Apparently, no one at MSNBC pays taxes Update: Now with enraging video

posted at 9:01 am on April 22, 2015 by Noah Rothman

Democrats are fond of accusing Republicans of being hypocrites on a variety of issues, but particularly when it comes to tax policy. The liberal comedian Bill Maher recently claimed that Republicans expose themselves to this critique when they champion the value of hard work and perseverance while simultaneously opposing the inheritance tax.

“If the tough love of cutting off free money for the poor is the right thing to do, how can we stand by and do any less for the Conrad Hiltons of the world? They’ve never known the dignity of work either,” Maher insisted recently. “Shouldn’t we be helping by taxing inheritance at 100 percent?”

Maher seems unaware that the estate tax primarily burdens middle-class Americans and not the truly wealthy who have the wherewithal to avoid that tax by investing in trusts. But Maher’s argument wasn’t designed to appeal to logic; it was more of a tribal grunt.

But at least Maher was trying to be funny – he is, after all, a comedian. By way of contrast, the gaggle of progressive hosts on MSNBC are deadly serious when they issue the oft-repeated charge that the GOP’s pro-growth tax policy preferences are interchangeably heartless, selfish, and quite possibly racist.

“Regressive taxation & tax-avoidance & union crushing & the financial corruption of legislation has fueled inequality more than hard work,” MSNBC host Touré opined on his Twitter account in the winter of last year.

“Conservatives complain about takers but most red states get more from DC than they give ie [sic] takers,” he later remarked. “Most blue states give more than they get.”

For all his interest in altruism via tax policy, you would think he might pay his income taxes. Guess again.

“In September 2013, New York issued a state tax warrant to [Touré] Neblett and his wife, Rita Nakouzi, for $46,862.68. Six months later, the state issued an additional warrant to the couple for $12,849.87,” National Review’s Jillian Kay Melchior reported on Wednesday.

Touré shouldn’t feel too bad about his outstanding debt to Uncle Sam. It seems quite a few of his fellow liberal agitators on that network have also failed to pay their taxes.

“Last month, New York filed a $4,948.15 tax warrant against Joy-Ann Reid, who serves as managing editor of theGrio.com and until earlier this year hosted MSNBC’s The Reid Report, and her husband, Jason,” National Review’s report continued. “Reid has called taxes on the wealthy ‘a basic fairness argument,’ also arguing for ‘smart spending and smart tax increases’ to create economic growth.”

Reid and Neblett were perhaps following weekend host and Wake Forrest University Professor Melissa Harris-Perry’s example. Earlier this year, the IRS slapped Perry and her husband with a $70,000 bill for delinquent taxes from 2013. As Jazz observed, the fact that she was aware that she owed back taxes for over a year did not stop her from mocking Republicans like Sam Brownback for cutting his states personal tax burden and failing to see it result in booming economic growth.

“Filing my taxes,” Perry lamented in 2010. “Can I just say that with what I owe it is freaking miracle & an act of solidarity that I am still a Democrat?” After apparently being subjected to a whirlwind of anger from her liberal fans, Perry recanted. “Thanks tweeps for the reminders of how many of you are struggling with unemployment or underemployment. Will pay my taxes with a smile.”

But this is all small time. Politics Nation host Rev. Al Sharpton has refined the art of tax dodging to a science. “So far, every for-profit enterprise started by Al Sharpton and known to National Review Online has been shut down in at least one jurisdiction for failure to pay taxes, a review of public records in New York and Delaware reveals,” National Review reported in February.

Records show that Sharpton’s beleaguered for-profit entities often overlap and intertwine, some sharing ties with the reverend’s nonprofit organization, National Action Network. Their financial records are copious, confusing, and sometimes outright bizarre, and together, they depict persistent financial woes for Sharpton, who also personally owes New York State nearly $596,000, according to active tax warrants.

“Today, Mr. Sharpton still faces personal federal tax liens of more than $3 million, and state tax liens of $777,657, according to records,” The New York Times revealed last November. “Raw Talent and Revals Communications owe another $717,329 on state and federal tax liens.”

But according to state officials, his balance on the state liens is actually $220,000 greater now than when they were first filed during the years 2008 through 2010. A spokesman for the State Department of Taxation and Finance said state law did not allow him to provide any further details.

You would think that Sharpton would be more cautious about criticizing Republican tax policy given his own indiscretions. You would be wrong.

“He specifically talked about tax credits to the middle class. She warmed us all up with the bread bags around her feet,” Sharpton said following 2015’s State of the Union address and the Republican response delivered by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA). “He’s not talking about raising taxes for those with the bread bags, he’s talking about raising taxes for the rich. So how do you go from bread bags to defending the top 1 percent not having to pay taxes?”

The irony meter was positively shattered in 2012 when Sharpton’s network aired a promotional spot in which he decried the GOP’s tax policies as so harmful and anachronistic that they are of a piece with Jim Crow laws. “It was a time it was acceptable women couldn’t vote and blacks were in the back of the bus,” Sharpton insisted. “A lot of things were acceptable–until we stopped accepting it.”

MSNBC’s hosts would be well-served by perusing a dictionary in search of the definition of the word hypocrisy. Apparently, the network’s hosts don’t exactly practice what they preach when it comes to coughing up their due to the federal government. If anyone was tuning in to that network for the hosts’ grasp of fiscal policy or stellar ethics rather than a daily dose of confirmation bias, they might have to think twice.

UPDATE: The Washington Free Beacon’s David Rutz has assembled one of his patented super-cuts featuring the hypocrisy of MSNBC’s tax delinquents. Enjoy:


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With the exception of Sharpton. These MSNBC hosts owe under $100,000. That tells me they are not making much at MSNBC. That should not be surprising given the low ratings at that network.

Hera on April 22, 2015 at 7:52 PM

Maher seems unaware that the estate tax primarily burdens middle-class Americans and not the truly wealthy who have the wherewithal to avoid that tax by investing in trusts.

He’s probably unaware of it because it’s a ridiculous lie. Middle class americans are not leaving behind $5,000,000 inheritances.

Tlaloc on April 22, 2015 at 7:56 PM

My fair
Share of taxes
Not
Be
Coming!

RJL on April 22, 2015 at 8:14 PM

” the gaggle of progressive hosts on MSNBC are deadly serious when they issue the oft-repeated charge that the GOP’s pro-growth tax policy preferences are interchangeably heartless, selfish, and quite possibly racist.”

My maker and America made me a free man. a job that is bestowed upon each individual to make the best that is humanly possible out of our lives. So because I am a hard working, law abiding citizens that excelled in life because of MY actions, I am now a racist because no one deserves my hard earned money but myself.? Eff that! The excuse that the left uses like: Oh those people are poor because they were dealt a bad hand. Bullsh*t!. Look at how many people have turned their lives around that were born into poverty. I was born into poverty. This liberal lie pisses me off more than most anything.

F_This on April 22, 2015 at 8:53 PM

Abolish the IRS and the 16th Amendment, stop the self-imposed insanity.

Do you like jumping through tax code hoops, do you like missing 33% of your paycheck every payday, do you like hiring an accountant, do you like worrying about an audit, do you like figuring out what you can legally invest your money in every year, do you like being manipulated by the tax code?

If your answer is yes do nothing, if it is no; start voting for people who pledge to abolish the IRS and the tax code, who will support the repeal of the 16th Amendment and who support the Fair Tax.

I do not like a bloated tax code that makes the poor and middle class pay payroll taxes; that makes people trying to invest to send their kids to college or for retirement to have to hire a professional in order to jump through the code’s hoops. I do not like that the tax code is manipulated by the rich through lobbyists. I do not like making millionaires out of our politicians and lobbyists because of this tax code. I do not like increasing the power of connected corporations because of this tax code that they attempt to manipulate.
I want progress. Sound familiar.
To progress away from a corrupt system that no one can defend.

TKList on April 22, 2015 at 9:15 PM

He’s probably unaware of it because it’s a ridiculous lie. Middle class americans are not leaving behind $5,000,000 inheritances.

Tlaloc on April 22, 2015 at 7:56 PM

Unless they’re small business owners, in which case they almost certainly are, as I have pointed out many times before.

GrumpyOldFart on April 22, 2015 at 11:42 PM

He’s probably unaware of it because it’s a ridiculous lie. Middle class americans are not leaving behind $5,000,000 inheritances.

Tlaloc on April 22, 2015 at 7:56 PM

Do you have any idea how much business it takes to accumulate five million dollars worth of assets?

Or more accurately, how little?

Just when I think you can’t be any more ignorant of reality…

The Schaef on April 23, 2015 at 9:25 AM

I guess they’re only in the 3%, not the “1%” so it’s OK.

NoPain on April 23, 2015 at 10:17 AM

The Schaef on April 23, 2015 at 9:25 AM

I’m wondering if I need to go dig up tractor prices and Crossroads’ web page again.

GrumpyOldFart on April 23, 2015 at 3:06 PM

Tlaloc is, of course, a fool.

Let me tell you something, Tlaloc. Good friend of mine; older gentleman. Lives in a very modest house in a very small town. His living? A cattle rancher.

He is decidedly middle class; not rich by anyone’s imagination. He makes probably a million a year gross…. but pays out the vast, vast majority of that in expenses. And taxes. My gosh, the taxes. That’s because he owns at least 5,000 acres of land, which he and his father bought back in the 1950’s or so. Do you know how much the yearly property tax bill is? That land is in mountain terrain, and pretty much is only worth running cattle on it, maybe sheep. It’s ranch land.

Yet I’m sure it’s worth millions, technically. But it costs him tens of thousands a year, in property taxes alone.

He’s spent his whole life building it. His son in law works for him; and manages it a great amount now.

You, fool, greedy, ignorant pig, want to destroy his business. Because where in hell is a rancher going to get the millions of dollars to pay the estate taxes on his estate? They don’t make a big net.

So the business will likely be destroyed because the son in law will have to sell off thousands of acres at a loss. Do you know how many 5,000 acre parcels of contiguous land there are? This land will be destroyed for all other uses, because idiots like you think that my friend is “rich! He must be, if he has that many assets!” His assets are a money DRAIN, not productive land, except for grazing cows on it.

Tlaloc, what justification do you have for destroying this man’s life work? To give to a greedy government who will spend the money on studying lesbian sweat pheromones or something equally idiotic.

Vanceone on April 23, 2015 at 3:55 PM

I’m wondering if I need to go dig up tractor prices and Crossroads’ web page again.

GrumpyOldFart on April 23, 2015 at 3:06 PM

It might be good to do so, if only for my edification; I am not familiar with these citations.

The Schaef on April 23, 2015 at 4:44 PM

The Schaef on April 23, 2015 at 4:44 PM

It was just something I have pulled up in earlier threads, specifically the one about estate taxes, to give some context to the idea of what $5.5 million translates to.

http://hotair.com/archives/2015/04/16/finally-a-clear-explanation-of-why-the-left-loves-the-death-tax/comment-page-2/#comment-9355760

GrumpyOldFart on April 23, 2015 at 5:22 PM

Bill Maher is an idiot. Conservatives are against the inheritance tax precisely because it discourages hard work. Who would want to work hard to create a comfortable life for the next generation when in the back of one’s mind you know the government will just tax it away?

Bill Maher should stick to incoherent ramblings about religion and stop trying too hard about tax policy.

chrisbolts on April 24, 2015 at 9:26 AM

Who would want to work hard to create a comfortable life for the next generation when in the back of one’s mind you know the government will just tax it away?

chrisbolts on April 24, 2015 at 9:26 AM

Which is exactly why leftists are all for it. If the next generation doesn’t have to labor, make hard choices and possibly even demean themselves a little just to eat and keep a roof over their heads, how will leftists ever convince them of how downtrodden and put upon they are? Without ensuring a “strategic misery reserve,” how will they buy votes?

It’s the same with immigration. They want to give illegals more bennies… but we musn’t do anything to stem the flow of new illegals. There must be a large pool of people who stripped themselves of all other options to come here, and put themselves at the mercy of coyotes and cartels, and are now living here in poverty and fear of the law. We can’t make it so they could have just bought a bus ticket and would have been welcomed at the border, how would we know they will become good little statists if we did that? They might become individualists, even libertarians, like (*gasp!*) the Koch brothers! The helplessness in the face of organized crime to get here, followed by the helplessness build a *legal* existence once you get here is the most important part of the process. If they haven’t been oppressed enough, “saving” them begins to look too much like real work. So what if some of them die, more get sold into slavery and yet more become part of criminal gangs?

Once you accept the premise that “rights” are not inherent in human nature, but shorthand for an artificial construct of government-granted privilege, the rest follows perfectly logically. There is no principle so important as to even challenge, must less trump, the fundamental proposition that the central government must always have more and more power, because that power is the sole source of all advantages in life.

You didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.

GrumpyOldFart on April 24, 2015 at 10:02 AM

Fantastic examples, GOF, thank you.

The Schaef on April 24, 2015 at 12:14 PM

As further context…

http://keepingthebluesalive.org/blues-highlight-27/

That picture is of the first Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas, TX in the summer of 2004.

Crossroads Audio had the sound contract for the gig. This is hardly surprising, seeing as how 2 of the owners and the boss of the Concert Services department are Eric Clapton’s former front-of-house engineer, his former monitor engineer, and Carlos Santana’s former FoH engineer. They’re a bunch of old road dogs, and not a one of them started with money.

The picture at the top of the page is of the main stage in the Cotton Bowl. It was the largest of several, and that’s probably a little under half the gear Crossroads Audio committed to the Festival. I was hauling gear for them on that gig, which is why I can say with confidence that I have trucked around over $2 million worth of Crossroads’ gear in a truck no larger than a big U-Haul.

Note that that was 2004. 11 years later, I assume their inventory is larger, newer and correspondingly more expensive.

GrumpyOldFart on April 24, 2015 at 5:20 PM

He’s probably unaware of it because it’s a ridiculous lie. Middle class americans are not leaving behind $5,000,000 inheritances.

Tlaloc on April 22, 2015 at 7:56 PM

Apparently you never heard of “farmers”!!

There are certain businesses, including farms, which require huge assets to operate, but which do not make a lot of money for the owners…and keep them well inside the “middle class.”

Arguments about this can exist only in places where the insane try their hand at accounting…like in Congress and DNC strategy meetings.

landlines on April 25, 2015 at 9:26 PM

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