Renowned liberal star Bill Murray was interviewed by Squawkbox this week. There are several noteworthy takeaways from it. Conservatives might have found a Democrat they can agree with.
One takeaway from the conversation was that he thinks comedians are funnier when they stay away from politics. Many would agree with that.
THE TAX CUTS ARE “FANTASTIC”
The tax cuts are a “high tide raising all boats,” and it has made things “easier” – at least for the time being, he said.
“I think certainly the change in the tax laws is a great thing for the corporations, it is a fantastic thing,” Murray told CNBC. “I don’t pretend to understand what that will mean in the future in terms of the economy or what the budget will have to do to take care of what people call entitlements. That may or may not work, and I don’t know. But, I think in the first step it’s made things easier.”
The interview seems ever more dramatic because he is a liberal. He sounds the way liberals used to sound. Murray blasted the Democrats’ focus on identity crisis. They are handling that poorly, he believes. Bill Murray is not a fan of the “clash of the clans.” He said:
“My friend who’s a great comedy writer, Jim Downey, he’s accused of being a right-wing comedy writer, if there is such a thing,’ Murray said. ‘He says, “No, I just think the way the Democrats handle things is poor, where they try to pick out little pieces of a population, oh well we represent the Hispanics, we represent the LGBT or something.”
“Every citizen has the right to be respected under the laws of the country,” he said.
“There’s almost a resentment that somehow you’re separated, again, by a politician — ‘You’re my people. I’m in control of you, I represent you.’ Instead of thinking that each citizen has a right to be respected as a citizen first, under the laws of the country,” the “Caddyshack” and “Ghostbusters” star said.
Murray said he is supportive of reducing regulations and cutting taxes within reason.
It’s an interesting interview that most Americans can agree with.