Thursday, August 11, 2011

Colbert backs P*A*rry in Iowa

Stephen Colbert's looooooong term "Colbert SuperPAC" stunt has been aimed at pointing out the absurdity of unrestricted campaign donations by becoming an official/legal conduit for such donations himself. Now we can see the first of what he's opted to do with it: A parody campaign commercial asking Iowans to vote Rick PArry (as opposed to "Rick PErry") into the Ames Straw Poll. Here it is...

17 comments:

Samuel said...

August 13th is after the actual election.

Oh! I see what he did there.

Etries said...

I'll just leave this here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Parry

Chris Evans said...

When it comes to election spending, no one has EVER matched Obama. Rick Perry isn't really the right target if you want to complain about money in politics.

He alone spent 740.6 Million. Bush and Kerry combined only spent 646.7 Million in 2004.

Never got the appeal of Colbert, at least Jon Stewart is funny.

Reverend Allan Ironside said...

We're supposed to take financial advice from candidates who spend almost half a billion dollars...to obtain a job that pays 400,000 a year? Chris Evans is right, we should have seen Obama's spending during the campaign as a sign of things to come. I mean, right now gold is $1800 on the stock market. Maybe Glenn Beck's not so crazy after all.

antecedentless said...

@Ironside

The price has been driven by sensationalism and paniced near-retirees. $1800 an ounce is no where near the cost of what it takes to get the ore out of the ground and refine it. It is price gauging, plain and simple, and it will not last. I am sure it will go back to $300/ounce before the decade is out. See here and here.

Back on topic: In before some brings up "teh chamber of commerce is briggan foreign money into politics!" again...

JeffBergeron said...

@antecedentless

You're wrong about gold. It's price is not gouged - it's the U.S. dollar that's in freefall.

And yes, 1800$ an ounce is more than what it costs to dig and refine gold, for the simple reason that it's worth way more than that, for a number of reasons, not just because it's shiny.

Here are a few reasons to use gold as money, compared to other metals and especially compared to friggin' paper.

- It is durable. It won’t evaporate, mildew, rust, crumble, break, or rot. Gold, more than any other solid element, is chemically inert. This is why foodstuffs, oil or artwork can’t be used as money.

- It is divisible. One ounce of gold - whether bullion, coin, or dust - is worth exactly 1/100th of one hundred ounces. When a diamond is split, its value may be destroyed. You can’t make change for a piece of land.

- It is convenient. Gold allows its owner to physically carry the wealth of a lifetime with him. Real estate stays where it is. An equivalent value of copper, lead, zinc, silver, and most other metals would be too heavy.

- It is consistent. Only one grade exists for 24-carat gold, so there is no danger of owning 24-carat gold varying in quality. Twenty-four-carat gold (pure gold) is the same in every time and place since gold is a natural element, unlike gems, artwork, land, grain, or other commodities.

- It has intrinsic value. Gold finds new industrial uses each year. Of all the metals, it is the most malleable (able to be hammered into sheets less than 5-millionths of an inch thick), most ductile (a single ounce can be drawn into a wire 35 miles long), and the least reactive (it can stand indefinite immersion in seawater, does not tarnish in air, and can withstand almost any acid). Next to silver, it’s the most conductive of heat and electricity and the most reflective of light.

Chris Evans said...

The US dollar isn't in free fall. In the past several days it's gained a LOT on the other currencies. Canadian dollar for example had been at a over 15 year high against the US dollar, It's back to almost 1 for 1.

The Offender said...

Colbert needs a new joke. He has been using the same one far too long.

Etries said...

@Ironside

There's a little more than salary that people should be considering if running for president.

Maybe people just want to help run our country.

Silens said...

@JeffBergeron - you don't know what the word intrinsic means. Gold only has any value whatsoever because we gave it any value, just like any other bloody currency. It has no 'intrinsic value' just because it's gold, and just because we can use it for something doesn't give it monetary value either. For instance, I can use dollar bills to roll joints - does that give them intrinsic value based upon that alone? The 'gold standard' is outmoded, and Ron Paul remains an moron for thinking we should go back to it.

But from your post, I get the impression you have no conception of how the money system actually works - namely in that the ENTIRE SYSTEM is a human construct designed to place value. Anything only has value based upon how we, as a society, have valued it. It's a fabrication to make all our lives easier, and because barter was a pain in the ass. I'd rather haul around five dollars than a sheep to trade.

However, for the good of society, most people don't have a clue how the money system works - which is probably one of the few cases where ignorance is actually good for society. It's also one of the main reasons people are flocking towards gold - they see it as stable, so they're buying it and the price is rising. And yeah, there's a fair amount of price gouging too, but that's to be expected as the minerals marketeers exploit the insecurities of investors.

MovieBob said...

Seriously? The gold thing, still?

If society ever collapsed to the point that a gold-standard was a viable currency again, currency would be waaaaaaay down on the list of what you'll be concerned with - i.e. water, shelter and bullets would be your immediate concern.

JeffBergeron said...

I'd just like to point out that I've never said we should reinstate the gold standard. But by the way Bob, I didn't know society in the 60's was 'collapsed' because yeah, in case you don't know, the gold standard still existed back then. I'm not saying I want to go back to that time, but seriously, as far as post-apocalyptic scenarios go, I can think of worse than 1971.

I do think the gold standard is better than what we have now, however. As in, you give me the choice between being paid in paper and being paid in gold, I'll take gold. But seriously, who am I to tell you what to do? As long as you let me do what I want without harming anyone, I'll give you the same respect and let you get paid with whatever you'd like, be it paper, silver, land or Bitcoins.

Joe said...

And this is why I was opposed to fixed term lengths up here in Canada. Not because I liked the previous situation, where the party in power can basically set elections at the time of their choosing, but because the alternative was worse. Namely, spending half your 4-year term campaigning and spending millions and millions hand over fist to do so.

antecedentless said...

Let's just hope that the "new media" will radically resphape the way campaigns work. Even now, despite the internet having been "mainstreem" for nearly a decade and a half, it is stupid expensive to display and defend policies and plans before an entire nation.

I'd like to see a campaign succeed without buying any adspace on broadcast television.

David (The Pants) said...

People with no power and no office should spend all their time campaigning and paying to get into an office. People in office should be USING their POSITION to do the shit they got INTO that office to DO. things that they can do but the average person cannot. Using your time in office focusing on your next election over getting things accomplished is fucking idiotic.

David (The Pants) said...

And @antecedentless, I can see a campaign not have any ads and still be good if the person running for whatever has good public exposure. If I ran for congress and showed up to a debate or a speech in my underwear, with or without some transparency metaphor backing it up (people'd interpret that out of it anyway) it'd get its own exposure, as that'd be hilarious to internet people. If you make sure that the stunts you pull don't soil your message, you can basically advertise yourself without actually advertising yourself.

genguidanos said...

And the best part about gold? If you can collect a hundred gold coins, you get an extra life!