“Patriotic Millionaires”: Darn it, why won’t anyone raise our taxes?

posted at 9:41 pm on April 13, 2011 by Allahpundit

Like Ace, I’m increasingly open to this idea. Not because I think it’s sound economics to drop a tax bomb on part of the population during a moment of sluggish economic growth, but because I think nothing will convince Americans that there’s no magic-bullet “kill the rich” solution to the country’s debt catastrophe unless we prove it by letting it happen. So let’s get on with it: Hike those top brackets up to 100 percent — not 39.6 or even 50 — and let’s watch those tens of trillions in unfunded liabilities disappear. Start seizing yachts if you have to. Let the left, the “ideas” movement, have its moment of unbridled resentment-driven class-warfare joy, and then they can explain to the rest of the public why the books still aren’t balanced. Good news, millionaires (and non-millionaires making $250,000 a year or more): You now qualify as super patriots.

The “Patriotic Millionaires” penned a letter to Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and House Speaker John Boehner, urging them to “increase taxes on incomes over $1,000,000.”

The Millionaires—a group that includes producer and director Doug Liman, actress Edie Falco, the founder of Ask.com, and top Google engineers—wrote that the United States has helped them succeed financially, and they are willing to help the country do the same.

“Our country has been good to us. It provided a foundation through which we could succeed,” the group wrote. “Now, we want to do our part to keep that foundation strong so that others can succeed as we have.”

According to Alison Goldberg of the group Wealth for the Common Good, raising tax rates on millionaires could raise $60 billion to $80 billion a year in revenue.

Here’s their website. I’m tempted to laugh at the idea of $80 billion in new revenue putting a dent in a $1.5 trillion annual deficit, but after the GOP asked for significantly less than that in cuts during budget negotiations and ended up with far less still, I’ll decline. Below you’ll find an interview with one of these selfless wealthy patriots from a few months ago; if you happen to be a selfless wealthy patriot yourself and are anguished at the extent of your disposable income, kindly note that the Treasury Department gratefully accepts donations towards paying down the national debt. Don’t let your conscience trouble you. Give.

Exit question: Is it safe to assume that the Patriotic Millionaires also support means-testing for Social Security and Medicare? Or do we not mess with those under any circumstances?


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This is so not about the current economic crisis or the debt. This is a transparent attempt to turn us into a Euro-socialism.

cynccook on April 13, 2011 at 9:43 PM

What’s stopping these people from cutting the government a check?

Jerkoffs.

Metro on April 13, 2011 at 9:45 PM

They don’t want to give more of their own money, because they can already do that. Uncle Sam has never turned away more voluntary tax money.

So they can already give more of their own money if they want.

But that’s not what they want.

What they want is to force everyone else to give up more of their money, too.

So it’s not about their conscious demanding they give more. It’s about their ideology demanding everyone else give more.

amerpundit on April 13, 2011 at 9:47 PM

So why don’t we start taxing those who want to be taxed at that rate? They can sign on for the higher rate and do their patriotic duty. We could even send them a button to wear or have a ceremony where we grant them a medal. The Order of the Patriotic Taxpayer And Defender Of The Homelands Social Order. It could have ribbons and everything.

sharrukin on April 13, 2011 at 9:47 PM

No freaking WAY…

Their website is ASKING FOR DONATIONS so that they can put an ad on TV.

Less on April 13, 2011 at 9:48 PM

You’re more than welcome to give as much of your income to the government if you like, but don’t include those who would r=rather keep their monies to do with as they please.

darwin-t on April 13, 2011 at 9:48 PM

What’s stopping these people from cutting the government a check?

Jerkoffs.

Metro on April 13, 2011 at 9:45 PM

They can but they won’t, but they certainly want you to pay more taxes. It’s really pretty silly.

whbates on April 13, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Metro on April 13, 2011 at 9:45 PM

And on that note, what’s stopping them from establishing their own foundations to achieve whatever philanthropic goals they feel are important? Because they have a deep-seated belief in the greater efficiency, compassion and responsiveness of this federal bureaucracy of ours? I may have just fallen off the turnip truck (literally — long story) but c’mon. This is more striking while the crisis is hot. Implement these drastic tax measures today and welp, sorry we never got around to reversing them, there was just always so much more important stuff to do.

cynccook on April 13, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Their website is ASKING FOR DONATIONS so that they can put an ad on TV.

Less on April 13, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Heck, they won’t even pay money to put on an ad. Yet we are to believe they really want to pay more taxes.

whbates on April 13, 2011 at 9:50 PM

This is nothing more than a shallow effort by communists or pseudo communists to infect this country with their Marxist agenda. We defeated communism but now we’re again under attack. Don’t fall for their tripe.

rplat on April 13, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Perfect post, AP. I think you covered every snarktastic angle. Nothing more to add.

Kataklysmic on April 13, 2011 at 9:51 PM

What’s stopping these people from cutting the government a check?

Jerkoffs.

Metro on April 13, 2011 at 9:45 PM

The fact that they would actually have to pay something.

John Kerry, Charles Rangel, Timothy Geithner, Kathleen Sebelius, and Claire McCaskill demonstrated the process quite nicely: hike taxes, then dodge them.

These goofballs already dodge millions in taxes annually. They have no intention of paying any more; they’re just demagoguing in exchange for payoffs and kickbacks from Obama.

northdallasthirty on April 13, 2011 at 9:51 PM

I have simple solution.
Put an extra box on the 1040 for the “Not Taxed Enough Guilt” and put in whatever they want to pay extra in taxes.

Kini on April 13, 2011 at 9:52 PM

They already have theirs, this is about keeping others from competing with them. What do income tax rates matter when you’ve got a pile of savings?

They’ve climbed up the ladder and they’re pulling it up behind them.

zmdavid on April 13, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Fundamentally, everything goes back to redistributing the wealth with these people. It’s kind of their whole raison d’etre. Give me a Lib cause and I’ll show you one of theirs leading it back to redistributing the wealth. Climate change, education, etc., it doesn’t matter.

cynccook on April 13, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Another huge scam is the “non-profit” industry. How much could those things contribute towards all the grants they get?

SouthernGent on April 13, 2011 at 9:52 PM

If they were really patriotic they would take that money and spend it to expand their businesses, hire more people, invest in start-up companies, or go spend a bunch of it in the local community.

The absolute worst thing they could do with their money is voluntarily turn it over to the government so that it can be funneled through the vast bureaucracy before being spent to line the pockets of unions and political cronies. I don’t call that patriotic. But, what do I know. I’m not a millionaire.

JohnInCA on April 13, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Those who want it… go for it… feel free…
Those who don’t want it, don’t have to follow it.
Make it Voluntary…

CynicalOptimist on April 13, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Um…why are they asking for donations to help get their ad on the air? Shouldn’t these supposed millionaires be able to self-finance?

amerpundit on April 13, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Those who are wealthy can afford the tax dodges, lawyers, and ‘political contributions’ that grant them special privileges. They can also afford to part with their wealth far more than someone just starting to make it.

A guy with a $100 million in the bank and $10 million in income can easily afford to pay $6 million in taxes. A guy with $100,000 in the bank and $100,000 in income cannot easily afford to pay $60,000 in taxes.

sharrukin on April 13, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Um…why are they asking for donations to help get their ad on the air? Shouldn’t these supposed millionaires be able to self-finance?

amerpundit on April 13, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Yes, but that goes against their whole hive-mind, forced collective mindset.

cynccook on April 13, 2011 at 10:00 PM

If anyone feels taxes are too low, they should feel free to send a check to the Treasury Department for whatever amount they feel is warranted….and STFU about the rest of us

jnelchef on April 13, 2011 at 10:00 PM

This reminds me of a part of Obama’s speech that was kind of overlooked and really p-ssed me off. Where he said he didn’t need another tax cut. And neither did Warren Buffet. Bill Clinton’s made similar remarks in the past.

Hey, Barry. The reason your tax hike proposal is so potentially devastating to the economy has nothing to do with millionaires like you and Bubba and billionaires like Buffet and what they’d have to pay. It’s the small business owner making 200 grand a year who’s gonna get hit the hardest. That’s the last group you want to target in a fragile economy like this.

Besides, spare me your sanctimony. Folks like you, Bubba, and Buffet have the kinds of political connections that ensure you’ll never be affected by any substantial tax hike.

Doughboy on April 13, 2011 at 10:01 PM

How about this instead: Retroactively tax these Super Patriots at 90% for everything they have earned, take the difference in the old rate and the new rate and appropriate accordingly straight out of their accounts.

I’m thinking the willingness to pay would dry up faster than a teardrop in the Sahara.

Bishop on April 13, 2011 at 10:02 PM

This has got to be a coordinated astro-turf
Operation!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on April 13, 2011 at 10:02 PM

These patriotic millionaires should just buy US Savings Bonds… or optionally pay more taxes… whatever…

ninjapirate on April 13, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Why don’t they just give whatever they want to the government? Nothing is stopping them.

Cindy Munford on April 13, 2011 at 10:03 PM

First they came for the Millionaires…..

PappyD61 on April 13, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Signing the letter should be taken as consent for the government to confiscate any income or assets they have valued above the national mean.

For some reason, they are unable to give without being forced, but they really want to give. We need to be understanding and tolerant of this.

It’s the compassionate thing to do.

malclave on April 13, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Why don’t they just give whatever they want to the government? Nothing is stopping them.

Cindy Munford on April 13, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Because it’s not about them paying more taxes — it’s about forcing everyone else to do the same.

amerpundit on April 13, 2011 at 10:05 PM

It’s the compassionate thing to do.

malclave on April 13, 2011 at 10:04 PM

If I could, I would sic the IRS on the last 10 years of these Bozos’ records and then have the findings made public.

cynccook on April 13, 2011 at 10:06 PM

They want to rob Peter to pay Paul.
Paul won’t complain.
They want Paul’s vote.

seven on April 13, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Because it’s not about them paying more taxes — it’s about forcing everyone else to do the same.

amerpundit on April 13, 2011 at 10:05 PM

What’s yours is ours, and what’s mine is mine…

cynccook on April 13, 2011 at 10:07 PM

How many NFL players signed on?

BKeyser on April 13, 2011 at 10:07 PM

These putzes seem to think that they will be exempt from having their wealth confiscated. They can pay more any time they like, but they don’t. So common.

Other people’s money will solve the problem. Right?

iurockhead on April 13, 2011 at 10:07 PM

These patriotic millionaires should just buy US Savings Bonds…

and BURN THEM.

See how easy it is to give the government money if you really want to?

Cicero43 on April 13, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Damn — Why don’t he just send all of his money to China?

Nearly Nobody on April 13, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Walking around with tuberculosis? He should suggest that straw man argument to the President.

drewwerd on April 13, 2011 at 10:10 PM

20% Flat Tax… and a cool plaque to everyone who pays more.
Tin for +5%
Steel for +10%
Bronze for +25%
Silver for +50%
and… Gold for those who just hand it all over.
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I’m sure this guy and his friends would all have Silver plaques/yeah right
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RalphyBoy on April 13, 2011 at 10:10 PM

These wealthy liberals just want a piece of public pie…they’ll never be touched by increased taxes because they are part of the ‘elite’.

Only working Americans will get milked by Obama…the lawyers and politicians and connected won’t pay a dime more…ask GE and Jeff Immelt (http://www.immeltmustgo.com/action/immelt-must-go?sc=immelt_gg2) about that.

These power-turds are simply locking in their wealth at the expense of anybody else who wants to get ahead in life.

AUINSC on April 13, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Interesting!!
==================

Millionaires beg for more taxes!

Patriotic Millionaires (http://www.fiscalstrength.com/)

against tax cuts double over holiday weekend. Close to 100 Millionaires demand end to tax cuts. Thom Hartmann talks to

Dr. Rob Johnson, former Soros currency trader
***********************************************
***********************************************

and the former Chief Economist for the Senate Banking committee.

http://www.frequency.com/topic/taxes

canopfor on April 13, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Why stop at an income tax rate of 100%? I suggest taking all of their assets (that they obviously stole from the poor), and demand a return of the guillotine.

Vashta.Nerada on April 13, 2011 at 10:12 PM

So,he is a Astro-Turf Operator,hence,the Soro`s connection,
right off their own website,as description above!!

canopfor on April 13, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Gee, there’s a new movie coming out in a couple of days based on a famous bestseller about evil, rent-seeking corporate executives and the people who fight them. Hmm…what was its name…?

(/sarc off)

…anyway, it sure sounds relevant NOW.

ebrown2 on April 13, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Gotta love guys who will only do the right thing with all their millions if the government takes it from them and then wastes most of it on crap ideas.
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RalphyBoy on April 13, 2011 at 10:13 PM

You want to know what happens when the Left doesn’t find enough money to meet its needs?

Please see Stalin and the Ukraine Famine:

There’s not enough grain, its the kulaks! They’re taking the grain for their greedy needs, confiscate it!

We took it but now there’s no more and less production, they’re still hiding it and there’s more of them, find them imprison them.

There must be more kulaks, we still don’t have enough grain, find those hidden kulaks, take any bread from them!

There’s starving now? Starvation is them showing how willing they are to fight for their cause, starvation is treason because we can’t have starvation if we took from the kulaks and Comrade Stalin’s policies are right! Harass them!

Defector01 on April 13, 2011 at 10:14 PM

There’s a very simple solution for this problem:

Gifts to the United States
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Credit Accounting Branch
3700 East-West Highway, Room 622D
Hyattsville, MD 20782

Just write the check, folks. Thank you very much.

Pablo on April 13, 2011 at 10:15 PM

This is so not about the current economic crisis or the debt. This is a transparent attempt to turn us into a Euro-socialism.

cynccook on April 13, 2011 at 9:43 PM

Yep. They beg for it from their progressive god.

98ZJUSMC on April 13, 2011 at 10:15 PM

How about we “means test” these clowns to see if they are really sincere.

The way to determine if they are as sincere as they want the rest of us to think they are, how about we go one better than just raise the tax on income…lets do a 50% surcharge based on NET WORTH. Now that will really separate the sincere Patriots from the posers.

How about it clown? Are you up to the test or do you want a pass and just go away and STFU!

belad on April 13, 2011 at 10:18 PM

Want to throw some ice water on this ‘movement’? Change the subject to a tax on their Family Trust loophole.

slickwillie2001 on April 13, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Congress needs to pass a law, quick:

LET IT BE RESOLVED THAT: ANYONE WHO ASKS WHY THEIR TAXES AREN’T HIGHER SHALL IMMEDIATELY PAYS A 90% TAX RATE.

profitsbeard on April 13, 2011 at 10:21 PM

Oh crap,this is toooooooo easy!!
He`s a Proxy!!!!!!!!!!
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October, 2009 – Dr. Robert Johnson, a Bedford Summit participant and PhD economist with a distinguished career history in both the private and public sectors is appointed Executive Director of INET.

http://ineteconomics.org/about/timeline
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Robert Johnson

Executive Director
Institute for New Economic Thinking
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Robert Johnson serves as the Executive Director of the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) and a Senior Fellow and Director of the Global Finance Project for the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in New York.

Johnson is an international investor and consultant to investment funds on issues of portfolio strategy. He recently served on the United Nations Commission of Experts on International Monetary Reform under the Chairmanship of Joseph Stiglitz.

Previously, Johnson was a Managing Director at Soros Fund Management where he managed a global currency, bond and equity portfolio specializing in emerging markets. Prior to working at Soros Fund Management, he was a Managing Director of Bankers Trust Company managing a global currency fund.

Johnson served as Chief Economist of the US Senate Banking Committee under the leadership of Chairman William Proxmire (D. Wisconsin). Before this, he was Senior Economist of the US Senate Budget Committee under the leadership of Chairman Pete Domenici (R. New Mexico).

Johnson was an Executive Producer of the Oscar winning documentary, Taxi to the Dark Side, directed by Alex Gibney, and is the former President of the National Scholastic Chess Foundation. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of both the Economic Policy Institute and the Campaign for America’s Future.

Johnson received a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from Princeton University and a B.S. in both Electrical Engineering and Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

http://ineteconomics.org/people/team/robert-johnson
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Rob Johnson and Thomas Ferguson’s paper presented at the INET Inaugural Conference for the panel entitled: Political Economy: What Can Government Do? What Will Government Do?

When Wolfs Cry Wolf
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http://ineteconomics.org/sites/inet.civicactions.net/files/INET%20C%40K%20Paper%20Session%208%20-%20Ferguson%20%28Rob%20Johnson%29.pdf

canopfor on April 13, 2011 at 10:21 PM

This is no more than a flanking move on Obama,with his
Proxies,to make it look as if,some millionaires,want to
share the burden,and make an attempt at a narration that
will change the public mood,er the VOTERS,on Bush Tax cuts,

for the Extremely Filthy Dirty Rotten Uber Rich!!!!!

***************SUCKERS**************************************

canopfor on April 13, 2011 at 10:26 PM

80,000,000,000 billion over 10 years is 800,000,000,000 billion… I repeat billion

How many zeros is a trillion? Oh yeah 12 zeros in a trillion.
I don’t remember but I think the public debt is projected to be about 20,000,000,000,000 trillion in 2020. So 20,000,000,000,000-800,000,000,000=19,200,000,000,000

Yippee only 19,200,000,000,000 (19 trillion, 200 billion) in public debt!

And that does not take into account the opportunity cost of the money being squandered by the government rather than invested in the economy…

Wow, that is not much bang, for alot of class envy revenge.

Whatever, if these guys really think the government is more efficient than they are at making sound financial decisions I have no idea how they became rich in the first place. No wonder they feel guilty, it’s probably stolen money.

petunia on April 13, 2011 at 10:40 PM

If you don’t have a better way to spend your money than giving it to the most wasteful mechanism known to man (government), then you don’t deserve your money anyway and should indeed give it to anyone right now.

bagoh20 on April 13, 2011 at 10:41 PM

Want to throw some ice water on this ‘movement’? Change the subject to a tax on their Family Trust loophole.

slickwillie2001 on April 13, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Blasphme! That’s my retirement don’t you touch it!

I’m serious.

petunia on April 13, 2011 at 10:43 PM

Why stop at an income tax rate of 100%? I suggest taking all of their assets (that they obviously stole from the poor), and I demand a return of the guill0tine.

Vashta.Nerada on April 13, 2011 at 10:54 PM

you gotta admit it is pretty funny seeing a Soros guy being interviewed on Russia Today by a guy wear a cheap Soviet era suit

I hope Johnson had charity in his heart and gave him some money for a nice suit

r keller on April 13, 2011 at 10:58 PM

https://www.pay.gov/paygov/forms/formInstance.html?agencyFormId=23779454

There you Millionaires who think you have too much money go.

The US Treasury Donation Website.

Feel free to pour as much of YOUR liberal millions into the liberal money hole as you want.

Jones Zemkophill on April 13, 2011 at 11:28 PM

What’s stopping these people from cutting the government a check?
Jerkoffs.
Metro on April 13, 2011 at 9:45 PM

I would also like to see their tax returns, 2002 to present.
I want to know if they took advantage of the Bush tax cuts, do they actually “walk the walk” or are they as I suspect complete and utter frauds?

DSchoen on April 13, 2011 at 11:50 PM

Want to throw some ice water on this ‘movement’? Change the subject to a tax on their Family Trust loophole.

slickwillie2001 on April 13, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Bingo. Let’s start sucking some of that sweet, sweet Old Trust Fund money out of the Rockefeller and Kennedy trusts. It will be fun as hell to see these imbeciles scrambling when the economy worsens and they are getting hammered at both ends.

Jaibones on April 13, 2011 at 11:55 PM

The US Treasury Donation Website.
Feel free to pour as much of YOUR liberal millions into the liberal money hole as you want.
Jones Zemkophill on April 13, 2011 at 11:28 PM

Good idea!
We could even give them some sort of “ribbon” to wear so they can pat themselves on the head!

DSchoen on April 13, 2011 at 11:56 PM

Thuggery sure must be pay’n good… It’s so nice being Mugged by crooks in suits

roflmao

donabernathy on April 14, 2011 at 12:08 AM

You know I do not feel anymore patriotic after writing a six figure check today to the federal government. None whatsoever!

Frankly…I am quite pissed about it.

WashJeff on April 14, 2011 at 12:31 AM

So let’s get on with it: Hike those top brackets up to 100 percent — not 39.6 or even 50 — and let’s watch those tens of trillions in unfunded liabilities disappear. Start seizing yachts if you have to. Let the left, the “ideas” movement, have its moment of unbridled resentment-driven class-warfare joy, and then they can explain to the rest of the public why the books still aren’t balanced. Good news, millionaires (and non-millionaires making $250,000 a year or more): You now qualify as super patriots.

Who is John Galt Allahpundit?

nukemhill on April 14, 2011 at 2:55 AM

Un-freakin’-believable!!!

CA/Hollywood liberals “offering” to pay more taxes in “representation” of the rich community. Why don’t these people just each make a check for all their money to the Treasury if they are so desperate to help? Why do they always stop at requesting the government to take it from them? Because they don’t want to do it. They want others to do it. Also, because many of these “rich” don’t have income (or little of it) with most of their money coming from stocks, dividends, and such, not as taxable as income.

We need to start offmypocketandintoyours.com, organize, get signatures from people, and send each of these idiots a letter to “shut up and put up” and the forms for a direct contribution to the FED. Let’s start uncovering the hypocrisy of these socialists that probably don’t even have their money deposited within the US and let the world see that their so called altruism doesn’t go beyond the mouth.

ptcamn on April 14, 2011 at 3:16 AM

Ohplease ohplease ohplease, target Streisand, Spielberg, Lucas and Cameron. Hit ‘em hard!

ProudPalinFan on April 14, 2011 at 7:13 AM

No surprise here. Just look at how many subgroups are affiliated with this site. Look at the different boards and you will see familiar faces. These people are gross.

gatorfanatic on April 14, 2011 at 7:44 AM

The thing is, these people have their money and have it invested in tax shelters, etc. and will never pay those huge taxes. It is the people who are just starting to “make it” who will see their money taken so that they can never actually get there.

The people who are rich already aren’t necessarily making huge salaries usually – and even if they are, that is not where their real wealth is.

So, this will instead kill off small businesses and people who are just starting to make a combined income of $250k. They will never be able to take that money and invest it the way the “patriotic rich” did. They will never be able to grow their small businesses.

For instance, a young couple in their early thirties might make close to the magic amount. With school loans, child care, and a mortgage, they won’t have a ton left over for investment. If the Gov’t taxes everything they make above the magic number, they will never be able to amass any wealth. What then of the american dream?

If these “patriotic rich” were serious, they would give over 90% of their own wealth to teh gov’t. All of their tax shelter investments and trust funds. Then I’ll take them seriously. I’m all for taking away the Kennedy’s trust funds, John Edwards illicit money, George Soros’ money, etc. Let them all donate their wealth to the gov’t – lead by example. Until then, shut up and go away.

Monkeytoe on April 14, 2011 at 7:54 AM

These “super patrior” millionaires also support charities, but gosh golley, why should they contribute unless EVERYONE is forced to contribute?

olesparkie on April 14, 2011 at 8:09 AM

I think the Ways and Means Committee should propose a tax increase on liberals/Dems in certain industries like entertainment, sports, education, unions, etc. They like to talk about raising taxes on the rich and they like targeted taxes, so let’s target them – and see how much they squeal like stuck pigs about how they are not the rich!

Maybe then they will shut up about this nonsense.

Sporty1946 on April 14, 2011 at 8:09 AM

Someone should point out to these “super patriots” morons that they can pay more in taxes by classifying all of their earnings and cap gains as ordinary income on their tax return and take zero deductions.

David in ATL on April 14, 2011 at 8:21 AM

Someone should point out to these “super patriots” morons that they can pay more in taxes by classifying all of their earnings and cap gains as ordinary income on their tax return and take zero deductions.

Or just send all their income in to the IRS. There is no provision mandating you pay only the minimum tax.
They, evidently, are too stupid to have it anyway.

gonnjos on April 14, 2011 at 8:27 AM

The Millionaires—a group that includes producer and director Doug Liman, actress Edie Falco, the founder of Ask.com, and top Google engineers—wrote that the United States has helped them succeed financially, and they are willing to help the country do the same.

Anyone out there know if film schlockmeister Michael “The Rich And Wealthy Are OUR Natural Resource!” Moore’s name happens to be on this list?

pilamaye on April 14, 2011 at 9:01 AM

This is such a disingenuous argument. If this man feels he should be taxed more he can write a check, in any amount he wishes, to the US Treasury. However, like most libs, they enjoy spending other people’s money.

Wills on April 14, 2011 at 9:06 AM

Has anyone ever asked these “super patriots” how much they donate to the Treasury on a volunteer basis? And since that is always their option why hasn’t it helped the debt already?

katiejane on April 14, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Do you take deductions and adjustments to income?

You are free to file the short form and pay on the gross, not the net.

Wander on April 14, 2011 at 9:45 AM

After you have taxed the rich back to middle class, where do you go next time when the problem (spending) has not been fixed?

Wander on April 14, 2011 at 9:47 AM

the “income tax” was originally to target the wealthy who derived “income” from stocks, bonds, investments and sales. That was the original definition of “income”, then Congress and the IRS altered it to included “wages”, that were previously not considered income as it was an “exchanged” of labor for money, not “income” from investments. Now it seems that the President and Congress would like to take it a little further and exempt from taxes the original base and take it all from the working stiff trying to make something for himself and family. The rich don’t want to share their way of life, they don’t want “hard workers” dirtying their classes with the newly working rich, so let’s tax the shit out of them with new IRS rulings where they are exempt and we, the working, pay the tab. I am not for soaking the rich, but I don’t want to be kept from making a decent earning because I can’t hide my wages (now income). Flat Tax is the only fair way to run things, that and defund unconstitutional government agencies and czars.

rgranger on April 14, 2011 at 9:55 AM

The offer for this “patriotic rich” to pay more taxes is a false flag, they will not pay more, because as I stated above the definition of income has changed so much, that even if they pay 90% on their income, it is so sheltered that they would still be paying much less than “We the People” that work for a living would ever pay.

rgranger on April 14, 2011 at 9:57 AM

We live in a free country; so free that these “patriotic millionaires” can whip out their checkbooks at any time and write a big fat one to the U.S. Treasury.

I dare them.

redfoxbluestate on April 14, 2011 at 10:26 AM

What’s stopping these people from cutting the government a check?

Jerkoffs.

Metro on April 13, 2011 at 9:45 PM

The socialists won’t even pay the tax they owe, never mind an increase. Look at John Kerry, Geitner and half FailedWon’s administration!

The wealthy who do pay will flee to more comfortable surroundings and flip Failbama the bird. As well they should.

dogsoldier on April 14, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Maybe they don’t think it counts unless they are compelled to give the money. Or, more likely, these poor sheeple won’t do anything unless “everyone else is doing it”.

Cindy Munford on April 14, 2011 at 10:30 AM

I notice there is no place to contact these people except to sign onto to their little list. We need an email address.

Cindy Munford on April 14, 2011 at 10:33 AM

What’s stopping these people from cutting the government a check?

Jerkoffs.

Metro on April 13, 2011 at 9:45 PM

I went to their website to ask them just that. But there was no place to leave a message. Wonder why?

abcurtis on April 14, 2011 at 11:57 AM

It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.
Samuel Adams

ColdWarrior57 on April 14, 2011 at 12:26 PM

What’s stopping these people from cutting the government a check?

Jerkoffs.

Metro on April 13, 2011 at 9:45 PM

EXACTLY!!

Khun Joe on April 14, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Oh here’s a novel concept, instead of paying more taxes why not put some unemployed to work. Instead of giving your money to the Government give it to the unemployed in the form of JOBS. Oh but if you are running a business that may mean that you’ll actually make money on the money you use to hire more people. And of couse those people you hire will, get this, pay taxes. It’s it wonderful how Capitalism works.

RonAck on April 14, 2011 at 3:17 PM

So the really question is, just how much do these millionares, pay in taxes right now? Can’t be much if they feel they can shell out some more. I know my Grandmother is a millionare (just a few millions but, still in the club) she paid out over $700,000 in taxes last year and was NONE to happy about that. So just HOW MANY tax breaks are these people getting?

TturnP on April 14, 2011 at 4:09 PM

why don’t these millionaires start a foundation that takes some of the burden off of the government, that way they can REALLY do us ALL a favor.

TturnP on April 14, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Why does this idiot have to have big brother “tax” him. Just write thee government a check. Leave the rest of us alone.

JustJP on April 14, 2011 at 4:15 PM

These people are allowed to give to any charity or parasite they wish. When they propose using guns to extract from the producers to give to the immoral left. they go beyond wrong to evil.

proconstitution on April 14, 2011 at 9:14 PM