Sometimes Penn and Teller mix in some stupid shit between their otherwise good points. I’m watching the Taxes episode of Bullshit! Season 7 and Penn mentions progressive taxes. To provide an analogy for this, and how “unfair” it is (debatable – but not the point of this post), they show a pie-less Penn taking pie from Teller.
A “guest” said something to the effect of “progressive taxes don’t punish the rich, they give a break to the poor”. So the pie thing was to illustrate that this system is in fact unfair to the rich. However, the analogy is complete bullshit.
In the tax system, the poor aren’t directly taking money from the rich. Rather the government is taking different amounts of money from each depending on how much each has. So in the analogy there should have been a third party taking pie from both Penn and Teller in amounts proportional to the amount of pie they had in the first place.
I hate when they try to make their point with misleading bullshit, it completely undermines what they are trying to say.