So let me get this straight. The Tea Party helped bring the GOP back to power by capitalizing on an electorate that was frustrated with the Democrats over their inability to reduce unemployment. Now this same GOP refuses to extend unemployment benefits to those very people who helped put them into a position of power.

i•ro•ny  |ˈīrənē; ˈiərnē|noun ( pl. -nies)

the expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect :“Don’t go overboard with the gratitude,” he rejoined with heavy irony. See note at wit .

• a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary towhat one expects and is often amusing as a result : [with clause ] the irony is that I thought he could help me.

• (also dramatic or tragic irony) a literary technique, originally used in Greek tragedy, by which the full significance of a character’s words or actions are clear to the audience or reader althoughunknown to the character.

I can snark at this because I am comfortably employed, but this is pretty shitty customer service. A drowning man asks for a life preserver and is thrown an anchor and told he’ll get the rest of the boat when he pays off his debt.

It’s just like Sean Hannity says, America is the greatest, bestest, most fabulous, goodest looking, best smelling, most attractive, best selling, smartest, healthiest, strongest, most virile, testicularly gifted, enchanting nation in the history of the world. And god smiles upon us all.

Tom Long is one-third of the seldom heard Chicago band The Ethyl Mermen. The name Tom Long can be found in the dictionary, Baseball Encyclopedia and a pub in Ireland. Tom Long is not affiliated with any other Tom Long; he won the rights to use his own name after prevailing in a three-way game of Jan-ken-pon by choosing "dynamite!" No Toms were harmed in the making of this blog.

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