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In case you had forgotten, budget cuts are essentially the apocalypse to tax and spend Democrats.

Here is a friendly reminder from Georgia Rep. and part-time Mensa candidate, Hank Johnson, who says such fiscal responsibility could lead to a “world without balloons”.

Seriously.

Via the National Review:

Speaking on the House floor yesterday, Representative Hank Johnson (D., Ga.) stood up for some of the most important victims of congressional gridlock: children’s birthday parties and comedians trying to make their voices high-pitched.

Discussing a bill to continue the federal government’s sales from the National Helium Reserve, Johnson intoned, “Imagine, Mr. Speaker, a world without balloons.”

In his pun-riddled push for the Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act of 2013, he lamented, “today, the House has chosen to just simply float above it all.”

“Too often lately, this body has sat deflated,” he said, but “not for a lack of hot air.”

And lest ye seek to question the intellectual credentials of the good Mr. Johnson, bear in mind that he once alerted this nation to a previously unforeseen crisis – that a Pacific island could actually tip over and capsize if too many Marines were stationed there.

Seriously.