Great news: The “fair share” administration owes over $800,000 in back taxes

posted at 9:50 am on January 26, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

We heard a lot on Tuesday night from President Obama about the wealthy paying their “fair share” in his State of the Union speech.  (Well, you heard it a lot; I read the speech and then commenced to have a life on Tuesday night.)  Obama made half a dozen references to fairness in relation to taxes in the address, including taking a shot at Congress:

But in return, we need to change our tax code so that people like me, and an awful lot of members of Congress, pay our fair share of taxes.

Just like with charity, perhaps fairness should start at home:

From postal workers to congressional staffers, federal workers failed to pay billions in taxes in 2010. According to records released by the Internal Revenue Service, active and retired federal employees and military personnel combined owed $3,420,168,684 in unpaid taxes for 2010, an increase of more than 3 percent over the previous year.

As has been the case in past years, the agency with employees who owe the most in unpaid taxes is the U.S. Postal Service, where 25,640 employees owe nearly $270 million. Employees in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives owe more the $10 million. Active duty military owe more than $100 million.

What WTOP doesn’t mention except in a chart is what the White House itself owes.  That comes to $833,970, or twice what the President makes in a year.  Andrew Malcolm catches that, though, and notes that Obama’s staff can’t exactly claim poverty, either:

A new report just out from the Internal Revenue Service reveals that 36 of President Obama’s executive office staff owe the country $833,970 in back taxes. These people working for Mr. Fair Share apparently haven’t paid any share, let alone their fair share.

Previous reports have shown how well-paid Obama’s White House staff is, with 457 aides pulling down more than $37 million last year. That’s up seven workers and nearly $4 million from the Bush administration’s last year.

Nearly one-third of Obama’s aides make more than $100,000 with 21 being paid the top White House salary of $172,200, each.

The IRS’ 2010 delinquent tax revelations come as part of a required annual agency report on federal employees’ tax compliance. Turns out, an awful lot of folks being paid by taxpayers are not paying their own income taxes.

Divide the amount of delinquency by 36 and it comes to an impressive $23,165.  If the average household making $50,000 pays an effective income tax rate of 20%, that comes to more than twice what the average annual household owes per year.

Perhaps Obama should focus less on castigating others for paying exactly what current law says they should, and focus more on getting his own White House in order on paying their current “fair share.”


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Turbo Tax. I swear.

BobMbx on January 26, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Sounds like a case for a beefed up IRS and more stringent tax cheat penalties. Thanks Ed!

libfreeordie on January 26, 2012 at 9:54 AM

A new report just out from the Internal Revenue Service reveals that 36 of President Obama’s executive office staff owe the country $833,970 in back taxes. These people working for Mr. Fair Share apparently haven’t paid any share, let alone their fair share.

Previous reports have shown how well-paid Obama’s White House staff is, with 457 aides pulling down more than $37 million last year. That’s up seven workers and nearly $4 million from the Bush administration’s last year.

Nearly one-third of Obama’s aides make more than $100,000 with 21 being paid the top White House salary of $172,200, each.

Change.

visions on January 26, 2012 at 9:57 AM

How come none of their 1% pay their taxes?

KOOLAID2 on January 26, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Fair share for thee but not for me

My conscious wouldn’t let me avoid paying taxes

How do these folks live with themselves

Seriously

Love turbotax

cmsinaz on January 26, 2012 at 9:58 AM

El Presidente Downgrade and his minions don’t pay taxes – it’s up to them to spend Other people’s money.

Don’t you know that?

Chip on January 26, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Obama admin. look at themselves….perish the thought. lol

Thanks Ed. Of course, the media will overlook this stat!

CoffeeLover on January 26, 2012 at 10:01 AM

This was the lead news item on CNN today.

/ (really, do I need to?)

mikec3 on January 26, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Everyone has a right to free Turbo Tax.

GeorgieGirl9 on January 26, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Crickets for sure chirping

cmsinaz on January 26, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Wesley Snipes’ biggest tactical problem – not accepting that post in the Obama administration.

mikec3 on January 26, 2012 at 10:05 AM

I’d say $800,000 is my fair share. Send it to me.

The Rogue Tomato on January 26, 2012 at 10:05 AM

libfreeordie on January 26, 2012 at 9:54 AM

You want to grow government as your solution, especially the one agency that you are guilty until proven innocent. You need to change your moniker to Libinslaveryordie.

chemman on January 26, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Democrats PASS taxes, they don’t pay them. Just ask the Kennedy’s, Rangel, Buffet, Kerry……………

GarandFan on January 26, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Sounds like a case for a beefed up IRS and more stringent tax cheat penalties. Thanks Ed!

libfreeordie on January 26, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Let’s start with the Barack; head of the Downgrade Administration himself so he can lead by example for once.

Perhaps Later on, we can add tax evasion to all his potential impeachment charges – it’ll look like the Milwaukee phone book by the time we’re done.

Chip on January 26, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Apparently the gangly stuttering failure known as Earflaps McSandTraps has a very interesting concept of “fair share” when actually paying taxes is involved.

From turbo timmy down (and that’s really not all that far down), these people openly scoff at the law.

And you can bet hard cash none of the tax cheats in question will pay a penny of penalty and interest, unlike us regular janes and joes.

Upholding and protecting the constitution, the soetero way!

GrassMudHorsey on January 26, 2012 at 10:09 AM

I’m sure Obama will solve this problem with a Fair Share Czar (who will, of course, make these back taxes magically disappear.)

pookysgirl on January 26, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Sad thing is, most voters will never even be aware of this, or the myriad of other blatant violations and bald-faced lies these bozos foist upon all of us. The only stories they see or hear about are those “uplifting” speeches by Teh One…..

Tim Zank on January 26, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Sounds like a case for a beefed up IRS and more stringent tax cheat penalties. Thanks Ed!

libfreeordie on January 26, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Actually, IRS efforts to collect back taxes have skyrocketed over the past decade.

F-

Del Dolemonte on January 26, 2012 at 10:11 AM

That’s why the finger-pointing is so vigorous: to direct attention elsewhere. Like how Rahmbo tells us that campaigns are about the future–it’s not about what we haven’t done …

stukinIL4now on January 26, 2012 at 10:11 AM

You mean still………………………………!!
=====================================================

Meanwhile…back at the White House…..
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41 Obama White House aides owe the IRS $831,000 in back taxes — and they’re not alone
September 10,2010
*******************

Over the years a lot of suspicion has built up across the country about Washington and its population of opportunistic transients coming to see themselves as a special kind of person, somehow above average working Americans who don’t labor down in that monument-strewn former swamp.

Well, finally, an end to all those undocumented doubts. Thanks to some diligent digging by the Washington Post, those suspicions can at last be put to rest.

They’re correct. Accurate. Dead-on. Laser-guided. On target. Bingo-bango. As clear as it’s always seemed to those Americans who don’t feel special entitlements and do meet their government obligations.

We now know that federal employees across the nation owe fully $1 billion in back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service.

As in, 1,000 times one million dollars. All this political jabber about giving middle-class …

… Americans a tax cut. Thousands of feds have been giving themselves one all along — unofficially. And these tax scofflaws include more than three dozen folks who work for the president with that newly decorated Oval Office.
The Post’s T.W. Farnum did some research and found that out of the total sum, just 638 workers on Capitol Hill owe the IRS $9.3 million in back taxes. As in, overdue. The IRS gets stiffed by the legislative body that controls its budget. How Washington works.

Now, back taxes have been a problem for the Obama-Biden administration. You may recall early on that Tom Daschle was the president’s top pick to run the Health and Human Services Department. But it turned out the former Democratic senator, who was un-elected from South Dakota in 2004, owed something like $120,000 to the IRS for things from his subsequent benefactor that he just forgot to pay taxes on. You know how that is. $120G’s here or there. So he dropped out.

And then we learned this guy Timothy Geithner owed something like $42,000 in back taxes and penalties to the IRS, which is one of the agencies that he’d be in charge of as secretary of the Treasury. The fine fellow who’s supposed to know about handling everyone else’s money. In the end this was excused by Washington’s bipartisan CYA culture as one of those inadvertent accidental oversights that somehow never seem to happen on the side of paying too much taxes.
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http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2010/09/congress-taxes-irs.html

canopfor on February 24, 2011 at 7:43 PM

canopfor on January 26, 2012 at 10:11 AM

I’m sure the major media outfits will be all over this story …

… just as soon as it happens in the next GOP administration.

Seriously, for federal employees, why can’t there be a zero tolerance policy for tax deadbeats? You get a tax bill, pay it or be fired.

jwolf on January 26, 2012 at 10:11 AM

the “seperate but equal” administration.

taxes, what taxes?

healthcare,nothing but the best lifetime care for them and their families. Let the common rabble enjoy the benefits of obamacare and the state pools.

pensions.. why of course we need a seperate defined benefit pension fund that’s not intermingled with social security. what nonsense would that be to be lumped into that ponzi scheme.

let them all eat cake…. time for another month long vacay at some 5 star resort with 400 of our closest friends and advisors.

acyl72 on January 26, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Oh Community Organization Mirror on the Union Wall…

…..who,is the most Fair of Fairest,of all…….
(sarc)

canopfor on January 26, 2012 at 10:14 AM

I suggest Hot Air stop wasting their resources with all these posts pointing out hypocrisy by the Obama administration and the Democrats. Until the MSM run with any of these, they are completely useless; and make no mistake, the MSM will not shed any meaningful light on these stories.

Aplombed on January 26, 2012 at 10:15 AM

O.T. There has been quite a fun drama playing out in Georgia regarding Obama’s eligibility to be on the ballot. Obama’s motion to quash was denied and he was ordered to appear at a hearing this morning. I have no idea what is going on in the courtroom, but yesterday Obama’s attorney notified the Ga. Sec. of State than neither he nor Obama would appear. Last night the Sec. Kemp responded that they refused to appear at Obama’s peril. I doubt it will go anywhere, but it’s fun to watch. I doubt the judge will appreciate being told Obama was too busy because he had to play golf.

Stayright on January 26, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Perhaps Obama should focus less on castigating others for paying exactly what current law says they should, and focus more on getting his own White House in order on paying their current “fair share.” – Ed

A noble gesture indeed.
Which is why it will never happen.

“One way to make sure crime doesn’t pay would be to let the government run it.” – Ronald Reagan

Prescient and historically correct – every time Leftists control our government.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 26, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Good memory Canopfor

cmsinaz on January 26, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Once Obama becomes King, we’ll all just pay our tributes directly to His Majesty.

search4truth on January 26, 2012 at 10:19 AM

It’s time to hit back at hypocrisy. If Buffett and Obama want to pay more, who is stopping them? If they believe they are not paying their “fair” shares than pay more. Let’s trot out the charitable giving statistics which show how much more conservatives give than liberals. The numbers are out there. Take back this argument for our side. And what about the 50% who pay nothing in taxes? What is their fair share for all the benefits they are getting? Why not talk about that statistic and how the tax system is already equitable. Talk about how the !5% capital gains tax is on top of a higher corporate tax and how investments are risks and can be lost completely. That is the justification for the lower percentage. Geez, this should be our issue, not the libs’ issue. Occupy it and own it conservatives, c’mon!

Incredulous1 on January 26, 2012 at 10:19 AM

+100 jwolf

cmsinaz on January 26, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Ya know,I’m not a Political Rocket Scientist,

but,I would hammer home the point,make TV Ads,put BillBoards up,
and any other diabolic means,to let America TaxPayers know that
President Hopey/Changey,….

….needs to Lead By Example!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on January 26, 2012 at 10:19 AM

As usual Ed, very nice take-down of the One’s hypocrisy! I’m sure these very same staffers were right there cheering their boss on Tuesday as he was delivering this crap sandwich!

GeorgiaBuckeye on January 26, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Good memory Canopfor

cmsinaz on January 26, 2012 at 10:18 AM

cmsinaz:Good Gawd,boy,do they think they are above the law!

But,then again,there in charge,one phone call,and
done!:)

canopfor on January 26, 2012 at 10:22 AM

With $800,000 you could:
- Send 30 kids to the same school Obama’s kids go to.
- Employ 5 teachers in IL for one year (10 teachers in WI).

WashJeff on January 26, 2012 at 10:22 AM

I owe, I owe
So off to work I go.

timberline on January 26, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Earflaps McSandTraps

GrassMudHorsey on January 26, 2012 at 10:09 AM

You coined it first.

VibrioCocci on January 26, 2012 at 10:25 AM

O.T. There has been quite a fun drama playing out in Georgia regarding Obama’s eligibility to be on the ballot. Obama’s motion to quash was denied and he was ordered to appear at a hearing this morning. I have no idea what is going on in the courtroom, but yesterday Obama’s attorney notified the Ga. Sec. of State than neither he nor Obama would appear. Last night the Sec. Kemp responded that they refused to appear at Obama’s peril. I doubt it will go anywhere, but it’s fun to watch. I doubt the judge will appreciate being told Obama was too busy because he had to play golf.

Stayright on January 26, 2012 at 10:18 AM

His Campaign Schedule today:

10 a.m. Obama delivers remarks at UPS Las Vegas South about the importance of American workers developing American-made energy to an economy that’s built to last

12:05 p.m. Obama departs Las Vegas en route Buckley Air Force Base

2:35 p.m. Obama arrives Buckley Air Force Base

3:30 p.m. Obama delivers remarks at Buckley Air Force Base on American energy and the steps the Administration is taking to promote energy security

4:15 p.m. Obama departs Buckley Air Force Base en route Detroit, MI

8:30 p.m. Obama arrives Detroit, MI

Del Dolemonte on January 26, 2012 at 10:27 AM

But in return, we need to change our tax code so that people like me, and an awful lot of members of Congress, pay our fair share of taxes.

I’d rather that Barky and his lunatic junta were held liable to the laws of the land. A nice new collection of orange jumpsuits for them would be the requirement to even start to bring “fairness” back to America.

Sadly, the only possible defenders of America that we have to rely on are the cowardly GOP dipsh#ts who are scared to death to enforce any American law on any lefties.

On the bright side, the Indonesian Imbecile has ignored a court order to defend his non-natural born citizenship, since he loves to throw in America’s face how feckless this nation is (as we can’t even get a sworn enemy of our nation, our institutions and our culture who is ineligible out of the office he illegally slimed into) to try and beat us further into the submission he was raised to pursue.

America is sick. Very, very sick. Terminally ill.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 26, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Well naturally when Obummer says the rich need to pay more, he’s not talking about himself or any of his criminal cronies. They’re special – the laws don’t apply to them… /s

dentarthurdent on January 26, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Add this amount to mister “tax me more” Buffet,whose lawyers are still fighting the IRS over roughly $1 BILLION worth of back taxes for 10 years….
Ya – easy to say “tax me more” when you don’t even pay the taxes you already owe.

dentarthurdent on January 26, 2012 at 10:30 AM

I accidentally stumbled onto a CNN report yesterday, where the talking head was showing, with a pie chart, what taxing the different segments of the population would do to the national debt. As we all know, super rich taxation, barely makes an impact, the $250K bench mark loved by The Won, pretty much the same story. The thing that made the biggest impact, still not enough, was letting the Bush Tax Cuts expire. Can we hear the screaming now? That’s a very vocal group that was exempted. Oddly enough still zero talk about cutting spending. It’s just not in anyone’s lexicon.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Fair Share for Dems, libs and unions: Zippity-doo-dah

Fair Share for the rest of us: Everything nickel you’ve earned.

fogw on January 26, 2012 at 10:33 AM

O.T. There has been quite a fun drama playing out in Georgia regarding Obama’s eligibility to be on the ballot. Obama’s motion to quash was denied and he was ordered to appear at a hearing this morning. I have no idea what is going on in the courtroom, but yesterday Obama’s attorney notified the Ga. Sec. of State than neither he nor Obama would appear. Last night the Sec. Kemp responded that they refused to appear at Obama’s peril. I doubt it will go anywhere, but it’s fun to watch. I doubt the judge will appreciate being told Obama was too busy because he had to play golf.

Stayright on January 26, 2012 at 10:18 AM

His Campaign Schedule today:

10 a.m. Obama delivers remarks at UPS Las Vegas South about the importance of American workers developing American-made energy to an economy that’s built to last

12:05 p.m. Obama departs Las Vegas en route Buckley Air Force Base

2:35 p.m. Obama arrives Buckley Air Force Base

3:30 p.m. Obama delivers remarks at Buckley Air Force Base on American energy and the steps the Administration is taking to promote energy security

4:15 p.m. Obama departs Buckley Air Force Base en route Detroit, MI

8:30 p.m. Obama arrives Detroit, MI

Del Dolemonte on January 26, 2012 at 10:27 AM

In case you didn’t realize it, the golf line was a joke. As I said, I doubt it will go anywhere, but it is nice to know some patriots are trying to make him sweat a little.

Stayright on January 26, 2012 at 10:36 AM

I owe, I owe They owe, they owe..
So off to work I go.

timberline on January 26, 2012 at 10:23 AM

..FIFY.

The War Planner on January 26, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Seriously, why does anyone bother to work in this country anymore? We’re quickly approaching the failed utopia that is Sweden. Everyone sits on their ass and waits for the govt to tell them what to do with their handouts. Is that what we want? Come on.

NapaConservative on January 26, 2012 at 10:37 AM

It is for the Enlightened Ones to scold us and punish us for success.
What they do with their own gains is their business.
The persistent Liberal behavior is to dictate other people’s behavior.
Thank God they are so brilliant.

Kenosha Kid on January 26, 2012 at 10:41 AM

12:05 p.m. Obama departs Las Vegas en route Buckley Air Force Base

2:35 p.m. Obama arrives Buckley Air Force Base

3:30 p.m. Obama delivers remarks at Buckley Air Force Base on American energy and the steps the Administration is taking to promote energy security

4:15 p.m. Obama departs Buckley Air Force Base en route Detroit, MI

8:30 p.m. Obama arrives Detroit, MI

Del Dolemonte on January 26, 2012 at 10:27 AM

..as Del will attest, there’s a page on the WH site that posts the POTUS’s daily schedule and it often looks like this. Back during the oil spill — after about day 90 or something — I Hoovered it up for that period and was shocked (shocked, I tell you!) to see that this ear-waggling, purple-lip-flapping, AZ-gov-haranguing piece of mule fecal matter actually did absolutely expect travel and golf and sling bullsh!t.

The War Planner on January 26, 2012 at 10:42 AM

8:30 p.m. Obama arrives Detroit, MI

Del Dolemonte on January 26, 2012

Where his “people” are lining up for a piece of his “stash”.

Blech
Ann Arbor? Puhleeeeeze. Just another left-wing college town that discriminates.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 26, 2012 at 10:43 AM

O/T
=====

US Department of Justice, Virginia enter $2 billion settlement on disabled housing
28 mins ago from http://www.necn.com

US new home sales slide 2.2% to an annual rate of 307,000 in December, government says
32 mins ago
http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on January 26, 2012 at 10:38 AM

canopfor on January 26, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Sounds like a case for a beefed up IRS and more stringent tax cheat penalties.
libfreeordie on January 26, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Sounds like a case a for flat tax payroll deduction and send all the IRS agents over to Medicare to investigate fraud.

Mr_Magoo on January 26, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Sounds like a case for a beefed up IRS and more stringent tax cheat penalties. Thanks Ed!

libfreeordie on January 26, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Tax deadbeats, you say? Sure! Let’s get ‘em!

Starting with your President and his cronies.

Lead from the front, right?

Good Lt on January 26, 2012 at 10:49 AM

But, but, but… Actually paying taxes is for us little people. Our betters can’t be bothered with such mundane tasks – they are far too busy for that.

climbnjump on January 26, 2012 at 10:49 AM

SARAH
Are you seeing this, gov Perry? One of you have Newts email. Please make note of the this!

angrymike on January 26, 2012 at 10:54 AM

O.T. There has been quite a fun drama playing out in Georgia regarding Obama’s eligibility to be on the ballot. Obama’s motion to quash was denied and he was ordered to appear at a hearing this morning. I have no idea what is going on in the courtroom, but yesterday Obama’s attorney notified the Ga. Sec. of State than neither he nor Obama would appear. Last night the Sec. Kemp responded that they refused to appear at Obama’s peril. I doubt it will go anywhere, but it’s fun to watch. I doubt the judge will appreciate being told Obama was too busy because he had to play golf.

Stayright on January 26, 2012 at 10:18 AM

His Campaign Schedule today:

10 a.m. Obama delivers remarks at UPS Las Vegas South about the importance of American workers developing American-made energy to an economy that’s built to last

12:05 p.m. Obama departs Las Vegas en route Buckley Air Force Base

2:35 p.m. Obama arrives Buckley Air Force Base

3:30 p.m. Obama delivers remarks at Buckley Air Force Base on American energy and the steps the Administration is taking to promote energy security

4:15 p.m. Obama departs Buckley Air Force Base en route Detroit, MI

8:30 p.m. Obama arrives Detroit, MI

Del Dolemonte on January 26, 2012 at 10:27 AM

In case you didn’t realize it, the golf line was a joke. As I said, I doubt it will go anywhere, but it is nice to know some patriots are trying to make him sweat a little.

Stayright on January 26, 2012 at 10:36 AM

I found a thread on Freerepublic with comments from people who are watching the livestream from the courtroom. It sounds likey they are getting all sorts of information on the record pertaining to Obama’s use of a quesitonable social security number, questionable birth certificate, non-citizen father, mother’s passport records with Obama using a different name, etc. I’m surprised they have been allowed to present all of that. Since Obama has not put up any defense, the judge may have no choice but to rule for the plaintfiff and keep him off the GA. ballot. Obama’s attorneys would then appeal of course. This is an administrative court, so I’m not sure where the appeal would be heard.

I think Obama’s people have a plan to smash this uprising, but I love the fighting spirit. I love that there are still patriots who dare to dream they could take down the sitting president by forcing him to follow our law.

Stayright on January 26, 2012 at 10:56 AM

I want a detailed accounting of everyone at the WH that owes back taxes and how much! This will never make it to the New York Times, but if we can get the perpetrators in the open, someone will report on them. His “Nibs” needs to be informed that “his people” aren’t paying their “fair share”!

Boats48 on January 26, 2012 at 11:07 AM

“You coined it first.

VibrioCocci on January 26, 2012 at 10:25 AM”

Huh- thought a dude over on Ace o’ Spades said it first. Go figger.

GrassMudHorsey on January 26, 2012 at 11:14 AM

We are way overdue for repealing the 16th amendment and going to a flat fair tax.

Bmore on January 26, 2012 at 11:26 AM

We could probably balance the budget if democrats would pay their “fair share” of taxes. As usual, democrats always expect others to carry their weight.

BruthaMan on January 26, 2012 at 11:27 AM

And of course the news out today that Warren Buffett’s secretary, the poor woman trotted out next to her highness on Tuesday, pulls down something like $350K a year while her boss only pays himself a salary of $100K. So of course she pays more in taxes on income than her boss.

Happy Nomad on January 26, 2012 at 11:34 AM

What conservatives need to do, is use the internet as a weapon against the Democrats and their fake Obamacare successes.

Build up a website and ask the people to submit their own Obamacare stories. I’ve got two doozys myself, one from a friend’s business and one for myself. Publicize this website throughout the campaign so people can read about what this crappy bill is really doing.

tflst5 on January 26, 2012 at 11:46 AM

See, I listened to the SOTU, and I was inspired by it and converted to a position I never thought I’d adopt.

I’m now firmly convinced we need another Czar.

Yes.

A “Fairness Czar.”

The Fairness Czar’s primary charge would be deciding who pays how much in taxes.

But my powers wouldn’t be limited to just determining and collecting taxes.

I should be able to determine how those taxes are spent.

Is this a great idea?

Can I count on your support?

Brian

BLOC on January 26, 2012 at 11:59 AM

When discussing the “fair share” issue with those who disagree with me, I have found that a simple dialogue leaves them speechless.

Strike Twice on January 26, 2012 at 12:00 PM

And of course the news out today that Warren Buffett’s secretary, the poor woman trotted out next to her highness on Tuesday, pulls down something like $350K a year while her boss only pays himself a salary of $100K. So of course she pays more in taxes on income than her boss.

Happy Nomad on January 26, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Another article just posted claiming she makes $60K. If true:
1) Buffet is a sorry-a$$ boss if that’s all she makes after 20 years.
2) She’s not smart enough to own a home and take a mortgage interest write-off.
3) She can’t possibly be paying a higher tax rate than Buffet, so they’re lying – since he pays himself a $100k salary. (I make more than $60K and pay a lower tax rate than Buffet).

dentarthurdent on January 26, 2012 at 12:01 PM

….When discussing the “fair share” issue with those who disagree with me, I have found that a simple dialogue leaves them speechless.

(hit the wrong key…..now that you have been waiting with baited breath:)

me: “I contribute more to the government than you do”

them: “You make more money than I do”

me: “what does that have to do with it?”

Strike Twice on January 26, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Earflaps McSandTraps

FTW !!!!
ROFLMAO !!!!!

pambi on January 26, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Who, above all, knows from personal experience and direct observation that most tax money is wasted?

kunegetikos on January 26, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Has anyone ever considered the fact that higher taxes on “the rich” as defined by the likes of Gates and Buffet actually give them (the ultra-rich) a competitive advantage. Taxing high income earners limits small and medium business owners access to capital to re-invest into businesses, thus limiting established wealth’s competition. We don’t, won’t and shouldn’t tax wealth in this country and Obama, Gates and Buffet aren’t championing a wealth tax. They are championing a higher income tax. Gates and Buffet don’t take large salaries in comparison to the wealth accumulation of their enterprises. What they offer is self-serving policy under the guise of rational altruism. Their Tax the rich strategy will effect them little or not at all. But will greatly effect the ability of any future competition to threaten them.

PleaseFlyOver on January 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Ooops, strikeout fail.

pambi on January 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Del Dolemonte on January 26, 2012 at 10:27 AM

..as Del will attest, there’s a page on the WH site that posts the POTUS’s daily schedule and it often looks like this. Back during the oil spill — after about day 90 or something — I Hoovered it up for that period and was shocked (shocked, I tell you!) to see that this ear-waggling, purple-lip-flapping, AZ-gov-haranguing piece of mule fecal matter actually did absolutely expect travel and golf and sling bullsh!t.

The War Planner on January 26, 2012 at 10:42 AM

I used “POTUS Tracker”, from the Washington Compost.

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/potus-tracker/calendar/

It has a Search feature so you can see the schedule for any date.

Del Dolemonte on January 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Basically,they concede the point, that government structure is parazitic on the private sector, they dont need to pay taxes, they net consume taxes.

anikol on January 26, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Fair share for thee but not for me

My conscious wouldn’t let me avoid paying taxes

How do these folks live with themselves

Seriously

Love turbotax

cmsinaz on January 26, 2012 at 9:58 AM

“CONSCIOUS”? You do know we’re talking about democrats, don’t you?

Alabama Infidel on January 26, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Taxes are for the little people!

jclittlep on January 26, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Pish. Forget conscious. It’s the fear of jail time that stops most americans from not paying taxes.

Only way to get out of it is to be a Democrat politican.

Book on January 26, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Probably all getting tax advice from Geithner.

sewer urchin on January 26, 2012 at 1:52 PM

D-crats love to tax you to death, then tax your death, while wasting your tax dollars on crony capitalist bonuses and bailouts, pork and socialist welfare. But, like lunatic-left liberal d-cRAT TAX CHEATS geithner, rangel, olbermann, daschle, killifer, buffett, kerry, holder, mccaskill, solis, kirk, sebelius and millions more, they hate to pay taxes, and they’ll cheat the government out of every penny they can.

So, if you don’t want to pay for this lunatic-left socialist d-cRAT trash spending, here’s the obvious solution:

Pretend you have NO INTEGRITY, NO ETHICS, NO CONSCIENCE and NO BRAINS and are a lunatic-left d-cRAT socialist (i.e., a TAX CHEAT) and then you, too, can “geithner” your taxes and won’t have to pay a penny for this d-cRAT waste of taxpayer money.

TeaPartyNation on January 26, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Taxes are for the little people.

You see the “Aura of Greatness”(TM) that emanates from his O-ness covers his folks so they don’t have to pay taxes. So, they really don’t “owe” them in any sense of the word that would apply to us.

Pablo Snooze on January 26, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Does anyone know how they get paid without withholding all the money they owe in the White House? everyone else has to figure it out for their employees under pain of death and figure out the Social Security and the Medicare, and pay the unemployment taxes, and pay the business taxes, and the quarterly taxes…etc.

Why isn’t this taken out? Why doesn’t Obama sit down with his offenders and set up a payment plan on their W-4? For the same reason these people don’t give a fair share to charity either :Because they think they are above it all.

I am with the writer above, Mr. Fair Share should fix this immediately so his people are paying the fair share they owe from last year too.

Fleuries on January 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Lest we forget about those white house salary increases

The Ugly American on January 26, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Oh …and one wonders if these same federal workers will be eligible for the proposed salary increase

The Ugly American on January 26, 2012 at 5:00 PM

I believe the original poster and subsequent posters mean “conscience” not “concious.”

RedHotinNJ on January 26, 2012 at 5:24 PM

I suggest Hot Air stop wasting their resources with all these posts pointing out hypocrisy by the Obama administration and the Democrats. Until the MSM run with any of these, they are completely useless; and make no mistake, the MSM will not shed any meaningful light on these stories.

Aplombed on January 26, 2012 at 10:15 AM

No! Keep those examples of lies and hypocrisy coming.

I hope one or all of them of the candidates bring it up tonight. Who cares what stupid question is asked. C’mon candidates, bring up bailouts, delinquent taxes, no budget in how many days, bring it up whether they are asked about it or not. Use the microphone in front of you and do something to save this country.

jazzuscounty on January 26, 2012 at 5:36 PM

You know, this reminds me of a funny thing. Many folks like to take care of their taxes on their own, using various software in many instances. I am no different, and I use probably the same version of TurboTax that ol’ Timmy Geithner used when he was, shall we say, in error.

I didn’t have the same problem of being $35k in arrears when I did it…..anybody else fail to have the same problem with the flawed software?

DrScottMD on January 26, 2012 at 6:22 PM