As much as I hate quoting myself, sometimes it’s necessary. In a post entitled “A Cast Study in Obama’s Chicago Way,” , dated 10/18/11, about a Kenneth E. Pannaralla, a Chicago pol living very well thanks to Cook County tax payers, I wrote:
This story illustrates the Obama pyramid that is the overall goal of the One, who somehow in the view of some emerged dry and sweet-smelling, despite his origins in the stinking slough of corruption, crony capitalism and fraud that is Cook County, Illinois. The ideal America envisioned by those running Chicago on the Potomac is Cook County writ large, with the political royalty like Barack, Michelle and friends living large on the taxpayers’ dime with their date nights, luxury vacations and celebrity soirées at the very top, in the center, those like Mr. Pannaralla, members of public employee unions, and identity politics mascot groups, all of whom benefit from the favors doled out in exchange for their loyalty to the sleazy regime, and at the bottom (you guessed it), the rest of us, whose job it is to silently submit and pay.
I thought of my theory of the Cook Countization of the United States today when I saw this piece from Charles Cook, well-respected political writer and publisher of The Cook Report, entitled “Living Large in the Obama White House.”
Mr. Cook piles on those who have busted the Obama administration on its obvious politically-motivated and completely unnecessary suspension of White House tours, a turn of events that had to shock the One, who assumed that the lap dog, battered wife LSM would go along with the Official Story (“it’s the Republicans’ fault!”). He notes:
The executive mansion is not in that much trouble, of course. It’s certainly not in sufficiently dire straits for Air Force One ($181,757 per hour) to be grounded, or to see the executive chef ($100,000 per year) furloughed, or to cut back on the hours of the three full-time White House calligraphers ($277,050 per year for the trio), or to limit the invaluable work of the chief of staff to the president’s dog ($102,000 per year), or to trim his ridiculous motorcade ($2.2 million). If Ellen DeGeneres wants another dancercize session or Spain holds another clothing sale, the first family will be there before you can say “citizen executive.” Fear ye not, serfs: Austerity may be word of the week, but the president is by no means in any danger of being forced to live like the president of a republic instead of like a king.
In addition to quoting myself, let me quote one of the great lines in the terrific film “The Philadelphia Story:” “one of the prettiest sights in this pretty world is the privileged classes enjoying their privileges.” Worth noting: the rich folks living large in that movie were spending their own money.
Are you getting angry yet? Good. That means you are paying attention.