SIMMONS: Shutdown looms, but I say, I say there, Mr. Mayor, y’all ain’t funny

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In short, Mr. Gray is acting at once like the obnoxious and endearing Foghorn Leghorn: obnoxiously cocklike but endearing to anti-constitutional adherents — except Foghorn is a cartoon character.

Neither option under consideration by city hall can be characterized as humorous.

The very stable in city hall that would rather buck our founding documents than make hard choices is overcrowded with the same characters who were forced by the Supreme Court to allow D.C. residents to finally exercise their Second Amendment rights.

Major differences on spending are beckoning Congress and the White House to reach a spending compromise.

City hall should heed that call, as well. If the mayor and council members do not and choose instead to leave the spigot on, “our” mayor will be risking the possibility that there will be no can at all for future generations.

Deborah Simmons can be reached at

Note: An earlier version of this column cited an outdated figure for the amount of money in the city’s contingency cash reserve fund. The error has been corrected.

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Deborah Simmons

Deborah Simmons

Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...

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