Diana Furchtgott-Roth is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, an economics-oriented think tank, and is the former chief economist for the U.S. Department of Labor.You know where this is going, right?
She spoke to the Trib regarding a linchpin of President Obama's re-election campaign known as the Buffett Rule. Named for Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett, it's a proposed minimum effective tax of 30 percent on anyone earning more than $1 million annually.
Of course you do.
According to Media Matters, about $4.5 million was granted to the Manhattan Institute by foundations (Carthage and Sarah Scaife) by Tribune-Review owner and publisher, Richard Mellon Scaife.
Funny Eric Heyl doesn't mention that in his interview.
But wait, there's more. When we google Furchtgott-Roth, we find more Scaife connections:
- She was a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute ($3.85 million in Scaife Foundation money)
- The bio at Hudson points out that she was also "assistant to the president and resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute from 1993 to 2001" ($8.36 million in Scaife Foundation money)
Yet another lesson on how the right wing noise machine works.
Actually it's the same lesson, we're just reliving it.