You Didn’t Lift That

English: Kim Jong-il, North Korean leader
He did the lifting

Somebody else made that happen.

Not that I am comparing President Obama to a crazy North Korean dictator, but I think this is an extreme example of the kind of thinking he showed when he made that famous statement.

North Korean Olympian Om Yun Chol joined an elite list of weightlifters to have lifted three times their weight during the men’s 56-kg, group B, clean and jerk weightlifting competition at the London Olympics, and he has credited his world-record feat to late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

Om won the gold medal in the process, and according to him, it was all thanks due to their late ‘great leader’.

The 20-year-old Om, who stands just a shade under 5 feet, also set an Olympic record when he cleared 168 kilograms (about 370 pounds) in the clean and jerk in the men’s 56-kilogram (about 123 pounds) category.

“How can any man possibly lift 168kg? I believe the great Kim Jong Il looked over me,” CBS quoted Om, as saying.

Double world champion and pre-competition favorite Wu Jiangbiao of China had to settle for the silver medal while European Champion Valentin Hristov of Azerbaijan got the bronze.

Om cleared 160 and 165 kilograms in his first two attempts and got the crowd even more riled up when it was announced he would go for the Olympic mark.

Om then confidently bent to grab the bar and, after securing it at his shoulders on the clean, executed a powerful and steady jerk above his head.

“I am very happy and give thanks to our Great Leader for giving me the strength to lift this weight. I believe Kim Jong Il gave me the record and all my achievements. It is all because of him,” Om said.

North Korean athletes habitually heap praise on their former leader, Kim, and when weightlifter Pak Hyon Suk won the women’s 63-kilogram division in Beijing four years ago, she said she was ‘overjoyed’ by the fact that she had brought joy to Kim.

If you are not responsible for your own successes, than the state must be, and since the Dear Leader is the embodiment of the state it is only right to credit him.

Tax Hollywood

Here is an interesting idea on how to decrease the deficit, raise taxes on Hollywood. This seems appropriate since entertainers are always talking about the need to make the 1% pay their fair share. Since many actors are part of the 1% it’s only fair that they pay more, right? No doubt they will be happy to do so.

Today, Hollywood is a playground for Democratic fundraisers and Obama has found that Hollywood remains loyal to his vision and re-election. While those on Wall Street are having second thought about the guy they helped put in the White House, there are no second thoughts among Hollywood elites.

Instapundit Glen Reynolds made the suggestion that if we are going to raise taxes to cut the deficits, why not start with a 20% excise tax on the film industry? Since many of these Hollywood stars and producers are forever telling us how we need tax increases to help close the deficits, why not let Hollywood lead the way? The tax, which was imposed on the gross income and not the net, took a 20% hit off any Hollywood bottom line and can you imagine how much a major star can contribute with a 20% tax on a gross income on one of those 10 to 20 million dollar salaries for a single movie?

Let face it, much of Hollywood may talk of the down trodden, but the reality is Hollywood is the home of the 1%. So if the Hollywood 1% are going to help elect the most leftist President, then let them lead by sacrificing the first 20% of their gross income!. As Glen Reynolds argued, tax the Hollywood 1%. Or at least let them squirm. Who knows, maybe George Lucas or Steven Spielberg might just produce their own film defending supply side economics if they are faced with the idea that the first 20% of their income will go to the government even before they even cash that big eight or nine figure check!

Well, Jon Lovitz criticized Obama over his plans to raise taxes on the rich. He is even not so sure he is a Liberal. Maybe an excise tax might turn some of the people in Hollywood into Conservatives, or at least Libertarians.