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(Yahoo)   Jon Stewart makes $15 million a year. This means Romney is automatically President and nobody has to listen to the liberal media lecture us on income inequality ever again   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 564
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2012-01-26 01:54:45 PM  
I was having this argument on Facebook with an old friend. He just couldn't grasp that the rich should pay more taxes on investments. It blows my mind.
 
2012-01-26 01:54:57 PM  
GWLush - This stupid article misses the point. Jon Stewart wasn't criticizing Romney for being rich. He was criticizing him for fighting to keep the tax rate low on people like him. Jon Stewarts wealth has nothing to do with the argument. That is like saying because I am white I can't criticize other whites for being racist.


This.

I read it this morning and thought the blogger was being (deliberately?) obtuse. I'm seriously wondering if this was written just to have a famous person's name in the headline so people would click on his link.
 
2012-01-26 01:55:01 PM  

Minimally Hairy Beer-Powered Simian: But John Stewart doesn't make his millions buying up companies...


An-Unnecessarily-Long-Name: John Stewart worked his ass off? AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH


birdboy2000: John Stewart works for a living. Mitt Romney collects investment income, and pays a much lower tax rate on it to boot.


FFS! It's Jon, not John.

This is John Stewart:
img.photobucket.com

This is Jon Stewart:
images.zap2it.com
See the difference?
 
2012-01-26 01:55:56 PM  

beta_plus: If Jon Stewart and his fellow limousine liberals are so upset about not being taxed enough, they are always allowed to give their own money to the federal government.


And when that doesn't solve our economic problems, then what, genius?
 
2012-01-26 01:56:01 PM  

spiderpaz: Mitt Romney should not be paying less of a percentage of his income to taxes than middle class workers.


And what do you imagine their percentage is?
 
2012-01-26 01:57:09 PM  
Just one question,
If it is OK to scrape wealth off the backs of your fellow humans, then why are the rich so ashamed of their money and dedicated to hiding it?

They "know" something is wrong .
 
2012-01-26 01:57:26 PM  
I believe this thread uses the word "strawman" more than I've ever seen anywhere ever. Not that I disagree with its usage here at all, I just found that funny.
 
2012-01-26 01:57:32 PM  

An-Unnecessarily-Long-Name: I bet he shelters as much as he can from taxes too.


Well, if you bet it, I guess it must be true
 
2012-01-26 01:58:07 PM  
Let's see;

If you ask John Stewart if he should pay taxes similar to the middle class on ALL income, I'm sure he would say 'Yes'.

If you ask Romney if he should pay taxes similar to the middle class on ALL income, I'm sure he would say 'No'.

I see no 'hypocrisy' here.

Making money is fine, even if you never earned it (I guess) but in order for the country to function you have to be taxed AT LEAST as much as everyone else if you are very wealthy (or much more if your country is not farking insane). It just won't work any other way.
 
2012-01-26 01:58:08 PM  

THX 1138: FTFA: Stewart is also estimated to have a net worth of $80 million. Depending on how he is invested, he is also earning a substantial income from his $80 million nest egg. Even if he is invested conservatively, he's likely earning investment income of $4 million per year, which would be taxed at a rate equal to Romney's. Indeed, between investment income and book royalties, and his salary, more than likely Stewart earns more money in the fiscal year than Romney despite paying a marginally higher tax rate.

This entire paragraph is speculation with ZERO facts.

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So, John Stewart isn't a hypocrite, he's just completely retarded?

Do you honestly believe someone who makes that amount of money isn't re-investing it somehow?

2/10 since you tried to use your brain, but failed to follow through.
 
2012-01-26 01:59:00 PM  

Lando Lincoln: And when that doesn't solve our economic problems, then what, genius?


You think they can be solved by taxing the rich more? Think again (new window).
 
2012-01-26 02:00:09 PM  

Tarl3k: Joe Blowme: GWLush: This stupid article misses the point. Jon Stewart wasn't criticizing Romney for being rich. He was criticizing him for fighting to keep the tax rate low on people like him. Jon Stewarts wealth has nothing to do with the argument. That is like saying because I am white I can't criticize other whites for being racist.

No one is stoping him or Buffet from paying more if they truly feel they dont pay enough. Its like being a smoker and biatching about how people like you should quit smoking but refusing to until the gov makes everyone else quit too.

You think Stewart has no investments which he is paying capital gains taxes on?

See, you are the retard that most of the people in this thread are talking about. Sure, he might have some investments, but with nothing substantial to point at, you are just creating a ridiculous strawman. Then you go and touble down on the retard by repeating the idiotic talking point that if rich people like him and Warren buffet want to may more taxes than nobody is stopping them. That is an argument that is so retarded, I have to wonder how you were capable of actually turning your computer on to post it...


U sound jelly bro. Envy's a biatch right? Maybe its time for you to move out of your moms basement and join the real world, but that might cut into your Halo time.
 
2012-01-26 02:00:10 PM  

Diogenes: sweetmelissa31: If you're rich and you criticize Romney's ideas on taxation, you're a hypocrite. If you're not rich and you criticize Romney's ideas on taxation, you're envious.

Well, and succinctly, put.


Actually it was a copy and paste from one of the comments in the article.
 
2012-01-26 02:01:39 PM  

Jackson Herring: teeny: However, when talk of raising revenue starts, I have zero respect for someone who makes 50 million per year to point at the guy struggling to support his family on 30k per year and whine that he has no skin in the game. That's bullshiat. When gas goes up 8 cents a gallon and the price of Mac and cheese and hot dogs goes up, what's it to Romney? But this other schmuck wonders if his paycheck will stretch enough for him to make his commute to work every day and still allow him to buy food. Meanwhile he hopes like hell his kids don't get sick.

Many conservatives WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND THIS PARAGRAPH.


Whats sad is many should, the people I know who really want Romney to win are the ones going paycheck to paycheck. It's actually kind of frightening.

/Yes Yes, anecdotal evidence.
 
2012-01-26 02:02:46 PM  

Brunette Farkette: Lollipop165: Brunette Farkette: Why all the hate? If I were fortunate enough to have well-off parents, because they made good decisions, and I also became well-off due to good decisions, and paid taxes according the the "rules," should I be set on fire?

There may be other reasons why I should be set on fire, but not because I'm successful.

/I wish I were rich!

If you haven't been paying attention, Mittens has been saying that he's a good boy because he pays all of his 15% taxes. And he's patriotic because he doesn't pay a penny more than required.

However, his company (along with a few others) spent millions upon millions in 2007 lobbying against a bill that would have raised his taxes to the normal 30%ish.

So, he's a good boy and patriotic American because he spends lots of money making sure his taxes don't go up to the same amount the average American making, say $60k, has to pay. Yet he says he "understands" the middle class. He doesn't understand shiat about the middle class. He wants the middle class to carry all of the tax burden because the Top 1% is the "job creators".

It's sickening.

Regarding the taxes, he still just follow the rules. If he didn't the IRS would be all over his a$$. They may be messed up rules, but who in their right mind would pay more than they HAD to? He doesn't pay as much as the average guy because he's NOT average. I don't admit to be his advocate at all, and I don't know everything about him, but I'm also tired of people who do NOT pay taxes. (I'm speaking of the repeat offenders who have no goals but think everyone else should pay their way, and never try to have a job or advance in life. THAT's sickening!)


Really? You're throwing down a "welfare queen"-style argument? It's them lazy good-fer-nothin' maliciously-poor deadbeats who are the real greedy bastards here! I'd much rather subsidize huge tax breaks for multi-millionaires (who've pillaged from and destroyed the life savings of hundreds or thousands of people) than buy ramen for some poor person with a rap sheet for graffiti.

/Well, I disagree.
 
2012-01-26 02:03:00 PM  

SlothB77: Newt Gingrich yadda yadda yadda, this means Obama is automatically reelected and Gingrich has to have an affair with Romney.


That's awesome. I hope it will be televised.
 
2012-01-26 02:03:04 PM  
Does ANYONE think it's fair that ultra-rich people like Romney and Buffett pay less of their income in taxes than normal middle class people? If so, why?
 
2012-01-26 02:04:11 PM  

Jennaratrix: Infernalist: Dear gods, okay...

One last time:

This is not about wealthy people. Wealth is not an evil thing. Money is not an evil thing.

What people are pissed about is the fact that there are wealthy people at the top of the pyramid and they're using their wealth to buy off the government so that they can rig the game. They're changing the rules mid-game so that those people in the middle can't go higher and those at the bottom 'stay' on the bottom.

They're short-circuiting the American promise and they're doing it for a small bit of short-term profit.

People are mad because it's no longer a given that if you work hard, educate yourself, suffer and sacrifice in the short term, your kids will have a better life than you did.

People are mad because those wealthy people who are doing all of this are turning around and complaining about how much they have to pay in taxes and expect us to feel sympathy for them.

It's the arrogance, the blissful ignorance of their station and their complete disconnect from the rest of their countrymen.

If you have the ability and drive to get rich, that's wonderful, that's honestly what the American Dream is all about. But, you can't turn around once you get rich and rip the rungs off the ladder so that you have something to use to climb higher on that ladder and expect those below you not to get super-pissed.

THIS.


THIS +1
 
2012-01-26 02:05:38 PM  
I see all the economist are here today on Fark.

Bunch of fail there is.
 
2012-01-26 02:06:20 PM  
Welcome to the Carnival. Come one and all.
Unfortunately for some, you must be this rich(born to $Brazillion of family money) to ride the big rides and play the big games.
We can only have so many Gates/Rowling type stories.

Ya'll have a good time.
Here is some cotton candy. Happy?
 
2012-01-26 02:07:21 PM  

hitlersbrain: Let's see;

If you ask John Stewart if he should pay taxes similar to the middle class on ALL income, I'm sure he would say 'Yes'.


img.photobucket.com
Why do you care about a Green Lantern's tax rate?
 
2012-01-26 02:07:38 PM  

thelordofcheese: Serious. What a dolt. It takes a lot of research for his particular type of humor, and on top of that he has serious debates concerning multiple issues that correspond with each other. He has to study more than a grad student, AND he has to connect with a vast audience to keep them entertained.

machoprogrammer is a megaidiot.


U MAD that I insulted a show host that plays a funny clip, then just makes a stupid face, and then follows by explaining why it was funny, that you happen to find funny because you agree with him politically?

Or are you saying that the same applies to guys like Rush Limbaugh and the other retarded conservative pundits, too?
 
2012-01-26 02:08:19 PM  

Lochsteppe: Brunette Farkette: Lollipop165: Brunette Farkette: Why all the hate? If I were fortunate enough to have well-off parents, because they made good decisions, and I also became well-off due to good decisions, and paid taxes according the the "rules," should I be set on fire?

There may be other reasons why I should be set on fire, but not because I'm successful.

/I wish I were rich!

If you haven't been paying attention, Mittens has been saying that he's a good boy because he pays all of his 15% taxes. And he's patriotic because he doesn't pay a penny more than required.

However, his company (along with a few others) spent millions upon millions in 2007 lobbying against a bill that would have raised his taxes to the normal 30%ish.

So, he's a good boy and patriotic American because he spends lots of money making sure his taxes don't go up to the same amount the average American making, say $60k, has to pay. Yet he says he "understands" the middle class. He doesn't understand shiat about the middle class. He wants the middle class to carry all of the tax burden because the Top 1% is the "job creators".

It's sickening.

Regarding the taxes, he still just follow the rules. If he didn't the IRS would be all over his a$$. They may be messed up rules, but who in their right mind would pay more than they HAD to? He doesn't pay as much as the average guy because he's NOT average. I don't admit to be his advocate at all, and I don't know everything about him, but I'm also tired of people who do NOT pay taxes. (I'm speaking of the repeat offenders who have no goals but think everyone else should pay their way, and never try to have a job or advance in life. THAT's sickening!)

Really? You're throwing down a "welfare queen"-style argument? It's them lazy good-fer-nothin' maliciously-poor deadbeats who are the real greedy bastards here! I'd much rather subsidize huge tax breaks for multi-millionaires (who've pillaged from and destroyed the life savings of hundreds or thousan ...


Same logic as blaming the home market raid on poor people.
Seems to work for Republicans for some reason.
 
2012-01-26 02:09:12 PM  

Jackson Herring: sweetmelissa31: If you're rich and you criticize Romney's ideas on taxation, you're a hypocrite. If you're not rich and you criticize Romney's ideas on taxation, you're envious.

I want to hold hands with your posts


I want to kiss your cat's belly.

Latinwolf: Actually it was a copy and paste from one of the comments in the article.


It wasn't! So either someone copied me, or had the exact same thought. I can't bear to read the comments sections from Yahoo News.
 
2012-01-26 02:09:32 PM  

Joe Blowme: U sound jelly bro. Envy's a biatch right? Maybe its time for you to move out of your moms basement and join the real world, but that might cut into your Halo time.


Wow, with a response that is delivered with such intelligence and clarity how will I ever respond? Oh, I know...

I "sound jelly"?!?!?, maybe you should actually learn to talk using actual words and sentences. I realize that when you are 15 years old, you think it is cool to go onto internet forums and talk out of your a$$, but, unfortunately, it doesn't make you look cool. It just makes you look like an idiot...but, then again, if the show fits, wear it. now, go back to jerking off into your little league baseball mitt, the adults are trying to have a conversation...
 
2012-01-26 02:10:18 PM  

Vodka Zombie: all the good names are gone: Must be from all those sweet The Faculty residuals.

No. Death to Smoochy.

Big Daddy

anyone?
 
2012-01-26 02:12:41 PM  

chimp_ninja: ginandbacon: Subby is really stupid.

Not nearly as stupid as this:

kingoomieiii: GWLush: That is like saying because I am white I can't criticize other whites for being racist.

Accusing whites of being racist is the truest racism.

Illiterate troll is illiterate.


It's like staring at a molecule of irony.
 
2012-01-26 02:13:09 PM  

Fubini: Kazrath: That article reinforces the idea that Republicans just don't get it.

We don't care if people make a million, 10 million, a billion, or even 10 billion dollars in a year. What we care about is a fair shake. When we have people making 10 million a year paying the tax rate of someone making 25k a year and significantly lower rate than those making 60k a year there is a major issue.

Now if the article came out and proved that JS was being taxed only 12% on all of his earnings then he would be a Hypocrite. The fact is that he is most likely being taxed around twice (or more) what Romney is being taxed.

I don't think that would make Stewart a hypocrite. After all, he's just following the tax code as it's written.

The point is that we need to re-write the tax code.


Nah, it would make him a hypocrite to come out slandering Romney over his low tax rate on millions if he also was getting the same or less. The fact is that he is not or the article would have specified the amount. They either do not know the rate (unlikely) or are willfully opting not to use it or their argument loses all merit.
 
2012-01-26 02:13:35 PM  
Lochsteppe:
Really? You're throwing down a "welfare queen"-style argument? It's them lazy good-fer-nothin' maliciously-poor deadbeats who are the real greedy bastards here! I'd much rather subsidize huge tax breaks for multi-millionaires (who've pillaged from and destroyed the life savings of hundreds or thousands ...

I guess you missed the part where I mentioned rich people could pay more, in a separate statement... I love my welfare-queen baby-mama drama!
 
2012-01-26 02:14:42 PM  
I would grant the morans this argument if they would accept it's inverse as well:
Anyone not making tens of millions a year should be liberal and for progressive tax reforms.
 
2012-01-26 02:15:06 PM  

machoprogrammer: U MAD that I insulted a show host that plays a funny clip, then just makes a stupid face, and then follows by explaining why it was funny, that you happen to find funny because you agree with him politically?

Or are you saying that the same applies to guys like Rush Limbaugh and the other retarded conservative pundits, too?


Aw. It's sad how right wingers don't understand humor.

www.mediabistro.com

Stick with hate radio and let the professionals worry about comedy.
 
2012-01-26 02:15:16 PM  

royone: Lando Lincoln: And when that doesn't solve our economic problems, then what, genius?

You think they can be solved by taxing the rich more? Think again (new window).


You think that our economic problems can be solved only by cutting spending?
 
2012-01-26 02:15:23 PM  

nevirus: Does ANYONE think it's fair that ultra-rich people like Romney and Buffett pay less of their income in taxes than normal middle class people? If so, why?


Does anyone think it's true that ultra-rich people like Romney and Buffett pay less of their income in taxes than normal middle class people? If so, why?
 
2012-01-26 02:15:27 PM  

Mikey1969: FTA:
"Here's the problem: According to celebritynetworth.com, Stewart earns $15 million per year as his salary on "The Daily Show." We can assume, because that is a job, he pays closer to the 30 percent rate than Romney's 13.9 percent.

However, that's only part of the picture. Stewart is also estimated to have a net worth of $80 million. Depending on how he is invested, he is also earning a substantial income from his $80 million nest egg. Even if he is invested conservatively, he's likely earning investment income of $4 million per year, which would be taxed at a rate equal to Romney's. Indeed, between investment income and book royalties, and his salary, more than likely Stewart earns more money in the fiscal year than Romney despite paying a marginally higher tax rate."

So let's see... Romney's takes were 13.9% on roughly $20 million, right?
$2.78 million.

Now, using the article's numbers, let's take 30% of $15 million:
$4.5 million
PLUS 13.9% of $4 million:
$556,000

For a grand total of $5 million paid by Stewart, who is NOT trying to get lower taxes, vs. $2.78 million paid by Romney who is also worth 3 times as much as Stewart.

Where's the hypocrisy here in the man paying almost twice as much in taxes being fine with his tax burden?




well the income is virtually the same at about 20 million, Romney pays 3 million in taxes, Stewart pays 5.. the effective tax rates aren't as different or as irritating as the way in which Romney generates income, and the attitude he takes towards taxing the rich. at least that's what irks me
 
2012-01-26 02:15:36 PM  

nevirus: Does ANYONE think it's fair that ultra-rich people like Romney and Buffett pay less of their income in taxes than normal middle class people? If so, why?


um.... because jerb creatorz????
 
2012-01-26 02:15:37 PM  
LucklessWonder:
This is John Stewart:
[img.photobucket.com image 298x367]

This is Jon Stewart:
[images.zap2it.com image 360x270]
See the difference?

!!
 
2012-01-26 02:15:43 PM  
Big Man On Campus: Do you honestly believe someone who makes that amount of money isn't re-investing it somehow?

Sure, I believe that he's re-investing it. But that entire paragraph is nothing but wild speculation and guesses that the author based his argument on. That's my point. I said nothing about doubting that Stewart has investments.
 
2012-01-26 02:15:51 PM  

Liberal_With_a_Gun: Vodka Zombie: all the good names are gone: Must be from all those sweet The Faculty residuals.

No. Death to Smoochy.

Big Daddy anyone?


Nah, it's Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back returns
 
2012-01-26 02:16:32 PM  

Mikey1969: Just slightly more than Mitt earns

receives in a DAY.

FTFY. "Earns" implies that he's doing some kind of "work."
 
2012-01-26 02:17:22 PM  

Lando Lincoln: royone: Lando Lincoln: And when that doesn't solve our economic problems, then what, genius?

You think they can be solved by taxing the rich more? Think again (new window).

You think that our economic problems can be solved only by cutting spending?


The only solution is to start over and let someone else run the corruption for a while.
After the disaster
 
2012-01-26 02:17:29 PM  

royone: Mikey1969: Incidentally, he's paying a lower percentage than my wife and I, raising 3 kids and earning about $65,000 a year.

Please show how you came up with that extraordinary fact.


Because he is paying 13.9% and I pay 16%, it's called 'Math'... You see, scooter, 16 is GREATER THAN 13.9.

Home schooling was pretty brutal to you, I see. I bet you have that whole 'Adam and Eve hung out with dinosaurs' thing down pat, though...
 
2012-01-26 02:17:43 PM  
Jon Stewart killed me. Jon Stewart killed me. Jon Stewart killed me...
 
2012-01-26 02:18:19 PM  
This thread is fascinating because of the logical error of the whole article. Somehow, because Jon Stewart is rich, he is a hypocrite. The logical error is obvious, but some people cannot see it!
If a rich person pays less taxes because of current laws, like Jon Stewart or even Warren Buffett (who acknowledged paying less taxes than his secretary but feels his tax burden is unjustly light (new window)) he is supposedly a hypocrite. Presently, the system IS THE WAY IT IS, so they pays what they are supposed to!

Maybe his accountant says something like this: "Jon, if you want to skip these perfectly legal deductions and pay more that's OK." And Jon says, "Of course, Mr. Accountant, those killer drones don't grow on trees! I must do my part! And throw in a little extra for fresh land mines too! Oh! And don't forget the surveillance cameras!"

Y'know if we could manipulate people using this type of logical blind spot WE COULD RULE THE WORLD!
(I shouldn't talk so loud, someone might start manipulating the American Public with emotions instead of logic and reason.)
Seriously speaking, (whether or not the yahoo author did it consciously or not) this is VERY interesting, a simple example of the tools that are used on us.
(Throw some crap against a wall, and a little sticks to the wall, throw a lot, and more and more sticks to the wall....I give you...24/7 politics in America!)
 
2012-01-26 02:18:39 PM  

Lando Lincoln: You think that our economic problems can be solved only by cutting spending?


I didn't say anything of the kind. You were making an argument of some kind, and I called it into question. Now you've decided to abandon it in favor of projecting some position onto me. Sounds like you have a lot of confidence in your well-considered position.
 
2012-01-26 02:19:03 PM  
Snocone
Oh, now you're callin' me a REPUBLICAN?! Them's fightin' words. :-)
 
2012-01-26 02:19:24 PM  

Tarl3k: Joe Blowme: U sound jelly bro. Envy's a biatch right? Maybe its time for you to move out of your moms basement and join the real world, but that might cut into your Halo time.

Wow, with a response that is delivered with such intelligence and clarity how will I ever respond? Oh, I know...

I "sound jelly"?!?!?, maybe you should actually learn to talk using actual words and sentences. I realize that when you are 15 years old, you think it is cool to go onto internet forums and talk out of your a$$, but, unfortunately, it doesn't make you look cool. It just makes you look like an idiot...but, then again, if the show fits, wear it. now, go back to jerking off into your little league baseball mitt, the adults are trying to have a conversation...


U mad bro? U sound mad... and very envious of what others have. Maybe if you worked harder you could earn enough to have nice things too instead of wanting others to just give it to you.
 
2012-01-26 02:19:56 PM  

Thorndyke Barnhard: skullkrusher: and they peg that level of richitude at $200,000 for an individual, $250,000 for a married couple.

SK, I know you know there are other brackets with their their own differing rates above those thresholds.


of course... well, there's 1 but that's where the line is continuously drawn the past few years. We talk about Romney and corporate jets and making millions by sitting on your ass and how the rich should pay more but then we set the bar at a dual income married couple who work very hard for a living to earn $250,000 combined.

No reasonable person thinks the Romneys of the word aren't getting away with paying an unfair proportion of their salaries under a progressive tax system. They pay a far smaller % of their income than the average Joe. However, the overwhelming majority of people earning $250,000 a year ARE paying a significantly higher percentage of their income than the average Joe because they are making that money through work and are being taxed accordingly.
 
2012-01-26 02:21:09 PM  
Honest working rich is OK.

Or as the Fabian Socialist, George Bernard Shaw put it to a gathering of working class ne'er-do-wells whom he was lecturing on Fabian Socialism or some other topic, "Please don't smash the lamps on the Rolls Royce parked outside--it belongs to me." If Warren Buffett drove a Rolls Royce (I expect he has a Ford or perhaps drives an American-made car, if there is such a thing, maybe a Cadillac, like some sort of retired plumber), I expect that he would want to remind some of his socialist friends not to smash his headlights also.

Liberal does not mean anarchist. It does not mean Egalitarian. It does not mean Communist. It doesn't even mean social democrat, socialist, or leftist. It means that you think it is the duty of those who well-off to help those who are less so. It means that you believe that private and public wealth should be expended for the good of all the people, with responsibility and a modicum of taste. It means that you believe there is a role for government in society beyond securing the property of the rich and the middle classes (and imposing their religious or social values on the rest of us). Many people who think they are Republicans, or Democrats, or conservatives, are in fact, liberals in all but a few points of ideology or practice. These are at least as common as homosexuals who don't know they are gay. You can spot them if you have good libdar: they are the ones who are working for their church charities, their communities, and their families and friends and neighbours and people that they don't even know.

Jon Stewart is worth $15 million a year for the way he makes me smile. Well, several million people smile--and laugh. You would pay several times that to see him "in concert" thanks to the plutocratic bastards at Whatzit, the company that sells tickets to the masses at prices nearly as inflated as scalper prices. I expect that Steve Colbert can afford the kind of WASP lifestyle that his public persona projects--gormless wealthy idiot.

When you consider how evil bobble heads like Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, etc., get rich enough to afford $55 million beach houses in the vicinity of Palm Beach, you can consider just how modest $15 million a year is.

The Indo-Canadian stand-up comedian, Russell Peters, shocked me when he revealed he was making $2.5 million a year. A million dollars really isn't what it was when I was young, let alone a million dollars worth. Of course, unlike politicians, he is probably paying a hefty tax rate on that. The days of poor comics living out of a suitcase are over. Most of them have tour buses in case they want to make a DVD of their show or a behind-the-scenes mockumentary.

Here, from one of my favourite sites, is a deflator:

In 1971, the relative worth of $2,500,000.00 from 2010 is:
$464,000.00 using the Consumer Price Index
$575,000.00 using the GDP deflator
$465,000.00 using the value of consumer bundle
$487,000.00 using the unskilled wage
$403,000.00 using the Production Worker Compensation
$290,000.00 using the nominal GDP per capita
$194,000.00 using the relative share of GDP

I chose 1971 for no explainable reason. I was a child then, old enough to get quite a lot of adult jokes about politics, etc. RMN was President but not yet in disgrace for Watergate or the Oil Crisis. It was a good year to be a comedian, I expect. The Smothers Brothers were on TV, shocking America into the future that is now our past. As you can see, $2.5 million is not nearly enough money to make your a "real" millionaire even by the loosest standards of income millionairedom.

It's like when Mr. Burns lost some money and the billionaire club dumped him over the fence into the mud of the mere millionaire club. (This happened in the comic book, not the TV show, IIRC.)

I mean, really. The President of the United States made $7.5 million in one year and it's not like he isn't middle class, at least by the standards of the real rich, the sincerely rich, the super rich like Oprah and sports stars. And even they aren't the Forbes 400.

Who cares about Jon Stewart's lousy $15 million a year? I expect he is a very serious and responsible person who gives to charity, donates to political campaigns, and spends his money discretely and wisely. Or else we would be reading about his shenanigans and seeing his "crib" on TV.
 
2012-01-26 02:21:40 PM  

Brunette Farkette: Regarding the taxes, he still just follow the rules. If he didn't the IRS would be all over his a$$. They may be messed up rules, but who in their right mind would pay more than they HAD to? He doesn't pay as much as the average guy because he's NOT average. I don't admit to be his advocate at all, and I don't know everything about him, but I'm also tired of people who do NOT pay taxes. (I'm speaking of the repeat offenders who have no goals but think everyone else should pay their way, and never try to have a job or advance in life. THAT's sickening!)


I'll type slow here, so maybe you can follow...

He is fighting to pay less because he's trying to convince us that he has a hard time making ends meet with his $250 million in net worth. It's the fact that he is working the system to pay a lower percentage than us normal folks and then STILL thinks it's too much that pisses us off.
 
2012-01-26 02:22:00 PM  

Joe Blowme: U mad bro? U sound mad... and very envious of what others have. Maybe if you worked harder you could earn enough to have nice things too instead of wanting others to just give it to you.


A conservative voter ladies and gentleman!

You think you're helping your cause but you're really not.
 
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