Dear Mark: Partisan politics is driving me nuts. I thought that after the election the race-baiting would cool off. Now the left is claiming the attacks on Ambassador Susan Rice concerning her Benghazi remarks are racist and sexist. Isn't this a little ridiculous? — Big Bad Bill
Dear Big: President Obama and his fellow bra burners can't have it both ways. Either women are equally as capable as men and hence ready to absorb the criticism that comes with high-profile positions or they are not. If poor defenseless Susan Rice can't handle criticism from a couple of Republican senators, then what the heck is she doing as our U.N. ambassador where she has to deal with some the world's most corrupt and unscrupulous despots?
It's curious how the left never whined racism or sexism when Sarah Palin, Condoleezza Rice, or Michele Bachmann were mercilessly attacked. But then again, conservatives have more faith that their women can defend themselves when the heat is turned up.
Come to think of it, the left didn't use this tactic when conservatives were critical of Hillary Clinton or Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Could it be because Ambassador Rice is black? Or could this just be a smoke screen to cover up the fact that the administration sent Rice out to lie about the Benghazi attacks before the election?
Dear Mark: I must be the only one confused by the sequestration issue. It seems that if the government spends $1 trillion more than it takes in each year ($10 trillion per decade) and Congress and the administration are searching for an agreement that saves $1.8 trillion over 10 years; doesn't that leave us with a debt increase of $8.2 trillion over 10 years? Or is their definition of a decade different than 10 years? — Marv from Georgia
Dear Marv: There you go again, using common sense and simple math, which apparently doesn't exist in Washington. Don't forget that President Obama's only solution to save the economy is to raise taxes on those making over $200,000. Not only will that hurt the economy by punishing the job creators, but that increase doesn't even reduce the country's yearly deficit by a single percentage point.
What bothers me even more is the failure of the media to hold this administration and other liberals like Harry Reid accountable for their proposals — or in many cases lack thereof. The question seems pretty easy to ask: "Mr. President, raising taxes on the so-called wealthy only reduces the deficit by 1 percent. What is your plan to reduce the remaining 99 percent?" I didn't even have to go to journalism school to come up with that one.
President Obama and Congress are probably relieved to have the Israel and Hamas battle in the headlines, as opposed to the farce the fiscal cliff debate is becoming. Liberals seem happy about war when it overshadows the ineptitude that their leaders are exhibiting.
As for the definition of decade, definitions in Washington generally become whatever is politically expedient or will do the most damage to one's political foe. Washington changes definitions more often than Kim Kardashian changes boyfriends.
Dear Mark: I say hooray to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors who voted down public nudity except during special events. Who would've thought? — Proud Mary
Dear Proud: My thoughts on public nudity are simple: If you look like Kathy Ireland, nudity allowed. If you look like a sack of Irish potatoes, nudity not allowed. My wife says if you look like Daniel Craig ... well you know the rest.
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