Thursday, January 8, 2009

When bailouts need a bailout

The porn industry wants a $5 billion bailout:

[Hustler publisher Larry] Flynt and [Girls Gone Wild CEO Joe] Francis concede the industry itself is in no financial danger — DVD sales have slipped over the past year, but Web traffic has continued to grow.

But the industry leaders said the issue is a nation in need. "People are too depressed to be sexually active," Flynt said in the statement. "This is very unhealthy as a nation. Americans can do without cars and such but they cannot do without sex."

"With all this economic misery and people losing all that money, sex is the farthest thing from their mind. It's time for congress to rejuvenate the sexual appetite of America. The only way they can do this is by supporting the adult industry and doing it quickly."

So, the adult industry doesn't exactly need the money, but they want the money to put out more pornography so America can ... uh ... "rejuvenate its sexual appetite." Good luck with that.

I'm pretty sure there is a line in the sand when it comes to government-funded stimulus-es. Viagra to Afghan warlards, yes. Porn industry bailout, not so much.


Anonymous said...

This is the exact mockery of the bailout that is needed. The first release of the money to the financial institutions has gone to the following:

1) Banks further acquiring more banks
2) Advertising to gain back consumer confidence.
3) Money for the vaults

Now I am not economist but I fail to see how this helps ANYONE who is having a difficult time financially. How about federal student loan forgiveness? Mortgage rate renegotiations? Credit card adjustments to help people pay back just principal? Bonus stimulus for all those people who have actually paid their mortgages on time to keep them going?

In all the bailout, nothing is making it to the people who actually need it. It is going to industry that has failed. Just take a look at the legislation. How many legislators are guilty of putting some pork right into the plan? The Martinsville Speedway is in the bailout document for Pete’s sake. It’s no wonder the porn industry has asked for some. I have a feeling churches might be next.

Darren Staley said...

If this means free porn for all Americans, it has my support.