April 30, 2014

Jerry's Ink


From time to time I receive emails that I like to share with the readers of this column. This first one, which is called "A Conundrum," is so so true.

The definition of "conundrum" is something that is puzzling or confusing.

Here are six conundrums of socialism in the United States of America:

1. America is capitalist and greedy – yet half of the population is subsidized.

2. Half of the population is subsidized – yet they think they are victims.

3. They think they are victims – yet their representatives run the government.

4. Their representatives run the government – yet the poor keep getting poorer.

5. The poor keep getting poorer – yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.

6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about – yet they want America to be more like those other countries.

That pretty much sums up the USA and what the liberal leaders want the 47 percent who pay no taxes to believe.


This is why you're wrong.

This is not an indictment of the 47 percent of the people who pay no taxes. It is an indictment of those people whose socialist ideas keep the 47 percent down.

It's about a President who would rather give food stamps and extend unemployment benefits than give people jobs where they would be happy to earn money and pay their "fair share" of taxes.

Want an example? How about 20,000 examples? That is the number of people who are out of work who could have been put to work if Barack Obama approved the Keystone pipeline. Who's for the pipeline? The public. According to Pew Research, currently 61 percent of Americans favor building the pipeline, while 27 percent are opposed.

About half of Democrats favor building the pipeline, while 38 percent are opposed.

And here's the kicker: Opposition to building the pipeline is most widespread among Democrats, liberals and those with high family incomes.

There is the most support for the pipeline among Democrats with family incomes of less than $50,000.

It's been five years and President Obama is still kicking the Keystone pipeline can down the road.

He should either have the balls to say he's against it and take the political fallout, or approve it and put a lot of good honest people who are among the 47 percent who are currently not paying taxes to work.

Which brings me to a version of David Letterman's Top 10 that someone sent me, which I cut down to a Top 6 because I didn't agree with four of them. This is your last chance to hate me today.

Number 6: Only in America . . . could liberal politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a $35,000-a-plate campaign fund-raising event.

Number 5: Only in America . . . could people claim that the government still discriminates against black Americans when we have a black President, a black Attorney General and roughly 20 percent of the federal work force is black.

Number 4: Only in America . . . could they have had the two people most responsible for our tax code, Timothy Geithner (the former head of the Treasury Department) and Charles Rangel (who once ran the Ways and Means Committee), BOTH turn out to be tax cheats who are in favor of higher taxes.

Number 3: Only in America . . . can they have terrorists kill people in the name of Allah and have the media primarily react by fretting that Muslims might be harmed by the backlash.

Number 2: Only in America . . . could you need to present a driver's license to cash a check or buy alcohol, but not to vote.

And Number 1: Only in America . . . could the rich people – who pay 86 percent of all income taxes – be accused of not paying their "fair share" by people who don't pay any income taxes at all.

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    Hate you?
    April 29, 2014 | 07:46 PM

    One word. Amen.

    Michael Chaney
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    The Ultimate Conundrum
    May 01, 2014 | 12:24 PM

    Talk about conundrums or oxymorons. How about the "United" States of America?

    At the rate we're going, there is no hope for the good old USA if we don't put money, politics, religion, and moral judgements aside and pull togeher as one. A genuine "e pluribus unum" kind-of-thing. Short of that, lucky if we make it to 2050 or 3000 without another Civil War.

    And not to forget ... The Roman Empire fell. The Ottoman Empire fell. And the British Empire fell. And we might be next if we don't seriously get our national shit together! Bill

    Bill Crandall
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    Jerry Della Femina's Comments
    May 01, 2014 | 10:24 PM

    Jerry's 150% right! BHO is a Socialist, destroying personal initiative, an arm-chair philosopher who "won't dirty his hands" by negotiating with his opposition party, and trying to shift the wealth from those who have worked to obtain it to those who have their hands out and don't want to work!
    It's time to fix it and Hillary WILL NOT FIX IT, so we need a logical thinker and doer in the White House ASAP

    Joel Harris
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    current article
    May 02, 2014 | 06:51 PM

    Love it

    Laurie Giliberti
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    Hate It
    May 02, 2014 | 09:09 PM

    Smoke and mirrors. The main "people" who are subsidized are corporations "who" not only don't pay taxes but get huge refunds as well (e.g. GE; read about it). Four hundred people own as much as 150 million and 85 people have over 1 trillion dollars globally. Media (always conservative because it is corporate: the term *liberal media* is a stupid mantra that gets repeated so much that the uninformed believe it) always blame the poor. Most people on food stamps work (and I think a fourth of a fifth of the entire SNAP budget goes to Walmart workers). So, don't forget, to paraphrase, "While you were bitching about that guy who bought a Snickers bar with food stamps, Exxon just took $1900 out of your pocket." Misplaced rage, from those who wield weapons of mass distraction. Yes, I HATE what you to stir people up against the wrong "others"... I can deconstruct almost all of these "arguments" -- especially Obama being liberal! He is a great disappointment to all progressives with any eyes to see because he is right of Eisenhower, a man I admire very much these days, when many politicians were gentleman and not like a bunch of kids on the playground, stirring up manufactured rage so we don't look at the man behind the curtain. America is up for sale to the highest bidder and a few people own this country. Yes, there is terrible racism. You think a few clever phrases make things true?

    Jill Marie
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    Last Word
    May 03, 2014 | 09:56 PM

    Borrowing from a Luke quote in the New Testament of The Bible, U.S. President John F. Kennedy once famously said over 50 years ago, "To those whom much is given, much is expected."

    The only people I can think of beyond JFK who ever publicly said as much are FDR, LBJ, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. And not just with words or platitudes, but with their personal actions and good deeds for ALL of America and its people!

    Whatever happened to this idea or concept? Have we, who are fortunate enough to be doing well while so many other people are going down, become so selfish, judgmental, and political as to forsake "the least of our brethren" and those middle class Americans who never imagined being among them?

    From the likes of Jerry and commentators such as Michael Chaney, Laurie Giliberti, and Joel Harris (a real toad), I fear the answer is a very sad, YES. Bill Crandall

    Bill Crandall
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    May 04, 2014 | 11:24 PM

    AMEN!! Say it out loud. I love it.

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