Anthony Weiner: No Benefit From "Living in a Country Where the Top 2% Make as Much as the Bottom 40%"

Chris Hayes, filling in for Rachel Maddow on Friday night, interviewed New York Rep. Anthony Weiner about middle-class Americans' unfair tax burden. Weiner talked about how we have to "start putting the burden where it belongs....We've been increasingly shifting the burden to states and cities, so the tax cut has been nonexistent for most middle class people." Hayes also asked Weiner about whether his New York constituents, who pay both city and state income tax, feel overly taxed. This is what the Congressman had to say:

The one thing that people do complain about is this sense that [an] abject of fairness [has] been going on the last 8, now 9, years....Incomes of middle-class people have been flat. They keep hearing about all the big gilded age of American life has ended; for a lot of them they never experienced it because so much was going into the cost of healthcare, so much was going into keeping up with the high cost of college. So I think the deal Americans would gladly accept is, Give us some fairness, even if it means we have to pay a little bit more....I hear from well-to-do people who have a conscience, and they say, You know what, I don't benefit from living in a country where the top 2% make as much as the bottom 40%. It's an unhealthy economy.

Watch the interview here:

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AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at April 18, 2011, 4:00am

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