
    .
    Can’t figure why my first comment where I said “Funny. What’s even funnier is… ”

    Weird.

  10. oops,

    Can’t figure why my first comment where I said “Funny. What’s even funnier is… ” was deleted.

  11. Okay, Ora has asked a legitimate question, “Who is going to be the one to shout stand up? Is there a person or a consortium who can lead the voting public in shouting stand up loud enough to awaken Congress to the hell it’s in the process of plunging the country?”

    I have yet to see anyone try to provide any answer. Some people seem fixated on her opening joke. It was a good joke, but let’s not be so easily distracted.

    So, anyway, here’s my answer to Ora:

    We have to be the ones to stand up and SHOUT, by voting all of the legislative and congressional incumbents out of office in the next election. Throw them all out, and hope that the newbies go into their newly elected positions knowing that we can throw them out too if they don’t perform.

  12. amjim….don’t I have a quote in your archives about having to explain a joke suggests that it wasn’t that well crafted in the first place?

    btw – happy to be able to call you jim again.

  13. beerboy, just curious, but what did you call amjim before?

  14. Yep… still funny the writer had a cute analogy that sailed right over his/her own head.

    You have archives B ?

  15. Let’s shout together… “STAND UP CHUCK! … oh God”

    Joe Biden

  16. muckibr – I called him Larry

  17. … the “elegant one” ;)

  18. FYI- I will no longer be posting under the screen name amjim. A troll has decided it would be cute to create a look-a-like screen name amijim , and the staff apparently believes that behavior is acceptable.

  19. amiJames says:

    Kooky!

  20. I shaved my gotee.

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