Curt Schilling is... most famous for winning a baseball game against the Yankees even though his foot was in the process of falling off, so it made perfect sense for the state of Rhode Island to loan him millions of dollars to create a video game... Shockingly, the video game company founded by a former pitcher did not end up managing its expenses very well and, long story short, all the employees have been let go and the state of Rhode Island will now probably face a major budget crisis as they take control of a video game company with no employees and lots of state-government-guaranteed debt... [O]f course Schilling is also a longtime loud-mouthed, ultra-conservative, rich Tea Party moron from way back who regularly bemoans that the government takes money that he could be using to create jobs. “I’m not looking, never have been, for handouts,” he told Sean Hannity in March. In May, Schilling’s government-handout-supported company missed a $1 million payment, stopped paying its employees, and begged for millions in tax credits from the state that it could sell to stay afloat... [W]ith a lot of grit and determination, I am sure Schilling will emerge from this terrible trial... still totally rich and famous while some schools get shut down or some firefighters are laid off or something because of this gritty new addition to Rhode Island’s budget deficit.Pareene has been on fire lately. You may remember his delicious vivisection of the TED Squawk Spectacle, to which I recently drew your attention as well, here.
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Friday, June 01, 2012
Libertopian Welfare Baby Curt Schilling Ruggedly Individualistically Demands Taxpayer Diaper Change
I've expressed my irk about Curt Schilling here already, but Alex Pareene's takedown was so enjoyably and righteously written I wanted an excuse to quote some of it and direct everybody to read more: