Yet Another Bird Disaster: Lame Duck Congress Goes a Fowl


Well, here it is the first Monday of 2011; you have a few more firsts this week including Tues – Fri. Now, if you are like me you’d best remind yourself that it is 2011 for the rest of the year by making out at least 10-15 checks with the year 2011 written on them. However, nowadays checks are not really used as much by folks; neither is cash mainly ’cause we all have very little of both; cash and money in the bank. It’s all about credit these days.

The only folks that use checks nowadays are the Government You know – checks and balance, or checks in the mail – that’s the term used if you write a check based on what you wish you had in the account. Our government has that method of rubber checking down pat. They keep you busy while they figure out how to cover it. So, when you get your IRS check from the government and it is a slip of paper that says IOU, just know it a stall tactic.


Now, I don’t know if you folks caught my comments a week or so back about the lame duck Congress. I renamed this foul bunch of cock-a-doodle roosters – the Rubber Duck Congress in the hope that they would bounce back as well … They did. Boy did they ever. They got so much done they will go down in history as the ducks that ruffled the feathers of our country’s mascot, the eagle. As a matter of fact, this lame duck session was so stressful this week, it might be the reason this eagle went bald to begin with.

I wanted to better understand this whole lame duck thing so I went online and searched it out. I found:

This is a very comprehensive description of what it is, why it is, and how it works. I highly recommend you swig down one those 5 hour energy shots if plan to read the whole thing. I purposely placed myself in a no-back chair to safeguard any dozing off.

Here’s my read on this definition: if you want to read a legal document that makes you wonder how Washington even gets their shoes on in the morning, read this. You know they tell you when you read a contract, “read the small print”, well, in this doc you can’t avoid it, ’cause that’s all it is. Example: If Tuesday at 3 o’clock you walk around 4 times in the Senate and see 3 Congressmen, those you can call Lame Duck, but only if your feathers have to be combed on Saturday, but not the Saturday before.” BLAH BLAH … To me, it reads as a technical document on how you can legally spin our country’s wheels as a politician and get paid for it.

Here is the thing, Wednesday is the day they will be swearing in the new Congress and based upon the actions they had in this last lame duck session (seems odd to be saying Congress and action in the same sentence) the world, or those of us that are political junkies will be watching this Congress like it was a season premiere of our favorite television show.

TV Guide: TONIGHT ON THE SEASON PREMIERE on Congress 112 Republicans, Rep. Lynn Jenkins tries to shoot the lame duck and get rid of it forever!

You all probably think I am kidding about this first episode of Congress 112, but it is true. Rep. Lynn Jenkins wants to get rid of the lame duck session forever. Seems Jenkins Thinks it is unconstitutional. I say, looking at the last two years, the Republicans have been executing the party of NO; this might just be another two years of NO! – no way, no how, Not a chance!

Tomorrow, I might work on the Democrats; they are hoping to redefine the filibuster.

Will Roberts is a trick roper and cowboy humorist, who pays tribute to Will Rogers, America’s cowboy, with a wit as quick as his rope. Will is a syndicated political cartoonist and was recently the trick-roping cowboy at Cirque du Soleil.

Will has covered the Republican National Convention, Democrat events and the McCain-Obama debates. At home in front of or behind the camera, in front of or behind a radio microphone, Will reports what he sees, usually with a twist of humor.