U.S. Holds Going-Out-Of-Business Sale
January 17, 2006 | Issue 42â€¢03
WASHINGTON, DCâ€”In an address broadcast on late-night television Tuesday, President Bush announced that the federal government will liquidate its holdings in a going-out-of-business sale scheduled to begin Friday.
After 200-plus years of service, the U.S. government is closing its doors.
“The U.S. government, America’s place for law and order since 1776, has lost its lease, and everything must go, go, go,” Bush said. “But our loss is your gain, and make no mistake: You, the people, would be crazy to miss out on these amazing closeout bargains.”
The Washington-based government, which hasn’t shown a profit in five years and carries the highest debt in its history, was ultimately driven out of business by costly overhead and cheap foreign competitors. As a result, Bush said, everythingâ€”from flag stands and Capitol cafeteria flatware to legislation dating from the early days of the republicâ€”will be marked down 30 to 90 percent.
Go, read the rest. The Onion is hitting a little too close to home these days.