Today's chuckle comes from their latest, "An economic disaster unfolds":
The looming budget impasse in Congress, which shows no sign of resolution, could have disastrous consequences.Here's the hilarious part. The Times bolsters its case that we are facing "economic disaster" if the government shuts down by citing the fallout that resulted from the last shut-down. To wit:
Then again, the consequences if House Republicans get their way would be quite drastic, too.
"Hundreds of thousands of federal employees were furloughed. All sectors of the economy took a hit. During the shutdown, toxic waste cleanup at more than 600 sites was stopped. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control had to halt disease surveillance. Veterans services were cut back. National Parks closed."
That's the best they got? Parks closed and scientists walked away from their microscopes? No bodies littered America's streets? No babies were stillborn? No old people died in their nursing home beds form lack of federal care? No - gulp - Big Bird and Cookie Monster having to go out and find a real job?
Well, there are those "hundreds of thousands of federal employees" - why did they forget to mention the category those employees were in, that of "non-essential personnel"? - who were sent home for a few weeks. Why they didn't include the fact that liberals were prevented from vacationing in Cancun (for a couple of weeks) because they couldn't get a passport is beyond me. That's usually their favorite argument in support of keeping to a federal budget that includes a trillion bucks that we don't have. That and Big Bird's heart-wrenching plight.
I'm reminded of a political cartoon that appeared in the Wisconsin State Journal the other day. It had to do with the "disastrous" cuts proposed by Wisconsin's governor, but the hysterical reaction to his really quite modest proposal applies:
Yes, they have become that cartoonish.