Life Under Obama

When liberals insist that the reason Obama is faring so badly in the polls is because most of us are racists, does it never occur to them that they’re like the boy who cried “Wolf!”?

Let us say that, unlike Michael Bloomberg, Henry Waxman and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, you’re not a career politician, but merely a run-of-the-mill Democrat. Wouldn’t it ever occur to you to wonder why it is that if we’re all racists, how it is that Obama won the election three years ago? And how is it that a guy who’s much blacker than Obama, Herman Cain, is doing so well with conservatives? And how is it that the likes of Thomas Sowell, Shelby Steele, Walter Williams, Ward Connerly, Condoleezza Rice, Clarence Thomas and Allen West, are universally liked and admired by Republicans?

Why aren’t white liberals repulsed when such corrupt public figures as Maxine Waters, Charles Rangel, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, take it upon themselves to determine who is “authentically black”? Inasmuch as liberals constantly repeat Martin Luther King’s admonition that people be judged on the basis of their character and not their pigmentation, how is it that in their circles decent character is inevitably trumped by party affiliation?

When I think of liberals, both in and out of public office, I’m reminded that Groucho Marx once cracked, “These are my principles and if you don’t like them, I have others.”

One of the amazing things about those on the Left is that they switch words around so often that it’s hard to keep track of what they’re blathering about. People got so upset with ACORN once they discovered that the group was quite happy to help fund a brothel that was going to be populated by underage Guatemalan girls that they insisted that their tax dollars no longer be allocated for their loathsome activities. No problem. ACORN simply changed its name.

When the scandal at East Anglia revolving around scientists destroying evidence that suggested that “global warming” was a hoax came out, Al Gore and his enablers, reluctant to allow their favorite cash cow to be slaughtered, simply started referring to “climate change”.

When American taxpayers finally had enough of Obama and his crew trying to raise taxes during a recession, a move that Senator Obama had insisted was goofy, and a move that helped prolong the Great Depression when FDR did that very thing twice during the 1930s, the liberals simply started referring to taxes as fees and revenues. For an example of the way that taxes are raised without our having to sit down in April and write a check to the IRS, consider that $61 of a $400 roundtrip ticket on an airline goes straight to the feds. Here in California, when the rest of the country was whining about gasoline going for $3.70-a-gallon, we were paying well over four dollars, all thanks to Jerry Brown and his band of merry fee collectors in Sacramento.

Recently, radio talk show host Dennis Prager pointed out that people are not, as some lunkheads insist, basically good. Even babies, he said, aren’t good; they are merely innocent. If they were good, they would occasionally say to themselves, “Mom and Dad are really tired. Even though I’m hungry and a little thirsty, I’ll let them sleep.” It led me to realize that not only was Prager absolutely right, but that liberals and babies have a great deal in common. Like babies, liberals will holler and whine whenever they want something, fully expecting the government to feed them, clothe them and change their nappies.

Actually, you could say that Obama will likely go down in history as the Family President. After all, none of his predecessors ever did as much to keep the family unit intact. First off, Obama saw to it that people would remain on their parent’s health insurance policies until they reached the rather advanced age of 26. Then, because Obama’s economic policies have destroyed the job market, he saw to it that young college grads had no option but to move back in with their parents. That is why you now see so many morose middle-aged parents breaking out those old “Child on Board” cards and sticking them in the back window of their SUVs.

Finally, if you’ve ever wondered what the Augean Stables were, wonder no longer. It seems that King Augeas owned a herd of 3,000 oxen. For reasons I’m not clear about, he neglected to have the stables cleaned out on a weekly, monthly or even yearly, basis. In fact, by the time he thought about it, 30 years had flown by. So when he told Hercules to take care of it, it wasn’t simply a matter of breaking out a hoe and a hose. Faced with this seemingly impossible task, Hercules did what most of us wouldn’t have even considered. I, myself, would have burned the place down. He, on the other hand, simply diverted the Alpheus River to run through the stables and wash away several tons of accumulated oxen poop.

Reading about it got me to thinking that after January 20, 2013, someone should bring Hercules out of retirement so he can divert the Potomac and tidy up the White House.

©2011 Burt Prelutsky. Comments? Write Burt!

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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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  • Burt Prelutsky

    Rick–It’s not a matter of whether or not liberals will call us racists. It’s a given that they will. Our problem is that we don’t call them racists when they denigrate the likes of Allen West. When Maxine Waters can call Rep. West an “oreo” and is hardly called on it, we should be ashamed of ourselves. And while I realize that we don’t have as many megaphones as the Left does, it doesn’t excuse people like Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and Eric Cantor, not going on TV and berating her. That would be noticed, but of course it would require courage, which is why it never happens.


  • Rick Daniel

    The fact that we admire Herman Cain, Thomas Sowell (perhaps the greatest intellect of our time), Clarence Thomas, Walter williams, Condoleeza Rice, et. al. does not excuse us from charges of racism. None of these people are considered by the left to be truly black, because they don’t subscribe to the notion that only white limousine liberals and government handouts can help them (all evidence to the contrary), and proved it. They all arrogantly rose to the very top on the strength of their own intelligence, initiative, and drive.

  • Mike Jackon

    It’s really too bad Jack Nicholson isn’t a republican. Wouldn’t it be great to see his Joker character from the Batman movie saying “This town needs an enema!”
    Fitting, too.

  • Burt Prelutsky

    Wil Burns: I can see where you’re trying to audition for Jay Carney’s job, but I think he’s got it locked up. Just for the record, by the time Obama took office, Reid and Pelosi had been running the Senate and the House for two years. It was the Democrats who insisted that home loans be made to people who had no credit. While that brought them a great many votes, it also created the inevitable housing bubble. But of course you would rather blame Bush, who’s not my hero, than acknowledge that Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, Fannie and Freddie, had far more to do with creating the financial crash than he did.


  • Wil Burns

    Burt, Obama inherited an economy that was so bad that Bush himself signed the bailout into law – the product of failed Republican policies. . . . . . Obama was looking at the Great Recession and the possibility of a Great Depression – and still is.

    Obama inherited two wars: . . one at a stalemate, Iraq, and the other was a losing effort. In addition, there was N. Korea and Iran still boiling over. These wars had been draining our economy for six long years while Republicans hid them from our budget.

    Obama inherited agencies that were unprofessional and incompetent. A dysfunctional agency can cripple a President. . . . . “The government only gets in the way,” and the, “Deregulate, deregulate, deregulate,” Republicans drove a stake through the heart of our agencies like the SEC and MMS, and then embedded their cohorts in them to see that the stake stayed in place ( six of them in the MMS alone, high level supervisory jobs protected by Civil Service ) . . . And we had the Drill-Baby-Drill Oil Spill because of it.

    Obama stepped into office with his plate full. Going into office, he had more problems to deal with than any President since Abraham Lincoln.

    George W. that was your boy. The fact is that, when it’s all said and done . . . You shouldn’t be taken seriously.

  • Burt Prelutsky

    Bill Hurdle: Republicans already have terms for what Obama, Sharpton and Jackson, Waters and Rangel, engage in every day: “racial politics” or “playing the race card” or “engaging in race/class warfare.” But the point is, the Democrats only play that game out of habit. Most Americans–probably even most black Americans–are wise to it. Most Americans are aware of the fact that a large number of white Americans support Herman Cain, who is twice as black as Obama, and admire the likes of Tom Sowell, Walter Williams, Clarence Thomas and Condoleezza Rice. The more often that leftists call us racists, the more often they’re reminded of the boy crying “Wolf!”


    • Bill Hurdle

      I respecfully disagree that any of the terms you described are effective at negative labeling. The media has effectively disabled them by portraying them as attempts to cover up racism. I also disagree that the mass of people see the dishonesty of racism charges. Based on my experiences, the vast majority of Americans are not really that bright and can be easily persuaded by the slicksters of media such as NBC, CNN and MSNBC(I know it’s hard to believe, but people buy into it!!)

  • Bill Hurdle

    I think the intentional, dishonest use of the “racist” label will be used by the Democrats to negate valid criticisms until Republicans coin a derogatory term (race duplicity??)to describe this despicable behavior and use it often. I cringe when I hear some of the “Democrat Stragesist” statements made about Herman Cain regarding the sexual harassement allegations – and not one word or comment from the Al Sharpton/Jesse Jackson/NAACP camp. It seems to demonstrate beyond doubt that race is a weapon that Democrats have appropriated for their unilateral use and the gullible public has been conditioned to accept those rules.

  • Burt Prelutsky

    Drew: Very well-stated.

    Greg C: I liked James Earl Jones, I don’t care for Mr. Haysbert. Perhaps when Herman Cain drops out of the presidential race, he can audition to replace him.


  • Drew Page

    Burt, very well said. From the time slavery was declared unconstitutional, blacks have wanted to participate in the political process as voters and candidates for office. They have always professed their desire to be treated the same as white people. Now they can vote and now they can be elected to office, even to the presidency. When some white politicians get criticized, blamed and despised for their actions (and inactions) in office, they blame the other party. When some black politicians get criticized, blamed and despised for the same thing, they blame the other race.

  • Greg C.

    In the 90s, James Earl Jones was the highest paid commercial pitchman in the country, paid hundreds of thousands of dollars a day for video and voice over work by Bell Atlantic (I know, I was at the ad agency). He was universally admired and trusted, having a very high “Q” factor. At the same time, Colin Powell was the most popular Republican in the country and if he had wanted nomination in 1996, it was his for the asking. Now, Dennis Haysbert is the pitchman for State Farm, you can be sure that the insurance giant wouldn’t hire him if he weren’t, like Jones before him, universally liked. Racism exists, to be sure, but as Rush says, it’s mostly on the left.

  • Dave O’Connor

    Let’s remember how Liberal Democrats play the misery index. They might even thrive on Obama’s negatives to play the underdog.
    Pretty soon we’ll all be in tears as some tele-shrink tells us that his narcissism and passive aggressive ploys are only coping mechanisms.
    Count on his post GOP primaries empathy for Cain and Bachman, and even the others who won’t rank in the end. He can gobble up all the lost arguments, calling them Republican initiatives that the “Establishment GOP” put down. Watch for plagiapolitics; their ideas in his speeches. The Plastiche in Chief.

  • Jeannette

    Burt: Some time ago I told my Congressmen that the W.H. administration needs a good mucking-out. I hoped at the time I wrote it they would understand the extent to which I believed the entire shebang needed mucking, and why. I’ve been holding my nose for a long time.

    It’s mysterious to me they never reply quite as colorfully as I’d like. You’d think they had been rubbing shoulders with lawyers or something.

  • Burt Prelutsky

    Ken Besig: I agree that most of Obama’s former followers have lost a good deal of their zealotry. But most of them will still vote for him in 2012 because they will never vote for a Republican. But it won’t be enough for him to win re-election. His wasn’t a huge victory in 2008 when he was running against a weak candidate and a weaker economy, and you may recall he was trailing McCain in September just before the housing crash. In the meantime, the Democrats have been losing one election after another.

    Ken & Shirl: At least you’re both aware of the fact that Mrs. Pelosi regards herself as royalty. I am shocked that Herman Cain was attacked in certain rightwing circles for calling her “Princess Nancy.” For one thing, being Speaker of the House is not a sacred position. For another thing, her insistence that she have a huge jet plane for her personal use certainly smacks of unentitled privilege. Frankly, I believe Pelosi would agree with Shirl that she is a queen, not a mere princess.


    • Mike Jackon

      I agree about the election being skewed by a major hit in the economy immediately prior to the election. My estimation is the GOP candidate will be victorious. The LSM would prefers Romney as he appears most acceptable to their influence and they’d rather someone like themselves instead of the American main stream. That Romney is from New England helps his cause with them.
      As for Ms. Pelosi. She might consider high priestess. Should a vacancy for queen become open, she’d accept the job. In any event, she’d prefer we not kiss her ring. . . .

  • Nancye

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    Ice Cream That’s Hard To Swallow

    In honor of the 44th President of the United States , Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream has introduced a new flavor: “Barocky Road ”

    Barocky Road is a blend of half vanilla, half chocolate, and surrounded by nuts and flakes. The vanilla portion of the mix is not openly advertised and usually denied as an ingredient. The nuts and flakes are all very bitter and hard to swallow.

    The cost is $92.84 per scoop…so out of a hundred dollar bill you are at least promised some CHANGE..!

    When purchased it will be presented to you in a large beautiful cone, but after you pay for it, the ice cream is taken away and given to the person in line behind you at no charge. You are left with an almost empty wallet, staring at an empty cone and wondering what just happened. Then you realize this is what “redistribution of wealth” is all about.

    Aren’t you just stimulated?

    • Mike Jackon


  • Glen Stambaugh

    You never cease to amuse, Burt. Love it! No one points out the vast gulf between liberalism and reality better than you… and you can do it again after a night’s rest!


  • ginger

    obama used the first years to “soften up the American people” so they won’t kick up too much of a fuss when he and his gang institute the real agenda..I fear most Americans won’t wake up until it is too late.

  • Ken Hansen

    From the above article”

    “…that liberals and babies have a great deal in common. Like babies, liberals will holler and whine whenever they want something, fully expecting the government to feed them, clothe them and change their nappies.”

    ANdif we focus in on a very small subset of liberals we find that the #OWS protesters are nothing more than hundreds of disenfranchised Americans collectively “holding their breath” until they get what they want. And if you’ve ever tried to hold your breath for as long as you can, you become almost spasmodic before you give up and take a breath… It will not be pretty when #OWS realizes their tactic hasn’t changes the world, and they lash out in childish frustration.

  • Ken Hansen

    Burt – It is obvious that your racisim blinds you to your own racisim! ;^)

    I like how Chris Rock is telling everyone that these last three years was a result of Obama “holding back” to secure a second term, so he can go all “gangsta” on our country. I have a question for Mr. Rock – Why would a person run for President, win the office, hold back for four years, and then, after winning a second term release their inner progressive? Why not sacrifice the second term and go all “gangsta” inthe first term?

    NOTE: For anyone offended that I used the term “gangsta” when discussing the President, I refer to the following article about Chris Rock at Politico – I decided to drop the scatological reference out of respect for the office of the President.

  • Steve

    Well said! These people must think the American people are really stupid enough to believe that they’re racists if they didn’t vote for Obama and still racists if they vote for Herman Cain. That complete misappropriation of intelligence, logic, and common sense certainly doesn’t pass the smell test or any other test through which it might be filtered.

    With few exceptions, my bumper sticker this election cycle reads, “Re-Elect No One!” In other words, the Potomac River should not be allowed to stop at the White House . . . it should continue on and also flush out Congress!

  • Shirl

    Maybe when the Potomac gets diverted to clean out the swamp, Queen Pilosi will be at the head of the pack.

    • Ken Hansen

      I think you mean “Princess Pelosi” – don’t be giving her a promotion!

  • Maureen

    Very good,Burt.I have been reading Thomas Sowell’s comments on life for decades,way before I heard of Barak Obama.
    And,by the way, a smart man I knew once said “Whoever said “it’s as easy as taking candy from a baby,never tried to take candy from a baby!” And liberals are just like babies….only thinking of themselves. Fortunately,most babies grow up,while liberals do not,unfortunately.

  • Ken Besig, Israel

    Let’s be fair, Obama is certainly doing a terrible job and most people know this. Even his supporters know this otherwise they would be touting Obama’s great successes and they would not resort to race baiting or personal attacks on their opponents.
    This simply means that Obama’s sycophants are now lacking in their former enthusiasm for him and realize that all Obama ever was is just smoke and mirrors. Oh sure, some of them will vote for Obama no matter what, but a lot of them will just shrug their shoulders and decide that Obama is no longer worth their trouble.

    • Mike Jackson

      We can only hope.