Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Point of Personal Privilege- For Glenn Beck, it's all about the taxes
For those of you who are blessedly unfamiliar with this smooth-talking Lonesome Rhodes reincarnation, Beck is a guy who was Fox's biggest star for a few years with his own late-afternoon cable show until he got too insane even for that network (there are times when Beck makes Alex Jones seem sensible, to let you know how truly nuts he can be.) Now he peddles "love and understanding" in a sing-song voice when he isn't calling the President a racist Communist and urging his listeners to stock up on gold and "food insurance." He tells "thoughtful" little stories featuring dramatic pauses you could drive a truck through which I guess is supposed to make him sound deep, or something.
Anyway, the reason for this particular blog post: I happened to stumble on to Beck's morning radio program today while he was discussing the subject of taxes. He mentioned that the winner of the World Series of Poker (yeah, there really is such a thing) received a grand prize of $9.2 million " but because he lives in Denmark, which has a very high income tax, he walked away with only $2.5 million."
Beck: "Now, if you want to live in a country like that- I sure don't!- Bernie Sanders and the Socialists are ready to have that all set up for you."
Meanwhile, the second-place winner received a prize of $5.8 million, "but because he lives in Russia, he only paid $700,000 in taxes. After taxes, he walked away with more than twice as much money as the guy who beat him!"
Strongly implied by Glenn Beck: Russia is better than Denmark. Life expectancy in each country? Education and literacy levels? Quality of life? Actual free elections? Irrelevant. Russia has lower taxes. Russia is better, because Russia has lower taxes.
And here's the punchline, as far as I'm concerned: I'm pretty sure that the average Beck listener makes about $40,000 per year. Which means their taxes are historically very low, regardless of what Beck tells them and what (therefore) they think about their tax burden. Yet, I am sure that 90 percent of his listeners were just as horrified as Beck at the thought of a poor, put-upon poker player "earning" only $2.5 million- more than any of them will make in a lifetime- after taxes. Talk about misplaced sympathy. Maybe they should send that poor Danish poker player some gold or dried food or a ticket to Russia or- hey, I know!- one of these nifty safes!