Texas, Taxes & Brass Tacks

Rush Limbaugh once described politics as show business for ugly people. If he weren’t such a nice guy, he might have added that it also provides careers for really dumb ones.

For instance, while chatting with Charlie Rose on “CBS This Morning,” Governor Jerry Brown went into a lengthy pitch for California business, pointing out that it is the state that’s always been known for innovation. To prove his case that it is as true now as it ever was, Brown announced that no less an enterprise than Facebook got its start here on the edge of the Pacific. Not wishing to embarrass a fellow liberal, Mr. Rose didn’t start cackling like a loon, as I might have done. Instead, he politely informed Governor Moonbeam that Mark Zuckerberg and a few college pals launched the billion dollar brainstorm in Cambridge, Massachusetts, while they were attending Harvard.

Because Brown has spent his entire life in politics, he didn’t say, “Whoops!” the way a normal human being would. Instead, without missing a beat, he pointed out that Zuckerberg and his company had settled in California. In other words, we’re not really the home of innovation and entrepreneurship, but we have a terrific climate, and we’re the go-to place for guys who have piled up a lot of dough and want to get away from New England winters.

The sad truth of the matter is that, when compared to other liberal politicians, Jerry Brown is probably one of the brighter ones. For instance, have you ever heard Sen. Barbara Boxer give a speech or try to answer a simple question? I’ve never even voted for the woman, but it’s downright embarrassing just living in the state that has elected her on four separate occasions.

The fact that it is the same state that keeps electing Nancy Pelosi, Henry Waxman and Barbara Lee, to the House might help explain why some people, including friends, call me “Grumpy.”

On the other hand, California is a huge state. We have well over 40 million people jammed in here. It figures we’re going to have more louts than other places. But when you non-Californians keep on voting for the likes of Charles Schumer, Frederica Wilson, Al Franken, James Clyburn, Harry Reid, Bev Perdue, Sheila Jackson Lee, John Kerry and Patty Murray, you’re not exactly in a position to throw stones.

Even Texas, the state that calls to me in my dreams, keeps electing people who wind up proud members of the Congressional Black or Hispanic Caucus, dunderheads who apparently feel a greater allegiance to those who share their skin color than they do to America and the Constitution. The very idea that members of Congress would separate themselves on the basis of their pigmentation makes a mockery of their oath of office. It would seem that for people such as Al Green, Charles Gonzalez, Henry Cuellar. Ruben Hinojosa, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Silvestre Reyes and Sheila Jackson Lee, the notion that ours is supposed to be a colorblind society is their idea of a bad joke.

I have heard, though, that even Democrats on Capitol Hill are getting upset because they aren’t hearing from Obama. Apparently the poor saps expect him to display some leadership. Well, I, for one, don’t blame him for snubbing them. For one thing, he has a campaign to run and a whole lot of money to raise. Besides, how would you prefer spending your time? Meeting with a sourpuss like Harry Reid or hanging out with George Clooney, Selma Hayek and the other cool kids?

Furthermore, when Obama finally put together a budget, it didn’t get a single vote in the House or the Senate. Do those people have any idea how it feels to be dissed that way? You’d have thought that Obama could at least have counted on those knuckleheads in the Black Caucus to give the brother a little love. But even Charley Rangel said, “Ooh, that is one butt ugly budget” or words to that effect.

And while I don’t like to question anyone’s sanity, just how nuts do you have to be to want to raise taxes in the midst of an economy that is already on life support? I suppose when you owe your academic career and just about everything else to affirmative action, it’s not too surprising that Obama seems blissfully unaware of the fact that his idol, FDR, prolonged the Great Depression by twice raising taxes in the 1930s. Getting the country back to work wasn’t nearly as important to Roosevelt as punishing Republican capitalists. Sound familiar?

By this time, you’ve all probably seen the map that shows Obama on the verge of winning the election even before either party has held its convention. Judging by some of the liberal pundits, the actual election is merely a formality. Oh, really? I’m actually supposed to believe that North Carolina and Texas are in play? In spite of electing all those Republicans in Virginia and Florida, in 2010, Democrats are referring to those states as toss-ups? Some folks would call that wishful thinking. I call it whistling past the graveyard.

Speaking of graveyards, Iran’s military chief of staff, Major General Hassan Firouzabadi recently announced, “The Iranian nation is standing for its cause, and that is the full annihilation of Israel.” So much for those who insist on finding a moral equivalence between Israel and its Islamic neighbors or who couch their anti-Semitism behind the canard that it’s not really Jews they hate, it’s Israeli policies they find objectionable. How odd that these same creeps never see a need to explain that it’s not Muslims they hate, but only the policies of Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

With the election looming up, roughly 150 days off, I don’t want to hear people urging other people to do their civic duty. Those who have to be prodded and poked to get out and vote are nearly always liberals. And, believe me, no good can possibly come of it. For example, in 2008, when 63.6% of registered voters went to the polls, we wound up with Barack Obama and Joe Biden. In 2010, when only 29% of us voted, we got rid of six left-wing senators and 60 liberal members of the House.

The obvious conclusion is that the fewer voters, the better.

Finally, a friend sent me a line I wish I had come up with: Re-electing Obama would be like the Titanic backing up and hitting the iceberg again.

©2012 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.
Author website: http://www.burtprelutsky.com/
  • BurtPrelutsky

    To one and all: If you received a personal message from me, it’s because I was hacked.  To top things off, my computer crashed last week and I only just got back online.  That explains why I haven’t commented.  I am finally caught up and will comment in the future.  But not to Wil.  Life’s too short to deal with idiots.  At least those who don’t hold elective office.


  • Genann59

    Burt, I am under the impression you are getting tired of all the same bull shit in DC and nothing positive happening there. Nah, must be wrong.
    Seriously, hopefully enough of us are awake to the dangers if we do not them out of office, away from DC, and hopefully on some scenic golf course for the rest of all their lives. As much as we all hate to admit, Hillary warned everyone during the 2008 primaries, the presidency is not a job you want someone to learn OJT. She might have been worse, she is as liberal and competent, he is liberal and so incompetent that most of the things he has accomplished are so unconstitutional that it should take little time to nulify most of what he has done.
    I remember when Bill Clinton beat Daddy Bush and I thought the end of the world had come. But I was equally as amazed at how short a time it took Junior Bush to get rid of the majority of bad things Clinton had enacted. That gave me and still gives me faith that the country is a lot stronger than any one individual president and that it doesn’t take the country long to turn around when it is recognized we have gone in the wrong direction. We might be down for now, but with some work, and it won’t be easy we can and will be back working for truth, justice and the American way.

    • GlenFS

      Genann59,  I wish I were as optimistic as you on that.  Even if Obama Care for example is taken down by the supremes, it will live on in many forms of tangled regulation created by HHS.

      Can’t unspend his waste or unappoint his federal judges either.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PPL2AXPXJMWPEJWFN34MPC5RNY terry


    • GlenFS

      She does a public service to us here in Texas by hogging the limelight and providing endless amusement whenever she does.

  • SouBelle

    What ever happened to ‘whistling Dixie’?? Isn’t whistling past the graveyard a pc statement? Great article, Bert; as usual. Thanks

    • Genann59

       Whistling past the graveyard is an old, old saying, much more appropriate to what he meant than would be whistling Dixie. It goes way back to when people would be walking by a graveyard, usually at night, and out of fear, would be whistling to show the ghosts they were not afraid of them, although they were in fact terrified. A show of false bravado.
      Am I not correct in that, Burt?

  • Jac204

    Rush Limbaugh nice?  You’re talking about the same guy who said Michael J. Fox was faking his disease and who recently called a woman a prostitute.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

      Elton John sang at his wedding reception. Do I have to draw you guys a

      • Jac204

        Well you caught me unawares on that one, so I looked it up.  I don’t know what to take away from that except that politics can make strange bedfellows sometimes as witness James Carville and his wife Mary Matalin at that same wedding reception.  Perhaps Limbaugh is as much about saying what gives him ratings as it is about his true beliefs.  Of course whatever he says is unlikely to have much influence in Britain where Elton John lives.  I just don’t know.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

          everyone can get paid millions for sitting on their lard-ass spewing Archie
          Bunker bigotry all day long.

          • StanW

            Well, many Democrats have made careers out of it!

  • http://shawmut.blogspot.com/ Dave O’Connor

    Great Points (+), Burt.
    “I don’t want to hear people urging other people to do their civic duty. Those who have to be prodded and poked to get out and vote are nearly always liberals.”
    Frankly, this humble pedestrian would not cry, sign or text “Fire” if they went to the theatre and smoke was fuming. They wouldn’t listen anyway.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

    Hey Burt, The email you sent me  and some others, containing a virus was blocked, by my
    anti-virus system. Nice try, but it only proves you are a complete

    This is what you sent:


    • ph16

      Wil, you are the complete asshole. Ever hear of e-mails getting hacked? I know mine has before and I’ve sent things I never intended to send.

    • Jeffreydan


        Interesting the way you use the word “proves”. Now that we know it wasn’t Burt who sent it, it’s just more of the same foolishness from you, no?

        Please don’t apologize for the mistake or your rudeness. If you were to suddenly act like a mature or smart person, it’d go against the natural order of things.    

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

        I have the email, I will sent it to you. What is your email address?

        • Jeffreydan

            You don’t get to “sent” me anything, sonny. Now go grab that chain from your dad’s workbench and save the neighborhood tree from those nasty bulldozers. 

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGT5LFXDWHPKRWLSI2WPBXIGXE Wil

            Why do facts upset you people so? Stay stupid, my friend!

  • GlenFS

    Another great one!  If liberals want to vote, I guess it’s ok so long as: they are still alive, they do it only once using their actual name and they don’t have the benefit of other liberals fixing their ballot after they screw it up.

  • Worldbuilder

    Mr. Prelutsky, you are awesome. I am surprised, however, that your article discussing dumb politicians didn’t include Al Gore. 

    • Royalsfan67

       When discussing stupid liberal politicians, the list is almost endless. But he did get the two that are probably among the dumbest in history, Murray and Boxer. But Gore would have been a nice addition.

  • Bruce A.

    Burt, as always you are clearly on target.   I don’t believe we will get out of this mess quickly.  These problems did not pop up overnight & will certailny not go away overnight but, I do believe recovery will start in late Jan. 2013 with a change of administration.  Hopefully, The Supreme court will knock down Obamacare whih I believe will destroy small business owners like myself.

  • Michael

    I can’t wait to see what Obama does for employment in 2013, and whether Meechelle (as the Vogue lady calls her) reverts to her honest commentary about how bad for the world she thinks America has been.

    • http://shawmut.blogspot.com/ Dave O’Connor

      Michelle will be ranting like Caligula’s sister.