Governor Paul LePage (R-ME) visited Fox News yesterday where he was described as “fighting a Herculean battle against a surtax on the wealthy.” LePage is so upset about a surtax on incomes over $200,000 a year, he threatened to move out of the state.
Last September, The Washington Post Editorial Board described LePage as “completely unhinged.” It said his “hallmarks” are a “three-ring circus of unhinged racism and ravings.”
But on Fox News, LePage was treated as a serious, credible guest. FoxNews.com described his interview on Saturday's The Cost of Freedom special as, “Gov. Paul LePage ready for president to turn to tax reform” and “Maine’s Republican governor weighs in.”
Host Neil Cavuto opened the interview with a Cavuto mark of a question: “Your point is it’s going to lead to a brain drain and a lot of very successful people leaving your state, right?”
LePage sounded relatively restrained (especially for him) as he put forward a fairly typical Republican argument against the tax.
LEPAGE: Every day we’re losing doctors and scientists, and high wage earners are leaving going to New Hampshire, just 100 miles away from the state capitol. You got New Hampshire with no income tax, and people are telling me, “You know, why do I want to be punished for being successful?”
But what kind of governor threatens to leave the state over a tax which, as Cavuto explained, was passed by the voters?
CAVUTO: When your term is done, you and your wife would leave the state as a result?
LEPAGE: There’s no doubt about it. I will not be paying an exorbitant income tax in the state of Maine. I think it’s just not appropriate.
Watch LePage get a friendly platform on Fox below, from the March 25, 2017 Cost of Freedom. Then watch Samantha Bee give you a fuller picture of the guy she described as “the beta version of Trump."
- Bull OhReally threatened to move to Ireland if Bernie Sanders was elected
- Rush Limpballs threatened to move to Costa Rica if Obamacare was passed
it would be nice if, for once, they actually followed through on a promise . . .