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Estate Taxes: The Liberal Perspective

For those of you who have read any of my earlier posts, you know that I am an unapologetic conservative. However, I do respect other viewpoints. I get quite angry when people on “both sides” (as well as any other viewpoint) seek to demean those with whom they do not agree. I KNOW that I am right! However, I respect your right to voice your own, opinion and I will listen to it…although I may not agree. What I do not agree with are those people who need to spew vitriolic hatred and demeaning and degrading insults when they disagree with statements made by that “other side.” If you don’t agree, just say so! No need to berate me because I have a differing view. For example, Rush Limbaugh was recently criticized at length for his incendiary statements about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke. What Mr. Limbaugh said was wrong (He called her names and berated her for testifying about the need to receive birth control from the government). Granted, I am sure he believed his statements and was ready to defend them and has done so, even though he feigned an apology to Ms. Fluke. That is part of his shtick. However, as has often been said, “If you can’t say something nice about someone, don’t say anything at all.” I would point out that what is good for the goose is good for the gander. Where was the same furor from Democrats and liberals over the various comments made about Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin? I recently heard a recording of a radio program where comedian Louis CK was the guest. His horrendous and hateful “monologue” on Sarah Palin and her Downs Syndrome son was outright deplorable! The Louis CK talk happened in 2008, during the last presidential election. He made fun of Mrs. Palin and used the “c” word many times when referring to her and made fun of her having to care for and raise a disabled child. Why didn’t this audio get national attention then? Where was the media and liberal outrage then? In that audio, the talk show host was even laughing along and agreeing with Mr. CK’s demeaning and vulgar portrayal of Mrs. Palin. I recently saw that Louis CK was invited to present his comedy routine at the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Dinner (He later pulled out from that event, after the 2008 audio came to light). Was the invitation to speak and “entertain” an affirmation of his “style” of comedy? Jimmy Fallon’s band director, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, played the song “Lyin’ As* *itch” when Michelle Bachman was introduced as a guest on Fallon’s show. Although both Fallon and Questlove publicly apologized to Rep. Bachman, Questlove’s statement was, “I feel bad if her feelings were hurt. That was not my intention.” One has to wonder, what WAS his intention? No word and no apology from Louis CK for his statements. I digress…

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