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The Bubble Genius Bob & Chez Show, 10/19/11


Special Wednesday Show! The CNN Republican Debate; Competitive Patriotism; Lapel Pins and Bumper Magnets; Right-Wing Talk Radio; Occupy Wall Street Is Not Anti-Capitalist; Wall Street Corporate Crime; Obamabots Article in Politico; Smart Accountability; Herman Cain Said Jesus Was A Conservative; Tea Party Urges Businesses To Stop Hiring; and much more! Brought to you by Bubble Genius!

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  • muselet

    “I’ve been listening to a lot of right-wing talk radio this week.” I’m with Chez: WTF is wrong with you?

    “What do we want?”
    “A slightly less inequitable distribution of wealth and income in this country!”
    “When do we want it?”
    “As soon as Congress can amend the federal tax code!”

    Oh, yeah, them’s some scary, radical, anti-corporate, anti-capitalist, commie hippies we got there. Righty logic makes my head hurt.

    The TPers should just bleedin’ go Galt already—as John Bickerson used to say to Blanche (quoting from memory), “You say it, but you never do it!”

    Thanks for the show, guys.


  • Great stuff. The part about the loss of quality work over the past generation or so reminded me of some great points Louis C.K. made earlier this year. Stuff everyone should hear.

    Here’s a link to part 1:

  • I was listening to your show, and I have to say that it really hit me hard. I am working three jobs right now, one as a fre-lance reporter and the other two at museums. The museum jobs end in October and December. So I’m going to have to get at least one more job, maybe another. All of this while living at home because I can’t afford an apartment and living expenses. I have a bachelor’s degree in Communication and can’t find a full time job, each position I apply for want MBA’s or many years of experience, things I don’t have. Plus, my student loans are coming up to be paid soon and it will be around $600 per month, which is more than I make right now with those three jobs.

    On top of this, my father owns his own business, but he doesn’t have any work right now because his drafting business deals with infrastructure, something that isn’t being done right now. And my mother is a pastor at a church that doesn’t have enough money to pay her full-time now, so she will be out of a job at the end of January. I’m seeing the collapse of the middle class every time I go home.

    My grandfather, my dad’s dad, was the shining example of the middle class. He had a manufacturing job, a pension, healthcare, and owned a home and new cars every couple of years. That dream is gone. Even when it comes to cars now. My car is 14 years old and has over 162,000 miles, my dad’s car is 18 years old and over 150,000 miles and my mom’s car is a 2004 with over 100,000 miles and all three are falling apart and we don’t have the money to fix them. Living in appalachia, we do need them, there is no public transportation and for my three jobs I drive it’s no rare occurrence that I drive upwards of 200 miles per day.

    So to hear that people like me and my parents who aren’t rich and that it’s our fault really pisses me off. I do what I have to do to survive. My parents do what they have to do to survive. Herman Cain’s parents did what they needed to do. Having 3, 4, or 5 jobs isn’t, and shouldn’t be, a defining thing about America but it is increasingly becoming our defining trait. Which is a shame. America used to be defined by boundless opportunity and hope, now it’s just making sure the car works so you can shuffle between multiple jobs.

    So to the people like Herman Cain, and those who cheered last night at the debate, tell me what I’m doing wrong.

    • Best of luck to you, Curtis. Just know that you’re not alone.

  • Really excellent show!

    The TP nation piece that Bob quoted (i refuse to give them a link):

    Call For A Strike of American Small Businesses Against The Movement for Global Socialism

    “I’m on strike!” – Ellis Wyatt, from the end of the movie “Atlas Shrugged, Part 1″, based on the novel by Ayn Rand

    Resolved that: The Obama administration and the Democrat-controlled Senate, in alliance with a global Progressive socialist movement, have participated in what appears to be a globalist socialist agenda of redistribution of wealth, and the waging of class warfare against our constitutional republic’s heritage of individual rights, free market capitalism, and indeed our Constitution itself, with the ultimate goal of collapsing the U.S. economy and globalizing us into socialism.

    Resolved that: President Obama has seized what amount to dictatorial powers to bypass our Congress, and that because the Congress is controlled by a Progressive socialist Senate that will not impeach one of their kind, they have allowed this and yielded what are rightfully congressional powers to this new dictator.

    Resolved that: By their agenda and actions, those in our government who swore oaths to protect and defend our Constitution have committed treason against the United States.

    Resolved that: The current administration and Democrat majority in the Senate, in conjunction with Progressive socialists from all around the country, especially those from Hollywood and the left leaning news media ( Indeed, most of the news media. ) have worked in unison to advance an anti-business, an anti-free market, and an anti-capitalist ( anti-individual rights and property ownership ) agenda.

    Resolved that: These same factions expect that, by carrying out a radical anti-business agenda, which includes the passage and inflicting of Obama”Care” on our nation, class warfare and redistribution of wealth, and expanding the government, while killing businesses in this country with an environment hostile to business, including excessive regulations ( the average business must now spend about $11,700 per year per employee to comply with government regulations! ), and by borrowing and wasting more money than has been spent in the entire previous existence of our republic, that they will “create jobs”, when in fact all they have “created” have been government jobs that consume wealth, and don’t “create” it.

    Resolved that: Our President, the Democrats-Socialists, most of the media, and most of those from Hollywood, have now encouraged and supported “Occupy” demonstrations in our streets, which are now being perpetrated across the globe, and which are being populated by various marxists, socialists and even communists, and are protesting against business, private property ownership and capitalism, something I thought I’d never see in my country, in my lifetime.

    I, an American small business owner, part of the class that produces the vast majority of real, wealth producing jobs in this country, hereby resolve that I will not hire a single person until this war against business and my country is stopped.

    I hereby declare that my job creation potential is now ceased.

    “I’m on strike!”

    These ignoramuses need to go find another country and get the hell out of ours.

    • mrbrink

      Did he put his John HanKochsucker to that? Ha ha. It’s nice to know there are still some anti-American businessmen out there who continue speak in terms of overthrowing an American president.

      So he’s not hiring one more low wage worker who barely have Walmart workplace rights anymore as it is? At these depressed and demoralized prices…? Not hiring under the crushing tyrannical weight of a minimum wage? It must be the historical tax cuts president Obama signed. The Marxist middle class tax cut in history? The ones he also took heavy polling damage for on behalf of corporate America’s trillions in Marxist profits? What a Marxist shame. So it’s not actually President Obama’s policies that are directly hindering this unenlightened phony from hiring some poor indentured slob to relieve and replenish an already grossly indebted, yet statistically overproducing national workforce.

      Good to know. It’s been obvious for over two years what right wing businesses under the guise of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and orbiting right wing think tanks have been doing to America’s democratic institutions. Even after the banks pillaged the treasury in the name of white collar terrorism and totally not corporate Marxism.

      America’s well being as corporations see it is now being flanked by the coffee sipping psychopaths stuck in the middle management sector of wealth sucking greed.

      It must be nice to have that hiring and firing power and freedom in a country where freedoms are being stolen so flagrantly by unions and teachers. A bold and courageous stand to take against basic economics, evidence, and sanity. Probably loved the appointed George W. Bush, whose administration was actually chocked full of felons, war profiteers, and white collar criminals– who should still be on the run and hunted down by the hounds of justice and tried for treason for what they did to this country. Same goes for the republicans in the Senate and House. Traitors, the lot of them. Out of the closet right wing subversives to democracy, civil rights, the environment, some minimal economic justice, and a government that takes care of its own, including military vets and the elderly– women and children.

      Resolve that.

  • D_C_Wilson

    BTW, Colbert cribbed your use of the Inglorious Bastards, “Nein, nein, nein, nein, nein, nein!’ clip to described Cain’s plan last night.

    • Wow. Okay. I suppose if we’re going to be cribbed, it’s good to be cribbed by the best.

    • JWheels

      I laughed my ass off when I saw that last night… I kind of almost thought it was coming the way he set it up, and it was great…

  • Great show.

  • Robert Scalzi

    Funniest thing to happen in the aftermath of the Ring-Ling Bro’s debate last night was Mr. Las Vegas himself , yes Wayne Newton, endorsing Michelle Bachman… Bwaaa Haa Haa

  • The_Dork_Knight

    Nice! Is this in addition to or instead of the usual Thursday show?