Yesterday, Fox & Friends discussed a Forbes article about 11 states in bad fiscal shape because "takers" outnumber "makers." The article identified a "taker" as "someone who draws money from the government, as an employee, pensioner or welfare recipient. A maker is someone gainfully employed in the private sector." It's bad enough that Forbes likened firefighters and police officers to welfare recipients but Fox piled on by suggesting that the pensioners are the ones bleeding the states dry.
As I wrote in my post on Crooks and Liars about this, while Fox portrayed retirees as a bunch of greedy moochers living high on the hog at everyone else's expense, the truth is more complicated:
As Susie Madrak has explained, state legislators’ past sleights-of-hand have hidden pension liabilities rather than pay for them. Now that the bills are coming due, and have been compounded by the recession, conservatives and others are blaming the retirees by arguing that pensions are too lavish and expensive.
But for some reason, Fox prefers to use language reminiscent of Mitt Romney’s “47%” comments:
After a graphic asking, “Who’s Ruining the ECONOMY?” took over the screen, Gretchen Carlson asked, by way of introduction, “Are you thinking about buying a house right now?Well, make sure you avoid these 11 states… Why? Because they’re more worried about helping the takers in those states, apparently, than the money makers.”
You can read the rest of my post at Crooks and Liars.
The retired ones are so selfish that they would deny younger workers access to the same sort of benefits they themselves are currently enjoying.
They are also totally lacking in intelligence because they are completely unaware of the implications of what they wish on their own children and grandchildren.
Stupid, ignorant and totally selfish… and they’re mad at the so-called Millennial generation ??? Give me a break!
I was a greedy SOB. For about 16 years I had a Forbes subscription.
Once they had very good biz analysis and reporting. After Steve took over and the mag went wingnut rag, I still remained an optimist hoping they would return to their former credibility.
What finally convinced me to drop it was Steve, his BS aspirations to the White House, and his participation on the Fox gNOpig Propaganda Network.
I won’t even bother to go one by one on these blatant wingnut crap by Forbes and the Fox gNOpig Propaganda Network.
Yeah, California and New York are ruining the economy.
Mucking Forons. tell Rupert and Roger to move out their operations from Los Angeles and New York as well as not buying the Chicago Tribune.
Wait! Tell Forbes, Billdo and Klownnity to move out of New York too.
They never have, and they never will. Of course, we all know that whenever they say ‘takers’ they are referring to ‘black and brown’ takers.