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And a Barry New Year

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Miami funnyman Dave Barry reflects on 2009:

Hey look! A pretty good newspaper cartoon illustration!

It was a year of Hope—at first in the sense of "I feel hopeful!'" and later in the sense of "I hope this year ends soon!"

It was also a year of Change, especially in Washington, where the tired old hacks of yesteryear finally yielded the reins of power to a group of fresh, young, idealistic, new-idea outsiders such as Nancy Pelosi. As a result Washington, rejecting "business as usual," finally stopped trying to solve every problem by throwing billions of taxpayer dollars at it and instead started trying to solve every problem by throwing trillions of taxpayer dollars at it.

Among Barry's lowlights:

Congress passes, without reading it, and without actually finishing writing it, a stimulus package totaling $787 billion. The money is immediately turned over to American taxpayers so they can use it to stimulate the economy.

Highbrow

No! What a crazy idea THAT would be! The money is to be doled out over the next decade or so by members of Congress on projects deemed vital by members of Congress, such as constructing buildings that will be named after members of Congress. This will stimulate the economy by creating millions of jobs, according to estimates provided by the Congressional Estimating Office's Magical Estimating 8-Ball. […]

Attorney General Eric Holder announces that, to maintain the principle of due legal process, alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be tried in federal court in New York City, but as a precaution, "he will be executed first." […]

In a troubling economic development, the U.S. dollar, for the first time in history, falls below the lentil.

A classic from the Reason archives: Glenn Garvin interviews Dave Barry back in 1994. I also caught up with the political columnist at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

Link via Instapundit.