by Burt Prelutsky
January 15, 2013
You might even say that insanity is a growth industry. For example, the liberals are tripping all over themselves to pass new gun control legislation. To prove how sincere they are, they have put Joe Biden and Dianne Feinstein in charge. Joe Biden is so dumb that schools have renamed dunce caps in his honor, and Feinstein is such a political hack that even after swearing to get to the bottom of the national security leaks to the NY Times, once she realized the footprints led back to the Oval Office, she never again mentioned it.
Even people as stupid as Sen. Patty Murray and Mayor Michael Bloomberg know that federal bans on assault weapons were in place for 10 years starting in the mid-90s and did nothing to diminish gun violence. They also know that Illinois has very strict gun laws in place, and yet over 500 people were gunned down in the streets of Chicago in 2012, making it the murder capital of every locale this side of Syria.
If liberals were serious about guns, and not merely playing to the kneejerk biases of their clueless base, they would ask the National Rifle Association to provide volunteers to teach gun safety in our grade schools. For all the insults liberals hurl at the NRA, I’m willing to wager that very few, if any, of the mass killings that take place with regularity in America can be laid at the feet of its members.
What’s more, I would make an even bigger wager that the group would do a better job of teaching youngsters gun safety than the members of the teachers union do teaching the kids about safe sex. And if you care to compare the two, I would suggest that the 71% rate of illegitimate births in the black community and the 50% rate among Hispanics do far more lasting damage to society than guns.
Some people were amazed to discover that the four bureaucrats that were being scapegoated by the Obama administration over the Benghazi massacre were still on the State Department payroll. I wasn’t the least bit surprised. That’s because short of killing them, there would have been no way to guarantee that the four wouldn’t start ratting out the responsible parties.
If one wanted to fully understand how corrupt the media is, you merely have to see the way they have stood by while Obama has spent months playing Sir Lancelot to Susan Rice’s Lady Guinevere. He voices outrage that his Secretary to the U.N. has come in for so much criticism for going on five Sunday news shows after 9/11 and blaming the massacre on a video when she knew so little about what had actually taken place. The appropriate response to that would have been for someone at the NY Times or ABC to say, “In that case, Mr. President, why was it that you chose her to go out and lie about it?” But of course those people are too busy nodding on cue.
In a related matter, Hillary Clinton, who was the person primarily responsible for the safety of Ambassador Stevens and his gallant colleagues in Libya, has been unable to address Congress or the American people about what she knew, when she knew it and, most importantly, when she decided not to talk about it. First she had a virus, then she suffered what has been referred to as an immaculate concussion and, finally, a blood clot. Call me a cynic, but I have a feeling that if the numbskulls in Oslo had decided to present her with a Nobel Peace Prize, she would have somehow managed to crawl out of her sick bed and make it across the Atlantic to the awards ceremony.
The liberals in Washington are once again suggesting that the minimum wage be raised from $7.25 to $9.80. They do this periodically to show they have compassion, knowing that appearances are all that counts to their base. The fact that such raises inevitably lead to higher unemployment never registers. Because all these men and women with (D) after their names are convinced of their own compassion and because their supporters are all lunkheads, symbolism trumps reality.
The fact that employers will often decide that it’s not worth $400-a-week to have someone stock their shelves or sweep out the store never occurs to them. What’s important is that they’ll be able to sleep soundly and dream of sugar plum fairies re-electing them. They never bother facing the fact that high school kids and unskilled adults aren’t worth $9.80-an-hour, an amount congressmen think others should be compelled to pay even though they themselves never would.
Speaking of unskilled labor, Obama has ordered pay increases for all federal employees. If I think it’s absurd to pay someone $9.80-an-hour to sweep out a barbershop, you can imagine how I feel about Joe Biden getting a raise that hikes his salary from $225,521 to $231,900. Now that he’s already paid for the hair transplant and having his teeth whitewashed, I have no idea how the VP will be spending the extra $6,379.
Still, I suppose there’s some intrinsic value in the fact that Biden serves as a high-profile inspiration to America’s mentally challenged. After all, we already have a president who proves that anyone, and we mean absolutely anyone, no matter how arrogant and corrupt, can grow up to be president. In Biden, we have proof that anyone, and we mean absolutely anyone, no matter how vain and ignorant, can grow up to be that person’s second-in-command.
©2013 Burt Prelutsky. Comments? Write BurtPrelutsky@aol.com.