Bashing Tax Cuts &
Two topics today:
2) It's not known yet whether Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will accept the on and off and now on again invitation to speak to an 8th grade graduation on June 10, but a NBC News reporter doesn't object to bashing his views.
On Friday night's (June 7) PBS Washington Week in Review this exchange
occurred among three of the panelists:
the media have bought into the idea that Reagan's tax cuts, not soaring
spending, caused the deficit to increase in the 1980s. These recent quotes
show it's an attack reporters will use against any tax cut proposal.
May 26 Meet the Press, two days earlier, MRC analyst Clay Waters picked up
this question from Tim Russert to Steve Forbes and Senator Bill Bradley:
I should note that in interviewing John Kasich and Leon Panetta on Sunday June 9 Russert challenged each as to why their party's were considering a tax cut given the huge debt and Medicare crisis. And, he noted that in the '80s while Reagan cut taxes, Democrats who controlled Congress increased spending. But, I think the quote above best reflects what he and his colleagues really believe.
Friday's Washington Post "Reliable Source" column in the Style section relayed this news about the political atmosphere in which actor Danny Glover and Bob Herbert, a former NBC News reporter, feel comfortable. The piece described the June 6 TransAfrica fundraising dinner: "This year's honorees -- philanthropist Camille Cosby, actor Danny Glover, New York Times columnist Bob Herbert and retired federal judge A. Leon Higginbotham -- spoke mostly about domestic problems: Cosby called for Africa Americans to pour more money into black-owned businesses, and Higginbotham received a standing ovation for his blistering rebuke of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's rejection of affirmative action. 'He has let us down profoundly,' said the judge."
-- Brent Baker