Fox News contributor Charles Payne proves that just when you think Fox News has gone as low as they can go, they find a hidden basement and tumble ass-over-elbow downstairs:
Fox News contributor Charles Payne defended Mitt Romney’s lack of concern for the poor by saying, “To supposedly alleviate the very poor, and Mitt was right. The very poor in America do have a lot of programs a lot of benefits. People aren’t dying in America. You know, in fact, the very poor suffer from gout. In fact, in the 1920s and 30s that was called the rich man’s disease, but here’s the thing, the very poor have entered into this sort of Faustian deal where they’ve said, ’Ok, you know what? If I can go to my mailbox twice a month and get paid the same amount of money that I could get at a low paying job then I’m not going to take it. Continue reading →
As I roll this thing back and I think of American history, there was a time in American history when you had to be a male property owner in order to vote. The reason for that was, because they wanted the people who voted — that set the public policy, that decided on the taxes and the spending — to have some skin in the game.
Now we have data out there that shows that 47 percent of American households don’t pay taxes, 51 percent of American wage-earners don’t have an income tax liability. And it’s pretty clear that there are a lot of people who are not in the workforce at all. In fact, of our unemployment numbers — that run in the 13 or 14 million category — when you go to the Department of Labor Statistics and you look at that data, you can add up those that are simply not in the workforce of different age groups, but of working age, add that number to the number of those who are on unemployment and you come up with a number that was just a few months ago 80 million Americans. Just over a month ago that number went over 100 million Americans that aren’t working.
Now I don’t think they’re paying taxes. But many of them are voting. And when they vote, they vote for more government benefits.
Why should the parasites and the looters and moochers get to vote, anyway, right? Continue reading →
But the Ohio legislature isn’t spreading the pain equally—namely, not among themselves. According to IO’s most recent report, Kasich took a raise of more than $10,000 over the last governor’s salary, bringing his pay to $148,165. And exempted the salary from the SB 5 provision that cuts automatic annual raises for other public employees. And lied about how much he pays his staff, whose senior members make $110,000. Continue reading →
Whenever Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly meet to rekindle their bromance on live TV, Stewart consistently pins “The O’Reilly Factor” host into a corner – then proceeds to beat him over the head with context, facts, perspective and the general “reality” O’Reilly just can’t seem to grasp.
I enjoy the exchanges, the theatrics, the beatings and the odd fascination these TV show hosts have for one another. Their meetings feel like a modern version of the Vidal-Buckley debates – only funnier, less snobbish and in color.
What bothered me about their latest debate over tax increases was that Stewart, an intellectual giant compared to Billo, balked at the moment when he could have knocked O’Reilly out of the studio.
It has come to my attention that the esteemed Republicans from Minnesota have their heads so far up their asses, they can see their uvulas (h/t my angry black overlady). The MN GOP hate the poor. They hate them with a passion I usually reserve for serial murderers, but whatever. I will probably go more in-depth on this later*, but for now, this is my very juvenile response. ***
*Or not. I have added another Lenten vow of only writing short** posts. I have a hunch I could screech at the ashhattery of the Republicans in my state for a very long time. I’m just SO grateful we didn’t elect Tom Emmer, or we would make Wisconsin, Ohio, and Michigan look like punters.
**Short as defined by me, naturally.
***Please note, I am not the one singing, so technically, I am not breaking my Lenten vow of not swearing.
This infographic is circling the web. I know exactly jack and shit about budgets and deficits and free markets and tax breaks and 10 year costs versus yearly costs and wow — my head already hurts. Economics and I don’t get along, you see. But you are an intelligent lot, so I’m hoping to learn something from you, or at least, get some insight into what I should be reading in order to learn about this stuff. I don’t even know if this chart is accurate.
Help me, help you, help me learn some shit, won’t you please?1