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Steve Lunetta: Some 2013 resolutions to consider

Posted: December 31, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 31, 2012 2:00 a.m.

 

As usual on New Year’s Eve, the offices of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy stand empty as the staff has left for their homes to prepare for the evening festivities.

I sit here alone at my desk surveying the wreckage of the past year and write resolutions to share with you.

Writing resolutions is an annual exercise I undertake for a couple reasons. It helps me reflect on the past year and determine a plan for the coming year. The old adage “those who fail to plan, plan to fail” is a very true axiom.

Resolution-writing also allows me to exercise my creative side, which often gets suppressed due to the drudgery of work, parenting, home repair, maintenance, problems, crises, and general pandemonium that seems to grip the Meadview Money Pit (my house).

So, without further ado, my 2013 resolutions;

First, I resolve to try and understand cultures different from my own. When an Indian girl gets gang raped on a bus in New Delhi for an hour, dies later from her injuries and no one lifts a finger to stop her assailants, I guess I need to be more culturally sensitive and understand that is how they do things in that part of the world.

What am I thinking? That is the same culture-sensitivity claptrap the left has been feeding us for years. I say the assailants are given a nice, fair trial followed by a right-proper hanging.

Dang, down one resolution already.

Second, I resolve to support President Obama even though he was not my choice to be our leader. I will support him even though, through gross mismanagement at the State Department (for which he is responsible), our ambassador to Libya and several others were slain in a calculated terrorist attack which we had warning was coming.

Aside: it is a measure of the gross ineptitude of the Romney campaign that this was not used to better benefit during his failed campaign. Amazing.

I will also support the president for playing political “chicken” with our budget and not working with Speaker Boehner who, in my view, has busted his hump trying to figure out a reasonable compromise to our fiscal cliff disaster.

Dang, down two resolutions now.

Third, I resolve to not criticize, rebuke, scold, chide, denigrate, humiliate, embarrass, accuse, insult or otherwise attack our state government for its graceful and intelligent handling of our state budget and finances.

Okay, I could not keep a straight face while writing this one. Of course, I am going to point out the foolish anti-business climate that leftist politicians are creating in the Golden State.

Public service employee unions are killing us. We only need look at the bankruptcy of the city of San Bernardino to validate this statement. Labor union leadership took no responsibility for the city’s condition and instead blamed the very city officials the unions control.

O-for-3. Wow — I need to find something I can stick to.

Fourth, I will not point out the lunacy of socialism to the readers of the Mighty Signal. I’m sure those folks have a good reason for believing the way they do.

For example, the French now charge 75 percent on incomes above 1 million euro (about $1.29 million greenbacks).

Interesting thing about France. The rich are leaving in droves. Even Gerard Depardieu, when he isn’t peeing on airplanes, has moved to Belgium.

The final numbers are not in yet, but I’ll bet those French socialists will actually have less tax revenue than before they started.

That’s the funny thing about hitting rich people. They have options. They can move, reinvest, reorganize, and generally avoid paying taxes if they want to. Frankly, I’d rather have them investing in businesses, employing people, making money, and paying fair taxes while everyone gets more prosperous.

But what do I know. Down four now.

Fifth, I resolve to be thankful for our nation and the wonderful opportunities and life that I have here. My family is safe from wars and rampant disease, I am free to worship where I choose, and I am free to voice my opinions free of censorship.

I guess I can do this. 1-for-5. Batting 0.200. Below the Mendoza Line but still not terrible.

Finally, I wish to thank all of the loyal readers of these Opinion pages. You make it interesting for us lowly columnists by sharing your views and commenting on our work. Have a happy, safe, and prosperous New Year!

Steve Lunetta is a resident of Santa Clarita and is only hitting 0.200. But that is about 100 points higher than Horton. Lunetta can be reached at slunetta63@yahoo.com.

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