Welfare Dynasty: Anti-Welfare Robertsons Get $70,000 Per Episode In Taxpayer Money
The state of Louisiana incentifies television production in the state, and so gives a government handout to the show, featuring a family that speaks out against government handouts. Inqusitr reports:
One industry insider estimates that the Duck Dynasty cast, which is paid $200,000 per week to appear on the popular reality show, receives government benefits of $70,000 for every episode of the A&E cable show from the state, even though Louisiana recently slashed funding for health care programs and pension programs for public employees such as police, teachers, and firefighters.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal recently presented Robertson family patriarch Phil Robertson, who founded the family’s Duck Commander duck-call business in 1973, Louisiana’s first Governor’s Award For Entrepreneurial Excellence…
The handouts are part of Louisiana’s incentive program for film and TV productions, a program which began in earnest in 2002 and which has earned the state the nickname “Hollywood South.” Dozens of film and TV projects shoot there, to collect the generous taxpayer-backed subsidies, which cover about 30 percent of a film or TV show’s production costs in Louisiana.
Alan June 21st, 2014 at 10:37 am
Gotta love the hypocrisy.
mea_mark June 21st, 2014 at 11:29 am
Good deal, Disqus is working again at Liberaland.
Shades June 21st, 2014 at 1:23 pm
I was all kinds of confused this morning … and then there was that Disqus thing.
Foundryman June 21st, 2014 at 12:04 pm
What??? Right wing hypocrisy?? Who would have ever thought???……
arc99 June 21st, 2014 at 1:43 pm
So that’s why these moochers vote Republican; to get their “free stuff”.
Ladies and gentlemen here is the problem. We all have heard the right wing noise about free stuff, moochers etc. etc. The problem is that it is all politics. There is no substance behind their complaints other than hatred of all things liberal and Democratic.
Mark my words, find this story on some other more ideologically neutral sites and I will bet you $10 that the very same people who sneer at the Democratic party and the constituency of “moochers” will be bending over backwards, tying themselves into rhetorical knots rationalizing why the Duck Dynasty cast getting $70K per episode at taxpayer expense is perfectly reasonable.
It is my belief that a significant minority of the political right, if not the majority has no real core beliefs other than hating people with different ideas. This is a perfect example where handouts financed by taxpayers are perfectly ok, as long as the recipients are ideologically pure and express sufficient hatred for Democrats, liberals and the President.
So remember boys and girls, if you ever want a government handout and want to escape criticism from the right wing noise machine for receiving the money, just put up a Facebook page telling the world how much you hate liberals, socialists, Democrats, and gay people. Throw in BENGHAZI in all caps for good measure. Then go in peace and cash your government check, secure in the knowledge that TeaParty types will fight to the death explaining why giving you government money is the foundation of freedom.
Jake June 21st, 2014 at 2:47 pm
This doesn’t surprise me – in fact it reminds me of the VP debate between Cheney and Lieberman. Cheney claimed Halliburton were a great example of private sector success. Lieberman was too much of a suck-up to mention that Halliburton has barely made one cent that was not from public tax-payer contracts. Lets face it without Socialist handouts, half of the Fortune 500 would be out of business years ago.
Obewon June 21st, 2014 at 6:14 pm
Phil Robertson refuses to ‘bathe or shave because it brings me luck’ so the child molester of a 12 year old when he was age 18 receives government welfare benefits of $70,000 for every episode. Louisiana is governed as an upside down bible belted state by scientifically illiterate Bobby-Brady Jindal who wasted $10 M government money building sandcastle birms that washed away a week later with the first storm, exactly as scientists predicted. Science also notes Louisiana is sinking faster than anywhere else, but the state refuses to acknowledge climate change sea level rises. Idolizing & subsidizing duck bible bigots isn’t healthy or wise.
wpadon June 21st, 2014 at 6:37 pm
The only honorable one in the bunch in Uncle Si
Openyureyes June 22nd, 2014 at 3:31 pm
I didn’t see anything in the article about how much the robertsons donate every year. Plus is the money sent from te government to the Robertsons or is it sent to A&E??
Kathie June 23rd, 2014 at 1:32 pm
This is not welfare. Are you kidding? States do this all the time to entice movie makers to pick their communities and bring revenue. It doesn’t happen only in Louisiana. Come on people!
mea_mark June 23rd, 2014 at 1:50 pm
Welfare is supposed to help people, this is more like corruption, tax dollars going to help support the pushing of religious views. This looks more like an unconstitutional act, a bringing together of Church and State. Perhaps all the money received should be returned to the government and taxpayers.