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The Rich Pee On the Poor in California Teachers’ Union Film (VIDEO)

by Jenny Erikson on December 6, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Currently featured on the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) website is a class warfare-promoting eight-minute cartoon narrated by Ed Asner. The film makes the case that the wealthiest 1 percent of  Americans got that way by evading taxes and using loopholes and peeing on poor people.

That’s not an exaggeration, by the way. It actually depicts rich fat cats in suits taking a leak on the 99 percent. Which is kind of ironic, giving that it’s the Occupy Wall Street nut jobs calling themselves the 99 percent that have a penchant for public defecation.

Did Ed Asner inhale some of that helium from his stint in the movie Up!? This is some seriously ridiculous, ham-handed, propaganda-driven drivel. The worst part is that it comes from the California teachers’ union -- your tax dollars at work, ladies and gents, criticizing taxpayers.

Within the first minute of the film: "Over time rich people decided they weren't rich enough so they came up with ways to get richer ... why should I care about other non-rich people? I can hire teachers, safety, waste disposal people who work for me for less money than taxes cost. Then I can keep the rest of my taxes for me."

I’m sorry, but did Asner and the CFT just say that creating jobs is bad? Let’s rub our brain cells together and think about this for a minute ... if people can hire other people for less money than they’d pay in taxes to employ those same people, then it logically follows that they then could hire more people. They may even be able to pay them better.

Those gainfully employed people would then have more opportunities available to them thanks to having some positive cash flow. They could work hard to provide better opportunities for themselves and their children, thus achieving the American dream. Why do these people hate the American dream?

This cartoon is absolutely over-the-top liary about what it means to be an American, how it depicts the wealthy (a.k.a. job creators), and how our progressive taxation system works. The rich pay more than their fair share. You know who doesn't? The 47 percent of Americans who don’t pay federal income taxes. Maybe they should say thanks instead of biting the hand that feeds them.

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What do you think? Is this serious propaganda or silly partisanship?


Image via Fred Glass/YouTube

Filed Under: corporations, discrimination, education, human rights, media, politics, taxes


  • Flori...


    December 6, 2012 at 2:20 PM
    I blogged about this myself and wondered if The Stir would get around it. I can't wait to hear this defended.
  • fleur...


    December 6, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    What else would you expect from the likes of a California teachers union? Back in the day, people weren't envious of their wealthier neighbors. Seeing their neighbors being successful drove people to want to be like therm, to go out and be ambitious and make your own fortune. Not be jealous, cry inequality, and want wealth redistribution. That is so unAmerican.

  • Becky
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    December 6, 2012 at 2:59 PM
    I REALLY hope some teachers get upset about this and complain loudly to their union. This video is asinine. Complete propaganda. But expect more of it as we get closer to the so-called Fiscal Cliff. Liberal agenda is to speak loudly and often, using offensive and incorrect material, to get enough people up in arms about why the rich can't pay more, in hopes that conservatives will cave under public pressure, created unjustly through garbage like this.
  • SKDMo...


    December 6, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Well said Becky!

  • Amy
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    December 6, 2012 at 5:52 PM
    How's the trickle down effect working for your families? I think the metaphor of the rich peeing on the rest of us is pretty accurate. Job creation would be fantastic, especially if the jobs went to Americans instead of going overseas.
  • Flori...


    December 6, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    It's worked great for my family. Those who have had success in their lives have worked with my husband mentoring and educating him helping him to go from a high school graduate unskilled construction worker to small business owner. Before that such people helped my father, also not a college graduate, go from a unskilled construction worker to a small business owner. Without the success that these other people had they would not have been in a position to help my father or my husband. Those "hateful fat cat rich men who are pissing on the working man" are what made it possible for my to father to own his own business by using the money they earned to invest in my dad. So, yeah, trickle down is really working for us. Of course, my husband and father have to had to work really, really hard to build their own success, but it started by a rich man believing in them.

  • Flori...


    December 6, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Besides, Amy, how does taking the money the rich have earned form them help you?

  • MO Mom
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    MO Mom

    December 7, 2012 at 12:37 AM
    I love Ed Asner. He's so funny.
  • Flori...


    December 7, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Funny how Amy wasn't really looking for an answer. I'm shocked.

  • Pamel...
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    Pamela Shear

    December 21, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    I didn't watch the video... and I could tell the blogger for this article was a conservative before I read her short bio.  BLAH!! Yes the rich piss on the less wealthy every day and they also shove their nose in their sh*t when they end up paying less in taxes for their millions than those who make under $100K.  Pissing on and shoving your nose in sh*t are EXPRESSIONS, not actual pissing on a person, which is considered assault.  I hate how the conservatives continuously try to down play the rights of every person able to work in that they do not deserve a living wage at best, decent and fair pay at worst... not below the poverty line wages at best.  Before all you conservative snobs jump on my back saying I should get a job,  I HAVE A JOB, I AM A NURSE (as well as a Mother of two) and will be going for my ARNP very soon, and I STILL feel this way!!  Don't even get me started on the right of every human to have basic and copmrehensive free/cheap health care!!

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