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Meet the Richerals

February 24th, 2014 - 1:41 pm

After Obama talked of carbon footprints, the huge Air Force One jet flew down to Rancho Mirage — an oasis whose greenery hinges on two facts: it sits in a desert that even with recycled water would revert to its natural arid desolation without tapping a declining aquifer and Colorado River water; and a vast amount of energy is needed to pump water to scores of artificial golf courses. Exhausted after warning about droughts and global warming, the president then spent the three-day weekend on the Palm Springs regional links.

What goes through the president’s mind? Whether golfing at Rancho Mirage or vacationing at Martha’s Vineyard, Obama rarely worries much about the ramifications of his own ideology, whose consequences always fall upon others. His idea of climate change is irrelevant to those in need of a job welding on the Keystone pipeline, or to those paying over $3.80 a gallon to drive to the fields, over vast untapped natural gas and petroleum beneath one’s feet.

What was John Kerry thinking when he lectured Indonesians about climate change? Might he have calculated the .001% lifestyle that he enjoys from the Heinz fortune twice removed, and all the carbon-spewing appurtenances — speedboats, SUVs, luxury cars, private jets — that he indulges in? Is the logic that Indonesians better watch their smoky footprints, but I, Mr. Kerry, need not, because those who care the most for others need “down time” if they are to be effective? What would happen if every Indonesian had a speedboat like Kerry?

What goes through the mind of an Al Gore? Does he ever wake up and muse, “My God, I just made millions through the con of selling a broke cable network to a dictatorship in the Middle East, desperate for entry into the U.S. TV market to spread its hate-filled Islamist and anti-Semitic propaganda”? Or, in an afterthought, does Gore think, “Green God in Heaven, I almost beat the new capital gains tax-rate raise, but at least the buyer won’t renege on the price, given that al Jazeera is funded by billions of petrodollars and a thriving business of hawking carbon fuels that I hate“?

Does Gore believe that he needs those tens of millions of dollars to fly on a private jet and to drive in a huge SUV to better spread the gospel that gas and oil are bad? Without such cash and appurtenances, such as his houses and boats, would he sulk, and therefore be less effective in helping us wean ourselves off fuel he uses to the nth degree?

What does Hillary think when she takes up the cudgels of feminism against the reactionaries and their “war on women”? After all, the sort of sexual banditry of Bill Clinton once fit every feminist rubric of exploitation:

● Check Monica Lewinsky — the subordinate on the job, in a power disequilibrium, in which even consent to sexual play with her boss is considered inherently a form of exploitation. We are lectured by feminists that consenting sex between boss and employee, general and major, or professor and student is a form of coercion. Power imbalances, not mutually agreeable sex, is the key.

● Check Paula Jones — class is also another powerful tool that the wealthy and influential use to subordinate their poorer female victims for “consensual” sex that is hardly so — given the array of insidious machinations the exploiters use for gratification.

● Check Kathleen Willey — the single woman, bereft of husband, trying to fight the odds in a male-dominated world, is uniquely vulnerable to well-connected bosses, who habitually sniff out and exploit such exposure.

● Check Juanita Broaddrick — the businesswoman trying to compete in a male-dominated world, who finds her sex, not her skills, piques the interests of the very powerful.

In short, every feminist totem marks the career of a younger Bill Clinton. With the possible exception of Gennifer Flowers, most of Clinton’s dalliances were predicated on what feminists would call coercion of some sort, given the imbalance in power and the empty, hormone-driven nature of the conquest.

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There's nothing to expose. Their lifestyles and their political activities are all out in the open and nobody cares. Cognitive dissonance makes hypocrisy go away.
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I think you're missing the point. How would you like it if a fellow citizen kept lecturing you not to eat a certain delicacy, while doing that same thing ten times more frequently than you?

How would you feel if that person kept trying to punish you for same with fines and jail-time, while gaming the system to preclude himself from any such punishments?

What if this person started expanding his censures to almost everything you do, using patently absurd rationales to do so? Would you not grow to despise this hypocrite?
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Millionaires and billionaires...and Leninaires.

Can we move Tom Friedman's house to Beijing?

Sean Penn's to Caracas?

Paul Krugman to Moscow?

Oliver Stone has called Obama a shallow and spineless man. Because he is not leftist...enough. Stone wants Obama to start acting in a more aggressively totalitarian way. Obama could start by confiscating everything Stone owns, siccing the IRS, FBI, DOJ, and FCC on him.

Leninaires come in a few forms. The trust fund babies who got their wealth and their Lenin red diapers at an early age.

Or those that marry into money, Herman Munster in Spandex, windsurfing and hiding your yacht to avoid taxes...but not likely to get in deep water with the IRS, which is an arm of the fascist left at present.

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/02/the-irs-assault-on-the-first-amendment-a-short-course.php

(a MUST SEE video, btw)

Leftists are not liberal. The environ- mental patients don't care about the environment they treat as a plaything. Peaceniks are not anti-war....nor do they particularly mind violence.

Gun runners to drug cartels do not mind gangbangers with firearms.

Obamacare inventors don't care about healthcare or insurance coverage...and their tech department doesn't give a Tinker's Dam about web design or security.

It's a game of thrones and daggers. Leninaires don't just want to make sure they get theirs....they want to make sure they get theirs...and yours.

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The delusional leftys have no guilt. They live in a bubble. They don't think about what you, Dr Hanson, have so clearly stated. They lie to themselves constantly and they believe all their own lies. They don't have friends who think any differently than they do. They have no insight. They are the pendulum shift
from the conformity and conservatism of the 1950s.
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And speaking about delusional, no insight and living in a bubble: Imagine getting federal money for a train that will never be built but not budgeting for water infrastructure or desalinization plants. Pity the other western states that don't border an ocean.
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I don't disagree with Dr. Hanson, I rarely do, but why does he write these pieces? The people who deserve the shaming pay no attention. It's spitting into the wind and preaching to the choir at the same time. At least in this essay he didn't invoke hubris and nemesis, because a day of reckoning, comeuppance and backlash aren't happening any time soon, in fact, not even in the lifetimes of anybody reading this essay.
21 weeks ago
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Is it really guilt?
Does multi-billionaire Bruce Springsteen don the peasant apparel and promote Obamacare and other leftist claptrap out of guilt? I'm inclined to think it's more of the herd mentality. They belong to the leftist herd and so they subscribe to leftist thinking, if one can call it thinking.
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Dear Dr,

I must take issue with the following statement:

"And while I can move to telecommute from Stockton or Modesto, the farmer cannot move his almond trees elsewhere."

A richeral would never be caught living in Stockton or Modesto. They would be disinvited from their fellow richeral cocktail parties.
21 weeks ago
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Screw Stockton and Modesto. Let them try Fresno or any of the midsize inland California towns that started the slide to being third-world forty years ago when over-regulation of business started getting REALLY out of control. What used to be working-class neighborhoods have turned into barrios and meth hoods. The richerals saw the bread and butter of the working class and the small business owners and decided, "You didn't build that. We'll take that, and we'll give it to the [ever-larger] welfare class. IT'S FOR THE CHILDREN!"
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All we need is minorities to scream "We want water!" and then the delta smelt be damned.
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Dr. Hanson how do we change the minds of all those Obama phone recipient's that they are being taken for fools?
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I wish it could be done, but the truth is that it's better to accept that nothing is going to change until the middle class in California is so nonexistent that the richerals have two choices: raise taxes on themselves, or cut people off welfare. Set your exit strategy and get out with what you can, or in five to ten years, you'll be walking out with nothing. It's the Dust Bowl in reverse.
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Finally,

I have been saying that capitalists are the problem and capitalism must be severely controlled. My so-called friends on the left have always said no, but here at PJmedia I have finally found people who think like I do. We must destroy all capitalists at once. It doesn't matter if they are liberal or conservative, capitalists are the ones hogging all the resources and destroying our world.

Thank you Victor. Let the class war begin.
21 weeks ago
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Seriously?
A couple of things could have prevented California from being where it is today:
1) Build water infrastructure (reservoirs and aqueducts) as you grow your population. Instead, California's environmentalist lobby has ensured forty or more years of population growth and NO new water infrastructure.
2) Stop over-regulation of business. Instead, the richerals regulate business so much that small business is almost extinct, while the Google and Silicon Valley rich are capable of paying for compliance.
3) Stop subsidizing idleness in the form of endless welfare with no work requirements. But that's mean-spirited, or racist, or something.
4) Put the violent in jail and keep them there! But rather than growing a tax base by keeping low taxes and business-friendly, reasonable regulation, every time California has a budget crisis, services are cut while welfare dollars stay at the same level and taxes get raised. Translation: California infrastructure is crumbling while business and the middle class flee the state, and the remaining middle class has to pick up the tab, because the welfare class isn't going anywhere.

In short, California's problems are NOT caused by capitalists. They're caused by idiots who won't stop electing zealot leftists.

But, hey, I left ten years ago. I'm in a business-friendly red state now. I'm part of the shrinking tax base that is breathing free air and paying our revenues to rational, small-government states.

DEUCES, SUCKA!
21 weeks ago
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Since you twist and lie about the article, one must wonder about the 'housebroken' part, too. Go change your Depends!
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Just so you know, Mandy Matters, I liked your comment and I have no idea why it was removed.
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Capitalist are not the problem. Crony capitalist and Big Government are the problem. Mix in a little Hollywood elite and the fix is in.
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Kudos Mr. Hanson. That just about covers it. There is plenty of hypocrisy to go around for sure. It must be a terrible burden. Or not.
21 weeks ago
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Another wingnut fantasy from Hanson.
21 weeks ago
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Then you should have no problem addressing the substance of the article.
21 weeks ago
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no doubt the most surprised progs on the planet will be those who think they are safely sitting in their wealthy urban enclaves, when the parasites decide that acting like locust's will get them the bling they believe they are entitled to
21 weeks ago
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The zombies are going to go where the rich and easy meat is.
21 weeks ago
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Not so clear at all: the 'rich and easy meat' has a large police complement around it (given that most of those cops would rather hand out traffic citations, still..)
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Just wait until the welfare dollars are cut off and the angry mob grabs their torches and pitchforks. THEN we'll see what happens in Venezu... I mean, In California. Richerals in action.
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Blue state and blue city cops are themselves close to elites. A unionized cop in a Blue state or city is a good gig and a cop with a little initiative to work the assignments that give premium pay and suck up to the boss for nice OT assignments can make well over $100K/yr. That isn't "richeral," but the cop considers himself more like the "richerals" than like ordinary wage earners.
21 weeks ago
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Yes, which is why such union police officers have been given the "hands-off the illegal alien" orders by their superiors for even egregious offenses; deportation or jail would remove a significant number of the current and potential Democrat voting base whose local sales tax dollars goes into city coffers. Gotta fund the retirement systems at all costs.
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I thought zombies liked brains.
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