Dear Mr. President: Paying your fair share begins at home

Posted by: Phineas on January 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm

**Posted by Phineas

President Obama spent much of his recent State of the Union address declaring that the rich need to pay their “fair share” of taxes. (1)

Maybe he should have given that speech to his staff, first:

How embarrassing this must be for President Obama, whose major speech theme so far this campaign season has been that every single American, no matter how rich, should pay their “fair share” of taxes.

Because how unfair — indeed, un-American — it is for an office worker like, say, Warren Buffet’s secretary to dutifully pay her taxes, while some well-to-do people with better educations and higher incomes end up paying a much smaller tax rate.

Or, worse, skipping their taxes altogether.

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.

(Emphasis added)

On a scale of 1-10 on the Public Secrets Hypocrisy Meter(tm), this hits an “11.” But, coming as it does from the administration of the most cynical, fork-tongued president since Richard Nixon, it also isn’t surprising.

May I suggest that Congressman Issa’s Oversight Committee, in the moments when it isn’t digging into Operation Fast and Furious, summon these federal employees to explain to Congress why they are not obeying federal law and paying their fair share?

Meanwhile, have a look at the rest of Andrew Malcolm’s article; it seems tax evasion is a favorite sport for federal employees.

LINKS: More from Moe Lane and Hot Air.

(1) As determined by Obama and his allies, of course.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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5 Responses to “Dear Mr. President: Paying your fair share begins at home”


  1. David Christensen says:

    Certainly the New York Times, NBC, CBS, and ABC are on top of this story.:d

  2. Carlos says:

    Once again, I am happy to pay my fair share, and will be even happier when everyone pays their fair share.

    So, when do the #OWSers start paying anything? Or the rest of the nearly 50% of “taxpayers” in this country who don’t pay a plugged nickle or a red cent? Seems to me if the tax base were broadened just a bit, plus pandemic spending were reined in just a bit, that running deficits wouldn’t be a problem.

    That, and figuring a budget like normal folks do, that a slowing of the rate of increase is not an actual decrease, like the elite in D.C. want us to think.

  3. Jiji says:

    Carlos, what a fallacy raising taxes ‘would help the deficit.’ Don’t it occur to you that the politicians will just spend the increase, and not one red cent will go towards reducing the deficit.

  4. Phineas says:


    I think you missed that Carlos was being very satirical. ;)