Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Personal Aside: Ask Not if Obama Loves the PoorIncluding His Own (Half) Brother You Mean THAT Jim Ryan?
Theres a reason why the world liberal is usually preceded by the descriptive phony. Take the King of Compassion, Barack Hussein Obama. Butter wouldnt melt in his mouth when he turns his soulful eyes upward (to Allah, purportedly) and talks about the need to help ones fellows. But hes always talking about what government can donot what he does as an individual. Conservapedia the great antidote to Wikapedia has listed what the Great One has given to charity out of his own pocket during the years he made $250,000 and more. Heres the list:
2000: 0.9%...2001: 0.5%...2002: 0.4%...2003: 1.4%...2004: 1.2%...2005 (after he became nationally prominent): 4.7%...2006: 6.7%.
Indeed, the last two Democratic presidential nominees have been loathe to dig down deep in their pockets for the poor. Al GoreObamas Nobel Prize-winning cohortwas embarrassed when it turned out that in 1998, two years before he ran for president, he gave just $353 to charity. When Ted Kennedy last ran for president with a net income worth of more than $8 million and an income of $461,444 from a family trust, he gave just 1% to charity as much as he claimed as a write-off for his 50-foot sailing sloop Curragh.
The richest man in the Senate is its top gigolo John Kerry who married not just one very-very rich woman but two the second one of the richest women in the world after he divorced Wife No.1 who became ill from depression. Of course Kerry is a philanthropist because his wife is the widow of John Heinz, heir to the Heinz catsup fortunebut of course Kerry uses the Heinz Foundation as his vehicle.
There, There, Little Brother!
No one can fault Obama on not helping his half-siblings because in the chaotic non-nuclear family he sprang from he very possibly doesnt know who and how many they are. But as media occasionally reports his youngest half-brother George, 29, lives on pennies a month in a hut in Africa (said Vanity Fair in 2008). He lives on the outskirts of Nairobi in a shack 65-square-feet in size. George Obama said he met Barack first as a 5-year-old and after that not until 2006 when Obama toured East Africa and visited Nairobi. It was very brief. We spoke for just a few minutes, said George Obama. I live here on less than a dollar a month I live like a recluse. If anyone says something about my surname, I say were not related. I am ashamed.
I hope he doesnt mean hes ashamed of himself for being poor. However shame isnt evidently in his big half-brothers repertoire for allowing one who normally should treated as a close blood relative to live in squalor. But then when you are basking in the glow of an adulatory media, why bother?
Example: When an over-awed Harry Smith of CBS-TV praised Obama for leaving the campaign trail to visit his ailing grandmother, the candidate replied grandiosely: Yeah, well, theI think most people understand that if youre not caring for your family, then youre probably not the kind of person whos going to be caring for other people.
(Of course merely by citing this, I realize I am stained by ghastly racism, Eric and Jeff).
Yes, THAT Jim Ryan.
I mean yes, the former attorney general. The guy who calls himself pro-life but prided himself that as DuPage states attorney he was not deterred in the slightest in hurling the book at pro-life demonstrators in order to show his even-handedness in the law. Hes been a faithful board member of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, the Ralph Martire outfit. The Center has prided itself on never shrinking from tax hike advocacy and Martire has repeatedly cited, on my radio show, the great service Jim Ryan has delivered as a board member.
Just so you know.