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This is Your Democratic Party

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The federal government posted its largest monthly deficit in history in February ($223 billion).  Libya’s crazy leader is ordering his military to kill civilians.  Gas prices are closing in on $4.00/gallon.  These are all important issues, no doubt.  But what are some Democrats in the House most concerned about?  That’s right: the dangers of styrofoam cups.

In a letter to Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) and other Republican leaders, the nine Democrats say the Styrofoam cups and other dining materials could hold chemical components that could cause cancer. The Democrats are upset with the switch to Styrofoam from recyclable materials put into place when Democrats ran the House. 

This is doing the people’s business?  Those quitters in the Wisconsin Senate are doing more to earn their tax dollars than are those House Democrats worrying about the cups they’re drinking from.

‘Eliminating polystyrene-related health impacts will result in fewer lost work days and lower heath insurance costs for the House and its staff,’ the lawmakers write. ‘This benefit alone should outweigh any cost savings from using polystyrene containers.’

I wonder if my church knows of the dangers inherent in styrofoam cups?  What’s next?  Raising concerns over the cholesterol content of ham buns? 

Yes.  I know it’s only nine members of the House.  Yes.  I know I’m painting the entire Democratic party with a broad brush.  But these nine members are bringing home six figure salaries that are paid for with our taxes.  Someone had to take the time to write this letter, right?  Also, if you read the linked article, you’ll notice the letter has footnotes.  So, not only did someone write a six paragraph-long letter about cups, someone researched it as well.  For crying out loud, that’s like someone paying me to write this post.  Ah, now you’re truly grasping the absurdity of this.

And no, I don’t think these nine representatives can multi-task.  I don’t think they can consider solving our debt crisis while simultaneously living with the anxiety of drinking Hawaiian Punch out of cancer-causing styrofoam.  As such, those representatives have two choices: either bring in their own cups or leave the House of Representatives.  Either way, they owe us the money they were paid to complain about such ridiculous nonsense.

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  1. Mary
    March 8, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    They should have sent the letter to Obama. Or doesn’t USPS deliver to golf courses.

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