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. Ralph

    Defense cuts? In a real trade-off what was the #1 priority of the parties would be on the table. Why were higher taxes on the wealthy not put on the table instead? That is what the Republicans are against. Now the party of “No” will happily say “No” again and get what they want by default. The Republicans are playing high stakes poker without having to put any chips in the pot. If we need more money for defense a emergency will be declared and a spending bill will be passed. If grandma has to start eating dog food because she cannot afford proper food, will anyone declare an emergency? There are many poor and middle-class Republicans, will they still support the party when their parents show up at their door saying, "We're moving in with you Sonny, we can't afford our own place anymore".

    August 4, 2011 at 4:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. s kel

    has anyone else ever closely looked at the picture of people attending a 'tea party' rally and notice that most has a demonic smirk on their faces? its like they are satens deamons let loose on this country to not only bring division ,hated, and disruption to here but also to bring the hell like killer heat wave with them also to make them (demonic like teapartyers ) feel more at home? hummmm just a obsevation and a thought.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Wow

    @s kel: I'm not going to critique your spelling. I'm not even going to critique the writer's spelling. Satan is all around us.. Look at sports, entertainment and politics.. We are all just being toyed with. Of course anyone belonging to a "Mad Tea Party" does not belong anywhere near the nuclear football or the budget.

    August 4, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dear Rhondas

    I was talking about Jesus not being qualified to assess me. You know how my brain works always fixated on off topic stuff.. Either way I wasn't talking about either of you two, but since you went down the rumor route FU both of you and burn forever.. I've had it with this sheeiit.. If I have to off myself just to get away from you then that's what I will do.

    August 4, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. Grumplestiltskin

    "Many comments here show a lack of concern for the dollar’s becoming worthless, as long as the writer gets his share of the money pie.There is not enough to go around unless everybody produces something."
    Sounds like Joey Isotta-Fraschini got his share of the pie, and thus, looking down his patrician nose, assumes he can speak for all of us. Much like our politicians. Is he trying to say that everyone needing a hand up is looking for a hand out? Of course he is. He then assumes that anyone questioning his "truths" is questioning their own life. That's where he's wrong. Although he may have worked hard to get where he is, many other Americans work hard, too, just to get the rug pulled out from under them, mostly by the very people he applauds.
    There is a finite amount of people who can do what he does. Hard work and luck-yes, I said luck- have proven to be his tools for success. That's all very well and good, however, the field of his expertise has almost nothing to do with the real working man. It is comparing apples to oranges. Therefore, since he doesn't have anything in common with the working man, he should not comment on the working man's condition. He should just keep his overbearing, conceited, selfish, smirking know-it-all mouth shut. It is because of singular-thinking people like him that we are in the state we are today. We have elected Joey Isotta-Fraschini again and again into the halls of congress. As he said, we start with ballots...perhaps it's time to do something about it. One arrogant parrot at a time.

    August 4, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Oh! We do need to applaud these self-serving idiots in Congress for trying their best to get us lined up with the Third World Countries.
    They might even succeed because we put them there to do this to us & continue suffering them.
    Unfortunately we cannot do much about it. We are not a democracy & 51% of us fed up Americans cannot just get up & boot them out. We are a Republic & have a representative democracy.
    Can we make a difference though come next elections? That is if we decide to remain awake & keep a watch on what is going on in Washington?
    The mid-terms unfortunately saw us making poor choices, hope that does not happen again.

    August 4, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JJ

    What is this race thing that keeps cropping its head up? Obama is not JUST black. He is HALF WHITE AND what difference does it make. We should stop complaining and start thinking "WE THE PEOPLE'.

    August 4, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. HIKER

    Well said, JJ... I am Half -N- myself thanks! I LOVE both my parents VERY MUCH as all my friends. LOVE...LOVE...LOVE you know the BEATLES tune. LOL

    August 4, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Gumplestiltskin:
    It's not because of people like me that this country is in an economic mess. It's because of people like me that many people eat and sleep under a roof. Many people.
    When I was eleven years old, my piano teacher called me to her studio and told me that others would always be jealous of me: somebody at school had punched a hole in a picture where my face was, starring at some event–of serious music–with thousands of listeners. She told me that my entire life would be like that, and that I'd have to ignore jealous people like you.
    You can punch ny face out of pictures taken at important events.
    You can't silence me.

    August 4, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marilyn Moneyroe

      Yeah joey it's true extreme capitalism and greed is the problem. The premise of American economics is the dollar must circulate. When the greedy rich get their hands on the dollar it doesn't circulate and cause inflation, it it continues recession, ultimately depression...yes the rich are the blood clots of the economy when it comes to circulating the dollar...

      August 4, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    What you really mean is that they don't GIVE it away.
    By that, you mean give it ALL away.
    The successful give money all the time.
    However, they DO have more than those who have not yet achieved much success.

    August 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Sometimes we need to go back to "Keep It Simple."
    When Marilyn Moneyroe–cute nom de plume–spoke of rich persons' failure to throw every dollar back into circulation, I think that she (?) had forgotten that "a fool and his money are soon parted."

    August 4, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. s kel

    wow i wrote that early in the morning on a crappy small letter touch screen cell phone, so forgive my spelling and grammer, but your right satan is all around and is set loose on this great country of ours even more so today. btw still typing with small touch screen cell phone.

    August 5, 2011 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
  13. pianoteacher

    When I told you that you were special you were an 11 year old little boy who was dealing with other 11 year olds. Im happy you became successful but the lesson and advice was given to a child. You are a man now. Act like it. Insisting others recognise how *above* everyone else you are is low-class, no matter what car you drive,neighborhood you live in, clothes you wear or money you make. Your sh!t stinks to.

    August 5, 2011 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. Corn liquor enema

    Its ok! Harry Potter will fix everything with his magic wand here in imaginationland. Why dont u go spend ur money on more useless crap and question why they justify robbing u blind. Its because americans are retardded and u aint gonna do ish cause ur a biotch

    August 5, 2011 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. Prodclerk

    If our High Government officials such as current and past Presidents, Congress, Senate and top Executives of organizations run by the Government took a 15% cut in pay and put it towards our debit for four years would it help? Just wondering now that we are in such a financial crisis why someone doesn’t come up with pay cuts for politicians since the rest of are doing our part to pay back their mistakes.

    August 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
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