On Tuesday’s edition of MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show, the eponymous host took issue with his panel going into an off-topic debate about the role of government, lecturing them to “stop it” and to talk about those things “on another TV show,” before returning to the conversation Ratigan so desired.
Economist Peter Schiff and Democratic strategist Karen Finney were part of the panel Ratigan had hoped to use to discuss how our financial culture has shifted to one that focuses on risk-transfer rather than risk-taking.
Schiff was making the case that government distorts the marketplace and skews investment, but when he asked “Why is it fair for my tax dollars to subsidize Solyndra’s loans?” things got heated.
Finney immediately took issue and responded by asking, “Then why are my tax dollars going to fix the road on your street so you can get in the car and drive down the road? Come on.”
Schiff said that he doesn’t want the federal government to pay for that either; it’s a local tax issue. Loud cable-newsy crosstalk ensued.
At this point, Ratigan had enough of the debate that wasn’t on the subject he desired. “Alright, let’s just stop it,” he interrupted. “Stop it. If you want to argue about roads and Solyndra, do it on another TV show. Seriously. I have so much limited amount of time to be here and there are so many other things that I’d rather talk about. I don’t care about those things.” And then the conversation resumed.
Check out the clip below, via MSNBC:
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