Dave Barry’s year in review

One of my New Year’s customs is to contemplate the year gone by, month by month, with the help of Dave Barry. A sampling, but you’ll want to read the whole thing:

FEBRUARY

Congress passes, without reading it, and without actually finishing writing it, a stimulus package totaling $787 billion. The money is immediately turned over to American taxpayers so they can use it to stimulate the economy.

No! What a crazy idea THAT would be! The money is to be doled out over the next decade or so by members of Congress on projects deemed vital by members of Congress, such as constructing buildings that will be named after members of Congress. This will stimulate the economy by creating millions of jobs, according to estimates provided by the Congressional Estimating Office's Magical Estimating 8-Ball.

Despite this heroic effort, the economy continues to stumble. General Motors, which has sold only one car in the past year — a Buick LaCrosse mistakenly purchased by an 87-year-old man who thought he was buying a power scooter — announces a new four-part business plan, consisting of (1) dealership closings; (2) factory shutdowns;(3) worker layoffs; and (4) traveling backward through time to 1955.

The stock market hits its lowest level since 1997; this is hailed as a great investment opportunity by all the financial wizards who failed to let us know last year that the market was going to tank. California goes bankrupt and is forced to raise $800 million by pawning Angelina Jolie.

The Obama administration's confirmation woes continue as Tom Daschle is forced to withdraw as nominee for secretary of Health and Human Services following the disclosure that he, too, failed to pay all of his federal taxes. He blames this oversight on the fact that his tax returns were prepared by Treasury Secretary Geithner. . . .

MARCH

An angry nation learns that the giant insurance company AIG, which received $170 billion in taxpayer bailouts and posted a $61 billion loss, is paying executive bonuses totaling hundreds of millions of dollars. This news shocks and outrages President Obama and members of Congress, who happen to be the very people who passed the legislation that authorized both the bailouts and the bonuses, but of course they did that during a crisis and thus had no time to find out what the hell they were voting for.

To correct this situation, some congresspersons propose a 90 percent tax on the bonuses, followed by beheadings, followed by the passage of tough new financial legislation that nobody in Congress will read or understand.

In other economic news, the CEO of GM resigns under pressure from the White House, which notes that it inherited the automobile crisis from the Bush administration. GM is now essentially a subsidiary of the federal government, which promises to use its legendary business and marketing savvy to get the crippled auto giant back on its feet, starting with an exciting new lineup of cars such as the Chevrolet Consensus, a “green” car featuring a compressed-soybean chassis, the world’s first engine powered entirely by dew, and a 14,500-page owner’s manual, accompanied by nearly 6,000 pages of amendments.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://www.redeemedrambling.blogspot.com/ John

    Dave Barry…you are still genius.

  • http://www.redeemedrambling.blogspot.com/ John

    Dave Barry…you are still genius.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    I think that’s about as honest a 2009 U.S. news synopsis as we’re gonna get … anywhere! Very funny!

  • Bryan Lindemood

    I think that’s about as honest a 2009 U.S. news synopsis as we’re gonna get … anywhere! Very funny!

  • Bryan Lindemood

    My favorite line:

    “DECEMBER . . . President Obama, after weeks of pondering what to do about the pesky war situation he inherited, announces a decision — widely viewed as a compromise — in which he will send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, but will name their mission “Operation Gentle Butterfly.””

  • Bryan Lindemood

    My favorite line:

    “DECEMBER . . . President Obama, after weeks of pondering what to do about the pesky war situation he inherited, announces a decision — widely viewed as a compromise — in which he will send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, but will name their mission “Operation Gentle Butterfly.””

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Frankly, this is exactly the kind of anti-Bush screed, sycophantically sucking up to Obama, that you’d expect from the mainstream media, or from any comic today. They all have a strong left-wing bias and are incapable of making light of the current President’s shortcomings. Their bias is ever so obvious.

    It is sad that all the great conservative comedians — like P. J. O’Rourke and Ayn Rand — are dead.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Frankly, this is exactly the kind of anti-Bush screed, sycophantically sucking up to Obama, that you’d expect from the mainstream media, or from any comic today. They all have a strong left-wing bias and are incapable of making light of the current President’s shortcomings. Their bias is ever so obvious.

    It is sad that all the great conservative comedians — like P. J. O’Rourke and Ayn Rand — are dead.

  • DonS

    That about sums it up! On to 2010. :-)

  • DonS

    That about sums it up! On to 2010. :-)

  • Richard

    P.J. is dead? Since when?

  • Richard

    P.J. is dead? Since when?

  • Susan

    Still wiping tears from my eyes! Dave, you’re the best! :)

  • Susan

    Still wiping tears from my eyes! Dave, you’re the best! :)


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