In times of crisis, Republicans always rush in, providing their own special brand of comic relief, if nothing else. And, it always is nothing else.
House Republicans, for example, recently demonstrated a new way to flush 50 million tax dollars down the toilet -- the cost to taxpayers for taking 33 repeated, knowingly futile, politically-staged attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the helpful, but anemic, new healthcare law.
50 million dollars, not counting the $139,752.63 it cost to install, in the well of the House, a working toilet for the cash-flushing fest by Republicans, who are themselves always extra-flush, thanks to the ability to approve their own raises, among other perks. The cost of passing emergency legislation allowing temporary use of a high-flow toilet was extra, too.
(Something stronger was needed to get all those elephant-choking rolls of hundreds to flush in one try. And, in a related development, a number of sewer rats, and some alligators, have now been seen vacationing in very posh spots in Hawaii and on the Riviera.)
Meanwhile, the resolution also required placement of emergency back-up chamberpots in House chambers. Luckily, thanks to 100% Republican membership in the organization, the Chamberpot of Commerce instantly came through -- leftover from the Bush regime -- with a thousand ornately lidded, silver-and-chrome models, handily matching the jewel-encrusted spoons many members were born sporting in, um, a variety of locations.