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Rep. Donna Edwards Scolds GOP by Quoting Song Lyrics on House Floor

"First you cause a train wreck; then you put me in traction."

I'd like to think I'm pretty hip, but when I heard Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) give the GOP a tongue-lashing this afternoon while quoting the band White Stripes, I had no idea who she was talking about. I also wondered why she was quoting obscure song lyrics in order to bash Republicans about the budget (by the way, notice she's wearing a white-striped shirt):

So I did a little research. Apparently, the White Stripes are a Grammy Award-winning alternative rock group featuring female drummer Meg White and her now ex-husband and lead singer Jack White. In February, they ceased being a band.

The song Edwards referenced is "Effect and Cause." The lyrics, which seem to be about blaming others for your actions, are below:

I guess you have to have a problem

If you want to invent a contraption

First you cause a train wreck

Then you put me in traction

Well, first came an action

And then a reaction

But you can't switch around

For your own satisfaction

Well, you put my house down, then got mad

At my reaction

Well, in every complicated situation

You're the human relation

Makin' sense of it all

Take a whole lot a concentration

Well, you can blame my baby

For her pregnant ma

And if there's one of these

On the order for laws

It's that you just can't take the effect

And make it the cause

Well, you can't take the effect

And make it the cause

I didn't rob a bank

Because you made up a law

When you people robbin' Peter

Don't you blame Paul

Can't take the effect

And make it the cause

I ain't the reason that you gave me no reason to return your call

You built a house of cards and got shocked when you saw them fall

Well are you sayin' I'm innocent?

In fact the reverse

But if you're headin' to the grave

You don't blame the hearse

You're like a little girl yellin' at her brother

'Cause you lost his ball

Well you keep blamin' me for what you did

And that ain't all

The way you clean up a wreck

Is enough to get one pause

You seem to forget

Just how this song started

I'm reactin' to you because you left me broken-hearted

See, you just can't take the effect

And make it the cause

Can't take the effect

And make it the cause

I didn't rob a bank

Because you made up a law

Blame people robbin' Peter

Don't you blame Paul

Can't take the effect

And make it the cause

You can listen to the song below:

I wonder if the group ever imagined their song would be quoted on the House floor just hours before the budget shuts down.

(H/T: Buzzfeed)

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