In between office parties and baking cookies, Americans are giving only a passing glance to how Washington is handling the nation’s fiscal future. Maybe we should be paying a bit more attention.

Just what are the President and Congress doing to avert a financial free fall? Well, to quote Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, it’s the same old story, same old song and dance, my friend. Sticking it to the rich and vilifying conservatives as heartless cads, President Obama is proposing $1.61 trillion in spending and tax increases versus $400 billion in cuts, which would reduce the deficit a meager eight cents on every dollar spent. Republicans, with limited leverage, are cannibalizing each other as they debate an achievable alternative. Meanwhile, threats and accusations from both sides are running amuck.


But we won’t let the Grinch steal our Christmas joy! In the spirit of the season, our WEEKLY MEME MASH is in honor (er, maybe “honor” isn’t exactly the right word) of the leadership shown by our elected officials. We could use the laughs…

Leading the sheep

Founding extremists

If they only had...


Playing chicken

Govt control

Potluck compromise


Promises, promises


The compromise

The U.S.S. Titanic

Wile E. Coyote

Wimpy Obama

WANTED-Rich people