The United States 2011 final budget deficit was $1.3 Trillion. Spelled out, that’s $1,300,000,000,000. (We really need to bring the zeroes back.) Soak that in: In 2011, we spent $1.3 Trillion more than we collected in revenue. Now soak this in: Harry Reid wants credit for the deficit not being $1.301 Trillion.
Silly season in politics used to be the time leading up to the November elections, when candidates desperately made outlandish promises to voters and issued increasingly ridiculous attacks on opponents. In the perpetual crisis atmosphere of Obama’s America, silly season has joined campaign season in a never-ending insipidness. This atmosphere, in conjunction with the impermeable inside-the-beltway bubble that seems to be running out of oxygen and starving the already challenged minds of insiders, led Senator Harry Reid to say last week:
“Now remember, we’ve already done more than a billion dollars worth of cuts. We’ve already done that. So we need to get some credit for that.”
Essentially, Harry Reid is asking for credit for getting 1/1,300th of the job done so far. Even George Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” banner was offended by Reid’s presumption.
To put this in perspective (and due to the lack of total ridicule from every serious person in the country, this actually needs to be done):
Imagine asking your mortgage holder for credit for paying them $1 on your $1,300 monthly mortgage payment.
Imagine a baseball team asking its fans for credit for scoring one run in the ninth inning in a game you’re losing 1,300 to nothing.
Imagine a food delivery truck driving from Lincoln, Nebraska to Washington, DC and asking grocery stores in DC for credit for getting one mile outside of Lincoln.
Need a few more? Here you go:
Imagine a college student who failed every other class expecting a pat on the back for the ‘C-‘ he got in media studies.
Imagine a toddler pooping in the bathtub and then claiming he’s potty-trained because he learned not to rely on his diaper (let’s assume this un-potty trained toddler is surprisingly articulate).
Imagine only one person dressed as a Smurf at the Muckno Mania Festival and wanting credit for the Guiness World Record for most people dressed as Smurfs?
Each one of these examples is utterly, farcically absurd. And that’s the point. Yet the Majority Leader in the United States Senate, one of civilization’s greatest deliberative governing bodies over the last two hundred years, reached this level of absurdity, and 53% of our mathematically-challenged country will still blame Republicans for a deal not being reached on the fiscal cliff (a poll conducted after Senator Reid’s comment).
One wonders what kind of credit Harry Reid would expect for actually solving the deficit crisis. To be declared Emperor of Earth? Well, maybe not that. Obama’s already got his eyes on that gig. Perhaps since Democrats have for so long perpetrated “the soft bigotry of low expectations” that Harry figures they deserve some of it to come back their way.
In HBO’s Girls, notoriously creepy Obama supporter Lena Dunham plays a mid-20s, college graduate living in NYC, working an unpaid internship, and writing a book. In the show’s opening scene, her parents threaten to stop enabling her lifestyle by cutting her off monetarily, and she reacts with an angry tirade claiming that they should give her credit for not being a drug addict.
And in a country where the absurd Harry Reid gets to be leader of the Senate, why wouldn’t she think that way.