Come Saturday Morning: The GOP’s Underpants Gnome Budget
Christy’s had a shot at this already, but dang it, this is frickin’ hilarious. When President Obama challenged the Republicans to come up with a FY 2010 budget, after listening to them rant for nearly a month about his proposed budget, this is what happened:
-House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) objected to an abbreviated alternative budget “blueprint” released today — but were told by House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) they needed to back the plan, according to several Republican sources.
The argument, which reflects a growing rift in GOP leadership, underscores the trouble the minority party has in mounting unified opposition to President Obama’s $3.7 trillion FY2010 budget proposal.
And so what, at great cost to internal cohesiveness and morale, did Boehner’s faction reveal yesterday? What could have justified the spectacle of watching the Eleventh-Commandment Boys throwing each other under the bus?
Behold, boys and girls, the awesomeness that is the Official House Republican Budget Proposal, distilled from its already-light nineteen pages: "Republicans will be on the side of quality versus mediocrity, affordability versus unsustainable debt, and freedom of care versus bureaucrats in control. And we will be on the side of patients, doctors, and the American people."
Um, except that they don’t have any numbers to back it up. Really and truly. Their budget proposal does not mention how much money they would raise or spend. In fact, it barely mentions money at all — and when it does, it butchers the figures involved. Compare that to the Obama budget outline, which even as an outline comes to 142 pages of hard details, facts and figures. No wonder this thing is being openly and relentlessly mocked all over the place.
So what was the inspiration for this gem of Epic Fail, this laff riot of the month? It has to be none other than the Underpants Gnome episode of South Park from 1998. Trey Parker and Matt Stone should sue.