Friday, August 31, 2012

GATHERING MY THOUGHTS ONCE AGAIN

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by Burt Prelutsky

I definitely hope and pray that Obama is evicted from the White House in the coming election. For one thing, it would dispose of the worst president we have ever had, a distinction I had assumed would be Jimmy Carter’s in perpetuity. Now even Carter’s title as the worst ex-president we have ever had will be in jeopardy if Obama somehow manages to live up to his potential.

But Obama’s defeat would also restore my faith in the American people. Not all of them, you understand. After all, even in defeat, Obama and Biden will manage to carry several states and garner tens of millions of votes in spite of overseeing an administration that has somehow managed to make a terrible economy worse, gutted the military, offended our allies and encouraged the very worst of our enemies.

If Romney and Ryan win, and the GOP manages to regain control of the Senate, the celebration will be short-lived unless they repeal ObamaCare; institute long overdue changes in healthcare; do away with several federal departments and cabinet positions; undertake welfare reform, taking millions of undeserving people off food stamps; passing a federal law against lying about disabilities in order to fatten up pension checks; get America out of the U.N. and the U.N. out of America; and revoking public sector unions.

Even as radical a left-winger as FDR knew that the very idea of allowing civil servants to unionize was insane. It was only after he saw how easily Robert F. Wagner, Jr., won re-election as New York’s mayor after allowing city employees to unionize that John Kennedy decided that he would help assure his own re-election by doing the same for federal employees.

We see the result of this madness in cities and states across America, as more and more of them go bankrupt as a result of the sweetheart union contracts that gutless, self-serving, politicians have cut over the past several decades.

But it’s not just the “what’s-in-it-for-me?” attitude of SEIU members that’s destroying the economy. There’s also a large group of old people who have reached an age where they no longer seem too concerned about the solvency of Medicare and Social Security, and whether those entitlements will be around for their children and grandchildren. Even when they’re assured that no major changes will be enacted in the near-future, they react as if those phony DNC commercials with a Paul Ryan lookalike pushing a dummy off a cliff were real-life videos.

Frankly, some of these people have forfeited title to being members of our greatest generation. Instead, they’re behaving very much like their own spoiled 20-something relatives, who whoop and holler every time that Obama promises to cut the interest rates of their student loans or allows them to stay on their parents’ health insurance policies until they’re middle-aged.

Lately, I’ve been receiving an email message that’s gone viral, insisting that Obama has ceded seven Alaskan islands to Russia, while getting nothing in return. The reason it’s so easy to believe is because Obama has made it a practice to bestow so many things on President Putin, ranging from vowing to unilaterally decimate our nuclear arsenal to depriving Poland and the Czech Republic of a promised missile defense system, that Obama has begun to resemble an ardent gay suitor, hopelessly smitten with Russia’s macho dictator.

Furthermore, Hillary Clinton’s State Department has been more than willing to carry out Obama’s wishes, whether it’s condemning Israel for building apartment houses in Jerusalem and protecting its borders from Arab and Turkish terrorists or by nixing the Keystone pipeline.

The truth in this case, however, is that back in 1991, G.H.W. Bush and the U.S. Senate, by a vote of 86-6, with Alaska’s two senators voting with the majority, agreed that the U.S. had no right to the islands, which, being closer to Siberia than to Alaska, were well within Russia’s territorial waters.

In the aftermath of the brouhaha involving Chick-fil-A and homosexuals, with gays calling for a boycott of the national franchise because its president had the audacity to state that, like most Americans, he was in favor of traditional marriage, I was reminded of the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote: “Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.”

I would go so far as to suggest that blacks, Latino activists, MSNBC commentators, Occupy Wall Street blockheads, Hollywood pinheads, left-wing college students, and NY Times editorial writers, would also do well to take those 18 well-chosen words to heart.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

YOU CAN LIKE MOVIES AND STILL HATE JANE FONDA

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Those of us who are conservatives tend to be dismissive of the popular arts. We say, and with good reason I’d argue, that music has been going downhill since the days when composers and lyricists named Gershwin, Porter, Kern, Berlin, Loesser, Rodgers, Hammerstein, Hart, Mercer and Fields, were writing the songs; people named Astaire, Rogers, Kelly and O’Connor, were dancing to them; and folks named Crosby, Sinatra, Fitzgerald and Stafford, were singing them.

I would also contend that TV has never matched the days when Sid Caesar, Jackie Gleason, Phil Silvers, Playhouse 90, Studio One, and Philco Playhouse provided top-notch comedy and drama on a weekly basis. I would add that things have only gotten worse ever since Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour was dug up from the cemetery where old TV shows are buried, re-named American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance and, for all I know, So You Think You Can Play the Zither, and been expanded to fill several hours over several days of the week.

Where I draw the line is when we get to the movies. Perhaps it’s because so many actors, writers and directors, have shown themselves to be idiots, propagandizing for the likes of Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez and Roman Polanski, and donating millions to Obama’s re-election campaign, that conservatives are so contemptuous of Hollywood. I would also assume that Hollywood’s approach to producing movies, which generally consists of churning out sequels, basing dumb movies on dumb comic books and re-making good movies badly, has turned off nearly everyone who isn’t a 14-year-old in mind, if no longer in body.

The problem is that too many people have concluded that there’s nothing worth seeing simply because so much of it is a total waste of time and money. That makes about as much sense as assuming that every politician is stupid and corrupt simply because so many of them are.

While it’s true that they’re not making as many good movies in any single year as they did in, say, 1939 or 1940, there have been, on average, two movies every year going back to 1990 that are as good as any movies ever made.

While it’s true that a few of them were foreign language and eleven of them were English, most of them were made here in America.

Because I realize that taste in movies is every bit as subjective as taste in food, I don’t expect anyone to feel the same way I do about the following movies. But I do think it’s fair to say that if you haven’t seen at least half of them, you really aren’t in any position to bloviate about how terrible motion pictures are these days.

The 44, in alphabetical order:
A Family Thing
About a Boy
An Ideal Husband
The Artist
Babe
The Blind Side
Chicago
Cinema Paradiso
Defending Your Life
The Dish
Election
Enchanted April
Falling Down
Fargo
The Firm
Four Weddings and A Funeral
The Fugitive
Galaxy Quest
Gran Torino
Green Card
Groundhog Day
Housesitter
The King’s Speech
L.A. Confidential
Lives of Others
Lost in America
Love, Actually
The Matador
My Cousin Vinny
Nanny McPhee
Nobody’s Fool
Peter’s Friends
The Queen
Remains of the Day
Secrets and Lies
Sense and Sensibility
Shattered Glass
Shrek
Sliding Doors
Swingers
Taken
Thank You for Smoking
Toy Story
The Upside of Anger

As I said, you may not enjoy these movies as much as I did. I merely wanted to go on record to say that, in my opinion, the silver screen is not quite as tarnished as some people, generally those who never see any movies, insist it is.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

OBAMA VS. ROMNEY

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For openers, I don’t believe any national poll that claims Obama is running ahead of Romney. For one thing, Obama has been in office for nearly four years. As the incumbent, if he’s not scoring above 50%, it’s highly unlikely he is going to carry the state. Right now, his poll numbers are below 50% in 37 states, and hover at only 51% in Washington and 50% in Minnesota.

Another factor that must be considered is that a lot of people still don’t know his opponent. Right now, Romney’s poll numbers are lower than they should be simply because a lot of people are judging him on no other basis than Obama’s negative ads.

But, after the GOP convention and especially after the presidential debates, when people will have a chance to compare the two men side-by-side and not only see that Romney is taller, better-looking, smarter, speaks better, but see for themselves that the words “smug” and “arrogant” only apply to one of them, the Obamas will be wise to call Bekins and not wait until the last second to start planning their move back to Chicago.

There will be so many reasons to celebrate their departure, I hardly know where to begin. For one thing, if Obama were to be re-elected and if the Democrats were, God forbid, to regain control of the House, guess who would be the chief financial legislator in Congress. Why, none other than Maxine Waters, who should have been booted out of office for using undue influence in securing a $12 million TARP bailout for a bank in which her husband was a director and they were both shareholders.

To get the full impact of that, think of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the SEC, the NY Stock Exchange and the FHA, being overseen by a blacker version of Chris Dodd or a slightly less feminine version of Barney Frank.

Another reason to anticipate Romney’s victory is that it will mean Valerie Jarrett will also be packing her bags and returning to Chicago. In case you haven’t been paying attention, Ms. Jarrett is the Rasputin-like figure who apparently has the ear of both Obamas. It was apparently she, who, on three separate occasions, persuaded Obama not to go through with the attack on Osama bin Laden lest he suffer political blowback if the mission failed. It was only after military advisors warned him that word would inevitably leak out if he didn’t green light the plan that he finally caved to the anti-Jarrett faction in the White House.

I’m sure that Jarrett and her two charges, the czar and czarina, would be welcomed back to their hometown with a parade and a brass band because they so obviously reflect those Chicago values we’ve heard so much about from Rahm Emanuel. I found it interesting, but not surprising, that a day or two after Mayor Emanuel announced that Chick-fil-A wouldn’t fit well in a city that has become the murder capital of America, he had only good things to say about professional anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan. At least now we have a handle on what constitutes Chicago values. Apparently, it’s okay to deride Jews, despise white people, promote Islam and openly denounce America, but stay far away if you oppose the travesty known as same-sex marriages.

I find it almost amusing that Democrats take it so much to heart that Romney hasn’t disclosed a hundred years of income tax forms, but take it in stride when Obama won’t even offer up his college application. They are outraged that the Romneys own a fancy horse, but utter not a word about the millions of our tax dollars the First Lady squanders on vacations. They are apoplectic about Romney’s being a devout Mormon, but accept Obama’s claim that he doesn’t attend church because he doesn’t want his presence to be an annoyance to others, although that never prevents him from tying up rush hour traffic in a hundred different cities when it comes to raising campaign funds.

I also find it mysterious and offensive when people of any political persuasion condemn Romney’s faith. Every religion has elements in it that strike other people as nonsensical, and Mormonism isn’t an exception. However, if I am shopping for a president, I’d want one whose faith emphasizes family, charity, honesty and personal achievement. And if, as they say, the proof is to be found in the pudding, I think you’d have to look long and hard to find a better pudding than the Romneys.

All I ask of Romney is that five minutes after he eliminates ObamaCare, he announces that we are withdrawing from the United Nations.

Finally, it’s no wonder that the Senate under Harry Reid’s leadership doesn’t get anything done. I mean, it would be nice if they finally got around to passing a budget, but Reid is obviously too busy huddling with Team Obama and getting his marching orders from David Axelrod.

But I have to wonder if even Axelrod seriously believed that old Harry would actually take to the Senate floor to spread the foolish rumor that Romney hadn’t paid 10 years of income taxes. I have a feeling that when he heard that, Axelrod smacked his forehead and said, “I assumed the old fart knew I was joking.”

Just for the record, let us keep in mind that Reid hadn’t ever said a word about Timothy Geithner and Charley Rangel not paying their taxes, so who would have guessed that he would say something so dumb that even Jon Stewart would take him to task.

I, myself, have heard rumors that Harry Reid owes his entire political career to Vegas casino owners and the thugs who run Nevada’s public sector unions. Oh, wait a second, those aren’t rumors.

It would only be a rumor if I said that the reason Harry Reid sounds so much like a mortician is because his favorite hobby is grave robbing. Naturally, I don’t have proof of this, but if the Senate majority leader can get his information from “reliable sources” I figure so can I.

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

MAKING USE OF LEMONS

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Some people ask me why I don’t seem to take the harm Obama and his cronies are doing to America more seriously. The fact is I take it very seriously. But what good does crying about it do anyone? I prefer to combat Leftists with facts and ridicule. Always have, always will. So long as this bunch of left-wing, Constitution-trashing, anti-American thugs keep providing me with lemons, I fully intend to keep squirting them in the eye with lemonade.

For instance, left-wing women claim that they’re entitled to have abortions on demand and that the government shouldn’t be sticking its nose into what they do with or to their own bodies, but they then turn around and insist that the government use our tax dollars to provide them with birth control pills.

Naturally, Obama, who is depending on women to get him re-elected, feeds the outrage by pretending that if Romney is president birth control pills won’t be readily available in every drug store in America. It’s bad enough that where it really counts, in the work place, women have suffered even worse than men under the Obama economy. But when women actually fall for this line of bull hockey, they come across like a bunch of giddy school girls squealing over Justin Bieber.

If you want everyone to stay out of your bedroom, ladies, set a good example by climbing out of our wallets.

For years, although homosexuals have insisted that they should be allowed to get hitched because the government has no right to prevent consenting adults from getting married, I have yet to hear any of them say, “For the sake of consistency, polygamy and incestuous marriages should also be recognized by the state.”

If a lawyer handed out money to jurors, he’d be arrested for jury tampering. If a politician stood outside a polling place, handing out ten dollar bills, he would be arrested for attempting to buy votes. But when 107 million Americans are receiving some form of welfare; when the number of people on Medicaid soars from 34 million to 54 million in a decade; and when the number of Americans receiving food stamps reaches nearly 50 million, nobody, you may have noticed, gets arrested for bribing voters. And if anyone dares point out that 57% of Mexican immigrants -- most of them here illegally -- are receiving welfare, they’re labeled racists by craven politicians and a lap dog media.

Speaking of welfare, now that Obama has done his best to gut the welfare reform bill, which was Bill Clinton’s signature piece of legislation, I think Clinton should use his time at the Democratic convention to tell us what he really thinks about ObamaCare.

And at the same event, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Jimmy Carter can use his moment in the spotlight to tell us what he really thinks about Israel in particular, and Jews in general.

I find it fascinating that, according to recent polls, Americans are equally divided as to whether Romney or Obama would be better able to save the economy. To me, that’s like asking who is more likely to rescue a drowning man, a lifeguard or the schmuck who’s holding the poor guy’s head under water.

Every economist who isn’t on Obama’s payroll has agreed that Obama’s war on the oil and coal industries, culminating in his putting the kibosh on the Keystone pipeline, has put tens of thousands of people out of work. Furthermore, if Obama succeeds in raising taxes on the 1% he is constantly vilifying, the immediate impact will be to kill over 700,000 jobs.

When I think about all those millionaires and billionaires who keep showing up for Obama’s $35,000-a-plate fund-raising events, I wonder what’s going through their heads when he rails non-stop against the rich. Is it understood that he’s only talking trash about wealthy people who don’t happen to be liberals?

Let me say that I can understand how someone can be a Democrat. After all, a lot of people simply accept the party affiliation they were born into, just as most of us accept our parents’ religion as our own. What I don’t understand is how liberals can stomach the recent TV commercial in which Joe Soptic,, a retired steelworker, lays the death of his wife at the feet of Mitt Romney. Are liberals so totally devoid of morality that they don’t object to being allied with a political party, long known for registering dead people to vote, stooping to desecrating a woman’s grave to help win an election?

In case you missed the back story, Mitt Romney left Bain Capital in 1999. Mr. Soptic was actually offered a buy-out by Bain before they were finally forced to close down the steel plant where he was employed. That was in 2001. What’s more, even after he was out of work, Mrs. Soptic still had a job and still had health insurance. In fact, it wasn’t until 2006, seven long years after Romney was entirely out of the picture, that she was diagnosed with cancer, dying shortly thereafter.

But that didn’t prevent Obama’s people from trying to make it appear that Romney was the only reason that creepy Mr. Soptic is a widower today.

Clearly, Joe the Steelworker is no Joe the Plumber.

I can understand that Democrats might not be able to bring themselves to break life-long habits and bring themselves to vote for an honest, decent, responsible presidential candidate like Mitt Romney. Fortunately, I have good news for left-wing boneheads who have had their fill of the corrupt, hypocritical, lying sack of garbage who currently resides in the Oval Office.

They can simply register Peace and Freedom and vote for Roseanne Barr and her running mate, Cindy Sheehan, and hardly notice the difference!

Now that you’ve completed this article, Burt hopes you’ll enjoy Bye, Bye Birdbrain, he’s written in response to current events. - ed.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

BYE, BYE, BIRDBRAIN

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by Burt Prelutsky

I can surely understand why Missouri’s Republican candidate for the Senate, Todd Akin, assumed that a prerequisite for holding the office was stupidity. After all, his opponent, Claire McCaskill (D), is a certified numbskull. But even she isn’t stupid enough to suggest that a rape victim has the natural ability to not get pregnant. With my luck, if I had taken high school biology and tried to get my answers off someone else’s test paper, Akin would have been the guy sitting next to me.

In response to the multiple choice question regarding a human’s gestation period being (a) one week, (b) one month, (c) nine months or (d) three years, Todd and I would probably have taken our chances with (d) if only because neither of us would have had any idea what “gestation” meant.

The problem isn’t even that Akin’s statement was so far off the charts that one might have assumed he had forgotten to take his meds that morning. What makes it obvious that he has no more business holding public office than a chimpanzee is that the average chimp would have paused a moment and asked himself, “With the election just a couple of months off, why the heck am I discussing rape victims? I’m looking to be Senator Bonzo, for crying out loud, not a guest on the View.”

To their credit, everyone in the GOP, including Mitt Romney, has been after Mr. Akin to retire from the race. But Akin, who’s in his mid-60s and just gave up his House seat, figures it’s now or never and he absolutely refuses to budge. You all know how stubborn those Missouri mules can be. Although I’m no farm boy, I have heard that if you want to get a mule’s attention, you first hit it in the head with a 2x4. It’s only a suggestion, you understand, but it would be a shame if Harry Reid maintained control of the Senate for no better reason than that this pinhead happened to notice that his mouth was wide open and figured it was the perfect place to put his shoe.

Although Australia has always seemed to be a sensible country, one of the few that America could always count on in crunch time, I recently heard that they’ve decided that in the future cigarette companies would not be able to market their products in their distinctive packages. Instead, all cigarettes would come in beige packs and the only decorative features would be pictures of cancer-riddled lungs.

Personally, I hope that this is merely a rumor started by, one might suspect, those notorious little troublemakers in New Zealand. Otherwise, it sounds as if Michael Bloomberg, not satisfied with merely being the nanny of New York City, has branched out and is now moonlighting Down Under.

It so happens I used to be a smoker, but that was many years ago. Although I prefer not being around cigarette smokers, I try not to be one of those self-righteous schmucks whose sole purpose in life seems to be scowling at nicotine addicts as he passes them on the street while frantically waving his hand in front of his face, as if secondhand smoke had the same lethal properties as nerve gas.

The way I see it, if, at this late date, the Aussies still feel compelled to get the point across that cigarettes aren’t quite as healthy as broccoli and blueberries, they could go about it in some slightly more subtle fashion. I mean, what’s next, a skull-and-crossbones on whisky bottles? Candy bars decorated with rotting teeth? Or perhaps a picture of Rosie O’Donnell on bags of cookies?

When I first heard that we were loosening sanctions on Iran so that donations could be made to their earthquake victims, it barely registered. Heaven knows, when it comes to helping out the victims of natural disasters, America is inevitably Johnny on the spot. But then it struck me: Who are we to interfere when God tries to shake a little sense into Ahmadinejad and the mullahs? It would seem to me that there’s a big difference between being charitable and being a prize sucker. Iran has friends in the world and, clearly, we’re not one of them. If anyone is going to help them, I say let it be one of its longtime allies, Russia, China, Syria or Beelzebub.

In conclusion, let me just say that I have a 2x4 packed and ready to ship. All I need is the name and address of some reliable mule skinner in the Show Me State who’s just aching to get Mr. Akin’s attention.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

FUNNY, BUT I DON’T FEEL EXPLOITED

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I must confess, when Nancy Pelosi announced that we Jewish Republicans were being exploited, I sat down and gave it some serious thought. As illegal immigrants and inner city blacks are well aware, there’s a lot to be said for claiming to be exploited in this country. But try as hard as I might, I just couldn’t see how the GOP was victimizing me. In fact, inasmuch as it’s only the Republican Party that has been standing between me and Cap & Trade, another trillion dollar stimulus, the Affordable Health Care Act and four more years of Obama’s radically transforming America into a socialist state, I look to the GOP the way that some people look to GOD. It, alone, can provide our nation’s salvation

Mrs. Pelosi did grant that we Jews are smart. But the natural response to that is to wonder how anyone that stupid feels qualified to make such a judgment. Another response is to say, as I often do, “If we’re so smart, how is it that over 70% of us will always vote for a left-winger, even one as vile and hypocritical as Barack Hussein Obama?”

Recently, I wrote that “It’s been liberal state legislators who have cut funding for insane asylums and the ACLU that’s fought the commitment of psychotics.” To which one of my readers, Gordon Paravano, responded, “According to Wikipedia, ‘psychotic’ refers to an abnormal mental condition ‘involving a loss of contact with reality.’” He went on to observe, “If they hadn’t fought against the commitment of psychotics, the whole ACLU would have been in danger of being committed.”

Another reader, Joe Murray, wondered how Obama can make his case for higher taxes to improve the economy with a straight face. The fact is I wonder how he says any of the preposterous things he does with a straight face. In fact, at times I think it’s only the ACLU that prevents his commitment to a padded room.

This administration, after all, has insisted that the private sector economy is doing just fine and that food stamps are a boon for the economy. Imagine if Herbert Hoover had made the same claim for the economy in 1931 and insisted that soup kitchens and apple stands were proof that the Depression was finally drawing to an end.

When people wonder why the polls indicate that Obama is still running neck and neck with Mitt Romney, I merely point out that roughly half the population currently receives welfare in one form or another and pays nothing in income taxes. It figures they’d be happy to swap Uncle Sam, whose very visage shows an intolerance for sluggards, for Aunt Samantha, a born sucker who is always ready to buy a sob story and hand out goodies to the undeserving.

Speaking of urban blacks, I really think they’ve been selling themselves far too cheaply to the Democrats. When you realize that no Democrat would ever win a national election without garnering 90% of the black vote, you would think that liberals would have to start forking out more for their support. It’s well and good to bribe black ministers for the use of their pulpits at election time, but it seems to me that if Obama can afford to spend a billion dollars to get re-elected, his most faithful supporters should all be getting new CD players and a year’s supply of Rice-a-roni, just like contestants on TV quiz shows.

All things considered, it’s probably a good thing that the Obamas weren’t able to convince the IOC to let Chicago, the new murder capital of America, host the Olympic Games. It would be embarrassing, to say the least, to have more athletes shot here accidentally than were shot on purpose in Munich.

In a related matter, Harry Reid, who spends most of his time preventing his colleagues from earning their pay by having to vote on Paul Ryan’s budget or ObamaCare, managed to find the time to voice his outrage over our Olympic athletes being decked out in uniforms manufactured in China. For some reason, Reid, who’s no neophyte when it comes to embarrassing himself in public, neglected to utter a word about it when the uniforms were made in the same place by the same people back in 2008.

Furthermore, if I were the majority leader of the U.S. Senate, I wouldn’t be so concerned with where a few lousy uniforms are manufactured. On the other hand, I would be outraged that the source of a great deal of the borrowed money this administration is squandering on such things as Solyndra, ObamaCare, NPR, Planned Parenthood, Cash for Clunkers, Michelle’s vacations to exotic locales, Brazil’s oil industry, the U.N. and foreign aid to our sworn enemies in the Arab and Muslim world, is that very same China.
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Monday, August 20, 2012

ASSORTED FRUITS & NUTS

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Because I live in California, I tend to think we have a monopoly when it comes to leftists and other demented souls. But the truth is, they’re scattered hither and yon.

For instance, when Obama was speaking at a fundraiser in Portland, Oregon, he gave a shout-out to Terence Bean. And well he should have, because not only had Mr. Bean hosted the event, but he had raised about $100,000 for Obama’s campaign in 2008. If you’re unfamiliar with his name, it’s probably because he’s a homosexual who’s made millions of dollars producing gay porn movies.

“There’s a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs – partly because they want sympathy, and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances because they do not want to lose their jobs….There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well because as long as the disease holds out, they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.”

Now if I had written those lines, I would naturally be accused of bigotry because of the use of “colored people” and “Negro race,” but nobody would doubt that I was referring to the likes of Jesse Jackson, Sheila Jackson Lee, Al Sharpton and Maxine Waters. But the fact is, those prescient words were written by none other than Booker T. Washington, 101 years ago in his book, “My Larger Education.”

The reason why, in spite of a disastrous economy, national security leaks, a scandal-riddled Justice Department and a weakened military, that Obama is running neck-and-neck with Mitt Romney is because he has taken a page out of the FDR playbook. Back in the 1930s, Roosevelt declared war on business and raised taxes, thus seducing union members; he started federal work projects that called for painters and writers, thus luring artists to the dark side; he wooed blacks and poor whites by expanding welfare; and in doing so, he rolled out the red carpet for a great many Jews, who had earlier found a home in the socialist and communist parties.

In similar fashion, Obama is now counting on dividing Americans by race, class, gender and generation, in the hope it will get him re-elected. If it works, I’m afraid it will mean that he was right in 2009, when he insisted that America is no more exceptional than any other country.

One of those countries, in fact the first one he visited after being elected in 2008, was Egypt, that paragon of nations where an imam recently ruled that Egyptian husbands, who may have had to put up with a lot of “I have a headache” type excuses while their wives were alive and kicking, will soon have the right to have sex with their wives for up to six hours after they’ve died!

Just because I find a lot to like about Mitt Romney doesn’t mean that everyone else does. I mean, just because he’s good-looking, well-spoken, trustworthy, intelligent, doesn’t drink or smoke, has stood faithfully by his wife of 43 years through her bouts with cancer and MS, has helped to raise five decent sons, and has honestly earned and invested millions of dollars, I can see where people might prefer a community organizer with a lifetime of shady friends and associates who has kept his personal history concealed in a manner we all wish he had applied to national security documents.

I have to assume that those who parrot the nonsense about Romney being “stiff” are employing that word as a synonym for a man who is honest, patriotic and businesslike, which just happen to be three of the qualities I most prize when it comes to electing a commander-in-chief. If you’re looking for stiffs, I suggest you look no further than the millions of Americans who show up as “Undecided” in the polls because they pay no attention to political campaigns until Election Day rolls around, when at long last they make a decision by flipping a coin.

Finally, I’m wondering if I’m the only person who keeps picturing the following scene being played out on the second floor of the White House: Malia proudly brings her completed science project in to show her parents, and Michelle, after quickly hiding the cookies she’s been noshing on, predictably oohs and ahs in maternal appreciation.

However, when a beaming Malia turns to show it to her father, he frowns and angrily shakes his head. “I’m ashamed of you,” he says. “You know you didn’t build that!”

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Friday, August 17, 2012

CHASING THE NEWS

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At the rate at which events take place, there is simply no way to cover everything, even if you wrote a column every day instead of three a week. Still, I do my level best to stay on top of things.

For instance, in spite of all the alleged gaffes the left-wing press accused Mitt Romney of having made during his time abroad, I thought he was terrific. First, he gave the Brits an honest answer when he was asked about the Olympics. Who would have ever guessed that the folks who stood up to the Nazi blitz would fall completely apart over an honest assessment of the Games?

Even better was when Romney said the reason that Israel has a flourishing society and that the Palestinians are stuck in the Dark Ages is because different cultures emphasize different values. If one group of people supports free speech, freedom of religion and the rights of women and, moreover, places a premium on education and hard work, while another fosters ignorance, intolerance and hate, stifles free enterprise and believes that all it takes to achieve Paradise is to blow up a busload of Jewish children, it’s not too difficult to guess which society will prosper.

Speaking of Romney, when NBC news anchor Brian Williams asked him if it was true, as an unnamed source had told him, that he was considering an incredibly boring white guy to be his running mate, Romney quipped, “But you told me you weren’t available.” Reagan couldn’t have said it better.

Speaking of unnamed sources, you may have noticed that Obama hasn’t called Harry Reid on the carpet for first starting the rumor that Romney didn’t pay his taxes for 10 years and then referring to himself as an unnamed source when spreading the lie on the floor of the Senate. This is the same Obama who lectured the rest of us about civil discourse not too long ago.

Now that Obama’s hair has begun turning gray, I think the folks at Grecian Formula are missing a good bet by not hiring him to do commercials for their product. It’s a natural connection. After all, when it comes to our economy, this goof has spent the past three years employing the Grecian formula as his model. As a result, we’re nearly in the same dire financial straits as Greece.

It is also worth noting that, whether it’s redistributing wealth or fomenting war between rich and poor, Obama’s first priority has been to create a classless society. In one way, he has clearly succeeded. When you consider the likes of Joe Biden, Eric Holder, Valerie Jarrett, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Janet Napolitano, Jay Carney, Robert Gibbs and Kathleen Sebelius, it would be nearly impossible to even imagine an administration so totally class-less.

After he got fired from his job as CFO of Vante, a Tucson-based medical device manufacturer, Adam Smith, who not only bullied a young Chick-fil-A employee, but was so proud of it, he made a video of the event, made a second video in which he apologized. Bill O’Reilly, who sees himself as next in line to be ordained a cardinal, urged Vante to re-hire him because, according to Father O’Reilly, America believes in second chances.

While I agree that some people deserve second chances, I also believe that some people don’t. Among the dregs I would include rapists; child molesters; people such as Michael Vick, who made a practice of torturing and killing dogs; and self-righteous bullies such as Mr. Smith.

I have no doubt that Mr. Smith, now that he’s lost his good-paying job, is sorry he ever drove up to the young woman’s window and screamed at her. I’m equally certain that every criminal who has ever been arrested also regrets his transgressions.

If I were running Vante, I would not give him back his job. As I see it, the only job he truly deserves is at a drive-up window at Chick-fil-A, where he might someday suffer the same verbal abuse he handed out so freely. Let’s see how good he is at living up to the motto that the customer is always right.

With Election Day looming in the near-future, I would like to point out to some of my fellow Republicans that they would do well to remove the term “Republicans in Name Only” (RINO) from their lexicon. I understand that they wish that only hardcore, rock-ribbed, conservatives were ever ensconced in the Oval Office or Congress, but one might as well wish that unicorns were prancing in their garden. For not only is America not a conservative nation, but, overall, it is barely right of center. So while it is fortunate that some places can get away with electing true conservatives, most states won’t and never will.

But does that mean that we should dismiss and demean the likes of Scott Brown, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe? After all, they didn’t defeat people like Jon Kyl, Saxby Chambliss and John Cornyn. They defeated a bunch of nutty left-wingers, such as Martha Coakley, Joe Brennan, Tom Andrews and Jean Bright. And what’s more, if they hadn’t won those elections in Massachusetts and Maine, the Democrats would have three additional seats in the Senate, and it is highly unlikely that we’d have any chance of unseating Harry Reid as majority leader in November. So the next time you feel like calling someone a RINO, ask yourself who you’d really prefer to see in the U.S. Senate, Scott Brown or Elizabeth Warren.

In conclusion, Kim Jung-un recently reminded people, via North Korea’s state-run media, that his father, Kim Jung-il had 11 holes-in-one the first time he played golf.

In related news, the NY Times reported that Barack Obama recently sank 947 consecutive free throws.

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OBAMA’S BASE IS WELL-NAMED

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With every word he utters, with every action he takes, we hear that Obama is playing to his base. Whether he’s extending unemployment benefits, increasing the number of people receiving food stamps; cutting the interest rate for student loans; giving a pass to illegal aliens; promoting public and private sector unions; funding Planned Parenthood; supporting same-sex marriages; and refusing to prosecute the Black Panthers, it’s all done for the sole purpose of energizing the nitwits who elected him in 2008.

It’s unintended irony when people refer to Obama’s base because among the word’s multiple definitions are “morally reprehensible; lacking dignity; mean-spirited; selfish; and cowardly.” That pretty much sums up those who are willing to turn a blind eye to Obama’s war on capitalism and his promotion of class, race and gender warfare, so long as his groupies receive their puny little bribes.

Just a few of the inconvenient truths these weasels are willing to overlook are: one, that Obama’s agenda will inevitably slaughter the golden goose; two, that his profligacy is sending America spiraling into bankruptcy; and, three, that his gutting of the military ultimately diminishes our nation’s influence in world affairs, where it has traditionally served as a bulwark against the evils of communism, Nazism and Islamic terrorism. Such vital matters aren’t even a blip on their collective radar.

Although I have often likened left-wingers as termites and rodents, Obama’s supporters more closely resemble parasites mindlessly devouring their host.

Because those who join Alcoholics Anonymous and successfully attain sobriety must first agree to turn their lives over to a Higher Power, I have long wondered if it would work as well with those poor souls who have gotten intoxicated on the fermented Kool-Aid of liberalism. The problem, of course, is that they would first have to wise up and quit picturing Barack Hussein Obama hovering over us mere mortals.

Speaking of hovering, because Obama has long made a practice of surrounding himself with dunces like Eric Holder, Valerie Jarrett and Katherine Sebilius, in order to appear intelligent, and dwarves like Timothy Geithner, Barbara Boxer and Henry Waxman, in order to appear taller, he’s going to have his work cut out for him when it’s time to debate Romney. For one thing, he’s not as bright as his opponent and he’s certainly not as good-looking, and, without his Teleprompter, he’s about as spell-binding as Porky Pig. As if all that isn’t bad enough, he’s shorter than Romney. That’s why I’m betting he will be wearing elevator shoes for the event and perhaps an earpiece into which David Axelrod can feed him his lines.

Although I am still confident that Mitt Romney will win the election, I find it annoying that even after three years of this administration’s lies and incompetence, Obama remains personally popular with so many people. I mean, even if you support his policies, as apparently many people do, why is it that more people aren’t turned off by his obvious arrogance, narcissism and hypocrisy? I mean, if you had neighbors, in-laws or people in your workplace, who shared those qualities, I’m sure most normal people would go out of their way to avoid them.

In spite of all that, according to the polls, Obama is running neck-to-neck with a genuinely decent guy like Romney. I’m afraid that says less about Obama than it does about the typical American voter.

On top of everything else, Obama wants to condemn Romney for being wealthy, although he is not as wealthy as such Obama supporters as Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, David Letterman, Oprah Winfrey, Barbra Streisand or George Soros.

Obama condemns Romney for outsourcing American jobs, even though the liberal Washington Post points out that’s an outright lie, while Obama has personally overseen the out-sourcing of billions of American tax dollars to such places as China, Finland and Brazil.

Whether it’s because of his traumatic upbringing or his later political influences, which, by his own admission, included racists, radicals and communists, I sincerely believe that Obama has several screws loose.

So when I say “Screw him!” it’s hardly my intention to insult the alleged leader of the free world. I’m only suggesting that the White House handyman should get busy tightening up those loose nuts before Obama comes completely unglued.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

THE GOLDEN TICKET

by Burt Prelutsky

Obama and his stooges will have to excuse me if I’m somewhat skeptical when they claim to be delighted that the GOP is running Romney and Ryan against them. I mean, I have tried to see things from their viewpoint, but I just can’t imagine why a radical leftist who has run this nation’s economy into the ground and his clownish sidekick would want to run against two guys who are smart, well-spoken and extremely personable.

The Golden Ticket
I mean, at least when the various palookas said they were looking forward to facing Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano and even Apollo Creed, in the boxing ring, guys like Tony Galento, Bernie Reynolds and Rocky Balboa, knew they were in store for a big payday. But faced with having to debate these two attractive, articulate Republicans, and without a Teleprompter feeding them their lines, Obama and Biden better hope their opponents will agree to take a dive.

I know that some conservatives are upset that Romney isn’t cool or charismatic, two words that Democrats always attach to Obama. As for me, it’s enough that I’m so cool, I could actually double as a refrigerator, and so charismatic, it’s almost scary. But I wouldn’t want to see me in the role of commander in chief and leader of the free world. For that job, I prefer someone who is honest, decent and competent.

One of the things I happen to like best about Paul Ryan is his ability to translate economics into perfectly understandable English. Although you would think that every single American would understand what four years of 8% unemployment, 8% underemployment and a $16 trillion dollar national debt, mean to our nation’s future and the future of the world. A world, by the way, that is faced with the threat of a nuclear Iran; a China lusting for more turf; and a Russia controlled by the former head of the KGB.

And then there’s the matter of Islamic ambitions. Let us never forget that Barack Hussein Obama once declared that if push ever comes to shove, he would side with the religion of his loony, racist, drunken, father. And why would we doubt him when everything he has said and done, even prior to taking up residence in the White House, has shown where his loyalties lie?

For more on this subject, I urge every voter, whatever his political affiliation, to see “2016” before Election Day.

What I don’t get is how oblivious so many Americans are to the economic precipice this nation is fast-approaching. You don’t have to be Milton Friedman or have a Ph.D in economics to understand that you can’t indefinitely deal with the problem by borrowing from China and printing worthless paper money. When towns and cities all over America are facing bankruptcy because their politicians gave public sector unions a blank check when times were flush, knowing they’d get votes and campaign contributions when election time rolled around, you would think everyone would be aware of the devastation our nation is facing.

Of course it’s only anecdotal, but Bret Baier, in his report about the dire circumstances facing American municipalities, mentioned that in San Jose, CA, prior to the city declaring bankruptcy, firemen were averaging $130,000-a-year while cops were pulling down $90,000, and after 20 years of service, they could look forward to equally generous pensions.

In San Bernardino, one police sergeant pocketed $317,000. No doubt he put in a lot of overtime, leading me to wonder if the man ever slept. But $317,000 in a city where the average taxpayer makes less than $40,000-a-year seems a tad outrageous. For that kind of dough, if I were a resident, I’d expect the cop to spend his weekends painting my house and repairing my plumbing.

What makes this all the more farcical is that these towns are in California, where the Democrats in Sacramento have spent decades squandering money we don’t have, while pretty much inviting companies to leave for business-friendlier locales like Arizona and Texas. As a result, we have what are probably the highest state and sales taxes in the land, and while the rest of the nation has apoplexy when gasoline prices hit $3.60 or $3.70-a-gallon, ours regularly soar well over $4.00. Liberals of course blame the oil companies for hiking prices at the pump, but the truth is that Jerry Brown and his cronies are gouging us to a degree that the folks at Mobil and Arco can only dream about.

Finally, one reader recently sent me an email, reminding me that, in declaring my skepticism where pacifism is concerned, I once wrote: “Gandhi was just lucky that his enemy happened to be England and not the Soviet Union or Nazi Germany.”

In response, I added, “The tragedy in the Middle East is that Israel hasn’t been nearly as fortunate in its enemies as India was.”

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Monday, August 13, 2012

THE LOATHSOME LEFT

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Inasmuch as Obama has suddenly begun referring to the Clinton years as the good old days, I feel it’s only fair to do the same. I was not a fan of Clinton, but at least he had enough good sense to allow himself to be reined in by Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and the newly elected Republicans in 1994. By balancing the budget, reforming the welfare system and dumping HillaryCare, it even helped Clinton win re-election in ’96.

Back then, I was no fan of the Democrats, but I merely thought they were all wet on the issues. In the years since, they have mutated like monsters in science fiction movies. They are no longer merely mistaken; rather, they are evil creatures against whom death rays should be employed. For the hopelessly literal-minded, I don’t actually mean they should be vaporized. Instead, they should all be evicted from the White House and Congress in November. Of course if that doesn’t come to pass, vaporization shouldn’t be ruled out.

For those of you who remain unclear about the clear and present danger these arrogant morons pose to America, I’ll remind you that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is coming up on his 73rd birthday, had the following to say about his political opponents: “Karl Rove and the Republicans are looking forward to a breakfast the day after the election. They are going to assemble 17 angry old white men for the breakfast, some of whom will slobber in their food, some will have scrambled eggs and some will have oatmeal, because their teeth are gone. But those 17 angry old white men will say, ‘Hey, we just bought America. Wasn’t so bad. We still have a lot of money left.”

I acknowledge being an old codger, but I’m still 34 days younger than Reid, and I resent his caricature of elderly Republicans. Being blessed with all my teeth, including my rear molars, I am willing to bet that, with 32 in my mouth, I not only have more teeth than the man born to be a mortician, I have also retained more of my marbles than Senator Reid.

But, then, Reid, who owes his political career entirely to Las Vegas casino owners and Nevada’s public sector unions, has always been known for his classy rhetoric. Some have even compared him to Churchill. Not Winston, of course, but Ward.

As you may have noticed, the Democrats have attacked Romney relentlessly for his connection to Bain Capital. What’s odd about this is that under Romney’s stewardship, Bain invested in such successful all-American enterprises as AMC Entertainment, Burger King, Domino’s Pizza, Dunkin’ Donuts, Toys “R” Us and Staples. Obama, on the other hand, has squandered billions of our tax dollars on Solyndra, Ener 1, Beacon Power, Abound Solar, Spectra Watt and Eastern Energy. The two things that all these green companies have in common is that they have all gone bankrupt and they were all generous contributors to Obama’s election campaign in 2008.

When you compare the investment records of the two candidates, I would imagine that the expression about people who live in glass houses would inevitably spring to people’s minds. But, naturally, that would be limited to those who have minds. Liberals, on the other hand, come equipped only with echo chambers that resonate with talking points supplied ad nauseam by the likes of Obama, Jay Carney, Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, David Axelrod and the aforementioned Harry Reid.

They aren’t even embarrassed to parrot the same line. I mean, even if they wanted to make hay out of Romney’s honest appraisal of the London Olympics, wouldn’t you think that some Democrat would have come up with something besides “gaffe”? If I thought that Obama had, as usual, said something stupid, I might have said he “stuck his foot in the mouth,” “tripped over his own tongue” or “foolishly opined,” but once David Axelrod or one of his lap dogs in the media used “gaffe,” none of the faithful dared veer off even slightly from the party line. I swear, if the Soviet dictators had been able to maintain this kind of discipline they’d still be going strong.

In the wake of the Chick-fil-A dust-up, the owners of every other fast food operation must be kicking themselves for not coming out in support of traditional marriage. In the wake of the threatened boycott by homosexuals, combined with the craven mayors of Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Chicago, all threatening to ban the franchise, it’s a wonder that there’s a chicken walking around anywhere in North America. Whereas people used to say that a popular item was selling like hotcakes, they now say it’s selling like Chick-fil-A sandwiches.

All that Dan Cathy, the president of Chick-fil-A, did was take advantage of the First Amendment to say what the majority of Americans honestly believe. He didn’t say that he wouldn’t hire gays or serve gays, so for homosexuals to insist that this was somehow akin to the Civil Rights movement proves that a great many of them are not only vicious and bigoted, but lack even a smattering of commonsense.

These dumb clucks seem to believe that the First Amendment gives them the right to insult and bully with impunity. Moreover, they are convinced that, thanks entirely to their odd sexual practices, they are entitled to a special status that allows them to be America’s moral arbiters.

As is typical with those on the Left, they assume, whether they’re trying to put a chicken franchise operation out of business or shout down conservative speakers on college campuses, that the same Constitution that gives them the right to spew fatuous nonsense also gives them the authority to deny freedom of speech to those of us who regard them as loudmouth ninnies.

In threatening Chick-fil-A, Mayor Rahm Emanuel claimed that the company wasn’t welcome in his city because it lacked Chicago values. I must confess that was a real head-scratcher. Chicago values? Try as hard as I could, the only things that came to mind were corrupt politicians; dead people getting to vote in local, state and national, elections; and having the distinction of being the “Murder Capital of America.”

I know that Mr. Cathy is extremely fond of his illiterate slogan, “Eat Mor Chikin,” but he might consider adopting “Our Chickens Don’t Have Chicago Values.”

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THE WORLD ACCORDING TO OBAMA

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by Burt Prelutsky

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When Obama said that nobody does anything on his own, I figured he had me in mind. I could even hear that annoying voice of his in my ear, saying “Prelutsky, you didn’t really write all those scripts, books and articles. After all, you didn’t invent the typewriter, the computer or television; and you sure didn’t produce the inkjet or build the Internet highway. You also didn’t produce the food you eat or purify the water you drink. You didn’t even construct your own house.”

The reason I could hear him so clearly is because I used to go to college, and those are the sorts of simplistic things that sophomores say when they are trying to be profound; usually after they’ve had more than a few beers.

But Obama is middle-aged and he hasn’t been a college student for nearly 30 years. But keep in mind that he is a left-winger, which is just another way of saying he will be a juvenile until the day he dies. I would add that the reason he is so convinced that nobody does anything on his own is because he, himself, has done so little. He is essentially a creature who could have been cobbled together in a cellar, but, unlike Dr. Frankenstein’s creation, Igor didn’t have to rob a local cemetery in order to supply his master with a brain; in Obama’s case, it came vacuum-sealed right from a factory run by the likes of Frank Marshall, Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, George Soros, Valerie Jarrett and Karl Marx.

Or, as Rush Limbaugh put it, the choice in November is between Romney’s “Bain Capital” and Obama’s “Das Kapital.”

When Obama said in his 7,849th speech that “We rise and fall as one nation,” my face turned beet red and I began to cough so hard my wife nearly dialed 911. When it comes to politicians, I generally cut them some slack because I understand, as they do, that roughly 50% of the voters are so dumb they’ll generally believe the last lie they hear before entering the voting booth. But even I couldn’t give a pass to a guy who talks about one nation when he has devoted the past three years to erecting firewalls between blacks and whites; rich and poor; men and women; Democrats and Republicans; and between the federal government and several states, including Arizona, Texas and Indiana.

Obama keeps accusing Mitt Romney of wishing to raise taxes on the poor, believing, as usual, that a lie repeated often enough will eventually be mistaken for the truth. The fact is Romney wants taxes cut on everyone. I’m the one who wants them raised on the poor. Well, actually “raised” is the wrong verb. Half the people in the country don’t pay anything in income taxes, although that doesn’t prevent the federal government from sending them bribes in the form of “refunds.”

I know that the rationale is that even though the poor don’t pay income taxes, they pay sales taxes and the like. Whenever I hear liberals make that claim in defense of the status quo, my reaction is that the rest of us also pay all of those, in addition to having to write the IRS a check every April.

Inasmuch as we already have a progressive tax system, meaning that the top-earning five percent pay 65% of all income taxes, I see no reason why people making less than, say, $40,000- a-year can’t be expected to pay one percent. If they think that $400 is too much to pay for all those roads and bridges that Obama is always going on about, let them forego their voting rights. If they want to have a say in the way things are run and in deciding which people should run them, I say, borrowing my words from Obama, Pelosi, Biden, Reid and Wasserman-Schultz, they should pay their fair share.

A fascinating sidebar to Obama’s war on Bain Capital is that Bain executives have contributed over $120,000 to his re-election campaign. To me, that sounds an awful lot like chickens chipping in to buy a birthday present for Colonel Sanders, but, what the heck, it’s their money.

Speaking of Bain, when watching Obama’s TV ads attacking Romney, it’s worth recalling that in 2008, candidate Obama said, “If you don’t have a record to run on, you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.”

At the time, it sounded like he was insulting John McCain, but we now realize that he was merely thinking out loud, hoping that David Axelrod would jot it down for future reference.

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