If you’re going to do a victory dance, you have to do it right. Go big or go home. I feel sorry for all the USA government workers who are not getting paid due to STUPID TEA PARTY politicians. Also for all those who are affected by the dummies in Washington. Obama should introduce a bill that would strip all pay and medical benefits from elected politicians when they pull stunts like this. Betcha there would never be another shutdown of government. Hit the political bastards where it hurts. Since when did any of them think about the common person? Enough of that. Time for ODD. Come and get it.


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  1. Joleen Greenwood October 2, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    Okay, now you’ve done it! “Stupid tea party politicians” ??? I’m not a tea party person, but as an average American citizen, I want this bloated government to manage our nation’s finances the same way we regular folks do. You can’t keep living beyond your means without the chickens coming home to roost. And stop coming to us “worker bees” for more and more taxes to support the parasitic do-nothings. Stop the pork barrel politics (on both sides), stop encouraging personal irresponsibility with endless give-away programs, and start listening to the people you promised to represent. This is not a democrat/republican thing. I’m embarrassed to admit I voted for this prevaricating, arrogant, ill-qualified empty suit we now have in the White House. Again, this is NOT a tea party thing. Whatever happened to common sense?

  2. ODDMAN October 2, 2013 at 10:50 am #


    I stand by my comments regarding Stupid Tea Party politicians. I did not say that I was against good government. There is a difference. The USA’s current President has not done a very good job in running the USA, IMO.

    I wrote out a diatribe about the Tea Party and stopped myself from posting it. I agree that governments, at all levels, are taxing the daylights out of us. Do I like paying taxes? Nope. I am glad however that I am in a position to actually pay taxes.

    You will NEVER get tax reform in the USA. Your electoral system with the PACS, Super Pacs, wealthy businesses and people financing your nominated candidates ensures that there will ALWAYS be a payback for those donations. You do not get something for nothing. I bet close to 10 billion dollars was spent on your last presidential campaign by both parties. Those donors want a payback. And they will get it. From both parties.

    If anyone thinks that the Tea Party members will not be pork barreling should they control the government ,then people are dreaming. They will pork barrel the programs that their members and more importantly, their donors want enacted. Or the money will dry up. The Republican Party is eating its own Senators if they are not Tea Party enough. Politics is a dirty game.


    I checked on Wikipedia for the following facts:
    The last time the USA was in a true budget surplus was 1960, with a surplus of $0.3 billion.
    The last time the USA was debt-free was in 1836.
    177 years of being in debt is not a good sign of any kind of reform on taxation or fiscal governance policies happening soon.

  3. Joleen Greenwood October 2, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    Please don’t try to school me on how politics work in this country. I haven’t lived here 67 years without being well-aware of the shady, not so shady, money grubbing political dealings. I didn’t go to Wikipedia for any “fact verification.” I’ve been living this ongoing nightmare which is beyond spiraling out of control. Our president “hasn’t done a very good job in running the USA”, you say. That’s a very charitable observation. Again I say this is not a democrat or republican thing; it’s ALL of them. The naïve politicians who run and win, thinking they’re going to DC to make a difference soon find out how things really work there. I’m trying to distill this mess down to how I, my family, my neighbors, my co-workers-all average, workaday folks-are affected by all these machinations. We get lip service prior to an election and forgotten about once it’s over. I’m surprised about how powerful you think the Tea Party is in the US. Generally speaking, they may as well be the Green Party or Libertarians as far as any real political sway or power is concerned. And when I think of the original Tea Party, all I think of is an objection to taxation without representation. We’re there now and no one’s supposed to object. If you do, you’re a right winger, ultra-conservative, or just must not have your head on straight. Again, whatever happened to common sense? One thing I will agree with you on is that (paraphrasing and perhaps stretching your words/sentiments) our government has become the dirtiest game in town and is well-beyond redemption. I respect your opinions, but you’re fortunate enough to be on the outside looking in.

  4. ODDMAN October 2, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    I am not trying to school you on how the political game is played in your country, far from it. I do like to go to various sources to ensure that I am not spouting nonsense and to verify what I am trying to talk about. Bottom line is the US government has been in debt for 177 years.

    I do think that your Tea Party is powerful enough to cause major disruptions in your governing. We see that with this current impasse in Washington. They have shut down your government essentially over a bill that has passed both houses and was verified by your Supreme Court a year ago. They are having a hissy fit because of their hatred for Obama. Love or hate Obama, Obamacare is law.

    I watch with fascination and horror as the campaigning/governing style that was honed and polished in the USA, namely your attack ads and being in 24/7 campaign mode, has migrated across into my country, Canada. Political ethics here, and as I have seen on various news reports on the US, are virtually absent in our elected representatives. It is a win at all costs moral stance, or lack thereof, and be damned about broken promises and legalities. All are lining up to the trough, regardless of the political ideologies that they supposedly represent.

    Canada is 1/10th of the US’s population. What happens down there happens up here to a large extent. It is the way it has always been being neighbours. The US sneezes and we get a cold. I do not think that your government has the lock on dirty tactics and a moral absence. It seems that we all share that problem with the majority of our elected representatives.

    Common sense has left the building. I doubt that it will ever return.

  5. Jack B Nimble October 2, 2013 at 8:34 pm #


    Why do you keep getting angry jerks on your site? Can’t we all just get along and enjoy the odd?

    • ODDMAN October 2, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

      I don’t let angry jerks’ comments stay on the blog. I like arguments on many topics and opinions are great. Personal attacks are not good, and disagreement is OK, even if it is with my arguments. 🙂 Open discourse is a good thing.

      So is being ODD.


  6. Joleen Greenwood October 2, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    Just a short (I think) reply then I’m finished for now. I do have to agree with the majority of your reply above. I’m sorry to hear that your government is “learning” from it’s neighbor to the south. Without knowing more, I would be willing to say this crap probably goes on in all countries to one degree or another. I just feel despair and I fear for the country my grandsons will be left with. You’re right about the common sense leaving the building and not finding its way back in. Won’t happen. Thanks for your thoughts. I’m sure we’ll “talk” again sometime in the future. All the best to you.

    • ODDMAN October 2, 2013 at 9:06 pm #


      • Ann Lauer October 5, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

        I’ve been thinking about the Barbie/He-Man picture. To me, it’s NOT a feminist double standard, because He-Man is an avowed superhero, where Barbie is supposed to be “everygirl”. That, IMHO, is very different. One is a dream, a fantasy, the other is an (unrealistic, unattainable) expectation.

        Anyway….thanks for The Odd!

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