Hannity: Poor People Are Doing Fine Because There Is Enough Rice And Beans To Go Around

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Oh, the radio! Fox News doesn’t let Sean Hannity speak lies to the powerless to quite the degree that he would like to, so, on his radio program on Monday, the reigning drunk jock of the airwaves took a call from a man who was trying to explain why he wasn’t convinced he should vote for Mitt Romney. WELL WHY NOT? Said the caller: “I need for you to ask him, when was the last time he went to bed or woke up hungry? You see, this is the part that most Americans can associate with.” (Rude interruptions, disbelief from Hannity.) “See, it’s kind of hard for them to associate with somebody that has never, ever had any financial problems in his life,” the caller continued. Hannity’s response to this is that he himself, Hannity, because this is his show, goddammit, has “never [gone] to bed hungry in my life — ever. Most Americans haven’t.”

The caller defends his claim by saying that “your staff” is always talking about the latest poverty statistics. Hannity responds that yes, yes, he knows, there are 47 million people in poverty in the States right now, but that doesn’t mean they’re going hungry. It really does not. He knows. Who has the radio show and who doesn’t?

If you look at some of the poorest people in the country, I went through these stats last week, most people have refrigerators and freezers and air conditioners and televisions and DVRs, or I’m sorry, DVDs, or something, and stereos and cars, they just don’t have the best and the latest, and they don’t live in the nicest neighborhoods.

Hannity spewed on a for a few more seconds, deciding that poor people in America are doing fine, they could do better, but they can’t complain. Then he asks the caller:

Do you ever go shopping? I go shopping sometimes. I hate it, but I do it. Do you ever go?

At which point the caller, John, can be heard hanging up.

Hello? John? John? Are you there? I hear you. I guess not.

But HE JUST KEEPS TALKING! For the 11 other people listening. And here is his excellent advice!

You can get things, for example, I have friends of mine that eat rice and beans all the time. Beans, protein, rice, inexpensive. It’s really — and you can make a big pot of this for a week for relatively negligible amounts of money, for your whole family and feed your family. Not the — look, you should have vegetables and fruit in there as well, but if you need to survive, you can survive off it. Um, it’s not ideal. You can get some cheap meat and throw it in there as well, for protein. There are ways to live really, really cheaply. So, uh, anyway, I don’t know where you got that from.

Here is the whole audio, if you dare:

So forget what you’ve heard everywhere, America! Stupid organic vegetables suck and are stupid, it is important that you be able to TiVo Pregnant In Heels and rent Mark Wahlberg movies. And for survival, try gas station burritos, which have some added carbohydrates in addition to the great protein of beans and cheapness of rice! [Media Matters]

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173 comments

  1. V572 Fehrnstrom

    Hannity's an expert on throwing the cheap meat in there, you betcha.

    And you Poors who rented furnished apartments with air conditioning and refrigerators—how dare you?

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      Never mind that the fridge, the A/C, and the stove are the property of the landlord. Hannity thinks everybody just owns a ton of shit, like he does.

  2. Lucidamente1

    "You can get some cheap meat and throw it in; I mean, take O'Reilly, he's always telling me about falafels."

    1. OneYieldRegular

      This is one guy who deserves to be eaten by starving children like at the end of "Suddenly Last Summer."

  3. Trannysurprise

    What is this "radio" you speak of? Is this that thing the olds scream at when Limbaugh tells them the blahs are stealing all of their oatmeal?

    1. V572 Fehrnstrom

      It's what the carpet cleaning guys and delivery drivers and route salesmen and refrigerator repairmen listen to when they drive around all day in terrible traffic, thinking how shitty their lives are. Though they should be blaming the Bushes and the brokers and the Republican Party for the lack of union jobs, manufacturing work, and the near-impossibility of a dignified life for people who weren't Bonesmen in New Haven, the only argument they hear is the right-wing crazy talk. An ernest report NPR report from Ofeibia Quist-Arcton on the lastest genocidal struggle in West Africa just can't compete.

        1. V572 Fehrnstrom

          I don’t spend any more time in the car than I have to, but am always amazed at what  an intellectual desert radio is. RW gasbags, NPR and terrible, terrible music.

      1. ifthethunderdontgetya

        Though they should be blaming the Bushes and the brokers and the Republican Party for the lack of union jobs, manufacturing work

        Thank goodness we have Democrats like Clinton and Obama standing up for manufacturing jobs and against off-shoring.
        ~

        1. V572 Fehrnstrom

          “Industrial policy” is just another name for the government picking winners and losers. Solyndra! Bailouts! Government Motors! The Volt is a death trap!

  4. Mumbletypeg

    I have friends of mine that eat rice and beans all the time. Beans, protein, rice, inexpensive

    Just in time — Hannity makes a case for his own self-deportment to Mexico. He really should go, if he fancies the charmed existence beans and rice contrive to make.

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      Mitt probably doesn't know anybody who eats rice and beans, but he has friends who own the farms and factories.

    1. OneYieldRegular

      Ah, but consideration about the kind of country we should have, about the kind of society we should be aiming for, are simply not to be found among the craven, cruddy thought processes of entitled and oblivious people like Sean Hannity, who has just made a crystal clear statement that he is perfectly content with a family's diet being limited to rice and beans and whatever "cheap meat" they might scrounge. This is the kind of aspiration for the country that Hannity et al. offer.

      1. Biel_ze_Bubba

        This is the kind of aspiration for other people that Hannity et al. offer. Just try suggesting that HE so much as pay 30% in taxes, and it's a whole different story … because that would trample on his god-given right to aspire to more millions than he has now.

  5. AlterNewt

    When you really think about it, if the poor would just die, that would be more patriotic, wouldn't it?

    1. WunkRocker

      Right, and who'd be Limbaugh's Dominican sex slave if there were no poors?
      Heeeeennnnnngggghhhhhhh??!!

      1. ThundercatHo

        If it's willow bark it will help your headache so you don't need to be wasting healthcare dollars on things like aspirin.

  6. edgydrifter

    You know what's even cheaper than beans and rice? Dirt! It's fucking everywhere you lazy poors. You can scrape a bunch of it into a bucket, add some water and BINGO! you've got soup for the family. Hell, most of the time the dirt has bugs and stuff in it–FOR FREE–and that's just straight-up nutritious and delicious. Ghetto gazpacho, if you will.

    1. BaldarTFlagass

      Soil-dwelling nematodes are very nutritious! As long as they aren't one of the 16,000 parasitic species.

      1. Biel_ze_Bubba

        Yeah but with a quarter million nematodes in a bucket of dirt, what are the odds … *punches calculator* … oh.

    2. faster_kittycat

      And you don't need to buy salt if you harvest your dirt after a snowstorm! (I am so gay marrying "ghetto gazpacho".)

  7. BaldarTFlagass

    "I have friends of mine that eat rice and beans all the time."

    No you don't, you fucking liar.

    1. anniegetyerfun

      Sure, he does! His black friends! Like in the song, "Baby Got Back"?

      "Red beans and rice didn't miss her"

      See? So, Hannity has friends, and they eat rice and beans and not steak all the time. And they have melanin.

  8. skoalrebel

    He forgot to mention that Obama has fucked everything up. [spit] The price of dip is goin' up, and I'm pissed about it.

    And, for the record, rice and beans are not American food. [spit] That's what Cuban Commies eat. Has Hannity gone all Commie on us? [spit]

    1. GOPCrusher

      He needs to go back to broadcasting professional wrestling. Get back in touch with Real Americans.

  9. SoBeach

    You're not poor until you can no longer afford rice and beans and are literally starving. Then, and only then, are you allowed to wonder if voting for an obscenely wealthy plutocrat is really in your best interest.

        1. Biel_ze_Bubba

          True …. we wouldn't want Diebold to let it slip who's going to win, until afterwards.

  10. SorosBot

    Sounds like Hannity is channeling Marie Antoinette here; someone should remind him just what that attitude got her.

  11. Doktor StrangeZoom

    We should start a piss-testing program to make sure that poor people aren't eating anything too fancy.

  12. Jus_Wonderin

    Slow roasted sawdust served with a side of aquarium gravel is good too. Very good fiber.

    1. jodyleek

      Pairs nicely with some pan-seared Dristan tabs and Listerine filtered through a gym sock. So tasty!

  13. SayItWithWookies

    In these difficult times, we all have to economize. I, for instance, have fired my pastry chef. I'm not saying it's easy or pleasant, mind you — why, last night I soooo wanted a cheese danish before I turned in for the night. But did I go to bed hungry? No — I woke up the maid and had her fix me a peanut butter and jelly. It's roughing it, but we're gonna get through this, I promise.

      1. SayItWithWookies

        Well, if she doesn't get her five hours a night she's terribly clumsy with the chainsaw the next day — and if she cuts off her other hand she's probably gonna whine until I get her a nice stainless steel hook. It's just good management, really.

        1. Jus_Wonderin

          Oh, I understand now. But, how about being proactive and have her create a claw that is chainsaw hewn? Think of what she will learn.

    1. actor212

      Oddly, I fired mine as well. I couldn't afford both him and the smokin' bikini'd caviar sommelier I hired.

      I'm sure his six kids will survive. Are there not poorhouses?

      Meanwhile I bought the sommelier a fur lined bikini with the money I saved. Without the fur. Or the lining. Or the bikini.

  14. BigSkullF*ckingDog

    Basically poverty means having to wear last seasons hats and drive two year old cars.

  15. MissTaken

    Yes, Hannity. Poor people should sell the refrigerators and air conditioners that are actually owned by their landlords so they can afford some meat to put in their pot of beans and rice.

      1. Generation[redacted]

        Here's a little tip. Non-load-bearing walls can be chopped up into firewood for those cold winter nights!

  16. donner_froh

    If you can afford the cheapest possible nutritious food and you have a stove to cook it on then you are not poor in Hannity's world.

    Whatever horrible fate is in his future isn't bad enough.

  17. Callyson

    most people have refrigerators and freezers and air conditioners and televisions and DVRs, or I’m sorry, DVDs, or something, and stereos and cars

    Yeah, see that? Some poor people were once not – poor, so they bought stuff, which means they are not really poor now! Oh, OK, so these assets have very low resale value (or, in the case of cars, are necessities in many parts of the country for someone who wants to get to and from work, if they can find work), but who's counting?

    1. donner_froh

      That image has always killed me. Not only the juxtaposition of the billboard with the breadline but it is a segregated breadline with people wearing suits and ties.

  18. actor212

    You can get things, for example, I have friends of mine that eat rice and beans all the time.

    BIGOT TRANSLATION: Some of my best friends are beaners.

  19. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    Wow, who would think that a Multi-Millionaire Talk Show Host would have no idea about what it means to be poor in a economy ruined by the Conservative ideas he constantly shouts about?

  20. BigSkullF*ckingDog

    I heard pink slime is pretty cheap. Also, be sure to go shopping on double coupon day.

    1. AbandonHope

      You jest, but I am entirely sure that Hannity and his ilk would consider pink slime a perfectly valid poor person food. It's better than dog food, right?

      I'm sorry, what was that? It used to be only used in dog food?

      Oh.

  21. MissTaken

    Poor people don't smell quite as badly as Hannity thinks they should. Beans should fix that.

    1. SorosBot

      They also should have to wear some kind of badge to tell everyone they're poor so people like Hannity don't get poor people cooties all over them.

    1. SorosBot

      If it's anything like the current PETA ads on Wonkette showing delicious meat that makes me want to eat more meat, then bring it on.

  22. slithytoves

    True story: I was once so poor and living from meager paycheck to meager paycheck that I went without food for a week until I stole a can of tuna from the grocery store. So, yeah, a lot of people have gone/go to bed hungry and Hannity can kiss my ass.

  23. LastGasp

    The poors could also try eating dog food straight out of the can. Not an elegant way to dine, but that way they'll have more disposable income to spend on lavish clothes and vacations. The poors do take vacations, don't they?

    1. SheriffRoscoe

      These ain't the Alpo Chuck Wagon days anymore. If the dog food doesn't list deboned chicken as the main ingredient, my dogs won't go near it.

      1. WunkRocker

        Yeah well even the price of beans and rice have gone up too. I've been skullf*cked by the legal system so badly that I've been eating this staple a lot. Frankly if I had to eat this exclusively, I'd just start robbing rich folks. Sorry, I'm out of snark. I pawned it for some pintos.

  24. chascates

    I see plenty of road kill when I drive. The poorz are welcome to throw that into their pot of beans and rice. And weeds! People ate them during hard times and I see weeds every where!

    1. BerkeleyBear

      No joke, roadkill is supplemental protein for more people than you'd want to know about. The key is getting it quickly enough, and getting the ones that aren't hit in all the wrong places.

  25. James Michael Curley

    Let's feed Hannity a giant belly full of rice to bind him up, then an even larger belly full of beans and frack his gut for the methane.

    1. WunkRocker

      How about we just give him a bag of dry rice and make him eat it followed by a delicious bowl of my urine? Once that rice swells up he'll be begging for a frackin'!

  26. Tundra Grifter

    Sheer uh "Am i uh An Idiot?" uh InSannity is convinced the biggest problem in our nation is that 47% of the people don't pay taxes.

    Of course, he never mentions that 50% of American corporations don't pay Federal income taxes, so he must be down with that.

    He loves to rant about the "Democrat class warfare." This would be opposed to the Reublican class warfare, which is a bizarre twist on the old War on Poverty. It's flat out war on the poor.

  27. Native_of_SL_UT

    "..most people have refrigerators and freezers and air conditioners and televisions and DVRs, or I’m sorry, DVDs, or something, and stereos and cars,"
    This is cause poor people are always poor and lazy and buy this stuff instead of food.
    There are no poor people who once had jobs and could afford to buy a couple of nice things before the factory closed or the country voted for another GOP President

  28. freakishlywrong

    What's even more shocking is that there is someone who listens to this asshole who is actually considering voting based on their own self interest.

  29. actor212

    Rice and beans?

    LOOXURY!

    We 'ad two bits of cold gravel, worked twenty-four hours a day at mill for sixpence every four years, and when we got 'ome our Dad would slice us in two wit' bread knife.

    1. FraAnima

      Well, we 'ad to work 26 hours a day at the bottom of a septic tank filled wi' vomit, and all we 'ad to eat was what we could scrape off our bodies at the end of the day. And Da', we didn't 'ave a Da', our Ma was married to a severed finger!

      1. actor212

        Ye had a Ma?

        Riches!

        We had Newt Gingrich holding a staff wrapped wit' barbed wire, beating us round the head at sunrise, worked 28 hours at mill, came home four hours after we had ta be back at mill for a few seeds out the neighbors bird feeder and a spoonful of pus collected from sores at the nursin' home!

  30. Troglodeity

    1920s Republicans: "a chicken in every pot." 2012 Republicans: "Let them eat rice and beans."

  31. FraAnima

    'Are there no prisons? … Are there no workhouses?'

    Sean waxing nostalgic on the good ol' days of Dickensian England. Meanwhile, he's getting all the nutrients he needs by licking the rim of Satan's arsehole.

    1. SheriffRoscoe

      Are there no bread lines? Are there no soup kitchens?

      1930's America was pretty good for poors, too.

  32. BerkeleyBear

    It is possible to eat a decent meal or two on foodstamps (I've sampled and made a few TANF based recipes through a church program and they weren't bad – the expansion to cover veggies a few years ago can make a big difference). That said, doing so requires you to qualify for food stamps, have access to a decent grocery store, transportation and storage for the food, have basic kitchen equipment, some level of cooking skills, time to make the food and a whole lot of other things that fuckers like Hannity take for granted but aren't so easy when you are facing food and job insecurity. Especially if you have to work to keep the welfare benefits that keep you from being homeless and your family of 4 is living in a residential hotel or a one bedroom apartment.

    In other words, Hannity's a fucking idiot.

    BTW, I've gone to bed hungry, and that sucked. I did it in Scouting, for wrestling and in college because I was stupid with my money occassionally. But at least I knew that at some point in the near future I'd eat again. The uncertainty and insecurity is the soul killer, and sleek dipshits like Hannity have no idea how bad that feels.

    1. emmelemm

      OK, long story short: last night I was in line at the grocery store behind a mom with two small kids who was paying with a combination of cash, a check, and food stamps. It turned into a nightmare; I was there for half an hour. Regardless, I felt at least as sorry for her as I did annoyed.

      Anyway, she had separated her items into food stamp stuff and non-food stamp stuff. The bananas and tomatoes were non-food stamp stuff. ?!!?? Pretty much the only things she could buy with the food stamps were milk, juice, bread, and peanut butter. Are we sure food stamps cover vegetables? Maybe not fruit? (And they're playing a hard line with tomatoes as fruit?) Does it vary from state to state?

      1. GOPCrusher

        And if the Republiklans had their way, everyone in the store would have been alerted to her presence so they could come up and ridicule her and her family for using food stamps.

      2. BerkeleyBear

        I don't know about state to state variations, but WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and TANF (temporary aid to needy families) were expanded to include more fresh produce a few years ago. SNAP (basic food stamps) lists produce (and even seeds to grow your own) as eligible. Even then, there are all sorts of reasons you'd segregate the produce from your TANF/SNAP funds, including what you have left in the budget for the month, the relative costs of things, etc.

      3. heathenette

        She probably had WIC-that covers milk, peanut butter, juice, cereal, but not fresh fruit or veggies. THOSE food stamps will cover, but neither program covers toilet paper, diapers, pet food(I know they should be eating the pets-right), tooth paste, so she had to use “real” money for those. Yeah welfare Queen, her life is so easy.

    2. Guppy

      That said, doing so requires… time to make the food(.)

      Preparing beans from dry takes about as much time as an episode of his radio show, and there are no sponsors paying you to do it.

    3. Tundra Grifter

      The soul killer is telling your kids sorry – that's all we have to eat.

      The Richmond, California, high school football team used to lose many games in the fourth quarter. The coach figured out the kids simply were not eating well. They instituted a comprehensive food program and now the team is winning games.

      That's just one example. How many kids don't get good grades because they are hungry, having trouble paying attention on a diet of cheap, not-very-healthy food?

      1. finallyhappy

        In Washington, DC, they estimate half of the children go to bed hungry, in supposedly wealthy Montgomery County, MD, where I live- 25% of the kids go to bed hungry.. They don't even count the adults as it seems like people aren't motivated to help hungry adults- I guess Hannity isn't alone in being an asshole.

        1. Tundra Grifter

          I'm guessing many of those hungry adults are seniors, too ashamed to admit they need the help, and too infirm to get out and do something about it on their own.

          A large number of people on food stamps are children and seniors. Also.

  33. owhatever

    And the Fox audience in their caves grunted agreement while eating another bowl of rice and beans, because someday they will win the lottery and be as rich as Romney.

  34. Redhead

    What about the people who are so poor that the government gives them free housing, with… refrigerators and air conditioning!! (For the two weeks until they get shot.) Are they just faking being poor for the air conditioning, Hannity?

  35. Guppy

    you should have vegetables and fruit in there as well

    Who the fuck does he think he is, Michelle Obama?

  36. WiscDad

    "I have friends of mine that eat rice and beans all the time" They're not his friends…they're his employees

  37. a_pink_poodle

    I don't think the poor are really poor at all! They have roofs over their head, they can eat, they have jobs! Why can't they just pull themselves up by their bootstraps like my great grandfather did when he built the multinational conglomeration that I inherited from my father with his bare hands?

  38. Gainsbourg69

    Hannity should think twice before advocating for a diet with such low nutritional content. Fat, lazy and stupid people are easy to control. People who are starving, desperate and mean start revolutions.

  39. elviouslyqueer

    Sean, let me introduce you to the concept of food insecurity. Yes, right here, in America. 1 in 6 children don't know where they're going to get their next meal. So fuck you very much, you moronic motherfucker.

    Oh, and that whole "people are living extremely well in poverty" shtick. It's total bullshit. But I'm sure you knew that already.

    1. Tundra Grifter

      It's another taxpayer-subsided right wing thinktank LIE from The Heritage Foundation.

  40. RavenRant

    Speaking of radio, Color of Change* is helping people start up their own community radio stations. Who's with me? The wit and wisdom of the Wonkette commentariat could transform talk radio.

    Start a community radio station

    *Group that has done great work lately with the Limbaugh boycott and dragging the despicable ALEC into the light of day and shaming its corporate sponsors into dropping it.

  41. Mumbly_Joe

    Also, I has a confuse; poorz aren't supposed to have refridgerators or freezers, but they're also supposed to make a huge pot of rice and beans, you know for the week, and maybe throw some cheap pieces of meat in, too, you know, for protein.

    I guess the mold and staph, e.coli and listeria just add extra protein, amiright?

  42. valthemus

    How massive an ego do you need to have to think you can simply say, "There are no poor people in America," and think everyone will nod their heads in agreement? Or would you prefer that they genuflect?

  43. WonkCynic

    Poor peoples be doin' fine because of the HUD Vouchers fo' Votes program. Fortunately, the TSA offers minimum wage to poor losers who be willing to fondle little girls and old peoples at the airports. Plenty of poor bastards have been demonstrating their willingness to do such things for money. So they don't be poor no mo, AND they gets to fondle chilrens. Partisans always likes to blame the corporate creepiness on the OTHER party. Nonpartisans realize that BOTH parties like to manipulate and misrepresent the poors for the benefit of the corporate cronies who support and profit from the partisan "us versus them" puppet show. Of course, the enlightened "non dual" democrats refuse to admit that they've been had. Because they are enlightened and are on the "smart" side of the aisle. Don't worry American poors! Pretty soon your partisan whores on the left and right will get your country into a REAL war, and your poor little chilrens will be gifted with a nice military payroll check after they are conscripted to go get their asses killed for deMOCKracy! Hallelujah for the wonders of Zion!

  44. usuhname

    Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning for talkshow hosts, politicians and the rich to piss on them from great heights.

    … yeah that sounds about right

  45. RavenRant

    I signed up for info about how to start a station. I rant about politics all day anyway. And I definitely have a face for radio.

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