Pot, Meet Kettle

From James Taranto:

“It’s turning into us against, them,” says a 36-year-old Occupy Boston protester quoted by the Boston Herald’s Howie Carr. Wait, wasn’t that the idea? Not exactly. It turns out that when he says “them,” the guy is referring not to billionaire Jewish bankers but street vagrants. “They come in here and they’re looking at it as a way of getting a free meal and a place to crash, which is totally fine, but they don’t bring anything to the table at all.”

The same is true in New York, where, according to the Daily News, “Zuccotti Park has become a haven for the homeless,” who are abandoning shelters and camping out at the park, “enticed by the allure of free food and a community of open-minded people.” But as in Boston, open-mindedness goes only so far. “We have compassion toward everyone. However, we have certain rules and guidelines,” says Lauren Digioia, 26, who belongs to the “sanitation committee”:

“If you’re going to come here and get our food, bedding and clothing, have books and medical supplies for no charge, they need to give back,” Digioia said. “There’s a lot of takers here and they feel entitled.

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Circular Firing Squad

From Thomas Sowell:

Regardless of how the current Republican presidential nomination process ends, I hope that they will never again have these televised “debates” among a crowd of candidates, which just turn into a circular firing squad — damaging whoever ends up with the nomination, and leaving the voters knowing only who is quickest with glib answers.

Case in point: Rick Perry’s cheap shot at Mitt Romney regarding his gardeners. I am finished supporting Mr. Perry.

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Obligated

The following is a transcription of Dennis Prager first reading from a New York Times article describing the Occupy Wall Street protest and then commenting:

“In a widely distributed pamphlet, “Welcome to Liberty Plaza: Home of Occupy Wall Street,” participants were instructed where to find relief. “After you’ve dined,” it reads, “feel free to refresh yourself in the restrooms of neighboring businesses like Burger King and McDonald’s without feeling obligated to buy anything.”

This is worth its weight in gold. What that pamphlet said summarizes Leftism. You have no obligation — others do. A lifetime of immersion in my society’s issues can be summarized in that: Those who feel obligated to others versus those who feel others are obligated to them. Leftism speaks of altruism, but it is rooted in the deepest narcissistic impulses of the human being. You owe me, and screw you, you capitalist pig, if you don’t give it. That is the motto of the Left.

Source: The Dennis Prager Show, 2011.10.10, Hour 1

447 Billion Steps Back

From Mark Steyn:

The president has taken to the campaign trail to promote his “American Jobs Act.” That’s a good name for it: an act. “Pass this bill now!” he declared 24 times at a stop in Raleigh, N.C., and another 18 in Columbus, Ohio, and the act is sufficiently effective that, three years into the Vapidity of Hope, the president can still find crowds of true believers willing to chant along with him: “Pass this bill now!”

Not all supporters are content merely to singalong with the prompter-in-chief. In North Carolina, a still-devoted hopeychanger cried out, “I love you!”

“I love you, too,” said the president. “But . . . ”

Oh, no, here it comes: conditional love. “But, if you love me, you’ve got to help me pass this bill!” You’d be surprised how effective this line is: I tried it on Darlene in the back of my Ford Edsel when I was 17 and we didn’t get home till two in the morning.

Pass this bill now, or I’ll say “Pass this bill now!” another two dozen times! With this latest inspiration, Obama has taken the post-modern phase of democratic politics to a whole new level. “Pass this jobs bill”? Simply as a matter of humdrum reality, there is no bill, it won’t “create” any jobs, and it will be paid for with money we don’t have. But the smartest president in history has calculated that, if he says the same four monosyllables over and over, a nonexistent bill to create nonexistent jobs with nonexistent money will be yet another legislative triumph in the grand tradition of his first stimulus (the original Dumb and Dumber to the sequel’s Stimulus and Stimulusser).

The estimated cost of the non-bill is just shy of half a trillion dollars. Gosh, it seems like only yesterday that Washington was in the grip of a white-knuckle, clenched-teeth showdown over whether a debt-ceiling deal could be reached before the allegedly looming deadline. When the deal was triumphantly unveiled at the eleventh hour, it was revealed that our sober, prudent, fiscally responsible masters had gotten control of the runaway spending and had carved (according to the most optimistic analysis) a whole $7 billion dollars of savings out of the 2012 budget. The president then airily breezes into Congress and in 20 minutes adds another $447 billion to the tab. That’s what meaningful course-correction in Washington boils down to: Seven billion steps forward, 447 billion steps back.

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But it seems The Zero has lost his touch . . .

From The Hill:

President Obama received a slap from members of his own party Tuesday as the Senate voted 50-49 to block his $447 billion jobs package.

The jobs plan, which the president has spent much of the last month touting on a cross-country tour, fell well short of the 60 votes it needed to proceed.

The only Democrats to vote against the measure were Sens. Ben Nelson (Neb.) and Jon Tester (Mont.), but a number of other centrists in the party indicated they would vote against the package even though they supported launching a debate on the measure.

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