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Fail. Fail. Waiting to Fail.

July 27, 2011

Ah, so the Republicans in the House are in chaos over what to do about a debt-ceiling plan that apparently doesn’t actually cut anything out of the budget and won’t stop us from being downgraded.  It’s down to calling people out to their faces.

Scrambling for votes on his troubled deficit package, Speaker John Boehner told GOP lawmakers Wednesday morning to “get your ass in line” behind his debt ceiling bill, saying the Senate will fold and pass it.

“This is the bill,’ Boehner said in a closed-door meeting of House Republicans on Wedneday morning. “I can’t do this job unless you’re behind me.”

Of course, the aforementioned Senate can’t get out of its own way, threatening to file all sorts of interesting options and yet never putting pen to paper.  Okay, they put a lot of press releases to paper, most of which spent time whining about either the White House, the House, or what was in the cafeteria for lunch.  So any leadership that actually happened in the Senate was likely due to the volunteer guides taking the Boy Scouts through on the tour.

Meanwhile, Jonah Goldberg sums up the administration’s leadership:

Imagine you’re in a burning office building. Obama’s plan for getting out alive: “Okay, you guys break up into different groups and come up with a series of proposals about how we get out of the building. I will then negotiate with each of you separately and then together, and then separately. Then I’ll get on Skype and tell the world what I think of your respective plans and criticize you for their lack of seriousness. I will insist that we have balanced approach of applying both water to the fire and opening the windows, which some say will only provide more oxygen for the flames. But my base says window-opening is essential. Oh and I will blame all of the gasoline I threw around on the lower floors of this building on the guy who moved out two years ago. And I will veto any plan that requires we have a new plan should we get stuck on another floor. And, did I mention this mess was created by the former tenant and….ahhh what’s that smell?

The only side of government that hasn’t covered itself in Fail is the judicial side, which I’m sure will soon have to start arbitrating what checks get sent out.  Maybe the Supreme Court can walk over to Congress and tap-dance on everyone’s grave?

There’s a great story about Andy Grove, the former CEO of Intel.  He was in a large meeting listening to one of his VPs offer analysis and counter-argument through a key business topic.  Not the most patient of men, he grew more agitated as he saw slide after slide of analysis.  Finally, he snapped, slammed his hand down on the table, and snapped, “Will you just shut up and <bleep>ing do something!?!”

Amen, boss.

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