Massive salmonella outbreak hits at least 18 states. And where's the Centers for Disease Control during this crisis? Operating with a skeleton crew, like most of our government. It's a big deal that we don't have the CDC at full power, because much of what it can do (like deploy lab resources in cross-state investigations) can't be done by anyone else and (just like we discussed yesterday) prevents future problems from even happening. At the risk of piling on, it's also flu season.
Been hearing John Boehner whine that Barack Obama won't compromise with him? Well, the Center for American Progress reminds us that the Senate "clean" continuing resolution already represents a compromise -- the Senate CR is much closer to the Ryan budget's levels of discretionary spending than Mr. Obama's original 2009 proposal for FY 2014. In other words, some victory this will be, if indeed we get Republicans to back down -- they've won basically 95% of the battle. Had enough of that yet?
The Electronic Frontier Foundation reminds us of one fairly obvious way NSA spying makes us less safe -- the NSA insists on "backdoors" to internet systems that hackers can later walk through. They also remind us, not incidentally, that then-Sen. John Ashcroft (R-MO) was once on the right side of a debate, and that, once upon a time, a Republican being on the right side of a debate actually meant something. (Fast-forward to 2004, even, when Mr. Ashcroft's opposition to warrantless wiretapping meant bupkus to George W. Bush, even though Mr. Ashcroft was, like, Attorney General of the U.S. at the time.)
Finally, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) instructs us that Mr. Obama's non-existent arm-al-Qaeda-in-Syria program proves not only that "the end times are here" but that we should "rejoice" at the prospect. To wit, as it were: "the leaf is on the fig tree and we are to understand the signs of the times, which is your ministry, we are to understand where we are in God’s end times history...Rather than seeing this as a negative, we need to rejoice, Maranatha Come Lord Jesus, His day is at hand." And that's the sound of someone flinging feces against the wall in the hope you throw up your hands and walk away. Odd, then, that she's the one walking away at the end of her term.