Daily Archives: Sept. 27, 2013

Roberts, Moran stand against funding bill

Both Kansans in the U.S. Senate, Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, were among the 19 Republicans who voted against ending debate on the short-term funding bill, which then was amended to restore Obamacare funding and sent to the House. On Facebook, Moran said the funding bill “is damaging to our country, our economy, and to the American people” and that “now is the time to defund, dismantle and replace the Affordable Care Act.” House members have been told they will be working over the weekend. At some point lawmakers surely will wish they could reclaim those 21 hours that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, burned up with his fake filibuster. The truest words of the day may have been spoken by Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black, who opened Friday’s proceedings by praying to “keep us from shackling ourselves with the chains of dysfunction” and also said: “Lord, deliver us from governing by crisis, empowering us to be responsible stewards of your bounty.”

Government in the red for rest of the year

If the federal government’s spending were spread out evenly over the calendar year, Wednesday would have been the day the revenue ran out. For the remaining 97 days of this year, the government will borrow all the money it spends – at a rate of more than $10 billion a day. The only good news is that last year the government ran out of money 16 days earlier.

Catholic Church at a pivot moment

Pope Francis’ recent statements about how the Catholic Church should be focused more on the poor and less on gay marriage, abortion and contraception are “a pivot moment for the church,” Bob Keeler wrote. “Like St. Francis of Assisi, whose name he took, this pope is trying to repair the church by calling it back to the words of Jesus, who cared a lot more about the poor than about rigid rules and fancy robes.” But, Keeler asked, will the bishops go along?

Dubious, bogus and utterly phony headlines

The following satirical headlines come from borowitzreport.com and theonion.com:

Senate Reaches Bipartisan Deal to Shut Down Ted Cruz

Republicans Warn Iranian President Against Shaking Obama’s Hand

Kerry Shocked to Be Taken Seriously

House Republicans Line Up for Free Annual Physicals Before Defunding Obamacare

Scalia Forms Search Committee for New Pope

In Poll About Debt-Ceiling Crisis, Americans Totally Excited About New iPhone