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Dear Mr. President, Zero
-Sum Doesn´t Add Up

Wall Street Journal, by P.J. O´Rourke

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Posted By:Desert Fox, 12/27/2012 7:16:30 PM

Given that hypocrisy is an important part of diplomacy, and diplomacy is necessary to foreign policy, allow me to congratulate you on winning a second term. I wish I could also congratulate you on your conduct of international affairs. I do thank you for killing Osama bin Laden. It was a creditable action for which you deserve some of the credit you´ve been given. Of course the intelligence was gathered, and the mission was undertaken, by men and women who, although they answer to your command, answer to duty first. And it is difficult to imagine

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 12/27/2012 9:06:19 PM     (No. 9086736)

I read the headline as "Dear Mr. President Zero"--that sounds much better.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: RPool, 12/27/2012 9:21:30 PM     (No. 9086748)

This is excellent, a must read. It is clear Mr. Obama was taught the economics of a hunter/gatherer society where there is some truth to zero sum. He hasn´t a clue about wealth creation, the hallmark of American productivity and uniqueness in this world and a place where zero sum has no meaning. Until now.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: NMPatriot, 12/28/2012 12:53:46 AM     (No. 9086939)

Comrade ObaMao´s zero-sum is no game.

It has been more successful at its one true purpose than any foreign enemy could have ever hoped for. The premeditated and now guaranteed economic destruction of dear leader´s only stated enemy: The God fearing, Constitution loving, gun owning and largely conservative American middle class. If you live in a "Red" state or county this means you!

Comrade ObaMao´s economic terrorism has now escalated into full-blown warfare. If this country had a press instead of a propaganda ministry everyone would know this

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Janjan, 12/28/2012 7:23:37 AM     (No. 9087068)

The spectacle of ignorant voters eagerly falling for this man´s crap is saddening and exhausting. When he was first elected the blacks were literally dancing in the streets thinking they had found their Mecca and finally it would all be all about them. Only Obama doesn´t see himself as a fellow African American. He brought them higher unemployment and more government dependency then patted them on the head and told them to shut up and do what they´re told. So they did. White people found out they could take slither into the same lifestyle and there you have it. I never thought I could take pleasure in America´s undoing but until we hit bottom there is no road out of this.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: M2, 12/28/2012 7:55:18 AM     (No. 9087108)

Thanks, #4. My sentiments exactly.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: jackburton, 12/28/2012 7:58:51 AM     (No. 9087116)

FTA: It has taken mankind millennia to learn that trade is more profitable than pillage.

Note to Mr. P.J. (blogger) O´Rourke... SOME members of mankind have NOT learned that lesson...

...and got re-elected.


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Reply 7 - Posted by: knarfski, 12/28/2012 8:24:05 AM     (No. 9087151)

We have had presidents who were seriously knowledge-deficient. Political skills aside, Mr. Obama is among them.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: northshoredad, 12/28/2012 8:35:10 AM     (No. 9087169)

I remember reading ´A Parliament of Wh0res´ years ago. One of the best explanations of the US govt, ever. Love to see what PJ would do with it today.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Hermoine, 12/28/2012 8:39:30 AM     (No. 9087174)

I´ve been wondering what happened to P.J. O´Rourke...haven´t seen anything out of him in a while. In true O´Rourke fashion, the article is chock full of great quotes, but this one was my favorite:

Western Europe has done such a good job redistributing its assets that the European Union now has a Spanish economy, a Swedish foreign policy, an Italian army, and Irish gigolos.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: johngalt1, 12/28/2012 8:44:31 AM     (No. 9087186)

Obama and his Democratic Party cronies are cynically testing the boundaries beyond which the incentives to existing Makers to expand their businesses are significantly diminished and are no longer sufficient to encourage entrepreneurs to take the risks necessary to start new businesses.

History demonstrates time and again the dismal consequences of zero-sum, redistributionist, centralized government economic dominance. It succeeds only in spreading misery and always ends badly.

Congress, the president and a few thousand powerful government bureaucrats are incapable of managing any activity remotely as complex as our economy. Centralized government control of the marketplace has never worked anyplace it has occurred.

Circumstances change with the times, but human nature does not. There are limits beyond which free men and women refuse to be beasts of burden for their government and the people voluntarily dependent on that government. It appears that limit will be reached during Obama’s second term. And as O’Rourke points out, Obama’s foreign policy will encourage hostile foreign powers to hasten our decline and expand their regional and global influence to the detriment of all mankind.


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Reply 11 - Posted by: mulhaven, 12/28/2012 8:49:25 AM     (No. 9087191)

The pipsqueak in the White House is uneducated and quite unintelligent. Consequently, there is a big price to pay for his indoctrination.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Quigley, 12/28/2012 8:49:36 AM     (No. 9087192)

I´ve been reading Ludwig von Mises, who states that the division of labor and all that it entails is the only means for the advancement of mankind. This requires cooperation, and all that that entails. And all this means that politics should have as its aim the fostering of cooperation among citizens.

And then there´s the Dims who believe in compulsion. "Liberal" used to mean promoting policies which foster cooperation.

When I was young it used to be a common expression that "you can´t legislate morals." Now the Dims have the mob ginned up to legislate morals as a smoke screen to increase compulsion and loot the treasury.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 12/28/2012 8:50:50 AM     (No. 9087197)

Same here, #1.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Felixcat, 12/28/2012 8:56:32 AM     (No. 9087204)

"I never thought I could take pleasure in America´s undoing but until we hit bottom there is no road out of this."

Regrettably I agree with #4


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Reply 15 - Posted by: Barbarian Heretic, 12/28/2012 8:59:20 AM     (No. 9087208)

Just remember, Friends...

The Left ALWAYS overreaches. ALWAYS.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 12/28/2012 9:11:17 AM     (No. 9087226)

great writing. I loved the pizza analogy. As well as Robin Hood. Ditto for the stolen laptops. Oh heck - the whole article is spot on.

Smiling beats grinding my teeth...

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Reply 17 - Posted by: donnaclaire, 12/28/2012 9:16:11 AM     (No. 9087240)

This article is great and very well said. We all know the awful truth and it´s a nice change to see it explained with humor.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: smcchk, 12/28/2012 10:11:52 AM     (No. 9087333)

Agree, #4.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: RancherJack, 12/28/2012 10:23:11 AM     (No. 9087363)

There is nothing to tax, if there is no wealth creation.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Butch59, 12/28/2012 10:27:17 AM     (No. 9087377)

I have to say again and again and again.....I´m ready for the next revolution. Let it begin ASAP.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: planetgeo, 12/28/2012 10:40:37 AM     (No. 9087401)

A terrific article, but I have to say that it irritates me greatly when a noted writer/commentator just can´t bring himself to call Obama what the entire thrust of the article has conclusively proved he is...a Marxist. The truth, I suppose these days, is impolite. None dare say it, and so none dare stop him. So, politely we all go over the cliff.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: OhMy, 12/28/2012 10:47:16 AM     (No. 9087415)

This is a good article, many more like it are needed but I fear that the message of zero sum and the need for growth still do not break it down enough to reach an Obama voter. We need to point out that the hated rich will be poorer but the poor will be much poorer. One of the articles I saw here not long ago mentioned that under Obama the gap between rich and poor is widening. Another element is that Obama redistributes wealth not from rich to poor but from makers to takers. In many cases the makers are far from rich but they are making it on their own without becoming dependent on the government. They are part of the private sector and they are being impoverished to pay the bloated pensions and save the jobs of a burgeoning unproductive public sector who are usually better off! Obama is hiring hundreds of people per day in the public sector and the unemployment rate in the public sector is near zero while the unemployment rate in the private sector is really 15% or higher while Obama declares the private sector is doing just fine. We are not far from the day when two poor private sector workers will he hiring one well paid public sector person to make regulations and harass him for everything he does. On top of this he is expected to generate the wealth to look after another person who refuses to work. Clearly this cannot continue!

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Reply 23 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 12/28/2012 11:01:59 AM     (No. 9087445)

Yes, great article, but the average low-information Obama voter doesn´t read. He gets whatever little information he has from State-controlled MSM soundbite propaganda.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Dixie, 12/28/2012 11:37:41 AM     (No. 9087502)

I disagree with #4 that Obama is knowledge-deficient. He knows exactly what he is doing, and he knows exactly what the result will be. He also knows how to format what he wants to do in terms the average low-information, touchy-feely Liberal can internalize.


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Reply 25 - Posted by: dragonlearner, 12/28/2012 11:56:31 AM     (No. 9087537)

Great post #4. The problem is we´ve had it so easy for so long that some of us do not realize "how things work." For this, we´re about to be taught a tough lesson.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: shrugger, 12/28/2012 12:01:23 PM     (No. 9087548)

You win, Dixie.....ugh!

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Reply 27 - Posted by: geronimo, 12/28/2012 12:16:47 PM     (No. 9087567)

Ldotters know how to politely disagree when we can´t agree and I take issue with #24´s view:

"He knows exactly what he is doing, and he knows exactly what the result will be. He also knows how to format what he wants to do"

Obama knows nothing, understands nothing, plans nothing. He is a stooge, cardboard cutout, marionette, brainless mouthpiece for the communist cabal, led by Valerie Jarrett, running the WH and the country.

Jarrett tells him what to say when he opens his mouth. Sadly, she often forgets to tell him to shut it.



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Reply 28 - Posted by: little guy, 12/28/2012 12:42:52 PM     (No. 9087607)

An excellent article from old P.J., as usual.

I have a piece of news for Obammy and his uninformed minions. You can only have America AFTER you pry it from my cold, dead hands! I don´t give a damn if it´s the 13th day of the Alamo siege --- I intended to go down swinging my musket after I run out of ammo. And just like Crockett did, I´ll blow up the entire ammunition & power dump rather than have it fall into your hands. If it´s no longer mine, it will NEVER be yours!

"I have not yet begun to fight" - John Paul Jones, September 23, 1779.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: busterman, 12/28/2012 1:17:14 PM     (No. 9087658)

Barack Hussein 0bama, President of the United States of America: the penultimate Uncle Tom.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: peterfleming, 12/28/2012 2:21:25 PM     (No. 9087722)

Where is PJ when we need him? Hiding out?
In the dark? Is he actually an elder RINO?
#21 Planetgeo is right on! Says PJ does not mention Marxism, Obama´s Communist ways
the underlying threat to all Ob destroys.
Making fun of the dictator and all of his little Commie Comrades is one way to get a lot of attention and to attack dictatorship.
PJ can lead the way if he is not drug or alcohol debilitated, if he´s ready to come out of the closet and play. He´s a natural leader, a fill-in for HL Mencken, if he´d just come out. He´s not even a regular in the really long Drudge list of columnists.
Making pie-in-the-face, Keystone Kops, fun of this desparate Zero Sum Commie bunch, is what we all need on a daily basis. The TV Diane Sawyers propaganize us on a daily basis. She and all the other Commie TV NewsLiars need humorous insults hearled at them every day.....just to stay even. Communist Hollywood will not make fun of its own collectivist leaders, so it´s up to comedy veterans like PJ to get out there daily. PJ: Come Back Out And Play !

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Reply 31 - Posted by: kelty, 12/28/2012 4:01:58 PM     (No. 9087830)

Historically have loved PJ, but in a world where powerful interests have a choke hold on the money via lower interest that is *not* trickling down to small business, so that these corporate thugs might ´make more pizzas´ in freaking China, this philosophy is outdated.

Beyond that, it comes dangerously close to New Age "the Secret" Thinking, which is complete bs.

Which is not to say Obama´s acceptance and perpetuation of that situation isn´t wholly depressing - because it is.



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Reply 32 - Posted by: cat2, 12/28/2012 9:47:04 PM     (No. 9088109)

PJ is certainly right about the perils of redistributionist policies, both within our country and from us to the rest of the world (it never goes the other way).

But his first 3 points about the Taliban, Iraq, and the EU suggest he doesn´t understand that really curtailing the gifts from the U.S. taxpayer to the world should also encompass military excursions that are of evident worth to other countries and limited worth to us.

We should stop intervening in religious and tribal wars, and we should stop financing the defense of European nations, Japan and S. Korea. It is time to let other cultures solve their problems within the context of their own cultures, instead of trying to bribe everyone into acting like Americans.

What we must do is retrench, stop making international donations,and be a shining example of the glories of freedom and capitalism, for other countries to emulate as they wish. Of course, this is impossible while Obama and the Democrats have their boots on our necks.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: sanjuro, 12/28/2012 9:50:27 PM     (No. 9088110)

Just signs of the times. Revisit the economy of the Beast.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Grant Hodges, 12/29/2012 4:02:52 AM     (No. 9088257)

So where do we stop the Obamabeast?

In front of Hobby Lobby.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: knarfski, 12/29/2012 7:05:39 AM     (No. 9088323)

#24: One can "know what one is doing" and still be knowledge-deficient.

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A triumphant President Barack Obama declared Tuesday his signature medical insurance overhaul a success, saying it has made America´s health care system ´a lot better´ in a Rose Garden press conference. But buried in the 7.1 million enrollments he announced in a heavily staged appearance is a more unsettling reality. Numbers from a RAND Corporation study that has been kept under wraps suggest that barely 858,000 previously uninsured Americans – nowhere near 7.1 million – have paid for new policies and joined the ranks of the insured by Monday night.

If You Think YOU Can’t Name A Hillary
Accomplishment, Wait Til You See HER Try

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Independent Journal Review, by Mike Miller    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/5/2014 5:15:26 AM     Post Reply
Following her speech at the “Women of the World Summit” in New York City on Thursday, Hillary Clinton was asked this simple question by a moderator: “When you look at your time as Secretary of State, what are you most proud of? And what do you feel was unfinished, and maybe have another crack at one day?” Here are a few excerpts from her response: ”Look, I really see my role as Secretary, in fact leadership in general in a democracy, as a relay race. When you run the best race you can run, you hand off the baton.” “Some

Back to Africa? For some African-
Americans, the answer is yes

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Christian Science Monitor, by Chris Stein    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 4/5/2014 12:58:38 PM     Post Reply
Accra, Ghana — Jimmy Thorne says that relocating to Ghana is one of the best moves he’s ever made. It doesn’t matter if he, an African-American, gets called “obroni,” the local word for white person, in the streets, or if some of his family can’t quite figure out what he’s doing in this West African nation so far from his roots in North Carolina. (Snip) Whether motivated by love, money, or the desire to rekindle a long-lost connection, black repatriation to Africa remains alive and well, even if it never quite became the high-volume, emotional return to African roots

Romney’s return to public life stokes
speculation about potential 2016 run

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FOX News, by Staff    Original Article
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Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has sworn off running again for elected office, but Americans have certainly heard that one before. Speculation that Romney might run again has largely been stoked by the reunion he planned to host last month in Park City, Utah, for members of his 2012 campaign and debate team and a string of recent public appearances. He has appeared on TV news shows 12 times in the past six months. That’s essentially on pace with Michigan GOP Rep. Mike Rogers, who led all national politicians last year with 26 appearances over 12 months. Romney has

The artist formerly known as Cat
Stevens enters rock’s hall of fame

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Boston Globe (MA), by James Sullivan    Original Article
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“Morning has broken, like the first morning.” Whatever your faith, if you’ve got any at all, that’s pretty much what it boils down to. The sun comes up, and we give it another shot.(snip) Stevens converted to Islam in the late 1970s, and he angered a lot of fans when he appeared to support the fatwa against novelist Salman Rushdie with comments he made in 1989. But for a kid in thrall to the kinetic power of the spinning records in his father’s hi-fi console, Stevens seemed to be living proof that popular music (he had 11 Top 40 hits in

Worth the wait! Reclusive movie
star Doris Day smiles and
waves to fans as she makes
rare public appearance on her
milestone 90th birthday

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DailyMail (U.K.), by Helen Zhao and Juliet Paylor    Original Article
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Reclusive movie star Doris Day greeted fans with a rare smile and a wave from her balcony on Thursday as she rang in her 90th birthday. The Oscar-nominee appeared in great spirits as she made the rather regal gesture from her home in Carmel-by-the-Sea, on California´s north coast - a quiet little enclave also home to Clint Eastwood - the first time she´s been seen in public since 2008. After opening up to Closer Weekly about her milestone birthday, revealing she´s still very much in demand, with scripts pouring in all the time, the silver-haired beauty appeared as sprightly as

7M enrolled doesn´t guarantee
health law´s success

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Associated Press, by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar    Original Article
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WASHINGTON- Seven million people signed up, so there is an appetite for President Barack Obama´s health care law, but that doesn´t guarantee success for the country´s newest social program. Big challenges are lurking for the next enrollment season, which starts Nov. 15. Chief among them are keeping premiums and other consumer costs in check, and overhauling an enrollment process that was advertised as customer-friendly but turned out to be an ordeal. "They have demonstrated the law can work, but we are a ways off from being able to judge its success," said Larry Levitt, an expert on health insurance markets


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