Chutzpah is a Yiddish word meaning gall, brazen nerve, effrontery, sheer guts plus arrogance; it's Yiddish and, as Leo Rosten writes, no other word, and no other language, can do it justice.
My friend Art Matrano, who was the star football player at Lafayette High School back in the days when I was failing my way through the school, sent me this joke last Friday:
A little old lady sold pretzels on a street corner for a dollar each. Every day a young man would leave his office building at lunch time and as he passed the pretzel stand he would leave her a dollar, but never take a pretzel.
This offering went on for more than three years. The two of them never spoke. The man gave her a dollar and never took a pretzel.
One day as the young man passed the old lady's stand and left his dollar as usual, the pretzel lady spoke to him for the first time in over three years. Without blinking an eye she said: "They're a dollar and a quarter now."
So why the joke?
Because it sums up what I feel about politicians. Take . . . take . . . take . . . and in the end, what do they give back? Nothing . . . nothing . . . nothing.
So why do we keep supporting them with our political contributions?
I'm not talking about contributing to our local town politicians. You can see them in action every day and in the end you can hold them responsible.
I'm talking about national politicians. I'm talking about the president. I'm talking about Congress. I'm talking about all these fakes who are more interested in their political party than they are in our country. They are destroying this country.
This goes for Republicans and Democrats, Conservatives and Liberals. I'm for dumping each and every one of them.
You want to see the best example of political chutzpah?
We have all heard Barack Obama fanning class warfare by pushing his 99 percent of the country vs. one percent tax plan. This class warfare appeal was picked up by the Occupy Wall Street mob.
Add to that many consider Obama the most anti-Israel president in U.S. history. He runs neck and neck with that old fake Jimmy Carter.
So a week ago Obama traveled to the Upper East Side home of zillionaire businessman Jack Rosen – who is Chairman of the American Jewish Congress – where about 30 cocktail-sipping donors forked over at least $10,000 each.
This cartoon in The New York Post by the brilliant Sean Delonas summed up Obama's trip:
This is the way it works. If you're a politician, you breeze into any town in the United States, and some dupes who have made too much money for their own good and now want to rub elbows with you because you promise you're going to "make a difference" greet you with open checkbooks.
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Every year in the Hamptons we hear a lot of talk about "making a difference" from politicians who are trying to separate you and me from our money.
For the most part, most soft money comes from people with soft heads. I know, I have been one of them.
The other night I came up with a way that we all could spend our money more wisely this election year rather than give it to some politician.
A number of years ago I held a book party/fundraiser at my house. The book was called "Celebrity Dish," and it was written by my daughter Jodi and Daniel Benedict.
They gave a significant amount of the money from the proceeds of the book sales to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
At the end of the evening a very nice lady from the Make-a-Wish Foundation presented us with some framed drawings by the children they help. Mine was a drawing of the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz. In his armor, the child had drawn a tiny red heart.
The woman told us that this was drawn by a little boy who needed a new heart and that's why he chose the Tin Man as his subject.
"Will he get a new heart?" I asked.
"No," answered the woman. "He has many other things wrong with him and a new heart won't save him." The eyes of all of us who heard this filled with tears. The woman then just sadly shook her head and said, "That's why Make-a-Wish needs every penny we can get for these children."
That night I thought about that little boy, who has since died. Forget the politics of it. It doesn't matter.
What if, instead of supporting still another lousy politician, we all put that money toward making some kid's last days richer and happier?
The idea I have is: Let's take every penny we are going to waste on some lying, scheming politician and give it to Make-a-Wish or any other children's charity of your choice.
If you want to make a difference, give your money to a kid who needs a new heart instead of some lying weasel politician who has no heart.
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