Oops Government Does Something After All

Tea Party Sez, Not This Year!

Tea Party Sez, Not This Year!

Fall is peak tourist season in East Tennessee, gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. And with the Tea Party shutting down the federal government, that’s been bad news to the communities surrounding the Smokies. Tourism has taken a hit, which will only get worse as the shutdown drags on. Local businesses are suffering — so much so, in fact, that one East Tennessee mayor is suggesting his community will pay to reopen those parts of the park in Blount County:

“I have asked Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to allow Blount County to enter into an agreement that would allow the park to stay open for the traffic at no cost to the federal government,” he said. “I would hope they would consider this matter as seriously as we do and respond quickly and favorably.”

There were no estimates of how much it would cost the county to provide those services. “This is a burden we can bear for the benefit,” Mitchell said.

There has been no response to the request, which was emailed to the Department of the Interior on Thursday. A spokesman could not be reached for comment.

Oh, my. “This is a burden we can bear for the benefit,” even though we don’t know how much it will cost. What other burdens can we bear for the benefit, I wonder? Anything to do with healthcare, maybe? Some modest regulating of the insurance industry? Some health insurance exchanges so people can shop for insurance whether their employers provide it or not? Probably not.

Verrry interrresting how suddenly we can bear burdens when it benefits us and our friends but when it’s “those people,” forget about it. Not mah tax dollahs!

Over the weekend I spied this on the Interwebz, and yes, it’s a hoax:

I know this is a hoax because Christians For Michele Bachmann is a hoax site. Still, it most certainly is an accurate representation of how Republicans feel about the federal government. Remember Mitt Romney saying he was going to stop the subsidy to Big Bird? Remember Republicans’ old mantra that “government doesn’t create jobs”? Yeah, that was so cute. Now they’re scrambling to preserve military spending, reopen national parks and monuments, and even approving back pay for all of those furoughed workers whose jobs apparently weren’t created by the government.

Amazing. With every new action, Republicans kill their treasured talking points.

To the residents of Blount County, let me offer some advice: just remember, this is not a “shutdown” it’s a “slimdown.” The Republicans you sent to Congress want you to learn to live with less government.

If you don’t want to live with less government then stop voting against your own interests and sending nutballs to Washington where they do things that hurt your businesses.


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12 responses to “Oops Government Does Something After All

  1. Yikes… Michelle bachman’s pic ! I can’t stand to look at her face… aaaartgh !

  2. Now maybe some of the “republicans” will see and understand that they are not true republicans. They don’t have the money to be. They are only ends to a mean. They need your vote and will do and say anything to make you feel that you are a part of their team. Then they get into office and treat you like the scum of the earth. Don’t hate “those people” until you have the opportunity to get to know us.

  3. democommie

    The meme I was getting on Saturday is that the veterans memorial is maintained with PRIVATE DONATIONS and the feds closed it down to hurt the old veterans. I haven’t had time to run it down yet but if it’s true there’s a ratpublican at the bottom of it, rest assured.

    Yeah, it’s pretty amazing how many people hate on gummint until it’s not doing something that THEY need. Then, HOLY SHIT!

    • It’s on the National Mall. I’m sure they get private donations to help with stuff like maintenance, they all do — but that’s not operations.

      And even that is only necessary because of idiot “small government” Republican’ts who think the 3/4-penny they pay in annual tax money is too much to maintain this stuff.

      • ThresherK

        The Smithsonian has an acrylic box I drop some Washingtons (the folding kind) into. Perhaps this is the private funding in question.

        It’s sorta like the honor box for a candle at St. Patrick’s: A bit of money, more of a gesture than a big item they can count on in their budgeting.

  4. democommie

    Check out the comments on this story in the Des Moines Register:


    It’s heartening to see that Steve King and Missy Bachman are getting some pushback from the people in the mid-west who are NOT teabaggers.

  5. DZ

    It really is the dirty secret about conservatives: Nobody wants to live in the world they envision. Not even them.

  6. democommie

    Some people will see the photo of Missy with her Corndog Crackpipe, here:


    as sexist and disrespectful–that’s their business–I see it as funny and illustrative of the hypocrisy of teabagnation.

  7. Meanwhile in Blount Co., the school board has decided to suspend school bus service on four separate days this school year. The first one was last Friday, with about two or three days’ notice. It will save the county about $68,000 for the school year.

    Local officials are upset that residents voted down a sales tax increase and a wheel tax “for the children.” This is their way of punishing students and parents. They don’t have the cojones to propose increased property taxes to fund schools.

  8. GregH

    Ah, but who will these TN originals blame for the shutdown? I’ll give you a hint: NOT Republicans. Nope. It’s Obama’s fault. And damn that Obamacare he tried to force down our throats to give us seasonal tourism workers year-round healthcare! Sounds like budget-busting Muslim Communism to us!

  9. ThresherK

    Hey, you stupid twit: West Yellowstone, MT wants to know if you’ll buy them out when their Yellowstone-adjacent tourism industry goes in the crapper once the great park is turned into a Disney World with logging trucks.