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The 'S' Word ... Again

Wednesday, 30 January 2002 12:00 AM

I made a little bet with you yesterday. I said that Bush would use the word "security" (excluding the usage contained in "Social Security") more times than he would use the word "freedom."

Well, I was right ... but not by much. The "S" word showed up in Bush's speech 17 times. "Freedom" (excluding the usage contained in "USA Freedom Corps") was used 10 times.

First and foremost, Bush is a politician. He has access to focus groups and detailed polling. He knows that security is more important to the average American than is freedom.

Bush said that one of the great priorities of his upcoming budget would be economic security for the American people. Well, just how does the government do that? How does he propose that government will make sure businesses don't fail, that people don't lose their jobs, and that investments don't go sour?

Is he proposing vast new government regulations to compensate individuals who make poor investment decisions or to shore up others who can't find a steady job?

I'll tell you the type of economic security I want ... the most important economic security.

I want my private property, and that includes the wealth I produce through my labor, to be secure from excessive taxation and government seizure.

I want my property rights guaranteed. I want to know that if I go out there and put extra effort into my job or my investments or into writing another book, that the ownership and control of the wealth – the property – that come from these extra efforts is secure. Secure from government seizure. Safe from redistributionist, socialist politicians.

THAT is economic security.

I guess Georgia's socialist congresswoman, Cynthia McKinney, took a little time off from serving her constituents again yesterday.

How do I know? Because I saw her – perched right where she has been for the last nine State of the Union speeches – on the center aisle of the House Chamber, where the television cameras would be absolutely certain to pick her up.

Read this … from a listener:

You can expect the leftist attacks on the formatting and content of Fox News to get a little bit louder and a bit more strident in the near future.

The reason? For the first time ever, Fox News Channel beat CNN in total viewership for an entire month – January.

More and more Americans are starting to express their distrust and displeasure with the leftist tilt of the mainstream media. This is one of the reasons for the popularity of Bernard Goldberg's book "Bias" detailing the leftward tilt of television network news.

It's also one of the reasons that talk radio is so strong.

CNN reaches 9 million more households than Fox, yet Fox has the most viewers. This tells you something. People perceive CNN as having a leftward tilt – and they're voting with remote controls.

You remember him. Mr. "To hell with you, I'm gone." He's the one who shut down Hartsfield airport for three hours a few months ago. Well, Lasseter has now shown that he doesn't want to accept the responsibility for his actions. In fact, he hopes to wiggle out of that responsibility.

He's demanded a jury trial. There is absolutely no doubt about this man's guilt – but he wants to put the taxpayers of Clayton County through the cost of a jury trial in hopes his lawyer can find some sympathetic jurors who will give him a pass.

He ought to pay the ENTIRE cost of that trial, in ADDITION to his fine.

Saudi Arabia claims that two-thirds of the prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay are Saudi nationals and they are practically demanding the U.S. turn them over. Fifteen of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers were Saudis.

The Arabs say they want to interrogate them, but it seems to me that we should be first in line when it comes to interrogation of these maggots.

Thankfully, Bush will ignore these apologists. Maybe we could send their ashes to the Grand Sultan … or whatever.

Yesterday we told you how Jesse Jackson loaded up three busses in Houston with ex-employees of Enron for the trip to Washington to petition Congress for taxpayer money. We also asked if Jesse was actually riding on the bus or had flown to D.C.

Well, we found the answer last night when TV showed the reverend at the State of the Union address ... while the Enron employees were on a bus probably somewhere in Tennessee or Alabamastan.

We now find that another group of Enron employees is represented by none other than Johnnie Cochran. And who hired him? Well, it is said that he took it on a contingency basis. Why would he do that? PUBLICITY. Any doubts?

Guess who hired him? Al Sharpton.

"It has nothing to do with ethnicity," a spokesman said. "It has to do with economics. Dollars are green, not black, white or brown."

In other words, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Johnnie Cochran recognize that they probably can't make a racial issue out of the Enron debacle, but they CAN get some publicity mileage out of it. And how long before they all start singing the Democrats' mantra of "blame it on Bush"?

By a vote of 4-1, the Nevada State Athletic Commission yesterday ignored a $1 million windfall for the city and turned down a request for a boxing license for professional animal Mike Tyson.

That doesn't mean that his match with Lennox Lewis won't happen ... .it just won't happen in Las Vegas. I wonder how much the one "yea" vote cost the Tyson camp.

Yeah, I'm still on a tear about these natural gas deadbeats who know just how to scam the system and make other people pay for their gas.

I've received a load of messages from gas company workers who have been telling me of some of the more inventive ways some people have managed to avoid paying for their gas.

In one particular state the gas company is not allowed to send a bill unless the meter has actually been read. No estimating. The deadbeats know this and tie vicious dogs to their gas meters to keep the meter readers away.

The only recourse the gas company has is to disconnect the service at the street by severing the pipe. It then costs about $500 in costs just to re-attach the pipe. That's when the deadbeats start screaming.

One listener has a good solution to the gas deadbeat problem. Pass legislation that allows the gas company to seize color televisions, cell phones, pagers and expensive custom wheels on automobiles to satisfy a customer's gas bill. Watch those bills get paid on time.

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