- Jerry Bennett
In a joke so bad that professional comedians would not have dared write it into a script, the Ayn Rand Institute — named for “objectivist” philosopher, author and lionized capitalist Ayn Rand, whose laissez-faire politics stopped short of receiving social security benefits in her old age — also took its share of between $350,000 and $1 million.
Likewise, while thousands are still waiting to receive unemployment and back payments, Oklahoma Rep. Markwayne Mullin made sure to secure up to $1.35 million for his plumbing businesses (and up to another $700,000 for two other businesses), as nobody was using the bathrooms while they were locked away at home. Homeland’s parent company also took between $5 and $10 million because grocery stores were apparently on the verge of bankruptcy while restaurants were closed.
But in perhaps the most egregious instance from Oklahoma, LifeChurch — definitely hanging onto its hundreds of millions by a wing and a prayer — raked in between $5 and $10 million because, as it is written in the prosperity gospel of Matthew, what’s God’s is God’s but maybe God will take some of what Caesar is having too.