by Burt Prelutsky | Los Angeles

Each time I hear that 40% of Americans pay no income taxes, I feel my gorge rising in a way I haven’t experienced since getting my acid reflux under control.  As I see it, if you don’t pay in, you don’t have the same stake in things that 60% of us do.  It strikes me as immoral that any American should be free of this financial obligation.  If it were up to me, if you don’t pay income taxes, I wouldn’t even let you vote.  Why on earth should they have a voice in how other people’s tax dollars are spent or who gets to spend them?

Speaking of tax dollars, in order to enforce ObamaCare, I understand the feds intend to hire an additional 15,000 IRS agents.  Inasmuch as revenuers earn a bit over $90,000-a-year in salary, and not counting pensions, that’s nearly $1.5 billion-a-year that Obama and his stooges haven’t mentioned when talking about how his plan will reduce medical expenses and lower the deficit.

At some point, especially in an election year, one keeps expecting Obama to act more like a normal human being and less like the science fiction pod he usually resembles.  But, instead, he voices greater dismay over America’s being a nuclear superpower and less about Iran’s becoming one.  Am I the only person who finds it outrageous that, as if to make up for failing to stop Iran’s nuclear development program, Obama decided to deplete America’s nuclear stockpile?  Besides, by this late date, even a backward child understands that if Russia agrees to do something in concert with the United States, the United States is going to be taken to the cleaners.

At the same time that Obama was depleting our nuclear arsenal, he was also cutting off funding to NASA.  Because we all know that Obama never gives a second thought to budget considerations, the question is why would he cut back on space exploration.  My theory is that because none of the Muslim nations is capable of launching a space program, he doesn’t want to embarrass them with ours.

Some folks are shocked that after committing one gaffe after another and spending America into bankruptcy, Obama’s approval ratings are still hovering over 40%, but I’m not the least bit surprised.  Back in the 1960s, stupid youngsters were saying, “If it feels good, do it.”  They were referring to drugs and sex.  With the passage of time, those knuckleheads became judges, journalists and professors, and they and their offspring continued to parrot those six words until it came to define their politics.  So, no matter how unqualified Obama was in terms of experience or temperament to hold the highest office in the land, if it made these airheads feel good to vote for a black man, that’s all that mattered.

The reason that a college degree has become essential in 2010 isn’t because four years of liberal arts is actually required to hold down 98% of all jobs, but because the Left requires those four years in order to turn millions of young people into sheep willing to buy into every piece of leftist claptrap, ranging from the dangers of global warming to the evils of capitalism.  The Left also needed those four years of exorbitant expenses in order that the kids who majored in black, Hispanic and lesbian, studies would be able to earn a living teaching it to other blockheads.

You still have to hand it to them.  After all, it shouldn’t be that easy convincing young Americans that Palestinian suicide bombers are the moral superiors of Israelis or that Cuba’s health care system is superior to America’s.  But when their parents willingly blow upwards of $25,000-a-year so that nutball professors can fill their empty heads with left-wing hogwash, why wouldn’t they soak it up like brainless sponges?  It isn’t always fair to blame the parents for the sins of their children, but these are clear-cut cases of child abuse.

Finally, it was recently announced by an official North Korean spokesman that Kim Jong-il scored 11 holes-in-one during a single round of golf.  My initial reaction was that Kim probably had those other seven holes executed as enemy agents.  But then I expected to hear Robert Gibbs pooh-pooh the outlandish claim, pointing out how absurd it was when Barack Obama had never aced more then seven holes in a single round.

While I’m not a golfer, I do like the idea of mulligans.  For instance, who hasn’t made a mistake or misspoken and immediately wished he could call for a do-over?  Right about now, I’d like to take a mulligan on the 2008 election.


copyright 2010 Burt Prelutsky

Television scriptwriter, former humor columnist for the L.A. Times and a movie critic for Los Angeles magazine.

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