The French proverb does bring home more accurately the point that If you want others to follow what you say and recommend, start by abiding by it yourself, be the role model. This is at the heart of our problems today in America. Our leaders impose things on us that they believe do not or should not apply to them, like the monarchies of the Middle Ages.
First there was Obamacare that is supposed to be so good for all of us, so much so that our rulers conveniently exempted themselves from it.
Now we are in Sequestration and our President is scaring us about the looming Obamagedon that it will cause, yet he is out playing golf with Tiger Woods to the tune of a couple of million dollars, and his wife must have spent another little fortune on her dress, entourage and cameo appearance on Oscar night. I heard that Francis Ford Coppola was planning a sequel to Apocalypse Now to help prepare the people. Hollywood is always ready to support their White House buddies.
…and they return the favor: In the January Fiscal Cliff deal, a provision was snuck in (Section 181 of the tax code) allowing qualifying productions to write down the first $15 million of expenses from their corporate tax bill. The program will cost an estimated $430 million in deductions in fiscal years 2013 and 2014, according to estimates by the Joint Committee on Taxation.
Hollywood moguls like Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and George Lucas are among the biggest backers of President Obama's candidacy, and it looks as though Democrats have found a way to return the favor. So much for combating cronyism, nepotism and influence peddling in the campaign speeches. To top it all, Organizing for America is asking for $500K donations to allow you access to the President once a quarter.
Think about it: These kinds of numbers surely must tip the odds towards the “richest” candidate to win the election. Weren't we all told that Romney was the evil out-of-touch guy to avoid at all cost BECAUSE he was rich. How could these huge sums “level the playing field” in any way. At least half should be sequestered by the Treasury. For one, that will clear the airs!
Jesus summed it up when he said about those in power (I do not think they were even elected in his time, so what is our excuse? ):
“…You should do all the things they tell you to do. But their lives are not good examples for you to follow. They tell you to do things, but they don't do those things themselves. They make strict rules that are hard for people to obey. They try to force other people to obey all those rules. But they themselves will not try to follow any of those rules.” (Matthew 23:1-12)