Excellent: Bill Whittle on eating the rich

posted at 5:53 pm on March 31, 2011 by Allahpundit

It’s long, but it needs to be. Only by systematically piecing through the allegedly inexhaustible stash of wealth socked away in rich people’s bank accounts will you realize how galactic our spending problem is and how meager our resources are to solve it. Although, ironically, this illustrates why I’ve lost interest in the sturm und drang of this year’s budget battle: In the words of grassroots hero Jeff Flake, given the magnitude of the crisis, it’s “small ball.”

With a rally planned for Thursday by Tea Party activists to encourage Republicans to hold their ground, some lawmakers said they believed that backing away from cuts already approved by the House would tell voters that Republicans have reverted to legislative business as usual.

“This is a defining moment,” said Representative Mike Pence, Republican of Indiana.

But other fiscal hawks said it might be time to end the dispute, which is over how much government spending to approve through Sept. 30, and move on to more consequential fights over increasing the federal debt limit and writing the budget for 2012.

“There are a lot of people who know this is small ball and are ready to get to the debt limit increase,” said Representative Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona. “A lot of us recognized we were not going to end up with $100 billion in the final product.”

See also Yuval Levin’s post at the Corner arguing that any heart-ache that occurs from Republicans compromising on “small ball” to finish this year’s negotiations will be undone when Paul Ryan and company introduce their historic budget for 2012 that addresses entitlements. Indeed. Meanwhile, McConnell’s planning to introduce the GOP’s new Balanced Budget Amendment this afternoon co-sponsored by all 47 Republicans in the Senate. It probably won’t pass — 20 Democrats are needed, a tall order even in the current electoral climate — but it’s superb politics to force Reid et al. to explain to the public, over and over as the debt ceiling debate comes to a head, why Democrats can’t pledge themselves to fiscal sustainability in the form of a BBA. Make them keep talking about it all the way into next year, with The One himself left stammering at the debates about how Hopenchange really means deficit spending unto death. Can’t wait.


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Loved Bill Whittle and Iowahawk’s piece. Of course, it doesn’t take into affect the people that would be out of a job if we liquidated all the rich’s money and holdings. We’d be short of one year.

originalpechanga on March 31, 2011 at 5:58 PM

I am sure that the bloated Michael Moore has some sort of personal attack to offer in retort.

cat-scratch on March 31, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Saw this earlier today via pjtv…always up for a new Bill Whittle clip! Of course, he makes too much sense for people like Michael Moore to be able to grasp the concept.

Paradox Drive on March 31, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Responded fat slob Michael Moore: “Shut up.”

amerpundit on March 31, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Excellent: Bill Whittle on eating the rich
==============================================

A Fact-finding Truth to Truth Roller Coaster Ride,
which will leave you Mesmerized and factual armed
to combat LiBTards and ProgRats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on March 31, 2011 at 6:10 PM

On the one hand, it’s a fantastic rebuttal to the class warfare leftists.

On the other, it shows in stark terms how boned we are.

Rebar on March 31, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Haha,Gapping spark plugs…IowaHawk!!!!!

canopfor on March 31, 2011 at 6:14 PM

The problem is that Liberals have hundreds of videos of fuzzy headed math that defies logic. Then again, most Liberals defy logic. Those Liberal Videos are feel good emotional videos that don’t deal in truth, but feeling.

Get the truth out, but it won’t matter to the Liberals. Our only hope is to keep convincing the Independents.

Snake307 on March 31, 2011 at 6:15 PM

AllahPundit: this illustrates why I’ve lost interest in the sturm und drang of this year’s budget battle: In the words of grassroots hero Jeff Flake, given the magnitude of the crisis, it’s “small ball.”

I’m not going to be happy until you say “it’s like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic”.

Paul-Cincy on March 31, 2011 at 6:19 PM

They say music is the food of love,
Let’s see if you are hungry enough,
Take a bite, take another, just like a good boy would,
Get a sweet thing on the side,
Home cooking, homicide,
Side order, could be your daughter,
Finger licking good

Come on baby, eat the rich,
Put the bite on the son of a b!tch,
Don’t mess around, don’t give me no switch,
C’mon baby eat the rich
C’mon baby eat the rich

Sittin’ here in a restaurant,
Tell the waiter just what you want
Is that the meat, you wanted to eat,
How would you ever know?
Hash browns an’ bacon strips,
I love the way that you lick your lips,
No fooling, I can see you drooling,
Feel the hunger grow

Eat up, eat you, eat me,
Eat two, get one free
Shetland pony, extra pepperoni
Just pick up the phone,
Eat Greek, or eat Chinese,
Eat salad, or scarf up grease
You’re on the shelf, maybe eat yourself,
Come on, bite my bone

Jerome Horwitz on March 31, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Now, there you go again using that Republican /Conservative /Teaparty trick called “math”.

kurtzz3 on March 31, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Tax the rich
Feed the poor
Until there are
No rich no more

…..uummm….then who will feed the poor ?

DeweyWins on March 31, 2011 at 6:26 PM

The incomparable Bill Whittle and Iowahawk score again.

Sloan Morganstern on March 31, 2011 at 6:38 PM

originalpechanga on March 31, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Oh this was merely a first-order musing, except for “the next year” question.

JeffWeimer on March 31, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Another way of looking at it: If you overtax the rich, they’ll leave.

If you force the rich to stay (How: house arrest? Berlin Wall?), they’ll rapidly become un-rich.

Either way, eating the rich is another incredibly short-sighted and unworkable liberal idea.

ZenDraken on March 31, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Unfortunately the people who need to see that never will.

ElectricPhase on March 31, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Manatee of Malevolence. It doesn’t get much better than that.

ButterflyDragon on March 31, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Allah: It’s long, but it needs to be.

9 minutes is long?

Geez Louise.

Splashman on March 31, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Another “shut up” he explained moment for Manitou Moore.

John the Libertarian on March 31, 2011 at 7:04 PM

This is an awesome video. It should be shown in every high school and college campus across the country. :) :) :)

Theophile on March 31, 2011 at 7:09 PM

This is an awesome video. It should be shown in every high school and college campus across the country. :) :) :)

Theophile on March 31, 2011 at 7:09 PM

Really. Maybe if they just label it “An Inconvenient Truth” – after all, I think Bill and Iowahawk’s work is a much more appropriate use of the title.

Paradox Drive on March 31, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Now that is an AWESOME video.

knob on March 31, 2011 at 7:48 PM

My 11th grader gets plenty of Howard Zinn at public skool, Bill Whittle, nada.

We are so hosed…

Bruno Strozek on March 31, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Today I was talking to someone at work about all of this and imagine my surprsie when that person said “it’s the Republicans who are sooo gredy and want to take all the money and not give any if it to anyone else… I was just flabbergasted…think I’ll send him this video.

CCRWM on March 31, 2011 at 9:16 PM

HOLY S***.

ReformedAndDangerous on March 31, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Man, it’s gonna be ugly when the house of cards that liberals/leftists have built comes tumblin’ down, ain’t it?

What’s America going to look like five, maybe ten years from now?

I used to semi-weep for this once great nation.
But I think that, thanks to liberal and leftist policy, the death spiral is irreversible.

Might as well just sit back and watch the show.
How long can someone survive on a diet of beer and schadenfreude?
Not long, I hope.

justltl on March 31, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Loved Bill Whittle and Iowahawk’s piece. Of course, it doesn’t take into affect the people that would be out of a job if we liquidated all the rich’s money and holdings. We’d be short of one year.

originalpechanga on March 31, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Nor does it begin to address state and local spending – what’s going to cover *that*?

Midas on March 31, 2011 at 10:00 PM

This is an awesome video. It should be shown in every high school and college campus across the country. :) :) :)

Theophile on March 31, 2011 at 7:09 PM

Really. Maybe if they just label it “An Inconvenient Truth” – after all, I think Bill and Iowahawk’s work is a much more appropriate use of the title.

Paradox Drive on March 31, 2011 at 7:18 PM

What is falling down hilarious, is, this IS the “inconvenient truth”. While Gore’s thing, what’s inconvenient is it’s the truth as he’d LIKE it to be.

Paul-Cincy on March 31, 2011 at 10:30 PM

What is falling down hilarious, is, this IS the “inconvenient truth”. While Gore’s thing, what’s inconvenient is it’s the truth as he’d LIKE it to be.

Paul-Cincy on March 31, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Hey, Fat Al has gone kind of quiet since the incident with the hotel masseuse hasn’t he?

slickwillie2001 on March 31, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Children s/b taught this. Heck, citizens should all see it and especially congresscritters.

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2011 at 11:26 PM

And the band played on, welcome aboard the Titanic.

Done That on April 1, 2011 at 5:41 AM

I think Bill dipped into the pot twice on the income of the billionaires and near-billionaires. When taking the income of the 250k+ households, the billionaires are certainly in the >250k realm of income just looking at their capital gains, not to mention people like Larry Ellison who make a >250k salary on top of their already prestigious fortune.

Wouldn’t it be better just to take 100% of the worth of the Fortune 500 + the top 2% of individual wealth in the US? Just destroy them all to pay off this year’s budget, and never mind the loss of means of production…better yet, take the entire GDP from 2011 and we’ll get rid of that pesky $14T debt in one fell swoop…woop, woop, go liberals, pay the debt off, go liberals, pay the debt off…

But, of course, we all know the libs wouldn’t pay off the debt, they’d just redistribute the $14T to their favorite abortion mills, union bosses, welfare recipients, green energy projects, conservation societies, PETA and the Humane Society.

Question1: How do we cap-n-trade when there are no fossil fuel businesses left to tax anymore?

Geministorm on April 1, 2011 at 2:02 PM

justltl on March 31, 2011 at 9:46 PM

It’ll be interesting how the libs will spin this to be conservative’s/Republican’s fault. The entire fall of the American experiment will be labeled as a failure of capitalism and greedy (read, evil) corporations/individuals.

He who controls the media, controls history.

Geministorm on April 1, 2011 at 2:06 PM