A Pox On Politicians – a Burt Prelutsky Bonus

Until I read Amity Shlaes ‘s tribute to Calvin Coolidge, I had assumed that Ronald Reagan was the last true fiscal conservative we’ve had in the White House. Well, it seems I only missed by 60 years. I was aware that Reagan had lowered the marginal tax rate from 70% to 28%, but I hadn’t been aware that federal spending increased by 40% during his eight years in office. In other words, both parties want to increase the number of dollars flowing into Washington. Where they differ is in which way they believe the larger amount will accrue, be it from raising or lowering tax rates. Alas, neither side regards reduced spending as a virtue.

I believe this country is in deep doo-doo. But I believe that Obama is the result of the national malaise, and not entirely the cause, as some would insist. After all, with reporters working as enablers of all things left-wing, with professors indoctrinating students with communist swill, and with the majority of Americans casting votes for any swine who promises them freebies, I am not convinced that things would be a lot better with someone else in the Oval Office.

I can’t bring myself to say that Mitt Romney wouldn’t have made any difference, although probably not as much as he or I would like. But I believe we can assume that he would not have lied about the Benghazi massacre, would not have threatened the survivors to keep their yaps shut and would have made a sincere effort to capture or kill those responsible for murdering Ambassador Stevens and his three colleagues by this late date. I also can’t picture Romney using lies about the Sequester to punish Americans with cancelled White House tours and furloughed air traffic controllers.

But I’m only guessing because 51% of the voters let us know that four years of record unemployment, a nuclear Iran, a berserk North Korea, soaring inflation and diminished American influence around the world, don’t really matter when it comes to choosing between an honorable man who has succeeded in every aspect of his life and one who has surrounded himself with lowlifes and succeeded at nothing except winning a few elections. But he has a winning smile, which in a sane universe would land him a toothpaste commercial, not the presidency.

Obama spoke about dire consequences if Assad used chemical weapons, and when the weapons were used, he began threatening to take the matter to the U.N. Apparently, it doesn’t matter even a little bit to Obama if his idle threats mean that America loses its credibility not only with our enemies, but our allies. At least he didn’t tell Assad to just wait until his father comes home.

It’s probably just a rumor, but I heard that Obama is waiting for O.J. Simpson to be released from jail, so they can join forces to track down the people responsible for the Benghazi massacre and the murders of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.

Someone sent me a photo of Obama and Kim Jong-un. The caption read: “He eats the finest foods, drinks the finest wines, and lives like royalty while his people suffer from his oppressive policies. The other guy is the communist dictator of North Korea.”

Getting back to the survivors of the Benghazi massacre, I hear that there are three men who are anxious to tell what they know to Congress, but they first want to be granted immunity, lest they be fired for engaging in whistleblowing. Now if I’ve got that right, these employees of the State Department and the CIA are, at least theoretically, willing to sacrifice their lives for America, but not their jobs? Is this what is now passing for patriotism?

It’s not just our presidents who keep telling us that we shouldn’t tar all Muslims with the same brush. I also keep hearing commentators remind us that it’s only radicalized jihadists who want us dead. I beg to differ. These days, as I see it, a radical Muslim is one who doesn’t crave sharia law, one of a tiny minority whose heart didn’t swell on 9/11, and who didn’t feel a surge of tribal pride when they got word that two of their guys spilled all that blood in Boston.

Finally, when I heard that Jason Collins, the backup center on the Washington Wizards, came out of the closet, and immediately received a phone call from Obama, I assumed it was to invite him to the White House for a little one-on-one.

And maybe even some basketball.

©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.
Author website: http://www.burtprelutsky.com/
  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.o.r.jackson Mike Jackson

    Burt, I agree with you excepting the immunity part. These whistleblowers would otherwise be looking at life in the same digs as Robert Hansen, at Florence AdMax. I’d give my life for my country too, but I sure wouldn’t want to give it there.

  • I Hate Fascists

    No doubt you would also assume that Big Dick Cheney would not lie about WMD?

    • Prelutsky1540

      I Hate: I have no idea why you decided to share that non sequitur with us, but, then, I’m generally at a loss when it comes to your comments. Why is anyone in 2013 expected to care about Mr. Cheney? I mean, do you stay up nights figuring out how to be as irrelevant as humanly possible?

      Burt

  • Prelutsky1540

    Trail: You’ll be sure to let us know if you run into Obama on the links, otherwise known as his home away from home.

    Burt

  • helplessinil

    I think that “one on one” is the criteria for the media before any interview is granted with BHO.

    • Prelutsky1540

      helpless: I think the media is happy just to cuddle with Obama.

      Burt

  • Katherine S

    I don’t believe 51% voted for President Obama. All the bogus illegal votes and voter fraud have not and probably will not ever be accounted for.

    • Prelutsky1540

      Katherine: We all know the Democrats lie and cheat to win elections. The real scandal is that Romney received fewer votes than McCain.

      Burt

  • http://www.facebook.com/todd.zaino Todd Zaino

    Burt,
    Another great job by you! Did you know that Calvin Coolidge was the only US president to be sworn in my his father?
    I loved how you ended this article-brilliant, funny, and I too have my thoughts regarding that.

    • Prelutsky1540

      Todd: I did not know about Coolidge’s father. As for the ending of my article, how can anyone not suspect the truth?

      Burt

  • FloridaJim

    Calvin Coolidge is the opposite of Barrack Hussein Obama. Mr. Coolidge took over a Wilson economy in ruins and left with a surplus after two terms. A Progressive Hoover followed by another Progressive FDR left America in tatters and only World War #2 saved FDR although that is not spoken of in the indoctrination of our students. He was asked to run again but declined. Coolidge is a quiet hero. Obama yearns to be a loudmouth hero but heroism eludes him see Benghazi, Bin Laden , Fast & Furious and his litany of lies.

    • Prelutsky1540

      Jim: We definitely need more Coolidges and fewer left-wingers in the Oval Office, but we’re not likely to get them.

      Burt

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Roscoe-Bonnifitucci/100000459519027 Roscoe Bonnifitucci

    GREAT missive that is worthy of Main Stream Media play for general public. But alas, it does not forward the Libtard Progressive Media Narrative. Thus, we Conservatives can relish the superb irony and imagery.

    May God Bless you and your family, and we Patriots with more of your writings.

    • Prelutsky1540

      Roscoe: Thank you for the kind words. I, too, wish I could reach a wider audience, but I can’t even reach the maximum number of conservatives because the WSJ, the Weekly Standard and Townhall magazine, won’t publish my work and Fox News won’t invite me on. Go figure.

      Burt

  • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

    You have Z-E-R-O proof that Obama lied about Benghazi. ZERO.

    • ted

      The preponderance of available evidence indicates that he — and those responsible to him — were not telling what most people would describe as the “truth”.

    • ksp48

      Huh? Hahahahahahahahaha. Oh it was a joke.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Roscoe-Bonnifitucci/100000459519027 Roscoe Bonnifitucci

      Put down your BONG bro and open your mind.

    • http://twitter.com/Trochilus Trochilus

      Zero? Oh really?

      Someone in the office of the DNI, a person who reports to the Director, who in turn reports to the President, intentionally changed the intelligence talking points to hide the fact that al Qaeda terrorists were involved in the attack on the consulate in Benghazi. Those talking points thereby became the Obama administration’s big fat lie.

      Chris Stevens last words which reached the outside world were “We’re under attack!” No one, including Chris Stevens, said at the time, “There’s a demonstration outside.” No one.

      But a few days later, Ambassador Susan Rice was sent by Mr. Obama to appear on every major media network in the country and to intentionally lie to the American people by telling them that this big incident in Benghazi grew out of a demonstration against the Mohammed movie trailer. However, no demonstration had ever taken place. It was a terrorist attack. Susan Rice was lying and she was doing so on behalf of Mr. Obama, who had obviously ordered her to lie for him.

      For her part, Sec’y of State, Hillary Clinton, intentionally suppressed the channel of communication from the counter terrorism unit in the state Department, and thereby facilitated the Obama lie that was being cobbled together — that this was a demonstration over the Mohammad movie gone bad, and she later compounded that lie via statements she and the President made at the United Nations, strongly implying that the incident grew out of a demonstration against the Mohammad movie.

      The day after the incident, September 12th, Mr. Obama was interviewed by Steve Kroft of CBS 60 Minutes, at which time Kroft pointed out to the President that he (Obama) had gone out of his way to avoid using the word “terrorism.” Obama responded by saying:

      OBAMA: Well it’s too early to tell exactly how this came about, what group was involved, but obviously it was an attack on Americans. And we are going to be working with the Libyan government to make sure that we bring these folks to justice, one way or the other.

      That too was a lie. The President knew then that elements of al Qaeda had participated in the attack, but he refused to call it terrorism! Thereafter, CBS did him a big favor and they intentionally suppressed that portion of the interview, and only released it without comment two or three days before the election — too late to have any effect.

      In the meantime, at the second debate, and with Candy Crowley willingly and wrongly backing him up, Mr. Obama again lied to the American people. This time, in the face of the overwhelming public evidence that had accumulated about the nature of the attack, Obama falsely claimed that he had called it a terrorist attack right from the start! That too was a lie. And by not releasing the portion of the September 12th Kroft interview at that point, CBS further enabled his lie.

    • Drew Page

      Of course he didn’t lie. He’s still waiting for the results of that “investigation” he told us about every time someone from fox News asked him what happened. That “investigation” is in the queue behind the other “investigation” into Fast & Furious.

      I seem to remember candidate Obama’s promise to post all proposed legislation on the internet for three days prior to signing it into law. Then there was something about cutting the national debt in half by the end of his first term. Then then was the promise to televise the debate on health care on C-SPAN, you know, the one where doctors, hospital administrators, representatives of the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries and bi-partisan members of Congress would participate. If memory serves correct, this was the legislation that would result in lower health insurance premiums for everyone and would not cost anyone earning less than $200,000 a year a single dime in additional taxes. Hmm, let’s see, I also remember something about that $700 B “Stimulus” plan that was going to be spent on all those “shovel ready” jobs, which Mr. Obama later reported, laughingly, to be not so shovel ready. The list goes on, but as presidential mouthpiece, Jay Carney, points out, “That was a long time ago.” and as the former Secretary of State likes to say, “At this point, what difference does it make?”
      I am reminded of Elwood Blues’ response to his brother Jake upon his release from prison, “I didn’t lie, I just BS ed you, to keep your spirits up.” I get it now.

    • Prelutsky1540

      Phil: Speak about zeros! The proof is that in real time, the administration knew what was happening in Benghazi, and U.S. intelligence reported that it was a planned attack that had nothing to do with the video nobody had seen. And yet Obama had the truth scrubbed from the reports, so that five days later, Susan Rice lied on TV about the video. and a week after her embarrassing appearances on Sunday news shows, Obama repeatedly told the same whopper to the U.N.

      None, Phil, are so blind or so dumb as those unwilling to see.

      Burt

  • Souvoter

    I have to laugh to keep from crying, Burt. You are reading alot of people’s minds, ver badim! If Obama and his Hussein assylum evolves any more, they will be swinging from trees and scratching their…heads. Oh, yeah, they are already scratching their heads on what to do about the slaughter going on in Seria, etc. His whole administration and the lap-dog media are a national disgrace.

    • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

      Ya mean like (hehehe) “Barack HUSSEIN Obama”?? ooh, soundz like a name of a middle east-type enemy!! ooh….sounds mysterious.

      • Drew Page

        Are you referring to the self-described “strapping young muslim socialist”?

        • Prelutsky1540

          Drew: None other.

          Burt

      • Prelutsky1540

        Phil: Not a middle east type enemy; an enemy residing in the White House.

        The country would be far better off if he did reside among others who hate America as much as he does.

        Burt

    • Prelutsky1540

      Sou: Alas, tis true.

      Burt

  • ted

    Oh yes it is over with only the death throes left. And rigor mortis. The greatest, most successful experiment in government and society has failed. It has been brought down by the very thing the Founders feared: human nature. Over the last 75 years or so while the people were busy making livings, winning wars and so on a parasite has infiltrated and taken over the entire education system from pre-K through Ph. D. and beyond. The media has become a propaganda machine Hitler would love (except for the pesky News Corporation). The entertainment industry from sports, movie and music stars to the owners of the mammoth corporations are far left zealots. They are dipping their fingers everywhere and rewarding their advocates with taxpayer money. Worse, they are dictating every second of our lives — all of our lives — from what we eat, what we buy, what we drive to how we think.
    So, Bert hits the edges, but the truth is: IT IS OVER FOLKS.

  • DOOM

    what has Jason Collins accomplished on the court? I live near Washington and had never heard of him until he decided that he prefers the company of other men.

  • joepotato

    The Obomba regime does have a grip on the BSM. With only “3″ whistle-blowers willing to speak up, I’m wondering if it’s going to be another Kabuki Theater presentation, with the usual suspects as script-writers. Maybe there will be a surprise and some part of the truth will surface, but that remains to be seen.

  • Iklwa

    It has been my bitter experience that the only place you will find more paid, professional liars in one room than under the capital dome is at a weatherman’s conference.

    The difference between the weathermen and those other folks is the weathermen openly discuss their penchant for “optimistic exaggeration” and have the kindness to not take themselves too seriously.

    I will make one exception for a gathering of weatherfolk.

    All bets are off if the convention is about Man Made Global Warming. Then there is not whit of difference between them.

  • soundnfury

    Reagan later said that he regretted taking the Dems’ bait when they promised current tax cuts in return for future spending cuts. This is their classic ploy; they never keep their promises because lying is what they do.

    • Prelutsky1540

      sound: Reagan also said he regretted signing the most liberal abortion bill in the nation while he was governor, and I’m sure he regretted believing the Democrats when they promised to build a fence at the southern border if he’d only sign the amnesty bill. For someone well-known for having said “Trust but verify,” he seemed to be about as skeptical as Little Mary Sunshine.

      Burt

      • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

        you guys still Reagan Mything, if you will. I like/liked a lot about him, he was pro-Israel and pro-Welfare reform. that’s about it 4 me..but not bad. His economics were a mess – read David Stockman’s book. He raised taxes 11 times, fired 11k professionals for political reasons, left Bush I a 2.6 trillion $$$ debt; planned a trip to a Nazi cemetery; gave us amnesty for illegals; the payroll tax of 1986; fired North for no good reason; is responsible for the “Reagan 241″.

      • soundnfury

        Point taken.

    • Prelutsky1540

      sound: Reagan also said he regretted signing the extremely liberal abortion bill here in California. If a guy says “Trust but verify,” he should not only talk the talk, but walk the walk.

      Burt

  • David Caskey

    As I recall, the Reagan tax cuts were supposed to be linked to a massive decrease in Federal spending. Only thing was that Congress would not stop the spending. Rather than shut down the government like Clinton and Obama, Reagan did the best to work with what he had. You can’t get this from history books. You had to understand the times and what you could get from both parties. Then, as now, we knew that the Republicans were just as bad as the Democrats and that they were in Washington to advance their personal agendas and not the best interest of the country.

    As to the whistle blowers wanting to keep their jobs, I have ridden that white horse to the forefront for much needed change. What happens is that, as you fight the good fight, all those that would have supported you are at the starting point watching and not helping. You are then trampled by the opposition and your “friends”, “fellow patriots” or whatever you desire to call the spineless peers watch on and assure others that you are a nut and that your views don’t represent theirs. Why sacrifice your financial stability when you don’t have the support of others and your sacrifice will mean something? Did the founding fathers really sacrifice? After Patrick Henry yelled out “give me liberty or give me death”, he got out of Dodge and avoid the British like the plague. Other men gave their lives. Paul Revere certainly did his part with warning of the British, at least until he was captured about a mile of so from his starting point. Then he spent the rest of the war making money and living the big life, to the point that he was almost convicted of treason, fraud and other felonies.
    We certainly need to so something about Washington and our broken system. We tried this in 1860, and lost. I am for trying again as I think that our system is broken. Only I am not going to be on the white horse while everyone acts as if they never heard that we have a problem with our political system.

    • Prelutsky1540

      David: I don’t know if you’re trying to provide cover for cowardice or hypocrisy, but that’s the way it reads.

      Burt

  • JohnInMA

    Regarding spending, I think there have been few politicians that have ever put elections – national or local – behind other priorities. Even Reagan worked the politics more than principle in that regard. Perhaps the best modern example of someone who ‘stuck to their guns’ is Ron Paul. (Warning – Paul fans will get very excited about my next statements!) What that proves, in the end, is that being so principled will only be an accomplishment in and of itself. It will almost always lead to being inconsequential in the grand scheme of legislation and the ‘direction’ of the country, unless many follow along. And sadly that doesn’t seem to be coming anytime soon. Some of those preaching the ‘small government’ religion have proven to be more driven by concerns for party (elections) than principle.

    • Prelutsky1540

      John: I don’t know why Paul’s fans would get overly excited over your comment. If you want them to go berserk, point out that Ron Paul was an anti-Semitic racist with a humongous ego and a very loose grip on reality.

      Burt

      • http://twitter.com/richard_mcenroe richard mcenroe

        And a major earkmarker. Don’t forget that.

      • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

        Paul is a war hero and is at least consistent – had the amazing guts to say AT THE REAGAN LIBRARY and in front of Reagan worshippers and Nancy, that his administration had a lot of explaining to do. But ultimately, he’s a segregationist and a believer that restaurants should self-inspect.

  • Ken08534

    Burt, by itself, an increase in spending of 40% over 8 years isn’t, in and if itself, evidence of an administration/government that is out of control… That increase in spending should have resulted in either a comparable increase in federal debt OR a comparable increase in tax revenues to offset the spending.

    I do remember that Reagan had a terrible habit of asking for small, defined increases in the debt ceiling to account for new spending – he tied debt increases to the spending bills (unlike Obama who insists on lump-sum/blank check increases). The more astute Obama supporters lined to trot out the NUMBER of debt limit increases Reagan asked for & got, but they deftly avoided his habit of tying each increase to new spending, and each increase was ONLY the amount needed to cover that spending, no extra.

    • Prelutsky1540

      Ken: The problem is that Regan couldn’t justify increased spending because the money mainly went to things that were not the constitutionally-delegated responsibility of the federal government. When you get right down to it, just about the only major ticket item relegated by the Founding Fathers to Washington was national defense. Not education, not health care, not farm subsidies, not welfare.

      Burt

      • Ken08534

        Reagan wanted to squash the Dept. of Ed. but he was unable to with the House/Senate he had… I don’t hold it against him, but I understand why other might choose to (he promised to eliminate it and didn’t)

        • Prelutsky1540

          Ken: I liked what Reagan said more than what he did, but that is often the case with politicians.

          Burt

  • http://www.facebook.com/thinmangone Jimmy Cooper

    You would have to remember though, President Reagan drew a line in the sand with Iran before he was even swore in. What happened, I think we all know how the American Hostages were released! The enemies of the USA knew where they stood when we had a real President!!!

    • Prelutsky1540

      Jimmy: I didn’t attack Reagan across the board as I do with Obama. I merely stated that he was not the fiscal conservative we have been led to think he was. In earlier articles, I have pointed out that it was no coincidence that the Iran released its hostages the very day Reagan was inaugurated.

    • Ted Crawford

      Perhaps of equal, if not greater importance, so did our Allies!

    • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

      REALLY? You think Iran-Contra was a joke? violating the Boland amendment and then firing Oliver North to cover? how about sending 241 Marines to Beirut with no plan at all? You have got to be kidding.

  • Shane

    Of course not all Muslims are terrorists, but most Muslims around the world do not want freedom; they want to live under their barbaric Sharia law and force everyone else in the world to live under it. Great article about this here – Sharia Über Alles by Andrew G. Bostom
    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/05/despite_a_number_of_deliberately.html

  • chris

    one of the problems the country faced when Reagan was in office, was the military Reagan got our military back from Carters massive cuts. I will take Reagans non stock market economy over this one anytime

  • Royalsfan67

    Reagan was actually trying to reign in spending but the Dems controlled the house the whole time he was in office and he could never get them to cut the budget. He made a deal once to raise taxes in return cuts but of course they never hold up their end of the bargain.

    • Prelutsky1540

      Royal: And the GOP controls the House today, but spending has gone amok. So far as I’m concerned, if you cut spending, it makes no sense to raise taxes. Why on earth would you need more money if you’re going to start spending less?

      Burt

      • Royalsfan67

        I agree on that Burt, hard to understand that our “fiscal conservatives” always seem to be in the branch that can’t stop the spending. Then again, I think it is far easier to increase spending regardless of which branch you control, than it is to decrease or control spending