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Boortz Comments Rich Sunday, October 16, 2005

Conservative talkshow host Neal Boortz advocates robbing the poor and giving to the rich. He would've been one of the wealthy weasels aboard the Titanic kicking the poor out of the life boats.

He made some recent comments on his radio program, based in Atlanta, suggesting that if a terrorist attack hits, the rich should be saved first. Media Matters recently posted what he said and a link to the recording. Here's what he said:

From the October 13 broadcast of Cox Radio Syndication's The Neal Boortz Show:

BOORTZ: OK, I've got an insensitive thought, folks. There's a news story out there -- there's a news story out there that rich people got some sort of an email notification of the terrorist threat against the New York subway before poor people did. OK? They're making a big deal out of it. Let me see if I can find it on the Drudge Report here. Let's see. There's a guy strangling a goose. That's a pretty good -- that's a pretty impressive picture. It's something about bird flu. So he's got this goose and he's just wringing its neck. You can -- oh, who tipped off the big shots? OK, now here's the story. And it says, "The Homeland Security Department launched internal probes yesterday into whether its officials tipped off friends and relatives to a possible subway terror plot days before average New Yorkers were alerted." So the real gripe here is that it seems that some wealthy people got notified of the terror plot before the great unwashed, before the others. Now, the Daily News in New York has a headline: "Rich got terror tip." Rich got terror tip. OK, let's get logical about this, folks. Let's play logic with this. This is as it should be. OK? If we are faced with disaster in this country -- let me ask you this, OK? You just be logical. Get all of the emotion out of this. Get all of the emotion out of this. But if we are faced with a disaster in this country, which group do we want to save? The rich or the poor? Now, if you have time, save as many people as you can. But if you have to set some priorities, where do you go? The rich or the poor? OK? Who is a drag on society? The rich or the poor? Who provide the jobs out there? The rich or the poor? Who fuels -- you know, which group fuels our economy? Drives industry? The rich or the poor? Now if you -- all of a sudden, somebody walks up to you and says, "Hey, Boortz listener. You're gonna have a -- you have to make a choice. You're going to -- we're gonna move you to another country. And you're just gonna have to make your way in this other country. We have a choice of two countries for you. In this country, people achieve a lot and they are wealthy because of their hard work. In this country, people don't achieve squat. They sit around all the time waiting for somebody else to take care of them. They have children they can't afford. They're uneducated. They can barely read. And the high point of their day is Entertainment Tonight on TV. Which country do you want to live in? The country of the high achievers, or the country of sheep, the country of followers?" You know what you're gonna do. I don't see what the big problem is. I just don't. I mean, if you -- who do I want to save first? The rich. Save the poor first. Then, when everything's over, where are you gonna go for a job? OK, hey, if I get a tin cup, can I sit next to you and sell pencils too?


I'm serious about that, folks. You see, that's the kind of thing that's going to end up in news stories: "Neal Boortz said that in times of disaster we should save the rich people first." Well, hell, yes, we should save the rich people first. You know, they're the ones that are responsible for this prosperity. I mean, you go out there and you look at this vast sea of evacuees, OK? You want to get an economy going in some city? Well, who you gonna take back? The people who own businesses? Or the people that sit around waiting to get their minimum wage job, work 'til Friday, get a paycheck and then not show up again until the following Wednesday? Come on. Just put a little logical thought into this, folks.

I've listened to Boortz before. He claims to be a Libertarian but he's more "every man for himself." He's got no class, no taste and he's got some real real problems. You know, for a social darwinist, one would think he could do better. If he particular group or class of people were wiped out, some group would eventually fill the slot and it works both ways.

Cynicus had this to say:

A clear-cut rendering of the opinion that wealth is not merely a situational advantage, but that the possession of wealth indicates a qualitative, innate superiority.

The rich are better than you and me. Paris Hilton isn't spoiled and useless, Babs isn't sheltered, Dubbyah isn't semi-literate. Possessing inherited wealth, they have a moral excellence that prevents such judgements (or facts, however you want to say it) from applying.

Jesus loves you. But Mammon makes you superior.

posted by Stithmeister @ 11:38 PM

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At 9:34 AM, Blogger Cynicus said...
Look, folks, i'm gonna say it again. The only rationale for the "trickle-down" economic screed is that the rich will invest their wealth in new business. New products, new production, innovation, jobs created for the non-rich to fill, overall growth of the economic pie.

For America, it would work if the investment were in American businesses that would invest in growth and innovation. But today's investors put money into multinats that DO invest in growth - in China and Mexico. Or invest in American firms that give CEO's platinum parachutes and massive stock options as reward for REDUCING productive capacity via mass layoffs, or just think no farther ahead than the next quarterly report, "We have to have big immediate returns for the stockholders!" (Which includes those CEO's, natch.)

But despite the fact that their system is not working, and has not, as it has always failed to since the Gipper was playing the role of President, it is today being used to consistently argue that there are two levels of human value: the wealthy and the serfs.

Neo-conservatism is becoming neo-feudalism. Better start practicing tugging your forelock and saying "Yes, M'lord."

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