Having some minor but annoying technical difficulties here today; the UPS for these computers has intermittently given off some sort of warning buzzer. The display appears to show an "X" through what looks to be a battery. Battery dead? Not charging? Gone to find itself with a tribe of nymphomaniac leprechauns? Don't know. An additional puzzle is that it seemed to coincide with an oddity we've had with our dishwasher for a few weeks, where it changes the "normal" 1 hr 52 minute cycle to last closer to 2 hrs 50 minutes, but the dishwasher thing has happened many times and only this one time did it coincide with UPS yelling at us.
The computer issue makes me want to do a repost of something that's just so pathetic it's a cliche': last night's "eleventh hour" signing of a way to avoid shutting down the government. It just comes across as brinkmanship - delaying the resolution of a short term fix to the last minute to look like heroes.
The very last line in this cartoon from VirtualShackles.com (which I've used
multiple times) sums it up perfectly. Paraphrasing to fit the
situation "Just sit on the agreement a bit longer so we look like
heroes." (VirtualShackles.com appears to be gone. I tried to go there years ago and tonight; all I get is a notice that the domain name is for sale. Well, the cartoon is dated 2011, after all.)
Let's be honest about this. The other way of saying "government
shutdown" is "paid vacation" for the lucky Fed.gov 's nonessential
workers. The longest government shutdown ever was 35 days
between December of '18 and January of '19, under President Trump. True, the
essential workers had to work without pay until the deal was made before their pay could be issued and that could have been tough. The nonessential workers were free to get a replacement job to get some additional income but had to wait for the shutdown to be over to get their back pay, too.
The thing they passed apparently has money for Ukraine and just keeps all the crap flowing. I just see this cartoon mentally whenever I hear about avoiding a government shutdown, debt ceiling or such stories.