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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:
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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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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