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August 03, 2011
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Jerry's Ink


OPEN LETTER TO A FRIEND WHO'S A DEMOCRAT


You know who you are.

I'm not going to give your name. That's between us.

You know I think you're very smart. The truth is, my friends – Democrat or Republican – are all smart.

When it comes to politics I have no time for people who are bigots or dopes.

But I want to talk to you about Barack Obama.

I know when you voted for him you felt he was wonderful. From the very first "Yes we can, Yes we can," you and millions like you thought here was the man who was going to change the world.

At last, here was a president who acted like he had all the answers. A handsome, articulate man with a wonderful family who offered change and hope and spoke of transparency and made it clear from the very beginning he would never lie to you.

That was his first lie. Since then he has lied to you and the American people on every issue.

He can still make a helluva speech, but these days a lot of smart people like you and me can see right through his empty words.

He's a blustering, posing empty suit.

He has spent trillions – more than any other president in this country's history – and what do we have to show for it? A country that's drifting every day into a mood of class warfare.

Almost three years have gone by since he took office, and you and I have had many conversations about Obama.

The most you would say is that you're "disappointed" with him.

You and I know it's worse than that. He is more than a disappointment . . . he is a disaster.

The unemployment rate is 9.2 percent and it's going to get worse.

The country isn't growing. How can it grow when the president has declared war on those businesses who hire people and on any family that makes over $250,000 a year?

And, since I know how smart you are, you know in your heart of hearts he is not going to get better.

He's clearly in over his head. He may be book smart, but he has never managed anything in his life. He hasn't got an idea what to do.

What's more, other then Hillary Clinton, Leon Panetta, Robert Gates and General David Petraeus, he has surrounded himself with second- and third-rate people who have no idea what to do, either. Even if they knew, it wouldn't matter. He is arrogant and listens to no one.

He is now moving us toward class warfare. His behavior during the debt limit debate has been shameless. And yes, in 2006 as a senator from Illinois he voted against raising the debt limit.

How dare he say if he didn't get a debt limit "compromise" he didn't know if he could mail out Social Security checks should there be a default.

That was a crappy, disgusting threat to older people who have been paying for Social Security since their first paychecks.

He did get his way on the debt limit because all he wanted was for it to be out of the picture until after he was re-elected in 2012.

He will, in my opinion, get re-elected in 2012. He has the black, Latino, liberal and union vote. Plus, he has the automatic vote of Democrats like you in his pocket.

And, my good friend, please don't ask me who the Republicans have to run against him for president in 2012.

Whomever they run (and that includes Sarah Palin, who you know is certainly not a favorite of mine) will be far better than Obama, who just may destroy this country before 2016.

The Tea Party is alive in this country because of Barack Obama. His pushing a horrible health care bill this country can't afford down the throats of the 56 percent of Americans who opposed it was the reason the Tea Party was born.

Barack Obama isn't just another bad president like Jimmy Carter was; he may be the end of the line. He will be party to the destruction of Israel, the emergence of Iran as a nuclear power, and an oil and fuel crisis that will bring this great country to its knees.

Now, my good friend, I know you and I disagree on his "tax the life out of rich and the upper middle class" plan.

So I have an idea. Suppose you and all the Democrats I know who are in favor of a tax voluntarily pay it yourselves, no matter what you are earning.

If you believe someone has to fund the 47 percent of the population that doesn't pay income tax, why can't it be you? I have paid millions of dollars in income tax in my lifetime, so don't go asking me for my "fair" share.

In the Hamptons most of the millionaires and billionaires I know are Democrats, so I'm sure you can raise quite a bit of money from them and every other Democrat millionaire and billionaire across the country.

And on the day that Obama gets the unemployment rate down to 7.6 percent, which it was when he came into office, we Republicans promise we will pay a tax twice the amount that you Democrats paid originally.

And finally, for you my friend, all I ask is that tonight when you go to bed, look up at the ceiling and remember no matter what happens you are going to vote for this dangerous dope again, and think about what you would be saying to me about Barack Obama and the piss-poor job he has done if he were a Republican.

Sleep tight.

If you wish to comment on "Jerry's Ink" please send your message to jerry@dfjp.com or visit indyeastend.com and scroll to the bottom of the column.

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    I respectfully agree
    August 03, 2011 | 09:52 AM

    Excellent piece Jerry, you've about summed up my feelings about our current president and his now obvious incompetency, hypocrisy and blatant dishonesty. The president that I voted for because I sincerely thought he would be the better choice to run this country. I do not agree with the modern day liberal democrats by any means and am registered republican, but I identify myself as an independent voter having libertarian views. Thus meaning, I value individual freedom and liberty very highly and agree with the views of our founding fathers who would today be rolling in their graves as the way our government is today was the very thing they worked so hard to avoid. What I wouldn't pay to see some of these guys come back to life and open a can of whoop ass on Obama in a cage match for destroying the freedoms and values they worked so hard to frame this country on. I am very discouraged these days by how many people blindly vote based only on their party affiliation and point the finger at the other party for anything and everything that has happened and continues to happen. People are we not Americans before we're democrats or republicans? United we stand, divided we fall? Anyone else see this happening? Obama is doing a terrible job of running this country, look at the numbers they don't lie. He is pitting Americans against each other and dividing us right down the middle. He is lying to ALL OF US! The very people he is supposed to be serving and the very same people who PAY HIS SALARY!! This is no longer one political party vs. the other, this is a make it or break it election coming up, it could be the last as he will likely destroy this country as we know it by 2016 should he be elected again. Don't be stubborn like the donkey and vote democrat just because you are one and don't like the republican ideals, vote for the greater good of the country.

    Modern Day Patriot
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    If elected, I would....
    August 03, 2011 | 12:38 PM

    Hi, Jerry:

    How would you compare the presidency of "W" to that of Obama? What would you do to clean up the mess W left us with, and what would you have done, if president, to rescue the country after the bundled mortgage crisis...And why, in your opinion, aren't any of those guys in jail instead of out on the golf course smoking pot?

    I am curious, yellow
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    Sarah Palin for President?????
    August 03, 2011 | 02:02 PM

    ....and what would you have done as President to resolve the debt crisis. easy to criticize. and what exactly have Republicans done to create jobs to help the economy. and, the rich are making more money, they should pay more in taxes. The average American does pay taxes, based on their income, contrary to what you seem to think. Obama walked into a mess Republicans created and are doing nothing to fix except play partisan politics. And to say Sarah Palin would make a better president - well I guess I would expect that from a Republican. Having been in the same field as you, I've always had the utmost respect for you - and always will for your PR abilities, but you lost me at "dangerous dope."

    KC's Mom
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    thank you mr bush
    August 03, 2011 | 02:17 PM

    if it werent for the failings of mr bush and cheney we would not have the current president we would not have 60 % of the debt ( caused by tax cuts for the rich and business ) we would not have debt from an unpaid for and unnessecery war no clean water rules for fracking. no budget surplus oh yes thanks alot for killing more american solders than obl killed american citizens on 911 and doing nothing to get obl thank you mr bush and thank you america for voting for a democrat

    d marsh
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    Slow down a second ..
    August 03, 2011 | 03:21 PM

    The "tax the rich to death" proposal, as you put it, is to raise marginal rates 3%. If you make $250k or more, that's thirty bucks for each additional thousand bucks you make. That's ALL it is. Tax rates are lower than any time in the last 50 years. If low rates = more prosperity, we should be booming. Moreover, the top 10%, 1%, etc. have shown MASSIVE increases in terms of real-dollar income AND wealth. But the middle and lower classes are stagnant at best, for decades. So it is quite reasonable to argue that the wealthy are not paying their fair share, anymore.

    Class warfare? Or just sensible, realistic adjustments? You decide - I already have. Thirty bucks - give me a break!

    Obama disappoints, yes - but only because he has failed to beat the living crap out of the preposterous demagogues on the right. It is THEY who are destroying the country's resources and resolve. It is their "facts" that are deliberate lies, so frequently.

    Rich
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    Republican versus Democrat
    August 03, 2011 | 03:44 PM

    The premise of this post, Democrat versus Republican, is so childish and superficial as to not warrant comment. But what the hell...

    What President tripled regulations? And created the poorly-coordinated, overly-complicated, labyrinthean mess of agencies now dogging American business? What President triggered the Great Inflation? What President upped Social Security benefits a staggering 20% just before an election? What President outpaced even LBJ in broad-ranging, unnecessary entitlements that plague our financial stability today? What President mushroomed the money supply beyond all comprehension--all the while (just like you) condemning spend-crazy democrats? And while you're working on that answer, please explain why Reagan added to this monstrous bureaucracy--- press releases to the contrary.

    What will get this nation back on track are sober, thoughtful people-- not idealogues. What is is about admen? Years of blowing smoke-- and they just can't stop. Haldeman was an adman, right? 20 years J Walter Thompson? The country really needs him now. Just kidding on that one.

    Years of blowing smoke?
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    Just Another Day in D.C.
    August 03, 2011 | 05:35 PM

    What a great article and commentary from Indy readers. Almost as much fun as watching Dick Cheney on a duck hunt with Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachman, Rand Paul, et al.

    But seriously folks … everyone should just relax and enjoy the show!

    As reported in yesterday’s NY Daily News, “The Amazing Kreskin” has already divined who will be the next President and has placed his predictions in lockboxes at Patsy’s Italian Restaurant, Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night, and elsewhere - to be opened after the election.

    So (LOL), Kreskin has spoken and there’s really not much any of us can do about it except pray that Cheney finds his mark again.


    Bill Crandall
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    Respect
    August 03, 2011 | 05:55 PM

    it's fine to disagree with his policies, but you lose credibility by disrespecting the office and demonizing the personal. calling the president of the united states a "dope" is a sad reflection on you, a small man.

    JA
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    Suddenly, Ron Paul doesn't seem so meshugenah
    August 03, 2011 | 05:56 PM

    The entire system has been broken for some time now. Both parties and nearly every president since FDR are to blame. Mr. Paul again gets my vote in '12. Too bad more people didn't listen to him in '08. Much of this madness could've been avoided. But that's just me. Thanks for the discussion, Jerry.

    Chuck In Houston
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    Former Democrat
    August 03, 2011 | 05:57 PM

    jerry, thanks so much for saving me the effort of composing a similar letter. You encompassed it all. Except that so many Obama supporters are still blaming Bush. If Obama were working in the private sector and had done so much damage to the business, and tried to blame a former employee who held the position, he'd be fired on the spot for beingvso incompetent. Well, it's no different in government. He has done a horrible job and is still blaming Bush! I hope to G-d the people who support him smarten-up, and realize he Is destroying this once-great country. Thanks again, Jerry.

    N. Lawrence Hecht
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    Former Democrat
    August 03, 2011 | 05:57 PM

    jerry, thanks so much for saving me the effort of composing a similar letter. You encompassed it all. Except that so many Obama supporters are still blaming Bush. If Obama were working in the private sector and had done so much damage to the business, and tried to blame a former employee who held the position, he'd be fired on the spot for beingvso incompetent. Well, it's no different in government. He has done a horrible job and is still blaming Bush! I hope to G-d the people who support him smarten-up, and realize he Is destroying this once-great country. Thanks again, Jerry.

    N. Lawrence Hecht
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    Jerry, me thinks you're projecting too much.
    August 03, 2011 | 06:37 PM

    Jerry, it's funny when you rip the president for lying when it's actually you who have your pants on fire.

    Obama ignited class warfare? Get real. The Republicans have done that by repeatedly trying to balance the budget on the backs of the young and the poor without ever once listening to policies that would ask for equal sacrifices from the rich.

    It is Republicans who are trying to crush unions that benefit the poor and middle-class among us in order to help their fat cat campaign contributors - the rich.

    It is Republicans who are writing bill after bill trying to make it tougher for minorities and young people to vote - because those people vote disproportionally Democrat. And it's rich-backed Republican political groups sending out misleading voting mailers in places like Wisconsin to suppress voter turnout among Dems.

    You sir, are a liar of the highest order. And the sad thing is I know you're very smart. But apparently not smart enough to know we don't believe your BS.

    Matt M
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    To Chuck In Houston – Where Else But Texas?
    August 03, 2011 | 07:11 PM

    Chuck … Appreciate your support for Ron Paul and I agree with him on certain Libertarian points. But he will never get the nod from the GOP or Independents in a national election, because he is basically Ross Perot’s “Mini Me.”

    The guy I’m really afraid of for our future is his son, U.S. Representative Rand Paul, KY – key among the House’s other 83 “freshmen” Tea Party lunatics, who have a lot more to learn about global politics and finance before they speak and vote on behalf of our nation’s survival and my daughters' future.


    Bill Crandall
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    Dis respectfully disagree
    August 03, 2011 | 10:32 PM

    Hog slop, authored by a loudmouth with a loose grasp of the facts.

    Grow up loser. Your part of the problem. Better still, move to Guatemala, where you don't need to pay taxes and they have a really small government.


    Flame away retards
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    open letter to a democrat
    August 04, 2011 | 09:13 AM

    must be talking about R, Higer and or Neil Hausig . Both run their mouths every week spitting anger. Can't admit Obama isn't perfect, and they wouldn't vote any other way, even if it cost us our country. They are both pathic and note they only write to that liberal paper.

    Bea Derrico
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    well done, sir
    August 04, 2011 | 10:22 AM

    this piece is richly complex, filled with subtlety and nuance, expertly suggesting solutions to our nation's problems instead of simply pointing fingers. um, yeah . . . please read some books and go back to playing cards or something.

    btw, if anyone is serious about discovering the root of our nation's problems, this book is extremely enlightening and steps away from the usual bi-partisan scapegoats: http://amzn.to/nzbXka

    Chuck Woolery
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    well done, sir
    August 04, 2011 | 10:22 AM

    this piece is richly complex, filled with subtlety and nuance, expertly suggesting solutions to our nation's problems instead of simply pointing fingers. um, yeah . . . please read some books and go back to playing cards or something.

    btw, if anyone is serious about discovering the root of our nation's problems, this book is extremely enlightening and steps away from the usual bi-partisan scapegoats: http://amzn.to/nzbXka

    Chuck Woolery
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    Silly
    August 04, 2011 | 10:26 AM

    Were that it was this easy. Tell me how luxury goods brands are having amazing sales this quarter yet the country is nearing default? Come, come Mr. Della Femina. Steve@whatstheidea

    Steve Poppe
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    Silly
    August 04, 2011 | 10:26 AM

    Were that it was this easy. Tell me how luxury goods brands are having amazing sales this quarter yet the country is nearing default? Come, come Mr. Della Femina. Steve@whatstheidea

    Steve Poppe
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    Dastardly Obama
    August 04, 2011 | 03:25 PM

    How dare the President attempt to coerce the Republicans into voting against raising the debt ceiling. Is there no limit to his extortionate agenda?

    In addition, will the Democrats never cease to confabulate the identity of the president who spent hundreds of billions of dollars on the Wall Street bailout without any corresponding increase in revenue?

    Your observation of the possibility of class warfare is apt. Let's stop criticizing the stupendously wealthy just because they don't want to pay more tax. Who does? The fact that there would be no deficit had the income tax rate for the wealthy not been slashed by Reagan is irrelevant. THIS is a matter of PRINCIPLE.

    Lastly, shame on those economists who advocate spend, spend, spend to bring the country out of a recession. We need a return to tried and true values, - - - the values of Herbert Hoover.

    Aesop
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    Tea Party Organizer In Suffolk County
    August 04, 2011 | 04:37 PM

    Jerry,

    You are spot on as to why the Tea Party came to be. Ordinary citizens resented having Obamacare shoved down their throats. Everyone knows government can not continue to spend more than it takes in. And there has never been a nation that has taxed itself into prosperity.

    Yours in Liberty,
    Bob Meyer
    President
    Suffolk County 9-12 Project
    http://www.Meetup.com/Suffolk-County-9-12-Project/

    Bob Meyer
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    Tea Party Organizer In Suffolk County
    August 04, 2011 | 04:37 PM

    Jerry,

    You are spot on as to why the Tea Party came to be. Ordinary citizens resented having Obamacare shoved down their throats. Everyone knows government can not continue to spend more than it takes in. And there has never been a nation that has taxed itself into prosperity.

    Yours in Liberty,
    Bob Meyer
    President
    Suffolk County 9-12 Project
    http://www.Meetup.com/Suffolk-County-9-12-Project/

    Bob Meyer
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    Tea Party Organizer In Suffolk County
    August 04, 2011 | 04:37 PM

    Jerry,

    You are spot on as to why the Tea Party came to be. Ordinary citizens resented having Obamacare shoved down their throats. Everyone knows government can not continue to spend more than it takes in. And there has never been a nation that has taxed itself into prosperity.

    Yours in Liberty,
    Bob Meyer
    President
    Suffolk County 9-12 Project
    http://www.Meetup.com/Suffolk-County-9-12-Project/

    Bob Meyer
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    Obama's mission is to destroy our nation as we knew it.
    August 04, 2011 | 10:38 PM

    It's been clear all along that Obama's mission is to destroy the foundation and infrastructure of our nation. By spending us in oblivion, destroying our economy and creating class warfare, he is close to achieving his ultimate goal: The destruction of our nation. By causing catastrophic irreparable harm to our nation, he will be able to declare that he tried all he could to save it ( Stimulus, obamacare, cash for clunkers etc...), but the reality is we need to face facts... The 230 year American experiment just doesn't work in the 21 century. That's why we need a "new Constitution" in his image. A Constitution that reflects the realities of this new world. Where "Social Justice" prevails and we defer our glorious leader who will provide for us as he sees fit.

    Jacques Ditte
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    Jerry,
    August 05, 2011 | 12:47 PM

    Amen!

    F Amato
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    What if any is your solution??
    August 05, 2011 | 02:44 PM

    I must admit that I have not responded to your ink before. This editorial compelled me to respond. I would like to first address your complaint on the taxes you pay. Yes you pay millions in taxes, however you then make the income whereby millions in taxes are to be paid. As a percentage of income you pay less then me. I feel the pain of paying taxes far more then you. If I may ask what budget cutbacks do you consider after paying your taxes?
    As for the deficiets that have risen under Obama, let's not forget that Obama decided to Include the cost of the two wars in the national budget instead of hiding them in some accounting trick.
    Is Obama the cure all we anticipated? NO but only citizens of this country would anticipate that all the problems this country has could be fixed overnight.
    In conclusion, what is the Republican plan to get us out of this mess. Less taxes? Where is the Republican plan for job creation. What is the Republican plan for affordable energy? What is the Republican plan to educate our kids? What is the Republican plan to create affordable accessible health care.
    We the people got into this mess by buying into base greed. Voting for individuals who are in the pocket of powerful interests and average Americans have been duped into voting against their common interest. Obama is to blame for not fixing this mess or mentality?


    Just an American caught in the fray
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    He Won't Win
    August 07, 2011 | 09:57 AM


    The news media will try to create an illusion that he will win in 2012 but I seriously think it will be a landslide of historical proportion. The left will try to create an illusion of invincibility, try to discourage us, tell us it is impossible...They will do anything and everything but it will not work. Obama will literally be responsible for destroying the regular Democratic party. Americans believe socialists have taken over the Democratic party. Even with the massive fraud that will take place Obama will be kicked to the curb the likes we have not seen since Jimmy Carter.

    BevInTN
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    Open letter to a friend who's a Democrat
    August 07, 2011 | 01:03 PM

    Perhaps the noted adman/restauranteur will share with readers the letter he probably(hopefully) received from "his friend who's a Democrat" when Bush was turning a huge surplus into a huge deficit by 1. starting, BUT NOY FUNDING, the Iraq war 2. passing, BUT NOT FUNDING, the prescription drug plan, 3 cutting taxes in the face of 1 & 2, and 4. where were the agencies under his administration SEC, etc responsible for protecting citizens against the fraudulent financial products that led to our economic debacle.

    Bill B.
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    Response to Jerry's "OPEN LETTER TO A FRIEND"
    August 10, 2011 | 07:28 PM

    Never has a President scared me more than Obama. Instead of uniting us, he is polarizing our Nation based on class and race issues. He cares only about equalizing the population of the United States and taking away our drive for success. Who will he tax when we're all on entitlements... Congress?

    Will Vote Against Obama 2012
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    Republican President
    September 06, 2011 | 04:27 PM

    Huntsman, Romney, Perry all are in the running to win
    Stay tuned.

    Karl
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