Juan Williams apparently forgot what network he was working for if he thinks "fairness" is something we're going to get from Chris Wallace. While discussing whether or not the "Super Committee" is going to come to an agreement before the deadline later this week, Williams dared to say something good about the Occupy Wall Street movement. Heaven forbid we can't have any of that going on at Fox.
WALLACE: But Juan -- to the degree that the failure of the super committee gets portrayed as Republicans refuse to cut taxes on the wealthy.
WILLIAMS: Raise taxes.
WALLACE: To raise taxes on the wealthy. And Democrats refuse to structurally reform and reduce the rate of growth of spending and entitlements, who gets the better side of that argument?
WILLIAMS: Democrats do. Easily. And it's overwhelming. It is not even close. If you look at the polls the American people. It's two-thirds of the American people think there should be higher taxes on people who make more than $250,000 a year in this country. And they think that should be part of the deal.
And I don't think anybody is going to forget that when the Republican candidates were asked will you take one dollar in tax hikes in exchange for 10 dollars in spending cuts, they said no.
HUME: You're talking about the presidential candidates.
WILLIAMS: Yes, the presidential candidates.
So the overwhelming impact in terms of the presidential campaign is that the Republican in this time of Occupy Wall Street are the protectors of the super rich at the moment.
WALLACE: I'm not sure we should talk about Occupy Wall Street as a plus anymore.
WILLIAMS: Yeah, I think we should, because they...
WILLIAMS: Yes, because if you...
WALLACE: Really, with all of the violence in the streets? You really think that most of the American people...
WILLIAMS: You know what, you are getting distracted. And you are distracted by simply, you know, people who are crazy...
WALLACE: I think I'm in touch with what most people are thinking, which is, they're getting fed up with it.
WILLIAMS: You are not. You are not. The fact is when you ask most people, is Wall Street out of control, is there inequality in terms of income in this country? People say yes. And those are the basic tenets of Occupy Wall Street that have trouble on the streets about, by the way, globally. So not just here in the United States.
WALLACE: OK. Let's...
WILLIAMS: Let me finish my point. So the point is...
WALLACE: Juan, Juan, there is a limit, and we've got to go. If we want to play fair here.
WILLIAMS: You are not playing fair, but go right ahead. It is called being the moderator.
Brit, your thoughts about what to do about this -- how do you this playing politically, if Democrats are going to say, they didn't want to raise taxes on the wealthy?
HUME: A failure to deal with the debt and spending issue that so drove the 2010 election is going to hurt everybody.