Sen. Chuck Grassley: If The Poor Got Tax Cuts, They’d Just Waste The Money On Booze, Women, Or Movies

The Washington Post reports:

As Republicans continue to sell the details of their tax bill, some are reaching for more colorful language to liven up complex policies that tend to put the average voter to sleep.

Case in point: Over the weekend Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) hashed over the plan with his home state’s Des Moines Register. Turning to the party’s idea to do away with the estate tax, Grassley framed the current law as a hindrance to responsible saving.

“I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing,” Grassley told the Register. “As opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.”

  • “Let them eat cake.”

    • David J

      Off with his head !

      • Anastasia Beaverhousen

        … and Madame DeFarge keeps knitting….

        • Robincho

          *clutches purls, gropes for fainting couch*…

          • geoffalnutt

            I know only that it’s a knitting term, but what is a purl? Is it a verb or a noun?

          • agcons

            Without the infinitive it’s a noun: a purl stitch. One may purl, a verb.

          • geoffalnutt

            Thanks!

      • Todd20036

        I am NOT giving them head.

    • safari

      Just not with icing. We don’t want them to enjoy it.

    • Todd20036

      Unless they’re gay…

    • RobynWatts

      Let Grassley eat a guillotine blade.

  • HomerTh

    I haven’t wasted any money on women, well except for the money I spent on my mother.

    • Todd20036

      I don’t drink much booze. I don’t spend much time with women.

      And honestly, I rarely go to the movies anymore. Some people just don’t know how to act in a movie theatre.

      I’d rather watch it on my TV at home, plus the snacks are cheaper that way

      • Robincho

        What, you object to paying $6.75 for $0.05 worth of popcorn? You’re just not any fun anymore…

        • paganguy

          I object to paying $15 to hear other people talk through a movie.

          • Paul Ohbehr L

            Or text through a movie. All those little blue screens are distracting as I like to sit farther back in the theatre.

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        Recently paid $14.50 for an Arclight ticket to see Murder on The Orient Express. Popcorn and a bottle of water was $10
        The first MoTOE, made in the 1970’s, was MUCH better.

  • Rex

    I don’t want to hear one word from the GOP that they care about all Americans ever again.

    • canoebum

      The GOP has never given a shit about the American public. They caused the Great Depression and have been trying to destroy the New Deal, the Great Society and the Civil Rights Acts of the 1960s without letup. As soon as they get their tax fraud/giveaway to the rich passed into law, they’ll start cutting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and education funding, claiming the deficit must be cut.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        And what EXACTLY do they think will happen after all of that ??!

        • canoebum

          They will have given billions in tax dollars to their donors, who will kick back to those same politicians. That is all that matters. Sure, it could get them voted out of office eventually, but the GOP isn’t big on long-term thinking.

          • keltcrusader

            But they do actually – how do you think they have this strangle hold on our 3 Branches of Government anyways? When they realized they could no longer win majorities in DC , they instead focused on the States; first on School Boards and Local races and then on to State held Offices. They gerrymandered completely safe Republican districts because they controlled the State Houses after each Census for the last few decades.
            They now control State Legislatures and Governor ships in 32 States. It takes 34 States to call a Constitutional Convention to propose Amendments to our US Constitution. A process with really almost no rules or regulations. Can you image what they could codify into Law using the Constitution as a cudgel against those they don’t want to have rights?
            Do you see their long game now?

          • minidriver

            Last time something like a Constitutional Convention was held, they threw out everything and started from scratch. They are planning to do exactly that again. Just imagine having things like a mandated official religion codified into the framework.

          • Ronik

            If a Constitutional Convention is only about Amendment proposals, won’t those amendments need to be ratified by the states?

          • Nowhereman

            It will be completely rewritten, without those pesky civil rights.

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          • keltcrusader

            I know, pretty frightening!

          • Ronik

            Or, they feel confident that their gerrymandering, voter suppression (especially with Kobach’s group), and possibly more Russian interference will keep them in power forever.

          • Nowhereman

            True that. Meanwhile, we will be in a Second Great Depression. Even the rich will go broke because those of us at the bottom of the financial ladder will not be buying anything because we will have no money. Republicans are idiots when it comes to the economy. If you want to stimulate the economy, give poor people some disposable income and make the filthy rich pay their fair share.

          • canoebum

            They didn’t get rich in a vacuum. Sure, many of the very wealthy are clever or innovative, hard-working and shrewd, but without the infrastructure taxpayers built, roads, ports, bridges, airports; without the security provided by a national defense, the stability of a system of courts and laws, without an educated workforce paid for at public expense, without regulated markets, they would never have had the chance to get wealthy. They owe us big time.

        • Ronik

          they don’t care. As long as their rich donors get their massive tax cut, that’s all they care about. Well, that and staying in power, but those two things are related.

          • minidriver

            They feel that the serfs have become too uppity over the past 100 years.

          • keltcrusader

            <3

      • Jeffg166

        And their faithful morons will still vote for them.

    • Rambie

      Or that they are fiscally responsible.
      Or that they are “family values”
      Or that they…

    • Todd20036

      Or that they want to protect children

      • minidriver

        Of course! They need those children available so they can molest them to have more children, and the cycle goes on.

      • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

        Thanks to the GOP, CHP will run out if money in MI as early as April 2018.

    • paganguy

      I’d be happy if I just never had to hear one more word from Republicans.

      • paganguy

        Which made me think of this.

        https://youtu.be/9c0noCKgLf8

        • Robincho

          If Tom Lehrer’s leash had been just thisss much longer!…

          • David Walker

            Poison republicans in the parks.

    • crewman

      I have literally heard people claim that black people were better off as slaves because then their finances and living needs were provided for. This is on the path to that conclusion.

      • Robincho

        What’s an occasional whipping, or a child being sold out from under you? Honestly, those people do nothing but complain…

        • David Walker

          And it’s not like any of that happened to the slave owners.

          • minidriver

            A few got a terrible case of the vapors over something they might have seen. The tragedy and horror of it all!

      • Nowhereman

        They have that same argument for women. Women were so much better off before they got the right to vote…

    • Uncle Mark

      It’s just a few steps away from blatantly endorsing a gentry class, who gets a better education (because they can afford it WITH tax breaks to boot), and they should keep their stash, because “God has rewarded them with it in the first place;” “they are just naturally better at business, ‘cuz look at all that money they have versus the poor, who will just squander it away” and “they’ll only use that money to make more jobs for the peasants.”

      Never mind the facts that the rich don’t reinvest that much back into the economy, nor that states attempting to kick the impoverished off gov’t aid proved that the vast majority of the poor don’t waste their money on drugs…presumably because they can’t afford them. Even a Nobel Prize winning French economist a few years back wrote about the dangers of not taxing the wealthy enough…especially their heirs, as they don’t reinvest their money in the economy or innovations, but attempt to use their money/inheritance to corrupt gov’t and manipulate the marketplace to retain their monetary advantage. Even the famed economist Adam Smith wrote of his distrust of the wealthy in groups

      Time to breakout the guillotines to put these bastards back in their place

    • Adam Schmidt

      This year the GOP has abandoned any pretense of being the party of morality (Moore and Trump), the party of fiscal responsibility (the tax bill), the party of defense and military (dropping the embassy protection budget by 50%), or the party of all Americans (Grassley). They’ve given up every bit of what used to be their core. Now they only exist to serve the rich.

      • Nowhereman

        That’s been the case since the New Deal went into effect.

    • iLoveEggplant

      The Grassley family farm has received well over a million dollars in federal farm aid.

      Who’s the real welfare queen, Chuck?

      READ ABOUT IT BELOW:

      http://www.thegazette.com/2013/06/21/food-stamps-are-welfare-but-farm-aid-isnt

    • Lawerence Collins

      That’s their entire scam. That they care and that their base is stupid. Just like the simpletons. President Toxic 🍊🤡💩, loves so much. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/321b6693a3c885ac17d250ca8f8ee1606444b9ef51edb7227c7b894e195ea7b3.jpg

    • StSean
    • prixator
  • Jay George

    So he’s saying I should invest my grocery money in the stock market in order to be valuable in the eyes of the republican party? Because I have that inner debate every time I go food shopping. Groceries or the stock market? /s

    • Tawreos

      To be any kind of valuable to the GOP you would have to invest all of your money with the GOP

  • CanuckDon

    Damn those working class people. They should be wasting their money on more worthy things…like Mercedes, jewelry, and spa visits.

  • Tawreos

    Good to know that Republicans are OK with the rich investing in offshore banks

  • greenmanTN

    And this, ladies and gentleman, is the GOP attitude toward the American public distilled to its purest essence. Even Romney’s 47% comment pales in comparison.

    • Rambie

      This should be used next year in every campaign ad.

    • Honestly, “deplorable” was probably too kind a description.

      • Robincho

        Hillz erred on the side of civility, as all Democrats do. It proved to be her undoing, as it will prove to be ours. I seriously want to go out and fucking KILL some shit…

        • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

          I, for one, am saying that the time for “going high” has long passed. You don’t “go high” with people who’d just as soon see you dead than struggling. You neutralize the threat.

    • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

      And when will the DNC start using these things in campaign ads? Not specific candidates, but literally, vote a straight Democratic ticket, because THIS is the Republican party.

      • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

        Just as soon as the DNC allows itself to be led by young men and women of all ethnicities and orientations, with kids or without, who experience the tax cuts and tuition rates first-hand, and not through their grandchildren. It’s time for the old guard centrists to move over and let real progressives wipe the white board and start kicking ass.

    • David Walker

      Odd he didn’t mention iPhones. Maybe thought that had already been covered.

  • Palmer

    And as we all know, trust fund babies earned every cent they inherited. Oh, wait…

  • Taylor Bixler

    On NPR, right wing economist Peter Morici was asked about this quote and to defend its reasoning and got all pissy about it. Not Grassley’s own premise mind you, the question.

    • Daveed_WOW

      That’s the strategy. Act outraged that the press would have the audacity to question the God’s Own Party.

  • Matt

    And this is coming from someone with ZERO legal background outside of politics. He was literally “just a farmer” before he started stinking up DC however many centuries ago…

  • Butch

    I don’t recommend this particular excursion, but if you go over to sites like Breitbart you’ll see that the deplorables are swallowing all the GOP talking points like they were candy.

    • safari

      Here is a game. Go to Breitbart. Make any statement against the hive mind. You’ll know the hive’s opinion since it will be the “best” comment and everyone will comment on that. I don’t know why. They just do. And then watch how long it takes Hillary to be brought up.

  • Bluto
    • Taylor Bixler

      He is their voice….

    • paganguy

      Belongs in the “you had one job” file.

    • Robincho

      You, sir, have just taken the internetz for today. To quote an actual sane Speaker of an actual group of lawmakers in some Southern Hemisphere,”Congratulations. Well done, mate.”…

    • Acronym Jim

      It almost works if you pronounce it phonetically.

      Turnip.

  • Ninja0980

    A friendly reminder that Grassley has always been a hateful, homophobic bastard with contempt for the poor ever since he stepped foot in the Senate in 1981, long before Trump was ever in the picture.

    • Robincho

      And he represents a state whose name is an acronym for Idiots Out Wandering Around…

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        HEY !

  • safari

    Or paying off their debt.

    You know, that thing that keeps accumulating because it is expensive to be poor.

  • Robincho

    Upchuck Assley…

  • worstcultever

    Keep talking, you puke fucks. Please keep talking.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Apparently women don’t pay taxes. I need to talk to my accountant about this.

    • Gustav2

      But you do spend your money on “booze or women or movies.”

      • Rebecca Gardner

        No! Never! I don’t go to the movies. LOL

        • Gustav2

          Netflix, Hulu, Porn, etc. count.

          • Rebecca Gardner

            Guilty!

    • worstcultever

      Silly Rebecca – we women don’t exist at all. Except as things to be bought.

    • Well, for me, I’m investing my money back into removing politicians like him from office.

  • Gustav2

    OT: Alabama Voters Will Be Able to Vote “Republican” Rather than “Moore” and It Will Count as a Vote for Roy Moore

    http://electionlawblog.org/?p=96190

    • Joe in PA

      Bless their hearts.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      how is that even legal? The “republican” is not a registered candidate.
      Oh I forgot. Illegal is legal now. up is down. everything that was once bad is now good.
      Maybe they will allow smoking in movie theaters and hospitals again

    • RobynWatts

      They should had went with “Pedophile” instead. It’s accurate!

  • Stephen Elliot Phillips

    This comment is hillarious because it shows how out of touch grassley is however…..Yes thats exactly what the common man would spend his tax cut on….
    boosting the economy with more disposable income.
    A tax cut to a person who already has 5 houses, 3 boats, and 8 cars?? That money will simply be put in their bank account and hoarded

    • Taylor Bixler

      More like hidden in the Caymans…

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        why hide it? Its not taxed here anymore.

        • Taylor Bixler

          Still taxed, just taxed less. And the Paradise papers prove the super rich and corporations want to pay zero taxes. 20% is too much for them even.

  • Gene Perry

    On behalf of the entire State of Iowa, let me (again) apologized for inflicting Chuck onto the rest of the nation.

  • David J

    Some of the dumbest voters live in Iowa. Just look at their two senators, both abominable human beings with no compassion whatsoever. On the other hand, Iowa once in a while votes a good guy into office, almost by mistake.

    • Ninja0980

      Harkin was the last one.
      Braley was a fool though and his comments during the government shutdown should have immediately disqualified him from being the Senate nominee.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        oh god, don’t remind me………..

    • Gene Perry

      On behalf of the entire State of Iowa, let me (again) apologized for inflicting Chuck (anf Joni) onto the rest of the nation. Sorry!

      • David J

        The two of them remind me of Tammy Lee Baker and her grifting husband preacher. Just horribly self-centered and ignorant human beings.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        GrAssley is done no matter what.
        Joni had better not serve a second term, or I will go to Red Oak myself and pull that wig off her dammed head!!!

    • safari

      There was a big gay college conference in Ames. We pulled into the Iowa Welcome Center to use the facilities.

      We were greeted with “Oh, you must be here for he conference.”

      Creepy.

      • David J

        Did you use a “wide stance” when using the facilities? /snark

        • safari

          Actually, this happened as soon as we walked in the door.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      We have always been a pretty progressive state, until recently.
      GrAssly has always been a typical Republican, but has turned super partisan lately.
      Besides, we gave you Ashton Kutcher.

      • Acronym Jim

        To be fair, you also gave us Zach Wahls.

  • Tiger Quinn

    There had never be any of that “forgiveness” bullshit once this is all over. This is the third time the GOP has fucked us as hard as they can in recent, living memory, and each time the Dems just shrug it off. There are no good Republicans. Remember that.

    • worstcultever

      +10000000 times eleventy

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    The deplorables watching cspan or seeing this on Bridefart? They’re too busy posting nasty message on YouTube or the Yahoo.

    • Joe in PA

      Or Mediaite. ;(

      • GayOldLady

        Mediaite is a cesspool.

        • Joe in PA

          I know. I used to check in sometimes just to see how the cons can twist themselves in to pretzels. It got tiresome very quickly. I’ve been following the Joy Reid story though (about her blog post 10 years ago concerning FL gov Crist). It got ugly there really quickly, I had to leave.

          • GayOldLady

            Oh, I bet that was a mess! Sometimes I get into a wrestling match here, I don’t dare go to Mediaite and comment, I’d be arguing all day long.

  • Do Something Nice

    The irony is that giving a bigger tax break to the middle class ensures that the economy will heat up. Giving it to the rich means it will go into an off-shore bank. Giving to the middle class means that ordinary people will buy stuff, and consumerism is the foundation of our economy.

    • Ross

      Yep.

      Yep.

      And yep.

    • BearEyes

      So true. Money spent by the poor and middle class pumps up the economy. Grassley needs to have a real talk with a real economist.
      The rich will likely not reinvest it.

      • Do Something Nice

        And seriously, spending money on women and booze stimulates the economy more than moving it to the Cayman Islands.

  • William

    Grassley probably gives his grandchildren shiny new nickels of their birthdays, and is disappointed when they aren’t excited.

    • Ross

      Nickels?

      No, that’s WAY too much.

      Pennies.

      • William

        I grew up with my father telling me ways I could go out and earn a nickel.

        • Reality.Bites

          So did Melanoma. Bet they were different ways.

          • William

            I doubt she ever raked the neighbor’s back yard.

            –Oh that sounds awful.

  • Tiger Quinn

    The GOP creates narratives before they act – they were hoping to sink the ACA before repealing it, but record sign ups staved that off. Now they’re working on the “entitlement” narrative, that the poor are lazy and just getting things for free. “Obamaphone” all over again.

  • Stogiebear

    Fuck you, you fascist coffin dodger.

    • Miji

      I know, right? Pissing on Chuck Grassleys grave has been on my bucket list for a long time and the old fuck just won’t die.

  • Acronym Jim

    “I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing,” Grassley told the Register. “As opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies rent, or food, or gas money to get to their minimum-wage job, or medical expenses…..”

    FTFY; You’re welcome Chuck, you are a true representative for YOUR people.

  • safari

    His last name makes me think of flatulence.

    There, I admit it. I can’t see his name without thinking of farts.

    • Ross

      Damn. That’s all I see now, too.

      Damn you!

      • Reality.Bites

        One smart fellow, he felt smart
        Two smart fellows, they felt smart.
        Three smart fellow, they felt smart.

        See how far you can count before it turns into fart smellows, they smelt fart.

        My mother taught me that.

    • RobynWatts

      Interesting. His last name to me makes me want to take a large ridding lawnmower with very sharp blades and run over him repeatedly until he’s about 2 inches high.

  • Droz

    I feel like an important question is being neglected here. What does Sen. Grassley have against movies?

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      He doesn’t know they have audio now. He is THAT old.

  • Paula

    Damn! I don’t drink, I rarely go to the movies, and my wife won’t let me spend money on women.
    So, here I am, no tax cut, no booze, no movies, and no women. Guess, I am fucked.

    • Droz

      Does getting your wife a gift count?

      • Paula

        It just makes my life better for a few hours.

      • Snarkaholic

        And if the gift is taking your wife to the movies, are you required to wear a blindfold?

        • Droz

          Depends on the movie and your kink level.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Sounds like you are a good investor, though!

      • Paula

        Gotta’ have money for that.

        • Dreaming Vertebrate

          Ack! There’s always that Catch 22!

    • GayOldLady

      I know!!!!! My wife won’t let me spend money on women either, Damn!

    • Bj Lincoln

      Exactly!

    • Uncle Mark

      Why do I have the feeling that Chuck doesn’t spend much money at all on his wife. Typical Republican is too cheap to understand that a little investment might yield tremendous dividends…and Chuck may not be such a wretched, bitter man

      • Chucktech

        I’m sure Chuck’s wife knows her place.

      • ThnkngHuman

        Turn about is fair play: At this point, I don’t care whether Chuck or any other Repub. is happy or has a satisfying life.

    • jerry

      I’m afraid I’m sorely remiss in spending money on women during my life, and I rarely go to movies. Booze, OTOH…lately, the GOP has been driving me to drink.

    • yes b’y
    • KCMC
  • Do Something Nice

    Oh the Republicans and taxes. You youngsters are too young to know but a Republican president (I think it was Bush I) once lowered the rate of tax withheld from our paychecks to make it look like a tax cut. But since the actual tax didn’t go down, just the amount withheld, we all owed more at the end of the year because of this nonsense.

    • safari

      Bush 2 lowered taxes to … stimulate the economy? Pay for a war? There were reasons.

      Then the deficit exploded because less money was coming in. Somehow connecting the two to GOP-supporters is impossible.

      • Do Something Nice

        He was obsessed in not making his father’s mistakes.

      • William

        It was to pay for two wars and a tax cut. That works in opposite land.

  • Beth Sanders

    Interesting way to look at it….

    In Christ,
    Beth

    • Reality.Bites

      Oh fuck off you annoying little performance art piece of shit.

    • William

      Shouldn’t you be out spending your Social Security on hookers and blow?

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Go dig up someones grave – AGAIN !

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Why do lower and middle class Iowans vote for someone who has such contempt for them? And isn’t the American economy dependent on spending, spending, spending?

    • BearEyes

      “R”

    • CanuckDon

      Lots of money spent on savvy marketing.

    • Chucktech

      Thank you! “Wasting money” on booze, women and movies puts money back in to the economy, Chuck, you miserable old Republican asshole fool.

    • Keroleen

      That was my first thought as well – at least they’d be positively contributing to the economy, unlike these jerks who’re whisking literal untold riches to their offshore bank accounts where it isn’t doing anyone a whit of good.

  • GayOldLady

    I just sent an email to him telling him how out of touch and arrogant he is for making such an outrageous comment. Only a man living in a bubble of privilege believes that the working class spends their money on “booze, women and movies”. And he’s from Iowa!!!!!! He’s definitely been in the Senate for far too long and the good people of Iowa need to send him back to the cornfields where he can get back in touch with the working class.

  • JDS

    He’s nothing but a Friday turd at a Saturday market.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Shut UP you Disgusting old fool!!!

    RESIGN TODAY !!!

  • Do Something Nice

    One more tax post: The estate tax – as it is NOW – and has been for years, doesn’t tax any estate that is less then $5.49 million. And that is double if it is a married couple leaving the estate. So all of these grown men complaining that they are being victimized by the estate tax are fucking idiots.

  • ECarpenter

    Ever since Reagan, the Republicans have followed a tactic of cutting taxes and then borrowing the money to make up the budget deficit.

    The federal deficit’s spiral out of control has continued under every Republican administration. The only times the growth of the deficit has begun to slow or even come down has been under Democrats like Clinton and Obama.

    Why are the borrow-and-spend Republicans allowed to get away with this with no political fallout?

  • hdtex
  • Todd Allis

    Off topic: My mom passed away last night. She recently turned 93. Hugs and pet pictures would be appreciated. Thanks!

  • Natty Enquirer

    He’s only a turd in a Gilded Age.

  • Mike__in_Houston

    I don’t drink. So I’d waste all my money on Coke Zero, movies, the latest iPhone, and trips to NYC, from one of which I am now returning. Oh…and men.

    • safari

      I started drinking Coke Zero like it is going out of style. I hadn’t bought much soda in years. Maybe I’m pregnant.

  • Mike C

    Things that actually create jobs. Couldn’t have that.

  • Tomcat

    Just the things I am spending on when you die you dickhead.

  • sfjohn

    or rent or food. ASSHOLE

  • Tomcat

    I don’t have a pot to piss on but I am going to put my tax cuts into tax havens in the Bahamas like Grassley.

  • Ross
  • SDG

    Super douche.

  • Leo

    This is a great time to remind everyone – again, hammer this point home –

    1) Hillary WON under $50K voters overwhelmingly (Source: numerous poll studies),
    2) Obama to Trump Rust Belt flip voters voted on fear of cultural displacement more than wages or jobs (Source: PRRI/The Atlantic)
    3) The notion that Obama to Trump Rust Belt flip voters couldn’t be racist is a LIE – 25% of them don’t believe in interracial marriage (Source: Pew).

    Bernie gave a speech in Akron right after the tax bill passed saying Trump voters are not the problem and aren’t racist, bigoted, etc….that Trump is the larger problem.

    I couldn’t disagree more. We need to start having honest brutal conversations about this demographic and I’m sick of this forced fantasy where we pretend otherwise.

    • Tomcat

      Trump could do nothing without his supporters and their hate.

  • Tomcat

    At least poor people spend their money and that creates more spending. All the rich do is hoard their money and help no one.

    • AmeriCanadian

      Or push money into the underground economy purchasing drugs and other illicit items.

  • Boreal

    Poor people spend every dime they have to survive and all that money goes back into the economy unlike Grassley and co who stash their cash in offshore accounts to avoid any taxation.

  • Tomcat

    How many times can a dollar be passed around and create more spending?
    It depends on how long until a rich man gets his grips on it, then it is hoarded in the island banks.

  • Richard B

    That comment should be the headline in all the newspapers in his home state.

  • whollyfool

    Like the rich don’t?

    Also, if they’re going to spend it on women, can’t we cut out the middle man and give it directly to me?

  • Paul Ohbehr L

    At the rate these GOP’ers are going, we might have to eat some of them, yet I’ll say no doubt he tastes bitter, like old insects.

    • Tomcat

      Warm doo doo probably.

  • Lantor

    Guess Grassley isn’t up in 18…

  • JackFknTwist

    So the Tories/GOP are now creating a new Aristocracy, with families accumulating inherited wealth.

    So why don’t they now go the whole hog and create titles to go with these vast estates of financial wealth :

    The Duke of The Berkshires;
    The Earl of Manhattan;
    The Marquis of Westchester;
    The Knights of the Boroughs.

    Please feel free to add the titles of the new nobility with their billion $$ estates.

    • Tomcat

      The Shits of America.

      • JackFknTwist

        The Dukes of Hazard-for-everyone-else.

    • worstcultever

      The Kings of Granny-Starving

  • IamSmartypants

    And food, rent, and cable bills.

    Unlike to top 0.2% who will wisely invest their lower taxes in high-end call girls, hiring Bono to play for their kid’s birthday party, and the latest in designer drugs.

  • Tomcat

    All of the things Grassley spoke of create further spending and THAT is what the dollar is suppose to be doing, keep moving so it creates further spending and tax revenue. Not hoarding in a foreign land tax haven.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
  • David Kerlick
  • Boreal

    OT: Hahahahahahahaha

    White House paranoid: ‘Everyone thinks they’re being recorded’
    https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/04/white-house-paranoid-trump-277761

  • Tom Furgas

    True to form for the GOP, characterizing the working class as lowlife scum, yet managing to get their votes every election cycle by spooking them with racist, xenophobic, and homophobic bullshit.

  • geoffalnutt

    That’s why I’m gay, durn it!! Them womenes is jes too dang expensive!! :/

  • Marides48

    Booze & women, no.
    Movies, maybe.
    After spending hard earned $ on food, shelter & healthcare there isn’t much $ left.

    • AmeriCanadian

      He didn’t mention men. So free ticket for us poor gay boys, no?

      • worstcultever

        Guess he thinks weed is ok too. Sessy ain’t gonna like that!

    • boatboy_srq

      For Grassley, “movies” is probably dogwhistle for pr0n.

  • Uncle Mark

    VOTE Chuck Grassley; he’s better than you because he’s worth between $15-42 Million……and you waste your money on booze, women, and movies. (What…no mention of the dangers of jazz?)

    • KarenAtFOH

      Hell, they might even go dancing.

  • Tomcat

    Every dollar that a poor person gets over the year creates approximately $33.00 tax revenue over the year by being spent over and over.
    Multiply that by how many poor and middle class people there are and that adds up to quite a large amount of tax revenue.
    Now take that same dollar and give it to a rich man and he puts it into a tax shelter and it produces 0.00% tax revenue. So who is helping America and who is helping themselves.

    • Tomcat

      The $33.00 is assuming the dollar only gets spent once a day.

  • marshlc

    A disproportionate number of the poor ARE women.

    • Tomcat

      Also a disproportionate number are blacks.

    • boatboy_srq

      Poor women are cheaper and won’t consume your excess wealth. So there’s that.

      /s

  • Tomcat

    I don’t spend my money on any of those three things, I spend most on paying down C/C I ran up paying for medical bills years ago, before I was on Medicare.
    What I really need is republicans telling me I am a bad person, especially one that is filthy rich, thanks asshole.

    • worstcultever

      When can we start just [bannable] these evil pieces of shit?

  • Cuberly Deux

    “If you’re poor, something’s wrong with you.”

    — Today’s GOP

    • Tomcat

      Even though A lot of them are poor dedicated republicans.

      • sadoldguy

        For many republicans it’s

        “Better poor and unemployed than ‘libtard’ “.

        It’s not about logic or principle, it’s about labels and having someone else to blame.

      • Cuberly Deux

        …that will continue to exclusively vote for anyone with an (R) after their name regardless how off-putting and unqualified they are….

    • boatboy_srq

      “If you’re poor, there’s something wrong with you and you deserve your poverty because of it.”

      Fixt.

  • Tomcat

    That a boy Grassley, keep turning everyone against each other so you rich can control them easier.

  • Uncle Mark

    I don’t think the representative of a state that is in third place for meth manufacturing…right behind Indiana & Missouri…has any right to morally lecture the impoverished on their investment choices

    • so you think the entire population of each of those States is morally destitute and without credible opinion? (not a defense of Grassley)

      • Uncle Mark

        That’s NOT what I’m saying. What I am saying is that, unless Grassley is also seeking to fix that gross problem within his own state, then he has no right to make grand sweeping moral judgements about others

  • lymis

    What the holy hell do they think the rich are spending it on? Endowing libraries?

    • boatboy_srq

      That was the 19th century rich. 21st century rich send their dollars to offshore tax havens when they’re not buying the latest mail-order spouse.

      The Gilded Age is beginning to look positively generous, egalitarian and civic-minded in comparison with this shyte show.

      EDIT: a few 0.01%ers are spending their largesse on education – but that happens at such prestigious institutions as Regent U.

      EDIT: the Masterpiece case remided me that the 0.01% are also bl0wing their ca$h on fake Arks and illegally-obtained-from-terrorists-and-smuggled-into-the-US artifacts for their museums.

      • coram nobis

        The Gilded Age did have conspicuous charities to go with conspicuous wealth, but those who remembered those times didn’t think entirely well of it.

        … One of the difficulties as I see it is that we worship money instead of honor. A billionaire in our estimation is much greater in the eyes of the people than the public servant who works for the public interest. It makes no difference if the billionaire rode to wealth on the sweat of little children and the blood of underpaid labor. No one ever considers the Carnegie libraries steeped in the blood of the Homestead Steel workers, but they are. We do not remember that the Rockefeller Foundation is founded on the dead miners of the Colorado Fuel Company and a dozen other performances. We worship Mammon.
        — Sen. Harry S Truman, 1937

        • boatboy_srq

          You mean, as opposed to now, when the one “charity” besides their own bank accounts is the GOP? Say what you will about yesterday’s robber barons, they didn’t care what church/synagogue/mosque/temple you attended, what party you voted for or what your income was.

          • coram nobis

            There was that. We seem to be plumbing new depths this semester.

        • The_Wretched

          If someone like Truman made a speech today, we’d never hear the end of it. His supporters would be vilified as worse than Trump.

          • coram nobis

            He’d be vilified as a radical terrorist. Here’s the peroration of that speech, which sounds very 2017:

            It is a pity that Wall Street with its ability to control all the wealth of the nation and to hire the best brains of the country has not produced some statesmen, some men who could see the dangers of bigness and of the concentration of the control of wealth. Instead of working to meet the situation, they are still employing the best law brains to serve greed and selfish interest.

            People can only stand so much, and one of these days there will be a settlement. We shall have one receivership too many, one unnecessary depression out of which we will not come with the power still in the same old hands.

  • ECarpenter

    We all know the very wealthy do not drink, do not have relationships with women, and do not go to movies, so why are you arguing with him? Everyone agrees that rich people never waste money. So they are the only ones who should get tax breaks.

    • The_Wretched

      The rich are getting tax breaks on the scale that they couldn’t possibly spend it all on drunken orgies in movie theaters. They’d hit 24/7 with a fraction of the wealth they are getting.

  • sadoldguy

    Booze, Women, Movies, all made in the USA.

    Edit

    Booze, Women, Movies aka ‘sex, drugs, rock and roll’ or ‘wine, women and song’.

  • Fellow Canadians, remember “beer and popcorn”?

    • Priya Lynn

      That was the first thing I thought of when I read this.

  • Dayglo

    Please give me a tax break, Mr. Grassley. I promise to spend my money on bump stocks and bibles.

  • Pluto Animus

    My new line for Republicans:

    “Senator Grassley thinks that working class people are whoring, irresponsible drunks. He’s a wise Republican man, that Senator Grassley.”

  • Well it’s better for the economy if people spend, rather than hoard money. Money out of circulation is useless. Money spent on booze goes to the seller, landlord, shipper, utility provider and the manufacturer (and its suppliers) of said booze. Money spent on movies goes to royalties, landlord, shipper, utilities, suppliers, etc. Lots of people benefit in the latter scenario. Only you rich benefit from hoarded (in overseas investments or banks) money. Capitalism isn’t that far from Communism. Only difference is the rich are private hoarders of the people’s money instead of governmental officials being the thieves.

    • JackFknTwist

      The are the new Aristocrats; the hoard wealth the same way as the Old Aristocrats hoarder land.

  • Jesse Barrett

    Being a disabled individual I fall in that category of poor. And thanks to Republicans like this one and their idiot boss. It’s becoming harder than ever to find proper work. Yet for some reason. I still keep trying. Nope, he doesn’t get to judge until he’s lived in an income bracket as low as mine.

    • JackFknTwist

      As you say….they boast about job creation, but actually the jobs being created are not , as you point out. “proper” jobs.They are low paid, zero hours contract jobs without benefits.

      It is all just another way the rich and the wealthy are screwing the poor.

  • Richard

    “As opposed to those that are just spending every darn
    penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.”

    I’ll go out on a limb here and say I bet
    there are a hell of a lot of ” those that are just spending every darn
    penny they have,” who consistently vote for Republicans, you know with the
    family values and jeebus things.
    So when the wailing and gnashing of teeth starts, (when instead of you
    spending all those darn penny’s, you’ll instead be giving them to uncle sam in
    higher taxes); the first question will be…who did you vote for?

  • Halou

    Don’t give money to poor people, they’ll only spend it!! That’s not what money was invented for!

  • boobert

    I watched Zorro yesterday. We could sure use someone like that today.

    • Canadian Observer

      I think the time has passed that a Zorro (or Robin Hood) would be the answer, I think a Robespierre might be needed.

  • narutomania

    And you know what? “Those people” would have every right to spend their money on whatever the fuck they feel like!!!!

    Americans are getting a lecture from a REPUBLICUNT about what to spend money on? Oh, that’s rich.

  • Keith D Plane

    this asshole is a really special kind of stupid.oh and one other thing Grassley. Fuck you

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      That’s not stupidity on display, that’s pure unadulterated malevolence.

  • Robert Adams

    Better to invest in casinos that declare bankruptcy. Now that’s a tax deduction!

  • Kenster999

    It’s called date night, Chuck!

  • mikeinftl

    Well I’m gonna spend my money on Booze, Men, Or Movies, whether I get a tax cut or not and it’s none of your fucking business what I spend my money on Chuck!

  • jimbo65

    What an ugly man, inside and out.

  • djfinance

    I love how he categorizes women as a commodity, like booze and movies. Proving once again, the Republican party and many of their voters are not only racist, xenophobic and homophobic, but also misogynistic.

  • yes b’y
    • Treant

      I didn’t know that cocaine was ocean-going. Cool.

  • Greg B.

    Or food, transportation, diapers, and electricity. But tomayto / tomahto amiright?

  • JWC

    Charles Grassley is the defining reason why there should be age and term limitations on people in Goverment Your prez and VP get 8 years why not the rest

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    May he meet his end choking on his own words while many a middle class person is milling about applauding his demise.

    Truly a wretched creature, deserving only derision, disdain and contempt. May your end be painful, brutal, agonizing and very, very, very slow.

    Nope, I will not be apologizing for this post, because I’m not feeling charitable today.

    • Treant

      There’s no need to apologize, imprecatory prayer doesn’t work, but it sure is fun.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Good thing I’m an atheist, but yeah, it’s fun as fuck.

  • SB

    Spending every darn penny they have……talk about a pompous a$$. How in hell did someone like this ever get elected?

  • MT YVR

    … so. Apparently women can’t be poor because we’re still spending cash on them, right?

    o.O

    Couldn’t get past that into the rest of the rhetoric. I’mma just let him be, in the 50s, and … go… get a coffee. With some rum in it. It’s rum. In a coffee mug.

    • Treant

      Is rum plus mug a rug?

      • MT YVR

        A mum.

        Ssssh. Keep mum.

        😉

        • The_Wretched

          My mum keeps mum*’s mum by masking them with masking tape.

          *the plants, not the neighbors.

  • fuzzybits
  • M Jackson

    With what is coming it will only be right that his constituents suffer the most.

  • Friday

    Such contempt for and ignorance of regular people, these Republicans indulge.

  • coram nobis

    “The people that are investing” will just bequeath it to their heirs, see, e.g., Fred Trump enabling Donald, and Donald enabling Junior and Eric. The apples don’t fall far from the tree, but they don’t go upward and they do decompose.

    . It is a pity that Wall Street with its ability to control all the wealth of the nation and to hire the best brains of the country has not produced some statesmen, some men who could see the dangers of bigness and of the concentration of the control of wealth. Instead of working to meet the situation, they are still employing the best law brains to serve greed and selfish interest.

    People can only stand so much, and one of these days there will be a settlement. We shall have one receivership too many, one unnecessary depression out of which we will not come with the power still in the same old hands.
    — Sen. Harry S Truman, 1937

  • Lee Grupsmith-Pedersen

    Or food. Or clothing. Or gas for the clunker so they can get to work. They have lost whatever claim they had on being for the people long ago.

  • killreligion

    Headline and tweets are lying. The quote given doesn’t mention the poor or working class. Just savers vs “those that don’t”

    How did we go from that to the poor or working class? This is why some people don’t trust what they read-why put words in his mouth? I know well off people that don’t save.

    • Ben Trigg

      Because he was talking about the estate tax, which is exclusively a rich person issue.

      • killreligion

        Actually it’s not, exclusively. Regardless, you are saying if you are not rich/qualify for the estate tax then you are poor???

        Makes no sense. He is talking about people that don’t save ENOUGH to have an estate that qualifies for the estate tax. many of those people are not poor, which was my point which also is still correct

        • Ben Trigg

          “The federal estate tax is a tax on property (cash, real estate, stock, or other assets) transferred from deceased persons to their heirs. Only the wealthiest estates pay the tax because it is levied only on the portion of an estate’s value that exceeds a specified exemption level — $5.49 million per person (effectively $10.98 million per married couple) in 2017.”

          https://www.cbpp.org/research/federal-tax/ten-facts-you-should-know-about-the-federal-estate-tax?fa=view&id=2655

          • killreligion

            Got it. So to be clear you agree with the headline implying if you have saved less than 5.5 million you are poor

  • Han Rasmussen

    Remind me again why it was a good idea to abandon the guillotine for rich arrogant tyrants? I can’t think of a good reason it should have gone away, nor one why it shouldn’t make a comeback.

    • The_Wretched

      If they aren’t careful, history says that’s exactly what will happen. Social media and a militarized police, however, do change the current landscape.

  • Joseph Miceli

    Hasn’t pustulent sore on the body politic Chuck Grassly oozed enough? I think it’s time someone lanced him (by running against him, of course.)

  • Joseph Miceli

    Hey Chuck! 10 years ago I could afford to go to the beach for a week every year. Now I’m barely getting by from month to month. My pay hasn’t changed. In other words, fuck you!

  • Pete Wascher

    . . . as opposed to the rich spending it on yachts and third homes in foreign countries.

  • rickhfx

    I gave up booze for weed, just saying.

  • andrew

    In his own stupid way Grassley is admitting that giving tax cuts to working and middle class people is good for the economy. They spend the money buying things that in turn creates jobs and stimulates the economy. It’s trickle up economics and it actually works.

    • Gianni

      My first thought – middle class and poor put it right back into the economy by buying things. Isn’t that the basis for jobs? Demand requires workers?

  • Kevin Andrews

    This geriatric dinosaur is an Evangelical Corporate Meat-Puppet who is normally harmless and comical. There must be something about the fracked aquifer in square States that breeds these types of idiots. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cdd22f68539519eb8f2d35b83276a30b15a7e5e7fcd67be989929862b894f46f.png

  • Kevin Andrews
  • VolusiaWoman

    Its damned POLITICIANS…. NOT THE GOP PEOPLE ! We are all AMERICANS just like everyone else. Its the entitled RICH who don’t give a damn about the poor. POLITICIANS are all alike, whether they are GOP or DEMS !!!

  • Kissmagrits

    Echoing through Grassley’s pronouncement about the working class, I can hear the commonly used expression “..those people, yada, yada, etc.”…Simply put, that’s the commonly used code words meaning “they’re not like us”.

  • Robin Bailey
  • Nowhereman

    What an asshole! I’d fritter mine away replacing clothes that are now rags, pay down my dental bills, and maybe get an oil change for my 21 year old Geo Metro.

  • David Raymore

    https://twitter.com/Perrin1964/status/937727369875415040
    I sent a Tweet to this asshole senator telling him that he is wrong that poor people will spend their money on women, booze, or movies. Most people are just trying to survive everyday. These Republicans are so clueless about their constituents of the working-class including poor.

  • JCF
  • Gianni

    Chuck sounds like he’s in a slightly more advanced state of mental decline than Donnie. I can’t fathom where this notion comes from – that the increased profits a business will get from a reduction in taxes will go into business expansion and/or higher wages for workers. Please…….more business profits go immediately into owners’, CEO, and top management pockets and investors get what’s left. Plus, whatever management bonuses they hand out get larger.

  • greenmanTN
  • mensajohn

    Because of medical conditions of Congestive heart failure, afib, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, sleep apena, etc. and still not considered disabled I don’t work much but I would spend it on better food, medication co-payments, daily necessaries, a bed and rent, Internet so I could publish my noteworthy poetry. I don’t and never have drank nor do drugs or smoking.