Monday, July 9, 2012

It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

About 50 years ago, I saw a movie called "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" at the Cinerama in Scottsdale Arizona. It featured almost every top comic actor of the day, with the notable exceptions of Lucille Ball and Bob Hope. (And of course Charlie Chaplin, who had been run out of the country a decade earlier by some "Red Scare" Republican assholes.)

The movie was way too long and dragged in places, but the best bits were (and are) very funny. I still remember one of the lines delivered by the great Jonathan Winters. A group of total strangers is wrangling over some stolen money that they hope to get their hands on. One of the group mentions that if they should recover the money without arousing the suspicion of the police, they wouldn't have to pay any taxes on it. Winters, who plays a truck driver just trying "to get this load of furniture to Yuma" doesn't think this sounds right, and he tells the others:

 "Even businessmen who lie and cheat and steal all day long, even they have to pay taxes."

Well, no, not necessarily. Not anymore. Not if Willard Mitt Romney gets elected. Oh, the small businessmen, who Republicans profess to love and serve--and yet fuck over in so many ways--they'll continue to pay taxes. Sure, I mean somebody has to. And if all those good, solid, salt-of-the-earth, God fearin' folks are stupid enough to vote for a Republican Corporate Whore after all these years of watching the American Middle Class be destroyed by Republican Corporate Whores, then they deserve whatever happens to them.

But the big Big BIG businessmen who are spending a billion dollars to defeat the coloured usurper, they won't be paying any taxes. And what's more, they'll want a refund from those of us who do pay taxes. Because, hey, they deserve it!!

After all, they're the job creators, right?

Of course, for the past 30 years or so most of those jobs have been in China, or India, or Indonesia, or Mexico--anywhere but the USA. But just as soon as we lazy, spoiled, unproductive, Americans decide we can work for pennies an hour with no benefits, no vacations, and no right to unionize, well by God, they'll bring those jobs back here.

Because, after all, they're Patriots! And they love this country!

God Bless America!

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World...

1 comment:

Mitch M. said...

How have I missed you guys until now? Arizona, politics, Springsteen (sometimes all three together). We're on parallel tracks!

Thanks for the rants, and for the Springsteen (& Southside) videos. And, I plan to check you guys out regularly.