Diner Patron Tells Fox News ‘Nobody Bitched’ About High Taxes in the ’70s: ‘We Still Made Lots of Billionaires’
An Ohio diner customer told Fox News on Wednesday that high taxes weren’t a problem in the 1960s and ’70s. Fox’s Pete Hegseth was in a Columbus diner interviewing patrons about Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate for Fox & Friends.
Hegseth had a table of Democrats and a table of Republicans. He spoke to the Democrats first and asked one man, named Bill, which candidate he preferred from the debate.
“Elizabeth Warren because I think she makes a lot of sense,” Bill said. “You know, when she brought up that billionaires and taxing them after about $50 million, two cents of every dollar that they have made after that, it’s nothing to them and it would help so many people here.”
“I mean, we could build our infrastructure, the schools, colleges, we could do so much money with that. Most people would think two cents of every dollar, what is that a drop in the bucket? But it’s millions, billions of dollars.”
“These 3% of the people that we have that own almost half of what we’re worth in the United States is just deplorable.”
Hegseth asked the man if he was concerned that the effective tax rate could be as high as 97% and the wealthy could move their money out of the country. Bill was not concerned.
“It seems to me like, if I remember correctly, back in the 1960s and 1970s, that if you were a millionaire, your taxes were awfully high,” he said.
“I think it was in that range of 50, 60, 70%, anything after that. Nobody bitched about it then and we still made lots of billionaires. So I don’t think that that’s gonna hurt anything. I think once you get past a couple of million dollars, you got all the money you need. How about giving some of that to the people who worked for a living, that can’t make it?”
“All right. We’ll see if that’s an effective campaign strategy,” Hegseth said before swiftly moving on.
Watch the video above, via Fox News.