I know it’s been a minute since my last column; not that anyone missed me, but I like to try to be semi-consistent. Not to be secret squirrel here, but I will tell you I am working on something sort of special and that all will be revealed at another time.
Anyway…I’ve got a lot I wanna mention in a short space so I’ll dispense with the tomfoolery.
SMOKE ‘EM IF YOU GOT ‘EM
This week, Florida Pastor Terry Jones had announced that his church was going to have a Koran burning party to commemorate the Sept 11th attacks.
While I’m not a big fan of book burning in general, I supported this Pastor 100%. He was simply exercising his 1st Amendment right.
Pastor, I say (to borrow a phrase from Johnny Storm) flame on if you so choose.
I know it seems crazy to support a book burning of any kind. The whole thing brings to mind scary black & white images of WWII Germany. But how in all honesty could I support the Ground Zero Mosque as a free speech issue and NOT support this obvious act of protest? I think both of these issues fall under the big umbrella of the Bill of Rights.
Many on the politically correct side of things say that the book burning Pastor would have endangered Americans by doing this, that this treatment of the Koran would anger Muslims worldwide. I say too bad for the Muslims in this case. They don’t have the right to be free from criticism and protest any more than anyone else does.
I understand the Koran is a sacred holy text. Still too bad. To people who do not believe in the Koran, the book has no more significance than “The Cat in the Hat.” And regardless of what the Pastor or anyone else does, no group has the right to commit acts of violence based on an insult, real or imagined.
Furthermore, Pastor Jones drew the ire of the President, General Petraus, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – to name a few. If a group of Muslims got together and burned the Bible, I doubt seriously any of those folks would make a peep. In this instance, I think they should have likewise kept their PC yaps shut. (Unless of course they’d like to do their constitutionally bound duty to protect the Pastors right to free speech and remind the world at large the we here in the USA take our rights seriously and we take even more seriously the safety of our citizens and soldiers both at home and overseas and further any person or group who attempts to do harm to any citizen of the US for this or any other reason will be dealt with swiftly and severely…If any of our leaders want to step up and DO THEIR JOB, hey, feel free) (Otherwise, you can shut it.).
The Pastor was not the bad guy here. I’ll grant you he’s a little extreme, BUT killing people over a book is WAY more extreme.
The people who are willing to commit violence over the burning of a book are the bad guys. Recall a few years back if you will when a Dutch newspaper published a cartoon that bore the likeness of Mohammad which is strictly forbidden in Islam. Muslims around the world were outraged committed acts of violence. Attempts were made on the life of the cartoonist. But neither the cartoonist, nor the newspaper were at fault for the violence. Outrage, is fine and dandy. Violence on behalf of your God or any God is not.
I know it seems like radical reasoning here to some people, but the people RESPONSIBLE for the acts of violence that occur in connection with this book burning or any other demonstration are the people who are COMMITTING the acts of violence.
Let me be clear here. I am not anti-Muslim, but I’m not pro-Muslim either. I’m Muslim indifferent. Nor am I necessarily pro-book burning. I’m pro-free speech. And the burning of the Koran is a free speech issue.
WHY THE PRESIDENT DOESN’T GET IT
I want to get this straight – President Obama is FOR keeping the middle class tax breaks set up by GW but opposed to giving tax breaks for the rich…
If I am not mistaken here the logic is as follows: it’s OK to tax the rich MORE because they can afford it.
I mean I realize that our entire tax system is set up this way, but taxing the rich more heavily because they can take it seems really wrong to me. (Especially when you consider that rich people for the most part are less dependent on government services than poor people. But hey, why screw up a good liberal tax system with facts and such).
So I guess from now on when you stand in line at McDonald’s they will charge you for your burger based on you income. If you make $50k a year, your burger is 2 bucks. If you make $200k, your Happy Meal is 6 bucks – because hey! You can afford it!
That quite frankly is unfair and stupid.
(Dear Lord Baby Jesus…please bless our leaders with the idea of a “flat tax”…What’s that Lord? No “Flat tax” because it denies politicians the ability to manipulate tax breaks and rebates for special interest groups that keep them in power? Okay, thanks anyway Lord Baby Jesus.)
(BTW: Flat tax doesn’t mean we all pay the same dollar figure. That would be even stupider than the current system. Flat tax means we all pay the same percentage. Let’s say the tax is 10%. That means if you make $50k, you pay 10% of that. If you make $1 million you pay 10% of that. It’s so fair that politicos on both sides HATE the idea. Generally speaking that’s how you can tell it’s a great idea.)
WHY THE PRESIDENT DOESN’T GET IT PART DEUX
This week President Obama announced tens of billions of dollars to be released immediately to the states for infrastructure improvements, the idea being that increased construction and development will create thousands of jobs and therefore stimulate the economy.
While this is a very clever political ploy, it’s a ploy nonetheless and NOT a solution for our sagging economy OR our unemployment rates.
What the President is hoping is that he can get those unemployment totals down prior to the election. The unemployment figures are the key to the Dems remaining in power. If they can’t pull that in all likelihood they will lose a few seats.
While this new stimulus package will no doubt get some people to work – which is a good thing – it won’t help you unless you are a construction worker, an engineer or in another related occupation.
I’m an out of work talk show host…this package helps me not at all, and chances are it won’t help you OR the economy either. But If I am a drinker of Obama flavored Kool-Aid, I’ll see those unemployment numbers going down temporarily and by golly I’ll know then that Big O (Obama, not Oprah) has things in control. He’ll have my vote.
Except that this is a Band-Aid on a bullet wound. Sooner or later the government’s cash will run out, the jobs will dry up and unless other action is taken we’ll be right back at jump street.
But by the Obama will be in his second term and untouchable and it won’t matter…
Well played Mr. President.
Just in case you want to FIX the problem here’s how: help businesses. They are the key. If you put programs together to support businesses- tax cuts, incentives, loan programs et cetera- they will hire more people in a variety of fields, not just one or two. Those people will now have income and support other businesses and restart the economy.
Oh but wait…businesses are owned by rich people, and the Dems hate rich people because rich people have the nerve to want to keep their money instead of letting the government take it all for failed social programs and fruitless “stimulus” packages designed to fool the public into thinking the government is just here to help.
Damn. My plan was so close.
My position on Obama care comes back to haunt me – no insurance and a $3,000 prescription. But I am not changing my opinion. I tell you why next week.