The next 10 months will be ones of posturing, campaign slogans, slanted commercials, lies about the state of the union, promises that will not be kept, TV pundits opining on everything, Democratic talking points, Republican talking points, selections of candidates for Congressional and presidential elections, a new beginning or continued dysfunction. Yes, the political three ring circus is coming to town USA.
A good portion of the American public — the apathetic nonvoters — will not watch the show even though it is free. But for those that do, there are some performances that deserve close attention. If you miss any of them, repeats will be available continually on YouTube, network TV and the cable news channels. Be aware that this is an old fashioned circus where animals are part of the “greatest show on earth.” The prime time show doesn’t begin until the fall. But there will be plenty of open attendance rehearsals before then. Here’s a guide to the acts that would fall into the “do not miss” category.
Talking donkeys and elephants shouting for attention will provide continuous preliminary entertainment throughout the USA. The elephants have already started with, however, lackluster performances in Iowa; next up, New Hampshire. Braying donkeys can be heard in the background. They will get their chance for the spotlight later.
The Federal Reserve wizards will continue with performance art in the form of Ben Bernanke choreographed dancing and singing. Dances that have been perfected include a new version of the “Twist” and improvements in the “Quick and Easy”: QE2 step and the QE3 step. The song for the year is “High Hopes” with a chorus of “oops there goes another stimulus plan.” The wizards have also announced a new trick for prime time show: faux fortunetelling.
Clowns will be in abundance at the circus. Watch for more performances by Warren Buffet, Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the cable guys and girls at Fox News and MSNBC. Bill Maher, Jon Stewart and Steve Colbert, professionals all, will provide the most fun entertainment.
The trapeze act will focus on the deficit with performers doing triple somersaults and the no longer elusive quadruple without a safety net.
The balancing the budget tightrope act will as always be a disaster. Officials have mandated a safety net for these performances, but it appears shaky and may not hold with the new 500-pound walker.
Don’t miss the Nine Singing Justices who are presently preparing a new CD of patriotic songs. Attending the circus may mandate purchase of the album. Actually, even non-attendance may require purchase.
New this year will be the parade of the “one percenters,” millionaires and billionaires dressed as hobos to indicate the confiscation of all their wealth.
Either the running of the bulls or the dancing bears will do street performances. It’s too early to tell which one gets the nod.
Finally, pay attention to the Ringmaster but don’t believe anything he says. His job is to entertain, get you to enjoy the show and spend all your money.
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