On July 17, 2012, Your World with Neil Cavuto talked with a Democrat Fox could like, someone who supports President Obama but thinks the rich already pay their fair share – and was willing to criticize him over it. R. Donahue Peebles, of the President’s National Finance Committee, said, “The messaging coming out from the Democratic side tends to be a criticism somewhat of wealth or wealth creators, and so what that does is it kind of penalizes or makes people uncomfortable with being successful or wealthy.”
Peebles told an approving Cavuto, “I’m paying my fair share (of taxes)… What (Obama’s) trying to articulate is that the country’s in trouble, and therefore… we need more revenue for the government.” Peebles went on to say we need more cuts and if any taxes are increased, he needs to know that it will pay down the national debt.
When asked how he could support Obama, Peebles said, “I’m pleased that the President is trying to get a tax cut or preserve the current tax rates for 95% of Americans.”
”But not for you,” Cavuto prompted.
Peebles said, “I think he should do it for all 100% of Americans… If he and Congress do not extend the Bush tax cuts which they should, and the President should sign when it gets to his desk, then we’re all going to get a tax increase, and in this kind of environment where the country’s at its knees, we do not need a tax increase… America can’t afford a tax increase... What America needs is, it needs those who have more money to put the money in the economy and to infuse activity here, not give it to the government to spend it where they see fit.”
Cavuto tried another tack: “I’ve heard others who support the President who espouse what you just said, but they’re getting tired of the class warfare rhetoric... He (Obama) doesn’t like wealthy people. I just don’t think he does.”
Peebles replied, “The President is actually an affluent person himself… I don’t think the President dislikes wealthy people.”
Cavuto: “Yeah, but if you listen to his rhetoric and how strident it is lately, obviously they feel they’re capitalizing on this in the polls. They must have done some surveys to say this is working. So I think we’re going to see more of this... I just think it’s a slippery slope.”
Can you imagine if a Democrat on Fox accused Romney of disliking poor people? But Peebles agreeably concurred with Cavuto, “It is a slippery slope.”
Even worse, he answered Cavuto’s question,”If you were to meet him, what do you say?” by responding, “I would say what you’re saying, it’s a slippery slope.” But, Peebles, who also repeatedly insisted he’s a stalwart Democrat, also said, “I’d remind him that he reduced taxes on small businesses 18 times. FBA loan volume is up 70%.”
Cavuto tried again. “He hasn’t disappointed you with his rhetoric?”
Bingo! Peebles replied, “This rhetoric in general has disappointed me, and actually hurt me.”
Cavuto closed with an approving: Well, you’re your own guy. I give you a lot of credit.
Of course he does!
Craputo is one of the worst he is right up there with the likes of Bile,Kkklannity and whatever else crawls around the Fox noise corridors.
Edited for brevity . . .
“Can you imagine if a Democrat on Fox accused Romney of disliking poor people?”
If only one had the stones — Mittch-A-Sketch is already on record as “not concerned about the very poor” . . .
“Nobody cares that Mitt Romney is rich. Itâs Romneyâs inability to understand the institutional advantage that he gains from the governmentâs tax code largesse, thatâs a little offensive to people, especially considering Romneyâs view on anyone else who looks to the government for things like, I donât know, food and medicine.”
That was spot on, Stewart.