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December 28 –

SHE'S NOW THE LISA MY WORRIES …
MORE GUN-GRABBER HYPOCRISY …
AS WE APPROACH THE “CLIFF”

Sane people are celebrating the departure of raving loony Lisa Jackson as head of the madhouse that is the EPA.

    Can Obama find someone even worse and more anti-business to run that power-mad bureaucracy? Don't bet that he can't!


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Looking on the bright side ...
    That New York newspaper that published the names and addresses of registered gun owners in two counties may have done a favor for those listed. It tells criminals, “Better to stay away from these folk; they can bite back!”

    Of course, this optimistic conclusion relies on the shaky assumption that most criminals even read newspapers.


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Rahm “Tiny Dancer” Emanuel (one-time ballet dancer), Chicago mayor and former hatchet-man for Obama, ridiculed the idea of having an armed police presence in school when it was raised after the Connecticut massacre.
    Rahm Emanuel's own children go to an expensive private school. With armed guards present at all times.


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Some aspects of human nature never change.
    Consider: Most of us learn the lessons of the playground in childhood, including the fact that the nasty little thug will only increase his bullying if not stopped early. This rule of life applies to nations as well as individuals.
    Yet far too many adults in leadership positions forget that lesson. Thus we have, for example, an Iran issuing endless threats and North Korea boasting they have weapons that can reach the U.S. mainland.
    Anyone with an ounce of common sense can see that the murderous regimes of both should have been obliterated in their infancy.     Alas, common sense is a quality seriously lacking by the poseurs in Washington -- and the people who elect them.

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Charles Gasparino (NY Post) contemplates the “fiscal cliff” …
    “Going over the cliff sure won’t be pretty. Even for families earning as little as $50,000 a year, income taxes are to rise from a 13 percent rate to 17 percent — an estimated increased federal income-tax burden of more than $2,000 a year if there’s no cliff deal, according to the Tax Foundation. Of course, the more you make, the more you will pay. All those 'billionaire' families earning $250,000 a year will pay $9,730 more.
    “What’s so frightening about these numbers is that they don’t take into account all the other taxes President Obama has in store for the country, including those to pay for his ObamaCare mandates.”
 
The painful lessons to come will be an educational experience for a lot of dummies.

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The incisive Arnold Ahlert addresses the fiscal ignorance that pervades …
    “If you ask a hundred people who's lending America more money than anyone else to finance that debt, you'll one hundred incorrect answers. It ain't China, folks, and the correct answer to the question reveals just how little the so-called fiscal cliff matters.
    “The correct answer is America. In other words, we're buying our own debt. How? By printing money to purchase it. If I had a nickel for every blank stare I get when I try to explain that concept to people, I could retire. Most people cannot comprehend the utter monstrousness of debasing the currency in order to maintain the fiction that spending isn't the problem. They don't understand that until America's spending addiction is forcefully addressed, every other aspect of the fiscal cliff negotiations is meaningless.
    “Does anyone seriously believe the even $4.6 trillion of cuts over the next ten years, which is the largest number being considered — even as it remains politically un-doable — can even remotely make up for more than $5 trillion of deficit spending that just took place over the last four years? Can they possibly be so oblivious that they don't know Republicans and Democrats are negotiating grains of sand, even as the genuine problem is a large as the Sahara?”
 
Yes. They can be so oblivious – and are.


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“The NRA reported getting thousands of new applicants a day since the White House called for gun control. WalMart stores are selling out of guns. The Automobile Dealers of America just issued a plea to President Obama asking him to call for car control.” – Argus Hamilton

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Is there any remaining doubt about where Obama stands vis a vis Israel and the Muslims who threaten it with extinction? He's sending 200 tanks and a full squadron of F-16 fighters to the Muslim Brotherhood government of Egypt, which just enacted a constitution under which medieval, repressive Sharia law becomes the guide for governing and whose overt hostility to Israel continues to grow.

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“Did you know” dep't …
    The Obamacare bill and its regulations take more pages and words than the entire Bible.


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Suggestion from reader Phil …
“Parents are so glad that Obamacare will keep the 'little tykes' on their health insurance policies up to age 26 ... let's take it one step further. Let's also make parents who have their kids on their own health policy legally liable for any and all actions of that 'child' up to the age of 26.”

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Victor Davis Hanson reflects on 2012 and speculates on 2013 …
    “Obama once had mused that he wished to be the mirror image of Ronald Reagan -- successfully coaxing America to the left as the folksy Reagan had to the right. Instead, 2012 taught us that a calculating Obama is more a canny Richard Nixon, who likewise used any means necessary to be re-elected on the premise that his rival would be even worse. But we know what eventually happened to the triumphant, pre-Watergate Nixon after November 1972; what will be the second-term wages of Obama's winning ugly?
    “The so-called fiscal cliff offers more examples of 2012 dreams giving way to reality. Obama will probably get his long-promised taxes on the rich. But so what? There are not enough caricatured 'millionaires and billionaires' even to make a dent in his administration's fifth consecutive $1 trillion-plus deficit.
    “What will stop the massive borrowing is not the myth of bipartisan cooperation, but the reality of returning high interest rates that will make the current splurging simply unsustainable.
    “The year 2012 should have taught us that dreaming is no answer to reality;  2013 will determine how well we learned that lesson. ”

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“Those who laugh at Santa are the same ones who believe in campaign promises.” – Cindy Adams

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If you want to understand why fools think it acceptable, or even wonderful, to pour endless amounts of money into government, ponder these words from the late, brilliant economist Milton Friedman from eight years ago...
    "There are four ways to spend money. You can spend your own money on yourself. When you do that, why you really watch out for what you’re doing, and you try to get the most for your money. Then you can spend your own money on somebody else. For example, I buy a birthday present for someone. Well then, I’m not so careful about the content of the present, but I’m very careful about the cost. Then, I can spend somebody else’s money on myself. And if I spend somebody else’s money on myself, then I’m going to have a good lunch! Finally, I can spend somebody else’s money on somebody else. And if I spend somebody else’s money on somebody else, I’m not concerned about how much it costs, and I’m not concerned about what I get. And that’s government.         And that’s close to 40 percent of our national income."
-- Thanks, Lewis --

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Melissa Nelson is the Iowa woman who lost her job because, while her behavior was never improper, she was adjudged by her boss to be so sexy in appearance that she was a distraction. She lost her discrimination lawsuit.
    I can sympathize with her predicament, having many times suffered unspoken discrimination over the same issue. They'd never admit it, of course, but I knew it was there at some subliminal level. (Laughter by the reader at this time would be in bad taste and hurt my feelings.)

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Desk motto, location unreported …
I WANT ONE OF THOSE JOBS WHERE PEOPLE ASK, “DO YOU ACTUALLY GET PAID FOR DOING THIS?”


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Gems from reader Herb ...
    I was devastated to find out my wife was having an affair, but by turning to religion I was soon able to come to terms with the whole thing.  I converted to Islam, and we're stoning her in the morning.
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    The cost of living has now gotten so bad my wife is having sex with me because she can't afford batteries.
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    A man called 911 and said "I think my wife is dead".
    The operator says, "How do you know?"
    The man says "The sex is the same, but the ironing is piling up."
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