What's a blogger to write the day after Christmas? Hmmmmmm ... I dodged this dilemma last year by taking a holiday during the holidays.
It was so
tempting last week to draft a blog full of potshots at idjut Senators
of both parties who fantasized that a two month extension of payroll tax
relief would look like anything other than inability to govern;
and at Republicans in the House who imagined that voting down this
pathetic "compromise" was somehow going to come off more heroic than
holding their collective noses and punting on real legislation until
Somehow, that didn't work out for the Party of No, not even in the Wall Street Journal. Trying to hand a hundred sixty million U.S. citizens a tax hike for Christmas? Not a smooth move. Silly, silly elephants...
Well, tea party people are a mystery to me, but CNN quotes a GOP source who explains that most members were concerned with the uncertainty caused by just a two-month extension [fair enough] as well as the political benefit the White House could gain in the national dialogue over taxes [wha ... huh? really?].
As SemDem of DailyKos, to whom I owe the CNN link, put it: The
House GOP is admitting their big concern is that the middle-class will
get a tax cut, and Obama will get credit for it... so let's JUST F-
It's a theory.
But hey, it's still
Christmastime, more-or-less, and just because my idea of celebrating on
December 25th is to see a movie and go out for Chinese food doesn't mean
I'm blind to the merit of dismounting from high horses for one week each year. Minimum, I mean.
So I'd like to take this opportunity to retract a theory of my own. It's a theory I advanced in Decline and fall of hotel amenities, a post I published here on One Finger Typing in late August.
that post, having recently stayed at a series of hotels that, across
the board, provided guests with shampoo in bottles that are virtually
guaranteed to leak in your luggage if you dare take them home, I
theorized that cheap shampoo bottles might well be a secret plot on the part of a hotel industry determined to shore up its bottom line by any means necessary ... that hotel
management types put their heads together at some hotel management type
conclave, and figure[d] out that flimsier bottles would stanch the flow
of amenities (and profits) from their properties.
It was a theory, okay?
I'm here today to tell you, mea culpa,
that my sample size was, well, a little on the anemic side. Since
August, I've stayed in several more hotels, some of them downmarket, one
of them featuring $600 rack rates on the back of the door (no, of
course I didn't pay that much). In point of fact, the mix of shampoo
bottle quality at these hotels was ... mixed. The most downmarket among
them provided single-serve, hard-to-tear-open envelopes of astringent
shampoo, and nary a drop of conditioner. The place with the $600 rack
rate offered well-constructed bottles, with secure screw-tops that would
easily survive a trip home in a traveler's luggage.
So much for late-summer's conspiratorial theorizing.
It's a big world out there, no? I guess you can't always tell Why Stuff Happens.
here's to chillaxin' through the last week of 2011. And to hopes that
the federal government will come back fresh and rested in 2012, ready to
do the jobs we elected them to do.