Congress gets (slow) applause for raising the debt ceiling
August 3rd, 2011
08:51 PM ET

Congress gets (slow) applause for raising the debt ceiling

It started with a proposal on Sunday from just another American waiting to see how Congress would handle raising of the nation's debt ceiling.

"When the debt deal goes through can we start a meme where we all make videos of ourselves slowly & sarcastically applauding our politicians?" software developer Chris Ashworth tweeted Sunday.

As sarcastic proposals are wont to do on Twitter, the notion caught on, and by Monday, Ashworth had the website, up and running with a message to Congress:

"For your leadership, your maturity, and your inspiring ability to perform the basic duties of your job, We applaud you.

Since then, 43 YouTube videos have been uploaded to the site, featuring, as promised, Americans clapping slowly, wearing expressions that range from dour to stern, disappointed, sad, even flinty at times.

The site has made Ashworth in a viral sensation, and he's quickly learning the ropes of instant stardom.

"Note to self: reporters are now actively reading (and quoting) my Twitter feed. Don't say stupid things."

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  1. Grumplestiltskin

    Oh jeez, put a sock in it, Joey!!! The way you go on and on about nothing at all reminds me of a bad Seinfeld episode. Yadda yadda yadda. You have got to be the most dour, humorless, arrogant, pompous windbag on these blogs. Do us all a favor and move to Italy, already!!!!!

    August 4, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    America is responsible for itself. Our problem is not "Europe issues."
    I am responsible for myself.
    So is each American citizen responsible for himself: "the government" is not responsible for him.
    Someone who is "rich" (read "successful") did something to make himself rich.
    That coin has two sides. Each side is valid.

    August 4, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    You say your opinion.
    I say mine.
    That's how it works.
    What you say doesn't bother me at all.
    Why does what I say bother you so much?
    If you are in denial, I'll tell you: you are bothered by my views because you know I'm right. If you admitted that to yourself, you'd have to face the truth about yourself and you life.

    August 4, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    That truth: ZIP.

    August 4, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Somebody wrote above, in a post reflecting little education, about his being "pour."
    If he can't spell "poor," that's one reason that he is poor.

    August 4, 2011 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. boom

    Thank you Grumplestiltskin, for sharing what so MANY of us feel about Joey Infratata whatever the blank's posts, but may have been too shy to verbalize! What a bag of HOT AIR!

    August 4, 2011 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. boom

    oops! That is...Joey Isotta Fraschini I was refering to.

    August 4, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    U 2, boom.

    August 4, 2011 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    My name has a hyphen: back to school for you.
    I know very well that when the Revolution comes, the People United (united in failure) will be happy to stand me up beside my country house or my city apartment or my Mercedes-Benz cars and shoot me to take what I have for themselves. After dividing my belongings, the People will quickly use all that I had and be hungry, poor, and failed again.

    August 4, 2011 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. avg Joe

    That's why we have a war on terror, to keep things like that from happening everywhere but here.

    August 4, 2011 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. avg Joe

    We need to start calling it the war on foreign terror.

    August 4, 2011 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Things like that?
    A revolution?
    Oh, a revolution is happening in the USA, all right.
    Either the People United will come with guns and switchblades, or they'll come with ballots.
    Right now, we're still playing the training game with ballots, and it may go through the end game with ballots.
    The War on Terror won't prevent the War on Success, aka the Terror.

    August 4, 2011 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
  13. Miquel

    Please Congress modernize our 14th Amendment as needed sorely by:

    "The United States is one of only 30 countries that grants automatic citizenship to practically anyone who happens to be born here. No European country confers automatic birthright citizenship (the three that once did — Britain, Malta and Ireland — ended the practice in recent decades). The overwhelming majority of nations follow the concept of jus sanguinis (Latin for "right of blood") in which the citizenship of the parents governs the citizenship of their children."

    There are two conditions for American Citizenship referencing jus soli citizenship – birth on US territory and jurisdiction. Consider that for a second. The only people not subject to US jurisdiction are diplomats and Native Americans while on reservations.

    By failing to further constrain the terms, it creates a blanket grant for any child born in the US save those of diplomats and Native Americans (which Congress rectified via statute in the 1920s). We have seen this and understand how its use has drained our good will and pockets.

    Jus soli is a pretty dated concept and likely should be eliminated altogether in favor of jus sanguinus, with the stipulation that the criteria may be adjusted as necessary by Congress.

    To clarify clarify these principles – jus soli = of the soil. Citizenship based on place of birth. Jus sanguinus = of the blood. Citizenship based on the citizenship status (i.e passed through the blood) of the parents. If your parents are illegal than the child is a citizen originating with the parents Original Citizenship---This is the modern practice and eliminates the mess we are in-Anchors away pleeze--America needs to float right again and free itself from the reastraints of an outdated Amendment that people have exercized –THEIR FREEDOM -to abuse the
    Freedoms of America .

    August 4, 2011 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
  14. Miquel

    "I am a Medical Social Worker at a hospital in S Texas and I can state
    that in my 12 years here tens of thousands of illegal alien women have
    come through here in labor and deliver the child. mom is very happy and
    asks about food stamps, WIC, Section 8 Housing, and TANIFF. Much to my
    disgust I have to link her up and she gets the next housing unit due to
    being a single parent with newborn, wheres the Father? this knocks anyone else on the list
    down and these would be Americans who are old, disabled and so on who
    may be on the list for years. The childs Social Security number is used
    by mom and that in itself is a crime. mom gets on behalf of the now
    citizen child roughly $700 in welfare, not including the free to maybe
    $20.00 a month arpartment or house. The hospital bill of course goes
    unpaid by the illegal alien, Texas taxpayers get to pick that tab up.
    As a licensed professional I am obligated to report crimes so I report
    everything to Immigration Services who rarely have done anything.
    Last year alone this cost our hospitals and Texas taxpayers just under
    $221,452,119.09 according to our accounting/billing department
    statements and that is just for labor and delivery and does not
    include other hospital services."
    The Supreme Court heard the arguement over 100 years ago regarding
    borthright citizenship and ruled it is correct if the parent is
    legally employed and residing in the country, otherwise the child
    born is not a citizen. An illegal alien is nneither employed nor
    residing here legally so there should be no birthright citizenship
    for their Jackpot/Anchor Babies.

    August 4, 2011 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  15. Miquel

    Perhaps the Black leaders would like to next march and also ask for Amnesty
    for all the 20 million Illegals here right now because they help
    ALL AMERICANS here as they like to say "do the work Americans won't do" (that is as long as they
    are not caught). With 34.5 percent of young black men ages 16 – 24 unemployed in October.
    24.5 % of black women are currently unemployed.
    How dare our Black leaders betray those who put their faith in their abilities
    to lead OUR CITIZENS?

    August 4, 2011 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
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