Warren Buffett: Tax Me!
In a candid interview with Christiane Amanpour on This Week, billionaire Warren Buffett said that the Bush-era tax cuts should be extended… for everyone but the rich. “The rich are always gonna say, ‘Just give us more money, we’ll spend more and it will all trickle down to the rest of you,’ but that has not worked in the last 10 years.”
Lindsey Graham: Don’t Count DADT Out Yet
On Fox News Sunday, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” isn’t kaput just yet: “This is a political promise made by Senator Obama when he was running for president. There is no groundswell of opposition to ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell’ coming from our military. … So I think in a lame-duck setting ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell’ is not going anywhere.”
Jeb Bush: Buy My Brother’s Book (Even If You Don’t Read It)
If you’re friends with Jeb Bush, don’t be surprised if your holiday gift is a copy of Decision Points, his brother George’s book. Jeb bought 40 copies, he told CNN’s Candy Crowley. But that doesn’t mean he read it: “It’s far more important to buy the book than to actually read it.” OK then!
Bill and Melinda Gates: Why Education Is a Civil Rights Issue
On This Week, Bill and Melinda Gates spoke about the importance of getting America back up to speed in terms of education, and why they created the Gates Foundation: “We really started with the premise that all lives, all lives have equal value no matter where they live on the globe. So, that's Bangladesh, or that's Boston, or that's in Britain somewhere. But in the U.S. we feel the greatest inequity is education, that not every child in this country is getting a phenomenal education. And they ought to, that's the civil rights issue in our country,” Melinda said.
Dick Durbin vs. C-SPAN?
Not sure we follow this logic, but on Meet the Press, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said that TV viewers who turn on C-SPAN and “see the Senate day after day doing nothing, lurching from filibuster to filibuster” during the lame-duck. end-of-the-year days should ask for a refund from their cable provider. Couldn’t they just watch The Walking Dead?
Bob Woodward: Afghanistan Is an Unreliable Ally
Journalist Bob Woodward called Afghanistan an unreliable ally on Face the Nation, saying “Karzai is a diagnosed manic depressive, someone who has mood swings—sometimes it’s controlled, sometimes it’s not. … This is one of the most unreliable, erratic allies we’ve ever had.”
To Tweet or Not to Tweet?
On Reliable Sources, Ana Marie Cox weighed in on “fast-forward journalism,” and why it’s OK to tweet a variety of thoughts both political and, well, less so. “I feel like on Twitter, people are free to opt out.” Which is to say, haters gonna hate, but haters should just unfollow.