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July 25, 2014 - 11:12 am

According to CelebrityNetWorth, actress Kristen Bell is worth $16 million. It’s fair to say that she make far more than a “living wage” for pretending to be other people in movies and on TV.

The actress is lending her looks and voice to the Democrats’ campaign to increase the federal minimum wage, on Funny or Die. Bell stars as a Mary Poppins knock-off. Take a look.

Funny or Die has gone all in for the minimum wage campaign, mocking House Speaker John Boehner over the issue in this ad video starring Harry Hamlin. Is the Obama administration or the Democratic National Committee paying Funny or Die for these clearly political ads videos that border on in-kind donations?

Liberals find Bell’s video persuasive, or at least politically useful. Democrat Rep. Diana DeGette is flogging it on Facebook.

In the video, Bell slams her boss for not paying her a “living wage,” despite the fact that as a live-in nanny, Poppins got full room and board in addition to pay for caring for the boss’ kids. Bell quits, mocks her boss, and curses in front of the children she is supposed to be raising, but never seems to figure out that if she is still making minimum wage, the problem may not be with her boss, but with her and her own job performance and her ability to stand up for herself.

Bell/Poppins never mentions the CBO study that found that raising the minimum wage will cost about half a million jobs.

In short, the unfunny video that barely scrapes the surface of the minimum wage issue and works in a slam on the Tea Party deserves to die.

Update: Reason rebuts with a win.

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Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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One more thing I noticed, in the video she mentions how, after paying state and federal taxes, Social Security and others, there's just not enough left. Well, maybe it's not that she isn't paid enough, maybe it's that she's taxed too much. If the government wasn't taking 33%, the minimum wage might be a "living wage."
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I think Kristen Bell owes Julie Andrews a personal apology for this.
And then one to the estate of P. L. Travers.
And then one to the family of Walt Disney.
And then one to every single person on the planet.

That was a shamefaced offense to the name of Poppins.
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One more thing I noticed, in the video she mentions how, after paying state and federal taxes, Social Security and others, there's just not enough left. Well, maybe it's not that she isn't paid enough, maybe it's that she's taxed too much. If the government wasn't taking 33%, the minimum wage might be a "living wage."
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Anyone making minimum wage isn't paying state and federal taxes. Oh, they get taken out of the check, but they're returned via tax refund.
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It's being taken out of their checks. They ARE paying state and federal taxes. The fact that they get (most of) it back in a lump sum, after giving Uncle Sammy an interest-free loan, is kinda immaterial.

If they had it in hand check-to-check, they'd be in better shape.
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I agree that they're paying taxes, but disagree that getting some of it back at the end of the year is a bad idea. Let's say you start earning more money and enter a different tax bracket and instantly start getting taxes taken out? How shocking would that be? People need to be aware that taxes are a part of life, regardless.
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