Hoefert’s Academy Awards present...The Obamas

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Feb 26, 2014
It’s Oscar week, which culminates this Sunday at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles when members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences “acting” like our elected officials in Washington ignore the voices of their constituents.

How else can you explain only one of the top ten money makers (Gravity) at the box office being nominated for Best Picture?

That’s right. The lobbyists of Hollywood have wined and dined members of the Academy to nominate films that they want in the running rather than the box office smashes the movie-going public has flocked to watch.

That explains why none of the Minions have ever been nominated.

Speaking of Minions, President Obama had some film-milar moments last year that resembled films from the past, so without further ado “The Obamas”

Oops! Further ado, Part 1 — The Obama Statuette, instead of holding a crusaders sword and standing on a film reel like the Oscar Statuette, will be a statue of President Obama standing over the U.S. Constitution holding an eraser.

Oops! Further ado, Part II — The reason only five from last year are nominated is if they were all nominated it would knock Kathy Lilje’s “and another thing” column off the back page of the B section, and the last thing Mrs. Lilje needs is a C section column.

1. “The Forgotten”

The IRS scandal where the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration notified the White House counsel’s office on April 22 that it had completed a review of the IRS office in Cincinnati along with other offices that used inappropriate criteria toidentify potential political cases including tax-exempt organizations with Tea Party in their names.

Three weeks later, President Obama stated at a Monday news conference, on May 13 that:

“I first learned about it from the same news reports that I think most people learned about it. I think it was on Friday”

2. “Gone With The Wind”

Four years after President Obama committed $700 billion of taxpayer money in our nation’s largest bailout of Wall Street the nation’s biggest bank, J.P. Morgan, agreed Nov. 19 to pay a record $13 billion penalty to settle civil claims from state and federal authorities that it sold mortgage backed bonds based on loans that were weaker than advertised.

Avoiding prison, yes, the J.P. Morgan execs actions would have landed you and me in the pokey, J.P. Morgan more than likely paid the record fine using the bailout money taxpayers gave them and “Frankly my dears, they didn’t give a damn”

3. “Requiem for a Dream”

On Oct. 1 President Obama decided to start the Affordable Care Act online before hundreds of technical problems had been worked out. President Obama insisted over and over he never would have allowed the rollout to proceed if he had known how bad the problems were.

However, yes there’s always a however.

However, Congressional testimony confirmed the White House was informed of the problems as early as last March.

4. “Liar, Liar”

President Obama’s misleading promise that Americans who liked their existing health insurance could hang onto it when he said over and over:

“If you like your health care plan, you can keep it”

Despite repeated assurances to that effect, more than 4.2 million Americans have seen their health insurance policies canceled because they did not meet the new, higher standards for services required under the Affordable Care Act.

This already has the dubious distinction of being named “Lie of the Year” by Politifact and definitely ranks right up there with President George H.W. Bush’s 1988 statement of:

“Read my lips: no new taxes”

5. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

In late July, Edward Snowden was granted asylum by the Russian government after being charged in the United States with espionage and theft of government property, which prompted President Obama on Aug. 6 to tell Americans:

“We don’t have a domestic spying program” Along with “There is no spying on Americans”

Turns out, thanks to the all the dotted T’s and all the crossed I’s in the loophole of fine print written into The Patriot Act, it is legal to wiretap U.S. citizens. So, under the law of the land, the NSA is not spying.

They’re observing.

Those are the five nominees for The Obamas.

And the winner is….

Nobody!

Comments

goofus
goofus
coasterfan

Everything is a scandal in Fox Land because it garners high ratings for them. They pander to a hugely partisan crowd that only wants to hear things that reinforce views they already have. It's the furthest one can get from having an open mind, but Fox is highly successful at catering to that bunch. One of the founders of Fox is on record as saying "Our viewers don't want to BE informed, they want to FEEL informed". I have a good idea where Hoefert gets his "news"...

At least we Dems realize that MSNBC is unabashedly left-wing. There are actually millions of right-wing folks who steadfastly believe that Fox is truly fair and balanced. Of course, there are also millions who believe the world is only 6,000 years old, and millions who don't believe in Climate Change. Coincidence that most of those folks are conservatives? I think not...

Our Founding Fathers (whom Republicans like to mention a lot), were the brightest minds of their time. Benjamin Franklin spoke 6 languages, was an inventor and statesman. Contrast Ben with the people whom Republicans think are qualified to lead America these days. I doubt that Sarah Palin has even seen a film with foreign language subtitles, and George Bush barely speaks ONE language.

Contango

Re: "Benjamin Franklin spoke 6 languages,"

H*ll, Pres. Obama uses a weird ghetto speak and doesn't conjugate some of his words. lol

Nice comparison.

The people in the Cincinnati IRS office testified that the orders came from DC.

Let's hear what Lois Lerner has to say, eh?

What are you so afraid of FNC for? It's only one little cable outlet.

Contango

Re: "It's the furthest one can get from having an open mind,"

You of course mean swallowing progressive-socialist nonsense from the likes of Bill Maher and MSNBC? lol

kURTje

Nugent/Palin 2016!

Contango

Re: "Nugent (snip)"

Typical looney nonsense from kookie kurt.

kURTje

Your heroes pooh.

Contango

Re: "Your (snip)"

Only in your off-topic nutty world, kookie.

SamAdams

Obama didn't get elected twice because he was qualified, or turned out to be a good President despite his lack of qualifications. No, he got elected twice because of willfully ignorant and blissfully in denial voters like Big Dog, Deertracker, and Coasterfan.

deertracker

Wow, there's lots of us! A majority even!

The Big Dog's back

Amen deertracker.

kURTje

Like it or not he got elected, not selected. 2016 elections will be interesting.

Contango

Re: "not selected."

Yea, U.S. presidential elections aren't purchased?

Dream on, kookie. lmao!!!

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The Hero Zone

Making parallels to movies I enjoy romanticizing the U.S. population as Andy Dufresne from the Shawshank Redemption. Democrats are the justice/prison system and the warden and guards are Republicans. It makes this last bit a hopeful goalpost for these upcoming elections and beyond as unbeknownst to many things are in the words to get out of D.C.'s grasp.

In [2014], [the American population] escaped from [Federal] prison. All they found of him was a muddy set of prison clothes, a bar of soap, and an old rock hammer, damn near worn down to the nub. I remember thinking it would take a man six hundred years to tunnel through the wall with it. Old ["Pop"] did it in less than twenty. Oh, [Pop] loved geology. I imagine it appealed to his meticulous nature. An ice age here, million years of mountain building there. Geology is the study of pressure and time. That's all it takes really, pressure, and time. That, and a big goddamn [Constitutional Convention]. Like I said, in prison a man will do most anything to keep his mind occupied. Turns out [Pop]'s favorite hobby was totin' his wall out into the exercise yard, a handful at a time. I guess after [Separation of Powers] was killed, [Pop] decided he'd been here just about long enough. [Pop] did like he was told, buffed those shoes to a high mirror shine. The guards simply didn't notice. Neither did I... I mean, seriously, how often do you really look at a mans shoes? [Pop] crawled to freedom through five hundred yards of [poo] smelling foulness I can't even imagine, or maybe I just don't want to. Five hundred yards... that's the length of five football fields, just shy of half a mile.

Babo

I enjoyed the piece by Mr. Hofart.

Can anyone explain to me why Hedge fund managers' and other Wall Street titans' income is not taxed as ordinary income but is taxed as capital gains for a maximum rate of 20% and why both parties are fighting closing that loophole?

Contango

Re: "taxed as ordinary income,"

Small potatoes.

IMO, the marginal tax rate on capital should be: 0%.

The U.S. has the highest marginal tax rate (35%) on capital in the world.

Capital is seed corn.

Where do you think hedgies and other wealthy people put their money?

FYI:

"10 richest neighborhoods in US"

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101448625

Three of the top five surround DC.

Soak the kleptocrats!

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