‘Fairness Can Wait’

So conservatives like Evan Bayh are opposed to a “nanny state” — except when it comes to holding the hands and quelling the “anxieties” of the wealthy class:

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) has adopted the Republican line when it comes to the Bush tax cuts, even though he likes to style himself as a deficit-hawk. Today, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd asked Bayh about the poverty data, and whether there is a disconnect between the real economic pain that people are feeling and lawmakers squabbling over tax rates for the wealthy. Bayh agreed that there is a disconnect, but then concluded that the poverty increase means lawmakers should forget about “fairness and things like that” and cut taxes for the rich:

TODD: Yesterday, the Census came out and said one in seven Americans are living below the poverty line. Do you look at that story today — you know, you open up your USA Today, right, and you see that story — and you see Washington is debating the tax rates for the wealthy, and you sit there and say, isn’t that a disconnect in America right now?

BAYH: It is a disconnect, Chuck. What we need to be focused on is growth, how do we create jobs, how do we expand businesses. That needs to be job one right now. And all these other issues involving, oh, fairness and things like that can wait.

4 thoughts on “‘Fairness Can Wait’

  1. I was thinking the same thing. Plus, if this is how he really thinks, how could he have supported Hillary?

    But, damn, some of our current and recent senators really have some weird concepts of what this nation is about. This from Bayh, and then Greg Judd’s concern that Elizabeth Warren would use her appointment for, OMG!, “social justice.”

    I think I preferred it when pols had to hide some of this naked selfishness.

  2. Evan Bayh is supposed to have been traumatized by his father’s electoral loss and decided he would do whatever he had to do to stay in office. And he did!

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