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Posted on 09/28/2011 6:54:55 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Liberal group takes credit for audience member asking Obama to raise taxes By Alicia M. Cohn - 09/28/11 09:32 AM ET
Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength, a campaign by the progressive group The Agenda Project, on Tuesday took credit for a member of the audience who asked President Obama to raise his taxes during a town hall meeting in Silicon Valley on Monday.
Will you please raise my taxes? the man said. It kills me to see Congress not supporting the expiration of the tax cuts that have been benefiting so many of us for so long."
It was a good moment for Obama, who this month has promoted the American Jobs Act, his legislation aimed at creating jobs and cutting the deficit, at events across the country. The bill includes the Buffett Rule which is based on a plea for higher taxes from another wealthy American, billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett.
The man, who identified himself as unemployed by choice, is former Google employee Doug Edwards. He is a member of the Patriotic Millionaires, a group that has released several web videos criticizing Republican leaders for opposing tax hikes. The videos accuse GOP leadership including House Speaker John Boehner (Ohio), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) of not wanting taxes raised on the wealthy because they are wealthy themselves.
Doug and his fellow Patriotic Millionaires are pounding Washington leaders to do the right thing for the country, Erica Payne, spokesman for the Patriotic Millionaires, wrote in an email Tuesday night.
Please do the right thing for our country. Raise our taxes, the group says in an open letter to leaders posted on their website. We make this request as loyal citizens who now or in the past earned an income of $1,000,000 per year or more.
Letter signers include actress Edie Falco, Princeton Review founder John Katzman, TV producer Linda Gottlieb, and top executives from various financial firms and businesses like Google.
The group has been pushing for tax hikes on the wealthy since Obama extended former President George W. Bush's high-income tax cuts in 2010. In April, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Finance, sent the group a letter suggesting that individual members of the group interested in making voluntary contributions to pay down the national debt go to the website pay.gov in order to make a tax deductible charitable contribution.
Republicans have had a similar response to Buffett, suggesting he send in a check rather than advocate a higher tax policy.
The group responded with a letter arguing that the proposal of voluntary contributions meant letting people opt out of paying for government spending. "Some problems are too big to be solved except through collective effort and shared sacrifice, and this is one of them, the group wrote back.
The guy is Unemployed so unless he is collecting Unemployment he has no W-2 to collect taxes from.
So why dosn’t he just send the government more of his own money?
I knew he was a plant. They can’t do anything honestly. In politics, there are no coincidences.............
If he is unemployed, then he wouldn’t be classified as rich under Obama’s definition (more than $250,000 in INCOME), which means he is really asking for someone elses taxes to be raised and not his own.
Plus I knew it was all set up, no one would actually ask for their taxes to be raised, when they could simply voluntarily raise their taxes by not claiming any deductions.
The guy on that bill board is from the cover of All American Ads of the 1950’s Book.
When a liberal says this it tanslates into:
"Will you please raise everyone's taxes?"
Aside from the obvious that the guy is an idiot, one notes that among Convervatives, one can find idiots but it takes some search effort to find one. But among Liberals, it takes search effort to find one that is not.
The real Buffett Rule: (seeing as Warren Buffett is fighting a one billion dollar tax underpayment charge tooth and nail) is “Never pay more than your fair share and have high powered attornies to insure you pay less”.
That and “Kiss Obaba butt to hopefully get financial favors.” in this Govt-run down, facist style, non-free market economy.
Unemployed, so no income to be taxed?
What is this dude, some escaped mental patient or a Democrat?
“Liberal group takes credit...” That’s what terrorist groups always do after a bombing. Same thing.
Another “told you so”
Was ANYONE in the WORLD fooled by this guy? This was sooooooo transparent, it was embarrassing. Obama people are absolute fools. Obama’s peoples blind overconfidence will be their undoing. They are making all the wrong decisions, yet they think they are so “smart”, that they will not change direction. After a fifty state landslide, they will blame it on getting their message out. Not that the message is wrong, but that they just didn't communicate it well enough.
Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength?
That name alone may have me rolling on the floor in hysterics all day.
Exactly! If their consciences are bothered by the notion that they're not paying their 'fair share', there is nothing preventing them from figuring out that amount, and sending a check to the Fed. Govt to make up the different between that, and what they're paying now.
The guy asking for his taxes to be raised lives by the creed of “I got mine, not you get your-gasm”
But now we need to connect those dots all the way back to 0bama. Sure the guy was a plant but now we need to prove that 0bama knew he was a plant and called on him accordingly.