Anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist on Wednesday blasted a “very nice left-wing twit” who thanked him for contributing to the destruction of the middle class in the U.S.
During an interview on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, a prankster calling in on the Republican line said that he made “seven figures” and he appreciated Norquist’s efforts because “I’m paying virtually nothing in taxes.”
“I just find this hysterical because I don’t pay any Social Security, I don’t pay any Medicaid or Medicare because I exceed that limit,” the man explained. “And I get capital gains so I’m only paying 15 percent.”
“But I’m getting rich and the middle class is getting screwed and the lower class is getting screwed. But, hey, you know, keep it up, man, because I’m going to be filthy rich and those fuckers are going to be living in slums by the time we get done,” the caller laughed.
But Norquist was not amused.
“Ralph, I think you are a very nice left-wing twit, and you’re calling on the Republican line and taking up other people’s time and that’s really a little dishonest,” the Americans for Tax Reform founder replied. “You fibbed and claimed to be arguing from a Reagan Republican perspective then made up a story about who you are — about how you got rich and you don’t pay taxes, which would be fascinating. You could make a lot of money selling that secret.”
“In point of fact as people know, the top 1 percent of income earners in this country pay 40 percent of the federal income tax, the top 50 percent pay 99 percent of the personal income taxes,” Norquist continued. “So we have a steeply progressive tax code, meaning we penalize people who work, save and invest.”
“Your caricature of the people who don’t pay taxes is silly and it’s one of the reasons why people are so offended when [President Barack] Obama gets up and acts like people who have been working all their lives — paying taxes all their lives — are somehow not sending enough money in. You know, ‘What’s a matter with those peasants? Why don’t they send more money in? The king wants to build a new castle and Solyndra could use some cash.’ It just really irritates real taxpayers, not phony callers pretending to be Republicans.”
Earlier this year, Republicans in the Senate blocked the Paying a Fair Share Act, which would have enacted a rule named for billionaire Warren Buffett, who revealed that he paid a lower tax rate than his “secretary.”
According to the Congressional Research Service (PDF), almost 100,000 millionaires in the U.S. pay a lower effective tax rate than millions of families earning less than $100,000.
An April CNN poll found that 72 percent of Americans — including 70 percent of independents — favored the “Buffett Rule.”
Watch this video from C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, broadcast June 13, 2012.
Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’
On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.
As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.
Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:
1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."
Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR
British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate
Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.
The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.
In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.
Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6
President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.
Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.
Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019