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That's Not How It Works

Tuesday, Jul. 07, 2009 3:49 AM

FOX News' Bill O'Reilly - who previously had expressed his amazement that customers at Sylvia's Restaurant in Harlem used forks and didn't shout profanity-laced drink orders - continues to show his racist underpinnings.

"Black Americans are much more engaged in watching this stuff than white Americans, even though Michael Jackson has white children -- and he chose to have white children -- and the face deal, don't even want to get into... So what's that racial thing all about?" O'Reilly asked.

Jackson chose to have white children? Because Debbie Rowe is white, it means she cranks out nothing but white babies?

It doesn't work that way, Bill.

And then there's Rep. Peter King of New York, whose 4th of July message called upon viewers to celebrate the real heroes ... and not a 'pervert' and a 'child molester' like Jackson.

Jackson fans are now contributing to a campaign fund to unseat King.

Oh, look ... it's another ethics complaint filed against Alaska's lame duck Governor Sarah Palin, stemming from previous disclosures that she billed the state a per diem for commuting between her home in Wasilla and the capital - even though the per diem is illegal.

Gee, still no budget for the State of California.

I have to agree with another editorial comment I saw last week - the eventual compromise agreement that will come out of this mess is not a success or an achievement; it's a failure.

Legislators are expected to approach these matters in an objective and timely manner so that we're not bleeding cash every July. The sacred cows of no tax increases and social services aside, I'm finding it hard to believe that session after session is held and there's absolutely zero progress on the budget.

There has to be. Someone has to be proposing alternatives and/or willing to make a tradeoff - because you can't increase/maintain services without increasing/maintaining funding. We need legislators to make smart, effective decisions that maintain a balance in the face of cuts to services and/or increased fees/taxes, because you simply won't get anywhere insisting on no cuts or no fees/taxes.

And I expect the no fees/taxes crowd to stand firm against any legislative pay raises. If you've decided the money isn't there for the people, the people shouldn't be paying more for your incompetence.

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