Open Thread

Tax Code By Me

Artist - Jen Sorensen

In other news, the owner of the New York Jets says he would rather see a Romney victory than a Jets victory. That's probably a good thing for him because at this point a Romney victory is more likely. But that's not saying much.

According to Deadspin, Woody Johnson was one of the primary proponents of keeping the replacement referees on the field. And this is the guy who picked Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow, therefore it's fitting that he also picks Mitt Romney.

Greedy owners like Woody Johnson should be more careful because they're running the risk that average football fans, the largest fanbase in the country, are going to make the connection and realize that the owners are the 1 percent and that they love them some Mitt Romney.

Even if you aren't among those who call themselves fans, you should recognize that the battle between the 1 percent and the 99 percent is going meta in America and it's bleeding over into areas that usually aren't political. And aristocratic overreach is what's pushing us to that point.

Now that I'm done preaching -- here's the latest from The Onion.

  • trgahan

    I’m sure people smarter than me have pointed out that Johnson owns a team in the most monoplistic, socialist, wealth redistributing, sports league in the world.

    The fact he can seriously spout that BS while running a team subsidized by the wealth of all the other teams and legally protected for every having to compete with another league is maddening.

    Until this election cycle, I never knew the 1% were such greedy whiny children who never miss a chance to tell me to “toughen up and tighten that belt!”

  • jimtowndem

    Steven Pearlstein of the washington post had an article about the entitled rich and what their manifesto is, it is a great read if it doesn’t bum you out too much

  • MrDHalen

    While reading The New Yorker article “Super-Rich Irony”, I couldn’t believe the faulty logic of some of the ultra-wealthy. They reap the rewards from our social contract, but can’t understand why they have to be taxed to maintain it. Instead of keeping oil in the engine, they want to drive it harder and faster with less and less oil. Eventually, the engine will blow and you’re going nowhere! But, why should they care? There are other “countries” I mean “cars” they can get in and drive.

    I hope if Obama gets a second term and the economy recovers, we can start having a national conversation about how corporations and the ultra-rich have left America to join the global economy. American citizens need to know that these people are not bound to do right by us and that our tax policies towards them should be used to insure re-investment in our nation.

    • nicole

      The fact that these billionaires have the damn audacity to feel sorry for themselves because the president wants them to pay their fair share just infuriates me.

      I wonder if they understand how close to grabbing pitchforks and torches many people now are. And if they believe that they are above the fray no matter what they do or what happens.

      • MrDHalen

        The “I Built That” crap really gets my blood boiling. Without each other, we’re just dinner for the lions, tigers, and bears!

        The rich have been trying to win this battle since we became civilized and they always lose it in the end.

      • Draxiar

        Nicole, I believe they understand about as well as the French Aritocrats understood the frustrations of masses of their country in 1788.

  • Brutlyhonest

    Have I mentioned before how appalling the depths of their greed and selfishness is?

  • mrbrink

    I’m dealing with this shit in Chicago with the fucking Cubs. They lose a hundred this year, but Joe Ricketts is still gonna go ahead and drop $10 million dollars on anti-Obama ads, or to be more realistic, he’s going to piss $10 million down the 1% wishing well.

    But here we have a team, the Chicago Cubs, who haven’t won a World Series since 1908! and who have lost 100 games this year– and counting– and Joe Ricketts is out there complaining about the economy and wasteful spending? Fuck off.

    They’re in the midst of putting a team together on the cheap, like the Oakland A’s of the national league without all the success, but in a major market, basically telling fans that if they can turn the outfield bleachers into a goddamn Toyota commercial, maybe we’ll win one someday? Meanwhile, Joe Ricketts gets to use his prominent position as an owner of an historic franchise like the Chicago Cubs to totally disenfranchise me from my lifelong love of the Cubs.

    It’s a right wing corporate takeover of all religion, all sports, and all politics happening in America right now. They’re emboldened and they’re using their teams, pulpits, and businesses as propaganda pig farms and they should be taxed for the public good or shut down.

    Whomever, or whatever cursed the Cubs so many years ago, probably weren’t counting on a sick minded motherfucking fascist like Joe Ricketts coming along to give that poor billy-goat a really good ass-fucking.

    • JMAshby

      Meanwhile, Papa Johns is going to give away 2 million free pizzas while complaining about 14 cents per pie for Obamacare.

      • MrDHalen

        I saw that and screamed “YOU SUCK!!!” at my TV. These people are freaking sick, fuck my workers health, but here’s free pizza!!!

    • stacib23

      My thoughts exactly. I went to only three games this year, and felt like a traitor each time. That’s ridiculous! I’ve been a Cubs fan and gone through all manner of heartbreak since I was seven years old – over 40 years – and this dude gets to make me stay away from Wrigley? I know life ain’t fair, but damn.

      • mrbrink

        Great comment. I see the Cubs, now, and it’s like all I see is, “Wingnut-run organization.” A money laundering operation for a right wing agenda that involves enshrining such freedom-loving phrases like, “legitimate rape.”

  • GrafZeppelin127

    It’s hard enough being a Jets fan without knowing the owner is a wingnut. Oh well; more cosmic restitution for Super Bowl III.

    • stacib23

      Aw, hell, Graf, I’m a diehard Cubs fan. I know exactly what you’re saying since the Cubs are now owned by the Rickets family, and Daddy Ricketts is hardcore, wingnut right.