(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a/k/a BE)
JB: Yo, boss, didya see the White House just cancelled the annual congressional picnic?
BE: Because DC already has too many hot dogs?
JB: No, it's because, you know, of all that work and attention related to Syria, or as I like to call it, another fine mess our leaders are leading us into.
BE: Well, gosh, I thought the annual picnic brought both sides of the political divide together to promote the common good of all Americans.
JB: Right. And you see how well that's worked out.
BE: Well, maybe now Washington is starting to get the fact that spending on parties for itself doesn't play well with the rest of us.
JB: Or maybe after cancelling White House tours for the public back in March to, er, save money, the White House thought this isn't the best time to spend money on members of Congress -- given the fine job they do on so many things.
BE: That would be refreshing.
JB: Yeah, except the Associated Press reports that as a make-up, the annual Congressional White House holiday ball in December will be expanded to include the families of members of Congress.
BE: Oh, how nice.
JB: I guess that sequestration thing will be over by then, huh?
BE: I feel certain.
JB: And even if it isn't, what's a few furloughed federal employees and cuts to the defense budget compared to the White House celebrating the holidays with several hundred of its closest over-compensated, over-perked, all-paid-by-taxpayers friends?
BE: Joy to the world.