Friday, June 17, 2011

A Theatre of the Absurd Production: Starring Anthony Weiner, Republican Texas Senator Chris Harris, and Some Maryland Kids Selling Lemonade

Life is better with Dunkin’ Donuts.

I know this, because I just went there to get one of their chocolate chip muffins, which turned out to be so delicious, I even wrote a Shakespearean line about it on Facebook. Yet this is the kind of tasty treat Michelle Obama seems intent on driving out of business.

Why go claws out on the First Lady today?

Largely because she represents part of the problem with America – a problem that’s turning this country into a theatre of the absurd play, where nothing means anything and everything means nothing – but also because reveling in my post snack happiness, I couldn’t help contemplate a Dunkin’ Donuts chocolate chip muffin-less world.

That would be the same kind of world where the Anthony Weiners among us would still be eligible for cushy, tax-payer funded, lifetime benefits worth $1.28 million, even after resigning in disgrace over making absolutely embarrassing twits out of themselves.

Oh wait. That’s already true.

State Senator Talks Tough on Illegal Immigration

In this liberal utopian dreamland, Texas Senator Chris Harris never would have been able to take the Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition’s Antolin Aguirre, who has lived in the US since 1988, to task for speaking Spanish – translated into English by an interpreter – while he argued against the state’s Bill 9. If made law, the legislation would allow police to check suspected illegal aliens’ immigration status… clearly, an unthinkable proposition.

The two had this exchange:

Sen. Harris: Did I understand him correctly that he has been here since 1988? Why aren’t you speaking in English then?

Aguirre as translated through his interpreter: [Spanish is his] first language and since it is his first time giving testimony, he would rather do it in Spanish.

Sen. Harris: It is insulting to us. It is very insulting. And if he knows English, he needs to be speaking in English.

He’s right. Just visiting Germany and Italy years ago, I felt silly constantly having to ask “Do you speak English?” As well I should have too, considering I was in their countries and had no right to expect them to make things easier for me, though they often did.

Liberals are all too happy to complain about pushy Americans on vacation overseas. But they see nothing wrong with immigrants – legal or otherwise – coming here and making things harder for us over the long-term, financially, practically and socially.

A Ban on Little Kid’s Lemonade Stands? Really?

And then there’s the crony capitalism gone insane that’s so rampant among liberal-thinkers.

They rail against big businesses while handing billions to banks, GE and the like, then go ahead and shut down little kids’ lemonade stands, as county officials just did in Bethesda, Maryland.

Go figure this happens in my state.

The scene of the crime is apparently near the US Open, where the county gives out plenty of parking permits to private residences, allowing them to turn their front yards into profitable businesses for avid golf fans.

But according to Jennifer Hughes, the dictator (OK. OK. Director. But “dictator” is obviously more appropriate.) of permitting for the county, it’s illegal to run even an itty-bitty lemonade stand, much less one making a decent dime… even if its to raise money for pediatric cancer.

And they say that Republicans don’t care about the sick.

“Cute little kids making five or ten dollars is a bit different than making hundreds. You’ve got coolers and coolers here,” Hughes reasoned after slapping the children’s parents with a $500 fine for allegedly ignoring instructions to shut the operation down.

Way to kill the entrepreneurial spirit.

No wonder this country is a fiscal mess.

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