Charlie Rose’s Debt Commission Non-Debate

As you may have gathered by now, the deficit reduction plan offered by debt commission chairs Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles is pretty unpopular, particularly on the left. But one place it was well-received: The Charlie Rose Show, a comfortable place for CEOs and insiders to pontificate. The fact that this show is a staple of public television stations around the country is part of the problem FAIR identified inour new report, “Taking the Public Out of Public TV.” The Rose show presented a discussion of the Simpson/Bowles plan on November 11.One guest, Harvard’s Martin Feldstein, had this to say: […]


WaPo Op-Eder Unnamed as AIG Flack

Responding to a Washington Post op-ed in which one Martin Feldstein “explains how Obama’s proposed limitation on the deductibility of charitable contributions by upper-income taxpayers is a horrible idea,” Jonathan Schwarz (A Tiny Revolution, 3/25/09) asks What does Feldstein have to say about the tax code change? Well: In effect, the change would be a tax on the charities, reducing their receipts by a dollar for every dollar of extra revenue the government collects. It is hard to imagine a rationale for taxing schools, hospitals, medical research budgets and arts organizations in this way…. The proposed tax change would apply […]