Note to Herman Cain – after your pathetic and stupid campaign and the endorsement of “we the people” followed by backstop your endorsement of Newt Gingrich I have a suggestion. Your new book should be titled “9-9-9, How I Joined the Media Circus and became a National Clown” and you can do your book tour with a big red ball on your nose. You won’t have donors to help support that tour but it will be a hell of a lot more fun.
Note to Bill Maher – first I wonder if folks on the right, who I suspect loath you, notice that you are essentially the mirror image of Bill O’Reilly. O’Reilly’s show preaches to the converted on the right, letting them bask in the warm knowledge that their world view is correct, your show serves the same purpose for liberals. Conservatives are generally brought on to your show to act as punching bags to your leftist worldview, much the way left leaning thinkers are used on O’Reilly’s show. Both shows are essentially the same, support the audiences preexisting view without bringing to the table a scrape of intellectual rigor – fun stuff, but does not support or enhance our national dialog (such as it is).
On a recent show Maher stated that he thought it was wrong that Mitt Romney got to take a tax deduction of almost $3 million dollars for charitable giving ($1.5 million to the Mormon Church). In all the corruption of our current tax system it is hard to think of any tax deduction more in keeping with our heritage and deeply held beliefs then the charitable deduction. It should be unquestioned and unabated because we can all find a charity that we can support no matter what our beliefs and proclivities. I would propose to Bill Maher if he does not like the religious and conservative bent of Romney’s giving that he find secular and liberal charities to donate to.
Romney’s overall blended tax rate of 17.38% would have gone to an overall rate of 18.9% if he had not done his charitable giving which saved him about $835K in taxes. Hey (both) Bill’s, fuck you!