Leave it to Faux News to find the silver lining in death. After Ariel Castro committed suicide Tuesday night, Eric Bolling opined on Faux News’ The Five, that it was a blessing in disguise holding up a white board to show how much it would have cost per year to imprison him and projecting it over his expected lifespan to arrive at nearly $800,000 in savings to the taxpayer. He went on to suggest that maybe we should be encouraging the detainees at Gitmo to follow suit saying that would save us at least $150,000,000.
Of course no one other than his own family is going to mourn for Ariel Castro, as he was a despicable human being, but the fact remains, no matter what else he was, he was a human being. It makes one wonder just what sort of person can find joy in the death of another person. Just how callous must one be to think that the death of a living person is a good thing just because that particular person may have been a very nasty excuse for humanity.
In lampooning Bolling for his insensitive remarks, Stephen Colbert last night suggested that perhaps we could begin to have our grandparents consider suicide to relieve us all of the burden of supporting them with such wasteful programs as Social Security and Medicare. After all, as Stephen says aren’t they just a bunch of freeloaders? It would be hard for this writer to call them that even if it were true since I myself am one of those freeloaders.
All in all it was just another day at work for the propagandists at Faux, attack the poor, get rid of anyone who has committed a crime more serious than jay walking (probably even for that if they are repeat offenders) and just generally blame the least among us for all of the nations ills. Here ya go, from Stephen Colbert, who sums all of this up like no one else can.