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Sunday, September 02, 2012 ISSUE #723

Where should the recovery start? Top, bottom or middle?

    The Republicans ended their convention in time for the Democrats to start theirs. According to reports, hardly anyone watched the Republicans, and the prospects don’t look any better for the Democrats. This is surprising. All of us taxpayers spent millions and millions to put on each one, so you would think we would at least watch ‘em to see what we are getting for our money. These conventions are so over-priced and ritzy, you would think they were organized by the GSA.

    The Republicans had a line up of sixty speakers that included Gov. Christy, Gov. Martinez, Sen. Rubio, Sen. McCain, Condoleezza Rice, Mike Huckebee, Clint Eastwood, and families that attended the same Mormon church as the Romneys. Mrs. Romney spoke on love, and raising to adulthood her 5 boys (6 counting Mitt).

The Democrats plan to bring in Bill Clinton, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Sen. Schumer, Sen. Kerry, Mayor Villaraigosa, Eva Longoria, Sandra Fluke and about 75 more. Mrs. Obama could speak about love, but if she doesn’t, it’ll be left to Eva and Sandra to discuss love as they see it.

    Sculptors are carving a huge 25-foot statue of President Obama for the convention. Kinda reminds me of Mount Rushmore. However, is it wise for a magnificent statue of a president who wants to leave an enduring, permanent legacy to be carved out of sand? Why, the Republicans could sneak in some night with a power washer. Nothing left of Obama but a beach towel.  Not even an empty chair.

    I think President Obama heard about a suggestion I made in 1935, during the Great Depression: “One (party) wants the recovery to start from the bottom, and the other wants it to start from the top. I don’t know which is right. I’ve never heard of anybody suggesting that they might start it in the middle, so I hereby make that suggestion because it’s the middle class that does everything anyhow.” He tried for four years to start it at the bottom, with food stamps, welfare and unemployment checks and that didn’t get him anywhere but deeper in debt. For the next four he wants to focus on the middle class, and that could be a winning hand. The Republicans always start at the top, but they have a tough time convincing rich Republicans (and Democrats) to part with their money voluntarily, and hire somebody.

Historic quotes by Will Rogers: (reporting from Democratic National Conventions)
    The keynote speaker told things on the Republicans that would have made anybody else but Republicans ashamed of themselves. (1924)
    At a Democratic National Convention there is always something that will stir up an argument, even if they all agree.  (1928)
    What the Democratic Convention lacks in class in comparison with the Republican one, why, they will make up in noise. (1924)
    Now they have adjourned and can’t do anything. If you can keep a Democrat from doing anything, you can save him from making a mistake. 

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