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05 December 2010

Libtalkers Obsessed With Rush & Sean's Salaries, Use As Weapon In Tax Battle


Dems Use Talk Salaries In Fight For Tax Hikes

Is this really the best Democrats can do?

In their quest to demonize Republican opponents ahead of January's GOP-dominated House of Representatives, our "progressive" friends really appear to be struggling. Though their smear machine was reasonably effective after 1994's Dem rout, this time, liberals sound absolutely desperate.

We've seen ineffective attempts at painting incoming Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) as a crybaby wino and the new playbook looks just as shaky: a lefty push for income tax hikes using talk host salaries as a weapon.

Defeated Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL) has already tried this trick on both the House floor and MSNBC. Libtalkers have since expanded it, directly attacking Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly and others based entirely on their compensation.

From Friday's radio program, listen as Randi Rhodes smears Rush Limbaugh:

RANDI RHODES (HOUR ONE - 38:00): Tell Sean Hannity that the only reason that Sean Hannity is advocating for holding out for 98% of the American people and holding you hostage is because Sean Hannity makes $22 million a year, that's why!

Sean Hannity makes $22 million a year. If Sean Hannity doesn't get his tax cut, Sean Hannity is going to pay about $900,000 more a year. Rush Limbaugh makes $58 million a year reportedly.

He's going to get a tax - if - if the the tax on the top two percent is allowed to sunset, he's going to pay an extra $2.7 million a year. That's his tax bill, not his salary! That's his tax bill on almost $60 million dollars. But without it, you know, if they hold us hostage, then Rush will get an extra $2.7 million next year at a time when people are literally standing in line for heating assistance and he's mocking them and making racist comments about their inability to find a job or their lack of desire to find a job, I think it was.

RHODES (41:12): Mega dittos, mega money! Yeah, $58.7 million a year. So Rush Limbaugh stands to gain $2.7 million per year if they hold the middle class - 98.7% of us hostage to Bush's, uh, to Rush's whims. Now, $2.7 million is a lot of money. You can, you could buy enough Oxy to make a herd of elephants go deaf, really, you could buy, in fact, you could sell - you could send Wilma Klein, his housekeeper, the one, you could send her to the Denny's on Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach in a stretch limo to pick up the Oxy for that kind of cash!

That is a lot of, not that I think he'll spend all the $2.7 million on drugs, he'll spend some on donuts, too.

RHODES (42:00): Now, Glenn Beck makes $33 million dollars a year, can you believe, who knew there was this much money in lying?

But has anyone complained that MSNBC hosts are somehow underpaid, particularly given their tiny ratings? They seem to be living comfortably in Manhattan.

Especially funny: the messenger here. Randi was happy to suck Air America dry during her dubious tenure there. Now, she's syndicated by the firm behind Rush's show, Premiere Radio Networks. How much would you be willing to bet her salary is subsidized by Limbaugh profits?

The bottom line: this cheap deflection tactic has no chance of convincing Americans to raise income taxes on any income group upon the expiration of Bush-era rates.


  • Don't you just love the arguement about "giving" money to people by allowing them to keep what they earned? El-Rushbo is "getting" an extra $2.7 million? No Randi, he would keep that $2.7 million instead of having it seized for the collective.

    BTW Randi, how many "Irish Carbombs" could you pay for at the pub if you had an extra $2.7 million lying around? Look out for those violent Hannity your mind.

    By Anonymous danybhoy, at 06 December, 2010 20:33  

  • Randi Rhodes is a non-issue. She has a host of possibly self-generated FaceBook "fans" and yet less than that number of true listeners.
    The truly ridiculous part is when she "tawlked" about "US", as she allegedly is paid in excess of 500k per year, with a generous benefits and vacation "package" to enjoy - in Costa Rica. She recently prattled about her other rich "package": she was unconcerned and a little thrilled about giving her Big Daddy DC BF another food related Thanksgiving heart attack? Now that SHE has "that life insurance" - of his? Please! Stop slowing down to see the 10 car pileup that may be the life story of Rhodes.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 06 December, 2010 21:31  

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