So then give me yours.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry on Tuesday advised protesters in the Occupy movement to worry less about income inequality.
“You know, we have young people who are today occupying Wall Street, that there are some people out there that are making too much money,” the Texas governor said at an education forum in Des Moines, Iowa. “And if somebody were to ask me what the best advice that I could give them? It would be that money is probably the most highly overrated thing in the world.”
“It’s good to have some,” he admitted. “Because I’ve been without and I’ve had some, and it’s better to have some.”
Lay off the sauce, buddy.
[via Raw Story][cross-posted at Angry Black Lady Chronicles]
Mo’ money, mo’ problems…
However, when you have no money, you only really have one BIG problem.
but have to say, drunk Rick Perry is teh awesome!
Money is overrated, eh?
Then let’s talk about dealing with that whole capitalist system that prioritizes the making of money. No, you say? Yeah, that’s what I thought.
From his point of view, he’s right. From theirs, he’s wrong. Another $10K/year probably wouldn’t mean a thing to a governor. To a struggling twentysomething with $80K in student loans it would mean a lot.
And the point isn’t so much that some people have and make a lot of dough, it’s that they’re shirking their responsibility to contribute to the cost of government. It’s not that they have so much, but that they pay so little of it in taxes.
repeat after me:
the rich are not the problem. the worshippers of the rich are the problem.
Rick Perry talking about OWS AT ALL means that OWS has succeeded beyond my wildest dreams, and to make their point for them by being a clueless fucktard about being in the 1% is just pure win for OWS and ultimately the country.
Paraphrasing Sophie Tucker. “I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor — and believe me, rich is better.”
was that Sophie Tucker?
wait. who’s sophie tucker?
And the obvious, if so, then why are you’ll so het up about possibly giving some of the not-so-important-stuff to the government?
hey Governor Perry, your campaign….. also overrated.
@Little Boots: Vaudeville entertainer about 80 years ago-ish.
and your governorship, and your state, and your party.
What I love is the number of them who’ve spoken out just to say how unimportant and silly and unserious OWS was and how it wouldn’t last and didn’t matter at all and wasn’t anything like the Glorious Tea Party… etc.
Like Nixon telling the public that he hadn’t even watched the anti-Vietnam marches when in reality he was going ape-shit.
Gin & Tonic
Wow. 15 new threads since lunch. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I can’t keep up, so I’ll just drink wine the rest of the night.
Oh, okay. Then if education, health, public safety, and so on are by comparison underrated relative to money, then we should have noooooooo problem raising taxes on the rich to pay for that stuff.
I hope Obama is keeping a copy of all of this stuff in his iPad, just in case.
ya know, I thought he’d lose. I thought with this economy he had no chance. then the Republicans started nominating people and … suddenly it all seems so different.
John Lennon’s favorite group.
Ba dum dum.
I just dated myself horribly.
Belafon (formerly anonevent)
@MikeJ: It should sting being called out by Lemony Snicket in advance.
wait, I just got that.
Okay, we’re both dated.
what no sophie you tubes?
Villago Delenda Est
ABL’s first line was my reaction to the headline.
If money is highly overrated, then why is the parasite overclass so set against actually paying for the social infrastructure that benefits them?
My experience in the private sector tells me that ordinary people, 99% types, pay their bills (mostly) on time, and understand that the services provided to them cost money, and they’re expected to help offset that. 1% types, on the other hand, consistently expect freebies.
you know who should check in here and chat?
Paris Hilton is a job creator. The guy who drives your kids to school is a worthless freeloader who’s lucky he gets paid at all, much less gets a “lunch” break. Since when did driving a bus require three meals? It’s not like he has to get his fat ass off the bus. He should be paid less and taxed more. There are rich people who need that money to create jobs, or statues of themselves, whatever God tells them in the moment.
This used to be sarcasm, even satire. Now it’s the definition of bipartisanship.
Villago Delenda Est
Not the first (or the last) time Tricky Dick lied.
“I am not a crook.”
you all disappoint me terribly.
@Villago Delenda Est: It’s a tautology. The rich are rich because they don’t spend their money.
That’s why job creators/trickle down is such bullshit.
can I be patriotic, and out of context?
If you are looking for candidates separated at birth from blue-clad comic characters, look no further than Mitt Romney and The Tick.
• can’t remember past beyond last 3 years
• Loves to show off oversized chin
• caricature of type, rather than genuine article
@pete mack: The Tick is amusing; Romney is not. Not a perfect match.
Shorter Rick Perry:
Are there no prisons? Union workhouses, poor law in full vigour, etc.
Merry Christmas Governor.
everybody loves Numa, don’t they?
@Little Boots: No.
@Villago Delenda Est:
In my case, it’s not even private sector experience, it’s something I noticed in college. The group of friends I ended up in spanned the spectrum fairly well from dirt poor to filthy rich, with both liberals and conservatives in it: out of all of us, the absolute wealthiest one (who was also a Republican) was, to the best of my knowledge, also the only one whose family felt entitled to cheat on their taxes. (To the tune of something like six million dollars in an offshore Cayman account, something she proclaimed without a trace of embarrassment).
That seems to be more or less the standard.
so sad. so bitter.
numa makes everyone happy, or should.
I’m partial to dramatic squirrel myself.
@Little Boots: It’s actually Romanian.
what is this dramatic squirrel you speak of?
and I’m okay with that.
why must you hate Romania?
Money sure isn’t everything… but it’s definitely not overrated.
Perry’s more like Megaton Man to me. And in 12 months he’ll be just as obscure.
Wait you’re not talking about this?
ETA: based on your last response to OO you are. In which case, this will explain all
@handy: “hey Rocky! Wanna watch me make a stupid campaign statement? Nothing up my sleeves…..”
@Little Boots: The soon-to-be-ex-Mme Omnibus is Romanian. I don’t hate Romania; I just do not necessarily care to be reminded. You asked.
close, needs more hot sailor. or:
my tact is legendary
In the immortal words of Steve Jobs, “OH WOW”
@Little Boots: It’s okay. FWIW my hatred of that song is entirely independent of, and preexisted by years, the divorce.
admittedly, most straight guys do.
seriously, sorry about your trubbles.
@Little Boots: ‘S okay. If you actually want interesting Romanian music, check out Zdob si Zdub.
I wonder if this is why abstinence education’s been such a rousing success in Texas.
“And if somebody were to ask me what the best advice that I could give them? It would be that sex is probably the most highly overrated thing in the world.
“Don’t do sex, kids.”
okay, I’m drunk, so I’m brave enough to ask.
how did you meet a Romanian. What was she like?
Over rated or under rated?
Chuck Klosterman’s 10 Most Accurately Rated Bands
omnes what is going on here?
Is it doug’s fault?
cause I’m okay with that.
okay, everyone post their favorite numa.
@RossInDetroit: Matthew Sweet *does* in fact have one perfect song per album. The rest of them are 99% perfect. But what do I know? I like My Bloody Valentine.
Thank gopod he didn’t drag Big Star into this.
You know what else is over rated?
The IQ of Texas Republican governors.
About My Bloody Valentine:
That is pure win right there.
Also the New Radicals, I actually did think it was a Todd Rundgren song when I first heard it.
can we yell at doug yet?
I was planning to do a shot for every lie Condi told during her interview with Stewart, but I was hunched over the toilet, blitzed out of my skull 45 seconds in. She’s got to hold some kind of fucking land speed record for being a lying piece of shit.
Girlfriend is probably one of the perfect pop songs of all time. There’s just nothing about it that isn’t sparklingly excellent. And I’ve spent quite a while looking.
RIP Alex Chilton.
can we at least like numa?
omnes, you did not answer.
@fasteddie9318: There is no drinking game involving Republicans that will not end either in stone cold sobriety or alcohol poisoning.
Maybe Perry is trying to do young people a service. He could be telling them that slavishly following wealth is not the way to happiness.
No, you go find happiness. We want the best for you. Leave the nasty wealth business to us…
or this, which is kinda fun:
When the Ronettes toured England in ’64 (’65?) the Stones were the opener for some of their shows. Mick and Keith warmed up the crowd for three girls from Manhattan.
I gotta call it. Work in the am. Try to behave.
Actually, it was Paul McCartney who called Sophie Tucker “our favorite American group” in the lead in to “till There Was You”, when they performed in front of the Queen in November 1963.
When the Monkees toured Jimi Hendricks opened
correct. that, of course, was Jimi Hendricks, the well-known Australian glockenspiel virtuoso. Wildly popular at the time.
I blame Obama.
The prophet Nostradumbass
@rageahol: Along with Charles Dikkens, with two “K”s, the well known Dutch author.
Ugh. I’m in Texas. Governor Good Hair is a divisive figure. At least every time he opens his mouth assures less popularity for his actions in the state.
My first thought:
Rick Perry said Money is overrated and that you should follow your passion to be happy. I’m sure he and the business interests he protects/promotes would be more than happy to soak up that “overrated” money.
Talk about some patronizing bullshit.
Especially when he’s channeling Paul Lynde in the center square.
Pat In Massachusetts
And did the crowd in Iowa cheer and cheer and cheer?
Money isn’t everything until you don’t have any.
As the old saying goes, I am prepared to accept that money doesn’t buy happiness. All I want is the chance to prove it.
Paul in KY
@Chris: I remember Paul McCartney musing on how when he was dirt poor & struggling, nobody gave him a thing. Once he became wealthy & famous, he got all kinds of free stuff: guitars, drugs, etc.
Paul in KY
@Lurking Canadian: Money can’t buy happiness, but it can sure rent it.
I’d like to see that guy have a nice, friendly conversation with Tim Minchin. That would go well.