RON HART: Obama and Putin, a study in similarities

Published: Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 09:18 AM.

There is no telling how much money these Communist leaders would have if they were not all about “sharing the wealth.” A Socialist political figure has not shaken down businesses for that big a piece of their action since Al Gore.

Gore made money with his promise of political protection for companies and his environmental alarmist extortion act. The one “inconvenient truth” in the green energy business is that it uses only recycled politicians as its source of power.

The hypocrisy here is that Putin got his wealth through political office, just like Obama. Neither has created private sector jobs or risked his own money in business. Both men are shake-down artists.

Like the Mafia protection business, they take money for not hurting you. Support Obama like the unions do, and you are exempted from ObamaCare. Work for him in Washington and he rewards you by not requiring you to participate in ObamaCare. There is no better favor he can bestow on you than to exempt you from his regulations.

The way Putin gets his money is that, if you do not give him his cut, he will accuse your business of tax-evasion and just take it. If you cross Obama and cause him problems like the Tea Parties did, he will send the IRS or Eric Holder after you. Both leaders use the blunt force of big government to get what they want.

There is a Russian word for a person who defies Putin: "missing."

Neither man likes free speech when it is used against him. Obama used his power to spy on a Fox News reporter. Last year, a Russian all-woman punk band sang songs critical of Putin. He had his goons arrest them accusing them of “hooliganism.” Is that even a thing? I’d think “hooliganism” carries a stiffer sentence than horseplay and tomfoolery, but not as harsh as shenanigans.

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