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Jerry’s Ink: Maggie Said It Best (And Other Unpopular Political Views)

President Barack Obama is pictured during a commercial break as he talks with host Jon Stewart as he takes part in a taping of Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Margaret Thatcher said: “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

I wrote a column a few weeks ago about responsibility and how the world has changed from our parents’ day. I wrote: “When did so many people decide it was the government’s responsibility to take care of them from the cradle to the grave? When did it change? When did so many people decide that someone else should pay for their medical bills and insurance?”


Now to be fair, 95 percent of the letters I received were positive and agreed with me. But let me tell you about the 5 percent who disagreed. My favorite—by far—was the letter from the dope who said if I persisted in calling Barack Obama a socialist, this moron would stop reading my newspaper. Now that’s what I call a real socialist. My newspaper is free. He pays nothing for it but he insists my column, in a paper I own and finance, has to agree with his political views or he’s going to punish me by not reading it. You can’t make this stuff up.

Another reader took an even more aggressive position. He wrote: “You make it sound like socialism is a bad thing. How shortsighted. If capitalism were all that it’s made out to be by the people who are benefiting from it at the moment, there’d be no need for socialism. If you’re comfortable at all right now in the USA, you should get down on your knees and kiss socialism’s feet.” This person reminds me of the French idiots who are rioting because their government, which is going broke, wants to push back their retirement date. France is socialism when it runs out of other people’s money.

So now in America we have socialism with Obamacare, which will cost a trillion dollars we don’t have and will destroy the greatest health care system in the history of the world. Forty-five percent ownership of General Motors, the largest automobile company in the USA, was handed off by Obama and his gang to the automotive union that helped cause the decline of the American car industry in the first place.

Obama is in the pocket of the teachers’ unions, The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the Service Employees International Union. These unions are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into political races. They don’t have the problems with unemployment you and I do. Their jobs are guaranteed.

Our relationship with Israel has never been worse and still there is no sign of peace in the Middle East.

It’s not by accident that in less than two years, smart Democrats and Independents are turning their backs on Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the other fiscal airheads and voting Republican and conservative. The great P.J. O’Rourke said it best in a column he wrote in The New York Post: “This is not an election on Nov. 2. This is a restraining order.”

And so in the spirit of sweetness and light, let me give my thoughts on whom to vote for. For Governor: Don’t vote. I repeat: DON’T VOTE. Where is it written you have to vote in every race when you get into the voting booth?

Why should you vote for Carl Paladino? He’s a jerk who rode in on the coattails of the Tea Party, an independent political movement that will keep every politician—Republican and Democrat—on their toes from now on. The Tea Party isn’t a one-election phenomenon. It’s here to stay, which is more than I can say about Paladino – an unqualified brute who reminds me of my Uncle Louie, who always carried a baseball bat in the seat next to him in his car, even though he never played a single inning.

Don’t vote for Andrew Cuomo either. What a fake. I decided not to vote for him when he had the gall to march in the Gay Pride Parade. What a disingenuous move by a man who, when he ran his dad’s campaign for governor, was credited by many for being behind the slur against a great man like Ed Koch: “Vote for Cuomo Instead of the Homo.”

Vote for Randy Altschuler for Congress. Let’s vote Suffolk County Rep. Tim Bishop out of office. Tim rope-a-doped senior citizens and voted for the Health Care Bill against his constituents’ wishes. He lives in Nancy Pelosi’s hip pocket and has voted along with her 97 percent of the time. If you’re a Republican or an Independent, vote for Randy Altschuler for all the obvious reasons. If you’re a smart Democrat, vote for Altschuler because without the Bishops of the world pushing Obama’s socialist agenda, Obama will move from the left to the middle and get himself reelected president in 2012.

So Democrats, would you rather have a mediocre member of the House or a “Yes We Can” mediocre president in the White House?

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