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Fox News Tells ‘Corporate Jet Owners Are The Real Victims’ Side of Story

obama will kill your privately owned airplanedog, tooDuring the President’s anger bear speech yesterday when he yelled at Congress to fix the stupid debt ceiling already, Obama proposed ending tax breaks for corporate jet owners as a means of raising revenue instead of cutting from programs that make sure children do not starve. Automatically, this means that Fox News must do a story on the plight of victimized corporate jet owners, who are just the latest group of voiceless Americans thrown under the bus by giant ogre Nobama. Who really needs those $3 billion a year more than those corporate jet owners, those people who are singlehandedly keeping the economic recovery afloat with their tax break from 2008? 

Fox News “reports”:

Repealing such a tax break would add up to just $3 billion over 10 years, a tiny step toward the $4 trillion over 10 years that Obama and others are calling for in deficit reduction.

The kind of tax break Obama criticized was actually granted to corporate jet owners in the Democrats’ stimulus package in early 2009. That provision let companies take bigger deductions earlier for depreciation.

Several organizations lambasted the president for his rhetoric.

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“The president has inexplicably chosen to vilify and mischaracterize business aviation — an industry that is critical for citizens, companies and communities across the U.S., and one that can play a central role in the economic recovery he says he wants to promote,” National Business Aviation Association President Ed Bolen said in a statement.

Yeah, it’s just $3 billion. You have to take away the little these guys still have left? Those public schools won’t miss any of that money. What would they have used it for, anyway? Buying children more caviar? Isn’t that what they’re feeding them these days? [Fox News]

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192 comments

    1. natoslug

      I think of them every time I attend a fundraiser for the boy-child's school. I think of them every time a tortoise loses its website. I think of them every time I have to eat a beloved family pet. Okay, maybe not that last one, but still…

      1. AnarchyWolf

        Yeah, we know. We aren't stupid. We are well aware he is a turncoat. You aren't being clever.

    2. MARCdMan

      Plenty of people are, take National Business Aviation Association for example. There's several million being spent to keep those plutocrats content in their flying luxury palaces. The fact that these advocacy groups exist at all is testament to how screwed we are.

    1. freakishlywrong

      Right click. "Save image as". Browse to where you saved it. Go to your profile and upload cute fly doggy with goggles. Voila'

      1. horsedreamer_1

        The phrase makes me think of (quite possibly) the best Ken Layne turn-of-phrase on this site: "My name is Laika…".

    1. Negropolis

      First they came for the billionaires…and I excitedly pointed all the fuckers out to the relevant authorities.

  1. littlebigdaddy

    Shit, and I hear on some of those planes they are now serving prosecco instead of real champagne. If that's not sharing the pain, then I don't know what is.

  2. Lascauxcaveman

    They can take my corporate jet when they pry it from my cold, dead, immaculately manicured and tastefully platinum-ringed fingers

    1. user-of-owls

      The only flaw? A tiny speck of blood on your Armani sleeve from when you bludgeoned that crippled school child who asked if she could lick the floor under your seat after you left. The gall of these people.

  3. V572 [SSAN]

    CNBC had the head of the bizjet lobby on this morning, saying that these CO-spewing ego-boosters are "executive mailing tubes." Cudlow kept lobbing him softballs but that was the best he could come up with.

      1. flamingpdog

        And stamp FRAGILE on the boxes … repeatedly … with a large, industrial-strength box-stamper.

  4. memzilla

    "Up next on Faux News… we hear from embattled caviar wholesaler Croesus Mammon and the challenges he faces if Obama gets his way."

  5. SayItWithWookies

    I had the pleasure of hearing Assity, on his radio show yesterday, talking about this like it was some sort of punitive excise and not, say, the repeal of a tax cut. He went on and on about how luxury aircraft require plumbing and electrical work to build, and how that creates jobs, jobs, jobs, unlike the cheap gimmicky stuff like building roads and repairing bridges, which are just a government takeover of the infrastructure that private industry is doing so well maintaining, I guess. Really, I'm not exaggerating — the motherfucker sounded like Learjets were the sole thread upon which our economy hung.

    1. ibwilliamsi

      Definitely, 'cuz I understand that SOME lear jets have TWO bathrooms, whereas how many plumbers would it take to build low income housiing? No brainer, right? Scratch that – They have no brains, right?

    2. AnarchyWolf

      God, that must be at least 100, 110 jobs here in the US, and like 200 more in china.

    3. user-of-owls

      Not Learjets, just one. And it belongs to Chris Christie. Our entire fucking economy hangs on that sole SuperJumbo Lear.

    4. GOPCrusher

      Well, these are the same asshats that keep beating that "raising taxes on the job creators during a recession" drum. You've had tax cuts for ten years. Where are the jobs?
      Fuck em. Raise the rate back up to 39% and tell them if they bitch too much, they are going back up to 70%.

  6. YasserArraFeck

    Jettisoning the contents of the gold-plated crapper in mid-flight – the new trickle-down economy.

  7. baconzgood

    "3 billion over 10 years, a tiny step toward the $4 trillion"

    Yeah 3,000,000,000….Forget about the loop-hole then. Because 4,000,000,000,000 comes before 3,000,000,000.

    1. GOPCrusher

      How about eliminating the 280 billion a year tax "incentive" to Big Oil? That should put a dent in the deficit.

  8. Crank_Tango

    hmm I dunno…jet libel? this is good news for newt? you know who else totes stuck up for the corporate masters…

    1. JustPixelz

      Perhaps all the jobs PP creates: guards, medical supplies, shoes ('cause unpregnant wimmins can keep workin' an' buyin' Jimmy Choo's). Plus the poster board and tempura paint sector helped out by the protesters. Planned Parenthood is a job-creating machine.

  9. Chet Kincaid

    "Several organizations lambasted the president for his rhetoric."

    Including the sock on Murdoch's left hand, the sock on Murdoch's right hand, and the sock on his penis.

  10. MissTaken

    Seriously people, without corporate jets how would the auto industry CEO's have made it to Congress to ask for their bailout? In a car?! Ha!

  11. chascates

    Coming next: Fox's detailed analysis of the cost of using Air Force One when Obama could have simply taken Amtrak or rented a Honda Fit.

    1. Nothingisamiss

      I'll bet there's always a place for bill Clinton to get a discreet blowjob.

      *crosses fingers.*

  12. Goonemeritus

    As a business guy I can say corporate jets are mainly a lobbying tool. Even senior executives fly commercial virtually all the time. Big corporations put these things on the books to give rides to customers and congress.

    1. YasserArraFeck

      If they wanted to give rides to customers and congress, wouldn't a hooker in the back of a limo be cheaper?

  13. MildMidwesterner

    Why are all arguments against budget changes along the lines of "such a tax break would add up to just $3 billion over 10 years, a tiny step toward the $4 trillion…"

    Whatever happened to "One small step for man…."

    1. BlueMonkeh

      Yeah, it's "we have to start somewhere" when they want to rip $750,000 of funding from some head start program. But a mere $3,000,000,000 corporate tax loophole? Not even worth it.

    2. GOPCrusher

      Yeah, they don't use that same argument when it comes to defunding Planned Parenthood or PBS.

    3. AJWjr.

      Same thing when they say Exxon/Mobil profits plunged 2%, but when my pay was cut 15% it was called a haircut.

  14. EatsBabyDingos

    Obama should offer to tax Satan. What would the response be, class?

    When asked for a comment, Jesus said the usual cheek turning and love your neighbor stuff. Then he said "render unto Ceasar that which is Ceasar's. This message brought to you by Ajax Pikes and Shields, because you never know when the next holy war will break out. I do, but YOU don't!"

    1. GOPCrusher

      Maybe he should make Donald Trump the Sec of Treasury, then we can see how that whole taxing China idea would work out.

  15. fartknocker

    That ain't nothing. Gubnor Ballsack Perry (R-Douchbag) wanted the legislature to waive the first $1 million in sales taxes on yachts purchased in Texas because he felt like Florida was taking away Texas yacht jobs.

    I know what a blow job is – but a yacht job? Damn girl, that's freeky.

  16. Canmon

    The leather is cracked on the seats of my corporate jet and I can't afford to replace them. I had to place a towel over the seats and tell my friends they were wet because I was so embarrassed.

    1. ChessieNefercat

      If I don't buy the powdered milk and cat food I was planning next week's menus around, I could send you a few bucks. Would that help?
      </snark>

  17. AnarchyWolf

    Can't we just Pawn all the corporate jets? And the corporations? And the executives? Sell them into sex slavery? So they can see what it's like for all those Taiwanese boys who get rammed by fat old white guys, namely themselves.

    They can get it instead of give it.

  18. OkiefromTulsa

    Today we are all corporate jet owners.. wait… no we aren't! Pleaseremind me why we aren't is the streets mobbin' and lootin' banks and such? Somebody?

  19. Wilcoxyz

    Surprised Fox didn't call this a government takeover of the airline industry. We'll now have one national airline, and it'll be just like Soul Plane.

    1. Barb

      Hey Noman! Got any plans for the Fourth of July weekend? I imagine you as having some hot dog water and soaking some bags of flour in kerosene, lighting them and kicking them off the roof of your trailer.

        1. Gleem_McShineys

          "All wars, past and present, ceased or were expunged from the record on the day that Dear Leader was inaugurated."

          This projection, it's fundamental to libunacy, you say?

          I say, your fundament is leaking.

        2. glamourdammerung

          The propensity to project fantasies and fabrications is fundamental to libunacy.

          You clearly do not read half the nonsense you post here.

          But go ahead, change the subject to something random like you always do when folks demonstrate you are full of it.

    2. flamingpdog

      Snark aside, that comment doesn't even make any sense or have any attachment to reality whatsoever, much less not funny. What the phuck was the point of that comment other than to show you are (barely) capable of writing a complete sentence? Stick to hitting the red downfist button, Nomind – that's pretty much the zenith of your talent.

  20. riverside68

    I'm sorry but in public it is called "Taking our country back!"

    or, if you lose your temper, you can call him a Kenyan.

    (Wouldn't want anyone to think we are racists.)

  21. ManchuCandidate

    How will CEO's wives go to Paris on shopping trips paid for with monies stolen from the corprat R&D budget if Obummer takes the corprat tax subsidy away?

  22. user-of-owls

    There are gazillions of comments there calling Barry a Socialist on every Fox article, for example:

    HEADLINE:
    Totally Insane Star Baby Names
    Really creative, or borderline child abuse? You decide! **

    COMMENT:
    Firsts!!1!
    So now The One is taking campaign $$$$ from marxist-fascist Hollyweird CHILD MOLESTERS!1!1!1!1

    **actual headline from today's Fox page

  23. freakishlywrong

    At some point, aren't their fixed income, gubbmint' dependent mouth breathing viewers going to realize they're getting played like vuvuzela? Wake up sheeple!

  24. SorosBot

    Here's a shocker: Fox "News" is lying. The corporate jet tax deduction was not created in 2009 by Obama in the stimulus, but in 1987by Reagan as a gift for his plutocrat pals. The stimulus just increased the value of all depreciation tax deductions, including this pre-existing one.
    http://thinkprogress.org/yglesias/2011/06/29/2579

    1. mumbly_joe

      But it's the same KIND of tax break!

      Also, Paul Ryan's plan to destroy medicare is totally the same as Obamacare, if you ignore all the differences!

      Also, the janitor as my workplace has the same compensation package as the president of the hospital, except, you know, for the amount of money!

      Also, the new anti-vagrancy laws keep both the homeless, and BoA executives, from sleeping on park benches or under bridges!

  25. gullywompr

    Also problematic when the member of Congress is a Republican – it's getting a lot harder to find gay male prostitutes these days.

    Trust me, I know.

  26. Gopherit

    "Just" $3 billion? But when the National Science Foundation gets $1.5 billion….cut cut cut.

    1. Naked_Bunny

      Yeah, I was just thinking these are the same people who are constantly complaining about how much NPR costs the government.

  27. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    I'm surprised that no one here, more or less FOX News has not noted that should this be repealed, our billionaires would face the horror of having to fly first class on commercial aircraft.

    The horror. The horror.

    1. SorosBot

      They might have to share space with those filthy peasants in the upper middle class; how awful!

    2. GOPCrusher

      Of course, they could just stay home and utilize some modern technology like GoToMeeting to carve up what's left of the American Dream.

      1. GunToting[Redacted]

        That's what my company is doing… Instituted a ban on internal corporate travel, unless of course you are taking the jet to Davos.

    3. anniegetyerfun

      Good God, no. We know that they will simply hire a stretch limo and corporate yacht for world travel – fuck that "mixing with the masses" thing.

  28. ChessieNefercat

    "Do you have any idea how insane you appear to rational humans?"

    a) No, he does not.
    b) Notice he wasn't noticeably around on the let's all laugh at the Palin Book Sign Fail event.

  29. Zombie_Reagan

    I love the comments on the Faux News website screaming bloody murder – they're just mechanically reflecting their corporate overlord's outrage.

    As if 0.000001% of Faux News trolls have even been within a hundred yards of a private jet.

    1. AnarchyWolf

      They're being good little boot licking serfs. Just like they have been trained to do.

    2. KenLayIsAlive

      That's just because Obummer's socialist policies are keeping them from the jets man. If it wasn't for the Democrats, they'd ALL be flying in corporate jets to their jobs as WalMart greeters everyday.

      1. genxr

        With these new taxes, I'll never be able to buy that corporate jet I've been saving up for. Why am I even working that second shift at McDs?

  30. Eve8Apples

    These are the same asswipes who applauded when Snowbilly (FOX mouthpiece) told the RNC she put the Alaskan governor's jet for sale on ebay to save taxpayer money.

    Snowbilly, Sept 3, 2008 "While I was at it, I got rid of a few things in the governor's office that I didn't believe our citizens should have to pay for. That luxury jet was over-the-top. I put it on eBay."

    Now, they want children, seniors and the disabled to take it up the wazoo so they can save their little jets. Screw 'em all.

    1. widestanceroman

      Shudder.

      I vividly recall yelling uncontrollably a word that starts with 'c' and ends in P-a-l-i-n. That's the day she became real for me.

      1. Eve8Apples

        The media failed to widely report the plane didn't sell on ebay. Some business guy bought it cheap – Alaska sold the plane for less than they paid for it and less than its fair market value.

        Now, that business guy is probably getting a big federal tax break for stealing Alaskan taxpayers' plane. Evil bastards.

  31. CapeClod

    Corporate jets are dangerous! I saw this movie once where some fat German guy got sucked out of the porthole of one. I decided right then never to become a fat German.

    1. SmutBoffin

      I once saw a documentary about William Shatner taking a plane ride and there's a monster on the wing and the monster did something and it sucked big time until Captain Kirk did something.

      I think it was called Don't Fly in a Plane because There's Monsters out There.

      1. CapeClod

        The take away on this is that no one should fly, ever. The sky is simply filled with monsters and falling Germans and we would all be better off taking trains like Ayn Rand told us to.

  32. LesPaultard

    Yes, that's on the site all the time. Every racist insult you can think of…it's there.

  33. GOPCrusher

    Nettie
    When you walk through a storm
    Keep your chin up high
    And don't be afraid of the dark.
    At the end of the storm
    Is a golden sky
    And the sweet silver song of a lark.

    Walk on through the wind,
    Walk on through the rain,
    Tho' your dreams be tossed and blown.Walk on, walk on
    With hope in your heart
    And you'll never walk alone,
    You'll never walk alone.

  34. Sue4466

    And sadly, the non-jet owning Fox viewers will nod in agreement and go after the real culprits, school teachers, public school children, NPR, and Planned Parenthood, and poor mothers. That's where the savings are.

    1. Chet Kincaid

      A conservative official for the police union in Ohio was on Rachel Maddow last night, acting all butt-hurt because his Republican "friends" that he has supported for years are stabbing police, firemen and teachers in the back. I'm sorry Oligarch-broomhandle rape is so unpleasant for you, sir, maybe you should vote with the niggers next time.

      1. GOPCrusher

        Yeah, if any of the police or state troopers in Wisconsin actually believe that Scott Walker does not intend to go after their collective bargaining rights next, they will be sadly mistaken.

      2. grizzlyalbert

        The troopers are safe here. After all, the oligarchs need stooges to mow down the union workers and protect them from the mob.

      3. Sue4466

        I saw that. My husband said "aren't cops usually republican? wow." Me: "Not when you fuck with their union. Then all the sudden they're all about worker rights. "

        I do think the GOP has overplayed it here and parts of its base is starting to realize that when the left was right in saying the GOP is only about protecting the wealthy and fucking over the poor and working class. And, they're suddenly shocked to find themselves as the fuckees rather than the fuckers.

  35. Tundra Grifter

    I was just wondering about that. Not your friend in Arkansas. Who objected to eliminating the accelerated deduction for the purchase of corporate jets? Congress Critters (as the great Jim Hightower call 'em) from states that manufacture corporate jets?

    You think?

    You betcha!

  36. problemwithcaring

    Damn the debt. Thank god you are here to always keep the focus on the real story: how whatever Obama is effecting the true liberals.

  37. Redhead

    But Moooooooooooooooooooom, it's not faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaair! Take HIS jet, don't take MIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINE!

    1. flamingpdog

      He was freakin' 8 years old at the height of the Viet Nam War!
      Oh, wait, I guess if JQ Adams could be a Founding Father at age 8 …

  38. fuflans

    i'm curious: are the republicans really going to play this all the way out to default?

  39. orygoon

    On a road trip just now, and my handle should currently be, "cornfused in the midwest." Because last night I saw a Prius with a McCain/Patin bumpersticker. Or as my son said THE Prius with a McCain/Patin bumpersticker. This area is reeling with cognitive dissonance.

  40. ChessieNefercat

    "If she can get around by bus, why not corporate executives?"

    Aha! The sudden end of the One Dimwit Mystery Bus Tour explained! She was told in no uncertain terms to get her stupid tour bus the fuck off the road and out of sight, before she screwed it up for everybody (that counts).

  41. KeepFnThatChicken

    After killing bin Laden, I thought Barry's testicles were descending. Now it seems they're growin' back up in there.

    DROP THEM TRUCK NUTZ, OBAMMER, AND PUT THAT HAMMER DOWN!

  42. MrFizzy

    If I say motherfucker and cock a lot will my p score go up? There seems to be a motherfucking correlation here, you cocksuckers.

      1. prommie

        Motherfucking right-on! You can't fucking say "cock" enough, for my fucking taste. And assfucking!

  43. __kth__

    That's always the right-wing answer. In probably another decade or so, the wealthy in this country will consider the brains of penniless children a delicacy. Yet, when (if?) an outcry is raised against the practice, Fox will wonder: who will think of the kiddie-coop attendants/cleaners/kill-floor personnel?

    1. __kth__

      hmm, downfister takes offense at the cannibalism aspersion. I'm taking solace in that some things are still beyond the pale for them, for the moment at least.

  44. Noman

    When I'm low on money, I just keep spending and borrowing more, so I don't see why the federal government can't just do the same thing.

    For the children.

      1. Noman

        Repealing the tax cuts is a GREAT idea!

        In 2003 before the tax cuts were implemented, federal receipts were ~$1.78T.

        Four years of those cuts, federal revenue had risen to ~$2.57T.

        This is terrible, because it makes more work for government accountants, who don't get paid ANY extra for that work. Evil rich people are just making more work for them.

        No, I think we should get rid of those tax cuts and get that federal revenue back down to a manageable level.

        US Budget historical tables

  45. nonbeliever7

    I'm holding a bake sale at the Country Club…as soon as I get some more glass shards.

  46. carolinaswamp

    Interestingly, the wildly expensive handknotted rug business did collapse after the French Revolution, dislocating quite a few weavers. However, I have never seen evidence that the French regret their decision.

  47. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    Or, if you are Rush Limbaugh, Viagra and Dominican Boys.

    But, let's face it, you just can't have that kind of fun flying commercial. It would hardly be worth getting rich anymore. Hell, might as well just quit and go on unemployment.

  48. ttommyunger

    Meanwhile Clem Turnstile is sitting in his Barcolounger after a hard days work at the County Water Department fuming at this news. You see, his wife is real good at baking cakes and such and one day they'll be in the money flying all over the World in a private jet just like………………….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzWha? Huh? Oh, the Pizza's here!

  49. Beck_is_Trig

    nice job of catching that….yeah, I read all about the "Ryan Plan" for Medicare and no, it's nothing like "Obamacare"….I know you're not arguing that it is, but I feel compelled nonetheless. "Obamacare" is mistakingly trying to save a broken system using capitalist concepts of "speading the risk" in order to acheive its goals of insuring more people and lowering costs. The Ryan Plan is taking a well functioning system, privatizing it simply 'cuz corporations MUST control everything…and shirking responsibility by passing thousands of dollars of costs onto the elderly. So in actuality…while they may SEEM somewhat similar…the mindsets and mechanisms are of course, opposite. But who wants accuracy in reporting, right? Oh, and I fucking hate wingnuts…felt good.

  50. Noman

    ""Do you have any idea how insane you appear to rational humans?

    The next time you encounter one, ask him or her.

  51. Beck_is_Trig

    It's funny…I watched Rachel Maddow last night (I still have free time until the corporate shackels are placed on me in…12 days) and she placed the context as being a "see if you'll defend THIS" challenge by Obama. When she said that…the first thought that occured to me was well "why am I oddly attracted to Rachel Maddow?" but after that one, "oh they will..and the defense will be HILARIOUS for it's blatant hypocrisy and complete lack of self awareness" and here we are…..Thank you, Faux Nuuuuz for being exactly what I think you are…may you never suprise me.

  52. smitallica

    My company owns a jet. The guy who owns my company (and, by extension, my ass), is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, and is therefore a staunch Republican. I have heard him say that Obama is "not my president."

    Who's your president now, bitch?

  53. Negropolis

    National Business Aviation Association

    There is such a thing? Damn, everyone has an "association."

  54. lulzmonger

    "LearJets For Lemmings/Tentacles Across Amerika"

    Pretty meh as a 7-inch split-single if you ask me.

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