Mempsis (memp’-sis): Expressing complaint and seeking help.
When the US government shuts down tomorrow, the US Congress will be paid as usual and the US military will get government I.O.U.s.
You can’t pay a utility bill with an I.O.U.
We continuously hear from Congress how it owes the military a debt of gratitude. Clearly, Congress has already gone into default on that debt.
As far as I can see, Congress can pay its biggest debt today by offering the entire US an APOLOGY for failing to govern, and by donating their bloated paychecks to the men and women in uniform who actually deserve to be paid!
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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).