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Home Columns A Cup O' Kapeng Barako An Economy Bumping Along the Bottom? It's the Economy, Stupid? The Economy Sucks? All Same-Same, Right?
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Columns - A Cup O' Kapeng Barako
Monday, 24 September 2012 15:58



By Jesse Jose

A Cup O' Kapeng Barako

I agree.

"When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend is about the end of any nation. You can NOT multiply wealth by dividing it....."

A certain Dr. Adrian Rogers said that. 


Who da heck this Dr. Rogers guy is, I dunno. I Googled his name and from what I've read, he's some kind of a pastor, perhaps with a doctorate degree in religion, and that's probably why he's got a title of "Dr." before his name.  Pastor or whatever, doktor ng kabayo or whatever, and of whatever church ... I agree with that concept of his. 


Because to me, it makes logical sense that you really can NOT multiply wealth by dividing it.  Or, by redistributing it.  You are a moron in my books if you don't agree with that.  Of course, you don't have to agree with that.  America is a free country, where you can be a moron, if you wish.


THE 47 PERCENT 'VICTIMS': Anyway ... what I am saying is, those words of Doc Rogers, echo the words of Mitt Romney in a secretly-taped video from a small fundraiser for wealthy donors of Romney, where he blasted supporters of President Barack H. Obama as "dependent upon the government" daw.


So, I won't be accused by my critics and haters of my Kapeng Barako writings of taking something out of context, here's Romney's exact words:

"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what," Romney said.  "All right -- there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent on government ...


"Who believe that, that they are the victims ... 


"Who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them ... 


"Who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing."


 Heck ya, Mitt, I agree.


It's exactly what I said in my previous two columns where I said that "half of the people in America do NOT pay taxes and these are the Welfare Queens and Kings, and the Disabled kuno, who knows how how to manipulate the system and suck America of monies and benefits."


These are the "47 percent," as Romney said.  Who I called, the palamunins and parasites of America, the welfare queens and kings, and y'all know who I mean, right?  


But being a gentleman, later in the day, in a press conference, Romney said that perhaps his comments about the 47 percent palamunin supporters of Obama, were not "elegantly stated."


Nonetheless, he insisted that "this is ultimately about the direction of the country."  He asked: "Do you believe in a government-centered society that provides more and more benefits, or do you believe instead in a free-enterprise society where people are able to pursue their dreams?"

My take on that?  Well, I am not an elegant man, so my words are certainly not elegant.  I simply tell it like it is, and I am not taking back anything I've said.    


TO BE A PALAMUNIN IS UN-AMERICAN: To depend on handouts from the government is un-American!  To malinger of your INABILITY to work when you look so fit and strong, is un-American!  To be a PALAMUNIN of this country is un-American.  To work and to be productive and to take care of yourself and your family and to contribute to the greatness of this country IS the American way.


To say that there's no work to be had is a lot of bull!


There's always work to be had in this country, if you want work.  When I retired from the Navy in 1981, there was a recession, too, in America at that time.  It was a recession a lot more worse than in today's Obama recession.  My pension from the Navy then wasn't enough to put sufficient food on the table for my growing family.  So, I had to find work to supplement my meager pension. 


I drove a taxi, I dug ditches with Mexican "day laborers," I worked as a night watchman. 


AN INTERVIEW AT THE SAN DIEGO TRIBUNE: I was a Chief Journalist when I retired from the Navy.  And I should have been able to find work as a journalist in the civilian world.  I tried that.  I was in San Diego, California then.  So I applied for a job at the Tribune


During my interview, I proudly presented my portfolio:Three Navy Chief of Information (CHINFO) awards for writing and a Thomas Jefferson award in photo-journalism from the Department of Defense. I showed clippings of my writings and published news photos I've taken.


Then they asked me if I have a degree in journalism.  I said, "No, I don't.  I didn't complete my studies.  I joined the Navy, and they trained me as a journalist." 


"We can't hire you then," they said.  "We require a journalism degree for this position you're applying for."


"What about these awards and portfolio of my writings?" I asked. "They don't count?"


"Yes," they replied.  "But we also require a bachelor's degree from you."


I was dumbfounded from the rejection of my writing skills that I've honed for many years while in the Navy.  I wrote for Pacific Stars and Stripes, Navy Times, All Hands, Campus Magazine and other AP/UPI-oriented hometown newspapers.  But all that didn't mean sh..t to them!  I was furious. 


Irate and desperate, I said, "I have an Honoris Causa in the Kama Sutra.  I can show you all the positions.  I am an expert...." 


They all walked away and loudly shut the door on me when I said that.  While I was gathering my awards and writings together back into my briefcase, the door opened and one of the women -- she had nice-looking legs and a full set of bosom -- who interviewed me gave a note and said, "Here's my phone number, call me tonight."


I called her and that night I showed her the best positions from the Kama Sutra.  Was I re-consider for the job after I've showed her the best and my most favorite positions from the Kama Sutra?  Heck, no. 


So, I went back to digging ditches with the Mexican laborers, driving taxis and doing night watchdog work.  


I was never out of work. 


I refused to belong in the "47 percent."


I didn't wanna be a PALAMUNIN of America.


AN ECONOMY BUMPING ALONG THE BOTTOM: I think I've gone off track again from what I was writing about.  I was writing about those 47 percent supporters of President Obama, right?  Let me get back on track. 


So, this week in Florida, where he was campaigning to win the state's 29 electoral votes, President Obama -- in response to Governor Romney's remarks about the "47 percent of Americans, who pay no income tax and believe they are victims and entitled to an array of federal benefits -- blasted Romney as an "out of touch" presidential candidate.


"When you expressed an attitude that half the country considers itself victims, that somehow they want to be dependent on government, my thinking is maybe you haven't gotten around a lot," Obama said.


Romney, who was also in Florida, at that time, countered:  "He's a very eloquent speaker, and so I am sure in the debate, as last time ... he'll be very eloquent in describing his vision."


"But he can't win by his words," Romney continued.  "Because his record speaks so loudly in our ears.  What he has done in the last four years is establish an economy that's bumping along the bottom."


An economy bumping along the bottom?  Hmmm.  Though un-elegant, it's exactly what I said in my previous column: the economy sucks!!! 


Sure, we all know that Mr. Romney has been dubbed "Mitt, the Twit" by the Brits, but ... who was it who said that "it's the economy, stupid"?  It was Bill Clinton, right?  That was way back in 1992.  When he won the presidency from the senior Bush, right?


So ...


An economy bumping along the bottom? 


It's the economy, stupid?


The economy sucks?


As Erap would say, same-same, right?  Y'all get my drift?  Hey, y'all don't get me wrong now. I like Barack. One of my cyberspace friends said, "Barack and Barako sound same-same." So how can I dislike someone who is a same-same Barako, like me?


PS: As to that MAD "elephant in the room," the MAD followers of Prophet Muhammad, rioting in the Middle East, killing Americans and burning US embassies and America's flags and MADLY screaming, "Death to America!" ... hey, I MADLY say, too, nuke 'em! 


Okey ngarud, Dear Readers and fellow Barakos, that's all.  JJ    

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