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Outrageous. CBS Host Laughs at Paul Ryan After She (Incorrectly) Lectures Him on Tax Hikes (Video)

Outrageous. CBS Host Laughs at Paul Ryan After She (Incorrectly) Lectures Him on Tax Hikes (Video)

CBS’s Norah O’Donnell laughed at Rep. Paul Ryan today after he correctly told her that keeping taxes at the current level is not a tax cut.


Via Pat Dollard:

Here’s the transcript:

Paul Ryan: So we’ve been acting in the House, Charlie. We’re just waiting for the senate to do something.

Norah O’Donnell: Congressman, you’re calling them “tax policy” and “tax code” you’re afraid to call them tax cuts now?

Paul Ryan: They’re not tax cuts, Norah, because they’ve been…

O’Donnell: (laughing)

Paul Ryan: Because they’ve been the tax policy for 10 years.

O’Donnell: Come on, Congressman (laughing)

Paul Ryan: Honestly, Norah. Keeping taxes where they are is not cutting taxes. Preventing a tax increase is preventing a tax increase. It’s not actually cutting taxes.

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  • javahedgem

    The descriptive terms you use to compare these two candidates say more about who you are than anything about either candidate. Just sayin’!

  • H. Johnson

    Norah O’Donnell looks good. She’s not to bright…but she looks good. If you must watch CBS, keep a finger on the volume control.

  • K W

    Brilliant!!!! By the way, even though she’s a total Cretan, not too many people heard her, since there’s hardly anyone who watches the CBS morning show!!!

  • Douglas Lynn

    Every evil leader needs a lot of useful idiots like Norah O’Donnell.

  • Muzzman

    Airhead scoffs at esteemed congressman. 9th grade redux.

  • Mackie72

    She laughs, like a brainwashed, dumbazz moonbat should, because she’s clueless.

  • Ruth

    let’s see bring norah in to snicker and show how dang stupid she is. get that woman out of television.

  • Ruth

    take away those who do her makeup for tv she isn’t very pretty. that is a false.

  • RonaldusMagnus

    No, leave her on. So smug, love it when marxists get schooled. Wow. Tea Rules!

  • Midlandr

    Nora is a brain dead troll, the zombies fed on her a long time ago.

  • JayC777

    Another dumbass progressive who is mathematically challenged.
    Who knew?

  • Carlene Frazier Wendel


  • GiantClam

    I try to remind everyone that the lib media is at least as dangerous as elected democrats, if not more so. They’re a fifth column of morons. They are the enemy.

  • GiantClam

    Actually, school is probably where her left wing bias developed, and where she crafted the art of stupidity.

  • Marco A. Poshar

    o”donnell must be educated at the same school as biden/ idiot school/

  • AgTrotter

    Please tell us that you don’t operate heavy machinery.

  • Mark Longhi

    Another arrogant, ignorant mouth piece for the most corrupt administration in history!

  • kevin brown

    What a dumbazz!!!

  • kevin brown

    Maybe Norah O’Donnell has learned a lesson to know what the heck she is talking about OR shutting the fck up and listening before embarrassing herself; if she’s not embarrased she should be.

  • Jason Johnson

    Abolish the IRS and the income tax. It is amazing that the rogue agency calls whatever money we are allowed to keep an “expenditure.”

  • Kyrie Elasion

    I guess if you dress up some good looking bimbo and give her a teleprompter to read from that means she is intelligent.

  • Bulana Bon Usasilp

    She believes that she knows more than Paul Ryan on taxes?Give me a break,she is just a puppet of a liberal news media,nothing more.

  • ajain31

    Note: The author, John F. Ince of this article is a former classmate of Mitt Romney at Harvard Business School and former reporter at Fortune Magazine. He is the author of Mitt Romney: King of Bain and the Man Who Wants To Be President.

    There are at least 12 reasons why Mitt Romney would not make a good president. Here’s John F. Ince’s list. What’s yours?
    1 • Romney neither understands nor represents most Americans. The man lacks empathy for those who have not had all the benefits he has had in life. His presidency would be deeply polarizing. One can easily image his election as president would generate new waves of social unrest and violence. He clearly represents the 1% and the 99% will not tolerate policies that exacerbate the growing divisions between rich and poor.
    2 • Romney’s job creation claims are inflated and unrealistic. Mitt Romney’s professional career was based on a very specific task: buying and selling companies for profit. He wants people to think that this qualifies him to be a job creator. With the exception of his investment in Staples and a few other early venture capital deals, his jobs creation claims are mostly chimera. He takes credit for creating jobs, when he was only an investor in those companies, not an executive. In practice, he predominantly used his power as an investor to eliminate jobs and shift other jobs overseas, all in the interest of making profits.
    3 • Romney does not have a sound fiscal plan. Extrapolating from the projections Romney has offered for increased defense spending and tax cuts, his policies would blow a hole in the Federal budget, further eroding investors faith in the government’s ability to get its fiscal house in order.
    4 • Romney has little respect for the natural environment, nor a commitment to protect and preserve it for future generations. He blindly subscribes to Republican views that climate change is not scientifically proven. He gives no indication of any desire to develop alternative sources of energy that can mitigate the man made sources of pollutants. Instead he supports the rollback of environmental regulations all but giving companies a green light to pollute the environment and waste vital natural resources.
    5 • Romney has lived a cloistered and privileged life and today has a very narrow view of the world. From the Cranbrook School to Brigham Young University, to Harvard Business School to Bain Capital, it’s difficult to imagine anyone who has been less exposed to the lives and conditions under which most Americans live. The covenants of his Mormon faith are extremely rigid, restrictive and unrealistic. His devotion to his faith is admirable, but his inability to step beyond the confines of that religion suggest that he would have difficulty reconciling who he is with who others are in an increasingly diverse world.
    6 • Romney’s worldview is rooted in intolerance. He has a very narrow view of the world. America today is a diverse nation with many different racial groups, faiths, all in need of respect. The bully incident at his prep school and his aggressive corporate behavior buying and selling companies at Bain Capital suggest someone who has little desire help those who are different, less fortunate and in weaker position than him.
    7 • Romney does not fully understand the transformative power of technological change. Mitt has no professional technical training. Most of the companies he invested in at Bain were low tech. His expertise is finance: specifically buying and selling companies. All this suggests someone who will pay lip service to the tech sector, but won’t fully grasp the potential for transforming the economy and culture through advancing technology.
    8 • Romney is temperamentally unfit for the presidency. He is peevish, controlling and less than transparent. He has a rigid worldview that revolves around what is best for himself and a small circle of those who support him.
    9 • Romney lacks direct foreign policy experience. His four years as Governor of Massachusetts do not give him sufficient knowledge or expertise to effectively deal with an increasingly complex world. On the job learners nearly always make blunders, sometimes blunders so large that they create huge problems for the U. S..
    10 • Romney lacks integrity and honesty. His fudging of issues is a sign that he feels he can head fake his way though difficult debates. His statement that he does not remember the prep school bully incident is implausible. His evasiveness over release of tax forms and embellishment of his accomplishments are all red flags. His decisions as an executive at Bain Capital were not rooted in ethical behavior. The man is simply not forthright enough to earn the trust of the American people.
    11 • Romney has no commitment to women or equal rights. There is little in his public statements or record to suggest he feels any responsibility for advancing the interests of women and minorities.
    12 • Romney lacks sufficient charisma and personality to be a strong leader. The country needs someone to lead forcefully and inspire citizens to tackle problems that threaten the diminishment of American stature on the world stage. Romney’s robotic and reptilian personality fails to connect, leaving people feeling that Romney is in the game only for himself, rather than in it for the good of all.
    Note: The author, John F. Ince of this article is a former classmate of Mitt Romney at Harvard Business School and former reporter at Fortune Magazine. He is the author of Mitt Romney: King of Bain and the Man Who Wants To Be President.

  • ajain31

    President Barack Obama is keeping up a drumbeat of skepticism over Mitt Romney’s insistence — displayed in a blitz of TV interviews — that he stepped down from his private equity firm years earlier than federal records indicate.

    Obama planned another day of campaigning in Virginia on Saturday, a state he won in 2008 but before that last supported a Democratic presidential nominee in 1964. Advisers said he would remind voters of the discrepancies between Securities and Exchange Commission filings and Romney’s recollection of his role at the Boston-based firm.

    His re-election campaign released an ad that repeated its allegation that Romney’s Bain Capital shipped American jobs to China and Mexico; that Romney has personal wealth in investments in Switzerland, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands; and that as governor of Massachusetts, he outsourced state jobs to India.

    “Mitt Romney’s not the solution. He’s the problem,” Obama’s latest ad says as it plays video of Romney awkwardly singing “America the Beautiful.”

    The ad was set to run in the battleground states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

    The ad, targeting Romney’s vast personal wealth, comes as Democrats — and some Republicans — call for Romney to release tax returns going back several years. Romney has said anew that he won’t go beyond releasing his 2010 tax records and, before the election, his 2011 taxes.

    “You can never satisfy the opposition research team of the Obama organization,” Romney told CBS on Friday. In the same round of interviews in which he defended his account of his role at Bain, Romney said Obama owed him an apology for an aide’s suggestion that the Security and Exchange Commission filings, if false, could bring a felony charge.

    “This is simply beneath the dignity of the presidency of the United States,” Romney told ABC.

    It wasn’t just Obama, though, pushing the presumptive Republican nominee to put the issue of his tax returns and wealth to rest.

    “There is no whining in politics,” chided John Weaver, a veteran Republican strategist. “Stop demanding an apology, release your tax returns.”

    Ed Schlick
    Executive Director
    Maine People’s Voting Coalition
    E-mail [email protected]


  • Guest

    So by Ryan’s thinking the original law was a tax increase?

  • TravisMonitor

    Shorter Norah: “It’s not in my DNC-approved lexicon, so how can it be so?”

  • Angry_Bird_2

    She is really hot and stupid. She should be a stripper!

  • Alan James

    what is the name of that little news network with an old dude who looks like he getting ready to pop a …..big time…isnt it MSNTC? MNCSP? THe lead anchor is some dude named Richard Maddow? Dude likes look a lady. Not me. Steven Tyler.

  • TeaPartyPatriotTD

    I just love watching Paul Ryan crush lefties with facts. Norah O’Donnell has a problem with math…probably because her whole life she’s been told that (holdling my thumb and forefinger in a U shape) 3″ is 9″.

  • TeaPartyPatriotTD

    In a word, “WORD!”

  • TeaPartyPatriotTD

    Let us also recall from the annals of history that Dick Gephart, Tom Daschle and old “Slick Willie” Bill BJ Clinton were out there for 8 years lamenting that the republicans were “cutting the school lunch program”. In reality, as always in the federal budget (which we haven’t had for three years!), there NEVER is a CUT. Rather, the republicans wanted a Decrease in the amount of Increase. Let me say that again…a DECREASE in the amount of INCREASE. So, rather than increase the school lunch program’s funding increase by, say, 12%, republicans suggested 6%. I don’t recall the actual numbers from the 1990′s, but the fact remains that there never was a cut of any kind; it was a smaller rate of increase. But Democraps have a habit of calling anything less that 100% of what they want as a cut. With the lame stream “media” sycophants blindly regurgitating what they hear from liberal politicians as fact, and the sheeple in the cities and population centers of uneducated lowest common denominators, along with the elitist over-educated fools, take it as Gospel…ooops, I mean fact (remember, God has no place in the Democrat Party Platform), it’s no surprise they suck so bad at basic mathematics. I’ll bet they don’t even know it’s mathematics and not just “math”…haha!

  • Carol Parks

    I’ve seen monkeys pointing and laughing at people at the zoo who watch them.