Funny, But I Don’t Feel Exploited

I must confess, when Nancy Pelosi announced that we Jewish Republicans were being exploited, I sat down and gave it some serious thought. As illegal immigrants and inner city blacks are well aware, there’s a lot to be said for claiming to be exploited in this country. But try as hard as I might, I just couldn’t see how the GOP was victimizing me. In fact, inasmuch as it’s only the Republican Party that has been standing between me and Cap & Trade, another trillion dollar stimulus, the Affordable Health Care Act and four more years of Obama’s radically transforming America into a socialist state, I look to the GOP the way that some people look to GOD. It, alone, can provide our nation’s salvation

Mrs. Pelosi did grant that we Jews are smart. But the natural response to that is to wonder how anyone that stupid feels qualified to make such a judgment. Another response is to say, as I often do, “If we’re so smart, how is it that over 70% of us will always vote for a left-winger, even one as vile and hypocritical as Barack Hussein Obama?”

Recently, I wrote that “It’s been liberal state legislators who have cut funding for insane asylums and the ACLU that’s fought the commitment of psychotics.” To which one of my readers, Gordon Paravano, responded, “According to Wikipedia, ‘psychotic’ refers to an abnormal mental condition ‘involving a loss of contact with reality.’” He went on to observe, “If they hadn’t fought against the commitment of psychotics, the whole ACLU would have been in danger of being committed.”

Another reader, Joe Murray, wondered how Obama can make his case for higher taxes to improve the economy with a straight face. The fact is I wonder how he says any of the preposterous things he does with a straight face. In fact, at times I think it’s only the ACLU that prevents his commitment to a padded room.

This administration, after all, has insisted that the private sector economy is doing just fine and that food stamps are a boon for the economy. Imagine if Herbert Hoover had made the same claim for the economy in 1931 and insisted that soup kitchens and apple stands were proof that the Depression was finally drawing to an end.

When people wonder why the polls indicate that Obama is still running neck and neck with Mitt Romney, I merely point out that roughly half the population currently receives welfare in one form or another and pays nothing in income taxes. It figures they’d be happy to swap Uncle Sam, whose very visage shows an intolerance for sluggards, for Aunt Samantha, a born sucker who is always ready to buy a sob story and hand out goodies to the undeserving.

Speaking of urban blacks, I really think they’ve been selling themselves far too cheaply to the Democrats. When you realize that no Democrat would ever win a national election without garnering 90% of the black vote, you would think that liberals would have to start forking out more for their support. It’s well and good to bribe black ministers for the use of their pulpits at election time, but it seems to me that if Obama can afford to spend a billion dollars to get re-elected, his most faithful supporters should all be getting new CD players and a year’s supply of Rice-a-roni, just like contestants on TV quiz shows.

All things considered, it’s probably a good thing that the Obamas weren’t able to convince the IOC to let Chicago, the new murder capital of America, host the Olympic Games. It would be embarrassing, to say the least, to have more athletes shot here accidentally than were shot on purpose in Munich.

In a related matter, Harry Reid, who spends most of his time preventing his colleagues from earning their pay by having to vote on Paul Ryan’s budget or ObamaCare, managed to find the time to voice his outrage over our Olympic athletes being decked out in uniforms manufactured in China. For some reason, Reid, who’s no neophyte when it comes to embarrassing himself in public, neglected to utter a word about it when the uniforms were made in the same place by the same people back in 2008.

Furthermore, if I were the majority leader of the U.S. Senate, I wouldn’t be so concerned with where a few lousy uniforms are manufactured. On the other hand, I would be outraged that the source of a great deal of the borrowed money this administration is squandering on such things as Solyndra, ObamaCare, NPR, Planned Parenthood, Cash for Clunkers, Michelle’s vacations to exotic locales, Brazil’s oil industry, the U.N. and foreign aid to our sworn enemies in the Arab and Muslim world, is that very same China.

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/
  • Ratspinkie

    Thank you for mentioning Cash for Clunkers.  Thousands of people in the used car industry were adversely affected by that fiasco.  When I see some moron post about how Obama saved the car industry, it makes me seethe with anger.

    • BurtPrelutsky

      Rats: I’m sure it also makes you seethe, as it does me, when you hear that GM, Obama’s gift to the UAW, is once again approaching bankruptcy.

      Burt

  • sjangers

    You may not feel exploited yet, Burt, but you weel.  Believe me, you weel.  And when eet happen eet gonna feeel gooood… for somebody.

    Hmmm…  Sorry.  I don’t know where that came from, but I’ve probably been watching far too many movies set in foreign prisons.

    I wonder if all the people you mention who are on government assistance feel the same as you, Burt.  After all, having your basic needs provided in exchange for simply being a citizen- and voting the right way- seems like a pretty good deal, right?  How could that be exploitation?  Unless, of course, exploitation turns out to be a relative concept, or if the rules change once we’re used to being exploited.

    Right now, we have a lot of people in the U. S. who are receiving assistance, having their basic needs satisfied, and their being told it’s good for the country.  After all, their benefits and spending are a boon to the economy.  It kinda makes you feel patriotic, being on welfare, and that feels good.  And you know what they say about things that feel good.

    The problem, of course, is what happens when the government isn’t able to meet the basic needs of all the citizens clamoring for assistance.  And as the economy fails to fully recover, and more and more citizens aren’t able to navigate an increasingly complex environment to meet their own needs, there will be a tendency for more of us to seek an easy way.  And with more people seeking assistance and fewer people producing to meet the needs of all of us, it’s going to get harder for government to give everybody what they want.

    Therein lies the danger of listening to closely to the siren song of Nan and friends.  At some point, if too many of us stop producing, there won’t be enough CD players and Rice-a-Roni to go around for everybody participating in the Left’s all-too-serious game show.  And, human nature being what it is, once people get used to not producing, and start focusing too much on the government’s mouse maze approach to getting your cheese, it’s going to be even more difficult to get people back into the mindset they will need to become productive and self-sufficient.

    But for now, why worry about being exploited?  I geev you cheez and Rice-a-Roni.  Just smile, lie back, and enjoy the experience.  It won’ hurt a beet… until eet come out.  But you don’ hav to theenk about that now.

    • BurtPrelutsky

       sjangers: You know the rule around here: Nobody is allowed to write a comment that’s longer than the article.  Now shape up or it weel go werry werry hard on you.

      Burt

      • sjangers

        Sorry about that, Burt. I’ve never been very good at brief comments. If I’m going to the trouble to tell you what I think I also have to tell you why. But you’re right. I knew the rules. So I’m chastened, contrite, and yeah, sooner or later I’ll also probably do it again. I guess I’ll just have to do my best to avoid the near occasion of sin.

        • BurtPrelutsky

          sjangers: It’s hardly a sin.  But brevity generally serves your purpose best because people are more likely to read what you have to say if you can avoid being verbose.

          Regards, Burt

  • CCNV

    Burt,

    I just read that obaMAO misspelled “OHIO” at Ohio University during his educational tour. You just can’t make this stuff up…

    • BurtPrelutsky

      You’re telling me.  It just keeps getting harder and harder for those of us whose business is making fun of left-wingers.

      Burt

  • GlenFS

    Burt, you be careful with Aunt Samantha, she gives goodies and favors with one hand and carries a switch in the other for naughty children who don’t sell out.

    • BurtPrelutsky

      I don’t like her, but she doesn’t scare me.

      Burt

  • Bruce A.

    Burt I hope you are correct about Pres. Obama being replaced this Jan.  I just wonder what he & his cronies will loot from the US Treasury in the form of grants, loans, etc. before he leaves ofice & loses the power to issue pardons.

    • CCNV

      I hope he’s more worried about his next “photo op” instead of thinking about pilfering the national treasures when he’s evicted.

      • BurtPrelutsky

         CCNV: I’d happily allow Obama to swipe the White House silverware if it  meant he’d leave before next January.

        Burt 

    • BurtPrelutsky

      Bruce: Obama won’t have to steal anything.  When you realize that the Clintons made over $100 million between 2001 and 2008, you have to figure that the Obamas will be almost as rich as Oprah Winfrey by the time 2020 rolls around.
      Becoming an ex-president/ex-first lady is about as profitable a career move that anyone can make in this silly, celebrity-crazy, society.

      Burt

      • PVMan1

         It’s my hope that he will go out with such shame at the way he is attempting to usher this country into decline that he WILL NOT be in demand at all. I’m just looking forward to the day as well, that we don’t see him or his wife on a daily basis.