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Obama and Taxes: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

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Why do more than half the people in this country pay no income taxes at all, while President Barack Hussein Obama keeps insisting that everyone must “pay his fair share?” For over half of citizens, is that their fair share? Or is creating more recipients of government handouts, at no cost to themselves, simply a strategy to gain more votes? The current federal debt burden works out at about $140,000 per federal taxpayer. Are you one of those taxpayers, the unlucky less than half? Obama is proposing to increase both debt and taxes. How much more do you want added to your $140,000 debt burden? Is your fair share $140,000?

Now Obama is pushing “the Buffett Rule,” a capital gains tax hike designed to ensure that Warren Buffett pays as much tax as his secretary. His reason is that it, “will help us close our deficit.” Oh, really? Does Obama realize that the Buffett Rule, if enacted, will help pay down the 2011 deficit (which, I’m sure, was George Walker Bush’s fault) in only 514 years? And that’s only for 2011, not deficits in future years.  The Buffett Rule is forecast to raise $3.2 billion per year, what the US government currently borrows every 17 hours. Buffett is worth $44 billion, so if he donated his entire fortune to the US government, they would go through it within four and a half days. If you confiscate the total wealth of the Forbes 400 richest Americans it comes to $1.5 trillion, which is just a little less than the Obama budget deficit for a year.

Obama denounced (excuse me, evaluated) Paul Ryan’s budget plan. Given what’s at stake, you might think then that Obama would have an alternative plan. But his was voted down 414-0.

And speaking of the Buffett Rule, did everyone see this? In an article titled “Obama Paid Lower Tax Rate Than Secretary,” we learn that the Obamas paid an effective rate of 20.5 percent in 2011. White House aides would not reveal presidential secretary Anita Breckenridge’s tax rate (on earned income of $95,000)  but confirmed it was higher than the first family’s rate. And the Obamas paid a rate far below the 30 percent Buffett Rule rate.

In Obama’s latest class-war, tax-the-rich gambit, he has stooped to a new low with misleading and out-of-context quotes from Ronald Reagan. Obama cited a couple of Reagan speeches from June, 1985, in which the former president quoted a letter from a wealthy executive who grumbled that he paid less in taxes than secretaries or bus drivers. Obama, of course, doesn’t tell you that Reagan had a completely different tax-reform vision. Rather than raising the capital gains tax on successful investors or punishing wealthy people, as Obama advocates, Reagan wanted pro-economic growth tax reform that would cut rates for everyone, simplify the tax system with only two brackets, and eliminate tax shelters that allowed people to avoid paying any taxes at all. Reagan said, “We want to cut taxes, not opportunity…. By lowering everyone’s tax rates all the way up the income scale, each of us will have a greater incentive to climb higher, to excel, to help America grow.” By cutting the top income tax rate from 70 percent to 28 percent, Reagan launched a huge prosperity boom that basically spanned three decades. It’s hard to argue with success, but I’m sure you Kool-Aid drinkers are up to the task.

Obama has a completely different vision, one that would lift the top income and investment tax rates to about 45 percent, while, the integrated corporate and capital gains tax would be 55 percent. Instead of rewarding success, Obama wants to punish it. Instead of economic growth, he talks about tax fairness, which is a euphemism for redistributing resources from private hands to the government sector. Obama’s vision is the exact opposite of Reagan’s. Reagan’s optimistic rising-tide-lifts-all-boats message was the direct opposite of Obama’s. For Obama to attempt to associate himself with Reagan is a falsehood, some would say lie, of the worst kind.

Have you ever heard of Marjorie Rawls Roberts? Neither have I. Roberts, it appears, is bundling a minimum of $100,000 to $200,000 in donations for the Obama Victory fund 2012. But guess what? Roberts is a tax lawyer located in St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands who owns her own firm that specializes in offshore investments and how to avoid paying US taxes on those investments. Prior to owning her own firm, Roberts worked for a different St. Thomas firm that managed nearly $1 billion of investments, and some of her clients are somewhat questionable in their legal dealings.

This bundler is an Obama supporter, the same Obama who, in 2009, delivered a speech condemning the practice of using overseas investment tax loopholes to avoid paying US taxes. He referred to the US tax code as being, “…full of corporate loopholes that make it perfectly legal for companies to avoid paying their fair share.” There’s that “fair share” phrase again. Obama continued, “The Treasury Department and the IRS, under Sec. Geithner’s leadership and Commissioner Shulman’s, are already taking far-reaching steps to catch overseas tax cheats, but they need more support.” Let’s see, Obama says he wants to go after overseas tax cheats, but appointing US tax cheats like Geithner is permissible.

More “do as I say, not as I do” hypocrisy. It’s really getting easy to find things to write about. And this is the guy you libruls keep defending and supporting.

But that’s just my opinion.

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  • Glenn Contrarian

    Warren –

    Obama has a completely different vision, one that would lift the top income and investment tax rates to about 45 percent, while, the integrated corporate and capital gains tax would be 55 percent.

    Reference? Oh, right – there isn’t one. You Just Know It, and that’s all the proof you need. It doesn’t matter to you that the highest rate that he’s talked about is the 39.5% that was paid under Clinton – you know, when we had a SURPLUS – if we did not renew the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

    And you griped about how the Obamas are paying a lower rate than their secretary…which is EXACTLY what the Obamas are griping about.

    Warren, I really, truly do pity you. You’re so consumed with hatred, with absolute surety that the black guy in the White House is out to destroy America…and your hatred has blinded you to all that he’s done that is good and right. Has he been perfect? You’d find precisely zero liberals who would think so. But by this military man’s standard – is the nation better off or worse after he stood the watch – he’s done pretty doggone good.

    Did you spend any time in the military, Warren? I’m really curious about that, because there’s a point of objectivity that a lot of us gain from our experience that isn’t often found in the civilian world.

  • Clavos Juarez Santana Zapata

    And you griped about how the Obamas are paying a lower rate than their secretary…which is EXACTLY what the Obamas are griping about.

    They’re griping, but on a personal level, apparently content to enjoy their low tax rate. He could donate the difference — the IRS will gladly accept it.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    If Obama had his way, he, too would be paying a higher tax rate, Clavos. Don’t try to obfuscate the issue, please.

  • Re: comment # 1, Glenn, you just don’t, nor will you ever, get it. We are tired of Obama’s hypocrisies, his “do as I say, not as I do” actions. And, BTW, his actions speak much louder than his words. He “promised” us the most transparent, the most open, the most honest administration in history. So go ahead a hide behind all your librul rants.

    Re: comment # 2, Clavos, well said.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Warren –

    You’re full of crap. It doesn’t matter what Obama did or how well he did it. He could have done everything you ever wanted, and you’d still find excuses to hate him. Why? Because he’s a black guy with a funny name in the White House (your familiarity with the Delta told me a great deal about you). There’s nothing – absolutely nothing – that he could do that you wouldn’t find a way to claim that it’s all evidence of how evil or wrong or hypocritical he is.

    The difference between you and me, Warren, is that I’m not afraid to say what I think Republican presidents – including Dubya, the worst president in modern times – did that was good and right. You, on the other hand, simply won’t do that (especially for the black guy in the White House). You simply haven’t the honor and courage to do so.

  • Clavos Juarez Santana Zapata

    Because he’s a black guy with a funny name in the White House…

    Oh bullshit. You constantly try to impugn the motives of those who are opposed to Obama by playing the race card; that’s crap.



  • Clavos Juarez Santana Zapata

    If Obama had his way, he, too would be paying a higher tax rate, Clavos.

    He can voluntarily do so at any given moment, Glenn. It would be a great example to set if he did.

    But he doesn’t.

  • Re: comments # 6 and 7, Clavos, bravo. Well said. But I’m certain that Glenn will have some irrelevant, off subject remark.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Clavos –

    You’re still trying to obfuscate the issue. That’s like saying that because I think having a 70-mph speed limit is not wise, is environmentally wasteful, and will result in more deaths, I should keep myself at 55 mph because that’s where I think everyone should be…and if I don’t do so, then I’m a bad person. Oh, come on, Clavos – you know better than that! If you were Jesus, I’d take the rebuke…but until then, let he who has never continued to obey a less-restrictive law but at the same time supported a stricter law cast the first stone!

  • Zingzing

    Clavos, “Hussein”.

  • Zingzing

    “But his was voted down 414-0.”

    Still sticking by that little turd of a chestnut, I see…

  • Igor

    Clavos’ rejoinder is invalid: the point of Buffet and Obama is that the tax system is unjust, as it is. Nothing they can do as individuals changes that.

    IMO sometimes Obama-haters get carried away and personalize everything.

  • Clavos Juarez Santana Zapata

    I still say, if he talks the talk, he ought to set the example and walk the walk.

    People of conscience and character usually do.

  • Re: #I Glen, you should know by know that his info source is GOD… otherwise known as “that voice in his head”

  • Re:4 God save us; he has started using the “royal we”

  • Re: Clavos, He is constantly using Hussein in Obama’s name to make the uneducated think that he is named after an Iraqi dictator, why do you doubt that he hates him because he is an Kenya African born illegal president with a phoney birth certificate.

    That, my friend has racism all over it, and you are blind if you can’t see it.

  • When you overpay your taxes you are refunded by the IRS, unless the tax code is changes… unless you think he could donate the overage to the next presidential campaign in that little check box.

    Warren, Rush Limp-baugh and Fox news would love that.

  • Clavos, please educate us. Exactly how do you overpay your taxes without the IRS refunding it back to you???????????

    So many of us would like to know… and if you’ve successfully attempted it yet.

  • Clavos Juarez Santana Zapata

    Clavos, please educate us. Exactly how do you overpay your taxes without the IRS refunding it back to you???????????

    Glad to oblige, Jet. You simply send your check to this address saying you want to make a gift (which is not tax deductible, because the US Treasury, contrary to popular opinion, is not a charity) to the USA; they will take it, gladly.

    …if you’ve successfully attempted it yet.

    Certainly not! Unlike Obie, I consider my taxes are too high and need to be cut, so no way am I sending even more money to be wasted down the federal rathole, unless it’s by force.

  • Another way is not to file a tax return.

  • Clavos Juarez Santana Zapata

    I would, Doc, except the repercussions are well documented…

  • OK, Glenn, it’s time to put up or shut up. In comment # 5, you say, “Because he’s a black guy with a funny name in the White House (your familiarity with the Delta told me a great deal about you). There’s nothing – absolutely nothing – that he could do that you wouldn’t find a way to claim that it’s all evidence of how evil or wrong or hypocritical he is.”

    Anyone who visits my web site (rwno.limewebs.com) and go to the “Opinions” section will see links to Dr. Thomas Sowell and Dr. Walter Williams.

    Glenn, I’ve put up – your turn.

    Will you (and most commenters here) realize that it’s POLITICS, not race.

    BTW, I was a Herman Cain supporter before the MSM did a number on him. I never heard Bill Clinton’s reaction to what happened to Cain. Can anyone help me?

  • Warren was a Herman Cain supporter… that explains a lot.

  • Glenn, I’ve put up


  • By the way, he might have paid a lower rate because of the deductions for nearly half a million in charitable donations…

    Why did you selectively forget to mention that?

    Hmmmm… let’s research what percentage Bush paid?

    Of course he was probably just trying to look “christian”

  • Zingzing

    Sigh. Just did my taxes. Horrifying. Self employment is a bitch.

  • Jesus, how many times to I have to post this before it gets through Warren’s Maher Bubble?

    Income tax on the wealthy.

    Eisenhower (R) 91%
    Kennedy (D) 77%
    Johnson (D) 70%
    Nixon (R) 70%
    Ford (R) 70%
    Carter (D) 70%
    Reagan (R) 70% and 50%
    Bush (R) 38.5 and 28%
    Clinton (D) 39.6%
    Bush (R) 35%
    Hussein Obama (D) 35%

    Hussein Obama’s taxes on the rich are HALF-FUCKING HALF of your hero Reagan, Nixon and just over a THIRD of Eisenhower.

  • He could wile away the hours
    Conferrin’ with the flowers
    Consultin’ with the rain
    And his head he’d be scratchin’
    While his thoughts were busy hatchin’
    If he only had a brain

    He’d unravel any riddle
    For any individ’le
    In trouble or in pain

    He would not be any trouble,
    If he could escape that Maher bubble,
    If he only had a brain…
    With the thoughts he’d be thinkin’
    He could be another Lincoln
    If he only had a brain

    Oh, he would tell you why
    The ocean’s near the shore
    He could think of things he never thunk before
    And then he’d sit and think some more

    He would not be just a nuffin’
    his head all full of stuffin’
    his heart all full of pain
    He would dance and be merry
    Life would be a ding-a-derry
    Ifffffff he only had a brainnnn

    He would not be any trouble,
    If he could escape that Maher bubble,
    If he only had a brain…

  • Glenn Contrarian

    zing –

    I know how you feel….

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Jet –

    Don’t you know that in Warren World, during Republican administayionsn no Americans paid any taxes at all….

  • Well, not the republicans anyway.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Jet, only the Republicans were REAL Americans. The rest of us were welfare queens and draft dodgers. Speaking of which, I rarely reference blogs, but this was too good to pass up – a list of Democratic and Republican politicians (and political pundits) who did and did not serve. The word “chickenhawk” strongly comes to mind – particularly when it comes to Dubya’s “champagne squadron” that he served in to get out of Vietnam.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    sorry – here’s the link.

  • Re: comment # 1, Glenn, you MAY find this reference interesting. Gee, I’ll bet you feel foolish now. That goes for you, too, Jet, as you so aptly demonstrated in connent # 14.

    You say, “And you griped about how the Obamas are paying a lower rate than their secretary…which is EXACTLY what the Obamas are griping about.” Wrong-O! I just illustrated the hypocricy of Obama. He complained about Buffett’s tax rate being lower than his secretary’s. Yet he does what he complains about others doing. I NEVER griped.

    Re: comment # 8, referring to Clavos’ comments # 6 and 7, Clavos, was I correct?

    Re: comment # 11, ZZ, as Reagan said, “Facts are stubborn things.” Or do you deny the 414-0 vote? And do you deny that Democrats had an opportunity to vote for Obama’s budger proposal?

    Re: comment # 16, Jet, do you deny that “Hussein” is Obama’s middle name? You say, “That, my friend has racism all over it, and you are blind if you can’t see it.” OK, Jet, tell us how the name given him by his parents is racist. We ALL want to know.

    Re: comment # 27, Jet “The research department” Gardner, what you posted has NOTHING to do with my article. But let’s pretend that what you say is relevant. You quote the tax rates Reagan inherited from (the second biggest joke) Carter, not the final tax rates. And you call yourself “The research department.” Are you, perhaps, having trouble with that “Maher Bubble?”

    Glenn, Jet, ZZ, Doc, Igor, I could not help but notice that NONE of y’all addressed Marjorie Rawls Roberts or Tim GGeithner.

  • Jordan Harper Richardson


  • Re: comment # 35, Jordan, sorry to omit y’all from # 34.

  • Jordan Harper Richardson

    Gee, Warren, I’ll start addressing your “points” when you start addressing mine.

    (I still think you’re faking it, baby)

  • Re: comment # 37, Jordan, y’all say, “(I still think you’re faking it, baby)”

    Just what, pray tell, does that mean?

    BTW, Jordan, y’all are not from the south, are y’all?

    Have I gotten enough “y’alls” in? Jordan, do y’all know I making fun of y’all?

  • Warren, the expression “put up or shut up” means “either propose a solution or stop complaining”.

    So, since I’ve yet to see you do anything except complain about (mostly imaginary) Obama shortcomings, I ask you again: where have you “put up”?

  • Jordan, he’s from the South. Easier for him to stop breathing than to quit saying “y’all”.

  • Jordan Richardson

    Over on one of your other “articles” (honestly, they all blend together), I explained that I thought you were a parody and subsequently pulling our collective legs.

    Now I’m convinced.

    do y’all know I making fun of y’all?

    I left the door open pretty wide, Warren. I’d be surprised you didn’t take the bait. It’d be like you resisting country fresh pies on the windowsill, boy.

  • zingzing

    i’m from the south, doc. i can also use y’all correctly, unlike warren here.

    warren: “Or do you deny the 414-0 vote?”

    please. go on acting dumb then.

  • “do you deny that Democrats had an opportunity to vote for Obama’s budger[sp] proposal?”

    I do because that’s not entirely accurate. Do you deny “Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), the sponsor of the alternative, was using Obama’s top-line spending and revenue numbers as a budget proposal, without any specifics?”

    It shows how intellectually bankrupt Congressional Republicans and Warren are that they have to resort to distortion to score points.

  • Re: comment # 39, Doc, Glenn, in comment # 5, said, “It doesn’t matter what Obama did or how well he did it. He could have done everything you ever wanted, and you’d still find excuses to hate him. Why? Because he’s a black guy ….” Well, on my personal web site (which I personally maintain) are links to Drs. Sowell and Williams, both black guys. I have linked to two black guys, and read their learned opinions often, and usually agree with their assessments.

    Here is the what YOUR source said about “put up or shut up:” if you say someone should put up or shut up, you mean they should either take action in order to do what they have been talking about or stop talking about it. OK, I’ve “put up” by referring to links on my web page. I’ve demonstrated that Glenn is, as he said in comment # 5, full of crap. Now it’s his turn to demonstrate that I hate black guys or shut up about the subject. I formaly challenge Glenn to “put up or shut up.”

  • Jordan Richardson

    You personally maintain your personal website? Wow!

  • Warren, please read just the last sentence of my 2006 article and consider how unoriginal and vacant of thought you actually are.


  • Glenn Contrarian

    Warren –

    “I linked to two guys who are black!” Oh, wow, THAT’s really proof that you don’t like black guys, huh? Apparently you think I don’t remember what the Delta taught me about race, Warren, for I saw first hand how farmers would speak highly of this or that black guy, invite his family over for supper, lend him money or even the car…and as soon as the black guy and his family was out of sight, it was back to “n-word this” and “n-word that”. I saw it, and I lived it. Okay? Got that? Your excuse doesn’t hold a drop of water as far as I’m concerned.

    It’s pretty obvious – you’re a white male, probably older than me, strongly conservative, given to taking the word of some of the most nonsensical conservative sites. That tells me that you have zero problem with the not-so-secretly-racist dog-whistle crap that some conservative pundits put out there…and you know the Delta very well, which means you know the racial divides that run through every social and religious and political issue there, and yet you still stick on the side of people like Haley Barbour who claimed that racism “wasn’t so bad” when he was growing up in Yazoo City. That all adds up to something I don’t like, something I see all too often.

    You might be a good-hearted person, Warren. You might very well be the type to give the proverbial shirt off your back to help someone else (though I’m quite sure you’d never assume the same about me). But you’ve let enough of yourself slip out over the months – and I see what I see.

  • Fair enough, Warren, but only as far as Glenn’s race fixation goes.

    The broader accusation, that you persistently portray Obama getting things 100% wrong and 0% right (an extraordinary feat which, if verified, he is quite possibly the only person in human history to accomplish), stands, IMO: you have not “put up” there.

    Also, your articles here at BC have really got to stand on their own merits. Taking refuge in “I’ve addressed this on my own website” is a cop-out. Imagine if, back in college, your sociology professor set a homework assignment and you came back with “I already answered this in my political science class”. Care to hazard a guess what grade you’d get?

  • Y’know it occurs to me… just which Hussein did his daddy name him after? Barack’s daddy could read the future and know about the dictator of Iraq 30+ years before it happened.

    Barack’s daddy was a remarkable one of them thar forchuuune tellers.

    Another question to ponder if if he forged his birth certificate, don’t ya think he’d pick a more American-friendly name to run for president on??? or at least one that’d hide that he was an evil socialist spy from Kenya over thar in Africa?

  • “Imagine if, back in college…”

    Warren in college? Thanks for the laugh

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Doc –

    ‘Race fixation’? Yes, I know it could seem that way to those who may not have seen just how comprehensively it’s woven into the social fabric of the Deep South. I’ll admit that I tend to be too suspicious by half when it comes to catching a possible whiff of racism. Thing is, I know this smacks of hubris, but when I get someone figured out when it comes to racism, I’m not often wrong. It’s just like an ex-smoker who sees the physical signs of a chain-smoker, or a woman who has escaped from an abusive husband and recovered, who sees the same signs in the timid, quiet girl in the checkout counter. Mild racism – that of ‘good racists’, as I’ve stated in the past – can be hidden…but that of those whose racism isn’t so mild is not so easily hidden.

    On a lighter note, something to bring a smile to your face – ever live in a place that smelled like a pig sty? Well, my house over in the PI smells like one now. It seems the squatters on the other side of the wall decided to start raising pigs. Whew, that’ll wake you up in the morning!

  • Re: comment # 39, Doc, I could not help noticing Glenn did NOT accept my challenge.

    Re: comment # 43, El B, really? Well, this source may interest you. Further, are you quoting this source? If so, you “forgot” to mention that it comes from “The Hill,” a librul mouthpiece. Even further, “On the House floor, Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) agreed that Mulvaney’s amendment was not, in fact, Obama’s entire budget proposal.” (1) What would you expect a Democrat, who just voted against it, to say? Was he looking for cover? (2) With whom did Van Hollen agree? The article tries to make it appear that Van Hollen agrees with Mulvaney. Can you shed more light upon with just who Van Hollen agrees with?

    Re: comment # 46, Jet, did you copyright that tag line? Have you told Dennis Miller the same thing? I NEVER claimed it to be original. Rather, it expresses my thoughts after viewing the thoughts of others.

    Re: comment # 47, Glenn, is that your answer to my challenge? You say “…THAT’s really proof that you don’t like black guys, huh?” Did you mean to omit the word “don’t?” As for the rest of your comment, actions speak much louder than words.

  • Warren, you’re trying to convince us that turkeys would vote for Thanksgiving. You know perfectly well why the Mulvaney amendment was voted down. You think (wrongly) that we are all stupid, which is why you are continuing your protestations of innocence. It’s pathetic, sunshine.

    Rep. Mulvaney also knew perfectly well what he was doing, what the outcome would be, and the resulting propaganda value. He thinks (perhaps not wrongly) that the American electorate is stupid.

    Let’s have Rep. Van Hollen explain some more, from your own source:

    ‘”This is politics at its absolute worst: presenting something as the President’s budget without the policy detail, without the explanation to the American people about what’s in the President’s budget,” he said. “And as a result, he presents a very misleading version of what the President has asked us to do.”‘

    Let’s say you’re a member of a school board. It’s time to buy a new fleet of school buses. You and the rest of the board have looked at a bunch of models and selected the bus you want. The contract has been drawn up and you’re about to vote on it, but there’s an issue. A couple of other board members, who don’t like you and have been looking for an opportunity to make you look foolish, have made some last-minute changes to the contract: the buses will be delivered, but they won’t have any engines.

    How would you vote?

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Warren –

    As far as your ‘challenge’ goes, I’m not playing your game. I’m not playing by your rules. I’m not giving you the chance to present extremist views and logical fallacies as sensible dialogue. Why? Because you have exposed enough of your personality that I am able to see what kind of person you are. You know what you want, and you place such priority on that personal goal that you’re willing to ignore provable fact, provable history, and clear logic in order to reach that goal.

  • Keith Barnes

    Mr. Beatty obviously lives in an alternate reality. I could think of hundreds of arguments disputing many points of this piece, but why bother when he refuses to be reasoned with in any sane manner as evidenced by the many attempts above already?

    Warren needs to get out more and experience the real political world.