On Saturday morning, I heard yet another Republican (Tom Price of Georgia) lie about taxes and deficits on the radio. And yet again, the NPR interviewer let the Republican get away with it. This is a common practice on NPR, and while this is not news to most of you, it must be news to the interviewers since they are constantly accomplices in this lying.
Listen to the audio clip of this interview here.
“Let’s not rob from Peter to pay Paul,” is a common catch phrase that Republicans use when discussing deficits and tax cuts. How about letting Peter pay a little more because he’s a billionaire who benefits from our government’s good works in roads, security, trade promotion, and so forth?
When asked how the tax cuts would hurt small businesses, the Tom Price of Georgia said, “Most small businesses that are successful and virtually all small business that would create jobs…has an income of more than $250,000 would have their taxes raised.” That’s a lie. Only 3% of small businesses would have their tax cuts raised. Also, Mr. Price fails to acknowledge that the small business, under the bill, would get tax cuts for domestic hiring. So Price is lying to protect his benefactors, huge corporations. He’s not looking out for small businesses.
So there are two solutions for this. If you want to protect the S companies (small buisinesses), make an exception for that 3%. Or, you can live in the real world and allow the rate to go from 36% to 39.6%, assuming these businesses get enough write offs and that they can afford the extra taxes to help sustain the infrastructure these businesses rely on.
Another lie is about the Reagan economy and tax cut reducing deficits. “When you decrease taxes…a by product is more revenue for the federal government.” A look at the years of tax cuts under Bush shows us that this is an outright fabrication. Reducing taxed RAISED the deficit. The second whopping lie from this Republican was that “President Reagan prove it”, proved that you could cut taxes and that would reduce deficits. Anybody who can read knows that is a lie. Even the Washington Post. The deficit went up under Reagan. http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Ronald_Reagan/Ronald_Reagan_Legacy.html
So why didn’t Mr. Simon challenge these lies?
1. He doesn’t think that is his job.
2. Simon didn’t have time. In the NPR format, there is no time for follow up questions like there is on talk shows.
3. NPR knows that they get their money from Congress. If Congressman Price and the other deficit liars run Congress after the 2010 elections, they might cut of the tap to NPR if they get questioned too directly about the deficit and other economic voodoo.
4. NPR doesn’t want to draw attention to itself or standout as a real news organization, for it might lose them readers and donations from conservative listeners.
Whatever the reasons, NPR morning shows constantly let their guest lie, Republican and Democrat, in order to stay a part of the establishment. MSNBC and CNN do a better job interviewing and challenging the liars, and Jon Stewart of the Daily Show is a master of the confrontational interview. Stewart gets away with challenging these statements by flattering his guests and by his show being a vanity press. It gives you cache to be on the daily show.
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