poor leninPoor Lenin’s Almanac: Perverse Leftist Proverbs for Modern Life, by Bruce Walker, Outskirts Press: Denver, Colorado, 2010, 197 pages, paperback, $20.95. Available at Amazon.com.

Bruce Walker has almost turned Ben Franklin and his aphorisms in Poor Richard’s Almanack on their head. Almost. He has taken many of the favorite sayings of our parents and grandparents and — in the voice of today’s amoral socialists — inverted them into what amounts to the operating principles of the modern state and its salaried myrmidons.

Becky AkersHow many times during December’s frantic shopping did a merchant ask you for ID when you paid for your purchases? And how did you respond? Did you resent the implication that you are a criminal rather than a customer? Or did you hand over your driver’s license without thinking or protest?

True GritThe 2010 remake of the John Wayne classic True Grit is now the highest-grossing Coen Brothers film to date, and for good reason. The surprising hit, comprised of a number of talented performances, stays true to the original story, so full of wit and adventure. As a result, True Grit ended 2010 by topping the box office charts at number one, surpassing even Little Fockers.

Ralph ReilandJust when it looked as if employers were getting less fearful about what President Obama might do next to worsen the business climate, the National Labor Relations Board (now with its first Democratic majority in a decade, thanks to Obama’s appointees) announced on December 14 that private employers will be required to display pro-unionizing posters in their businesses under a newly proposed federal rule.

Sam BlumenfeldIt was typical of the Democrats to dump the mammoth Omnibus spending bill before the lame-duck Congress a week before Christmas. Lame-duck Congresses do not usually take up two-thousand-page bills that require intense scrutiny by the legislators and are too complex and important to be enacted without careful examination.