Tuesday, August 19, 2008
So Not Funny, John McCain
So John McCain and Barack Obama were at some Evangelical thing trying to win over a group of people who hate everyone who isn't exactly like them. Who needs their votes? More importantly, who wants their votes. But that's not what this post is about. This is a post about the "joke" John McCain made at that event that was so not funny.
Evangelical priest guy: On taxes, define "rich." Everybody talks about, you know, taxing the rich, but not the poor, the middle class. At what point, give me a number, give me a specific number. Where do you move from middle class to rich? Is it 100,000? 50,000? Is it 200 [thousand]? How does anyone know if we don't know what the standards are?
John McCain then goes over the typical Republican talking points, you know, that if everyone had more tax breaks we'd be able to by that really expensive health insurance that screws us over whenever we actually need that coverage (in so many words). Then he said this:
McCain: I think if you're just talking about income, how about 5 million?
Then the crowd and the Evangelical priest guy laughs. I mean, wouldn't Jesus laugh? Because in this time when people can't afford to buy back-to-school supplies for their children, we need to make jokes. But Barack Obama is an elitist, right? See, because I think the elitist is the one who makes a joke about something like this and then neglect to answer the question at all. Of course McCain can't answer this question. He doesn't know what middle class is. That's how out-of-touch he is with the 99% of Americans he's going to screw over if he becomes president.
But there is something funny about this. John McCain actually says that he knows that the "comment will be distorted." Well, people. You have the video right there. It's all in context. Who's laughing?