On yesterday’s Your World, guest host Eric Bolling couldn’t just disagree with House Democrats who voted to let the Bush tax cuts expire, he used Fox News’ fave tactic of demonizing them. And for “balance,” he showcased one of the 19 House Democrats who voted with the Republicans.
Bolling told his guest, Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT), “I shake your hand, I congratulate you for not raising taxes on American people when times are tough.”
Matheson said, “Absolutely… Here we are in this tough economy, and having taxes go up on January 1 on anyone just doesn’t seem to make any sense at all. Why would we want to do that?”
Referring to the Democrats who voted to let the Bush tax cuts expire, Bolling asked, “Why would they be so un-American?”
Matheson didn’t blink an eye at such poisonous and uncalled-for rhetoric. “I don’t think they understand how taxes affect not just individuals but also small businesses… Why would we want to raise taxes on them in a fragile economy? It just doesn’t make sense,” he said.
But why bother confusing “reporters” with something as inconsequential as “facts?”
As to Matheson’s comment about “not understand[ing] how taxes affect” individuals and small businesses, I’d say that Matheson’s the one who doesn’t understand how taxes affect folks. Then again, he’s got a cushy government job making between 4 and 6 times a year as much as the average TAXPAYING American family earns. (Granted, he’s probably making less than Bolling is but still….)