Americans Debate whether they Get Stuff Done

Funny story written by Benjamin Cain

Thursday, 15 May 2014

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Dateline: WASHINGTON-Politicians rallied on Get Stuff Done Day, to reassure the American people that their government is in working order. Many boasted of their accomplishments while in office, describing in great detail the stuff in question.

Some showcased the collection of games on their mobile devices, which they play to occupy their time as representatives in Congress.

"The stuff I accomplish," said Rep. Blowhard, "may not be as fancy as that of the young whippersnappers; I don't go in for the newfangled gadgets. But I'm second to none in the fine art of finger-twiddling."

"Every single work day without fail," said Rep. Doolittle resentfully, "I walk from my office to the restroom to empty my bowels. That's twelve steps there and twelve more back again, mind you, and I'm on that toilet for hours on end because of my IBS. So I can stand proud and declare that I get piles of stuff done for my fellow Americans."

Congresswoman Shirker has been criticized for doing next to nothing in her official capacity, but at a press conference she vigorously defended the stuff she gets done: "Sure, I sit on my leather chair all day, apparently doing nothing whatsoever. But have a closer look! See how many times I breathe a minute? And now you've confirmed the stuff I get done for the American people.

"Do I hold my breath to spite my constituents? Not on your life! I inhale and exhale thousands of times a day, laboriously going through those motions, taxing my lungs, and I do it to carry out the public will. They didn't elect me just to keel over. No sir, I assure you I'm very much alive as I doze off at my desk. With each breath I take I get stuff done, adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere to feed the plants which in turn supply oxygen to my constituents-to working men and women and to their children. You're welcome!"

Cynical protestors showed up at some of the political rallies, insisting that the politicians aren't in fact working hard enough to get stuff done.

"They talk a lot," said a young unemployed man wearing a Jon Stewart T-shirt, "but they don't get stuff done. I want to see them fix the country, but the stuff they do? They're just making everything worse. Their stuff is the bad stuff, but we expect only good stuff from our elected representatives. I'd have thought that was implied."

Asked what he thinks should be done about the gridlock and systemic corruption in Washington, the young man said his job as a disaffected ironist and know-it-all is to ridicule everything until the Apocalypse, whereupon he can brag that he expected all along that the worst would happen.

A third party surprised the audiences at the rallies and press conferences, to protest both the politicians and the cynical protestors.

"Whether a politician gets stuff done is neither here nor there," said one of the outraged citizens. "If your standard of political action is that pitifully low, your political system's utterly dysfunctional, your culture is in ruins, and it's time for a revolution. That's what the Declaration of Independence says: abolish the government if it stands in the way of our rights to safety and happiness.

"So how would that be for getting stuff done?"

The funny story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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