HART: Putin, Obama and oligarchy malarkey

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

The similarities between Presidents Putin and Obama are many. They both conjure up fake crises to get what they want. Putin said Crimea wanted to be with Russia, so he took it, and more, away from Ukraine. Obama said our health care system was broken – so he invaded one-seventh of our economy and took it. Both demonize their enemies with lies, aided by a subordinate press, in hopes of stigmatizing the opposition. Both use the Saul Alinsky playbook.

Putin is seeking a fourth term in 2018 and doesn’t want to be too closely associated with Obama, whose favorability poll numbers are in the 30s versus Putin’s in the 70s – Putin has his career to consider.

Yep, ole Putin is running again in 2018. He said he looks forward to the voters of Russia being heard at the polls – then chuckled uncontrollably for a few minutes. I predict Putin will win first, second and third in that race.

Obama appears politically weaker each day. He is not going to use military force against Putin’s march for Ukraine. It’s not like there is a Nevada Tea Party rancher grazing cows on federal lands. Yet, he is serious, sending Joe Biden to Kiev. Dennis Rodman must have been on assignment.

Both Putin and Obama have oligarch bag men. Obama has:

Elon Musk: He turned green-energy tax credits into Tesla Motors, making $100,000 cars for the rich. Musk just won tax cuts exclusively for his company in California via his Democratic friends. It is such blatant cronyism, Obama is already denying knowing about it.

George Soros: He trades in the shadowy international currency markets and funnels profits back to Democrats.

Tom Steyer: Having made money in oil stocks, he’s now trying to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline. Turns out that, with Obama, once you cannot run again, you’re OK with $4-a-gallon gas.

Al Gore: He became rich investing in “green energy” with government-backed deals, like Fisker Automotive, which went bankrupt and was bought by a Chinese conglomerate. Most recently, he sold a cable company he got from the government to Al Jazeera. Gore likes to hug trees, but awkwardly lingers way too long when he does.

Carlos Slim: Uses his Mexican telecom monopolies to help Democrats. He kept the New York Times from going under. They continue to lead the charge on most liberal causes, including hypocritically calling the Koch brothers “oligarchs.” They feed Harry Reid’s Koch habit.

The Koch brothers do not make their money via government cronyism; it’s quite the opposite, since they are targeted by this government. They are the anti-oligarchs. They rank 59th on the list of largest campaign donors, and most of those above them on the list are unions, which funnel political favors in the form of cash back to Democrats.

George Kaiser: He’s a big Obama donor, of Solyndra fame. He defaulted on the $500 million loan taxpayers guaranteed him, then set about putting himself ahead of debt holders. Obama trumpeted solar-panel maker Solyndra “as the future of green energy.” It went bankrupt, so I guess he was right.

The truth is, the business Obama does is green – in that it uses only recycled donors.

Putin is said to be worth $70 billion now. He just got divorced, so that number is now $72 billion. The divorce went well for his wife of 30 years, Lyudmila. Putin keeps his $72 billion and Ukraine, and she is not dead yet. Just imagine how much money Putin would have if he were not a share-the-wealth socialist on a government salary. The same can be said for Al Gore, who is said to have a post-divorce net worth of $300 million.

Putin had a big year. Forbes named him the most powerful leader in the world. He was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize (an award he would kill for). The Kremlin newspaper named him sexiest dictator alive, for the 15th year in a row. He posed shirtless with a fish he killed with a spear gun, and the manager of the Red Lobster in Moscow where Putin did it couldn’t do much to stop him.

Economic boycotts are the only way to control Putin. They hurt him and his cronies. Economics usually trumps politics. It is estimated that $160 billion will leave Russia this year in hopes of escaping financial hardships.

Boycotts work. Some pro-Russian women in Ukraine embarked on a sex boycott against their men. The tactic could have at least one upside – after a couple of weeks of men being denied sex, Putin will be hesitant to take his shirt off in that country.

Ron Hart, a libertarian syndicated op-ed humorist, award-winning author and TV/radio commentator can be reached at Ron@RonaldHart.com or visit www.RonaldHart.com