As part of the network's ongoing attempt to defend the richest Americans from paying even a penny more in taxes, Fox personalities have described Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) proposed surtax on the rich as "class warfare." At the same time, Fox is hyping Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan, which would raise taxes on poor and middle-income families.
From the September 9 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom:
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From the September 7 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom:
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Rush Limbaugh claimed that "there is no stimulative effect of unemployment benefits." But economists agree that unemployment benefits do have a strong effect on job creation and growth.
Today President Obama began his Midwest bus tour with a stop in Cannon Falls, Minnesota where he spoke about jobs and the economy. After his prepared remarks, an audience member asked Obama: "How are you going to use renewable energy to create jobs in the future?" Megyn Kelly, who is supposed to be one of Fox News' "straight news" anchors, cut off Obama in the middle of his answer, claiming: "There you have it, they're moving away from the core issue which is jobs."
Kelly then turned for reaction to Fox Business host Lou Dobbs, a promoter of Obama birther theories and a serial Obama basher. Dobbs proceeded to attack the president. Dobbs claimed that Obama has not "put forward legislation" for any of his job-creating plans and asserted that Obama was playing "small ball" and even "whiffle ball" on jobs.
On his Fox News show, Fox senior vice president of business Neil Cavuto suggested that the sharp decline in the stock market may be related to the possibility that taxes may be increased. However, many other news outlets, including FoxBusiness.com, reported that the stock market decline was linked to recent data showing decreased consumer spending and the lack of growth in personal incomes.
In a July 31 op-ed for The New York Times, Frank Bruni described a recent conversation he had with Grover Norquist, head of the American Taxpayers Union. Bruni reported that Norquist stated: "Democrats are like a teenage boy on a prom date. ... They keep asking. Maybe she'll say yes. 'No! No! No!' But they have to keep asking. It's part of their DNA -- teenage boys and Democrats."
From the Times:
[Norquist] has emerged as the most visible mouthpiece and muse of the lower-taxes, less-government troops that have played a major role in the debt crisis. And he provides a handy window into them.
His assessment of Obama was succinct: "The president of the United States is a left-wing ideologue."
His analysis of the Democratic Party's values and tactics was unambiguous -- and uncomplicated by the deficits racked up under Obama's predecessor.
"Their game plan has always been spend, spend, spend, then come and ask Republicans to be responsible and raise taxes," he said.
"Democrats are like a teenage boy on a prom date," he added, proceeding to act out multiple parts in an imagined conversation, which is one of his favorite things to do. "They keep asking. Maybe she'll say yes. 'No! No! No!' But they have to keep asking. It's part of their DNA -- teenage boys and Democrats."