At a Thursday town hall meeting in Wauconda, Illinois, Tea Party Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) railed against defense cuts and entitlement programs, telling attendees that Americans refuse to have a discussion about how best to rein in the nation’s deficit and debt. But when Walsh asked how Americans planned to pay for those programs, he was caught off guard by a quick answer from one of the event’s attendees:
WALSH: This country, for years, has put off the discussion, how are we going to pay for that? Let’s have the discussion!
MAN: Let’s tax the rich.
WALSH: Let’s tax the rich, they say! (Applause) All I’m saying is —
MAN: We used to!
WALSH: Don’t know where you’re going to get the money.
Watch it, courtesy of Americans United for Change:
Republicans continue ignore that the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy are among the main drivers of American debt and that falling tax rates on the rich have led to widening income gaps between the richest and poorest Americans. That, of course, hasn’t stopped the rich from taking advantage of loopholes — in 2009, more than 1,400 American households earned $1 million and yet avoided paying income taxes altogether. And Walsh’s town hall attendees aren’t alone. According to recent polling, Americans support raising taxes on the rich by wide margins. It’s only Republicans like Walsh who refuse to have that discussion.