Democratic Tax Hypocrisy

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Forgive Republican candidate Mitt Romney for his alleged failure to adequately explain why he paid “only” 14 percent of his income in taxes.

The honest answer — “Well, because my accountants couldn’t figure out how to get them any lower” — does not work in this or very many other election years. Romney seemed flat-footed because, like most business people, he seeks to minimize costs and expenses.

This includes taxes.

A normal wealthy-and-proud-of-it guy would have said: “Let me get this straight, pal. I’m not supposed to take every legal advantage provided me by the tax laws to reduce my taxes?” For what it’s worth, about 15 percent of Romney’s last two years of income went to charity — substantially higher than the percentage given by the Obamas or Joe Biden’s $380 (not a typo) of his quarter-million dollar income in 2006.

“Tax savings” allows people more money to save, spend, invest, bequeath and donate. On some level, even Democrats understand this.

Democrat Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., is one of them. In 2001, Massachusetts lowered it state income tax rate. But the legislature showed mercy for the Bay State’s guilt-ridden, tax-hike-supporting liberals. The tax form allowed the filer to check a special box — and pay the old, higher rate. Out of more than 3 million tax filers in 2004, a tiny fraction of 1 percent — 930 taxpayers — volunteered to pay the higher rate. Among those who declined the opportunity was Mr. Frank. Frank explained, “I don’t trust the legislative leadership and Gov. (Mitt) Romney to make the right decisions.” Instead, Frank said, “I’ll donate the money myself.” What?! Charity might better spend money than can government, which, by its nature, operates less efficiently and more expensively than can private welfare?

Democrat Sen. Howard Metzenbaum from Ohio (served 1974, 1976-1995) was another tax-supporting Democrat not too keen on paying more in taxes than he needed to. But after retirement, the wealthy Metzenbaum moved to Florida, which, unlike Ohio, is a state with no estate or personal income taxes. This saved him millions.

Democrat John Edwards’ wife Elizabeth, during the 2004 campaign, said rich politicians like her husband reveal “character” when they vote against financial “interest” by supporting higher taxes.

This is the same John Edwards who, as a trial lawyer winning big jury awards, established a separate sub-corporation to accept the money, paying him through dividends rather than income. Perfectly legal. But this allowed Edwards to avoid some $600K in Medicare payroll taxes.

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  • Amused

    Gee Larry , just "lefties " love taxes ? Hmmmm, Reagan raised taxes several times , as did BOTH Bush' s , and as frar as not wanting to pay taxes , among politicians…that's universal .
    Do you really get paid for writing this stuff ?

    • truckwork

      Yes but it isn't conservatives who push the class warfare mantra, only those on the left, therefore making them hypocrites and the purpose of the article. Course you missed that didn't you?

      Of course lil Timmy Geithner's tax rate for a while was zero as well, wasn't it?

      • Amused

        B.S. truckwork , maybe you should sharpen up on your reading skills .

        • InRussetShadows

          It looks like you have been served and don't much care for it. Of course, you deserve it for managing to read the entire article and being too stupid to grasp the obvious. You also have no evidence behind your accusations, which is typical for the nonthinking set.

    • intrcptr2

      Yeah, he does get paid, and pays the taxes.

      Jealous, much?

      Maybe if you could truly rap, you'd get paid too.

      • Amused

        jealous ?? are you serious ? or did you just run out of anything intelligent to say ?
        As for rap ….I'm in agreement with Greg Allman ……put a "c " in front and you got crap .

  • Steve Chavez

    "When I said, 'Spread the Wealth,' I meant YOURS NOT MINE!"

    Obama does donate, but as far as I have seen, to BLACK organizations therefore doing his Rev. Wright "Christian duty" by following the teachings of BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY!


    BREAKING NEWS alert from KENYA:

    “Barack Obama’s KENYAN family starts OCCUPY GOAT HERDERS PARK!" Shouting disrupts the normal calm of grazing goats.

    “Want 99 cents at least from our Brother!”

    “Spread the Wealth? He don’t even give us one Abe Lincoln!”

    “We want Visas too!”

    “$35,000 for one plate of food? That could feed us for 100 years!”

    “We want to be One-Percenter like you!”

    “Send Michelle. We need gardener and goat milker!”

    “Send Nancy. We need Scare Crow!”

    “We wish we had tent!”

    “WHAT WE WANT?–Another goat, three or four chickens, and a Humvee… WAIT What's a Humvee? Can you eat it?–WHEN WE WANT IT?–Is this afternoon okay?”

    “Send us an allowance or Grandma’s going to take that lie detector test!”

    “Obama lie! We die!”

    “No Justice No Piece of Goat Cheese!”

    “We really do miss Bush! Bush! Bush! Bush!”

    A Goat, with horns, rushes the crowd. “Baaaaammaa! Baaaaaaaammaa!”
    (Goats brainwashed too? Goat Zombies?)

    "Down Oprah Down!"

    • Amused

      Congrats Chavez , I always knew you had the mentality of a juvenile ….thanks for proving it chump . Now tell me true , who really sounds like a " goat zombie " ? Yup ….it's you .

    • InRussetShadows

      Quite witty. Thumbs up.

      • Amused

        LOL…yea that's right about at your level ….as are most of your replies . So whats your educational level InRussetsShadows ? 5th grade ?

    • Philosopher

      Very funny!

  • tanstaafl

    There is nothing stopping anyone from paying higher taxes if they want to.

    If the rich want to pay more taxes, all they have to do is write the check. I'm waiting Mr. Buffet……

    • _John_Galt_

      Buffet owes over one billion in back taxes; YES over one billion! He is Obama's spokesman for higher taxes as part of a deal with the IRS to reduce, or eliminate, what he now owes!

      So ….. Buffet ….. write the check and pay what you owe!

  • Don Kosloff

    There is a country singer who understands the truth: “If 10 per cent is good enough for Jesus, it ought to be good enough for Uncle Sam”.

  • sedoanman

    Entertainer Arthur Godfrey once said, "I am proud to be an American and pay taxes in America. But I could be just as proud for half the taxes." [This was in a time when the highest marginal rate was 90%.]

    • mrbean

      He also was a Democrat – so what would you expect?

  • mrbean

    Amused says Reagan raised taxes ? Amused is a f*&king liar. Soon after taking office in 1981, Reagan signed into law one of the largest tax cuts in the postwar period. That legislation — phased in over three years — pushed through a 23% across-the-board cut of individual income tax rates. It also called for tax brackets, the standard deduction and personal exemptions to be adjusted for inflation starting in 1984. That would reduce "bracket creep" since the high inflation of the 1970s, In 1986, Reagan lowered individual income tax rates again, this time in landmark tax reform legislation. As a result of the 1981 and 1986 bills, the top income tax rate was slashed from 70% to 28%.

    You are a troll Amused and a stupid uninformed idiot who knows less than nothing.

    • InRussetShadows

      Exactly. Those are the facts. I notice that he cannot contend with the specifics.

    • Amused

      lol….looks like there are atleast 8 other idiots like you Mr.Bean . Un able to investigate THE PUBLIC RECORD , but willing to swallow your partisan B.S. Try dealing with FACTS and REALITY ….you might learn something . Ahhh but I guess Ignorance is bliss , eh boys ?

  • Crossbow87

    It's not so much that lefty lawmakers are liars, hypocrites and maximize their personal gain from a system that help to create and maintain….it's the people I talk to when I take my kids to school who believe and vote for the Hate the Rich/Successful/Whitey/Conservative Party. They are the incredible and utter fools in this never-ending political tragedy in our country…they are the problem.

  • _John_Galt_

    Democrats are by their very nature hypocrites, it does not matter if the subject area is taxes, spending or for that matter freedom!

    • johnnywoods

      Who cares how high the tax rate is when you don`t pay anyway? I also would like to challenge Mr. Buffet to write out a check for 2 billion dollars just to show us how wonderful it is to pay high taxes. Democraps just SUCK!

  • Amused

    Mr.Bean , is your head still up your arse ? Reagan raised taxes 11 times .And tripled the deficit .
    1. Reagan was a serial tax raiser. As governor of California, Reagan “signed into law the largest tax increase in the history of any state up till then.” Meanwhile, state spending nearly doubled. As president, Reagan “raised taxes in seven of his eight years in office,” including four times in just two years. As former GOP Senator Alan Simpson, who called Reagan “a dear friend,” told NPR, “Ronald Reagan raised taxes 11 times in his administration — I was there.” “Reagan was never afraid to raise taxes,” said historian Douglas Brinkley, who edited Reagan’s memoir. Reagan the anti-tax zealot is “false mythology,” Brinkley said.

    2. Reagan nearly tripled the federal budget deficit. During the Reagan years, the debt increased to nearly $3 trillion, “roughly three times as much as the first 80 years of the century had done altogether.

    • InRussetShadows

      You ignore the role of Congress, which was controlled by Democrats the entire time that Reagan was in office. You are aware that Congress ramped up social spending in exchange for having to swallow Reagan's defense buildup and tax cuts, right? Surely someone as intelligent as you knew about the Legislative branch, right?

      And your only evidence lies in NPR's "he-said-she-said"? Nope, sorry, not conclusive.

    • sidefillippe

      Alan Simpson is a RINO and Douglas Brinkley is a leftiest. No wonder bird of a kind flocks together.

      Talking about deficit, Regan may have increased the debt over his 8 years of presidency. But Obama has outperformed Regan by doing a similar amount under 4 years!

  • Amused

    You're all a bunch of phony hypocrites …and in denial no less .In addition St.Ronald raised taxes in a recession and also expanded big government by 18 percent .
    Who are you clowns trying to kid ? You're afraid of FACTS , and tghe way most of you talk , you'd think no one ever read the public record …lolol….maybe some of you eh ?

    • InRussetShadows

      The drugs are not your friends. Also, you may want to learn how to spell, write, and generally interact with other human beings.

      • Amused

        You may want to acquaint yourself with the truth ,and actually put up an intelligent rebut or refute .
        So genius , please point out any falsehood in the facts I just spoke on Reagan ……otherwise just shut your pie hole chump .

  • Amused

    What a bunch of partisan IDIOTS ! Go stick your heads in the sand .

  • Amused

    BTW NPR's interview with Simpson is not the confirming factor regarding tax hikes under reagan . HISTORY AND THE PUBLIC RECORD IS , YOU DUNCE ! .

  • Amused

    InRussertShadows …include yourself in the PARTISAN IDIOTS ,I 've described . " If the shoes fits"….. you know the rest dimbulb .

  • Amused

    BTW ….BOTH BUSH 's raised taxes and BOTH raised the debt ceiling ….THAT TOO is a matter of Public Record , not "he said /she said " [what a stupid remark that was InRussertsShadows ] Get an education son . You're beginning to believe your own B.S.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    What a relief you are all phony hypocrites, it would be unbearable if you were
    real hypocrites……………………Taxes are out of control, politicians are taking
    credit for not taking everything you have while asking for donations to continue
    their sneaky careers. Slaves of the State, doesn't sound to American.

  • Amused

    Now try a coherent statement Ward .

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Why? Bait you with what you could never understand, cyanidal responses by
      the great Amused are fun, what would a day be without you……….William

  • Jim_C

    But Democrats will not only vote to raise taxes, they don't pretend like taxes are some huge evil imposition. So your point about hypocrisy is…hypocritical?