Don't Mess with Taxes - Lobbyist Backlash

  • Aired:  08/06/13
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Aasif Mandvi unveils a list of powerful Washington lobbies hell-bent on preventing tax reform. (3:11)

ACTUALLY WORK.

IT SPEAKS.

IT SPEAKS TO HOW BROKEN THE

ENTIRE SYSTEM IS THAT THIS STORY

IS BOTH COMPLETELY LUDICROUS AND

COMPLETELY LOGICAL.

IT'S ALSO HAD AN AMAZING LACK OF

COVERAGE.

WE FOUND THREE STORIES ON IT.

ONE WAS THE CNBC STORY THAT YOU

SAW EARLIER.

FOX MENTIONED IT ONCE IN

PASSING.

THE OTHER WAS ON CNN WHO, LIKE A

FLIRTATIOUS CAT, BRIEFLY BRUSHED

UP AGAINST THIS STORY'S LEG.

>> OUR IDEAS OUR ELECTED

OFFICIALS FLOAT TO FIX THE TAX

SYSTEM.

WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THEM,

RIGHT?

WRONG.

SENATORS ARE TOP SECRET IN THE

LAST 50 YEARS SO WASHINGTON'S

IDEAS FOR HOW TO COLLECT AND

SPEND YOUR MONEY DOESN'T INVOLVE

YOU.

CHECK OUT THAT STORY AT CNN

MONEY DOT-COM

>> John: DON'T THROW IT TO THE

WEB.

YOU HAD SOME ACTUAL NEWS THERE.

FOR MORE ON THIS WE GO TO AASIF

MANDVI WHO IS IN D.C.

SO AASIF...

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

AASIF, AN EMBLEMATIC STORY ABOUT

A KEY ISSUE WITH LEGISLATORS TOO

TERRIFIED TO ADDRESS IT AND

REPORTERS TOO INCOMPETENT TO

COVER IT.

>> HOLD ON, JOHN.

NOT INCOMPETENT.

I DON'T THINK YOU REALIZE HOW

TOXIC TAX REFORM IS IN

WASHINGTON.

TO GO ANYWHERE NEAR IT, YOU NEED

SOME REAL AND -- PARDON MY

FRENCH -- COJONES

>> John: I'M PRETTY SURE THAT'S

SPANISH.

>> WHATEVER.

I AM A REPORTER WITH TWO

COJONES.

I'M GOING TO TALK ABOUT THIS

ISSUE NO MATTER HOW DANGEROUS IT

IS IN THIS TOWN.

I HAVE IN MY HAND HERE AN ACTUAL

LIST OF POWERFUL WASHINGTON

LOBBYISTS HELL BENT ON

PREVENTING TAX REFORM.

EVERYONE FROM THE CHAMBER OF...

>> John: WHOA, WHOA, WHOA,

AASIF, AASIF.

WHOA, WHOA, WHOA, WHOA.

KEEP VERY STILL.

KEEP VERY STILL.

I DON'T WANT TO ALARM YOU BUT IT

WOULD APPEAR THAT YOU ARE BEING

LASER-TARGETED.

ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT TO TALK

ABOUT THIS?

>> YES, OF COURSE.

IT'S A HUGE STORY.

YOU SAID IT YOURSELF.

DON'T WORRY.

THESE LASERS ARE JUST HERE TO

INTIMIDATE ME.

I AM ON TELEVISION.

THEY'RE NOT GOING TO DO

ANYTHING, OKAY.

ANYWAY, TOP OF THE LIST HERE IS

THE CHAMBER OF... (GUNSHOT) OH,

[BLEEP].

>> John: [BLEEP].

YOU'VE BEEN TARGETED.

>> I'M FINE, FINE.

John: NO, YOU'RE NOT FINE.

I'M NOT PUSSYING OUT AND

THROWING IT TO THE WEB LIKE CNN.

>> John: THAT'S VERY BRAVE.

(MUMBLING)

John: ACTUALLY, YOU DIDN'T

GET THE LIST.

JUST TO CORRECT YOU THERE.

>> ALL RIGHT.

(FIRST ON THE LIST IS THE)

GUNSHOT).

>> OH, [BLEEP].

OH, COME ON.

>> John: THAT'S WILD.

THAT DART TOOK A WHILE TO GET TO

YOU.

>> TOOK A WHILE.

THAT STINGS.

>> John: ARE YOU OKAY?

I'M FINE, JOHN.

I'M FINE.

ALL RIGHT.

NOW LET ME JUST CHECK ONE THING.

ARE YOU A SEA HORSE?

>> John: NO, I'M NOT.

I'M NOT A SEA HORSE.

>> THEN I'M NOT OKAY.

John: AASIF MANDVI, EVERYONE.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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