(10 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
Welcome back circus fans! The drama under the Beltway Bigtop is rising ever higher as the antics of the red clowns have captured the show. The clowns are still refusing to get in their car and leave the stage.
The red clowns have continued adding demands of the Ringmaster to their list and the Ringmaster is still refusing to negotiate. If the clowns can’t resolve the issue amongst themselves by midnight tonight, the lights will be turned out on the audience, many of the circus employees will either be sent home or their paychecks will be suspended. Many audience services will be disrupted, but the ticket booth will continue billing the audience as usual.
While the audience will be left in the dark, many key services will continue, for example, the sneaky clowns (a division of the Killer Klowns) will
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The red clowns seem quite determined to drive the Ringmaster into making key concessions. The red clowns disagree about the consequences of inconveniencing the audience; some red clowns have been warming up for another trick. The red clowns leadership would prefer, rather than inconveniencing the audience with a temporary shutdown of key circus services, to burn down the tent:
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and their allies are instead privately urging rank and file to forgo a clash over government funding – and a possible government shutdown – and instead dig in against Obama and the Democratic Senate when the debt ceiling needs to be lifted sometime next month.
Threatening to burn down the tent has worked well for the red clowns before. Last round, the red clowns got major concessions in the form of the sequester, which the Ringmaster was at pains to describe as a big win. The red clowns almost got the Grand Bargain, in which the Ringmaster offered to slowly rob the audience of their old age security and other things that the audience has paid for. Only the red clowns’ greed for even greater concessions saved the audience from that robbery.
The red clowns still want more and they have a plan to get it odds are they will get concessions from the Ringmaster, but what? Stay tuned
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The Ringmaster has taken to his soapbox and called in the staff of the Beltway Bigtop Promotions Office to get out the message of the dire consequences of the red clowns’ plan.
The Ringmaster says that if the stalemate continues, the Beltway Bigtop Guards will not be paid on time. The Ringmaster issued a shout-out to the Beltway Bigtop Funders to intervene with the red clowns and stop them before they blow up not only the circus, but the larger economy from which the Beltway Bigtop’s money and perks come.
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The Ringmaster has become so exercised by the red clowns’ antics that he has called out the manager of the Ticket Office to make an impassioned appeal to the Beltway Bigtop Promotion Office and Funders.
Some of the Banker Bozos who rely on the Beltway Bigtop management to keep their receipts coming in have responded.
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The Beltway Bigtop Promotions Office checks in:
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Will the Beltway Bigtop funders step in to chastise the red clowns? The Ringmaster and the manager of the Ticket Office have laid out what is on the line.
The Ringmaster has been relying on the work of the Grand Illusionist to create for the audience a sense of calm and well-being, even as the seating and accommodations of the circus become shabby and worn out, the services decline in quality and quantity, and the audience’s employment opportunity and pay decline against the cost of the tickets.
The Illusion of “recovery” is important as well to distract the audience while the Union of Pickpockets and Banker Bozos loots the economy and the biggest thieves are allowed to continue their theft with only a slap on the wrist.
The Grand Illusionist’s work hyping “the recovery” could be wasted in a single day. If “the recovery” ends, then the party could be over for the Beltway Bigtop funders. If the audience is given proof that the whole game is a fraud, a hostile audience will start making demands and throwing things. If they head for the exits, the whole circus could fold.
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Protecting the illusion of “recovery” is important not only to distract the audience from the decline of the Beltway Bigtop’s services and the decline of the economy brought on by the Ringmaster’s refusal to prosecute his savvy criminal friends, but also to draw their attention away as the Kapitalist Klowns ship their gains out of the country.
As long as the audience is busy and focused on the indirect process of getting the clowns in the Beltway Bigtop to correct their “errors” in expectation that the clowns actually represent the audience’s interests, they are less apt to directly interdict the Kapitalist Klowns sneaking off with the loot.
Hyping recovery is also supported from darker, more cynical motives. Leaders of large corporations who have already moved many of their operations out of the US call the current situation a “mature” economy. This euphemism reflects their sense that rapid growth now happens more outside the US than inside and, therefore, higher profits beckon overseas where wages and taxes are lower. They want to keep freely relocating over the coming years with minimal opposition as they depart.
Meantime, the red clowns have been working with Beltway Bigtop funders who are focused on smaller issues of immediate gain.
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With a deadline for keeping the circus’ lights on, the red clowns and the blue clowns are practicing their brinkmanship and will carry the wrangling down to the wire. Will there be a midnight tightrope walk?
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As the drama winds up, the Ringmaster’s Grand Bargaineer friend, Pete Peterson is warning the clowns to come back to their senses and settle for robbing the audience his way, and provided a guide to the shutdown.
Are the red clowns crazy enough to shut off the lights, send many of the key performers home and cut off the pay of others? Are they crazy enough to burn down the tent?
Stay tuned! We’ll have an answer to the first question by midnight tonight!
“Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.”