A Lot of Dollars and No Sense

Even though everyone knows that canceling White House tours to prove the severity of the Sequester cuts was a scam perpetrated by Obama, it didn’t prevent Joe Biden from blowing 460,000 of our tax dollars for one day in London and another $585,000 on a one-day stopover in Paris.

The arrogance of this administration is seemingly unlimited. When the French revolted against their royals in the 18th century, they did so with less justification than we have. George Washington was offered the kingship of America and he refused the crown. But that hasn’t prevented future presidents, as well as vice-presidents, Republicans and Democrats, from behaving like royalty.

That’s why it kills me when even conservatives grudgingly agree that presidents deserve to take expensive vacations. Just how hard does anyone think these people are working? There’s no heavy lifting involved, and they pretty much work bankers’ hours. On top of that, over a billion dollars a year is spent providing them with protection, 24/7 access to chefs, waiters, personal trainers, barbers and beauticians, medical and dental specialists, plus nannies for the kids and the dog.

When you get right down to it, every day they spend in the White House is the equivalent of an extravagant vacation for normal people.

But most of us are so sheep-like that we have actually bought into the fairy tale that even a president who hasn’t come up with a budget in four years is working harder than a grunt in Afghanistan, and desperately needs his R&R.

Like the Shadow of radio fame, Barack Obama clearly has the power to cloud men’s minds. But even that fails to explain why Israel’s college students treated him like a combination of Mick Jagger and Moishe Dayan when he addressed them during his recent excursion to the Middle East. Until one of the kids heckled him in Hebrew, I found myself wondering if he had brought the young chowderheads along from Harvard or Georgetown.

So although this administration is unable to come up with the chump change required to allow school kids to tour their White House, Joe Biden can waste a million dollars living it up on the continent and they can pay a schmuck named Samuel Betances a couple of million dollars to promote diversity — by which they, and he, mean anti-white bigotry — to federal employees.

Some people assumed that when I titled my second book of political commentary “Liberals: America’s Termites,” I was merely engaging in name-calling. Well, I wasn’t. At least not entirely. Otherwise, I might have titled it “America’s Skunks” or “America’s Weasels.” I referred to them as termites because, like the nasty little crawly creatures, they have shown an extraordinary ability to take a great stately edifice that has withstood over two centuries of wind, rain, depressions and wars, and bring it crashing down on our collective heads.

Speaking of termites, I don’t want any parks, bridges, buildings or ships, named after politicians, unless they write a personal check to pay for the darn thing. If we’re looking around for people to honor, I suggest we begin honoring honorable people, such as Jonas Salk or Irving Berlin, Mark Twain or Richard Rodgers, people who have actually made enormous contributions to America.

I found it ironic that Obama, who has devoted four years to dividing Americans based on race, wealth and gender, told the Israelis and the Palestinians they should start getting along. This coming from the putz who has spent his entire administration demonizing Republicans, who may have somewhat inhibited his ability to turn this country into Greece, but they never rained missiles down on him and his family. And when I last checked, they hadn’t blown up any school buses or pizza parlors.

I realize that Chuck Hagel isn’t looking to me for advice, but I would still like to suggest that we don’t engage in any more wars unless the U.S. or an actual ally is attacked. But we should never again be involved in siding with one side or the other in a conflict between Arabs or Muslims. As we should have learned from the overhyped Arab Spring, there’s no advantage for us, no matter which side wins. For us, it’s just a tragic loss of lives and an immoral waste of money.

A recent poll disclosed that of the ten nations in the world that despise America the most, nine are in the Middle East. And that’s after decades of trying to defend these people against the Serbs, Al Qaeda, the Taliban, Hamas and Saddam Hussein. (Lest you not be able to sleep tonight, the tenth was Greece. I don’t know why, but perhaps they resent our trying to copy them.)

I’m not suggesting we turn a blind eye to any of these countries that threaten us. I’m merely stating that we never go to war to defend them. I’m all for using special ops to take out the likes of Ahmadinejad, Al Assad, the Iranian mullahs, and to use armed drones to take out other jihadists if they appear to be a threat to Christians or Jews.

So long as we start drilling for our own oil, natural gas and coal, we can go back to ignoring them the way western civilization did for several centuries after their first misguided attempt to conquer and convert the world to their lunacy.

For their part, they can go back to pretending that Mohammad wasn’t a blood-thirsty pedophile, and insisting that art, music, literature, science and technology, are the stuff of infidels.

And for my part, I can’t help thinking these are the people Obama wants Israelis to get along with when he can’t even be civil to the likes of Paul Ryan, Justice Sam Alito and Ted Cruz!

©2013 Burt Prelutsky. Comments? Write BurtPrelutsky@aol.com.

Author Bio:

Burt Prelutsky, a very nice person once you get to know him, has been a humor columnist for the L.A. Times and a movie critic for Los Angeles magazine. As a freelancer, he has written for the New York Times, Washington Times, TV Guide, Modern Maturity, Emmy, Holiday, American Film, and Sports Illustrated. For television, he has written for Dragnet, McMillan & Wife, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, Bob Newhart, Family Ties, Dr. Quinn and Diagnosis Murder. In addition, he has written a batch of terrific TV movies. View Burt’s IMDB profile. Talk about being well-rounded, he plays tennis and poker... and rarely cheats at either. He lives in the San Fernando Valley, where he takes his marching orders from a wife named Yvonne and a dog named Angel.
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  • Royalsfan67

    Grass roots push and put our lawmakers on notice. The tea party would drive something like this. A change like this would have to have a groundswell from the public.

  • Royalsfan67

    If you want to put an end to these vacations, just pass a law that all people in the service of government have to pay ALL expenses incurred due to their vacations.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Royals: Unfortunately, only those in government get to pass the laws.


  • trailbee

    I am so sick and tired of that holier than thou attitude Obama exudes and tells people how to behave, after he ripped our country apart. Only one heckler? What wusses! The bezonga hasn’t hit the fan yet in Israel.
    We still have three more years to go of this fantasy administration: Iraq and Syria are pooling their resources against al Assad, NK is not blinking, SK is trying to get their house in order, just in case; Japan is playing Monopoly and China is buying drones in droves. Life should get interesting very soon, and we have a leader who is hell-bent on turning us into the United Communist States of America!
    I did not vote for this, nor did many others. Not complaining, just trying to live through it the best way I know how.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      trail: Apparently it was no accident that he gave his speech at the most left-wing college in Israel. So he might as well have brought Harvard or Georgetown students with him.


  • Bruce A.

    The only things which should be named after politicians in any govt. owned property are the rest rooms.

  • GlenFS

    We all recall Obama preaching to the nation (really to conservatives) on civility after the Tucson shooting. It’s been clear from the start that these standards are never meant to apply to himself, his campaign or his party. Isreal is lumped in with everyone to his right, I guess? You know, those gready, sexist, racist, hateful…. tea partying Republicans.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Glen: Agreed, he is the worst.


  • Wheels55

    Good stuff, Burt.
    When I look at spending by our Federal Government over the past 40 years, I see a lot of money wasted. Wasted because I look around for what I get for all of that spending – not nearly enough to justify the amounts spent.
    But this goes deeper than spending. This is about leadership. Obama leads in dictatorship style – do as I say not as I do. He either thinks the majority of Americans are dumb, love him so much that we don’t care what he does or he is a master of blowing smoke. I think it is all three, with the first two starting to wear off – which will make the third item tough to do.
    I bet that by the time he leaves office, the buyers’ remorse will be huge. People will be confused due to what they thought they knew and by what we have all seen for 8 years. That will make it tough to remember just how good Reagan was and what we should strive for in a President.
    Enter Hillary. God save us.

  • Souvoter

    I second your message, Burt. Run for President; you have my vote!!!

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Sou: Oh, sure, I’m always the one who has to do everything.


      • Souvoter

        Why not? I may be retired, disabled 63 yr old grandmother, but I would campaign and give you all my moral support!! You sure would make a great one.

  • West Virginia Matt

    Good stuff, Burt, albeit you might be giving termites a bad name. At least termites work hard, provide some ecological benefit to our planet, and demonstrate teamwork when working in large groups.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Matt: Termites perform some beneficial activity? Really?


  • DanB_Tiffin

    I also hate having “parks, bridges, buildings or ships,” etc (airports) named after politicians. That is disgusting!