Posted by: Mark Nielsen | April 14, 2011

Budget Debate: The Snuffy Solution + Laurie Anderson: The Expert

Presenting our new Chairman of the House Budget Committee: Snuffy!

From a friend of a friend, reposted on Facebook yesterday:

“Remember when teachers, public employees, Planned Parenthood, NPR and PBS crashed the stock market, ruined home values, wiped out half of our 401Ks, took trillions in TARP money, spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico, gave themselves billions in bonuses, and paid no taxes?

Yeah, me neither.”  [Thanks, Helen… a teacher, of course.]
To which I replied:

I say send Sesame Street’s Mr. Snuffleupagus over to the House of Representatives to sit his giant ass right in front of the Speaker till they figure this budget out. For every four hours they can’t agree, feed Snuffy one Republican. And then make the wimpy little Dem’s clean up Snuffy’s waste as punishment for not representin .

And finally, this… from musician/performance artist Laurie Anderson’s BRILLIANT 2010 release “Homeland”, from the hilarious and harrowingly honest song Only an Expert:

'Cause only an expert can deal with the problem
And only an expert can deal with the problem
And only an expert can deal with the problem.Now sometimes experts lend you money
And sometimes they lend you lots of money
And sometimes when the subprime mortgages collapse
And banks close and businesses fail
And the crisis spreads around the world–-
Sometimes other experts say:
Just because aII the markets crashed
Doesn't mean it's necessarily a bad thing.
And other experts say: Just because aII your friends were fired
And your family's broke and we didn't see it coming
Doesn't mean that we were wrong.
And just because you lost your job and your house
And all your savings doesn't mean you don't have to pay for the bailouts
For the traders and thd bankers and the speculators.
Cause only an expert can design a bailout
And only an expert can expect a bailout.

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School’s out. Time for recess!


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