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Pretzel logic

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I know the EPA is shut down, but I’m telling you, we need to get the water tested at the Capitol building, pronto.

I see fairly rational officials leave their districts and convene on Capitol Hill and act as if they’re on some mind-altering drug. I’m convinced it’s in the water.

How else can one explain the latest efforts by our brain trust? First, they do nothing, and allow the government to shut down and furlough some 800,000 nonessential employees. (The question that begs to be asked, if these folks are nonessential, then why are they working in the first place? A topic for another day.) Then on Oct. 5, amid a lot of glad-handing and back-slapping, there’s a bipartisan measure passed to provide back pay to said employees.

So, in essence, we’ve turned the government shutdown into a paid vacation for the furloughed employees. But there’s a downside for them. They won’t be able to go camping. As for us, we need to stand in front of a mirror and practice blank stares.

Steve Moore


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