The World According to Obama

After you’ve read this article, Burt hopes you’ll enjoy The Loathesome Left.

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.

Now Burt hopes you’ll enjoy The Loathesome Left.

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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  • Lonesome George

    I enjoyed your columns again as usual, Burt. 
    But I’m curious.  What was it like writing for the likes of Mike Farrell, Alan Alda & Ed Asner?
    Did you get kooties?

    • BurtPrelutsky

      Lonesome: I think it’s spelled cooties.  But, no, back in those days, I was a Democrat–though never a liberal–so it wasn’t painful working with them.  They were all pretty good guys.  I would have a far tougher time getting along with them today, however, because, one, I am a Republican and, two, being a Democrat is synonymous with being a left-wing radical.  As Reagan once so aptly put it, I didn’t leave the Democratic Party, it left me.


      • Lonesome George

        Thanks for answering and also the spell check.  Love your columns.

  • JohnInMA

    Good one, Burt.  In my view, Obama and the now hard left Democrat party are overt in their aims.  They don’t believe in the We the People as everyone at this point.  They have segmented and defined each We for political purposes, and assigned them either needs to be granted by government or penalties to be administered by government.  Either you are a good We or a bad We.  It’s a pretty bold effort to redefine the culture, but surely not surprising given all of the promises of “fundamental transformation.”  It feels almost Nixonian to me, listening every day to Obama or his supporters like Axelrod or DWS speak ill of so many different We’s.  It’s disgraceful in the end.  But no doubt those who see themselves to be in a good We group (or two) are happy.  By the grace of the government they feel treated well for being a good little We……And they want the bad We’s to feel shunned.  I think many of those bad We’s are starting to feel oppressed and see elections as their best relief.  2010 was a good indicator, no?

    • GlenFS

      There is always redemption available for the “bad we” groups so long as they keep “chipping in” for the “Colonel” and denouncing the evils of wealth.  But of course their still destined for the finger-licken bucket.

    • BurtPrelutsky

      We’ll have to wait and see what happens this November, John.  Socialism in America is quickly reaching critical mass, at which time those who demand the fruits of other people’s labor will out-number those responsible for providing all those fruits.  With millions of Americans being bribed with free healthcare, education and food stamps, unless Romney and Ryan are elected and, together with a GOP-controlled Congress, put an end to the madness, our nation is doomed.