Eliminate empathy and, voila, budget problem solved!

Andy Borowitz has been called “one of the wittiest Web wags.”  Amongst the funniest people in America, Borowitz is known for creating the satirical website The Borowitz Report.

No one’s ox is off limits for goring, but Republicans in Washington D.C. and across the country have given him a plethora of material.  What makes Borowitz both funny and effective is his ability to get to the core of an issue.

Congress is back in session and we will be exposed to high levels of toxicity from Speaker John Boehner and his right-hand man Eric Cantor. President Obama will be speaking to a joint session on Thursday. And the “Super Committee” of six Republicans and six Democrats will also be convening for the first time.

It it timely to review the Borowitz Report of June 29th. This satirical post exposes truths underpinning the division between Republicans and Democrats.

As reported in the World According to Andy:

“The current budget is bursting at the seams with pet projects that reek of empathy,” Rep. Cantor said. “As a nation, we can no longer afford to spend money on people’s basic survival needs like a bunch of drunken sailors.” Rep. Cantor noted that “the word ‘empathy’ comes from the Greek word ‘pathos,’ meaning ‘pathetic’ – and that’s exactly what helping people is: pathetic.”

Satirists like Borowitz and comedians like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert provide more than comic relief, they often hold a mirror up to reality when that reality is otherwise to toxic to accept.

Read the rest of “Republicans: Trillions Could Be Cut from Budget if We Eliminate Empathyhere.

  1 comment for “Eliminate empathy and, voila, budget problem solved!

    September 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    The sad truth is how people (that’s right, human beings) continue to be jettisoned so that the ridiculously wealthy can preserve their holdings. Case in point is Michigan’s new measure which will cut off cash benefits to the poor as of October 1. Looks like a pretty cold winter up that way.

    Of course some of these waif types who can manage it may migrate to Indiana, or Minnesota (oh, oh!) or even — please sit down for this one — WISCONSIN! Then what? Probably more Republican budget and cord-cutting. I’m really sick of hearing “we don’t have the money.” The post office doesn’t, but there are management reasons for that. No, the states and the country DO have the money. Trouble is, about 95% of it is in the hands of fewer than 1,000 families who just can’t get along without that third house in Aspen or the Gulfstream. You have to wonder why these greedy snakes would prefer to have a larger piece of an economy that’s dying, instead of a smaller piece of one that’s growing. We have too many “balance sheets” without any balance.

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