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The Word in Produce

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I was at the market. My friend approached. We'd already said hi. This was the comeback. He looked around. I looked around. No one listening but the vegetables. I knew what was coming.

"It doesn't feel very good, does it?"

He didn't mean the air conditioning. We've been around. He meant the election.

Nope. This is, Fox friends, what Democrats are talking about when they aren't defending the home team — or attacking the visitors. This is known as the whispered aside. Whispered so no one will hear, and aside because where else?

The stories you may have heard about Hollywood thinking "He" is spending too much time in Hollywood? Yep. My neighbors think he is spending too much time creating traffic jams here, which, for all the efforts to land helicopters in dog parks (which my dogs don't much like), he plainly is.

But "Hollywood" (as the entertainment industry calls itself) is also right that swooping in here every other week to have your picture taken with rich celebrities and their even richer bosses doesn't do much for the "man of the people" routine. The people complaining that they're seeing too much of him aren't just those stopped in traffic but also those in the receiving lines, who worry that the road to victory in Ohio may not snake through Beverly Hills.

All of these trips to Los Angeles also mean that no one can say word one about all of those photos of Republicans riding around in golf carts at the Cash Money Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, a weekend of high-priced schmoozing, with no traffic jams, organized by Mitt Romney. Democrats have locked themselves into a game that, at the end of the day, they can't win.

The other side has more golf carts, more golfers and, this year it seems, more heavy hitters.

That's the other thing people are whispering about between the tomatoes and the cukes. I hope I'm wrong about this, and I won't finger anyone for telling, but I'm hearing whispers about more than one so-called Democratic bigwig who has made his or her peace with President Obama's losing and his or her taxes not going up. Oh, sorry, they'd never put it that way, and they're certainly still giving and smiling and the like, but not quite as much as they could.

It's no secret that if Obama loses, taxes (if you are extremely rich, that is, and can afford to pay more but don't) are much less likely to go up than if he wins. And while liberals like to think of themselves (ourselves) as people who don't vote their incomes, it's certainly not irrelevant. And this much is always true: The less money some people give the less money other people give. Who's on first and all that.

And Romney? Maybe he doesn't look quite so bad to some of the would-be mega-donors who might just settle for being generous this time. After all, he's a Wall Street guy, Bain, from Massachusetts, not crazy, not going to reintroduce abortion by coat hanger, not scary compared to Rick Perry or Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich or whoever.

That's what I'm hearing anyway.

They're just whispers. Some good economic news, some bad Romney gaffes, and we may be singing again in the bakery aisle. Campaigns have their own beats, which mostly can be identified only in retrospect. Maybe it's the pre-July 4th slump, to be followed by the post-July 4th leap. Or not. But sneaking around in grocery aisles is not a good place for Democrats to be heading into this election.

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Coat hanger or adoption? Which choice would lib take?
Comment: #1
Posted by: Early
Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:06 AM
Just rats abandoning the sinking rat.
Comment: #2
Posted by: joseph wright
Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:58 AM
Susan, this is just ridiculous. I can't imagine any voter, other than the hard right, ready to turn the
over to the people who got us into this mess.
Comment: #3
Posted by: Bill Giddens
Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:18 AM
I don't see what Susan is so upset about. Obama and Romney have more in common than she thinks. Both want more wars. Neither is interested in balancing the budget or reforming entitlements. Both accept money from banks and big corperations. Both pander to special interests. Both want to divide the country. The differences are minor.
Comment: #4
Posted by: Chris McCoy
Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:37 AM
Re: Bill Giddens

The people who got us into this mess were Democrats and decades of their failed re distribution policies and their pandering to minorities, in particular and most recently Carter, Clinton, Fanks, Dodds, Waters, Vento, their slush fund enablers at Fannie and Freddy, Johnson, Reines, Zoellick, Gorrelick, Donilon, Howard,and feckless regulators who enabled the crooks, to wit, Geithner, Cuomo, Greenspan, et al.

If you really want to undertand what really happened and to really understand the truth that by leaving Geithner, Bernake et al and Democrats in charge of the ecomomy that we have already left the economy to the cluseless inbeciles that enabled and or caused the mess in the first then read the expose by Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Roener_Reckless Endangement. The evidence set forth there is wholly conclusive that Democrats and their allies should never never never be left to control the economy ever again. That of course combined with the evidence of the European Titanic going underwater holed and dragged down by socialst policy and the debacle of the boy's management of the economy that has resulted in the downgrading of our credit, almost 16 trillion in debt, record trillion plus deficits for the foreseeable future, real unemployment in the 12% range with no prospect of it getting lower, record numbers on food stamps, and an immigration policy that will allow millions of illegals to seek and usurp the jobs of Americans.

The boy barack's re election policy has come down to this. Get the votes of the terminally stupid and or those that hate America. Seems that some may qualify on both grounds.

Comment: #5
Posted by: joseph wright
Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:05 AM
Re: Bill Giddens

The people who got us into this mess were Democrats and decades of their failed re distribution policies and their pandering to minorities, in particular and most recently Carter, Clinton, Fanks, Dodds, Waters, Vento, their slush fund enablers at Fannie and Freddy, Johnson, Reines, Zoellick, Gorrelick, Donilon, Howard,and feckless regulators who enabled the crooks, to wit, Geithner, Cuomo, Greenspan, et al.

If you really want to undertand what really happened and to really understand the truth that by leaving Geithner, Bernake et al and Democrats in charge of the ecomomy that we have already left the economy to the cluseless inbeciles that enabled and or caused the mess in the first then read the expose by Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Roener_Reckless Endangement. The evidence set forth there is wholly conclusive that Democrats and their allies should never never never be left to control the economy ever again. That of course combined with the evidence of the European Titanic going underwater holed and dragged down by socialst policy and the debacle of the boy's management of the economy that has resulted in the downgrading of our credit, almost 16 trillion in debt, record trillion plus deficits for the foreseeable future, real unemployment in the 12% range with no prospect of it getting lower, record numbers on food stamps, and an immigration policy that will allow millions of illegals to seek and usurp the jobs of Americans.

The boy barack's re election policy has come down to this. Get the votes of the terminally stupid and or those that hate America. Seems that some may qualify on both grounds.

Comment: #6
Posted by: joseph wright
Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:05 AM
Re: Bill Giddens

The people who got us into this mess were Democrats and decades of their failed re distribution policies and their pandering to minorities, in particular and most recently Carter, Clinton, Fanks, Dodds, Waters, Vento, their slush fund enablers at Fannie and Freddy, Johnson, Reines, Zoellick, Gorrelick, Donilon, Howard,and feckless regulators who enabled the crooks, to wit, Geithner, Cuomo, Greenspan, et al.

If you really want to undertand what really happened and to really understand the truth that by leaving Geithner, Bernake et al and Democrats in charge of the ecomomy that we have already left the economy to the cluseless inbeciles that enabled and or caused the mess in the first then read the expose by Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Roener_Reckless Endangement. The evidence set forth there is wholly conclusive that Democrats and their allies should never never never be left to control the economy ever again. That of course combined with the evidence of the European Titanic going underwater holed and dragged down by socialst policy and the debacle of the boy's management of the economy that has resulted in the downgrading of our credit, almost 16 trillion in debt, record trillion plus deficits for the foreseeable future, real unemployment in the 12% range with no prospect of it getting lower, record numbers on food stamps, and an immigration policy that will allow millions of illegals to seek and usurp the jobs of Americans.

The boy barack's re election policy has come down to this. Get the votes of the terminally stupid and or those that hate America. Seems that some may qualify on both grounds.

Comment: #7
Posted by: joseph wright
Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:05 AM
I think Obama and his administration is the most corrupt disgraceful administration in the history of the United States. Exactly what I have come to expect from the Democrat Party and Liberals.


That said, I see Obama getting re-elected and I will be voting for Obama. If Romney is the best the Republican party can offer as a president then the Republican Party can kiss my &*&# . . . I am voting for Obama. Romney is a Liberal and likely just a bad as Obama, perhaps worse. I will not support Republican treachery. So, to all those King makers in the Republican party, who are trying once again to push a liberal down Republican's throats, UP YOURS.


On the outside chance I do not vote for Obama I will vote libertarian. And I really, really, dislike the Republican Party for forcing me to vote for the likes of Obama.


The Republican Party needs to just go away so that a real conservative-libertarian party can replace it.

Comment: #8
Posted by: SusansMirror
Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:11 PM
Re: SusansMirror
Ordinarily you make some very good points but in this post you unfortunately prove the last paragraph of my earlier post. its a shame but it is what it is.
Comment: #9
Posted by: joseph wright
Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:36 PM
Well, Obamacare is upheld as constitutional. What a load of crap.


Still, looking at the Supreme Court's decision it appears their logic is sound. They viewed the mandate as a “tax” and Congress has the right to tax the people, period. As a “tax” such an issue is not even an issue for the Supreme Court should consider.


I agree, to some extent, as the constitution is written now but we now need a constitutional amendment that limits the definition of the term “tax” and what can be a “tax”.


Such will not happen.


So basically, the government does not force us to purchase health insurance; they just “tax” us if we do not. Interesting. Obama denied Obamacare was a tax to get it passed and then called it a tax to keep it constitutional. What a lying prick.


The end result will now be a single payer system.


Democrats will keep the “tax” (penalty) for not purchasing insurance very low. As a result, many healthy adults will not purchase health insurance until they become sick and then they will purchase the best care available. Private insurance companies, who would seem to have just won a windfall, will eventually go bankrupt.


Once the single payer system is firmly established, the Nazis will have all the power they need to control everything we do. Nice.


Notably, I believe Republicans will win huge in the next election. Obama might still win but Republicans will own everything else.


The insurance issue is not the big news; the big news is, in America, Freedom died today.

Comment: #10
Posted by: SusansMirror
Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:24 AM
Susan:
What vacuum are you living in? Here in Northeastern Ohio the normally Right-wing voters are moving solidly behind Obama. Why is that? Simple. The Lordstown auto plant is running a full three shifts of workers and all the little tool and die shops that supply parts for the auto industry are booming like they have not been booming in many years. They fully understand and appreciate that the auto bailout and the policies of the Obama administration were behind that boom. They also are keenly aware that Mitt Romney said in an OP-ED opposing the bailout.....LET EM FAIL. It is very unlikely that they will vote for Romney in November based on just the auto bailout issue. Even the Republican governor of Ohio has publically admitted that the Obama policy on the auto bailouts helped the economy in Ohio. Ohio will be solidly in the Obama column in November. And now that the Supreme Court has ruled that Obamacare is constitutional., that pretty much settles that question for a while. If you are a realist, you will see this. If you are a rabid hating partisan, you will be left to sling insults and gripe about what has happened.
Comment: #11
Posted by: robert lipka
Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:46 AM
Re: SusansMirror

Still going to vote for the boy barack, the slaver in drag as a champion of freedom ?

Today that two legged that piece of excrement Roberts, made us all slaves to the whims of the Federal Government, Democrat or Republican.

He has set precedent for unlimited Federal Taxation on anything for any reason on any whim, forr rich, for poor for, for the young for the elderly, for all. He has laid out the road map for subverting the Constitution, has ensured euthanisia for the elderly, an 8-9% tax on the younger population, the greatest tax increase in the history of this Republic, huge increases in heathcare premiums for the middle class. He has ensured employers discontinuing health care coverage, the end of the private health insurance market, as was the boy slaver's stated plan and all so that we end up in further dependency on Government. The boy slaver aided by Roberts has now all but guaranteed a real depression. The chances of small businessess hiring have just been eliminated.

The only saving grace is that the decision has ensured defeat for the boy slaver because the boy slaver's health care bill will now be front and center in the upcoming election. The truth of it will come out and the Democrats will be shown to be just what they are, which is to say lying deceitful, scum. However the taxing precedent will remain. Next step from Dems will be the confiscation of 401Ks as a tax to fund Social Security.

So FU Roberts, FU boy slaver and F all lying corrupt Democrats !

The boy slaver may have won this skirmish but we will win the war. Don't tread on me.!
Comment: #12
Posted by: joseph wright
Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:12 PM
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