Jon Stewart to Bill O'Reilly: Raising Taxes on the Rich Would Put Them Out of Business? "That's Crazy Talk, and You Know it"

On last night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart once again interviewed his arch nemesis Bill O'Reilly, and he used the opportunity to really got his classwar on. After quickly plugging O'Reilly's new book, Stewart pushed it aside ("We aren't going to talk abut this.") and jumped right into O'Reilly's threat to take his show off the air if Obama raised his taxes. "How much of that threat is empty?" Stewart asked, to which O'Reilly replied, "All of it." OK then! Principled.

Still, O'Reilly kvetched about taxes being too high for him and others in the "entrepreneurial class", and this is what Stewart had to say to that: "This whole idea that somehow the tax burden would become so onerous on us that we would rather not just take home $3 million -- if we can't get $3.5 million, f*ck it....That's crazy talk, and you know it!" He went on, "What's this business about the poor, poor rich and wealthy in this country?"

O'Reilly actually admitted that he wouldn't mind having a 40% tax rate, but argued that the government has to "stop wasting the money. One word: Solyndra." Then he trotted out the widely debunked myth of the $16 muffin. So, yea. Whatever.

You can watch the segment that ran on the air as well as part two of the interview, which is available online only, right here:




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AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at September 29, 2011, 3:29am

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