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Which part of "no" is giving you trouble?

Or should I say, which "party of no" is giving you trouble. We'll start with a little Sonic Youth just because it came on right as I logged in and it works for tonight.


No. Man, I've heard that word a bajillion times in my life. From the time I became cognizant the sounds emanating from those sweaty, alcohol-and-tobacco-breathing giants who nurtured me actually had distinct meanings up through today at the office. And don't get me started on the chicks. No. Simple, elegant, effective. No. Why, you ask? Because I said so.

No has gotten a bad rap over the years as a negative word. Who likes to be told no? Nobody. But where would we be without no? I can say for a fact I wouldn't be alive today without no. No teaches us acceptable boundaries and saves us from a single, final lesson in physics sprawled across the grill of that Suburban zipping down your street. Without no, those that survived to adulthood would all be walking around naked, swilling cheap liquor, rutting like otters and flinging poo.

There's a downside to that scenario somewhere, I suppose. Maybe I'm wrong about no after all. Sure Rome fell, but it must have been a hell of a ride. Carpe the diem, right?

Be that as it may, no is usually just the starting point for negotiation. What matters is just how desperate one party is to get to yes, and how committed the other party is to no. I frequently see this conundrum play out between children and the parent herding them around the store. Mommy can we get this? Mommy can we buy this? Why? Tommy's mom got him one. Please? Pleeeaassse?!? We've all been on BOTH ends of that conversation at some point in our life. So we can all relate, right?

Now that the people of Massachusetts have create a firebreak in Congress it is time for Conservatives in Washington to whole-heartedly embrace no. The Party of No? I like it. The commercials practically write themselves.

Scene: A distinguished looking gentleman elephant (voiced by Kelsey Grammer) sporting a GOP vest is pushing a shopping cart between two rows of shelves while a young female donkey (voiced by Miley Cyrus) in a blue dress emblazoned with a large D flits about.

Democrat (Grabbing an enormous box off the shelves): Can we pass a $2.5 trillion dollar health care bill that forces private citizens to purchase insurance under threat of fine or worse that does nothing to control rising costs and will eventually lead to rationing of care?

Republicant: No.

D: Pleeeaase? England did it and it's totally awesome!

R: Ah Nancy, if England were to squeeze its population with taxes on energy production and drive manufacturing job out of the country would you do it too?

D: Oh sweet! We're going to do cap and trade?!?

R: We're doing what now?

D: OMG it's so cool. Everyone in Europe is doing it. We'll get, like, billions of dollars by limiting how much greenhouse gas anybody can emit and they have to buy the credits we'll hand out to our BFF's for free.

R: No.

D: No fair, why not?

R: Because voters said so.

D: Whatever! Pouts and stomps away

R (breaking the fourth wall): Oh, that Nancy. Maybe some day she'll learn you can't just spend your way out every situation. But together we can help teach her.

It works on so many levels if Conservatives are willing to embrace the awesome power of no. There's never been a better time to wave the flag of smaller government. I don't mean slowing down spending, I mean cutting the federal budget by 2% a year until the Debt is manageable again. It's got to happen. The entitlement tsunami headed our way over the next 30 years will make the "worst economic crisis since the Great Depression" look like John Kerry losing $100 at the dog track.

Millions of people around the country have had to cut back while Congress and Obama have embarked on the all time spending bender. They are quite literally writing checks their constituents' asses can't cash. I mean, for the love of God, don't any of the Democrats have children or grandchildren? It's one thing to hate your parents, but who hates their kids so much they'd doom them to government serfdom? Are they blind or stupid or just carpeing the f'in diem and mortgaging the future for power and kickbacks now?

Sometimes nothing is a pretty cool hand; Democrats may find out that "no, money is tight and we need to cut back" is a pretty cool hand with the voters right now. No just might be a word incumbents get very used to hearing from voters.


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Comments (10)

"There's never been a b... (Below threshold)
Marc:

"There's never been a better time to wave the flag of smaller government. I don't mean slowing down spending, I mean cutting the federal budget by 2% a year until the Debt is manageable again."

Guess who will be smack in the middle of that tussle?

Senator Elect Brown.

A bills going thru congress to raise the Nations's debt ceiling by a trillion plus, obama basically endorsed it.

They need 60, count'em, 60 votes in the Senate to pass it.

There's no way in hell Brown signs on to that, some nitwits will, like Snow maybe and maybe others but if they know what's good for them, and there friggin' cushy overpaid jobs they won't

"...don't any of the Democr... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"...don't any of the Democrats have children or grandchildren? It's one thing to hate your parents, but who hates their kids so much they'd doom them to government serfdom?"

Are you kidding? The Democratic "Elite" intend for their children to inherit their power. It's the commoners who are going to get the shaft.

You'll notice that the Democrats referred to it as THE KENNEDY SEAT. They were serious.

"Are you kidding? The De... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"Are you kidding? The Democratic "Elite" intend for their children to inherit their power. It's the commoners who are going to get the shaft."

Amen. And whatever riches (ie. sweet mortgage deals, tax loopholes, connections, etc.) they can glom onto now to help them ride the storm.

"...don't any of the Democr... (Below threshold)
jim m:

"...don't any of the Democrats have children or grandchildren?"

Ummmm. No. Real liberals think it is an offense against Gaia to breed.

Brown may actually have a h... (Below threshold)
Don L:

Brown may actually have a honeymoon such as is often afforded a new president (regardless of a faux haloes) They will be afraid to touch him for fear he might start a new party -the Tailgate Party!

Cutting spending by 2% a ye... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Cutting spending by 2% a year would be like paying off a credit card by making minimum payments.

Start with killing the healthcare bill - bingo. $2 trillion saved or created.

Then drive a stake through Cap 'N Trade. Another $1 trillion saved or created.

Then void the rest of the Stimulus bill. Another $500 billion saved or created.

Then get the rest of our TARP money and auto industry bailout money back.

Then get all of the government employees to cough up all the taxes they owe, like the rest of us have to. Jail a few of them while we're at it, and fire all the Czars and Czarinas on the White House, along with the staff that came with them.

In short, undo literally everything that Congress has done over the past year. That should take us until November, when we can vote these irresponsible clowns out of office.

Then cut taxes so we can all go back to work again.

As a liberal, a believer in... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

As a liberal, a believer in man-made global warming, and an advocate of single-payer health care, I have to admit the commercial you describe would be funny, and effective, as hell.

Too bad for your side it won't be run. Instead we'll get scary music and black and white grainy photos, along with sky-is-falling rhetoric about socialism and trees of liberty.

Bruce, as opposed to scary ... (Below threshold)

Bruce, as opposed to scary music and black and white grainy photos, along with sky-is-falling rhetoric about gullible warming, and about babies dying without health care?

McGehee,They are OK ... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

McGehee,
They are OK with babies dying with healthcare. So long as it is tax payer funded abortion, of course.

But you know Bruce is right... (Below threshold)
Jeff Medcalf:

But you know Bruce is right. The Republicans can't market themselves to conservatives, for all that's holy.

Actually, he's almost right. I don't think the Republican commercials will be grainy or black and white.




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