Twin Cities talk-show host Jason Lewis made a sudden exit from radio Thursday night, quitting in the middle of his syndicated show, heard locally on Clear Channel’s KTLK (1130 AM).Reached Friday morning, the conservative commentator said he decided to end “The Jason Lewis Show” to devote his full attention to his fledgling libertarian website, Galt.io, but also to put his money where his mouth is on taxation and highly regulated .
“There’s a tipping point for everyone and for the economy as well,” he said. “I’m going to try to make certain [Minnesota Gov.] Mark Dayton gets as little of my as possible going forward. My ending may have been a bit dramatic, but it’s a suitable one, because it’s happening all over. If people who take capital risks keep getting demonized, they will stop playing the game.”Oh no! Please don't leave! How will the world go on without another smug, right-wing asshat whining on the radio about how it's so hard to be a rich, White guy these days?
The story doesn't specify whether Lewis will remain in Minnesota or relocate to a more freedom-y state. But assuming he does stay in Minnesota, I don't really see how he would be making sure that Gov. Mark Dayton "gets as little" of his money as possible. The only way I can see that is if Lewis winds up taking in a smaller paycheck from his newest venture than what he would be getting on his radio show. In which case, I would say, good job socking it to the man! That'll teach him!
Lewis made a 15-minute video that the site calls a “parody of what it is like working in a highly regulated industry and some of the events that led to his decision” to end his show.
Galt.io, named for John Galt, the protagonist of libertarian hero Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel “Atlas Shrugged,” will be a “marketplace for causes,” said Lewis, who plans to contribute commentary as well. “We want to reward activism, but have fun as well, offering rewards for points.”
The site’s members are part of a virtual economy that uses “Galtcoins,” earned through dividends, voting and updates, to invest in such causes as supporting the Keystone XL pipeline or contributing to a political candidate’s campaign.
The site was launched after an independent crowdfunding campaign last November that raised nearly $800,000, largely on the strength of on-air promotions by Lewis, whose show was carried by more than 50 stations nationwide. According to the site’s co-founder and president, tech start-up consultant Alex Huff, most contributions were in the $25 range, with fewer than 10 topping $1,000.
The 7,000-member site had been invitation-only, Lewis said, but the goal is to expand membership and increase capital.
I watched the entire 15 minutes of that "parody" video so you don't have to (the things I do for my viewer base), and here are the lowlights:
- Libertarians/Conservatives to this day still do not understand what a "parody" is supposed to be.
- Seriously, this is just 15 minutes of this smug douchebag walking around, regurgitating right-wing economic talking points.
- Lewis has this female assistant in the beginning who he mocks for not paying any taxes (yes, he's mocking his own employee). But wait, why isn't she paying taxes? Is she an unpaid intern? Cause that would be why, asshole!
- Taxation is theft, as usual.
- He cut off an entire portion of the Ed Show explaining why professional golfer, Phil Mickelson wasn't being accurate about his tax bill, and also why it's in his interest to pay them. Wouldn't want his audience to see that now, would we?
- If you keep taxing all the rich people, there won't be any rich people left to tax.
- The video ends with Lewis abruptly quitting his job at the beginning of his show, completely ignoring his assistant's reaction of being shocked and upset at what will happen to her now that she's unemployed. Just to remind everyone, it's Lewis who we're supposed to be feel sympathetic for in this scene, apparently.
Now if only we can have every right-wing mouth piece on radio and T.V. follow suit, that would really teach that commie Obama a lesson.