Three Strikes and You’re Out!

After you’ve read this article, Burt hopes you’ll enjoy Communists, Socialists & Other Plagues.

I realize that some people have been raving about Obama’s final two debate appearances. But, for the most part, those are people named David Axelrod, Jay Leno, Joy Behar, David Letterman and Chris Matthews. But the truth is that no rational person would ever say he mopped the floor with Mitt Romney; the most you can say for Obama is that he did better after awakening from his self-induced coma, even if in doing so, he spouted more fibs than Joe Isuzu.

I have no doubt that Team Obama now wish they had gotten out of the first debate by claiming that their guy had come down with the flu. Up until then, their negative ads had convinced a lot of voters that Romney was a heartless plutocrat, the sort of ogre who would chuckle while helping Paul Ryan push old people off a cliff. Once they saw and heard Romney for themselves, saw a devout Mormon who regularly donates well over 10% of his income to charity — and not just during election years — a guy who knows how business works because he has spent most of his life running businesses, as opposed to someone who has spent most of his own life badmouthing capitalism while promoting Marxism, it was, as they say in tennis, game, set, match.

One of the things Obama likes to say is that one of the worst things that we can expect of President Romney is that he’ll start shipping jobs overseas. Is he unaware that his own unemployment numbers would be even worse than they are if such foreign car companies as Toyota, Honda, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai and VW, didn’t have factories in America that employed hundreds of thousands of workers? And, what’s more, none of them had to be bailed out of bankruptcy with billions of tax dollars and handed over, lock, stock and carburetor, to the UAW.

Four years ago, the late Geraldine Ferraro, who was helping Hillary Clinton in her primary campaign, was tossed under the bus because she had the audacity to state that Barack Obama was lucky he was black because no white guy with so little political experience would have dared run for the presidency.

What she didn’t say was that no white guy who had attended a racist church for 20 years, and counted among his nearest and dearest a rabid black minister; a native-born terrorist who had tried to blow up the Pentagon; a Chicago fixer who was serving a prison sentence; and America’s foremost anti-Semite, Louis Farrakhan; would have ever dreamed of being the standard bearer for a third, fourth or fifth political party, let alone one of the two majors.

I guarantee that if Obama had been a white man, people would have questioned what it meant that he had been a community organizer. The fact that the community in question is the murder capital of America makes you wonder what it was exactly that he was organizing.

When you look over his record, which he’s done so much to suppress, you hear that people at his college remember him, if at all, as a student who was lazy, left-wing and egotistical. By his own admission, he enjoyed smoking pot and hanging out with radicals. He also made a point of denying that he was half-white because he so closely identified with his natural father, an avowed Communist who despised Caucasians and the free market in equal measure.

Years ago, Laurence Peter came up with a notion, which he expanded into a book called The Peter Principle. It was his theory that people tend to rise to the level of their incompetence, that being the nature of organizations. So it is that an excellent teacher will more often than not be removed from the classroom and promoted to an administrative position as a principal or member of the Board of Education, where they can comfortably settle into a permanent state of mediocrity.

These days, if they brought out a new edition of the book, they could do worse than have Obama’s picture on the cover.

When you realize that during his six years in the Illinois State Senate, his most memorable accomplishment was voting in favor of laws that allowed doctors to kill babies born during botched abortions; and that during his four years in the U.S. Senate, his voting record was even more left-wing than that achieved by such liberal pinheads as John Kerry, Patty Murray, Dick Durbin and Ted Kennedy, it’s even more bizarre that he was elected in 2008.

Furthermore, when you consider what has happened to America over the past four years, both in our relations with allies and enemies, and with an economy on life support, you have to wonder why the polls continue to suggest it will be a close election.

Obama, after all, is the anti-Midas. Unlike the mythological king whose touch turned everything into gold, everything this guy touches turns into dreck.

Still, even now, this near to the election, there are people who claim they’re still undecided if they’re voting for Obama or Romney. How is that possible?

I mean, by now even dead people have made up their minds.

Unfortunately, as is usually the case, they’re all Democrats and they’ll be voting for Obama.

Now that you’ve read this article, Burt hopes you’ll enjoy Communists, Socialists & Other Plagues.

©2012 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/
  • gahrump

    Burt, I hope BO is sent packing. He always reminded me of Charlie McCarthy and no one was paying attention to his Edgar Bergen.

  • souvoter

    Everyday for the last four years, there has been nothing but scandals, corruption and secrecy and just pure  incompetence from the Obama administration. How anyone can in good conscience, vote for any democrat at this juncture, is way beyond me. I voted a straight Republican ticket and will forever more!!!!!!!!

    • Mario__P

      So you’re one of the many reasons why our debt and unemployment rate are so high. Thank you very much!

    • Prelutsky1540

       souvoter:  Amen.

      Burt

  • Ernest

    Obama’s association with his pastors just shows what his brand of politics is and why Blacks overwhelmingly support Obama;. Pastor and confidante Jeremiah Wright – he said “Blacks are the chosen people who will only accept a god who assists their aim of destroying the “white enemy.” . Pastor Lowery who made the benediction of Obama’s inauguration – He said “All White people will go to hell, every good ‘Nigger’ will vote for Obama” America fights for democracy that is free of discrimination against races, creeds and social groups. But this leader of the free world advocates for divisiveness among races, creeds and social groups.     

    • Prelutsky1540

       Ernest: I thought Romney would win the election even before the first debate.  By now, I am convinced of it.

      Burt

      • Joel Wischkaemper

        I am not convinced of it and I am sweating blood as I try and do anything but turn on the tele and listen until it is pretty much final.  SOMEbody needs to chastise Romney for some of the things he said after he asked MY Republican Party to back him. 
        Per Obama.  I no longer believe is is .not. seriously influenced by Jeremiah Wright.  When he said get revenge, I believe he was talking to the illegal aliens and the thousands and thousands of fake I.D.s out there.  And when he asked the young white kid for his birth certificate, he tied his revenge mark to the illegal aliens.  Vote.. get revenge.   Now..  I am going back to sweating blood so leave me alone.

        • Prelutsky1540

           Joel:  I won’t be chastising Romney for anything he’s said.  I’m too busy praying for his victory.

          Now I’ll leave you alone.

          Burt

  • cmacrider

    Burt:  Excellent column.  One small point.  The Peter Principle, as I understand it, outlines a person being promoted in the first instance because of their competency.  They eventually are elevated to a level of incompetency.  In Obama’s case I see no evidence of competency at any level he was simply elevated because the Dem’s understood they could exploit America’s “sin of slavery syndrome” and win the WH.

    • Prelutsky1540

       The Dems were wise.  They judged the electorate and came up with the perfect Manchurian Candidate.

      Burt

  • brendan horn

    Burt, 
    I think Obama is on his thousandth strike. I think if we put the ball on a tee for him he would still struggle to hit the ball. Yet some people seem to think he will still be the  Hank Aaron of politics. 

    Some people can be fooled all of the time = and that has been a key stratagem for the Obama reelection campaign. 

    Did you notice the strange look on Obama’s face at the third debate? His expression almost never changed. It looked like he had several botox injections. If Romney had an expression like that, liberals would have said he looked like a serial killer.

    • Prelutsky1540

       Brendan: I agree.  He did resemble a stalker.  Valerie Jarrett must have told him it made him look manly.

      Burt

  • DanB_Tiffin

    My employers have all wanted to see my college transcripts. I turned them over, no problem.  So, who are the employers of our government people, again?  Do you know, Burt?

    • Mario__P

      None of my employers asked for my transcripts, only for my diploma. So where do we go from here with this argument?

      BTW, your employer knows how much you make.

      • DanB_Tiffin

        Any current employer (present case) has never asked for a transcript.  I have been through several.  My prospective employers have asked for my transcripts as a condition of employment -getting hired.

        Obviously, my jobs are much more important than yours.  Are these jobs of mine also more important than the president?  I certainly am not paid that much.

        • Mario__P

          Employers in certain professions pay little attention, if any, to transcripts. Professional registrations and recommendations play a significantly larger role than some grades from decades ago. So, I’m not sure how you concluded your jobs are much more important than mine.

        • GlenFS

          Mario, two points:
          1. your employer does not know what you make, only what they pay you
          2. my employers required my transcripts as a condition of hiring and I can’t screw things up for millions in my position as Obama has in his… just ask the families of 4 public servants in Libya

        • Mario__P

          GlennFS

          1. “1. your employer does not know what you make, only what they pay you”
          Hence he knows what I make, since he is my only employer.

          2. When was the last time you heard of a registered engineer, a CPA, etc., being asked for his college transcript when being interviewed?

          And I’m glad you’re concerned about the four deaths in Libya. I can’t imagine the devastation you must have felt for those 4,500 deaths in Iraq.

      • DanB_Tiffin

        As to my job being more important than yours, my job obviously REQUIRES more preconditions of hiring than yours as our posts have shown.  Go head and pretend not to notice, however. We can all read.

        BTW, None of my prospective employers ever knew how much I make(made).  That is what I was talking about, originally, if you are too dense to figure that out by now. Those prospective employers never asked for or demanded my tax returns, although the Liberals do whine about Romney and more of his returns.

        • Mario__P

          Since you don’t know what I do, and I don’t know what you do, and because a registered professional will rarely be asked to show his college transcript decades after graduating, while a fresh graduate has nothing else presentable to judge his capabilities on other than his grades, this crucial issue of whose job is more important will probably never be resolved. My entire point about the transcript was that grades play an insignificant role in certain professions, and just because your prospective employers asked for it, doesn’t mean every employer has such a request. Therefore, that argument was deadlocked and without a point.

  • Mario__P

    Burt, 

    Obama was in State senate for eight years, not six as you stated.

    Also, Obama has spent eight years in State senate, four years in the US senate, and four years as the President. Your guy only has four years as a governor. So tell me, which of the two has more public service experience? Yes, Obama has served four times as long on an elected seat than Romney has, so drop the hypocrisy when your guy is so green. Maybe you should be comparing the number of years each has under his collar shutting companies down and outsourcing US labor. Your guys wins that one.

    • DanB_Tiffin

      Yes, companies frequently fail without government bailout.
      Companies intentionally locate manufacturing facilities where the resources necessary to manufacture are least expensive.
      Both normal conditions/events of capitalism.  Perhaps your kind would be happier under a different economic system.  There are other kinds available. Why don’t you see how you would like one of the alternatives currently available?

      • Mario__P

        What you stated is the typical capitalism, where the ones running the company are very familiar with their business and sector. They know what is required to turn the troubled company around. Sometimes it will take relocating abroad to stay competitive. 

        However, Romney has no experience on how to run any specific company, be it a paper pad or folder maker, or how to generate prosperity for everyone under the roof. His primary, and only, goal is to make money for very few at the top at expense of the rest. His involvement in a takeover doesn’t increase the value of the target company, he just transfers the riches from the assets into his pockets. He sucks out the book value of the company by indebting it, so he can cash out, or harvest, the firm. His actions result in destruction of the takeover target, investment loss for the bank issuing the loan, and the loss of taxpayer’s money when the insuring federal government has to reimburse the involved bank. That is not how capitalism is supposed to operate, because if everyone ran such a scheme, there would be no value left to trade.

        • cmacrider

          You wrote in to say THAT …… Obviously you have no clue as to the role of venture capital in a market society

        • Mario__P

          cmacrider,
          Venture capital: financial capital provided to early-stage, high-potential, high risk, growth startup companies. (This is beneficial, because it creates jobs and value.)

          Bain Capital: suck up value of established, but somewhat troubled, companies. (This is damaging, because it kills jobs and removes value.)

          You’re trying to downplay the damage Romney has caused in our economy with Bain Capital. Our nation would have been better off without Bain Capital. Bain Capital is/was a moocher in our society, only benefiting their own. What hypocrisy (47%).

        • DanB_Tiffin

          “damage Romney has caused in our economy with Bain Capital”
          So, obviously, Obama is your choice. OMG!

        • Mario__P

          DanB_Tiffin,

          OMG? You make it sound as if the Republicans had the better economic record, and I was voting for the more damaging Party. How about you vote for the Party that can run a better economy and which has racked up less of the national debt. You will not? OMG?!

          It appears you have not read the details about Bain Capital’s business model and how Bain caused bankruptcies, resulting in FDIC paying for the unrepaid loans. Or how Bain & Company, with Romney’s negotiations, didn’t pay back their loans and forced the government to settle on a significantly reduced amount, because the money that could have been used to continue paying off their loans would instead be used for corporate bonuses.

          http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/greed-and-debt-the-true-story-of-mitt-romney-and-bain-capital-20120829

          http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-federal-bailout-that-saved-mitt-romney-20120829

          Both articles are pretty shocking.

    • brendan horn

      Experience is sometimes overrated. When, for example, you have someone like Obama who has been president for the past four years and has not accomplished very many positive results, there is nothing so impressive about his experience. Four more years of mediocrity is not an impressive campaign slogan. It is, I believe, insane for anyone to believe we will get better results next time around with Obama. He has not succeeded, and he likely will not succeed if he wins reelection. Results are more important than experience. Romney’s results are way more impressive than Obama’s.

      • Mario__P

        So now the experience is overrated? That is not what the Right was saying in 2008. I guess experience is only valued by the Right when it favors them.

        Obama has not accomplished many positive results? Over the last century, how many Republican presidents managed to walk away from their presidency with the unemployment rate being no higher than the level they inherited?

        • brendan horn

          Any experience attributed to Obama is overrated. Negative experience is not better than positive or even neutral experience. Looks like you spoke too soon about the unemployment rate as it has just gone up.

        • Mario__P

          For the sake of the nation, let’s hope the unemployment rate will come down before Obama leaves office. Hopefully he’ll get four more years to work on that. ;)

  • Wheels55

    I guess people can call us racists if they like, but I agree that things would have been very different in 2008 if Obama was white and still had his same background. Clinton would have won it all. I think she would have worked with congress, handled Libya better and would have made it tough for Mitt to win this time.

    • Prelutsky1540

       Wheels: You are probably right.  Like Bill, who wised up after the Democrats lost control of the House in 1994, she probably would have moved to the middle and worked with John Boehner the way that Bill had learned to work with Newt Gingrich.

      Burt

      • Wheels55

        Exactly. The Clintons are smart and driven by real success. Obama seems somewhat smart, but he clearly is driven by a different kind of success – being the best excuse guy in the country. I think he is lazy and truly thought being president would be easy.

  • RickonhisHarleyJohnson

    I’m still amazed by people who say they didn’t know who Obama was. Why did you, and I, and thousands of others know back before he was elected? Were the rest not paying attention?!

    • Prelutsky1540

       Rick: One, they were not paying attention.  Two, they chose to believe him when he said he would unite Americans.  Three, they wanted to be able to brag that they had voted for a black man.

      Burt