Sounds like the Buffett rule about the rich paying less than their secretaries. Reagan revved up the crowd: “Do you think the millionaire ought to pay more in taxes than the bus driver or less?”
“More!” the audience shouted.
“We want to see that everyone pays their fair share and no one gets a free ride,” Reagan said, and that “no one is manipulating the system to their advantage because they’re rich and powerful.”
CAP compared Reagan’s words with those in an Obama speech in September, one that GOP leaders promptly denounced as class warfare. Obama appears to be virtually plagiarizing Reagan’s remarks. (Reagan also said “hope was always the fuel that kept America going.”)
By Tuesday, Obama was repeatedly citing Reagan as his muse.
But wait a minute. Anyone can Photoshop anything these days and slice and dice video to show anything. Sure, Reagan voted for Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the original “traitor to his class,” but Reagan had seen the light well before he took office.
So we investigated. A CAP spokeswoman told us an intern, John Craig, a Georgetown law graduate waiting for bar exam results, had been reading “Showdown at Gucci Gulch,” about the 1986 tax-reform fight. He noticed the Reagan team bragging about how many millionaires were hit. So Craig started looking for Reagan quotes and found the speech.
But maybe the speech was a phony? Where did Craig find it? Oh, the Reagan Foundation?
Indeed. The foundation posted the video on YouTube on July 29, following the usual practice of posting pieces of Reagan footage that relate to various events — in this case a scholarship award — the foundation’s communications director, Melissa Giller, told our colleague Emily Heil.
“We were looking for educational quotes,” Giller said, and Reagan’s speech to the students “seemed to fit.”
But it got virtually no notice — fewer than 800 views when Craig found it. CAP has gotten more than 86,000 views as of Thursday afternoon.
Well, okay, so maybe Obama’s just a plagiarist?
The final frontier
Houston has a problem. Rep. Ted Poe (R-Tex.) took to the House floor this week to blast a decision to display NASA’s retired space shuttle Enterprise in the slums of New York, not the wide-open spaces of the Lone Star State.
Poe decried the decision by New York’s Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, which won the bid to receive the spacecraft, to locate the shuttle in a parking lot away from the museum’s main facility. The spot the museum selected, Poe complained, was marred by a blight unworthy of the prize.