It's now official: Americans — including the wealthy — will not see an increase in their taxes for the next two years, in exchange for a continuation of the Friday ScuttleButton puzzles in Political Junkie.
Once again, the American people come away as losers.
The good news, however, is that there is a ScuttleButton puzzle winner to announce. First, a reminder of what last week's buttons looked like:
Paul Doane Congress — Doane was the 1980 Republican nominee against Rep. Gerry Studds (D) in Massachusetts' 12th District, losing in a landslide.
Teen-Agers For Stevenson-Kefauver — The 1956 Democratic presidential ticket.
Defend Our Freedom/Don't Tread On Me/Join the Tea Party — A key slogan in the 2010 elections.
Tell It To Hanoi — This slogan was aimed at people protesting the war in Vietnam, saying that instead of blaming Washington they should focus their ire on Hanoi.
And so, when you add Doane + Task + Don't + Tell, you might end up with ...
Don't Ask Don't Tell. Shorthand for the still-official policy that excludes gays and lesbians from openly serving in the military.
Yes, this was an easy one. But I was pleased with the buttons that got us there.
Anyway, enough self-congratulations. This week's winner, chosen completely at random, is (drum roll) ... Steven Cain of Minneapolis, Minn.
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