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Editorial: Obama's focus on fairness, not on a foul record
The Orange County Register ^ | 1/25/2012 | The Orange County Register Editorial Board

Posted on 01/25/2012 4:07:20 AM PST by Mark Landsbaum

President Barack Obama's State of the Union message Tuesday predictably sounded like a campaign kickoff. In this election year he used the bully pulpit to advance political strategy, rather than give an even-handed accounting of where he has brought the nation.

We suspect voters preferred a more candid assessment such as, to paraphrase Jimmy Carter, "Are you better off than you were three years ago?" But stumping politicians know better than to ask questions that have embarrassing answers.

(Excerpt) Read more at ocregister.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: blogpimp; obama; pimpmyblog; serialpimp; spending; stateoftheunion; taxes

1 posted on 01/25/2012 4:07:27 AM PST by Mark Landsbaum
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To: Mark Landsbaum

...his famous laser like focus we’re all familiar with.....


2 posted on 01/25/2012 4:13:25 AM PST by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Mark Landsbaum
Mr. Obama's fundamental error is that he regards Americans' earned income as belonging to the government first. He referred to tax cuts that allow people to keep what they earn as government "spending." It is not the government's to spend unless the government takes it from those who earn it.

Socialist or just plain Communist?---you decide.

3 posted on 01/25/2012 4:16:44 AM PST by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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To: Mark Landsbaum

Like Mrs. Clinton said, we’re going to take your money to use on thing we find important.


4 posted on 01/25/2012 4:36:23 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: Mark Landsbaum; humblegunner; 50mm; metmom

Gee. I was thinking of commenting on your thread.

But it’s been ~last MAY~ since you actually responded to any posts, well .....

I guess you don’t really care what us little FReepers think.


5 posted on 01/25/2012 5:45:51 AM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Mark Landsbaum

Obama likes to use the word “fairness” because it is something that his focus groups say is desirable. Everybody wants fairness, but not everyone’s definition of it is the same.

It is an issue that has been argued about, literally, for millennia. Seven centuries before Christ, Aesop wrote the fable of The Grasshopper and The Ant, the former living the high life, dancing and singing, while the latter was working his little ant butt off, preparing and storing food for the winter. When the cold weather came, the grasshopper was starving to death, while the ant was well-fed. Is that fair? Liberals and conservatives will have differing points of view.

I now, humbly offer you the fable of the pizzerias, written by me, twenty centuries after Christ. Two new pizzerias have just opened, two blocks apart, with a busy office building between them. Giovanni’s parents were immigrants from Rome, and food has always been carefully and lovingly prepared. He saved his money and opened up his pizza palace, using only the finest ingredients, many of which are imported from Italy. He calculates that it will cost him $1.50 to make a slice of pizza, and he can earn a decent profit by selling it for two bucks.

Two blocks away, Guido, a fourth-generation Italian-American, has opened up his store. He’s looking to make a fast buck (literally) so he skimps on the ingredients and is able to produce a slice for a dollar, which he also plans on selling for two dollars.

On the day that both pizzerias opened, the workers in the office building flocked to them in equal numbers. Those who went to Giovanni’s got a real taste of Italy for their two bucks, and would never go anywhere else. Those who were unfortunate to sample Guido’s pies, which tasted like American cheese and ketchup on top of cardboard, would never make that mistake again. In just a few weeks, as word of mouth spread, Giovanni was selling 2,000 slices a day, making a profit of $1,000, which would generate an income of over $300,000 a year. Poor Guido was selling almost no slices a day, and closed up shop even before his one-year lease was up.

This is the type of American Dream story that takes place every day in every industry. Somebody works harder than somebody else, or is smarter, or risks more of his capital, or has a new idea or a brilliant innovation. Shouldn’t he be rewarded? And who should decide the extent of that reward—the marketplace or Obama and his hundreds of Czars? What would “fairness” dictate?


6 posted on 01/25/2012 5:50:18 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (How bad would an Obama II administration be, without the constraints of re-election?)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

Good post TSSYF


7 posted on 01/25/2012 5:52:10 AM PST by DollyCali (UDon't tell God how big your storm is... tell your storm how BIG your God is!)
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To: DollyCali

Hello, Dolly. And thanks very much.


8 posted on 01/25/2012 6:01:37 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (How bad would an Obama II administration be, without the constraints of re-election?)
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To: Mark Landsbaum

I wonder where this SOTU address placed in terms of viewership/ratings, as compared to past SOTU addresses. Hard for me to believe there were many people interested in or able to stomach listening to this imbecile blathering for an hour or so...


9 posted on 01/25/2012 6:24:03 AM PST by Sicon ("All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - G. Orwell)
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To: Rudder

We need “codeword interpreters” on our side like the left has for “anything we don’t like = racism”.

“Fairness”, as they would implement it, is nothing other than socialism/communism.


10 posted on 01/25/2012 6:29:08 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Sicon
Hard for me to believe there were many people interested in or able to stomach listening to this imbecile blathering for an hour or so...
Alfred Hitchcock - Family Plot.

I can't stand to listen to the Whitehouse Wingnut;

I start yelling at the teevee and the Mrs. yells at me to shut up. Unless she yells at the teevee first.

Nobama, no how.
11 posted on 01/25/2012 9:30:17 AM PST by Peet (Cogito ergo dubito.)
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To: shibumi; Mark Landsbaum; humblegunner; 50mm

Mark Landsbaum
Since Aug 8, 2001

First thread or comment posted was on Saturday, January 22, 2011 2:44:35 PM

TEN YEARS between sign up date and first posting?!?!?!
I think this comment explains it all.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2710514/posts?page=9#9

“Thanks so much. We link to our columns and blogs because page views on our newspaper website pay our salaries. Advertisers pay for the people who visit our site, alas, not other sites.

Please click through and keep another newspaper in business.”

Mark Landsbaum

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You know what, Mark? We don’t appreciate being used to line someone’s pocket. If you couldn’t have been bothered to participate in the FR community for those TEN YEARS, but finally start in to only get a profit, don’t expect people to be flocking to your website.


12 posted on 01/25/2012 10:02:11 AM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: metmom; shibumi; Mark Landsbaum; 50mm
We don’t appreciate being used to line someone’s pocket.

Damned straight.

Those of us who support this site financially do NOT
do so in order to provide advertising for bloggers.

13 posted on 01/25/2012 10:23:09 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: paulycy; DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis; Salamander

Ping to this thread starting at post 5


14 posted on 01/25/2012 11:44:17 AM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: metmom; humblegunner; 50mm; Mark Landsbaum; landsbaum

Couldn’t have said it better myself, metmom. But you know what? It gets even better.

Check out the posting history of his alter-ego:

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/by:landsbaum/index?brevity=full;tab=comments

He’s alternately using ~TWO~ FReeper accounts to pimp the same blog.

(How do you feel about them there apples?)


15 posted on 01/25/2012 11:47:43 AM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: shibumi; humblegunner; 50mm; Mark Landsbaum; landsbaum; paulycy; DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis; ...
He’s alternately using ~TWO~ FReeper accounts to pimp the same blog.

(How do you feel about them there apples?)

This......

IBTZ x 2


16 posted on 01/25/2012 12:24:48 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: shibumi; metmom; humblegunner; 50mm; Mark Landsbaum; landsbaum
He’s alternately using ~TWO~ FReeper accounts to pimp the same blog.

This has got to be a coincidence. Nobody would be so bold as to doublepimp a blog.

17 posted on 01/25/2012 4:18:02 PM PST by 50mm (Trust nobody and you'll never be disappointed.)
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To: metmom
Thanks for the ping MM. I hadn't even noticed that this pimp was using two screen names. I wonder how long it will be before he gets the lightning....hopefully the mods will come and take care of him soon, perhaps like this:


18 posted on 01/25/2012 5:20:09 PM PST by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: metmom

Ain’t going’ there again.

There was SO much creepy trash on that blog that Abine actually CRASHED trying to delete it all.

Anybody wants to go there, do so _at your own peril_.

It’s friggin’ -infested-.


19 posted on 01/25/2012 5:34:15 PM PST by Salamander (If I'm too rough, tell me.....I'm so scared your little head will come off in my hands.)
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To: Salamander; Admin Moderator; shibumi; metmom; humblegunner; 50mm; Mark Landsbaum; landsbaum
Ain’t going’ there again.

There was SO much creepy trash on that blog that Abine actually CRASHED trying to delete it all.

Anybody wants to go there, do so _at your own peril_.

It’s friggin’ -infested-.

Maybe the mods would be interested in knowing that......

20 posted on 01/25/2012 6:56:11 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis; shibumi

I can’t take any credit for that. It was all shibumi’s work.

I just notified people of what he found.


21 posted on 01/25/2012 6:58:41 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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