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Congress resembles ‘Gilligan’s Island’

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From: Doug Logan


Received: Aug. 2

I have to admit that the letter in the Aug. 2 Republic from George Albers had me going for a minute.

How could he equate anything from Washington with sense after the politicians conspired to take the country to the verge of bankruptcy, like someone who took an expensive vacation, bought a new car and big flat-screen, then filed Chapter 11?

I certainly did not put the Mad Hatter and the March Hare in charge of the country. I believe that the members of Congress should be accountable for meeting the financial obligations they have taken on and not be allowed to get away with simply walking away from the bills.

Then I got the joke. The clever paraphrase of the theme song from “Gilligan’s Island” was certainly appropriate. Let’s try to fill out the cast of characters.

I see the president in the role of the professor, whose good ideas are undermined by the sheer incompetence of his fellow castaways. Let’s cast John Boehner as Thurston Howell III because of his cluelessness about the real world.

To twist the knife, we can put Nancy Pelosi in as Mrs. Howell, since she seems sweet enough in a detached way.

Sad to say, our local man-who-would-be-governor appears to have avoided taking a visible stand in the whole affair, otherwise I would happily have put Mike Pence in Bob Denver’s place, waving his arms and yelling, “Skipper-r-r-r.”

Thanks to George Albers for sharing that wacky sense of humor.


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