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Flip Obama The Big Bird

By David King Published: October 10, 2012

If you want to know what a simpering, sophomoric, shameless demagogue your current President is, look no further than Obama's new BIg Bird ad:

Barack Obama must think we're a nation of idiots. When I first saw this ad, I thought it must be the Onion News Network, but no, it was our fearless leader. The Obama campaign is dispatching workers wearing Big Bird suits to stand outside Romney campaign events. I only wish I was kidding about this. How old is our President ? Ten ? The First Lady told supporters yesterday, “We all know good and well that cutting Sesame Street is no way to balance a budget.” It seems Obama's inanity is rubbing off on his wife.

But if the adolescent Obama wants to make Big Bird the subject (instead of, say, Libya), fine. Let's talk Big Bird:

According to the latest Internal Revenue ServiceForm 990 financial disclosure that Sesame Workshop has made public, its total revenue for 2009 was about $130 million. Of that, about $7.9 million came directly from government grants.

So, without the government grants, Sesame Street's revenue would still be $122 million per year. Is this cause for alarm ?  WIll Big Bird, sniff, sniff, die without the government's help ? I'm thinking....NO WAY. The salary of the Sesame Workshop's CEO, Gary Knell, is over $640,000 per year. That means we taxpayers are subsidizing a one-percenter. I thought liberals like teenybop Obama were against such things. Shouldn't Obama be calling for an Occupy Sesame Street movement or something ? It's so hard to keep up. Well, we all know how unpredicatble those tweeners are.

Big Bird would do just fine without the help of Big Brother. Sesame Street is probably the most successful children's programming franchise ever. Oscar won't have to hide in the trash can if Mitt Romney is elected President. 

I can't believe it's come to this. The President Of The United States fearmongering over a Muppet. Maybe Obama will do a joint press conference with Kermit The Frog next. 

The ironic part is, when Obama isn't supporting unwarranted subsidies for business, he's busy demonizing success and trying to make it more difficult for businesses to grow. That's why business people in general support Romney (exception - business people being subsidized by Obama, who usually happen to be Obama campaign contributors). Business people know what does and doesn't help their businesses grow, profit, and create jobs. Romney knows it too, because he lived it. Romney's company, Bain Capital, invested in or owned all kinds of businesses, like AMC Entertainment, Brookstone, Burger King, Staples, Clear Channel Communications, Burlington Coat Factory,, Guitar Center, Hospital Corporation Of America, Sealy, Dunkin' Donuts, The Weather Channel, The Sports Authority, Toys 'R Us, The Warner Music Group, Experian, Domino's Pizza, and many more.

To be fair, Obama has had some business world experience too. He once ate a Domino's Pizza.

If you live inside the juvenile bubble of Obama's magical fantasy world, you might think all Romney ever did was bankrupt a steel company and cause all those poor people to lose their jobs. No offense, but you'd have to be a complete buffoon to believe that is what Romney's business experience was about, and if you do believe it, you should check into a deprogramming center immediately. You've been Obam-notized. It's a serious malady, but curable in all but the most extreme cases. To date, I've only run across one case I'd call hopeless.

Let's hear what a couple real job creators think of Obamas divisive rhetoric.

First up, Steve Wynn, owner of Wynn Resorts:

WYNN: I've created about 250,000 direct and indirect jobs according to the state of Nevada's measurement. If the number is 250,000, that's exactly 250,000 more than this president, who I'll be damned if I want to have him lecture me about small business and jobs. I'm a job creator. Guys like me are job creators and we don't like having a bulls-eye painted on our back.

The president is trying to put himself between me and my employees. By class warfare, by deprecating and calling a group that makes money 'billionaires and millionaires who don't pay their share.' I gave 120% of my salary and bonus away last year to charities, as I do most years. I can't stand the idea of being demagogued, that is put down by a president who has never created any jobs and who doesn't even understand how the economy works.

Pretty harsh, but accurate. I guess Steve Wynn doesn't like being told "you didn't build that". He did build that, without any help from Barack Obama.

Next up, Dave Siegel, owner of Westgate Resorts, who wrote a letter to his employees saying they might lose their jobs if Obama is re-elected:

Now, the economy is falling apart and people like me who made all the right decisions and invested in themselves are being forced to bail out all the people who didn't. The people that overspent their paychecks suddenly feel entitled to the same luxuries that I earned and sacrificed 42 years of my life for. Yes, business ownership has its benefits, but the price I've paid is steep and not without wounds. Unfortunately, the costs of running a business have gotten out of control, and let me tell you why: We are being taxed to death and the government thinks we don't pay enough. We pay state taxes, federal taxes, property taxes, sales and use taxes, payroll taxes, workers compensation taxes and unemployment taxes. I even have to hire an entire department to manage all these taxes. The question I have is this: Who is really stimulating the economy? Is it the Government that wants to take money from those who have earned it and give it to those who have not, or is it people like me who built a company out of his garage and directly employs over 7000 people and hosts over 3 million people per year with a great vacation?

Obviously, our present government believes that taking my money is the right economic stimulus for this country. The fact is, if I deducted 50 percent of your paycheck you'd quit and you wouldn't work here. I mean, why should you? Who wants to get rewarded only 50 percent of their hard work? Well, that's what happens to me.

Here is what most people don't understand and the press and our Government has chosen to ignore — to stimulate the economy you need to stimulate what runs the economy. Instead of raising my taxes and depositing that money into the Washington black-hole, let me spend it on growing the company, hire more employees, and generate substantial economic growth. My employees will enjoy the wealth of that tax cut in the form of promotions and better salaries. But that is not what our current Government wants you to believe. They want you to believe that it somehow makes sense to take more from those who create wealth and give it to those who do not, and somehow our economy will improve. They don't want you to know that the "1%", as they like to label us, pay more than 31% of all the taxes in this country. Thomas Jefferson, the author of our great Constitution, once said, "democracy" will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."

Business is at the heart of America and always has been. To restart it, you must stimulate business, not kill it. However, the power brokers in Washington believe redistributing wealth is the essential driver of the American economic engine. Nothing could be further from the truth and this is the type of change they want.

So where am I going with all this? It's quite simple. If any new taxes are levied on me, or my company, as our current President plans, I will have no choice but to reduce the size of this company. Rather than grow this company I will be forced to cut back. This means fewer jobs, less benefits and certainly less opportunity for everyone.

Obama can keep talking about Big Bird until he's blue in the face, but it won't change a thing. He's bad for this country. Obama likes to talk about trickle-down wealth, but it beats the heck out of  Obama's trickle-down government. At least with trickle-down wealth, you have a job and are a productive member of society. Doing things Obama's way, you're just an unproductive, dependent couch potato living at the whim of your government masters.




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