John Ransom

Big news out of the White House this week is that the General Service Administration was finally getting around to tackling the all-important bowling alley renovations for White House staffers. Just more shovel-ready, infrastructure jobs to improve the economy.

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The bowling alley was recently photographed by POLITICO, which described “chipped lanes and worn-out shoes” in the basement getaway. “It has been fifteen years since these lanes have had any professional, industry standard maintenance, modifications, repairs or attention,” the GSA wrote in the posting. “They are now irreparable.

So it was proposed by the GSA that they be rebuilt be in their entirety.

Yes, as the world passes from one surreal event to the next, largely caused by the power vacuum that exists between Obama’s ears, the White House Theater of the Absurd is now starring The Bowling Alley.

And not without a strong supporting role from the Inside the Beltway press, which spends so much time inside Obama’s belt in a way which, well... modesty prevents me from continuing.

This is an actual quote from a White House staffer from the story by Time: “It could use [the renovations]. It’s quaint and feels old. There’s no electric scoreboard, so you have to score by hand—which is just debilitating when you’re focused on bowling a 300 like I am.”

Oh, my goodness? Imagine the horror of having to score by hand? Or being debilitated in your quest to bowl 300 while making a six-figure salary at the White House?

There’s probably a Social Security disability designation for people who have been debilitated in just such a way.

But it’s good to know that there is both ideological consistency and consistent ignorancy -- I just made that word up because it fits this White House—operative at the highest (lowest?) levels of our government.

The staffers however, it appears, will have to apply for those Social Security disability benefits and live with the debilitation.

When the GOP took to Twitter to criticize the White House plan to spend money on a bowling alley, the best supporting actors in their role as journalist lackeys, immediately issued a clarification that no, no, no-- our mistake-- the White House WON’T be remodeling the bowling alley.

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.

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