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Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is Elizabeth Warren

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Elizabeth Warren has been on the campaign trail for months, demonizing the wealthy and castigating top income earners. For the last few weeks, Warren has lectured others about their moral responsibility to pay higher taxes. Yet, when she has the opportunity to (voluntarily) pay higher taxes, what does she do? Elizabeth Warren finally confirmed today, April 20, that she did not pay the higher 5.85 percent rate on her state tax form, a legal option available for Massachusetts taxpayers who believe they should pay more. Just so you know, Warren earned over $716,000 in 2011, and has a net worth of over $14 million. So she could, if she wanted to, afford the higher tax rate. But that is an assumption on my part, since I have never made close to $716,000, nor has my net worth been anywhere close to $14 million.

Let’s see. Does her net worth make her one of the 1 percent that OWS was so vocal about? Is this the same Elizabeth Warren who claimed she created “The Intellectual Foundation For What They [the OWS gang] Do?” Is this the same Elizabeth Warren who advocates for the “middle class?”

Is this the same Elizabeth Warren who once said, “There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own.”

Warren said on Friday that the Republicans’ premise that the proposed tax would do little to trim the deficit “is just wrong…. There’s plenty of places where that money could be used – could be used to pay down the national debt; it’s a down payment but a good place to go.” She also said that “it’s not a ‘gimmick’ to talk about people paying their fair share. It’s really about whose side you stand on.” She said that current Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown’s vote shows he sides with millionaires instead of middle-class families. What is Warren’s “fair share?” Am I the only one who finds Warren’s statements ironic?

Senator Brown’s campaign called Warren a hypocrite for not checking the optional higher tax rate on her personal income. “The problem with running a campaign based on self-righteousness and moral superiority is that you had better live up to the same standard you would impose on everyone else,” said Brown’s campaign manager, Jim Barnett. He continued, “Millionaire Warren lectures others about their obligation and responsibility to pay higher taxes, but she refuses to pay the optional higher rate available in Massachusetts. This is the sort of hypocrisy and double-speak voters are sick and tired of hearing from politicians, especially those who can’t keep their hands out of others’ pocketbooks.”

Some (libruls) will argue that Warren’s statements were made about federal taxes, while her actions were in regard to state taxes. To that, I can only say, “Taxes are taxes, regardless of where they go.” “More” applies equally to any level of government. Besides, what part of more does she not understand? And, are Warren’s current actions a precursor of future actions (more from us but not from her) if elected?

Bottom line: how are Massachusetts voters supposed to take Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren seriously when she clearly doesn’t practice what she preaches?

But that’s just my opinion.

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  • Kyle Hunter

    Groucho Marx was once preplexed by something he read and is quoted as saying, “A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.”

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/IanMayfield Dr Dreadful

    I’m going to have to come back when I have more time and fewer distractions and look over this again. At the moment it just reads as though Warren (Beatty) is talking about and chastising himself in the third person.

  • Bloodsport

    Kyle, if your playing “Quote Poker” I have one that fits! Mark Twain once said, “Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.”

  • Kyle Hunter

    I’ll email Keith and see if he’s busy.

  • http://rwno.limewebs.com Warren Beatty

    Re: comment # 1, Kyle, does your Graucho Marx quote mean that YOU can’t understand this? Was I too subtle for you?

    Re: comment # 3, Bloodsport, you say, “… Mark Twain once said, ‘Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please’.” OK, specifically point out (even one instance) where I distorted facts. I’m waiting!!!

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Yet another declaration by Warren that it’s a BAD THING to follow the law yet at the same time agitate for a stricter law.

  • Kyle Hunter

    Mr. “Beaty” wouldn’t know a fact if it walked up and bit him on the ass. In his alternate reality facts are what we consider opinions and vice versa.

    And that dear boy is fact!

  • Bloodsport

    Glenn or Dreadful; you seem to be the level-headed ones on in the group, why do these other people waste their time with this twit?

    He as already proven his lack of intellect, factual integrity and powers of logic. Unless everyone sticks to a very narrow (and I do mean NARROW) criteria for commenting, he completely ignores any reasoned input.

    Why bother?

  • http://rwno.limewebs.com Warren Beatty

    Re: comment # 7, Kyle, do you deny any of Elizabeth Warren’s actions or statements?

  • Kyle Hunter

    After looking over Mr. “Beaty’s” lengthy list of articles I think I have finally figured out his philosophy of writing.

    It two wrongs don’t make a right-try 65!

  • Y’all

    Hypocrisy, thy name IS Warren.

  • Y’all

    Warren asks: “Am I the only one who finds Warren’s statements ironic?”

    There’s nary a shred of irony to be found, Warren.

  • http://jetsgayheadlinenews-jet.blogspot.com/ Jet Gardner

    Frankly, I’m surprised he spelled Massachusetts right and the Hussein wasn’t mentioned once.

    What the hell does a southern fool care about Massachusetts anyway? Does he think we’re all going to see the light and e-mail a link to this article to everyone we know there?

  • Clav

    Yet another declaration by Warren that it’s a BAD THING to follow the law yet at the same time agitate for a stricter law.

    Not bad, just hypocritical — like the Obamas and their taxes vis-a-vis obie’s fomenting class warfare.

    But, of course, that’s what democrats do.

  • http://jetsgayheadlinenews-jet.blogspot.com/ Jet Gardner

    Cute Clav-os. That’s like entering a conversation about car accidents and saying “that’s what Democrats do”… like Republican’t don’t

  • http://jetsgayheadlinenews-jet.blogspot.com/ Jet Gardner

    By the way 99.999 car accidents are caused by Heterosexuals… they should be banned.

  • Igor

    Here’s how the rightist Wealth Transfer plan works to transfer wealth from the poorest to the richest:

    -during good times declare huge tax gifts to the rich, as in 2001.

    -during hard times declare austerity for the poor, as now.

    Thus, money will inexorably be transfered from the poor to the rich.

    QED.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Clavos –

    Ever run a stop sign on purpose? You almost certainly have…and you did it knowing all the while that stop signs are a good thing and there for a good reason. So if you broke that law even though you know that law is good and right, exactly how is that different from following the law when one knows that a stricter law would be good and right?

    All you’re doing is looking for an excuse to tear down the Democrat in the White House. But at least you’re more logical about it than your compatriot Warren.

  • Clav

    99.999 car accidents are caused by Heterosexuals… they should be banned.

    Banned is too good for ‘em — send ‘em to China to be slave labor.

    Damned heteros — they’re the ones responsible for overpopulation.

  • Clav

    All you’re doing is looking for an excuse to tear down the Democrat in the White House.

    Of course I am.

    He does make it easy, though…

  • http://cinemasentries.com El Bicho

    “Yet another declaration by Warren that it’s a BAD THING to follow the law yet at the same time agitate for a stricter law.

    Not bad, just hypocritical.”

    No it isn’t. It would be hypocritical if she said people should opt to pay more and then she didn’t. Got a link to show that?

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/IanMayfield Dr Dreadful

    “Just so you know, Warren earned over $716,000 in 2011, and has a net worth of over $14 million.”

    But I thought you conservatives were saying people with $14 mil weren’t rich nowadays…

    Did I miss a memo?

  • troll

    …from Doherty’s piece: “In other words, how are Massachusetts voters, in the last analysis, supposed to take a Senate candidate seriously when she clearly doesn’t practice what she preaches?.”

    …from Beatty’s piece: “Bottom line: how are Massachusetts voters supposed to take Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren seriously when she clearly doesn’t practice what she preaches?”

    rule of thumb: when plagiarizing others’ work as is Beatty’s MO change the wording and where possible choose alternate metaphors

  • http://jetsgayheadlinenews-jet.blogspot.com/ Jet Gardner

    re:23 Haters and ditto heads like him are incapable of independant thought troll, you should know that. They think what they are told to think, they write what they are told to write.

  • http://jetsgayheadlinenews-jet.blogspot.com/ Jet Gardner

    By the way if you want to know where the title of this article and the illustration came from click here and read the very last line.

  • http://jetsgayheadlinenews-jet.blogspot.com/ Jet Gardner

    It was published the day before good ol
    Warren published it here.

  • http://jetsgayheadlinenews-jet.blogspot.com/ Jet Gardner

    Here’s another fascinating coincidence from the same website entitled Hope & Change to Blame & Shame….Obama Panders To The Left On Oil Speculators written by someone named “Curt” who also wrote the shadow of this article (see #25}

    Note the “ad” in the sidebar implying Obama is anti-black and racist.

  • http://rwno.limewebs.com Warren Beatty

    Re: comment # 10, Kyle, should we now refer to you as “Mr. Perfect” since obviously you have NEVER made a typing mistake?

    Re: comment # 11, Y’all, I’m NOT the one who said people have a moral obligation to pay higher taxes, then not do it. Did y’all miss that?

    Re: comment # 17, Igor, the “transfer of wealth” to which you refer is caused primarily via WORK! And can anyone, even the poor, take advantage of the “huge tax gifts”to which you refer? When someone takes something for which I have worked and legally attained, the act is called theft? Why, then, is it permissble for government to do the same thing?

    Re: comment # 21, El B, you may find this source interesting – or not.

  • http://jetsgayheadlinenews-jet.blogspot.com/ Jet Gardner

    His response to 23-26 should be fascinating.

  • http://rwno.limewebs.com Warren Beatty

    Can we extend this hypocricy to Barack Hussein Obama? Y’all may find this source interesting – or not. Did Obama pay his “fair share?”

  • http://jetsgayheadlinenews-jet.blogspot.com/ Jet Gardner

    Ahhh now Warren, you always whine we don’t pay attention to you, so you respond to 23-27… if you dare.

  • http://jetsgayheadlinenews-jet.blogspot.com/ Jet Gardner

    ;sound of crickets chirping]

  • http://jetsgayheadlinenews-jet.blogspot.com/ Jet Gardner

    Kyle wrote concerning Warrens bulk of articles; If two wrongs don’t make a right-try 65!

    It’d be funny if it weren’t true.

  • http://rwno.limewebs.com Warren Beatty

    Re: comments #31 and 32, Jet, you may find this link interesting, especially paragraph 9a: YOUR words should always be the bulk of the article: whenever possible, rewrite information gained from other sources in your own words as opposed to using large blocks of quotes – make the story “your own.”

    As for the article title, I had already sent this article in BEFORE going to Flopping Aces, one of my favorite destinations. Besides, have you ever read Shakespeare’s “Hamlet?” I found Warren’s hypocricy overpowering.

  • http://frivolousdisorder.com/ Frivolous D

    “Elizabeth Warren finally confirmed today that she did not pay the higher 5.85% rate on her state tax form, a legal option available for Massachusetts taxpayers who believe they should pay more.” Daniel Doherty

    “For the last few weeks, Warren has lectured others about their moral responsibility to pay higher taxes. In 2011, Warren earned more than $716,000, and has a net worth of as much as $14.5 million.” ibid

    “Elizabeth Warren has been on the campaign trail for months demonizing the wealthy (“there is nobody in this country who got rich on their own,” she once said) and castigating top income earners.” ibid

    Daniel Doherty

    I guess that this disproves the old saw, “Good writers borrow, great writers steal.”

  • http://jetsgayheadlinenews-jet.blogspot.com/ Jet Gardner

    Lame Warren, really lame. You forgot to notice when your vs “Curt'” articles were published.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/IanMayfield Dr Dreadful

    Warren, the key phrase there is “make the story your own“.

    Simply paraphrasing Daniel Doherty’s article, which is largely what you seem to have done, doesn’t cut it. It’s still Doherty’s story.

  • http://frivolousdisorder.com/ Frivolous D

    From Warren in #34 – “Jet, you may find this link interesting, especially paragraph 9a: YOUR words should always be the bulk of the article: whenever possible, rewrite information gained from other sources in your own words as opposed to using large blocks of quotes – make the story “your own.”

    Thanks for the reminder, In the spirit of helping fellow writers, here’s a possible rework of the title:

    “Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is Warren”

  • http://jetsgayheadlinenews-jet.blogspot.com/ Jet Gardner

    Damn it Friv, I was going to use that you… you… plagorororer

  • http://frivolousdisorder.com/ Frivolous D

    #11, Y’all: Oops, I just saw the title rework is way ahead of me. My bad.

  • Costello

    Is it hypocritical for Clavos to correct comments yet remains silent when his section publishes plaigarized work?

  • http://brokebackmountaintribute.blogspot.com/ Jet Gardner

    We must nover EVER allow Clavos to change. We respect and love our spelling Nazi just the way he is, flaws, superiority complex and all. :)

  • http://brokebackmountaintribute.blogspot.com/ Jet Gardner

    Besides, with the bulk of articles they publish, it’d be impossible to research and cross-check each and every one…

    …that’s our job.

    Adn jsut to dirve hmi crzay, theer’s mesasges lkie thsi.

  • http://cinemasentries.com/ El Bicho

    No, that boston.com link isn’t interesting because it offers no new info. She thinks the tax rates should change so people should pay more but she doesn’t opt to pay more. That’s not hypocrisy.

    But you have a bigger concern considering you also don’t know what plagiarism is, and this isn’t the first time the charge about your work has been proven.