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On Tuesday, Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore once again held
his hand out to Hollywood and other rich-and-famous souls in California,
though just a week ago he said he’d use the government to force the
famously depraved entertainment industry into ending its practice of
marketing filth, smut, violence and degradation to our children.

Hollywood, apparently, has just laughed his threats off, probably
because they know Mr. Hypocrite didn’t mean it. I’d say they were right.

But would you fork between $10,000 and $35,000 to hear a presidential
candidate tell you you’re so rich you don’t need or deserve a tax
cut?

Me neither, but then again, I’m not “Hollywood.”

That’s just what Gore told his crowd, however, which included actress
Sharon Stone, entertainer Elton John, and pro-life basher Robin
Williams. He told them that unlike GOP rival George W. Bush — who has
proposed a $1.3 billion tax cut — he would not “squander the surplus on
a very large tax cut, mainly for the wealthiest in our society.”

The stars laughed about that one, too. Chuckle, chuckle.

Never mind that Gore was addressing some of the wealthiest people in
this nation — people who ought to realize they are in the income tax
bracket that pays nearly all federal taxes as it is.

People
who couldn’t make such a good living in another country, Mr. Baldwin.

Oh, but then came the nervous, brief pause. It was short-lived.

Gore covered for his gaffe by adding that the wealthiest members of society were “well represented in this group.”

Chuckle, chuckle.

“But I didn’t mean you guys,” Gore could have said next. “Thanks for the dough, by the way. Can you give more next time — because after I’m elected, you’re liable to have less to give to anyone.”

I don’t know what is worse — the fact that Gore actually said Americans don’t need a tax cut or that the fools who paid five figures to hear him say it laughed when he told them — essentially — that they had no right to keep more of their own money.

Ha, ha, ho, ho. “That’s a good one, Mr. Vice President. Could you please just insult me again?”

Maybe what’s worse is that these “stars” actually believed his “you don’t deserve a tax cut” mantra, especially after he tried to stroke them a little bit by telling them, “You are public spirited enough to know that (tax cuts are) not good for you.”

“Oh, thank you, Mr. Vice President, for redeeming me. I had been feeling so guilty about earning $10 million for my last picture. Now I know that I’ll be able to keep much less of it in the future.”

Chuckle, chuckle. “Maybe I did mean you.”

Why would anyone stand for that? And then laugh about it. I wouldn’t have thought it so funny.

But then, I’m just an “extremist” who couldn’t care less about anyone but myself. Or so the liberal mindset goes.

Whatever.

Look, I have said this before, but it bears repeating: If Hollywood — or any rich, wealthy person — wants to give everything they earn, or close to it, to the federal government, fine. I say let them. It’s a free country — you’re even free to be stupid if you want to.

As for me, I want to control how my money is spent, where it is spent, and who it is spent on. I don’t want some hypocritical, lying politician telling me I don’t deserve my own money — especially when that politician wouldn’t even have a job were it not for the institution of government and for my money, in part, going to pay for that government.

It is also perplexing to me to understand how it is that Hollywood liberals support so much personal choice when it comes to aberrant personal behavior like homosexuality, gay marriage, marketing smut and violence to kids, abortion on demand and threatening to stone a politician to death — but they abhor personal choice when it comes to deciding what to do with their own money?

Makes no sense. But that’s liberalism for you. And Hollywood, for the most part.

If Hollywood stars are too dumb to know when they’ve been insulted, that’s their problem. They can open their wallets wide and prove that “a fool and his money are soon parted.”

I guess if it gets bad enough here, they can also take their pampered rear ends and split the country. I would recommend they can take Gore with them.

Of course, the only thing that stops them from really renouncing their citizenship and moving to another locale is their knowledge that had they been born a different nationality in a different country, most of them likely wouldn’t have a pot to pee in. Only in this country could they manage such success. And such textbook arrogance.

Maybe Hollywood feels it doesn’t need a tax cut. Most other Americans do. And they should get one — the sooner the better.

If Gore wins in November, it’s likely Americans will have even less money to spend on such non-essentials — like movie tickets.

Chuckle, chuckle.

“Hey, that’s not funny.”

You bet it ain’t. And that’s the point.

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