Top Reads from the Writers Room

By Allison MacDonald

Should women be able to serve in combat roles? Why are welfare recipients more likely to be Republicans? And the question that pops up on a daily basis here: why are Americans so stupid? Check out what’s being discussed in Bill’s writers’ room this week:


Most Ridiculed

Front Line Face-off

Just like we think it was a good thing to allow women to start wearing pants in the 19th century, we’re all about allowing women to serve in combat roles. And why shouldn’t they be? Have you ever seen Serena Williams yell at a line ref? But this is not the case for good ole’ Rick Santorum. Or as we call him, “the little creep that could.” Rick took a lot of heat this week for saying women don’t have the physical capacity to serve because of their “emotions.” But not women’s emotions. That would be sexist. Rick said if women were allowed to serve, men would be more focused on protecting female soldiers than on their jobs. This is coming from a guy who hasn’t served in the military, wears a sweater vest, and has never met a woman he didn’t want to take rights away from. Rick, if you hate women so much, shouldn’t you be lobbying to put more women on the front line? In the meantime, check this Huffington Post piece out. It provides empirical proof that gender doesn’t matter in combat.


Most Interesting

Safety Net Critics = Safety Net Recipients

A recent New York Times article reported that many of the people raging against government aid receive it themselves, which really puts a cherry on top of our national hypocritical sundae. Here’s what caught our eye over here at Real Time:

Support for GOP candidates has increased in the past 30 years in states where the federal government spends more than it collects. On the other hand, states that pay more in taxes than they receive in benefits tend to support Democratic candidates.

The article challenges a common misconception: that the safety net primarily helps the lower class. Actually, it seems the safety net does most of its heavy lifting in keeping the middle class alive.

Why do you think recipients of government aid vote for Republicans when the party’s policies would end all their perks?


Most Ridiculous

Bun and Done

And finally, the new rule that wrote itself – the man who had a heart attack while eating the “Triple Bypass Burger” at The Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas. And really, is there anything more American than that?