Sunday, March 22, 2009

Future Headline: All Media & Hollywood Wages to be Capped

I shuddered when I read this article about Obama's possible plans to cap the wages of many more private companies, even those which have received no government bailouts. The reaction to this in many quarters still seems muted at best and even supportive at worst. So I thought it appropriate to offer this prospective future news story, which is [currently] just a work of fiction:

WASHINGTON: Today the Obama administration announced a new bill which will cap the wages of all members of the media, as well as everyone working in the television, movie, and music industries.

"Every person working in any of these areas will have their remuneration capped to a maximum of $10,000 per month or $100K per year, whichever is less", said Obama spokesman, Robert Gibbs. "This includes but is not limited to writers, news anchors, actors, directors, and producers. Any wages or other kinds of payments exceeding these amounts will be met with a 105% income tax. We have great confidence that our longtime allies in these businesses will support this initiative for the good of their fellow citizens and the good of the USSA."

When asked whether these amounts will ever go up, Gibbs said, "there is a clause in the bill that the amounts will be reviewed only once the entire U.S. debt has been done away with. Until then, no, they will not change."

Katie Couric, Matt Damon, and Barbra Streisand were all contacted for this story but refused comment.

Later in the day President Obama was quoted as saying, "Because of the financial crisis at hand, this bill must be voted on and signed within 48 hours. Failure to do so may result in dire permanent consequences for our nation."


David in North Burnaby BC said...

A taste of the potential reaction to your hypothetical scenario comes at about 3:30 in this edited clip of Whoopi Goldberg on the View (thank you to Hot Air).

This is when Whoopi segues into quite the rant about her taxes going up thanks to the Obamessiah.
The overall hypocrisy on display is quite nauseating really, however, Elizabeth Hasselbeck (go 'Hawks) does get in some choice shots along the way.

Pelalusa said...

Yikes, I can only take so much of The View at one time. Anytime a woman tells me that women are much smarter than men, I just cite The View as an example and know that I've won the argument.

Whoopi Goldberg is emblematic of the HYPOCRITES throughout the media!!!

nachtwache said...

Women smarter than men? That's gender discrimination. :) Women and men are different and maybe better at somethings the other isn't, generally speaking. That's just a dumb thing to say.
Don't go by "the view", actors/artists are often a bit loopy.
I just have to laugh. Maybe they'll start filming more in Canada and immigrate as well.
What a mess!! Really, that system did wonders for Russia ....