Did you hear about the tea party that Big Guy held yesterday afternoon?
Oddly enough, only Kool-Aid drinkers were invited for tea: Arianna Huffington, Eddie Schultz, Al Sharpton, Rachael Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell.
“This afternoon at the White House, the President met with influential progressives to talk about the importance of preventing a tax increase on middle class families, strengthening our economy and adopting a balanced approach to deficit reduction,”
Chris Matthews was invited butt he and Howard Fineman were apparently off slaying vampires, or hunting Nazis, or something.
This is all very confusing because I still remember when “the Bush tax-cuts” were characterized by Big Guy and Big Media as simply “tax cuts for the rich.”
...In other words, if the Bush cuts actually were just “tax cuts for the rich,” then their expiration couldn’t hurt the middle class. On the other hand, if their expiration would hurt the middle class, then characterizing them as “tax cuts for the rich” was a false message all along.
Well, as I mentioned, it was a tea party.
So after handing out the talking points, the faithful were dispatched to go forth and repeat them:
It was a lovely, if exclusive, little party. In addition to the usual tea and scones, we served clotted cream. No jam though, as I’m sure you all remember the jam rule:
Why, you ask, is it always Tax today butt cut spending tomorrow?
It’s very good jam, said the Queen.
Well, I don’t want and TO-DAY, at any rate.
You couldn’t have it if you DID want it, the Queen said. The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday – but never jam to-day.
It MUST come sometimes to “jam to-day,” Alice objected.
No, it can’t, said the Queen. It’s jam every OTHER day: to-day isn’t any OTHER day, you know.
Although I understand there was once a a very large jam surplus, back in the days of the jam king:
Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D., Texas) claimed that the United States had a $5.6 trillion surplus at the end of the Clinton administration Tuesday.
“Remember, we had a $5.6 trillion surplus in 2000 – 2001 from the Clinton administration,” Jackson said in the interview while discussing fiscal cliff negotiations.
However, according to CNN Money, the “Treasury Department reported a budget surplus… of $127 billion” for fiscal year 2001 and a $237 billion surplus for fiscal year 2000.
Oh well, it doesn’t really matter – millions, billions or trillions - since none of us will ever actually get any of that jam anyway.
Don’t let Rover get too close to the edge of that cliff! Who knows what’s at the bottom.