Here’s a question: What do you get for $24 BILLION? (Hint: trick question)

So…what do you think $24 BILLION buys you?

Your own personal, private island somewhere in the tropics with an invisible shield thrown in that will protect you from anything Mother Nature attempts to send your way?


A HUGE, GINORMOUS, unbelievably BIG diamond?


Enough moola to live comfortably for the rest of your life, paying off insanely high student loan bills and squirreling away enough for your child’s college education?  (You can see what’s important in my book.)

Most likely.


(and here’s where the whole “trick” part of the trick question comes into play)


Plain and simple–nothing.  Nada. Zip. Zilch. Zero.  Not one damn thing.

Wait, I’m wrong on that account.

You see, $24 BILLION buys you 16 days of ridiculousness engineered by tantrum-throwing, infantile, pouty little children.

Because that total ($24 BILLION) is the amount that is estimated the country paid for the last 16 days of absolutely, pathetic inanities.

How many people paid the price for that $24 BILLION?

Not the actual children throwing the tantrum I can guaran-damn-tee you.  Good old Congressional members got paid their average $174,000…without a pause in their paychecks.

HELL, they even passed a special measure to keep the gym open for the House of Representatives.

So I guess $24 BILLION buys you an open gym for Congressional members of the House of Representatives.

Shameful.  Absolutely, downright shameful.

And don’t be blathering on to me about how “both” sides are to blame.  No sirree bob that ain’t gonna fly here.

There is only one party to blame here.  And that would be the Grand Ol’ Party…Republicans.

Did you know that 18 Senators voted AGAINST ending the government shutdown and extending the debt ceiling.  AGAINST that bill last night?  That would have sent the American economy, not to mention the world economy, tumbling toward a recession worse than the one we’re currently recovering from, and most likely, a depression.

And 144 Republican members of the House of Representatives voted AGAINST it as well.

If it’s too early to do the math, let me help you out.

162 of our elected Congresswomen and men voted AGAINST the American people.


Gracelyn says I need to write that again:


There.  I’ve had my say.  Off to do some math and spelling.  The important things in life.  Not to mention make another triple, 1/2 caffe, dark chocolate mocha with whip.  While listening to one of the only adults in the room over there in Washington, D.C.  That would be President Barack Obama–he’s speaking right now.  And man is he awesome.  I just wish those who hate him so much could pull the cotton out of their ears.

“You don’t like a policy?  Go out there and win an election.  Then you can change it.  But don’t break it.  Don’t break what our founders did 200 years ago.  That’s not what this country is all about.”  (My quick dictation.)

“You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position,” Obama said. “Go out there and win an election. Push to change it. But don’t break it. Don’t break what our predecessors spent over two centuries building. That’s not being faithful to what this country’s about.”    (Actual quote.)


And now he’s thanking all the federal workers who were sent home 17 days ago.  Telling them that they matter.

Have you heard one, just one (1), GOP member thank those who paid the pricetag of $24 BILLION these last 16 days?       NOPE, didn’t think so.   Instead, we have on video one of them berating a park ranger for having a national monument closed (the same one he voted to close when he voted to close the government).

President Obama is one cool cat, but I will tell you that this morning he sounds a little peeved.  Almost, sadly, like a disappointed parent scolding his errant children the next morning after finding the children had a party while he was gone, destroying the house, etc, etc, etc.

Gracelyn just piped up with “I think I’m a Democrat.  I guess it’s in my DNA.”


My job here is done folks.  🙂

Have a great one, in this beautiful country of the land of the free and the home of the brave with one, FINE President leading the way.

May the Universe shine on President Obama and bless him and our country.

About madranchwife

Mother, Mad Ranchwife(as in--at times-- crazy, nutso, loco, off-my-rocker insane), Veterinarian, Physical Therapist, "Liberal, pinko, gay-loving, Subaru-driving Socialist" (as I've been called), proud to be a totally tree-huggin', climate change believin', granola girl environmentalist, ObamaGirl, Pro-Choice (don't even get me started here...), and in my younger days a feminist vegetarian as a result of time spent at CU Boulder (this lasted approximately 14 months, until all the Jimmy Buffett I was listening to caused me to crave a cheeseburger). #FindingMyVoice #ScienceMatters
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