You have two cows – Congress

Here is a new “You have two cows….” CONGRESS: You have two cows. You milk them, drink the milk, then you borrow two buckets of milk from your neighbor, drink it all, give the two empty buckets to your grandkid and ask him to go fill them and give them back to your neighbor. For … Read more

In Washington, a divided America is good for business.

  Neil Sedaka – Breaking Up Is Hard To Do   Washington is an endless maze of funhouse mirrors, a fact we’re reminded of once a year when The Hill publishes its 50 Most Beautiful list [2017 was the last one], replete with people who are Washington hot, which is a step above rehab hot … Read more

Campaigns and Elections: Heaven and Hell Edition

  “Hell Bent for Election” (1944)   While walking down the street one day a U.S. Senator is tragically hit by a truck and dies. His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance. “Welcome to heaven,” says St. Peter. “Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. … Read more

The collapsible Gibus

Larry’s High Silk Hat

VeggieTales: Larry’s High Silk Hat – Silly Song     Top Hat – Wikipedia     VeggieTales on YouTube     Courses Congressional Operations Briefing – Capitol Hill Workshop Drafting Federal Legislation and Amendments Writing for Government and Business: Critical Thinking and Writing Custom Training     Publications Legislative Drafter’s Deskbook: A Practical Guide Pocket … Read more

Christmas Panto

Christmas Panto Pantomime – a Great British Tradition In the DC area: The Princess and the Sprout through December 16, 2012 The Christmas Revels through December 16, 2012 Also see this great list from TheDistrict: 2012 Holiday Events in Washington DC People’s Light & Theatre Company in Malvern, PA, presents a Christmas Panto every year. … Read more

Conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theories give true believers the illusion of power by offering a “secret” and, to believers, a convincing account of how the world works; but they simultaneously disempower the believers because they buy into a narrative in which the Powers are so smart, so well-organized and so far-sighted that nothing short of an apocalyptic meltdown … Read more

Bailouts Explained – Clarke and Dawe: European Debt Crisis

Clarke and Dawe – European Debt Crisis     Also see Federal Debt; Budget Deficit / Budget Surplus; Date Shifting / Fiscal Transparency / Fiscal Illusion; Public Debt / Debt Ceiling; “We Don’t Want Your Clunkers“.     Courses Congressional Operations Briefing – Capitol Hill Workshop Drafting Federal Legislation and Amendments Writing for Government and … Read more

“The seven stages of the office seeker”

“The seven stages of the office seeker,” by Edward Williams Clay (artist) and John Childs (lithographer). Image and text from the Library of Congress: A satire on patronage and corruption in New York State politics, based on the medieval theme, perpetuated in American folk art, of the “life and ages of man.” Here the seven … Read more

“Congressional Review”

From Urban Dictionary Congressional Review January 21, 2012 Urban Word of the Day To loosely read or breeze through a document, likely missing a fair amount of the information contained within. How tough will the upgrade be? I’m not too sure, I only gave the guide a Congressional Review. See also: Nancy Pelosi on Health … Read more