Inside the Typical Hollywood Leftist’s Mind

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Their household wealth fell by 30 percent. Average real income for the top percentile declined 36.3 percent, versus a decline of 11.6 percent for the remaining 99 percent.

Let’s hope Kind was joking when he talked about the alleged benefit of “one billionaire” leaving his or her money to the government: “I’m a big fan of education; I think more money should be poured into education. I think the environment is a mess and is spiraling downward. And I think our tax situation, you know we are in debt a lot. But I tell you, you cut off one billionaire, and he might be able to cover everything. If that billionaire were to die and leave his money to the government, all our problems may be solved.”

Just “one billionaire”? Add up the net worth of Forbes’ top 10 richest Americans. Their total net worth comes to $291 billion. The current projected annual deficit is $1.5 trillion — five times the combined net worth of the 10 richest Americans. More money in education? Outside of Switzerland, the United States spends more money on K-12 than any other OECD country.

In 1985, a federal judge in Kansas City ordered the school district to close what he called an “appalling” gap in the quality of urban schools compared to that of suburban schools. Fox’s John Stossel wrote: “The bureaucrats renovated school buildings, adding enormous gyms, an Olympic swimming pool, a robotics lab, TV studios, a zoo, a planetarium and a wildlife sanctuary. They added intense instruction in foreign languages. They spent so much money that when they decided to bring more white kids to the city’s schools, they didn’t have to resort to busing. Instead, they paid for 120 taxis. Taxis!

“What did spending billions more accomplish? The schools got worse. In 2000, 15 years and $2 billion later, the Kansas City school district failed 11 performance standards and lost its academic accreditation for the first time in the district’s history.”

Kind is not a stupid man. He graduated from Northwestern, where he studied pre-law. He is, of course, entitled to an opinion. But then so is actor Brad Pitt, who once refreshingly said: “You shouldn’t speak until you know what you’re talking about. Reporters ask me what I feel China should do about Tibet. Who cares what I think China should do? I’m a f—king actor! They hand me a script. I act. I’m here for entertainment. Basically, when you whittle everything away, I’m a grown man who puts on makeup.”

And that’s a wrap.

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  • Sage on the Stage

    Kind is a walking shill for government theft of the assets of private citizens. The not-so-subtle message of what he says is, "If the billionaires gave just a little more of their assets to the government, our debt problem will be solved." Anyone who thinks for themselves knows that this is nonsense; but the problem is that "a little more" is never enough; thus Kind and his comrades will always be demanding more. And when they finish soaking the billionaires(if there are any still living in the U.S.), they'll come after the rest of us. But what about solving the debt problem, a 16 trillion dollar debacle? Don't ask Kind about THAT–a real problem–he's not home.

    • Jim_C

      What about solving the debt problem, you ask?

      How about taxing those oh-so put upon billionaires at the rate they were taxed fifteen years ago?

      Not a bad idea!

      • Sage on the Stage

        Its a terrible idea; more government taking, more government control; and it won't reduce our national debt one bit. This is because the way to permanently reduce the debt is to cancell government programs that duplicate each other, and there are at least 47 of those.(Source: The Heritage Foundation) If you take from the billionaires, what incentive do the Feds have to reduce spending? NONE. Besides, my point was that Kind doesn't address REAL problems like debt reduction; and neither does Harry Reid(Where's his budget been for the last 3 and a half years?) Kind focuses on taking from the so-called rich–those evil capitalists–and giving it to those who don't deserve it. Can't think of anything more selfish and mean-spirited!

  • TG

    Funny how many rich people talk about “the rich” as if rich starts somewhere above their level of rich.

    • Jim_C

      Funny how most rich liberals openly acknowledge the fact that they are rich and that they don't mind being taxed more.

  • oldtimer

    And O's new ad, that business owners DID NOT work for what they have, government helped them. As a former business owner, I am totally insulted by this remark. I worked my butt off, seven days a week. All the goverment did was tax me on everything, even the furniture in the office.. And these actors/actresses should go back under the rock the crawled out of and stay out of our lives. They and pro atheletes do not deserve the outrageous payments they receive. Maybe O has exempted them (and himself) from taxes like he has done for his friends when it comes to his healthcare law, and again we, the people, the middle class, will suffer.

    • tagalog

      Government helped them with:

      1. Record-keeping requirements under Title VII;

      2. Record-keeping requirments under ERISA:

      3. Compliance with OSHA, including installing of government-mandated safety fixtures, together with the education requirements;

      4. The employer's sole responsibility to pay UIB insurance premiums;

      5. The employer's sole responsibility to pay Workers' Comp. premiums;

      6. The employer having to pay for recording his employee's withholding taxes, to do the bookkeeping and bank deposits;

      7. Negotiating the complexities of the Internal Revenue Code;

      8. Keeping wages to no lower than minimum wage;

      9. Not permitting workers to agree to work for more than 40 hours per week without paying overtime;

      10. Stacking the cards in favor of the unions in negotiating union contracts:

      11. Matching the employees' FICA taxes.

      Many, many, other government requirements, so many that one reliable source says that the average employer pays over $4,000 per year per employee for the costs of government regulation without even counting the taxes. If you're an employee, how'd you like to get a $4,000 a year raise in wages/salary? Do you wonder why your greedy SOB employer pays you so little? Now you have an inkling…

      • kasandra

        And don't forget, the government is right in there sharing the risk with you. Well, maybe if you're "too big to fail." As for everyone else in business, you're on your own.

        • tagalog

          I have yet to see a rep of the government sitting at the side of the debtor in a meeting of creditors in a business bankuptcy proceeding. In fact, the government mandates that tax debts can't be discharged in bankruptcy. I guess they're too small and insignificant for all that stimulus money.

          If instead you pay your debts off out of what you've been able to save for your retirement, and negotiate a settlement for less than the amount due, the creditor has to report that to the IRS, and you wind up paying taxes on the amount forgiven, since the government says that's income to you. Yep, sharing the risk of failure; thanks, Barack, that's so comforting.

    • Jim_C

      oldtimer, you don't want to get into a discussion about what people "deserve" to get paid. Pro athletes and actors sell tickets–they "produce" wealth. Some of them actually work hard.

      Compare to a Wall Street trader. You get courted by a company to buy their stock. They take you out, get you drunk, maybe more. You wake up, look at their projections, decide, sure, I'll acquire some stock. Surprise! You've brought a windfall to your firm! You are now "talent," too. Big Xmas bonus for you!

      Not picking on traders. Some of them work hard, do have expertise. And some just had the right dad and the right fraternity in college.

      So let's not talk "deserve."

  • Jaladhi

    A typical leftist from Hollywood or from anywhere else doesn't have any brain that we talk about "inside his mind"!! He is brain dead!! He can't think for himself and he has to follow all those other brain dead who masquerade as his leaders!!

  • tagalog

    I have a solution: make it a law that actors who make more than, say, $250,000 per performance currently will have their compensation cut back to the average salary of, say, the typical middle manager in sales in corporations that show a profit of more than, say, $5 million a year, for the same period of work.

    Example: Sales Manager Joe makes $250,000 a year as a middle manager of the sales department of Intel. It takes Clare Actress 6 weeks to put in her time in the movie she's currently making. She's a popular actress, so she can make at least $250,000 for doing her job. Instead of making a flat $250,000, now she makes 6/52 of $250,000, or 12% x $250,000 = $28,846.15, before deductions and withholding are taken out. Right on! Power to the People! Better hurry up and make another movie, Clare! Almost $29 thousand for six weeks of work, pretty nice for her, right?

    That will be a demonstration of the sincerity of the acting community on this issue. I'm sure Mr. Kind will support such a measure wholeheartedly. It seems so, I don't know, fair…

    • Sage on the Stage

      Better watch out…the Hollyweird Left will brand you as a "McCarthyite."

  • tagalog

    Of course, Obama is claiming that government built the infrastructure and since business people benefit from it, their efforts in building their businesses count for nothing and they owe something to the collective. Never mind that their taxes financed that building, just consider the implications of what Obama is saying: people owe something to the government because the government built all that stuff. Never mind that the states did a lot of the building; my issue is, what does Barack Obama think about compensation to the people who did the actual work, including the descendants of slaves? Is he a proponent of reparations?

    Do I get any compensation for the many crappy jokes that were made about what I do for a living, small businessmen, profiting off other people, and so on, and so on, and the deliberate demeaning of people who are entrepreneurs? How about for Hillary Clinton's snide remark about undercapitalized businesses? I'm sure not…

    P.S. I am still running the 35-year-old business that I built up from nothing, creating several jobs over the years, and I think that the view that business people profited from the infrastructure is a load of nonsense. The infrastructure wasn't built for the business people – it was built for everyone. If I had gone to government, saying "Will you, the government, make my business happen?" they'd have looked at me like I was crazy, which I would have been if I had actually done that. I'm the one who made my business happen, and government got to skim a lot of the cream off the top.

  • sedoanman

    Here I thought discriminating was the worst sin America ever committed [and continues to commit]. You learn something new every day.

  • Harold J. Harris

    IIt strikes me that Kind is a prime example of what some have designated a "pignoramus," meaning an individual who pretends to be ignorant of what every reasonably educated and half-way intelligent knows to be true.

  • Iratus Vulgas

    Using Kind's solialist mindset, I think we can reform the Summer Olympics coming up the end of this week. Take the fastest and strongest and make them wear weights so the slower and weaker athletes will have a better chance of winning. It's only fair.


      Yeah, Give EVERYONE at the Olympics a Gold Medal else it would be "unfair".

  • marios

    I am, being originally from one of socialistic country, greatly appreciate self-earned by talent and hard work rich people. The more are rich people, the richest country itself and only in prosper, rich country can exist welfare programs for not-talented or more lazy …. for really who are in need: disabled, elderly, poor kids. There are no such program in poor countries. Those blamed "rich" create work places but I don't know even one poor who did it. But it is understandable why Democrats and their protégé BHO use class card: Bolsheviks in the first socialists country used it to divide people and the same card used communists in all countries. The result: socialism failed everywhere but before it toils millions human lives. In Russia Stalin's regime killed up to 40ML civil citizens, in China were killed more than 70MLN, etc. Look at Cuba, Vietnam, Cambodia, etc. Miserable life.
    Leftists don't understand what they are doing supporting WH establishment, appeasing them. They chop up the branch they are sitting now. They are gullible, softly say, cowards trying to coax those whom they are afraid off.

  • Stuart Parsons

    Americans are led to believe that all men are born equal. This is untrue. Some are born, the offspring of wealthy parents, with silver spoons in their mouths and some have, by the gene pool, been rewarded with much higher IQs and thus have been allocated a greater get ahead advantage, than others. The poor individual whose IQ is only say 95 is at an economic disadvantage as compared to those with IQs above say 120. I can see no objection to those fortunately born into wealth and those fortuitously endowed with a high IQ having some portion of their income taken from them to assist the genuinely less advantaged. I Hate to say it to Americans but this desire, by some, for a degree of income redistribution is known as SOCIALISM. Oops sorry I have said the dirty word haven’t I. I can hear you all calling for my crucifixion….. or would you prefer to stone me to death ?

  • Jim_C

    I agree, these Hollywood types need to shut it! Jon Lovitz just came out with some moronic drivel a couple months ago. I mean, what does a guy who got by on two jokes on SNL know?