One of my favorite movies of all time is Frank Capra's “It's A Wonderful Life,” starring Jimmy Stewart. (Snip) Like FDR, Obama has walked us back from the brink. He averted a depression, ended one war and put us on the path ending the other, rescued the auto industry, slowly building the sound footing necessary to have a sustained recovery — better, smarter regulation of those that brought this upon us, tax breaks to save a dwindling middle class,
Comments: LCom Staff, sorry about the early (Snip) but Burns is too verbose.
Barf alert! Read this to see how the liberal/progressive mind works. The factual errors in this opinion piece show that Burns is no historian.
Mr. Burns, are you aware that one of your favorite movies of all time "It's a Wonderful Life" is perhaps one of the most poignant and clear measures on why we should all be pro-life? Tell me how Obama would feel about destroying the life of George Bailey if George's mother wanted an abortion.
I love how libs say that it wasn't possible because the Conservatives wouldn't work across the aisle. Obama had the house and senate majority for two years.... they sure didn't work across the aisle when they rammed Obamacare down our throats. Obama shoulda, woulda, coulda but he didn't!
He failed all of us and he doesn't deserve another term.
Your documentary on Abraham Lincoln will always be one of my favorites. But, you sir, are a dumb ass when it comes to analyzing obama's four years in office. And I would have no problem watching that documentary again on PBS with commercials being shown.
In that movie, the Bailey Savings and Loan helped keep the town afloat and allowed the citizens to purchase/maintain their homes and businesses. When there was a run on the banks, it wasn't Government Man who came in with a wad of cash, it was one of their own - George Bailey. And the people didn't line up and demand their "fair share", they requested just enough to keep them afloat. There is an overt thread of personal responsibility that runs through this movie especially seen in the character of George Bailey. To compare our president to this character indicates to me that Mr. Burns has not really watched this movie.
I like Ken Burns and really liked his " Civil War " masterpiece but I plan on voting for Romney-Ryan since I want a Pres. Romney to select the next two Us Justices for the US Supreme Court...Justices likely to be moderate to slightly conservative...a good thing !
Delusional piece that regurgitates BO's talking points without any variance. BO saved us from a depression? He saved the auto industry? Give me a break. And poor BO has been blocked by nasty Republicans? Except for the first two years when dems had full control of the government and fixed .....NOTHING.
It's no surprise that Burns cites FDR, a liberal hero, who's policies have been proven to actually have deepened and prolonged the depression.
Yup, you are right Ken. BO is acting like FDR ... and getting similar results, deepening and prolonging the recession. And like FDR, BO is attacking and demonizing business, which is the ONLY real vehicle to get us out of the economic mess. It took a world war to pull out of the FDR's depression. Hopefully we can fix our current problems simply by getting rid of the cause in a couple weeks.
Thanks for the confirmation that liberals are programmed robots Ken. I'm pretty sure that most New Hampshire citizens are not.
Burns made what may be the best documentary of all time - "The Civil War." He's been living off those accolades and trying unsuccesfully to repeat that success ever since. I wonder where he would be without his CPB grants - probably teaching at Pottersville High. I'm betting that's really why he's supporting Soetoro - to keep those grants a'coming.
Dang those Republicans--they wouldn't let Little Barry fix things. But oh wait--LB had a majority of Democrats in the House and Senate when he was elected. Why didn't he fix things then? And there was also the pesky problem of those voters who took away his majority in the House in 2010. If it wasn't for them, we would all be on Easy Street!
What tax breaks? The Income Tax rates and deductions are the same as when Bush was president. Also, we are still in Iraq, have more dead in Afghanistan then in the Iraq war, we have 30% m ore people getting food stamps, we are in a depression and we are $6 trillion in more debt. Ken Burns must be living in an alternate universe.
Key quote from article >>> "As a student of American history, let me give some perspective. Much like Franklin Delano Roosevelt (one of the subjects of a new documentary series we are working on — if Romney doesn't get his way and PBS isn't eliminated"
An example of what we see so often with those talented individuals producing entertainment; talent does not produce intelligence or the ability to discern logic. I wonder why these elite media stars so enamored with government and confident of their knowledge don't offer medical advice. There is no shortage of blockheads ready to turn over the leadership of government to some nut who can play a convincing role in a movie. Maybe they wish to trust their medical care to them as well.
# 17 is correct. The movie, my all time favorite, deals with self sacrifice and consistently doing the right thing even when it is not what you want to do.
George Bailey is given the opportunity to see what the world would be without his kind, generous, self-sacrificing presence in it. George saves the life of his brother who goes on to shoot down a plane before it crashes into a troop transport killing everyone on board. He saves the life of a pharmacist who makes a mistake with medication that would kill a little boy. He gives up his dream of college after his father dies to run the business and gives the money to his brother. All the while, Potter is trying to destroy him to get a hold of everyone's money and control their future.
When he needs help, the whole town comes running to his side, grateful for his kindnesses over the years.
No Mr. Burns. Mitt Romney is not Mr. Potter. Obama is as he steals our children's futures and tries to dictate our way of life. He lies, cheats and steals to get whatever he wants and takes our money to give it to his rich supporters.
Mitt Romney has led a life of quiet service. That is why the country is rallying around him in his and our time of need.
Mr. Burns if you truly love your daughters, you will open your eyes and vote for the true George Bailey, Mitt Romney.
Go ahead and vote for him. My vote will wipe yours out.
When I read any article, I always read the comments after it. It worries me that so many are dumbed down and could not possibly think for themselves. The anger expressed is not good for this nation. We must change our education system and media sooner rather than later. They would believe anything a so called TV star or fast food chain said. Propagana works.
The liberals keep talking about tax breaks for the rich. What about Obamacare's taxes on the middle class? Here are two examples: next year health care deductions are limited to the excess of 10% of adjusted gross income. This year it is 7.5%. The lower your income, the more likely it is that you will exceed the threshold. This hurts middle class families with big medical (or dental) expenses. And another is the lowering of the limit on contributions to flex spending accounts, from $5,000 to $2,500. This raises taxes by $625 a year for people who previously contributed $5,000 and are in a 25% bracket.
The recession that didn't become a depression was officially over 8/1/2009 before the President's first budget wnet into effect on 10/1/2009. We already know that the "Stimulus" failed because "Jobs weren't as shovel ready as I thought they were". So how was this depression stopped?
I think Burns is a talented artist and story teller, but like so many others in the entertainment world, he has created in his mind a world that does not exist. The blue state model that Obama represents and he is so in love with is responsible for creating hopelessness and decline all over this country.
Sentimental mush - and more proof that people should stick to what they know best. There is no reason to attach any more significance to Ken Burns' political opinions than to anyone else's. There is, indeed, probably less reason to do so. It is almost always a mistake to try to capitalize on celebrity or success in one area to peddle personal political opinions.
Burns' simplistic, indeed childish good versus evil film-inspired vision of politics is naive and embarrassing. He does not seem to know any more about FDR than the liberal establishment wants him to know. His notions about the supposed virtues of compromise, when it is other people doing the compromising of their beliefs, are laughable. He is free to vote as he pleases - but he has not added to his reputation by this incredibly superficial plug for Obama.
Can you imagine what would happen to Ken Burns if he were to announce he was going to vote for R&R. He would be shunned, excoriated, cursed, reviled, mocked and expulsed from the film industry. He would be a pariah with whom no important progressive could associate. In other words, he would taste cultural death. Burns does not have enough intellectual or ethical strength to risk such repudiation. He is a weakling, bound and shackled to his progressive culture. Sadly, he is lost!
The only good thing about the Civil War series was the music and I despised every moment of the baseball series. I assume he's still making sleep inducing mini-series on our dime and that's why he needs Barry in the WH.
And another thing -- why does he still have a 1970's Twyla Tharp haircut?
I started to watch one of Burns's documentaries but got bored because it was one Authority interviewed after another, so I decided he must have made his career on flattering the Authorities. Maybe I was wrong. If I ever have a month where I haven't got anything else to do, I'll give him another try.
I moved from Maryland to New Hampshire in 2010. Why? I walked into my corner grocery store in Maryland and all the lights were off. Reason: the small-business owner couldn’t afford the new countywide carbon tax. That was the last straw for me. (Snip) Concord Police Chief John Duval recently begged Washington, D.C., for more than $250,000 to buy a military-style “armored personnel carrier” — the Lenco BearCat G3. Chief Duval claims he needs this military personnel carrier because of groups like the “Free Staters.”
Here is how New Hampshire’s so-called “health insurance exchange” under Obamacare will work when it comes online Jan. 1. Granite Staters who need health insurance and have not found it through an employer or the actual marketplace will come to this government-created “market,” where a grand total of one insurer will offer plans. Every one of the plans offered by the single participating insurance company will have to provide government-mandated minimum coverage that starts at $498.79 a month. This is “choice” under Obamacare.
NASHUA - Among the protesters rallying outside of Nashua City Hall on Saturday was Chez Perez, who stood out with his large Scar battle rifle draped around his neck. (Snip) Perez was one of about 100 people gathered at City Hall Plaza participating in two opposing rallies. The Organizing For Action group hosted a gun violence prevention rally, while the New Hampshire Tea Party Coalition spearheaded a simultaneous counter-rally supporting gun rights.
The decision by gun manufacturer Sturm, Ruger to build new facilities in North Carolina and not New Hampshire has resurrected the old debate over whether right-to-work laws harm a state’s economy and quality of life. As the top labor leaders of two states with very different experiences with right-to-work, we maintain that right-to-work is not a viable strategy for economic growth. In North Carolina, which has had a right-to-work for less law since 1947, it has encouraged the development of a low-wage economy and institutionalized poverty and an environment that puts corporate profits
Opponents of making New Hampshire a right-to-work state said incessantly that it would hurt the state economically. This week another manufacturer, this one based in New England, chose to expand in a right-to-work state instead of in New Hampshire. Connecticut-based Sturm, Ruger & Co., spent months openly seeking a location for a new manufacturing plant to supplement its existing operations in Arizona and Newport, N.H. (Snip) “Right-to-work state was one of our criteria,” he added.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is spending millions to attack Sen. Kelly Ayotte for opposing gun-control legislation Bloomberg likes. Bloomberg says tougher gun laws will reduce gun homicides. Has he ever compared his city’s gun murder rate with New Hampshire’s? New York City’s gun homicide rate has fallen to 4 per 100,000, very good for a large American city. Boston’s rate is 6.2, Washington, D.C.’s 19, and New Orleans’ a stunning 62.1 (Snip) New Hampshire’s gun homicide rate was .53 percent last year.
Well here’s another scandal ready for the Obama administration. It was revealed today that the National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon. This top secret order was issued in April. The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an "ongoing, daily basis" to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries. The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records
I am proud of Sen. Kelly Ayotte for her courage in voting for legislation that would address the criminal misuse of firearms by prohibited persons. She could have taken the easy way out and voted for ineffective bills that sounded good to the media and anti-gun crowd, but which would not have addressed the root causes and which would not have prevented another Sandy Hook tragedy. Instead, she resisted severe political pressure and did the right thing, voting for measures that would actually help and voting against measures that just sounded good, but which would not help.
Like most states in the country, New Hampshire is having a difficult time answering the question about whether to expand Medicaid coverage. For the last decade, politicians of both parties have made no attempt to expand Medicaid coverage in the state. With the federal government dangling some initial money for the program, some are tempted, but unsure. Today, with so many unanswered questions, policymakers should avoid a rush to judgment and just say, "maybe."
With Washington gripped by a trio of exploding scandals this week – from Benghazi to government spying on news outlets to thug tactics by the Internal Revenue Service – Senate Democrats seem to be hoping that if they just yell loud enough then voters will overlook a key role they played in at least one of them. (Snip) Over the last three years, Democratic senators repeatedly and publicly pressured the IRS to engage in the very activities that they are only now condemning today. At the same time, Republicans repeatedly and publicly warned against this abuse of government power
BELCHERTOWN – Shortly after midnight Tuesday, seven people were caught trespassing at the Quabbin Reservoir. State Police say the five men and two women are from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore, and “cited their education and career interests” for being in the area. The men told police they were chemical engineers and recent college graduates. The Quabbin, in Belchertown, is one of the country’s largest man-made public water supplies.
CONCORD - Representatives of the hospitality industry are expected to turn out in force today to support a Senate proposal that would block state tax collectors from using tips to calculate a business owner´s tax bill. (Snip) For a profitable restaurant, the change would increase the deduction against the business profits tax, and could be a wash. But for an unprofitable or break-even business, the change would mean a significant increase in taxes.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie holds a narrow lead among Republicans for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination, but even more GOP voters say he’s the candidate they least want to see nominated. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that Christie earns 21% support when Republican voters are asked whom they would vote for if the party’s primary in their state were held today. Florida Senator Marco Rubio runs a close second with 18% of the GOP vote, followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at 16% and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul with 15% of the vote.
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Last month we learned that Megyn Kelly was leaving her daytime anchor gig to take over a Fox News primetime slot. According to an “exclusive” Drudge Report flash this afternoon, that time slot will be 9 p.m. ET. “Superstar newswoman Megyn Kelly has landed the 9 PM slot, top sources reveal,” the Drudge Report wrote. “The shock announcement is set for later this month.” Fox’s 9 p.m. hour is currently helmed by Sean Hannity, leading to speculation over whether he could be out of a primetime gig. There are many possible outcomes from this lineup change,
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Retired 68-year-old US Army general and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Wesley K. Clark has won yet another esteemed decoration — he is dating 30-year-old Shauna Mei, the founder of online retailer AHAlife.com. Clark, who was married to Gertrude Kingston Clark for 45 years before filing for divorce last year, is spending time with the young New York-based entrepreneur, who graduated from MIT and worked at Goldman Sachs as an investment banker before launching her luxury e-commerce site. Clark and Mei were spotted together recently in the Hamptons,
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