Barack & Friends

In many ways, it must be very nice being Barack Obama. I’m not even referring to all the rounds of golf, where a 50-foot putt is regarded as a gimme; the basketball games, where the Secret Service makes damn sure nobody blocks him out on his way to the hoop; or even all the paid vacations to exotic locales.

I’m referring to all the things he does, knowing full well that the love-sappy Democrats will never get so upset that he need worry about receiving their financial support or their votes in 2012.

As a result, it doesn’t matter if he continues renditions and the Patriot Act; keeps Gitmo open indefinitely; didn’t bother showing up to support the union thugs in Madison; went into Libya for no good reason, but simply because the U.N., not Congress, thought it was a swell idea; gave permission for a Brazilian oil company to drill off our coast, while, at the same time, denying permits to American firms.

Even though it doesn’t matter to left-wingers that Obama is doing everything he can to curtail us from drilling for oil and digging for coal, thus continuing our bondage to the Middle East, Russia, Mexico and Venezuela, he green lights a South American company in which a major stockholder just happens to be his old pal, George (“No job too dirty”) Soros.

Whenever I think about the scores of nefarious organizations that Soros has created and financed, I remind myself that he’s not getting any younger. But then I see this creep, this former collaborator with the Nazis, on TV and he doesn’t appear to be getting any older. It’s enough to make me wonder if along the way, Soros sold his soul, not only figuratively, but literally to the Devil.

What’s more, because most of his money comes to Soros through offshore accounts, he pays relatively little in income taxes. Still, upon hearing the recent news about General Electric, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Soros starts whining to Obama about how unjustly he’s being treated by the IRS.

In case you missed hearing about it. It seems that in spite of G.E.’s having had worldwide profits of $14.2 billion last year, $5.1 billion of which was made in the U.S., the company didn’t have to pay a nickel in corporate taxes.

The explanation for this financial miracle apparently involves innovative practices by G.E.’s accounting department, which, far more than the work done by scientists in its labs, manages to live up to the company slogan, “Imagination at work.”

It’s no wonder that CEO Jeff Immelt, who probably did as much as anyone to get Obama elected in 2008, will no doubt do more of the same in 2012.

In appreciation of his efforts, a grateful Obama appointed Immelt to head up the President’s Council on Jobs. Of course, in spite of the tens of millions of Americans still jobless, Immelt’s first order of business is ensuring that Obama keeps his. And with all that tax money that Immelt didn’t have to fork over to Uncle Sam, I’m sure he’ll be able to do his old pal a world of good.

Is it any wonder that Obama and Immelt have spent so much time hugging each other these past two years that even Michele has begun asking questions?

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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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  • Shirl

    Why to you think O has an administration of attorneys?; all the corruption can be accomplished by flying right below the radar, but it won’t be long now (said the monkey before he backed into the lawn mower). To quote Sarah, 2012 can’t come soon enough.

  • Konrad Lau

    When I was a child, I read about lemmings throwing themselves into the ocean for no apparent reason other than the “leader” somehow thought it was a good idea. It puzzled me mightily for years until I became familiar with leftist politics and saw the same lemming mentality in people.

    These same folks continue to hearken back to what is imagined to be the solution to all of the world’s problems in direct opposition to historical fact. Tax the rich ‘till there are no rich no more and them complain because the middle class has disappeared. Ban domestic energy production and then convene a committee to investigate why the price of oil continues to rise. Blame a Wall Street complying with federal regulations for the ills of the nation’s economy and then try to pin an economic catastrophe on those who were following the rules.

    Locally, we have a newspaper that is always in the vanguard of those whining about the outsourcing of jobs. They berated the local business class for years, lost their conservative readership (you know, the ones who actually paid for subscriptions and advertising), lost circulation until they had to lay off their own print staff and now have the paper printed and shipped to town from another county. To this day they STILL berate the taxpayers, business owners and regular working folk and whine about outsourcing of living wage jobs all the while stating they know what is best for us all.

    You have heard President Obama say we are all going to sacrifice? Apparently, this is the way in which they intend to do their part. They have no objection to throwing themselves upon the sword of liberalism if they think they are doing the “right thing”.

    You have to take you hat off to them, at least they are committed…or should I say committable?

  • Burt Prelutsky

    Mr. Kean: If you had evidence, Soros would have to kill you. As for MSNBC, I don’t know how they do better kissing than selling. Actually, the entire left-wing media remains a mystery to me. Here in Los Angeles, the Times has been losing circulation and bleeding money for the past decade, but it does nothing to change its ways, although even in this town, 40% of its potential subscribers are conservatives. If you figure it out, please let me know.

    Regards, Burt

  • Ron Kean

    I’m one of the conspiracy theorists that thinks Soros caused the massive Sept. 2008 sell off. If I only had evidence. After all, he has made a fortune selling off big and in September McCain was pulling ahead.

    I also think that the reason MSNBC doesn’t change it’s programming to compete with Fox and become competitive is that they don’t need money. They do better kissing up to Obama for billions then selling ad time.