SHE SPITS ON YOUR GREENBACKS  9:39 am July 8, 2009

Sotomayor’s Spending Habits Reveal She Is … A Communist?

by Sara K. Smith

Red diaper baby.The whole “Sonia Sotomayor is the reanimated corpse of Michael Jackson come to kill all yr babies” approach does not seem to be working so well for opponents of the Supreme Court candidate, so they’ve basically got two options: they can cite that Ricci case and talk about how she’s a racist (although not a judicial activist!), or they can talk about how much money she spends and how that makes her a bad capitalist.

Greg Mankiw tried this a month and a half ago and got shouted down by notorious researchy libtard Nate Silver. But let’s not mention Mankiw, who cited his dead grandmother as a premier authority on proper income-to-savings ratios, because somebody is sure to scold us for having the temerity to mention a sacred dead person on a humor blog.

Let’s talk about this new jackass instead, Peter Brown, who managed to come up with pretty much exactly the same argument against Sotomayor today:

Does it matter in the overall scheme of things that her personal financial behavior doesn’t jibe with the well-planned career path and professional distinction that has characterized her life?

Probably not, although it does raise interesting questions about her views, belief in, and understanding of, capitalism. And the way she spends her money does tell us something about a woman who will rule on the most cases involving business, labor and capital.

Simply put, Ms. Sotomayor’s behavior would make a financial planner cringe.

Ugh. Just to reiterate: if YOU had a job that you could not lose unless you were impeached, if you had an incredibly generous pension and the option to make buckets of post-retirement income giving speeches, if you had $1 million of equity in your apartment, sterling health benefits, and no dependents, would YOU be saving up a rainy-day nest egg?

(The answer is yes, unless you are a communist.)

Sotomayor: A Lack of Interest in Money? [Wall Street Journal]

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Todd Mecklem July 8, 2009 at 9:50 am

Of course she’s a commie! All of them Nuyoricans are. And it’s clear from that photo that her father was a young Fidel Castro.

ManchuCandidate July 8, 2009 at 9:50 am

OMG!!!! NoBAMA picked someone for SCOTUS who doesn’t constantly masturbate (physically and mentally) at being greedy? How will US America survive?

Damn Communist Fascist Indonesian Kenyan Black White Muslin.

Hopey dont play that game July 8, 2009 at 9:50 am

I think they are missing the critical link: baby killing is expensive.

BigBrainOnBrad July 8, 2009 at 9:51 am

Desi Arnaz is Sonia Sotomayor’s father?

McDuff July 8, 2009 at 9:51 am

Spending money taking care of dear old mom — how unAmerican of her! Just put her in a home and let Medicare pay the freight, that’s the American way.

MargeSimpsonsBlackFriend July 8, 2009 at 9:52 am

Hey! You’re only a real American if you have massive amounts of debt!

charlesdegoal July 8, 2009 at 9:52 am

“…a woman who will rule on the most cases involving business, labor and capital”
The most what cases? Speak up my boy. Are you trying to tell us something?

donner_froh July 8, 2009 at 9:52 am

Now, it is true that she has been very generous with her money. She has subsidized her mother, who is 82 years old, and given money to other family and friends. She is known for her parties and expensive taste in clothes and restaurants.

Communist or a party girl who loves her mother and is nice to her friends? Only the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute knows for sure.

Noodle Salad July 8, 2009 at 9:53 am

This is exactly the sort of argument that is going to win back your poors, Republicans. $700K is nothing! Why doesn’t Maria own stock? More, please.

TGY July 8, 2009 at 9:54 am

Geebus, why isn’t the confirmation hearing put on hold due to Michael Jackson’s death?

Mild Midwesterner July 8, 2009 at 9:57 am

As Oscar Wilde once wrote, “The poor know nothing of frugality.”

pat robertsons personal trainer July 8, 2009 at 9:58 am

yes, but what happens after she’s dead? how’s she going to pay for stuff during eternity? by the way, la raza!!
also, she rears her head. oh my GOD!!! where is Bible Spice and the department of law!?!?!

tehbenton July 8, 2009 at 9:58 am

As she goes through confirmation hearings beginning next Monday, lawmakers are unlikely to ask why she has not accumulated more financial assets.

Hmmm… Because, gee, I dunno, it ISN’T RELEVANT?

This is typical conservative non-sequitur logic. Prosperity and quality of life are determined solely by what one owns, how much one makes, and one’s capacity to consume. The idea of people finding fulfillment through some means other than accumulating wealth is absurd to them.

Who cares if she isn’t a market player? Clearly, she ain’t hurtin’.

Terry July 8, 2009 at 9:59 am


Better yet, just become “estranged” from poor old Mom.

pat robertsons personal trainer July 8, 2009 at 10:01 am

[re=357524]tehbenton[/re]: does this mean Mittens Romney is god? let me be the first to welcome our magic underwear overlord.

Serolf Divad July 8, 2009 at 10:02 am


No shit… since when is it un-American to spend 110% of your income on hookers and blow (or the craps tables at Atlantic City, payments on your Jaguar, or all that shit in your living-room you bought on credit, or the new swimming pool in your back yard) and sink to dangerous levels of indebtedness? That’s the fucking American Way! Calling that un-American is like saying only Commies eat baby back ribs. Buddy, if that’s what you think then look in the mirror, for the Commie is you!

Naked Bunny with a Whip July 8, 2009 at 10:02 am

Obviously, someone with a guaranteed job and only 3/4 million $ in assets has no idea how to handle money.

Doglessliberal July 8, 2009 at 10:04 am

I am physically exhausted from the barrage of stupidity we are faced with every day. I am just bone tired of the idiots and the fact that they are given a platform.

Momentarily out of wit, snark, anything vaguely humorous.

Doglessliberal July 8, 2009 at 10:06 am

[re=357532]Doglessliberal[/re]: OK, this story helps somewhat:

Cape Clod July 8, 2009 at 10:07 am

Obama can’t possibly replace the miserly, anti-social David Souter who made millions in trading bank stock yet lives in a broken down tool shed in New Hampshire with this impulsive spend thrift.

magic titty July 8, 2009 at 10:09 am

[re=357532]Doglessliberal[/re]: “Does this silly Puerto Rican lady understand what money is?”

How is that allowed to go on, exactly?

TGY July 8, 2009 at 10:10 am

[re=357532]Doglessliberal[/re]: When confronted by idiocy, just laugh. It takes less energy than argument and improves the digestion, etc. Also ‘arguing on internet::winning special olympics’ and so forth, which applies to most arguments elsewhere.

mdotsota July 8, 2009 at 10:11 am

So spending money makes you a communist. This explains why when George Bush told us all to spend money after 9/11, I bought 19 pairs of red underwear and all the copies of Ronald Reagan’s best-selling “The Communist Manifesto” I could find in my local Barnes & Noble.

Doglessliberal July 8, 2009 at 10:14 am

[re=357537]TGY[/re]: I know, I just ran out of gas for the moment. The level of drivel that gets printed, televised, etc these days just beggars belief. We are drowning in a sea of sewage.

But, humor will prevail, you are 100% correct.

snideinplainsight July 8, 2009 at 10:25 am

[re=357541]Doglessliberal[/re]: You can do what I do – just imagine everyone being crushed under the immense metallic feet of a massive imperial AT-AT assault walker piloted by Rahm Emanuel. That helps.

You can make blaster noises at your desk if noone else is around. Piew! Piew!

hobospacejunkie July 8, 2009 at 10:35 am

Humor will prevail, yes. But so will the fact that taint-chewing pig fuckers like Peter Brown represent roughly 25% of the electorate. And that he’s preaching to a particularly dimwitted and ignorant choir.

Naked Bunny with a Whip July 8, 2009 at 10:36 am

@snideinplainsight: Bonus: If you make blaster noises during meetings, they’ll sometimes stop inviting you.

snideinplainsight July 8, 2009 at 10:40 am

“You may begin your assault now, Admiral Emanuel.”

I always get goose bumps when he says that.

Blender July 8, 2009 at 10:42 am

Don’t forget that she has to send money across the border every month so her hundreds of shantytown relatives can buy cornmeal for their morning tortillas.

Min July 8, 2009 at 10:48 am

Sonia, we are as one.

x111e7thst July 8, 2009 at 10:51 am

[re=357555]Naked Bunny with a Whip[/re]: I’ve tried that yet the meetings still multiply.

Manos: Hands of Fate July 8, 2009 at 10:54 am

“Her net worth of $740,000 is a third of what the last new Supreme Court justice, Samuel Alito, brought to the bench, and he had only worked previously in government or as a judge.

That’s not much of a nest egg, given her salary and opportunities”

700 K is on the low end of savings? Shit, I better jack up my contributions to my 401(k) to 135% if I hope to avoid living under a bridge when I hit 65.

nappyduggs July 8, 2009 at 11:02 am

I beg to differ. Putamayo has an inherent understanding of the way our economy works nowadays. Basically, you unload your worthless-as-shit dollars before the bottom totally falls out of everything because you can always trade your melted down gold dubloons and bling for grain when the rest of us are on the bread line.

Viva the New Roman Empire!

I thought actually being a consumer was good for the economy. Also.

SayItWithWookies July 8, 2009 at 11:13 am

This is horrible — it means she’ll be spending more time thoughtfully analyzing the issues that come before the Supreme Court rather than just rashly deciding that whatever Exxon wants, Exxon gets so that she can run off and micromanage her stock portfolio. More frightening still, how does an American without stocks have any way of realizing that corporations are vastly more important than individuals?

Oh, and come to think of it — could it be possible that she never acquired any because in her position as a federal judge it might affect her appearance of impartiality? I know most Republicans don’t let such things bother them, but that’s because they have so much innate integrity that it’s not necessary.

Advocatus_Diaboli July 8, 2009 at 11:14 am

Today, we are all 3/4 millionaires.

WIDTAP July 8, 2009 at 11:19 am

The Justice Wears Pravda?

A woman cannot be part of the ruling class unless she carries that attitude of entitlement and superiority as reflected in her spending habits and treatment of friends and staff.

I say dump Sotomayor and go with Meryl Streep.

doxastic July 8, 2009 at 11:22 am

You know, after looking into Peter Brown’s financial records, the only mystery I am left with is why he would buy so much hand lotion and Reagan memorabilia, and what it says about his understanding of, well, capitalism.

azw88 July 8, 2009 at 11:51 am

“She has no kids! she must be one of the gays!!”…. can’t wait for that innuendo to spring-forth from fat, drug addicted talking head.

totoro July 8, 2009 at 11:57 am

Did we look all the way up Alito’s backside to see whether he spent way too much on a set of golf clubs or internet pron? They could have just as easlity printed, “Sonia Sotomayor is a laureled graduate of Princeton and Yale, and a distinguished federal judge, but hasn’t paid off her credit cards, and is therefore stupid, just like any other bodega clerk who isn’t a judge, and not as smart as Alito.”

Gorillionaire July 8, 2009 at 12:01 pm

That pic is adorable and the mom is totally smokin.

Kinkster July 8, 2009 at 12:03 pm

[re=357602]WIDTAP[/re]: I’m not sure how you’d wear a state-owned Russian news source but it all sounds very “1984″ to me

yellowdogdem July 8, 2009 at 12:24 pm

[re=357560]Blender[/re]: She’s Puerto Rican, not Mexican. Oh right, all those Latinos are the same.

Cherry Garcia July 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm

A bunch of old white men are going to question a Latina about how much she has spent over the years on clothes and shoes?? Papi, please!! This should be fun to watch.

WIDTAP July 8, 2009 at 12:42 pm

[re=357642]Kinkster[/re]: What? One communist pun too far?

problemwithcaring July 8, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Only landowning, elitists, white males could sit on the Supreme Court when it was founded. Excuse this guy for standing up, at least, for the intent of the founding fathers. Non-wealthy people should not hold office! Especially, non-wealthy debt-free people who don’t invest in securities in order to “avoid financial conflicts in their position as a judge.” WALMART STOP KILLING AMERICA WITH YUR SOCIALIMS!!

bitchincamaro July 8, 2009 at 1:02 pm

…a third of what the last new Supreme Court justice, Samuel Alito, brought to the bench…

And when it comes to comparing their cock lengths, don’t even get Pete Brown started. What a complete Neanderfuck.

ElRat July 8, 2009 at 1:19 pm

What? Debt free in the age of spend spend spend? OMG!!! She’s a “saver” and she must be destroyed at once!!!

AnnieGetYourFun July 8, 2009 at 3:55 pm

[re=357662]yellowdogdem[/re]: You new here? We’re all well aware of the fact. You must be missing half the humor on this site if that bugs you.

[re=357637]totoro[/re]: I recall Harriet Miers personal finances being dissected, and learning how much she spent on HER elderly mum. So, it’s either something we do to every judicial nominee, or to every female judicial nominee.

Crankenstank July 8, 2009 at 4:01 pm

Unlike those people who wanted America to fail by saving their Bush rebate checks instead of spending them at Walmart.

problemwithcaring July 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm

[re=357980]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: There is one “I not a Mexican!!” comment on every Sotomayer post, I swear.

Scandalabra July 8, 2009 at 7:34 pm

SHEEPLE! Did you not see “West Side Story”?

octupletsmom July 9, 2009 at 12:05 am

Peter Brown sounds exactly like a money-obsessed creeptard who writes on a politics message board where I hang, and that guy would read the piece and drone about how Sotomayor is totally unqualified to be a Supreme Court Justice. But–no stocks? If she’s got 3/4 million in something besides stocks, then she’s maintained the value of that 3/4 million away better than those of us with 401(k) stock accounts, doesn’t she? And suppose she had particularly invested in bank stocks, which Mr. Creeptard thought were the best-ever investment some 18 months ago or so. Like, oh, CITI? Why, she might have earned Mr. Creeptard’s and Mr. Brown’s approval! But to what avail, even, bottom line?

What is the name of Mr. Brown’s paper? It’s named after some street?

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