Groundhogs Go To Washington

By Wobbyball (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons

By Wobbyball (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

On February 2nd, 1887, Groundhog Day, featuring a rodent meteorologist, is celebrated for thefirst time at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. America has continued the tradition ever since.

According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on this day and sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather; no shadow means an early spring or in other words, spring in six weeks.

We could not help but notice a few similarities between groundhogs and the United States Congress.

Groundhogs live 6 to 8 years. A member of the House serves a 4 year term; a member of the Senate serves a 6 year term. The obvious difference is Congress members, like cats, usually get more than 1 life; groundhogs never do.

Groundhogs go into hibernation in the late fall. Congress recesses and goes home to hibernate from government responsibilities. Most use this time to raise funds for their next election cycle.

Groundhogs come out of hibernation for good in March. In Washington, DC, that is when Congressional battles begin over the next budget.

Groundhogs, like gophers, are destructive rodents to livestock from their burrowing, buildings for the tunneling under them, and have the propensity to carry rabies and an overall nasty disposition. Congress is destructive to the middle class, insists on obstruction of the American people’s will, have adopted dark money throughout the political process and carry an overall nasty disposition.

We see little difference. As a result, regardless of what happens tomorrow or the day after, America can expect 23 more months of continued nothingness.

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