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In her autobiography, which I have read approximately 37 times, Tallulah Bankhead said, “My father warned me about men and booze, but he never mentioned a word about women and cocaine.” This weekend, Senator Chuck Grassley told the Des Moines Register, “I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing, as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.” These quotes may seem unrelated outside of subject matter, but they sure both say a lot about the people who said them.

Yes, if only these dewdroppers were more responsible, stayed away from the dance halls and the picture show, they too could amass a savings of $11 million to pass on to their heirs, tax-free. At the very least, they would not be poor. Or they’d be poor, but they’d be the kind of poor people Sen. Chuck Grassley could have a little respect for. When Chuck Grassley looks at a poor person, he wants to see someone who is truly miserable all the time, with no need for any kind of momentary escape from said misery. Like monks, or nuns. You know, the good kind of poor people.

Alas, it seems he is not considering the plight of the women in this situation, nor the actual economic impact of such asecetism. One tomato we spoke to said:

“I work at the Palace Ball Room–but gee, that palace is cheap. When I get back to my chilly hall room, I’m much too tired to sleep. I’m one of those lady teachers, a beautiful hostess you know. The kind the Palace features at exactly a dime a throw.

Ten cents a dance, that’s what they pay me. Gosh, how they weigh me down. Ten cents a dance, pansies and rough guys, tough guys who tear my gown.”

Golly, Mr. Grassley! Howsa dame like that gonna save up for knee rouge, never mind amass a cool $11 million, if the sailors stop coming ’round? Won’t someone think of the ladies?

With that dime, that kind of gal could go out and buy a brand new pair of stockings to cover her gams! Then, that money could go to the drug store owner, who could then pay the clerk who rings them up, who could then spend that money on booze, allowing the local barkeep to pay their his rent. It may not be the kind of investing Sen. Grassley is thinking of, but it’s an investment nonetheless.

Of course, serious investing isn’t always a surefire way to keep a fortune either. One man, who identified himself only as someone who used to be called “Al,” claims he invested in both railroads and towers and has since found himself broke and living in a Hooverville:

“They used to tell me I was building a dream, with peace and glory ahead. Why should I be standing in line, just waiting for bread? Once I built a railroad, made it run, made it race against time. Once I built a railroad, now it’s done. Brother, can you spare a dime?”

Jazz standards aside, what Sen. Grassley — who has clearly never seen an episode of My Super Sweet Sixteen in his whole life (possibly because he thinks it is still 1932?) — is asserting here is that poor people would not be poor if only they would be miserable, and that the kind of things poor people spend their money on are stupid and irresponsible as compared to the things rich people spend their money on.

As far as I know, there is exactly no one out there who is not a millionaire simply because they spent a few bucks on going to see the latest Garbo picture. But there are a lot of people out there who were maybe a little more able to get through the day, being poor and miserable, because they were able to escape for a moment watching one.

There’s an old saying that Sen. Grassley might be familiar with, given what year he appears to think it is: “The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too.” Small pleasures — like booze or movies or sex or roses — are as necessary to sustain us as food is. A world in which the only people with any access to such pleasures are the rich is a world that is pretty much asking for a class war.

But even if it didn’t lead to such a revolt, the fact remains that the health of our economy relies far more on many, many people who spend their money on small pleasures than it is on a few rich heirs and heiresses who spend their money on Birkin bags and Hummers. Someone spending their money on booze or movies is helping those who own or work in bars or movie theaters be able to earn a living, and maybe have some disposable income of their own to spend on their own small pleasures. An economy in which the vast majority of the wealth is in the hands of those with inherited wealth that can never be taxed is one in which most of us are totally fucked, and that is the kind of economy and society that eliminating the estate tax will create.

The people who would be “recognized” in Grassley’s mind are not, in fact, those who supposedly lived ascetic movie- and booze-free lives in which they dutifully saved and invested all their money. Those who would be “recognized” would be their heirs who will likely do exactly none of that, because they do not have to. Why should those who earn their money simply by being born be exempt from having that income taxed, while their share of the nation’s tax burden falls on those of us eking out meager livings at seedy dance halls doing the Charleston with sailors on leave?

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  • beingreleased

    I posted this earlier:

    Remember: The Republican goal is to hurt as many people as possible while enriching themselves and their donors.
    Proof: If this were their stated goal, what would they do differently?

    I’m going to change my evidence. Proof: it is their stated goal.

  • Ali | A Grumpy Cat

    I love that “people” and “women” appear to be two separate categories in his mind.

    • Roadstergal

      Women aren’t people, they’re commodities. Let go of all of this silliness about them having ‘opinions’ or ‘jobs’ or being ‘qualified’ to be ‘president.’

      • John Thorstensen

        Or, for that matter, “votes”. I KNEW womens’ suffrage
        would be a bad idea.

    • Lascauxcaveman

      Yeah, my wife likes it when I blow all my money on women. Well, one woman in particular, but still.

    • armed_bears

      If ‘people’ and ‘women’ are different things, my monogamous marriage counts as polyamory! Yeah me!

      • armed_bears

        And, as Armed_Bears, polyarmory, also too.

  • exinkwretch

    Also,. get elected to Congress. No matter which way you piss away the money you collected through insider trading, you’ll get a fat government pension and free health care!

    • Oblios_Cap

      And a pretty sweet salary.

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      The best way to term limit Congress would be to get rid of congressional pensions.

      • John Thorstensen

        I’m not so sure. Then the only people you’d get in Congress would be the folks for whom the pension is pocket change.

        • Lascauxcaveman

          I think of how much money I could put in my IRA each year if I was earning at congressional paycheck levels and I think I should make a run for it. Elect Me!

          • Oblios_Cap

            Hire me as your aide and give me bonuses every year, and we’ll figure out a way to elect you.

        • House0fTheBlueLights

          Those are the only people in Congress now.

  • Oblios_Cap

    Booze and movies are bad? I’ll guess I’ll have to go back to bread and circuses, then.

    • Courser_Resistance

      With enough weed I can entertain myself.

  • Proud Liberal
  • armed_bears

    Republicans have no respect for Americans. They cater to oligarchs and plutocrats. They dismiss your concerns and impugn your motivations. And I am a fuckin’ (capitalist) business owner.

    They are not the party I once supported, and they are antithetical to genuine American values.

  • wide_stance_hubby

    Now, if only we could buy women and booze across state lines, we might do a little better.

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Iowa have the buying guns across state lines thing totally figured out. Chicago loves it.

      • wide_stance_hubby

        So, we’ll be poor but safe from government takeovers.

  • FlemmishSpy
    • Bill D. Burger

      Republican logic: “See! You can plainly see they’re not spending their money. They must be hoarding it.”

      ~Trumpanzees cheer loudly~ That’s rite’!

    • Bright Bart

      is not solvency problem, is liquidity problem.

      • Msgr_MΩment

        Jonathan Swift did NOT say we should use a blender on Irish children.

        • Only cuz there were no blenders.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies housing or tax increases for the middle class or post-Obamacare repeal health care

    /fixed
    /FFS

  • onedollarjuana

    The only cold comfort I can extract from the tax bill is the knowledge that most inherited fortunes are wasted and gone by the third generation.

    • Oblios_Cap

      Those Waltons need to hurry up.

    • wide_stance_hubby

      Time to take up a trade, young Barron.

      • John Thorstensen

        “Great Expectations”, indeed.

        At the end of the term, my students have “Grade expectations”.

    • John Thorstensen

      The quickest way to make a small fortune is start with a big one.

      • Oblios_Cap

        The quickest way to make a little money is to start out with a lot of money and open a restaurant.

        • armed_bears

          Or a newspaper.

        • wide_stance_hubby

          Or a casino if you’re extra stupid.

          • Oblios_Cap

            You would have to be Trump Stupid.

          • John Thorstensen

            I think they’re going to make a movie about Trump’s casino, entitled “My Beautiful Laundrette”.

      • Lascauxcaveman

        Well, if I had a million bucks I’d up spend half of it on hookers and blow.

        I’d probably just waste the rest.

        • deadjello

          Made me laugh so hard my lazy ass self had to sign in to give it an upvote.

  • Lance Thrustwell

    I suppose we could have it both ways – give huge tax breaks to the wealthy – but with one exception: have a huge inheritance tax, and close all offshore and other loopholes through changes to the laws and through vigorous prosecution. Also mandate that all undergraduate college applications are blind, to prevent the Kushners of this world from getting into schools like Harvard.

    Gee, d’you think they’ll go for it?

  • Raan

    Okay, hold on a fuckin’ second.

    Is that paper towel ad real?

    • Lance Thrustwell

      What are you, some kind of Bolshevik?

      • Raan

        Compared to the Senate I am Vladimir Ilyich Fucking Ulyanov.

        • FlownΩver

          Prove it. Teddy Johnson and Pearl Carr won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1959. What was the name of the song?

          • Raan

            We care not for your decadent Western ways.

            It was “Een beetje”.

          • OneYieldRegular

            “Putin Zassal”?

      • Oblios_Cap

        yes

    • Catstro

      Real and spectacular

    • Oblios_Cap

      A whole carton!

    • John Thorstensen

      Well, those rough paper towels my employee forced on me made me into a Bolshevik! Isn’t that what always happens?

      • Raan

        You know what, I’ll buy that. Back in school, we had those paper towels that were basically slightly textured paper bags, and I turned left early.

        • theblackdog

          Did the 1 ply sandpapery toilet paper push you further left like it did for me?

          • Raan

            No. I always pooped at home.

      • Msgr_MΩment

        I would think it’s more the toilet paper when you’ve got the trotskies.

      • Bright Bart

        its all fun and games until someone starts the Russian revolution.

      • wide_stance_hubby

        C-fold libel

    • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

      Yes. A classic!

    • OneYieldRegular

      I’m not worried about my washroom. The guy who cleans is a saint. On the other hand, this tax bill sure is sure to breed a hell of a lot of Bolsheviks.

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    There you go, relying on facts and logic again. Not to say empathy. Fucking taker.

  • theblackdog

    A friend of mine suggested this morning that as a form of political protest for the holidays, we should spend money on paying down our personal debt instead of buying stuff so that we can remind the idiots in the GOP who actually drives the economy. Another friend added on avoiding buying from the bigger chains (I know, not possible everywhere).

    Personally I like this idea and said we might as well start clearing debt now before the tax cuts crash the economy anyway.

    • Courser_Resistance

      Pretty much my plan. I’m trying to pay down just as much of my CC debt before my unemployment runs out. It’s only about $5k combined, but things aren’t gonna get any better anytime soon.

      • Oblios_Cap

        That’s all I do now. I won’t go shopping for anything extraneous until after Xmas.

        I’m hoping the Lord of the Manor will give me a nice box of leftovers and some used knick-knacks come Boxing Day.

        • Courser_Resistance

          It’s taken me a few days to figure it out, but starting on my 59th birthday (last Thurs), I began a huge ‘Death Cleaning’. There’s been press about it lately, but I remember the whole family helping with Grandma’s ‘Death Cleaning’, when I was a kid. It’s a Scandinavian thing. For me, it’s purging all my hopes and dreams for a future when I might have a real home again. No sense in keeping an entire moving box full of Xmas lights and decorations and my gardening tools. But it’s also making more room for different things as they present themselves.

          I had to ask a friend to come later this week with her Expedition because my truck isn’t big enough. And I’m *still* not done.

          • Oblios_Cap

            I turned 59 at the end of October, you young whippersnapper. I’ve done death cleaning before for others, and I intend to make them do it for mw. I just hope someone wants my guitars. The rest can all be tossed.

          • Lascauxcaveman

            Guitars really start stacking over the years, don’t they? Mine are piled like cordwood in my music room. I should really dump a few of mine on eBay, since I’m almost completely deaf now anyway. :(

          • Oblios_Cap

            My wife limits me to three at any given time.

    • kilgoretrout

      Stock up on canned beans and long johns. When winter comes it’s gonna be long and hard.

    • aureolaborealis

      I look forward to paying off all my debt with inflation-gutted Ameros once these new GOP ‘policies’ take full effect.

      • Celtic_Gnome

        Invest in a wheelbarrow. You’ll need it to take your cash to the store to buy a loaf of bread.

  • Treehopper1104

    I spend most of my money on a women. But the woman is me, and I keep thinking that I deserve things like food and shelter, so I just piss all my money away on that.

    • Courser_Resistance

      A million upfists

    • Roadstergal

      I piss away quite a lot of money on booze and movies for the woman that is me. (Coco is excellent.)

      I’d spend a lot less money on booze if it weren’t for Grassley and his ilk.

  • ArgieBargie

    “I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing, as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.”

    Or maybe those peasants are spending all on other money on other luxuries, like rent, groceries, healthcare and clothes

    Not only these assholes are out of touch, but also they just bluntly give zero fuckers.

    • Roadstergal

      “Spending every damn penny they have on ice for the sink to keep food cold for one day, rather than saving for a refrigerator.”

      Vimes economics.

      • ArgieBargie

        Look, it’s not Grassley’s fault that “those people” chose to be born into poverty.

    • george lastrapes

      Won’t some Photoshopper out there show us Sen. Grassley as Marie Antoinette?

  • Blackest Noobs

    it is as if they want us to murder them all, and all their descendants.
    crazy, this path they have picked, i see it ending not well and in lottsa deaths.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    If I flip “Al” a dime, he’s just going to spend it on that floozy Ruth.

    • PubOption

      If you don’t, he gets ruthless.

  • memzilla Ω

    O/T BREAKING: “CNN confirms that WH lawyer Don McGann told Trump that NSA Michael Flynn lied to the FBI. Trump refused to fire Flynn until the WaPo article came out nearly two weeks later.”

    “’If it’s true the President knew that Flynn had misled the FBI before the Comey meeting on Feb 14, that’s very problematic—obstruction of justice & abuse of power.’ – Michael Zeldin, former Special Asst to Robert Mueller”
    . https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/30171e7116725b70295f53e2a3b08d16332085cf941b297d517ae507060f9a17.jpg

    • Oblios_Cap

      Loose lips sink ships!

    • SayItWithWookies

      Ooh, this could be the big one. Of course, this could also be the year the Nats win the World Series.

    • Roadstergal

      Hey, something else for congressional Republicans to ignore.

      • WotsAllThisThen

        It will be discussed in the Committee to Determine What He Really Meant to Say.

    • Timothy Watson

      Can’t wait until the text of the original “fire Comey” memo comes out.

    • YoBunnyBunny

      Well, I am for shocked!

  • FlownΩver

    Good thing I don’t have an additional grand. I’d only piss it away on food, clothing, shelter and medicine.

    Now where did I leave that rusty chainsaw, and has Grassley’s office published his schedule for the day? [Note to Dok: those two inquiries are completely unrelated.]

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      I think it’s in the trumbil with my guillotine.

      EDIT: tumbril ugh

      • Oblios_Cap

        In the tumbrel.

    • Nounverb911

      Madame deFarge just knit it out.

  • Nounverb911
    • FlemmishSpy

      You’re still an undeserving taker.

    • wide_stance_hubby

      However, you won’t get internet without the Series of Tubes upgrade.

    • WotsAllThisThen

      You should have splurged for the Internet Fast Lane.

  • altleftjohn
    • Msgr_MΩment

      Appropriate on several levels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j73OsXo19vI

      • Lurkylu

        those double album covers. the only way to properly de-seed your weed amirite?

        • SisterArtemis

          It’s the little crease that does it, plus the large surface area…. I bet if I pulled out my Topographic Oceans album, there’d be a fine silt of shake in those tiny folds in the middle.

          • Celtic_Gnome

            It’s a good thing weed comes without seeds these days. Kids got no tools for sifting anymore.

    • Just raise some dental floss…
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-N8uKzC03E

  • Bill D. Burger
  • exinkwretch

    The best observation on this phenomenon came from legendary Irish footballer George Best, who once said “I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.”

  • When I spend money on booze, women, and movies, it’s called “going on a date.” I hear from my married friends that the women they’re spending all their money on are called “wives,” and for some reason, they have to spend money on those other beings called “children.” Instead of saving it and investing, you know.

    • Roadstergal

      I spend money on a man, because his career got hit harder than mine in 2008 and didn’t recover. I suppose I should dump him and become a millionaire?

      • Depends… do you live in a community property state?

        • Roadstergal

          Oops, yes. We’ll have to divide the house between us. With a chainsaw.

      • Daniel Hooper

        No, because then you’re a heartless harpy would abandoned your man in his time of need. Now if he did it to YOU, though, that’s just him enjoying his success.

        • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

          Like Newt

    • Oblios_Cap

      Tell those kids to get a job!

  • House0fTheBlueLights
  • Roadstergal
  • OneYieldRegular

    Maybe all of these irresponsible rich people so wise as to be “investing” should just stop wasting all of their investment profits on McMansion vacation homes, personal jets and giant yachts, tax deductible “charitable” contributions to the private academies their children attend, and political pay-offs to the politicians who serve them, and demonstrate even a little of the noblesse oblige that even wealthy feudalists used to demonstrate.

    • Oblios_Cap

      As the old song went “My wife is wearing rags, but at least the church has a new organ”. That Carnegie!

    • Wonky McUbtrye

      No, see, a yacht IS an investment. So is real estate, including vacation homes. So is a $6K purse. They aren’t “wasting their money,” they’re “investing in quality.” The only people who waste money are poor people- that’s why they’re poor, duh.

  • SayItWithWookies

    Taxes have the amazing ability to do two things: punish the wealthy, who have given us soooo much, and therefore we should reduce their burden; and ensure that those lazy takers have skin in the game, which should be increased so they feel more invested in America.

  • Bill D. Burger
  • Chyron HR

    Rich people: “The poor would just waste their money on moving picture shows!”
    Also rich people:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/43ade267dd5b7b25209206570b6440966c27003dd6e8d828f6e9591d7c579571.jpg

  • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

    Could be, capitalist/libertarians actually have a lot in common with communists in the belief that their ideology can actually make society better.

    In both cases, it’s about control. Control by the unseen hand which, is rather increasingly the hand of oligarchs and plutocrats and the other, the hand of state control of economic functions by social constraints on behavior.

    Instinctively, many not particularly aware of historical political and sociology, attribute this control to “elites”. And I don’t they’re necessarily wrong, just need to better define the problem and the players.

    The likelihood of that happening is low. Those of us in the humanistic/liberal interpretation of reality are not ascendant but we could be if we get busy. And, it’s not a Bernie thing or a Clinton thing.

    Think more Roosevelt. Both of them.

    • yyyaz

      If I had any hope left, I would allow myself to indulge in such nice thinking. I am now resigned to living in post-Russia, except without universal health coverage.

  • Daniel

    One of those movies they might go to see is Metropolis. We don’t want them getting ideas.

  • Bill D. Burger
  • george lastrapes

    Grassley just gave a wonderfully generous gift to a future Democrat challenger. We should praise him for that.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    So the fraction of men who spend money on “women” is probably larger than the fraction of women who spend money on “women”, so that means that women are, all things considered, wealthier than men, n’est-ce pas?

  • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

    I also like the idea that these jerks think we earn enough to actually save in something that will offer more than a meager payout. And I am talking about something more that the so called “savings accounts” offered by banks.

  • Crystalclear12

    Yes, but how does he feel about cake?

  • FlemmishSpy

    $11 million just doesn’t go that far these days.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/34/Learjet45-gama.jpg

    • Bill D. Burger

      The new Gulfstream G650s, the favored private jet of the uber wealthy, now go for $65,000,000 and extra for add ons.

      $11 mil would only be the down payment.

      • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

        They don’t “buy” those planes, they lease them or such chicanery that makes them a tax write-off.

    • Bright Bart

      it buys those cakes we like. ceder cheese too!

    • Nounverb911
  • Being poor means you’re morally deficient. Being sick means you’re morally deficient. Being black means you’re morally deficient. Being an immigrant or refugee means you’re morally deficient. Being an addict means you’re morally deficient.

    Hmmm… it’s almost like they’re explicitly telling us that the only people who have value are rich white people.

    And people keep voting for these fucking asswipes.

  • Bill D. Burger
  • Persistent Tennessee Rain

    Once again, rich people think they can solve the problems of this nation by punishing poor people. When has that ever worked?

    • JohnBull

      Russia, 850-1917. Actually, after that too. It just didn’t work WELL.

  • Daniel

    How long ago was it that Republicans were explaining that avocado toast was the flippant purchase stopping millenials from buying their own homes?

  • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

    Tax cuts didn’t defeat Hitler. Just saying. You want nice things, you pay your dues. The republican’ts have forgotten this, if they ever knew it.

  • Anna Rompage

    Shit, you mean that if I didn’t buy a 6 pack of beer every week, and mostly streamed free movies on Amazon, that I could have an estate worth more than $11 million by now?

    • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

      Aha! But you have to pay for Prime in order to get “free” movies, amirite?! Think how far that 75 bucks would go if’n you saved it up in yur bankz!

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

    I don’t think Rome would have lasted long without Chariot races, gladiator fights, and the occasional Christian being mauled by a lion.

    • beingreleased

      Can’t hurt to try.

      • Covfefe

        Would I pay more to see a Christian mauled by a lion or a mooselim?

        • Crystalclear12

          What’s the pricing on Republicans?

    • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

      And yet, their comeuppance came up their uppance thanks to climate change and the ‘barbarians’ from Central Europe/Asia and a shit load of poor politics.

      Sound familiar?

  • Katamount

    Spending moneyz on womz! Teh horrorz!

    • Courser_Resistance

      I spend all my money on THIS woman! I rarely drink or see movies. Hell, I hadn’t seen a movie in probably 10 years until the Alamo Drafthouse opened 1/2 a block away!

      Okay fine, I do buy weed, but it’s by no means many Ameros.

  • Crystalclear12

    For those you that asked what is wrong with the world I submit Sen. Grassley as evidence.

  • IdiotsforPalin

    According to Grassley…..I’m fucked

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    According to top Repubican scientists: Putting money in the pocket of poor people encourages them to be lazy. Putting money in the pocket of rich people encourages them to create jobs.

    • Bright Bart

      republican scientists! hAHAHAHAHAAA

      • Bright Bart

        IS GOOD ONE.

  • Bright Bart

    well, you orange asshole, if you like andrew jackson so much, kill the bank like he did. let’s see you fuckwads run up trillion dollar deficits with no credit.

    • Covfefe

      Didn’t need Dodd-Franks to protect Wall Street banks from Donald.

  • Nockular cavity

    He’s right. I spent my ‘leventy million on bathtub gin ‘n the talkin’ pitchers.

  • Bub, the cynical zombie

    There is something rather blood boiling indeed about the realization that the GOP thinks a tax code that rewards vacuous dimwits for having popped out of the right vagina is fair or just. Screw tens of millions of people so the likes of Paris fucking Hilton can drop six figures on a fucking purse whenever the whim strikes them. Fuck Chuck Grassley. May he die of a terminal case of septic hemorrhoids.

    • JohnBull

      We won’t get that lucky. This state’s been voting for him for as long as I’ve been alive, and I’m almost 40. They don’t learn, which is why young people leave and don’t return, leaving the rest of us to pay more for services to keep the old cranky Grassley voters alive.

    • Gosala

      Does it help to realize they think it’s either fair or just. They don’t care about fair or just. They just want the Ameros.

      No, I suppose it doesn’t help.

    • Your regular reminder that Paris Hilton is not actually a dimwit, she makes a career of ACTING like one for publicity-grabbing purposes. (Possibly because she’s smart enough to know that life is even harder for women who reveal themselves to have brains.)

  • Marceline

    It all started in River City.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cX9TnOruw68

    • MynameisBlarney

      And it starts with “T” and that rhymes with “P” and that stands for pool!

      • yyyaz

        That’s Trump, with a capital “T”, a capital “T” that rhymes with “P” and that stands for Pee.*
        *Hookers.

      • Alienist

        With a capital “Tee” and that rhymes with “Pee” that stands…well….

    • Vel Venturi

      Mayor Shinn was a better qualified politician than most of the GOP twits running things these days.

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    Don’t get Grassley started about kids getting “free” Christmas presents. He’ll blow a gasket!

    • kilgoretrout

      What about pool halls?

  • kilgoretrout

    I became a Bolshevik this morning in the work lavatory.

    • MynameisBlarney

      Try the restroom next time silly!

      • Kiri the Unicorn

        The third stall has the extra-large glory holes.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      I don’t believe that God intended boy-Bolsheviks and girl-Bolsheviks to use the same lavatory,

      • Roadstergal

        It’s BolSHEvik, not BolHEvik!

  • Notreelyhelping

    …and a warm place to take a shit. Right, Grassley?

    • Pax Americana Per Ars Smith

      Earl Butz, FTW!

  • Master Contrail Program

    Sure, my flophouse on Baltic Avenue isn’t much. It’s just a few blocks from the (wrong side of) the railroad tracks and the Water Works. But I’ll appreciate Grassley’s wisdom when I’m chilling at Park Place and Boardwalk in a few years. No doubt.

    • OneYieldRegular

      Oops! You have just drawn a Community Chest card that reads, “Your attitude is contrary to MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. Go directly to jail. Do not collect $200.”

  • Mehmeisterjr
    • He doesn’t spend his money on booze and strippers, he spends the taxpayers’ money on booze and strippers.

      • Raan

        And adult size ducky pajamas.

  • Katamount

    Pssst, media… now’s the time to turn on the old memory machines and try to recall how these same jerkoffs were running around complaining about deficits for the eight years the black guy was President.

    It was the Tea Party’s whole raison d’etre.

  • Juan de Fuca

    I have a feeling that if I ever met Chuck Grassley in person, I ‘d have a really hard time stopping myself from crying laughing every time he offered an opinion on something.

    • wide_stance_hubby

      I do awful Grassley impressions he would love.

  • Crystalclear12

    I can see how the French got a little carried during their revolution.

  • CW

    “I choose now to live as a gay man.” “General Flynn, that doesn’t really apply in this case.”

  • Jezzam

    I’d forego $20-$40 per month in entertainment and leisure to get a megamillions tax trade off. He should’ve put that in writing instead of blabbing his big mouth. I’m sure someone had a crayon handy

  • Bebecca

    Ebenezer Grassley. Tis the season.

    • Grasshole

    • Debbie the Unpaid Protester

      Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?

      • Non-Threatening Ron

        But you repeat yourself.

  • Why can’t poor people spend their money responsibly, by traveling to far-off countries and killing endangered megafauna, the more charismatic the better?

    • beingreleased

      What do you think he meant by “investing”?

  • Anna Rompage

    My take home pay is approx $42k/yr, if I were able to save every single penny of my income, and not spend a dime, I could buy a $11 million estate in just a mere 261.9 years…

    That seems totally doable, what do you think?

    • Wonky McUbtrye

      You’re supposed to spend all of your free time building a business, which is always successful if you’re smart, Christian, and hard-working. If you haven’t done this, you’re lazy, and you don’t deserve nice things, or basic health and safety.

      Ugh, I have to go wash my brain out now.

      • Anna Rompage

        I had a woodworking business for nearly 25 years, it was great when the economy was doing well, then I’d go nearly bankrupt, and my gains would be wiped out, every time there was a recession…

        I realized I would never have financial security being a self employed contractor, and gave that dream up a few years back.

        • Non-Threatening Ron

          I’m sorry to hear that. Being your own boss gives you a kind of job satisfaction that being employed rarely does.

    • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

      You are not trying hard enough. Have you thought about selling baby parts on the dark web?

      • Wonky McUbtrye

        Gotta work that side hustle.

    • Doug Langley

      Don’t tell me you’re so lazy you’re still holding onto both kidneys.

      • Anna Rompage

        Is that what I’m missing out on, making money by selling body parts, and weekly visits to the Plasma donation center…

    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      Maybe check out Lori’s ad the next time it pops up? You could be stylin’ in a Range Rover in no time!

      • Naytch

        Ask Betsy and Erik about Amway!
        Or private military contracting on weekends!

    • YoBunnyBunny

      You mean you’re not supplementing your income with Soros checks???? I mean, I haven’t gotten mine in the mail either…

    • OneYieldRegular

      What you need to do is invest that money. Contact Charles Grassley, Senator and Investment Counselor. and he will surely give you all his investment secrets so that you can reach your dream in only half that time.

  • elviouslyqueer

    Good job, Chuck. Because being openly contemptuous of your constituents is always a good strategy.

    • Timothy Watson

      What are they going to do, vote for a Democrat?

    • Thiazin Red

      Just tell them its all the fault of the blacks and gays and they’ll line up to vote for him again.

      • ScottGoode

        Are there any of those in Iowa?

        • tomamitai

          They’ll vote for him to keep them out.

    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      I’m quite willing to return the favour. Unfortunately (or, selfishly, fortunately) I am not one of the vicious old asshole’s constituents.

  • Debra Dassow

    The horse and sparrow theory of economics…feed the horse, he poops, and the sparrow gets to pick threw the steaming pile.

    • Non-Threatening Ron

      Except now the farmer is collecting all the horse poop and storing it away where those taker sparrows can’t get at it.

  • Cock Blockula

    Ten cents a dance
    It’s the only price to pay
    Why give ’em more
    When it’s only love for sale?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dA2rI6HGb6E

  • Dg Hacket

    Yeah, I spent money on a woman. Shes dying of liver failure, nearly bedridden. I paid for some food and shelter for her. Thanks Chuck, for showing me how stupid ive been, throwing my money away on someone who’s not even gonna be around much longer!

    • SisterArtemis

      I think you should write a slightly longer version of that post and send it to Chuck. Maybe get it published online and in his local letters to the editor section too.

    • Naytch

      Serious hugs and love to you both.

      On to the vile snark:

      “If you did some basic research you’d know Hospice has a lousy return on investment,” Chuck Grassley – Republican Lion of the Senate

  • ariel_gee_398

    Chuck Grassley: Shockingly less coherent in person than he is on Twitter.

  • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

    “My point regarding the estate tax, which has been taken out of context, is that the government shouldn’t seize the fruits of someone’s lifetime of labor after they die,” Grassley said in a statement.

    “The question is one of basic fairness, and working to create a tax code that doesn’t penalize frugality, saving and investment,” he said.

    But one that prevents frugality, saving and investment is just fine!

    • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

      So it’s OK for me to pay taxes, but not you? Fuck you, Chuckie.

  • altleftjohn
  • Daniel

    “My point regarding the estate tax, which has been taken out of context, is that the government shouldn’t seize the fruits of someone’s lifetime of labor after they die. The question is one of basic fairness, and working to create a tax code that doesn’t penalize frugality, saving and investment. That’s as true for family farmers who have to break up their operations to pay the IRS following the death of a loved one as it is for parents saving for their children’s college education or working families investing and saving for their retirement.”

    Grassley has replied to the Washington Post to explain how he wasn’t being a dick.

    • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

      But he’s still lying.

    • Thiazin Red

      There are specific farm exemptions you lying sack of shit. And if your kids can’t get by with only 11 million, plus the 60% of the rest that isn’t going to taxes, your kids deserve to lose it.

      • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

        I was just about to write then they should just write in exceptions. Fuck, just incorporate the family farm if you really want to protect it from taxes.

        But then, we’re using actual rationality on a purely emotional and unrepresentative example, because this guy is a lying disingenuous fuckhead.

        • aureolaborealis

          Then ‘family farm’ would suddenly have an interesting new amazingly inclusive definition that would probably exclude most actual family farms.

          • Arolpin

            The Con-Agra family is really struggling. They need to be able to pass on $15 billion tax-free to their heirs. Won’t someone please think of the childrenbillionaires?

          • TakingAmes

            Of course. That’s what Congress is doing.

    • elviouslyqueer

      The Des Moines paper already called him on this particular bullshit, especially the egregious lie about family farmers.

      • tomamitai

        Why the fuck do politicians still hold up farmers as the ideal Americans? The agricultural sector hasn’t dominated employment since sometime in the mid 1800’s, and has dropped to around 1.5% as of 2012, the last year I could find data for. There are more people working in fast food joints in this country than on farms, family or otherwise, why don’t they get any respect? We need to add more Representatives to the House, so that the nearly empty rectangular states no longer enjoy disproportionate representation in Congress, and eliminate the goddamned electoral college!

    • MissAshley

      It’s not “[penalizing] frugality, saving, and investment.” It’s maintaining the integrity of the economy in the face of massive concentrations of wealth. Letting those heirs keep their massive inheritances tax free just contributes to inflation.

      Of course, they don’t care because they’re inheriting a fat cushion (on top of whatever wealth they already have). We’re the ones who feel the effects of their actions/inactions devaluing money.

    • Arolpin

      I wonder if Chuck Assley knows anyone who actually made their own money. I know people who worried about the estate tax, because when there was talk of lowering it to $1-2million for single folks and $2-4 million for a married couple, it would have impacted them. They were my grandparents, and my grandfather was a surgeon and a small-town doc for 40 years before he retired. He took 1 week of vacation a year (too much work to schedule replacement coverage in rural Idaho) and lived relatively frugally. He bought a new American car every 5 years or so (with the biggest engine, because he was 15 miles from the hospital, and he regularly made it in 8 minutes), he bought his wife a new American car every 6-8 years. He sent all 4 of his children to college, and all 4 ended up with graduate degrees and professional careers. He lived in the same house from when he returned from WWII until he retired, then he moved and bought a smaller house (which my mom sold to the Afghani refugee who was my grandmother’s caretaker for her last couple years).
      He invested well, saved his money, took some trips after retirement, used the federal gift maximum several times to distribute money tax-free before he died, and left his kids a small amount with the bulk going to his wife. My grandmother lived another 10 years or so, and her investments were growing faster than her expenses, and she still didn’t leave enough to trigger the estate tax. She did leave enough to each of her children that they should be able to live comfortable retirements with the combination of social security, pension funds, and savings.
      The really bullshit thing about the estate tax is that it isn’t being taxed twice, because the bulk of the value in estates that trigger the estate tax is already untaxed, because it has never been withdrawn and had the tax applied. (Here’s an example, say I get a really great bonus of $100,000 after taxes some year. I invest it and I’m really lucky and average 7% annual return, so it doubles every 10 years. so after 40 years, that original $100,000 is now worth $1.6million. Sure I paid taxes on the first $180k or so, but the $1.5million delta between the value when I started the investment and the value 40 year later is entirely untaxed. If I withdraw money from the account, I pay taxes on the increase in value. If I die and leave it to my kids, it’s all tax free unless there is an estate tax.)

    • everstar

      Dear Senator Grassley,

      The estate tax is not the government seizing the fruits of one’s labor. It is seizing the fruits of one’s children’s dumb luck. It is no longer the fruits of the original maker’s labor, because they are dead.

      I know you already understand this; I simply want you to know I understand it too.

    • TakingAmes

      I’m saving for both my children’s college educations and my retirement. Trust me, even if we didn’t spend it all down for college and retirement, it wouldn’t reach $5.5 million. Ain’t happening. So stop using my savings account to make your point. Dickhead.

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    I spend all my money on low-performance strike aircraft and subsidies for ethanol producers and corn farmers.

  • disqus_lWwzrwNaw6

    When the Capitol pharmacist got himself into some serious HIPAA hot water recently by saying that anti-dementia drugs were included among his regular deliveries to members of Congress, I wondered at the time if old Chuck wasn’t one of the people he was talking about.

    I mean, in a body like the US Senate, whose average age is 62 (although, to be fair, at least the average age appears to be higher than the average IQ), what are the odds?

    Hatch seems a little gaga, too, frankly, but then he always has been kind of off, with his little beady eyes and his LDS certitudes, whereas Chuck, back in the day, had the whole “Midwest Nice” thing going for him, a kind of mumbling, populist decency. He has now gone full on raving vile.

    He is a horrible, horrible old man. For the sake of his immortal soul, I hope this is dementia, and not just who he really is, liberated by the Republican hegemony.

    • ScottGoode

      Don’t forget his lips that are two sizes too small

    • Roadstergal

      “anti-dementia drugs”

      They’re not working.

  • Thiazin Red

    Hey white working class voters, this is your reminder that Republicans literally hate you. This is what they think of you. Now I know you hate the gays and the blacks more than you care about bettering your own situation, so this won’t affect your vote, but just you know FYI.

    That ad is pretty great. I can just imagine the worker who was all set to overthrow the oppressive capitalist system, but then his boss got slightly better paper towels, so he didn’t bother.

    • SisterArtemis

      That’s what sucked me into the capitalist machine. Bounty, or GTFO.

      • Thiazin Red

        I kind of get it. When I had a cold but no proper tissues at work I got stuck using our deeply awful paper towels. My face was so raw and sore I might have been tempted to overthrow the system.

      • arundel
        • SisterArtemis

          It’s all the adorable woodland creatures, right?

          • arundel

            They’re nice, but no it is more like I would want to have sexual relations with that smokin’ hunk. At the Dorchester Hotel in London, it’s 1958, and afterwards he’s in the shower and I would be Liz Taylor in a negligée, brooding and drinking, and looking amazing, and when he comes out, I’d shriek, “Go home, mountain boy! You degraded me!”, and I’d throw a stack of $100 bills and a crystal decanter at him, and he’d seize me and slap me to my senses and then we’d do it all again, harder and nastier than before, then I would throw him out of the suite without his pants, lock the door and take some pills and soothing bourbon. Stare out the window.

            But yes, the woodland creatures were lovely and cute.

          • SisterArtemis

            I would watch that movie. Presumably with someone playing your part, because it would be too weird to watch a fellow wonker have sex. I’m prudish like that.

          • arundel

            :) Thank you for entertaining my imaginative fantasia about the Brawny paper Towel Man. Of course the actual sex scenes are tastefully faded out and reserved for future nature documentaries.

    • kilgoretrout

      That’s the history of the late 1940s in a nutshell.

    • Master Contrail Program

      If Mr. Whipple tried to squeeze Bolshevik toilet paper he’d get splinters! #MAGA

      • SisterArtemis

        Mr Whipple is going down with Weinstein and the others. You know he was trying to get all sleezy behind the cooler with the checkout girls.

    • tomamitai

      I like how “proper air and lighting” were considered to be “courtesies”! How nice it was to have a boss who allows you to breathe and see what you’re doing! Trump’s EPA and OSHA will bring us back to those glory days!

    • MissAshley

      Oh no, no, no, gentleman Grassley isn’t talking about white working class voters. They’re very sure they’re talking about someone else. They don’t throw their money around willy-nilly like. . .those people. You know the ones. They actually work for a living, unlike. . .them.

      . . .And thus, the Grassleys of the world keep getting to do what they do and get praised by the very people they harm the most.

    • We’ve got to go back to the 20s, when managers kept worker uniforms in their office closets, in case the revolution came and they had to sneak out.

  • sweeper

    I haven’t posted in forever, but I have that poster in my bathroom. My youngest eventually told us he was afraid of the mean looking man, so we explained what a Bolshevik was. He is now friends with the righteously angry worker with sore hands.

  • UncleTravelingMatt
  • Master Contrail Program

    Indigents
    Owe
    Wealthy
    Americans

  • Debbie the Unpaid Protester

    I grew up solidly in the middle class, for which I have always been thankful. Mom a nurse, Dad an insurance guy, both savers.
    I am a saver, too, as was my late husband–but somehow we did not manage to amass a $million while raising our 2 kids.
    I am almost a teatotaller, although I did have an entire beer the other night because I was so sad/angry/scared about the Tax Scam passing the Senate.
    I also go to an occasional $2 movie, so I guess that explains my lack of riches.

    I will never forgive the Republicans for making me worry about losing my house, and worry that my daughters, after losing their father too young, will also now spend their adulthoods as Pooorz.

  • motmelere

    The rich aren’t asking for a class war, they’ve been waging one for the last 35 years.

    • shivaskeeper

      They are seeing how far they can go. At some point they will overplay their hand. When that happens there will be no running fast enough or far enough.

      • OutOfOrbit

        they overplayed their hand on reagonomics and so far, nutttin has changesd

        • shivaskeeper

          No. They did not. It may seem that way, but they really didn’t. When the majority has nothing left to lose shit will get bad. Who cares if they die storming the bastions of the rich or die by starvation two days later? That is what I mean.

          • Jeff Ackerman

            The Russian, French and the Chinese revolutions temporarily corrected for the rich overpaying their hand. I doubt we will ever get there, we just slowly beed out from thousands of small cuts. There are some social safety valves that keep us from becoming desperate, but nothing is ever really changed for the better

          • grindstone

            But as long as they convince poor whites that the enemy is the blacks and browns, they’ll keep us fighting among ourselves as opposed to storming the bastions of wealth.

          • shivaskeeper

            Yup. Until the food runs out. Or the water. Or any of a hundred other things that will push people over the edge.

        • tomamitai

          That’s only because they haven’t yet completely dismantled the work of progressives, and because the U.S. economy has gotten so big that even the meager portion that trickles down on the working class has been enough to keep their suffering below the “let’s build some tumbrels” level. When Social Security is gone and the next down turn in the business cycle wipes out everybody’s 401K and they’ve no one to turn to except other people as bad off as themselves, then things will get very “interesting”, just like in the old Chinese curse.

      • TakingAmes

        We still have bread and circuses. As long as McDonald’s has the dollar menu and The Big Bang Theory is on broadcast, the tumbrels will stay in the garage.

    • tomamitai

      More like 10,000 years.

  • Dg Hacket

    So the maples formed a union
    And demanded equal rights
    ‘The oaks are just too greedy
    We will make them give us light’
    Now there’s no more oak oppression
    For they passed a noble law
    And the trees are all kept equal
    By hatchet axe
    And saw

    https://youtu.be/UWHEcIbhDiw

    • tomamitai

      Learning that Peart was influenced by Ayn Rand ruined a lot of Rush songs for me.

      • John Thorstensen

        Insert mandatory Lord of the Rings comparison here.

      • BearDeLaOursistance

        “My mind is not for rent to any God or government. Just Charles Koch.”

    • Wonky McUbtrye

      We have a bunch of strangler vines growing on all the trees. The maples are dying first, being smaller; they ask the oaks for a hand with this, they say “Nah, not our problem.”

      So the vines get bigger, and stronger. The oaks start to notice. They start blaming the maples, who clearly aren’t doing their part to fight the vines, and they offer more and more nutrients and support to the strangling vines.

      They all turn back to dirt, eventually.

      • SisterArtemis

        eventually… They’ve been taking out a maple in my backyard for days. The thing is fighting hard. First, there was the day of taking down the huge bowl of the tree without smashing my roof or any of the cars in back of me. Some of those branches were as big around as my big-girl thighs.

        That left a 12 foot tall trunk about 30 inches around at the narrowest (maybe 60 at the base), sticking up like a sore thumb. But full of burls. SO they call in a different guy, to take out the trunk for furniture wood instead of firewood, and he’s been working on it since yesterday. Tried pulling it down, but it wouldn’t budge. Took all day to cut it down and haul it away, to where just a couple of feet are above the ground, chock full of burls and harder than hell for them to cut apart. Today, he’s been at it for hours and only has about half of it out of there.

        So tree, yeah, they rot away. But they can put up a good fight too.

    • bbayliss

      “All acorns look alike, but none of them look like oak trees.”…me

  • shivaskeeper

    I just need to put it out there. I do not spend money on the woman. She is more than capable of spending it all on her own.

    • Juan de Fuca

      Mrs. de Fuca even buys us booze. “I brought home a nice port so you could make that reduction sauce we like so much.”

      That’s fine, pours a glass…

    • Jacob DiCiaula

      The woman out earns me, so the I’m subsidized by the dame. Maybe I’ll buy some more movies or malt liquor

      • shivaskeeper

        Similar situation. I also have a sugar mama.

      • Grumpy Twat

        Moi, aussi.

  • kilgoretrout

    The Paper Towel Bolshevik Uprising of 1936 is underrated as hell.

    • Master Contrail Program

      It was a Bounty for the proletariat.

      • Wonky McUbtrye

        Viva revolucion!

        • Me not sure

          Capitalism was almost blotted out.

      • Juan de Fuca

        The quicker picker upper?

    • Doug Langley

      But they weren’t Brawny enough to make it work.

    • jodyleek

      Did that happen before the Rolling Green massacre or after?

    • BearDeLaOursistance

      Instigated by Ms. Kimberly Clark.

  • Jeff Ackerman

    “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” Ronald Wright

    Grassley’s comment hits home with his base, after all, why admit to yourself that your lot in life is to be poor or middle class.

    • Darlene Underdahl

      “Anyone can be president.”

      • Doug Langley

        “. . . and by gum, I’m starting to believe it!” – Will Rogers

      • bbayliss

        We need to rethink that idea.

    • Roadstergal

      Whatinhell is wrong with being middle-class? It’s comfortable and enjoyable and a pretty good life overall. And it’s achievable.

      • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

        Used to be achievable.

        • Roadstergal

          …yeah.

      • Jeff Ackerman

        Nothing at all to you or me. There is nothing wrong with being poor either. People like Grassley and his followers resent the poor. They are takers, lazy, undeserving etc.

  • Angela Ruzzo

    Why is the movie “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” suddenly running through my mind?

  • President in Exile Firefly

    I should spend less on dames and firewater and invest in hobo bean futures.

    • Master Contrail Program

      Scot Tissue Towels are so sturdy, yet so soft, they make for a fine hobo bindle.

      • freakishlypersistent

        Only the best, softest towels, DOTUS can throw them at us..

    • freakishlypersistent

      We’re back to posting about hobo beans n’ bindles. We were doing that at the end of the last R misadmistration. Will they never learn?

  • Occupied Territory of Kavefish
  • OneYieldRegular

    If my rudimentary education in history serves me right, I seem to recall that open contempt of the struggling poor often comes back to bite the people who express it in the ass – and sometimes in the neck.

    • Non-Threatening Ron

      In the ass, in the neck, in the intestines. Depends on the guillotine and noose-to-pitchfork ratio.

      • Juan de Fuca

        The nearest bridge…

    • Johnatx

      Well. We might have a nice wall to put them up against – with votes, of course

    • Ωbjectifier

      Let’s not go around losing our heads.

      • BearDeLaOursistance

        Not OURS, anyway.

  • hudson

    reposting. posted this early am.
    grossly has no idea how capitalism or employment works.

    that’s 200 11 fucking billion dollars.

    http://www.parkstreet.com/wp-content/uploads/US-Market-Universe-of-Wines-Spirits1.png

    • Roadstergal

      Yes, republicans, let’s keep ignoring the Napa/Sonoma area fires. That won’t hurt the economy at all.

      • hudson

        not to mention florida, ky/tn and ny and others.

        the point is for all their rhetoric they are completely clueless about reality and are nothing more than aging, out-of-touch scolds.

        as robyn points out, wtf are these rich guys going to invest in? and who can afford to buy? liquor is just a rhetorical example, ditto all other sectors.

  • freakishlypersistent

    I love this post. “Tomato” for the win!

  • Grassley just insulted 99.9% of the people who vote for him. I wonder how many of them will even realize it.

    • MamaBrown

      None of them, Katie.

      • Kateaux

        Oh, some of them might. Maybe. Eventually. I (a Democrat) used to vote for him. But I did begin to have doubts about him. What really sealed it for me was his role in blocking Merrick Garland’s Supreme Court nomination.

        Fuck you Chuckles. With extremely rusty votes. (The next chance Iowans will have to get this bastard out of office is 2022. Shit.)

        • JohnBull

          A million dollars says they’ll find someone far nastier, more contemptuous and dumber than even Grassley, like our other senator Joni Ernst.

          • Old town Urbandale

            Chuck isn’t going anywhere unless it’s guaranteed that his grandson will replace him. And Gov. Reynolds is so worthless she would surely agree to that deal. (Iowa is one of the 36 states where the gov appoints someone to fill an empty U.S. Senate seat.)

    • shivaskeeper

      All of them. The question is how many will care? Not enough.

  • Me not sure

    They got it all wrong. It was the cheap-ass toilet paper that put Lenin in power.

    • BearDeLaOursistance

      There’s a reason they only let you see him from the front in Red Square…

  • Persistent Tennessee Rain

    “When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.”

    ― Maya Angelou

  • If nobody is buying stuff, then what are you supposed to be investing in?

    • cmd resistor

      The Military Industrial Complex.

  • BrendaKay

    So, I pay my taxes, but do not get much “representation” for that cash. Meanwhile, the Kochs et al. pay far less taxes and get far more “representation”. Methinks the GOP forgot why we fought a war against the British.

    • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

      It is not so much that the GOP can’t remember. It’s that the GOP does not give a shit.

      • eka

        this statement applies to a lot of things.

    • hudson

      another reason was the mandated boarding/quartering of britishers into common american’s households. the GoP is muscling it’s way into the uterus.

    • Trump’s Potemkin Village

      The GOP are the Tories of revolutionary days. It’s funny how they insist they are the “true patriots.”

      • Grumpy Twat

        At least you got rid of the Tories. We’re still stuck with them. And they are now following the GOP.

        • Trump’s Potemkin Village

          Aw. I’m sorry : )

          But at least you don’t have the Talibangelical ‘family values’ bullshit over there, or do you have a similar version?

          • Grumpy Twat

            No, we don’t have the religious business. Just Tories, Farage and Britain First, who got such a great publicity boost from Donnie.

            Actually, isn’t it about time you extradited Farage? Please? It would make us so happy.

          • Trump’s Potemkin Village

            I didn’t know we had him. If it was up to me I’d hand him over.

          • Grumpy Twat

            No! He’s still here.
            But he is a person of interest to Mueller.
            I was hoping you could take him off OUR hands. He’s not welcome here. ;-)

          • Trump’s Potemkin Village

            Ah, ok. I’m sure the Donald wouldn’t welcome him with open arms either though – lol.

  • marxalot

    Silly me, I blow all my money on student loan payments and rent.
    I should really take the Senator’s advice, ditch the two years of sobriety, and spend all my time with women at the movies, decked out in “statement” clothes and eating lobster and cake. Sounds like a better way to face the apocalypse.

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      I give some of mine to the Wounded Warriors project because the government just doesn’t have enough money to fund the needs of wounded vets. But, thank god, rich people can now write off their private jet usage.

      • Zach Williams

        I give to Doctors Without Borders once a year because they care about other countries more than Republicans.

        But I GUESS I SHOULD JUST SELL MY PAID OFF HYUNDAI AND GO BUY A LAMBORGHINI FOR SHITS AND GIGGLES BECAUSE APPARENTLY THATS THE BEST WAY TO LIVE.

      • Old Nick

        Be careful about the WWs. At least one outfit using that name is a ripoff scam that spends most of its donations on staff expenses like first class airfare, luxury hotels, etc.

  • Ricky-pus gutted tub of guts

    I’m digging out my zoot suit!

  • msgypsy

    Now was there really any call for common sense and decency here? Really?

    Sigh.

  • bbayliss

    Try to be polite:
    Grassley, Chuck – (R – IA) Class III
    135 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
    (202) 224-3744
    Contact: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/contact

    • Rasilom

      I wont do it!!!! I aint gonna be polite to that Mother Fucker, I don’t even care if you wash my mouth out with soap!!!

      • bbayliss

        Dear Senator Grassley;
        “I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing,” Grassley said, “as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.”

        With one idiotic statement you have proven that whatever useful purpose you may have once served in government is long past.

        There are no greater slackers on earth than the idle rich. The idea that they are job creators was dispelled with the tax cuts of 2001/2003.
        Buying back shares of stock may be “investing” but it is not productive.

        The absurdity of your insulting argument is revealed by the fact that you include “women” as a luxury item. You seem to view them as objects rather than living, breathing, human beings who have the right to vote.

        You’ve long been a fool and now you’re an old fool, time to retire.
        Should you choose not to you have my assurance that I will do all I can to see you never serve another term.

        • Rasilom

          This with all the up votes^^^^^^^^^

    • Teresa Fairchild

      If you want a real fun time call the Dysersville office listed here: https://www.grassley.senate.gov/contact The phone answering boy there is salty af and may have hung up on me earlier today when I may have called him a brownshirt for working for Chuckles.

    • Old Nick

      Sorry, I just couldn’t be polite. I did, however, refrain from profanity.

      • bbayliss

        I sent him a song:
        Wine, wimmin and movies, almost wrecked my life
        Wine, wimmin and moves caused me nothin’ but strife

        I was dumb to be born poor
        Gitin’ by has been a chore

        I chose the wrong mom and dad
        made my life real bad

        but Grassley showed me where I went wrong
        I’ll tell ya about it in my little song.

        Pick your parents carefully,
        your lot in life, it’s plain to see,
        Is largely dependent upon your genetics
        So choose your parents carefully.

  • Red Bird

    Because the only way money can gave value is never spent.

  • AnnieGetYerFun

    I was going to comment on the weirdness of knee rouge when I remembered that I have used Botox and my cosmetic surgeon recently forwarded me a special offer on an anus bleachin’.

    • Johnatx

      Why would anyone want a bleached anus?

      • NotALiar

        With wouldn’t anyone is the real Q

      • GHERKINS du RESISTANCE!

        Mike Pence, Trendsetter…?

  • Bitter Scribe

    Regarding the picture of Paris Hilton standing next to her Hummer:

    I know everyone loves to hate her, but a lot of them don’t realize that she inherited nowhere near as much money as they think she did. The vast majority of the money she has, she earned herself. True, she earned it doing useless shit like showing up at nightclubs and hawking perfume and handbags, but she earned it nonetheless.

    • Lulu’s Mom

      But she never could have earned it without being who she is.

    • An Outhouse for the résistance

      That viral sex tape didn’t hurt to make her name known.

    • i don’t hate her. in fact i have a sneaking respect for her. she pioneered being a celeb without any real talent and she made it pay.

      i hate the world she helped create but i don’t begrudge someone seeing an opportunity and taking it.

  • Johnatx

    Fuck. Me and Cynthiaatx fritter our monies away on food. We are such losers

    • suziq

      Are you kids eating more than one meal a day again? That is so wasteful!

  • VirginiaMorningBlend

    And avocado toast is why millenials will never be able to afford buying a house. Who in the hell do they think they are talking to when they say completely nuts crap like this??

  • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

    Robyn

    Again, no disrespect, you’re trying to teach mules to read. The idea that this argument deserves even a semi-serious response is grossly offensive. This is a crime family stealing money for its Don, pure and simple. As Don Corleone said, “A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than 12 men with guns.

    • Cat Cafe

      The Don in question being in the Kremlin, not in the White House, also too.

      • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

        Bullshit. Putin, unlike this asshole, prizes power over money. He knows full well that if you have enough power people will give you money.

  • BearDeLaOursistance

    Yes, that $10 movie ticket is all that stands between you and the level where the friggin’ estate tax even applies.

  • Suttree

    I will never have children, but if I did, I would name my daughter Tallulah.

    • Zach Williams

      I never want to have children either, but I’ve toyed with the idea of adopting an heir to my name once I’m retired and living comfortably up in Canada.

    • everstar

      Fun fact: Tallulah Bankhead played a villain named “Black Widow” on the 60’s Batman show.

      • Suttree

        Haha! I just watched that show the other day!

  • NotALiar

    He said something similar on NPR. “It seems to me there ought to be some incentive and reward for those who work and save and invest in America as opposed to those who just live from day to day. ”
    I almost lost control of my car. I was so fucking mad.

    • Lulu’s Mom

      And did NPR follow up and call out that outrageous statement? IDK, as I can’t stand to listen any more. I’m guessing no.

      • NotALiar

        Robert Siegel lightly pushed back. Not even close to what I would have wanted him to say.

      • teele

        The loss of NPR (except for a couple of entertainment shows that Michigan Radio airs on Saturdays) has been a real disappointment to me. For a quarter century, living in several states, it was a daily mainstay for me, and I even loved the fund drives, and contributed year after year. Then the Dick came in (slithering behind Dubya) and packed the joint with right wingers. It is still the station my clock radio is tuned to, because it generally gets me up quickly in the morning; I hear a voice through the haze, gradually forming into words, and within 30 seconds I am stuck to the ceiling, screaming something like “YOU FUCKING ASSHOLE.” My spouse scrapes me off the ceiling and I am now awake and ready to attack the day, after pounding the off button on my alarm. Steve Inskeep should really be rewarded with his FOX gig soon, before he’s too old to cash in.

        • man this is so perfect and sad.

      • no they did not.

    • TakingAmes

      Yeah, I think the incentive is the ability to know where your next meal is coming from. The reward is a comfortable retirement. Dickhead.

    • i posted this last week but: i was on my bike outside wrigley (coming home from enrolling folks in the ACA) screaming ‘fuck you republicans and esp chuck grassley’ at the top of my lungs.

      (fortunately, drunk is normal outside wrigley and i was not arrested).

  • Blanche de Shambles

    Wait…does this mean the Charleston is going to be a thing again?

    *sigh* I wish someone would give me a little more advance notice when this sort of thing happens!

    OK, COME ON, LADIES! PLACES!

    AND 5, 6, 7, 8!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fzPf8GL0mw

    • Cat Cafe

      That number was SO CUTE!!!!

  • Zach Williams

    We should follow in the footsteps of the French.
    Behead all the bourgeoisie.
    (WITH VOTES OF COURSE)

  • James Baskin

    You can’t say Grassly without saying ass.

    • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

      or assly

      • Trump’s Potemkin Village

        or “ghastly.”

  • OrdinaryJoe

    “Let them eat cake!” Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Pottersville)

    • cmd resistor

      Probably dried up shitty fruitcake.

      • GHERKINS du RESISTANCE!

        “Dried up shitty fruitcake” was probably Chuck Grassley’s nickname in college.

    • Katamount

      When conservatives watch “It’s A Wonderful Life”, do they actually identify with Mr. Potter or do they think he’s secretly George Soros and George Bailey is the principled conservative?

    • Lefty Wright

      No, more like make them eat shit, because that’s all they can afford.

  • WilbyToad

    Tomi Lahren predicts ‘black market for toilet paper’ because government gives away too much ‘free stuff’
    by DAVID EDWARDS / RAWSTORY
    https://www.rawstory.com/2017/12/tomi-lahren-predicts-black-market-for-toilet-paper-because-government-gives-away-too-much-free-stuff/

    I’ve got some primo Canadian extra strong double ply if you’re interested.

    • Mavenmaven

      Toni Lauren rightfully fears toilet paper.

    • george lastrapes

      Tomi’s skill-set is this: tugging at her nanoskirt trying to keep her thong or thing covered, thus keeping the audience hypnotized by her struggle while her fully-clothed male co-pundits intone pernicious alternate facts which slide unchecked into the collective subconscious of the unsuspecting and distracted viewers.

    • TakingAmes

      That’s a lotta cleavage for Liberty University, girl.

  • CripesAmighty

    OT–Hey, kids, lets all watch the Mango Moron extol the civic virtue of selling off public lands to Exxon and Massey Coal. Ugh–those infantile gestures and Mussolini poses are just revolting.

  • “I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing, as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.”

    “Women” are merely commodities like “alcohol” and “films”. How appropriate in a GOP world.

    • Cat Cafe

      Yeah, I noticed that, too.

  • Cat Cafe

    Yeah, those people that fritter away their money on booze or women, you know https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1808d682d6ed0122c5a1880dc689b81c3344851d83d293fa3645ea16ccf8fbd9.jpg

    • gingerwentworth

      I wish I could have been at that party of whities! They are having nothing but fun. They’res a stable fatherly-type man, a jolly brother type man, a sexy dark type girl, a hot blonde kittenish girl, and they all look like they’re ready for their milkshakes!
      A dream party. Even Farmer Grassley would like to go there (but might be too darn shy.)

  • Mavenmaven

    In these guys mind, appropriate work conditions for workers are those of the plantation.

    • Cat Cafe

      Or the meatpacking district. They want to repeal the 20th century.

    • Trump’s Potemkin Village

      We’re all going to be owned by the Koch Company Store.

  • Gorillionaire

    Time for the fascists to whip up some shit about ‘bortions and coloreds. Probably before Xmas I’d say.

    • Old town Urbandale

      In the morning paper a couple of the Iowa legislators were talking up bringing up restoration of the death penalty in the next session. The Iowa GOP must be planning some really massive ratfucking if they’re releasing diversionary trial balloons this early.

  • Trump’s Potemkin Village

    “I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are
    investing, as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny
    they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.” These quotes may
    seem unrelated outside of subject matter, but they sure both say a lot
    about the people who said them.”

    That’s exactly what the average Fox viewer believes too.

    • Lefty Wright

      Yeah, even though a lot of Trump voters spend a lot of money on booze, women,and movies.

  • RobGinChicago

    I suppose, according to Sen. Grassley, those 30 year career military folks are just useless “takers”, expecting the government to do everything for them, because they aren’t part of the rich – let your money do the work crowd.

  • Saxo the Grammarian

    “I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing, as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.” — Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Pottersville)

    Tell that to the folks who lost their entire 401k investments in the 2008 recession, fuckface.

  • cmd resistor

    I am pleased to report that I spent part of my lunch hour at the liquor store buying booze with my hard earned money.

  • Alternative Dog

    Wait a minute. Let me get this straight. Are you suggesting that rich, white, male octogenarians are out of touch with the American population at large?

  • tehbaddr

    I haven’t been to a movie theater in 3 years, been longer than that regarding teh womens, beer is cheap and easy to get to/at!

  • bbayliss

    My musician friend suggested that “wine, wimmin’,and movies” sounds like a C&W song, so I wrote a little tune:
    Wine, wimmin and movies, almost wrecked my life
    Wine, wimmin and moves caused me nothin’ but strife

    I was dumb to be born poor
    Gitin’ by has been a chore

    I chose the wrong mom and dad
    made my life real bad

    but Grassley showed me where I went wrong
    I’ll tell ya about it in my little song.

    Pick your parents carefully,
    your lot in life, it’s plain to see,
    Is largely dependent upon your genetics
    So choose your parents carefully.

  • anon_the_great

    Again, Grassely queefed out something so stupid only a white man could say it and not be laughed out of polite society

  • mellowjohn

    “Libertine men and scarlet women and ragtime…” –Professor Harold Hill

    • The Person.

      I love Ragtime!

    • Zombishroom

      Trouble I tell ya.

    • Vel Venturi

      Shameless music!

  • GHERKINS du RESISTANCE!

    Oh so Chuck Grassley gets to tell me how to spend MY fucking money, now?

    I don’t think I voted for that kind micromanagement, you motherfucking fuckhead Republicans.

    • sercanet

      Yeah, I thought the republicans were all about the freedoms, to exercise their choices in the magical Holy Free Market.

      So what if a fella (or even a gal!) wants to spend his/her money on a cocktail, or a moving picture, or even some first-class pussy. I thought the consequences of making choices were supposed to be the natural ones: a hangover, two hours of your life you’ll never get back, and neurosyphilis. (See Trump, Donald J.)

      There should be no need to create artificial, legal consequences to punish those whose choices we disagree with. Or who have failed to amass millions to pass on to their indolent offspring.

  • ChumpsForTrump

    Fuck Assley hates when people waste their money in the economy, when rich kids could be being born with it instead.

    • Zombishroom

      Rich kids fuck up everything.

  • mondojohnson

    Your eloquent use of bygone slang could teach the millenial whippersnappers at The Opinion how to mine the Wisdom of the Oldes for insight and poetry — as opposed to just shitting on it, as they apparently do (per the Editrix’s’es’ss’e’s infuriating lament of the vanishing alt-weekly).

    • Robyn is the bees knees! 23-skidoo, y’all!

      • javadavis

        And cute as a bug’s ear, to boot.

    • Vel Venturi

      Golly, what a swell comment!

  • Anne Of Green Bagels

    Iowa is 91.4% white. Deathpanels there probably knows Those People only from FAUX.

  • therblig

    iowans already wasted their votes on that douchebag grassley, who cares what they waste their money on.

  • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

    I make ten bucks an hour, but I have amazing health care through my employer that costs me thirty three bucks a week — vision and dental included. My mortgage is less than 475 a month, my car is paid for. I have no credit card debt. I don’t have a television, no Netflix. I haven’t been to a movie in years. I borrow DVDs from the library. I shop at the local close-dated frozen food store and stock up when what they have is what they need. I spent big when the local hardware store had a really good sale on LED bulbs and I replaced every one in the house. I haven’t bought new shoes or clothing since 2012 — my wardrobe is either pre-2011 or thrifted. I buy 99 cent books. I don’t smoke. My medications make drinking impossible. I have fast food once a month. Pop is a once a week thing. I make my own tea and coffee and I carry a thermos.

    FUCK YOU, GRASSLEY.

  • This isn’t even original thought. It’s just a copy&paste of what some Conservatool said a few years ago when he claimed the poorz really aren’t because they have such fancy-schmancy devices like a coffee-maker or a microwave (well ooh-la-di-da, Mr Rockefeller!)

  • Also, I think the only person spending all of their paycheck on “booze, women, and movies” is Charlie Sheen

    • dav kcimleh

      Hey! c’mon now… to be fair- Everybody knows Charlie doesn’t go to movies.

  • Boojum

    How much ARE women, these days? Asking for a friend. Well, not really a friend. More of a slaver. The kind who buys women. OK, it’s Chuck Grassley, alright?

  • UnsaltedSinner

    ‘You lead such a busy life?’

    ‘Yes, I have always some of ‘em to look up, or something to look after. But I like business,’ said Pancks, getting on a little faster. ‘What’s a man made for?’

    ‘For nothing else?’ said Clennam.

    Pancks put the counter question, ‘What else?’ It packed up, in the smallest compass, a weight that had rested on Clennam’s life; and he made no answer.

    ‘That’s what I ask our weekly tenants,’ said Pancks. ‘Some of ‘em will pull long faces to me, and say, Poor as you see us, master, we’re always grinding, drudging, toiling, every minute we’re awake. I say to them, What else are you made for? It shuts them up. They haven’t a word to answer. What else are you made for? That clinches it.’

    ‘Ah dear, dear, dear!’ sighed Clennam.

    ‘Here am I,’ said Pancks, pursuing his argument with the weekly tenant. ‘What else do you suppose I think I am made for? Nothing. Rattle me out of bed early, set me going, give me as short a time as you like to bolt my meals in, and keep me at it. Keep me always at it, and I’ll keep you always at it, you keep somebody else always at it.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f5358d91ff7df2426919c4f7ece8ade469016f22c1581383b47c7737f6ce5c75.gif

    Charles Dickens, “Little Dorrit”

  • Zyxomma

    I used to dislike Republicans. Now I fucking loathe and detest them.

  • SkinlessGenderlessMan

    Love you, Robyn….

  • Jim QuinnX

    He forgot lottery tickets. Everybody knows the poors squander their fortunes on lottery tickets. WON’T SOMEBODY THINK OF THE LOTTOS!?!

  • Hazel Blumberg

    All I can say is: if he weren’t in guvmint, he’d be sellin’ crappy jewelry out in the street an’ sleepin’ in a box.

  • Maybe

    Repubs know better than to spend their money on booze or women or movies.

    They spend it on Grassley and his ilk.

  • RugzYaBurnt

    What really slays me about all this is that Chuck Grassley thinks young people go to the movies.

  • RugzYaBurnt

    Behold the long-suffering subjects finally about to get their due through the dogged efforts of Grassley and his fellow swine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VImkv7G6oGE

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