Money, Money, Money & Other Matters

Money has no morality, but that doesn’t mean it should be dispensed by those who share that failing. That is particularly the case when it’s the people’s money, our tax dollars, which are being dispensed.

For instance, since going on a murderous rampage at Fort Hood, Muslim jihadist Major Nidal Hasan has collected $278,000 in salary from the Army. Meanwhile, because his crime was designated “workplace violence,” his surviving victims have been denied various benefits, including Purple Hearts, which would have increased their disability pensions.

More recently, Lois Lerner, the IRS bureaucrat who took the 5th during her congressional hearing, although she insisted she did nothing wrong and told no lies, was placed on administrative leave, a euphemism for a paid vacation.

But compared to what we dole out to other nations, most of whom openly despise us, that’s chump change. We give $316 million annually to Mexico. Ostensibly, it’s to help them wage war on drugs. And we can all see how well that’s going. If it were up to me, I’d make them build a wall on their northern border before giving them another peso.

As for the latest attempt at what congressional schnooks like to call comprehensive immigration reform, why should we want to create a pathway to citizenship for what they insist are 11 million illegal aliens, and what I’m betting is at least twice that many? They snuck in. If someone sneaks into your house, does he get to stay there just because he’s managed to hide out in your cellar or your attic?

I realize that a certain segment of the population known as nitwits will accuse me of being a racist. But first they have to explain how it is racist to resent the Mexicanization of America, but not racist to promote such a policy at the expense of those patiently waiting their turn in Europe, Asia and Africa.

In somewhat related news, in Patterson, New Jersey, the Palestinian flag was raised over city hall after Mayor Jeffery Jones proclaimed May 19th as Palestinian American Day. I’m waiting for Gov. Christie to weigh in on this, but I’m not prepared to wait too long.

Along similar lines, I’m wondering what right we have to force-feed the jihadists at Gitmo. If they wish to starve themselves, how is it our business to interfere? For all I know, it could be an integral part of their glorious religion, along with suicide-bombs, honor killings and clitorectomies.

I would also be interested in discovering why we, who are about 17 trillion dollars in debt, insist on coming up with $531 million for Tanzania; $580 million for Ethiopia; $625 million for both Nigeria and Kenya; $676 million for Jordan; $1.5 billion for Egypt; $1.7 billion for Iraq; $2.1 billion for Pakistan; and $2.3 billion for Afghanistan.

I’d also like to know just exactly when did we adopt Africa and the Middle East. Where was I when the announcement went out? If only I’d known, I’d have sent a card and a couple of baby blankets.

The nation that receives the most money from us is Israel. But at least that’s three billion dollars going to an ally, a democracy with whom we share values, traditions and, perhaps most important of all, sworn enemies.

Assuming my ears weren’t playing tricks on me, Obama recently declared that, for all intents and purposes, the war on terrorism was over. Inasmuch as jihadists were still killing people in London, Boston, Iraq and Afghanistan, the last time I looked, I guess he was acknowledging that, under his leadership, they won and we lost. For a minute or so, I was really depressed. But then I realized the schmuck never tells the truth, and I was greatly relieved.

While on the subject of money, I would like to know why there should be corporate taxes. It’s not just that ours happen to be the highest in the world, which explains why major entities like Apple and G.E. don’t bring their foreign profits back to the U.S. to be used for expansion and dividends; it’s that corporate taxes serve as a tremendous drag on an economy that’s lacked traction for years now.

It’s one thing to tax the earnings of corporate executives and their employees and shareholders, but what purpose is served through taxing a corporation as if it were an individual?

Another tax that should be eliminated is the death or, for those who have a superstitious reluctance to say that word, estate tax. The money that is left by the deceased has already been taxed when he earned it and again when he got a return on his investments. For the tax collector to swoop in like a vulture just because the person has died smacks of grave robbing.

Finally, under the heading of it’s not what you know, but who you’re related to that counts in Washington: ABC reporter Claire Shipman is married to Press Secretary Jay Carney; CNN President Virginia Mosely is married to Hillary Clinton’s former Deputy Secretary Tom Nides; CBS President David Rhodes is the brother of Ben Rhodes, a top Obama advisor and the fellow who helped edit the Benghazi talking points; and ABC President Ben Sherwood is the brother of Obama’s special advisor Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall.

I swear there’s more inbreeding among these left-wing elitists than you’ll find in the backwoods of Tennessee. It’s a wonder their kids don’t all have 12 toes and suffer from hemophilia.

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/
  • legal eagle

    Another Archie Bunker like rant full of half truths and political talking points by Mr. Prelutsky. Whatever credibility Prelutsky may have had, at one time, is obfuscated by his continuing use of phrases like “schmuck”. This kind of vitriol illustrates that Prelutsky is just a bitter old hater… How sad that a respected journalist like Bernie Goldberg allows this kind of disrespect for the POTUS to be published on his website…

    • bookman65000

      You are the biggest idiot that ever existed. “Legal eagle” indeed…more like “dumbass dingbat”. Who in their right mind could support this lying, narcissistic, arrogant, incompetent boob in the White House? And I’m not a racist, asshole. I would support a Herman Cain or Thomas Sowell or any other black man or woman over this current inept cretin.

      • legal eagle

        Thanks for your compliment. One should strive to be at the top of his game so if you consider me the biggest idiot that ever existed…

  • Brian Fr Langley

    Enjoyable article. While Presidential nominee Romney pointed out his 47% problem. Whether conservative or liberal, it seems we all want to vote ourselves booty on the backs of others. At current debt levels, we really have spent the next generations wealth. (it’s convenient they can’t vote yet). But for the really unethical behaviour of our day, are the two deliberate thefts (by Federal policy) of folks we once called virtuous savers. First. Interest rates are now deliberately pegged (meaning it’s not a free market) The money that savers have put away for retirement (in a free market) would be today about 6%. That means you could earn $60,000 per year, per million dollars. Today you’d be lucky to get 1%. So you live on $10,000 per year per million. (or try your luck at a casino, or Wall St. which is now also only a casino) The reason for this Federal policy? To command the economy to grow. Translation; “steal from savers to reward spenders”. Cheap money has a cost, it penalizes savings while rewarding profligacy. Like most left wing policies, “the ends justify the means”. Unhappily real economies don’t grow from policies of theft. Second; the Fed’s policy of quantitative easing, (it means just using a printing press to print money, also not a free market policy). The bottom line? Every dollar printed, devalues the one that was printed before it. Even an idiot knows, that when his bar tender puts water in the whisky, he’s cheating. The vast wealth of modern economies were grown on TRUST, not THEFT.

  • souvoter

    Your article is testimony that proves our country is under the control of idiots or incompetent airheads residing in DC. What do you expect, with trillions at their disposal? Too bad reporters are being bought off or we would be finding out the ones getting the kick-backs!!!!! If Americans stopped paying taxes, we would see the real villians rear their ugly heads…..

  • DanB_Tiffin

    Money is how civilized people store labor. Liberals think it is just some theoretical “thing”.
    $16 trillion divided by the population of the USA is over $50,000 each. How much labor do some of you and your families OWE the country because of overspending?

    • Brian Fr Langley

      Dan I hate to be a party pooper, but you need to sit down and give your head a shake. When you add State, Municipal, and their pension debts. Every man women and child in the U.S now owes over 200 trillion dollars. Yes that’s trillion with a T. (that’s around 700,000 each) The U.S. has now sold it’s labor (in your vernacular) thru the 30th century. While possible these “Liberals” you refer to, think money is some “theoretical thing” ,and they’re just stupid, it’s also possible they know exactly what they did ( I say “did” because at current debt levels it really is all over) as part of a wider plan to bring about the destruction of bourgoise capitalism. But don’t fret about it comrade, the good news is we’ll finallyall be equal. Poor, but equal.

    • legal eagle

      Americans owe nothing because this debt does not have to be paid….Maybe you can tell us under what circumstances this debt will have to be paid?
      Another idiotic hypothetical from those who need something to complain about….Typical Republican whining…except when a Republican is in office..LOL

      • DanB_Tiffin

        You probably do not know how grateful I am to see such a post from a liberal. It shows us all sooooooooooo much!

        “this debt does not have to be paid” And I use “Libs R Thieves” as my avatar. Golly Gee, “legal eagle” you speak like a true thief! Why do we have ANY taxes, then, if the government can just borrow and never pay it back? Maybe you can tell us that? Is it all accounting BS?

        The debt is already being paid back in the overprinting of the dollar and inflation of our money, the dollar. Those things will just get worse like the Weimar money did. The debt will be paid with the crushing poverty of the future American generations. It will destroy the value of everyone’s retirement accounts that they saved for, like responsible citizens, over a working life. Something that will never have needed to happen. Something that would never have happened if not for the something-for-nothing liberal thieves among us.

        And so many of us protested on these web sites, at least, when George Bush wanted that trillion dollar bail out.

        • legal eagle

          To take an extraordinary circumstance ie Germany after World War I and use it as an example for todays global economic situation is nonsensical.
          Conservatives protested against bailouts in 08 because they don’t like to govern…they just like to sit back and criticize…

          • DanB_Tiffin

            Technically no one has to repay a debt, they can default and live with the consequences.
            I will post my “16 trillion divided by” post again in the future on other web sites. You can see where and when by clicking on my “DanB_Tiffin” and see what I am posting. Please feel free to follow my post with your so enlightened post about “Americans owe nothing because this debt does not have to be paid”
            I am sure it will provide lots of entertainment to readers.
            Thanks again!

          • legal eagle

            The American economy is based upon the ability to default, restructure, restructure payment terms etc, or declare bankruptcy…..Greece defaulted…did they send a collection notice to each citizen…Wall Street firms defaulted in 2008…did the creditors ask the stockholders for repayment?
            These are complex situations without simplistic answers….Your 16 trillion comment is theory not fact…
            Having worked on Wall Street for many years I deal in practicality not theory….Theory is for politicians and professors…

          • DanB_Tiffin

            So, a lawyer who worked on Wall Street. Yup, it all adds up.

          • legal eagle

            Adds up to what?…..LOL So I am well versed in investments, the law and the real world? Is that problematical?

          • DanB_Tiffin

            http://www.gallup.com/poll/124625/honesty-ethics-poll-finds-congress-image-tarnished.aspx

            QUOTE
            Aside from members of Congress, the only other occupational group that the majority of Americans see as having low or very low honesty and ethical standards is car salespeople. At least 40% of Americans perceive several other professions as having low integrity, including senators, stockbrokers, HMO managers, insurance salespeople, and lawyers.
            UNQUOTE

          • legal eagle

            Dan,
            If Congress is held in such low esteem why do 95% of incumbents win re-election….People think everyone has low integrity except themselves and their own stockbroker, senator, insurance salesperson etc….

          • DanB_Tiffin

            Only constituents can vote in and reelect their own incumbents.

            When you ask the people what they think about “their” representative you get one answer. When you ask what they think about congress folks, etc. in general, you get the Gallup answer. It is all about the question. You essentially pointed to that yourself at the end of your response, “their own stockbroker, senator, etc. . .” as opposed to congress or those professions in general.

        • legal eagle

          Always like when you economic geniuses live in the past….Maybe you might read a book instead of repeating simplistic talking points you’ve heard from economist/clown geniuses like Limbaugh , O’Reilly and Beck…. ???
          BTW… lets also hope no one gets polio or black plague..one never knows if they are coming back soon…

          • DanB_Tiffin

            So, legal eagle, are you one of our elected officials, of the liberal persuasion? You sure sound like you would be a good fit in that category.

          • legal eagle

            Elected office doesn’t pay enough….LOL

      • John Daly

        << Americans owe nothing because this debt does not have to be paid.

        Wow. Just… wow.

        • legal eagle

          Economics 101…Under what circumstance would the U.S. debt have to be repaid? Maybe you can answer the question instead of talking theory…….I wont be holding my breath for an answer…

  • Porkbevr

    At least in this instance you’re not a racist, Burt. Mexicans are an amalgam of several ethnicities.
    I’m sure Obama supporters will declare you racist for some of your other stances, though.
    Another good article.