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Burt Prelutsky / Nov. 16, 2019

Quid Pro Quo, Ad Nauseum

The way that the Democrats have been tossing that Latin term around, they must think it makes them sound smart.

The way that the Democrats have been tossing that Latin term around, they must think it makes them sound smart. Right, the same way that the aviator-style sunglasses make Joe Biden seem smart. All it means is something in exchange for something else.

In this instance, they are trying to use those three little words to form a noose they can put around the President’s neck. Even if they are only recently aware of the term, they certainly understand the concept. When they vote a certain way because George Soros or some union has made a sizable contribution to their war chests, that is a quid pro quo; and when during a presidential campaign, a black church rents out its pulpit to a Democrat, so is that.

· We keep hearing Elizabeth Warren insist that she’ll be able to come up with the $52 trillion to finance her Medicare for All pipedream without raising taxes on the middle class. She keeps saying that all she has to do is raise taxes on rich people and corporation. But that is obviously nonsense. If you confiscated every last dollar from America’s billionaires, you’d still be about $50 trillion short. If she decided to concentrate on the major corporations, she would destroy them, overnight sending tens of millions of people into permanent unemployment while gutting their IRAs and pensions.

So long as she’s going to invite us all to join her in Cloud Cuckooland, she could at least talk about sucking up the massive multi-billion dollar endowments at places like Princeton, Yale, Stanford, USC and her very own Harvard.

No sooner did Beto O'Rourke drop out of the race than little Michael Bloomberg decided to fill the anti-Second Amendment void by offering up himself and his billions.

I suppose Bloomberg decided that if one Manhattan tycoon could be elected president, there’s no reason that a second one couldn’t do the same. He ignores the obvious dissimilarities. For openers, Trump wasn’t a politician. Bloomberg was New York City’s mayor for 12 years and was guilty of having term limits removed so he could run for a third term.

Over the years, he has changed his party allegiance more often than his socks. Before 2001, he was a registered Democrat, but when he decided to run for mayor, he ran as a Republican. In 2009, he ran as an Independent. After supporting Hillary Clinton in 2016, he decided in 2018 to change his registration again. Now he’s a Democrat, but it’s anybody’s guess how long it will last. Probably until he fails to get the party’s nomination next summer. After all, as recently as last March, he said he would not be running for president. That promise lasted all of eight months.

Bloomberg is even older than Biden and would be 78 next November, and a month shy of 79 on Inauguration Day.

Something else working against him is that he was married in 1975 and divorced in 1993, and since 2000, he has been shacked up with Diana Taylor, a former state banking superintendent. One has to wonder if he’ll finally pop the question if he manages to secure the nomination.

One other thing working against him is that he claims to be 5-ft-8, but it’s unlikely he’s can reach that height except on a pogo stick. Americans will cast their ballots for Republicans, Democrats, Catholics, blacks, gays, women, Greenies, Libertarians and even Socialists, but they positively draw the line when it comes to electing midgets.

When it comes to voting, my fellow Jews are a puzzlement. It used to astonish me that 75% of Jews, one of the most successful and best-educated segments of the population, weren’t embarrassed to vote exactly like 95% of blacks, who are their polar opposite.

Even when they could see with their own eyes the damage done by the Democrats who ran the big cities for decades on end, they continued to troop out and re-elect the scumbags.

I figured it made them feel like a bunch of Lords and Ladies Bountiful to vote for the folks who never dare tell blacks the truth, which is that it’s way past time to stop blaming their status on slavery and white bigots. When it comes to racial bigotry, whites can’t even approach the number of black bigots. What’s more, if a white politician voices animus towards blacks, he has no chance of getting elected. Doig catcher On the other hand, if a black politician doesn’t spend most of his time damning white people, he has even less of a political future than Beto O'Rourke.

It takes someone like Larry Elder, Jason Riley or Candace Owens to tell their fellow blacks that if they ever wish to climb above society’s bottom rung, they have to prioritize education — preferably at a trade school – and get married before having children so that those children can be raised in two-parent homes. It would also help if they stopped dealing or using drugs.

It’s not Whitey holding them down and it’s not white cops who are killing them. If they’re looking for someone to blame, they need only look in the mirror.

Speaking of blame, one of the worst things I have ever heard is when in the wake of a rape, someone says the victim was just asking for it. No woman, no matter how provocatively she dresses, is “asking” to be raped.

But when young women dress in such a way that leaves precious little to the imagination, they have nobody to blame but themselves if men assume that like every other heavily-advertised product, it’s for sale.

Stephen Hanover, following up on the article devoted to my beliefs, wrote to state: “I’ve theorized for a while that our universe may very well be a giant loop whereby, theoretically, a giant telescope would actually be looking at the back of your own head.”

An interesting concept, leading me to suggest that the universe might be a giant loop or a helix or possibly, for all we know, a mere figment of God’s imagination.

It was Don Wise who suggested I poll my readers as to which actor and actress had the most appealing speaking voice. There were 41 respondents, 26 men, 15 women.

All 41 came up with an actor, but several didn’t bother casting a vote for an actress…until I prompted them. Even then there were nine holdouts. I’m not sure why unless it’s that men’s voices have a lot to do with their appeal, whereas it’s the visual that usually determines how we respond to actresses.

We’ll kick things off with my own selections (in alphabetical order: (male) Montgomery Clift, Ronald Colman, Sean Connery, Joseph Cotten, Cary Grant, George Kennedy, Burt Lancaster, Herbert Marshall, James Mason and Jimmy Stewart (female) Jean Arthur, Ingrid Bergman, Spring Byington, Jeanne Crain, Doris Day, Joanne Dru, Joan Hackett, Rita Hayworth, Audrey Hepburn, Ginger Rogers.

You folks split your votes between 22 men and 26 women.

The men who only received a single vote were: Robert Mitchum, William Holden, Morgan Freeman, Max Von Sydow, Joseph Cotton, David Attenborough, Humphrey Bogart, Michael York, Frank Sinatra, Jr., James Coburn, Alan Rickman, Jimmy Stewart and Buddy Hackett. BUDDY HACKETT?! Yes, Buddy Hackett.

The women who received only a single vote were: Doris Day, Salma Hayek, Lana Turner, Kim Novak, Diane Kruger, Marlene Dietrich, Whoopi Goldberg, Shirley Jones, Loretta Young, Kate Blanchette, Jane Russell, Eve Arden, Elizabeth Hurley, Barbara Stanwyck, Ingrid Bergman, Debbie Reynolds, Yvonne De Carlo, Katherine Hepburn, Sharon Stone, Faye Dunaway, Joan Hackett and Drew Barrymore because her slight lisp appealed to someone.

Only four women received more than one vote. They were Judi Dench, Audrey Hepburn and Julie Andrews, with two votes each. The top vote getter was Lauren Bacall, who received three.

Three men collected two votes: Orson Welles, James Mason and Alexander Scourby.

Three men received three votes: Sam Elliott, Gregory Peck and Cary Grant.

Three men also tied for the top spot, with four votes each: John Wayne, James Earl Jones and Sean Connery.

Next to Buddy Hackett and Drew Barrymore even being mentioned, the biggest surprises for me were that Richard Burton didn’t garner a single vote and that the voice of God, otherwise known as Morgan Freeman, only received one.

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