Tech Eye: US Republicans spend fortune trying to kill Duffy video

April 1, 2011- The US Republican party is doing its level best to kill off a video that it posted on YouTube.

The video shows United States Representative Sean Duffy moaning about how he is "struggling" to get by on his $174,000 salary. Given that this is the bloke who demanded that all public employees take a paycut because the state can't afford to pay them, the video makes him look like a rich brat who does not really understand the concept of money.

Polk County Republicans tried to pull the video from YouTube, but unfortunately it was copied by shedloads of others who do not really like Duffy much.

Now the GOP is spending a fortune on lawyers to stop anyone else from republishing the video. It insists that no one else can republish the video without their permission, even though they originally released the video on YouTube for the whole world to see.

So far they have managed to get the video pulled from some sites, but one, called Talking Points Memo believes the GOP has no case and has decided to keep the video up on its web page.

Duffy's congressional salary is over three times that of the average public employee in Wisconsin, and over five times that of an average worker in Wisconsin.

He moans that he has to spend $600 a month on health care and contribute toward his pension plan. Duffy claimed he is struggling because he has six children, a mortgage, and student loans.

The quote is:

"I can guarantee you, or most of you, I guarantee that I have more debt than all of you. With 6 kids, I still pay off my student loans. I still pay my mortgage. I drive a used minivan. If you think I'm living high on the hog, I've got one paycheque. So I struggle to meet my bills right now. Would it be easier for me if I get more paychecks? Maybe, but at this point I'm not living high on the hog."

Of course some of his debt problems would be solved if he flogged that second home he owns. He might also have been better off investing in contraception rather than children. We suspect that there are a few Republicans that are wishing their boy's mum had also invested in contraception.


(Note: We had this vieo posted, but Blip TV has also taken it down. We were able to find theTalking Points Memo cut on Vimeo– shot on a different camera than the version we originally posted, it's shorter, but has better sound.)

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