From the Courier Journal:
WASHINGTON -- To Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," it's fodder for a joke.
To some Democrats, it smacks of the kind of hubris that got the United States into Iraq.
But to Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., it's nothing less than the proper recognition due the nation's armed forces at the end of a difficult mission.
At issue: An authorization to spend $20 million that McConnell inserted into a defense spending measure to pay for a celebration in Washington at the end of U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan."
Things like this make me long for Republicans a person could respect, like Sen. Everett Dirksen.
"One time in the House of Representatives [a colleague] told me a story about a proposition that a teacher put to a boy. He said, ‘Johnny, a cat fell in a well 100 feet deep. Suppose that cat climbed up 1 foot and then fell back 2 feet. How long would it take the cat to get out of the well?'
"Johnny worked assiduously with his slate and slate pencil for quite a while, and then when the teacher came down and said, ‘How are you getting along?' Johnny said, ‘Teacher, if you give me another slate and a couple of slate pencils, I am pretty sure that in the next 30 minutes I can land that cat in hell.'
"If some people get any cheer our of a $328 billion debt ceiling, I do not find much to cheer
about concerning it." [Congressional Record, June 16, 1965, p. 13884].
You can view the Jon Stewart clip at BluegrassReport.org.