Candy Crowley to Dem Senator: ‘Do You Think Taxes Have Been Raised Enough on the Wealthy?’

CNN’s Candy Crowley asked a question of Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on State of the Union Sunday that should have all American wage earners quaking in their boots.

“Do you think that taxes have been raised enough on the wealthy?” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

CANDY CROWLEY, HOST: Let me ask you about money to be saved in tax reform, because if the government saves money in tax reform, that means somebody's taxes go up. Do you think that taxes have been raised enough on the wealthy?

SENATOR DICK DURBIN (D-ILLINOIS): I can tell you that there are still deductions, credits, special treatments under the tax code which ought to be looked at very carefully. We forgo about $1.2 trillion a year in the tax code, money that otherwise would go to the government, and when you look closely, some of those things are near and dear to us individually and to the economy -- the mortgage interest deduction, charitable deductions, deductions for state and local taxes, but beyond that, trust me, there are plenty of things within that tax code, these loopholes where people can park their money in some island offshore and not pay taxes, these are things that need to be closed. We can do that and use the money to reduce the deficit.

CROWLEY: So there are other taxes that you believe that you can, however you want to put them, raise, retrieve, whatever, from the wealthy?

DURBIN: Absolutely.

Interesting how after Durbin said yes, Crowley still asked, “So there are other taxes that you believe that you can, however you want to put them – raise, retrieve, whatever – from the wealthy?”

Wouldn’t it be nice if liberal media members were so enthusiastic about cutting spending?

Maybe then we’d actually balance the budget – assuming that’s something they even care about. 

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.