DURST: Ebola of a Budget

To say the Republicans didn't receive a whole lot of favorable response for their plan to balance the budget on the backs of the poor by delaying Earned Income Tax Credits, is like saying the introduction of the Ebola Virus into the drinking water of New York City is not being welcomed with open arms. Excepting of course people living upstate. But you can't keep a good GOPer down and I'm sure they're poised like a flock of mangy turkey vultures on a telephone wire overlooking a pen of diseased baby chicks waiting to unleash Even More Clever Republican Schemes To Balance The Budget.- Schedule a Congressional salute to Nancy Reagan, putting Democrats to sleep and then change all the numbers.- Keep the numbers the same, just change all the figures to base 8 and then spend like sailors on leave in a Mexican port.- We pay farmers not to grow wheat, pay the homeless not to use social services. Doesn't need to be a long term program.- Soylent Green.- Institute a tariff on books by French authors and tax subtitles on all foreign movies.- Quick sale of all senior citizens to the Dutch.- Four words: "Washington Monument" and "product placement." The blue wrapper they slid over it looks like a Trojan ad.- Use our military to prop up international despots in exchange for huge weapons buys from our defense contractors. Oh right, that's already in the budget.Will Durst would suggest mortgaging our children's future for some instant gratification, but he thinks that's already been done as well.

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