Fox's Cavuto Shouts Down Dem Rep Over Infrastructure Spending


I don't know why any Democrat ever agrees to appear on Fox's Neil Cavuto's show, because this is the kind of treatment you're going to get -- a sting of lies and right-wing talking points from the host as he talks over you and interrupts.

This isn't the first time I've seen Cavuto act like this, but it's one of the worst: Fox News' Neil Cavuto Shouts Over The Facts On Transportation Infrastructure Spending:

Fox News host Neil Cavuto refused to listen to the facts about the nation's desperate need for more infrastructure spending, instead repeatedly shouting that prior funding must have been "stolen" because some infrastructure "still sucks."

This week Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) is expected to introduce a bill raising the federal gas tax, which supports the Highway Trust Fund used to build transportation infrastructure, by $0.15 per gallon. On December 3, Blumenauer appeared on Fox's Your World with Neil Cavuto to explain his proposal. But rather than allowing a discussion on the reasoning behind the bill, Cavuto shouted over the congressman for more than nine minutes.

Over and over again, Cavuto demanded to know why additional revenue is needed for transit infrastructure, repeatedly interrupting Blumenauer to ask, "what's happened to all the money we've already allocated?" Cavuto indicated that additional spending would be wasteful, because, according to him, the nation's "infrastructure still sucks" despite present funds.

Cavuto even pushed the conspiracy theory that funds previously allocated for transit infrastructure were "stolen," as revenues from the gas tax would be. [...]

Cavuto's rant sought to conceal the reality that there is currently not enough funding to support our aging transportation infrastructure.

As Rep. Blumenauer attempted to explain, the federal gasoline tax, which supports the Highway Trust Fund used to build transportation infrastructure, has not been raised in 20 years:

Go read the rest, but as they noted and Rep. Blumenauer attempted to point out, we're in a world of hurt if something's not done about our crumbling infrastructure.

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