The Golden Ticket

Obama and his stooges will have to excuse me if I’m somewhat skeptical when they claim to be delighted that the GOP is running Romney and Ryan against them. I mean, I have tried to see things from their viewpoint, but I just can’t imagine why a radical leftist who has run this nation’s economy into the ground and his clownish sidekick would want to run against two guys who are smart, well-spoken and extremely personable.

The Golden Ticket

The Golden Ticket

I mean, at least when the various palookas said they were looking forward to facing Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano and even Apollo Creed, in the boxing ring, guys like Tony Galento, Bernie Reynolds and Rocky Balboa, knew they were in store for a big payday. But faced with having to debate these two attractive, articulate Republicans, and without a Teleprompter feeding them their lines, Obama and Biden better hope their opponents will agree to take a dive.

I know that some conservatives are upset that Romney isn’t cool or charismatic, two words that Democrats always attach to Obama. As for me, it’s enough that I’m so cool, I could actually double as a refrigerator, and so charismatic, it’s almost scary. But I wouldn’t want to see me in the role of commander in chief and leader of the free world. For that job, I prefer someone who is honest, decent and competent.

One of the things I happen to like best about Paul Ryan is his ability to translate economics into perfectly understandable English. Although you would think that every single American would understand what four years of 8% unemployment, 8% underemployment and a $16 trillion dollar national debt, mean to our nation’s future and the future of the world. A world, by the way, that is faced with the threat of a nuclear Iran; a China lusting for more turf; and a Russia controlled by the former head of the KGB.

And then there’s the matter of Islamic ambitions. Let us never forget that Barack Hussein Obama once declared that if push ever comes to shove, he would side with the religion of his loony, racist, drunken, father. And why would we doubt him when everything he has said and done, even prior to taking up residence in the White House, has shown where his loyalties lie?

For more on this subject, I urge every voter, whatever his political affiliation, to see “2016” before Election Day.

What I don’t get is how oblivious so many Americans are to the economic precipice this nation is fast-approaching. You don’t have to be Milton Friedman or have a Ph.D in economics to understand that you can’t indefinitely deal with the problem by borrowing from China and printing worthless paper money. When towns and cities all over America are facing bankruptcy because their politicians gave public sector unions a blank check when times were flush, knowing they’d get votes and campaign contributions when election time rolled around, you would think everyone would be aware of the devastation our nation is facing.

Of course it’s only anecdotal, but Bret Baier, in his report about the dire circumstances facing American municipalities, mentioned that in San Jose, CA, prior to the city declaring bankruptcy, firemen were averaging $130,000-a-year while cops were pulling down $90,000, and after 20 years of service, they could look forward to equally generous pensions.

In San Bernardino, one police sergeant pocketed $317,000. No doubt he put in a lot of overtime, leading me to wonder if the man ever slept. But $317,000 in a city where the average taxpayer makes less than $40,000-a-year seems a tad outrageous. For that kind of dough, if I were a resident, I’d expect the cop to spend his weekends painting my house and repairing my plumbing.

What makes this all the more farcical is that these towns are in California, where the Democrats in Sacramento have spent decades squandering money we don’t have, while pretty much inviting companies to leave for business-friendlier locales like Arizona and Texas. As a result, we have what are probably the highest state and sales taxes in the land, and while the rest of the nation has apoplexy when gasoline prices hit $3.60 or $3.70-a-gallon, ours regularly soar well over $4.00. Liberals of course blame the oil companies for hiking prices at the pump, but the truth is that Jerry Brown and his cronies are gouging us to a degree that the folks at Mobil and Arco can only dream about.

Finally, one reader recently sent me an email, reminding me that, in declaring my skepticism where pacifism is concerned, I once wrote: “Gandhi was just lucky that his enemy happened to be England and not the Soviet Union or Nazi Germany.”

In response, I added, “The tragedy in the Middle East is that Israel hasn’t been nearly as fortunate in its enemies as India was.”

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/
  • cmacrider

    Burt:  I agree wholeheartedly with your observation that the Dems are exhibiting a false bravado when they are looking at the Romney Ryan ticket.  I don’t think anyone can disagree with you when you say that one of Ryan’s great attributes is his ability to explain complicated economic issues in terms everyone can comprehend.  

    As a Canadian who has had to negotiate business transactions with American’s on numerous occasions, I suggest that Ryan also brings another important attribute to the table which is important to Americans ….. namely credibility …… because he doesn’t attempt to misrepresent, spin the facts, divert attention.  He is laying out solutions to problems arising from the facts.  In my business dealings with Americans I quickly recognized that (a) they are neither stupid or bumbling (b) if you are straightforward and do as you say you will do …. you end up with a more generous deal than you had anticipated.  I think Ryan brings that sense of integrity to the table which has been completely lacking from the Obama crew.  I will not be surprised if the American electorate are very “generous” to the Romney/Ryan ticket.

    Additionally, after listening to Ryan’s “coming out” speech in front of the USS Wisconsin in which he pointed out “America is not just a place … its an idea”, I thought “finally a Republican is saying what the rest of us non-Americans have acknowledged for years.”  In one his subsequent stump speeches Ryan pointed out that Obama assumes that upward mobility is no longer possible in America and that  everyone must be dependent on the Government and that those assumptions are simply not true.  When Ryan said that, my thought was … finally the Republicans have found someone who knows how to deal with socialist  (we don’t call them “progressives” or “liberals” but than we’ve had to deal with them since before the Second War)  He knows how to deal with them because he attacks their fundamental assumptions …. and neither their economic assumptions nor their political assumptions have any foundation in historical facts or reality.

    Thanks for an excellent article

    • BurtPrelutsky

       CMA: Thank you for once again contributing your outsider’s point of view to America’s political scene.  If only there were more Americans who see things as clearly as you do!  But, then, Obama and his cronies haven’t spent the past four years bribing Canadians with food stamps, free birth control pills, abortions on demand and amnesty for illegal aliens.

      I still believe that Romney and Ryan will defeat Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dumber, but in a different, earlier, better America, we would all be predicting a landslide for the Republicans.

      Burt

  • GlenFS

    Burt,  I agree the Dems are displaying heaps of bravado in their chop-licking remarks on Ryan’s selection.  Let’s just see how long the tough talk lasts.  All one need see is how Ryan destroyed Obama at the Brewer House HC Summit to see how this is likely to turn out.  Lying tends to go poorly when you try it on one armed with a command of facts.

    • BurtPrelutsky

      Glen, I think that any Democrat who is licking his chops in anticipation of the presidential or vice-presidential debates is exhibiting symptoms of dementia.

      Burt

  • Michael

    Burt, in my experience, most of the idiots calling for “peace” have never been the victim of an aggressor, at least not to the point at which it cost them anything of real value, like their life.  The US is paying the price for too many years of feeding, caring for, and protecting a couple of generations of spoiled brats, who now run around thumbing their noses at the very national “parent” that provided so much for them and the world. 

    I’m neither Jewish nor Israeli, but it didn’t take too many trips to the library for me to figure out why Israel maintains a strong military, and why Israelis “stubbornly” insist on the right to defend themselves.  It’s because they learned the hard way, after centuries of persecution and near annihilation, that passivity in the face of bullies, after a point, only allows the bullies to win.  

    • BurtPrelutsky

      But you would have thought that every kid had learned that lesson on the schoolyard by the time he was 10 years old.

      Burt

      • Michael

        I think they learned the lesson.  The problem, and the dirty truth, is that even though most don’t want to be bullied, too many of them still enjoy seeing certain others bullied. 

  • Bruce A.

    Romney Ryan may be The Golden Ticket.  But, an Obama win will be a Golden Shower for the taxpayers .

    • BurtPrelutsky

       I agree, Bruce.  Now we can only hope and pray that the taxpayers, not those who get “refunds” even though they don’t pay income taxes, cast the majority of votes on Nov. 6th.

      Burt