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Despite Cavuto's Best Efforts, Dennis Kucinich Argues For Investing in America

Reported by Guest Blogger - August 8, 2011 -

By Brian

On Saturday’s Cost of Freedom Special (8/6/11), Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) debated with Neil Cavuto about the jobs crisis. Kucinich argued that we need more investment in America. Cavuto interrupted at every turn but Kucinich persevered and got his points across forcefully. For that, he’s a Top Dog. UPDATE: Video has been added.

Kucinich said, "We should be investing in America… We have to put America back to work."

Cavuto interrupted to ask, "Haven't we tried that Congressman to little avail?"

"Noooo, nooooo,” Kucinich replied. “It hasn't been tried… You need a grand approach."

Cavuto interrupted again. "What was that trillion dollars we spent?"

Kucinich said, "Only a fraction of that actually went for creating infrastructure jobs. We need to rebuild America's infrastructure." He mentioned, "three trillion dollars, Neil, in infrastructure needs that aren't being met… We need a new WPA."

This time, Cavuto interrupted to offer the faint praise of noting Kucinich’s “consistent” position, before adding, “I just always think you're wrong on this… We need an initiative, Congressman, to stop people from coming up with initiatives!"

Kucinich laughed. "We need an initiative to get the top 10 corporations to pay their taxes… To stop offshoring jobs, to stop these trade agreements that are sending millions of jobs out of this country."

Another interruption. "Can you blame some of them though, Congressman? … Believe me, I’m not apologizing for them… "Why are they responsible for scaring wits out of this country, and not you guys?"

Kucinich mentioned taxes. "ExxonMobil: $19 billion on profits in 2009, paid no federal income taxes, received $156 million rebate. Bank of America: $1.9 billion tax refund from the IRS last year, $4.4 billion in profits."

Cavuto began yelling his interruption. "ExxonMobil did pay taxes… It was one of the top federal 10 tax contributors! Now come on, Dennis, you know that this makes no sense."

Yes it does. Check out Think Progress’ post ExxonMobil paid no federal income tax in 2009. (Updated). ExxonMobil now says it will owe a “substantial” amount for 2009 but refuses to say how much.

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