Neil Cavuto Heckled On The Street Outside Fox News
Reported by Guest Blogger - September 9, 2010 -
On today’s Your World, Neil Cavuto talked about running into a heckler yesterday outside Fox News who attacked Cavuto for supporting the extension of tax cuts for the rich.
Cavuto relayed, "'They don't need it,’ he shouts. ‘They're punks. You're a punk!’ Then he calls me something that rhymes with 'mother smucker' and says 'it's time to stop the free ride.'"
Cavuto said that “Given the late hour, I actually engaged this guy which may have been a bad idea. ‘So they're getting a free ride?’ I ask him."
"’Damn right,’ he snaps. ‘And you're their pimp patron saint.’"
Cavuto, who can be witty, said he admired that turn-of-phrase. But,
Back to this menacing, no doubt MSNBC-watching chap. I continue. "Those top two-per-centers paying over half the taxes in this country. Those guys? I asked.
"One and the same, melon head!"
(Hurtful, I’m thinking to myself but I just remained focused) "You're all going to burn in hell," he says. "And I want a front row seat to watch it."
The man left before Cavuto had the chance to note that if the man had that front row seat, he’d be in hell, too.
Cavuto continued, "You'd almost think the rich weren't paying any taxes. They're paying the most taxes and at the highest rate now, right now. And even when that rate was cut, their share of the total tax pie went up. That's right, up. The rich pay more in total taxes now than ever before, ever. It’s true.”
Maybe more in total taxes – and if that’s true, it’s because they’re earning more than ever before. Because as Cavuto almost certainly knows, Obama is proposing not to raise taxes but to allow the George W. Bush tax cuts to sunset. Meaning that they’ll be back at the same levels as during the Clinton administration – when the economy did just fine, thank you.
Cavuto went on to talk about small businesses. "Take out the guy selling stuff on eBay at home or the woman making crafts in her basement for some extra income and then just focus on businesses employing 20 or more workers, trying to make serious income, and now - now you're talking 48% of all viable small businesses paying that top income rate.” Hmm, according to the New York Times, “Analyses from the Joint Committee on Taxation and the Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan research organization, show that less than 3 percent of filers with small-business income pay at the top two income tax rates, and many of those are doctors and lawyers in partnerships.”
Comment: It's about time someone stood up to Cavuto for his love of the rich.