“Great American” Sean Hannity is just beside himself that a great patriot like he is should be called upon to pay any more in taxes just because he earns more than almost everyone else in the country. But rather than just own up to that inconvenient and less-than-flattering truth, Hannity hosted a debate between Juan Williams and Tucker Carlson about Fox's latest hero, golfer Phil Mickelson, who has threatened “drastic changes” in the face of a higher tax bill. Carlson suggested we should ignore President Obama's mandate to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans for our own good.
Carlson reiterated the lie that people are fleeing California because of high taxes - which Hannity gladly accepted as truth. Sadly, Williams seemed not to know about the University of Massachusetts study that found otherwise. But he did offer up this smackdown:
Phil Mickelson is, I think, the seventh highest-paid athlete in the world. He makes more than $50 million a year and what we're doing here? I hear from you and Tucker is, "poor little rich boy."
Carlson interrupted with his own love of America, by likening the majority of Americans who re-elected President Obama to some kind of welfare Mafia:
Democracy is not a justification for tyranny. Just because the mob decides it wants to steal all your stuff, because it's envious and you have something that they want, doesn't make it right. This is sort of a key pitfall with democracy that's been recognized for 200 years. That the second the balance of power shifts and the majority starts taking from the minority, then things fall apart and that's not a sustainable system.
But Carlson wasn't through with his disdain for America.
Here's the problem. It's not just that the rich pay for the majority of everything which they do. It's that the bottom 50% in effect have no skin in the game. And that is a corrosive situation. We don't want a country... where most people don't understand what government costs because they're not paying for it.
Of course, as Williams pointed out, the poor pay plenty of taxes, just not federal income tax. But apparently that isn't enough to make them eligible to participate in democracy.
So I guess we should just appoint Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in charge of America's taxes and say it's for our own good.
Oh, what are you gonna do, Phil — finally win the US Open? I’m SKEEEEERD . . .