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Obama's Display of Immodesty?

I doubt President Obama’s trip to Copenhagen to argue for Chicago to get the Olympics matters much, but, on balance, I think I’d have skipped it.

I understand why the president would want to support his hometown in its grab for glory. And it’s pretty much expected that heads of government will make a personal appearance before the lords of the International Olympics Committee -- most heads of government, that is. Our presidents usually send emissaries. The break with tradition doesn’t bother me. But I do wonder what will be accomplished.

You could argue that such personal attention from such a popular, charismatic leader would boost Chicago’s chances. But there’s another school of thought, which holds that a presidential visit is overkill. The United States, assumed to have all the advantages in any competition, is often not allowed to behave like other countries. To the extent that Obama’s visit is perceived not as a token of respect but as a display of immodesty -- an application of overwhelming force -- it could hurt Chicago, rather than help.

I know this sounds like ridiculous overthinking of a simple question, but the Olympic bureaucracy is its own little world with its own arcane rules, customs and etiquette. As I said, the trip probably won’t matter much one way or the other. But if I’m right, you have to wonder whether the gesture by the president is worth being away while the rubber of health-care reform is starting to hit the road.

And, anyway, my bet is that Rio gets the gold. South America is way overdue to host the games, and this is Brazil’s moment.

By Eugene Robinson  | September 29, 2009; 3:41 PM ET
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For a guy who claims to be stretched thin ("I don't have time to think about ACORN"), this seems like a giant boondoggle. How about using that time to speak for the second time in your life to your General McCrystal, who just happens to be leading the most critical fight we have right now in Afghanistan? He is the Commander in Chief, not the head of the hotel tourism department in the greater Chicago area.

Posted by: Faldo | September 29, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

He is getting us back into our leadership role in the world.
We are so much more than our military. The god-be-damned neocons only cared that we were feared.
Obama wants us to be ADMIRED again.

Posted by: Tomcat3 | September 29, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Chicago needs to follow New York's example and CLEAN UP THE THUGS AND NON-STOP VIOLENCE!!! I read on the Tribune website yesterday that some people were going to send the You Tube video of the high school HONOR STUDENT being BEATEN TO DEATH to the IOC. Good!!! Let the committee SEE what a JUNGLE Chicago is!!!!

Posted by: slamming | September 29, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

He is getting us back into our leadership role in the world.
We are so much more than our military. The god-be-damned neocons only cared that we were feared.
Obama wants us to be ADMIRED again.

You're kidding right? This is a one term presidency if there ever was one regardless of how Chavez, Kadafi or Castro admire "the new us".

Posted by: ssol4569 | September 29, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Chicago and the US are better off without the scandal ridden Olympics. The business of sports and the obsession of many *enough.

Posted by: jama452 | September 29, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

The news is filled with gang violence and teenagers killing each other in Chicago, so how does having the Olympics help the city with their problems?

Posted by: paris1969 | September 29, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

That's an interesting "school of thought," albeit one never heard before. A few days ago, one of the most influential members of the IOC stated that Obama's presence would make "a huge difference."

While you can debate whether he should go or not, to say his presence might be "overkill" is simply silly, and shows a complete lack of understanding of how the Olympic bidding process works (not unexpected or a big deal) as well as how the world outside the U.S. views President Obama (now that does surprise me, Mr. Robinson).

I don't believe the IOC considered it overkill when Putin and Tony Blair successfully lobbied for the 2012 Winter and Summer Games, or that King Juan Carlos, the Japanese Prime Minister, and the Brazilian President are all going to Copenhagen on behalf of their bid committees.

Posted by: SoCal_Distortion | September 29, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

you be a racist

Posted by: mekruli | September 29, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I've never seen such a myopic group of Americans.

Let the President, be President. He is well capable of deciding how to divide his time.

Chicago is indeed his home town, but its our Home Country, USA not Brazil or Spain. Di Donc

Posted by: lbencali | September 29, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

"You could argue that such personal attention from such a popular, charismatic leader would boost Chicago’s chances"

You could argue that Chicago has no such popular, charismatic leader to do that.

Posted by: EnoughISEnough | September 29, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

18 hrs of travel to Copenhagen to push for the Olympics for the United States is NOT going to affect health care reform one bit.

Furthermore, I wouldn't be surprised if Obama flies to Afghanistan afterwards to meet with the commanders to talk about Afghanistan and speak to the troops.

Posted by: maritza1 | September 29, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

The earth shook beneath my feet when I read this; mark the calendar, Robinson dares to question Obama!!! Isn't that racist???

Posted by: cathy810 | September 29, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

It seems that Obama's 'carbon footprint' doesn't matter. Guess I won't worry about getting a hybrid.

Posted by: oldno7 | September 29, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

This trip is a classic case of Chicago politics; the pay to play mind-set. While Rome burns, Obama & his entourage, including Valerie Jarrett, are off to Denmark, for an evening in Copenhagen. It is interesting to note that Jarrett ran a company that managed a Chicago slum housing project, so riddled with crime, that it was abandoned, and is now a proposed site for the Olympics. It is a foregone conclusion that if Obama is successful, the contractors involved in building the Olympic venue, will be friends of Obama, Jarrett and Daley. What a coy arrangemet.

Posted by: jemvbcarmagh06 | September 29, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

There might be many ways of looking at President Obama traveling to Copenhagen, depending upon one's political views. But I see the trip as necessary to get people back to work. You know, Chicago will need to build an Olympic sports facility.

We did something like this in Seattle, for the Goodwill Games. We made some improvements to the Seattle Center (home of The Space Needle); and Olympic swimming pools. Many american athletes participated in the Goodwill Games, and the world traveled to see it all in Seattle/Tacoma.

If Obama can bring the Olympic games to Chicago, then we americans can proudly participate in a peaceful sports competition. Such an event will improve the U.S. image, and put people back to work building a Olympic sports facility.

Posted by: rmorris391 | September 29, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

There is a downside for him. If the OIC rejects his plea it may weaken him in the eyes of many. A sales job gone awry can be a tough cross to bear.

Posted by: phil2 | September 29, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

If Beijing can, Chicago could deffinetely. But, regardless what, haters will make up all kinds of non-existing reasons not to have it, just because Obama is pushing for it. What is even more emebarassing, haters don't recomend another US city, if they Chicago is not good enough.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | September 29, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

"such a popular, charismatic leader would boost Chicago’s chances..."
Maybe in Europe. First of all, Chicago would never be on my short list for an olympics. I'm sorry, but there are much better locations in the US than Chicago, the(IMHO) armpit of america. That said, I wonder why this president can find the time out of his busy schedule, with all the important policy issues under debate like health care, Iran, Afganistan, etc, and those issues seemingly falling off the table like Iraq and Israel/Palistine peace(and I would put health care at the bottom of the list). Obama has apparently only talked with his field commander in Afganistan once! After the G20 meeting, we have already seen the despot dictators of the world emboldend by what they perceive as a weak american president. Cancel the olympics boondoggle Mr President and focus on the the most pressing issues we have, and that is Afganistan and our economy(ie: jobs).

Posted by: djl2357 | September 29, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Eu tu Eugene ?
Eu Tu ?

Posted by: borntoraisehogs | September 29, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

An 18 hour trip for a potential $20 billion positive affect on our economy beats minimum wage. Grow up everybody, the deal is wired or he wouldn't be going. This is the first time our country really needs the Olympics, not for prestige, but for dough. He will deliver and get the collateral political benifit with 70% of the country that doesn't watch Fox.

Posted by: johnkomalley | September 29, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

The public option was just voted down by Democrats! Obama couldn't be bothered to put much effort into getting this passed, but he making a big effort to get the Olympics? His priorities really are screwed up! Someone should explain the job to him.

Posted by: mihalick | September 29, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

I am an Obamaniac. His painting hangs in our home. I gave thousands - well, 2.3 thousands - to his campaign. But I am becoming concerned. The first time my head twisted like a curious dog was when he said Cambridge Police acted stupidly. Then there was the 5-show-Sunday - where are his officers? It was too much.

And now this, this absolute idiocy of doing the bidding of a city when the nation needs all of his attention. Is Obama setting himself up to be mayor after 2016?

How could Chicago possibly be important enough to take even an hour of Obama's time? That's not what I hired him for.

Posted by: NotNowMooky | September 29, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

so Obama is going to use his rock star popularity to down Rio de Janeiro! one more example of American arrogance. The Atlanta games were horrible and marred by a bombing. And a South American city should be given the opp to be the first to host the Olympics -- which shouldn't be so dominated by American commercial values.

Of course he could fail, - he can't even get a health bill passed.

Posted by: gmallet0709 | September 29, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Mooky says,

"And now this, this absolute idiocy of doing the bidding of a city when the nation needs all of his attention. Is Obama setting himself up to be mayor after 2016?"

You're kidding about the 2016 part, right? He'll be lucky if he makes it to 2012 without being impeached and thrown out of office for dereliction of duty. Men are risking their lives and dying in Afghanistan while this contemptible, utter fraud dithers around. The level of anger and contempt I feel for this national embarrassment is unlike anything I've felt before. And I speak for an overwhelming number of family, friends, and co-workers.

If, by some unlikely chance, Bam Bam is re-elected, I WILL leave this country, before the chaos and mindless violence I just witnessed on the amateur video recording of the gang slaughter on the streets of Chicago becomes more and more the norm in this sick, degenerative country.

Posted by: RedderThanEver | September 29, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Gimme a break. Didn't anybody notice da Mayer getting treated like royalty at the White House a couple of weeks ago?

Obama owes Daley favors. BIG time.

Posted by: EcoAZ | September 29, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Brazil is up next. Good luck to them.
And prepare now for the excitement of an Orlando summer games in 2020, with all of central Florida on its best behavior. We will rock the games, the newest American metropolis. We have the ocean, the Intercoastal and hills for biking. And Orlando get prettier and more diverse and appealing by the year.
Orlando Olympics 2020!

Posted by: nancyjeanmail | September 29, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

I am a fan of your writing, but you are off base on this one. For Beltway insiders, nothing is more important than the Washington Games. For the rest of the world, including the flyover states, the Olympic Games are a lot more compelling. How many millions of people have put Beijing on their travel list after 2008? How will the games impact United Airlines, which is struggling again. This is good for America, too, not just Chicago. We won't get the Games without Obama, and we may not with him, but I applaud him for trying. Putin and Tony Blair did it for their countries. Why can't we compete with the Brits and the Russians in something other than arms sales, ill-conceived military interventions in Afghanistan, and highest number of Billionaires?

I am surprised you are pulling for Brazil to beat your own country. Your post makes it sound like the US is an overdog in the Olympics, but we are the only country that doesn't get government support for our Olympic team. Perhaps it's time for the government to do something for our Olympians and our struggling economy. Why don't you ask your sports' desk colleague Amy Shipley if this good for the U.S.? I think she actually travels out of the Beltway once in a while...

Posted by: psych123 | September 29, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Ah, who cares if Iran if making nukes in caves. Who cares about the troop numbers in Afghanistan. What's the big deal about out of control federal deficits.

Posted by: davidkarl | September 29, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

The reason for having the Olympics in Chicago is fairly simple. The construction and other spin off activity will give an enormous boost to city's economy. One of the reasons those kids did what they did is because they have no other outlet. If they had a chance to actually do something constructive with their time instead of "reppin' their hood" there wouldn't be foolishness like that child's death. The violence in inner cities stems from the hopeless engendered by poverty. The second people get out of poverty and the environment it creates, their attitude changes.

Posted by: ehperkins1971 | September 29, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

"The second people get out of poverty and the environment it creates, their attitude changes."

Rich people don't commit crimes?

Posted by: obamamama31 | September 29, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

The last Olympics was held in Beijing, but how much economic boost did China get in tourism and "free" worldwide advertisement and money that was spent on construction and an overall improvement of neighborhoods and facilities that were dilapidated? DUH. There are low hanging fruits that Obama can go after too you know? He doesn't always have to break his back and go for world peace and universal health care all the time! Can we even calculate the value of having yet another city in the U.S. be considered in future considerations for hosting the Olympics? There sure is a lot of high and mighty, but short-sighted people in here. There's a reason why countries fight for the right to host the Olympics. Hey, if the prez has the energy, I say go for it. All you armchair-overanalyzing-political-policy wonks who think you know what the president's priorities "should be" and have it all figured out, need to chill. Just because you don't understand what the "big deal" is nor could you even conceptually understand the stamina Obama has because you don't possess these traits, doesn't mean he shouldn't go after yet another opportunity. This isn't only about Chicago holding another event, this is about the U.S. holding the Olympics. It provides us with yet another stage and an economic opportunity, albeit a smaller economic benefit...but in these times every little bit adds up.

Posted by: callosumlink | September 29, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Gene, baby, this is your friend from Chicago here...don't you know that the fix is in ? Dat is, Obama wouldn't have gone unless he had assurances that we'd get the nod from IOC if he showed up. It's all Chicago, Gene, clout, favors, money, you scratch my back, I scratch yours.

Posted by: dan1138 | September 29, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Well stated Mr. Robinson. Thank you.

Posted by: annetta3 | September 29, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Suspect that Obama's been told it's a "done deal." Otherwise, he wouldn't risk his celebrity-in-chief status by going to Copenhagen.

Posted by: judithod | September 29, 2009 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Give it to Brazil...It's never been in South America before. Besides, we don't deserve it; being occupiers of two foreign countries and at fault for increasing civilian casualties.

Posted by: lockmallup | September 29, 2009 11:47 PM | Report abuse

I suspect that our military deployments and Homeland Security procedures will suffice to keep the Games out of the US, at least for this cycle. Chicago 2020?--no, probably Asia's turn.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | September 29, 2009 11:56 PM | Report abuse

mr.president and olympic committee members please leave denmark now.
with daily killings of school children in this city. city and state taxes will be raised,they are already the highest in the country.residents being displaced by the olympic site, will their relocation deals be fair?
can you imagine the chicago politicians with their fraud and corruption.
lastly i implore you if you won't think about the safety of the citizens of the city, please think about the guests who will be robbed, raped and murdered during their stay in this city.

Posted by: ninnafaye | September 29, 2009 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Maybe if folks like Eugene had looked beyond Obama's skin color and pondered the content of his character, his friends, his associations, his stunning lack of experience, maybe we would not have this preening sophomoric nightmare in the White House. Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the coolest world leader of them all? It's me! It's Me! Obama!

Posted by: YoLanda2 | September 30, 2009 8:01 AM | Report abuse

I'm rooting or Rio.

Obama's handlers are invested in a Chicago Olympic Games. It would be a train wreck! If you want the world to get a real close look at corrupt governance, then Chicago is the place.

If you want to expand horizons and celebrate the political and economic maturing of South America, the Rio is the right place. Should be quite a party.

Posted by: steveroake | September 30, 2009 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Based on Atlanta's experience with the Olympics, tourism is a wash if not a loss because the Olympic arrivals cancel out conventions and other visitors who would have come if not for the Olympics. General businesses (i.e., not hospitality industries) in the area of the venues lose business that their outlying competitors snap up. I'm not sure why the myth that the Olympics is a moneymaker for the city continues to thrive.

Posted by: belsawyer | September 30, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Tomcat3 says: Obama wants us to be ADMIRED again.

That's the problem. Other countries will never admire him. He is weak and inept. As seen by the latest UN fiasco, the world thinks he's a big joke. Strength is to be admired - something Obama lacks. End of story.

Posted by: jsheaney | September 30, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, Eugene but you and your fellow leftists "screwed the pooch" with this one and are going to have to pay a hefty price for electing this doofus as President.

The job was always above his pay grade and NOW America is having to witness first hand why Obama with his supposed extreme "intelligence" and credentials from Havard could have been a utter failure for over 30 years of his life. Obama doesn't DO WORK, that is beneath him.

It is obvious now, isn't it Mr. Robinson, why Obama kept flitting from one thing to another and failed at being an attorney, community organizer, state senator, and a leader at Annanberg among his other failures. Barry is one of those boobs who are all about the title not the job.

Obama loves being President with the Letterman\Tonight Show appearances along with the adoration of his idiots and the free travel, but NOT the distraction of the actual work.

Posted by: LogicalSC | September 30, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

to RedderThanEve:

You do know that gang violence was far worse in the 70s and 80s and early 90s, right?

You do know that violent crime is currently historically near all times lows, right?

So I am not getting your melodramatic "country-is-going-to-hell-in-a-handbasket" whining and threats of...moving out of the country if Obama is re-elected??? Really dude? Your perception of Obama, 9 months into his first administration, is a bit skewed.

And please, I am sure Obama is working diligently on Air Force One as he travels over there and back. Presidents do work while travelling. Obama does not have to physically be present in DC 24/7 to get things done.

Give the President a break for lobbying for the US to host the Olympics. Other countries started doing this, why shouldn't the US?

The Olympics shouldn't be politicized. So stop it Republicans. And when a Republican is President, I hope he or she lobbies for the US to host the Olympics as well.

Posted by: freethepresses | September 30, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, Obama has to be there in the flesh since he's the "money man" in the proposal. Go ahead and get ready for Obama to mule a couple of billion to his buddies involved in the Olympics bid (Valerie Jarrett). Spending federal tax dollars to host the Olympics will be just another footnote in the historic presidency.

Posted by: ADNova | September 30, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Surprised you don't get this one, Mr. Robinson. Obama's win wasn't just a triumph for democracy (and Democrats) in America. It was, and is, hailed by the rest of the world as the return of American values to the White House. Obama is at least as big a deal around the world as he is here. The IOC - which has had its own PR problems of late - wants to get in on that, and what better way to signal international approval of America's re-engagement than to award the Olympics to Obama's home town. The fact that he'll just have finished his second term and will be on hand to host the extravaganza when the Olympics kick off in Chi-town is only gravy on the steak. He shows up at the height of his popularity to make sure it happens. No biggie, and no-brainer.

Posted by: ched | September 30, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

we don't have a strategy yet but while my son, and his friends, put their lives on the line daily, our president takes the time to lobby for the Olympics in Chicago?

from what i have read half of the people there don't even want it. the city is broke, crime runs rampant and yet millions will be spent on games rather than those problems? also, our tax dollars are paying for this trip, what will be OUR benefit.

i understand that many of our top leaders who hail from Chicago, i.e. Valarie Jarret, stand to gain millions more personally IF it is held there. where is the press on this matter. why are you not investigating this allegation to see if it is indeed fact or fiction.

Obama doesn't have time yet to speak to his own appointed General yet he is speaking to Iran who have made the top condition that they will not discuss the most important topic....i think that i am living in a country that has now become unfamiliar to me.

i think that Chicago style politics moved to Washington DC. it smells rotten with corruption.

Posted by: ladyshondra | September 30, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, back in Chicago, the fix is in. Unions, contractors, and relatives of politicians are dividing their share of the take.A single bag of cement moves up the supply chain, doubling in price everytime it moves from one hand to the next. By the time it gets hard, it costs $1000.00
Investors AKA Obama pals are buying land at likely sites, which they'll resell at enormous gain, and displacing people and small businesses in the process.
Schools plan to hire "consultants" (relatives and friends-with-benefits) to make Olympic lesson-plans and compose hymns to "Barack Hussein Obama,
Hmmm, hmmm, hmmm."
ACORN is in the mix, providing "advice" to anyone who wants to get a loan for a "business" such as "entertainers" who want to bring in 15 year-old girls.
Eugene, this is important. Let the President and First Lady alone. They are trying to help Chicago, and it needs all the "help" it can get, after 50 years of progressive politics.

Posted by: Julie11 | September 30, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

A little slow on the uptake, Eugene, but you're finally starting to get it. The spoiled little mama's boy whose daddy rejected him is absolutely enthralled with all the attention he is getting, and he'll go anywhere and do anything to keep it going.

His spending sprees (using other peoples' money), his lavish White House parties and extravagant vacations, his incessant need to be on television and magazine covers all point to someone who is suffering from a massive case of arrested development. He approaches everything as a child would, from foreign policy to domestic issues. Like a child, he thinks if he gives his friends lots of presents, they'll like him better. Thus, his "gift" of the Olympics to Chicago, a town where no one goes if they can help it, but where his friends Valerie Jarrett and Daly will reap a huge windfall.

He's avoiding dealing with the real problems of this country because he doesn't have a clue, and besides, he really doesn't care. Obama never served in the military, never ran a business, never had to worry about getting in to see a doctor, maybe never even drove a car.

So - our brave soldiers in Afghanistan will continue to sacrifice, Iran will build their nuclear warheads, North Korea will keep dominating Asia,people will keep losing their homes and their jobs, and while all this happens, Obama will party on.

The adults in this country will be fully aware of this man's pathetic inadequacies by 2012 and will vote to put an end to his White House Adventure.

Posted by: whosyournanny | September 30, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like the Robinson is cheering for Brazil - well enough; but don't know what's more appealing to the OIC, Rio and its favelas, or Chicago and its South Side.

Posted by: legaldudette | September 30, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I say let him go. It will provide fodder for any opponent, at the least, and if any of the corrupt dealings with Jarret, Daley et al come to the surface, could further damage Obama.

Posted by: whatmeworry3 | September 30, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Obama has shown that he has little interest in anything other than his pet issues. He isn't even interested in working hard on writing the healthcare legislation. He wants glory. He doesn't want to WORK for it though.
The mainstream media cannot protect him much longer.
His gaffes, lies, and "misstatements" are there for all to see:

Posted by: ensignbay | September 30, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

1836 HOR.SMITH 'Tin Trump.' (1876) 100 Conceit-taking ourselves at our own valuation generally about fifty per cent above the fair worth.

Posted by: edtroyhampton | September 30, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse


If, by some unlikely chance, Bam Bam is re-elected, I WILL leave this country, before the chaos and mindless violence I just witnessed on the amateur video recording of the gang slaughter on the streets of Chicago becomes more and more the norm in this sick, degenerative country.


Yes, I'm sure you REALLY care about "gang slaughter" on the streets of Chicago. That and gun control, right? Do us all a favor and leave. The sooner, the better. Then maybe, just maybe, those of us who care about the lives of other human beings will be able to wrestle our country back from the gun lobby.

Posted by: snj1 | September 30, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Of course this is going to affect health care, and Chicago's crime rate, and improve the city as a whole. Why? Because the Olympics bring money! Lots and lots of tourism dollars are never a bad thing. Especially as the country struggles to pull itself out of a recession, the Olympic games could really benefit Chicago and the country as a whole. The games are entertaining, but this is not a frivolous bid for a stake in international culture. This is a bid for lots and lots of jobs and money! It's very important.

Posted by: angolangel | September 30, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Freethepresses and sjn1 --

Violent crime may be down overall, but the inner cities are worse cesspools than ever, even after 40+ years of Affirmative Action and transfer payments. Did you see the recent article on CNN stating that this year about 47% of the population will pay zero income taxes? That percentage is significantly higher than it was before the worthless stimulus was passed. You'd better hope and pray that hardworking, law-abiding, upper-middle-class taxpayers such as myself don't leave the country and further erode the tax base that funds your liberal pipe dreams. Look for an earthquake in 2010 and for the big zero to be thrown out on his can in a electoral landslide in 2012.

Posted by: RedderThanEver | September 30, 2009 11:27 PM | Report abuse

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