TCTI: Too Crazy To Ignore
Dave Ross
AP: ab4a4196-2b87-49cd-af84-2f6a88762289
Boehner used the word "ass" and he used it in the collective sense. CBS's Scott Pelley noticed it immediately. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

The final countdown

Three days and counting until the ax falls on federal spending - the pressure so intense that the Speaker of the house was driven to use intemperate language. We advise parents to cover the ears of young children.

"We should not have to move a third bill before the Senate gets off their ass and begins to do something," said Speaker John Boehner.

Boehner used the word "ass" and he used it in the collective sense. CBS's Scott Pelley noticed it immediately.

"You said the Senate has to get off his ass?"

"Yeah!" replied Boehner.

He also pointed out a disturbing trend in terms of the Speakers decision to invoke body parts.

"A few weeks ago you said that the President didn't have the guts. Today you said the Senate has to get off its ass."

We don't even want to think about what may come next. But you can see why he's ticked off, because look at the first thing that got cut:

"You know, I'm supposed to have 34,000 detention beds for immigration. How do I pay for those?" asked Janet Napolitano.

Secretary of homeland security Napolitano was explaining why she had to release thousands of undocumented immigrants being detained for stuff like driving without a license.

What's interesting about that is that immigrants rights groups have been demanding this release for years.

Now, I have no idea if the President is actually doing this - but it occurs to me that a President, seeing that budget cuts are inevitable, might suddenly realize that he can use them as a line item veto - to get rid of stuff he's secretly happy to be rid of without being blamed for it.

That would be kind of underhanded, and very disingenuous, but also extremely clever.

Dave Ross, KIRO Radio Morning News Anchor
Dave Ross hosts the Morning News on KIRO Radio weekdays from 5-9 a.m. Dave has won the national Edward R. Murrow Award for writing five times since he started at KIRO Radio in 1978.
Top Stories

  • Heroic Help
    New teacher confronted the teen who opened fire at Marysville-Pilchuck High School

  • Week In Photos
    Real-life political leader Darth Vader & more top photos from around the world this week
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.