I have long maintained that there is nothing funnier in the U.S. Senate than the phrase “Senator Al Franken,” but the former SNL writer and cast member tried to prove yesterday that he still has his timing down by injecting a little black humor into debt debate.
After reciting a litany of groups and governmental services that will not receive funding on August 3 if Congress fails to pass a bill raising the debt ceiling on August 2, Franken quipped in his best deadpan voice:
Now before we default, we could have time to make this sign for all points of entry.
At this point, an aide unveiled a sign in large letters that read, “Welcome Terrorists.”
But the real comedy was the sign that preceded this one. Cast to look like the debit side of a double-entry ledger, the placard included the following budgetary cuts, which Franken helpfully annotated in the same ironic tone:
No federal government employees, including counter-terrorism agents in the FBI, for example, no border agents [emphasis Franken’s].
I wasn’t aware that Sen. Franken was so great a champion of securing our borders. In fact, he has had a funny way of showing it. In 2009, he voted against the requirement that the fencing along the U.S. border with Mexico be completed. And in 2010, he voted against a budget amendment that would have appropriated funds for deploying 6,000 National Guardsmen to help secure the porous southern border.
Here’s another joke from the senator. His signature appears along with that of all 52 other Democratic senators on a letter sent to House Speaker John Boehner stating they plan to block the speakers’s plan for an increase in the debt ceiling, which is likely to pass the House today. Evidently Sen. Franken is as earnest about his concern for the nation defaulting on its debt as he is about shoring up its borders.
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