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Geithner: 'Privilege of Being an American' Is Why Rich Need Higher Taxes
Weekly Standard ^ | 2/24/12 | Daniel Halper

Posted on 02/24/2012 3:06:35 PM PST by Lmo56

"That’s the kind of balance you need," said Geithner. "Why is that the case? Because if you don't try to generate more revenues through tax reform, if you don't ask, you know, the most fortunate Americans to bear a slightly larger burden of the privilege of being an American, then you have to -- the only way to achieve fiscal sustainability is through unacceptably deep cuts in benefits for middle class seniors, or unacceptably deep cuts in national security."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government
KEYWORDS: geithner; rich; taxes
The above is the quote from the video ...
1 posted on 02/24/2012 3:06:45 PM PST by Lmo56
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To: Lmo56

Since these $hitHeads are so Globally Minded, how about making the not so wealthy by American Standards, but damn rich by global standards pay their fair share?


2 posted on 02/24/2012 3:12:31 PM PST by Chgogal (WSJ, Kristol, Krauthammer, Rove et al., STFU. Thank you.)
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To: Lmo56

And why do only the “wealthy” have to pay for the “privilege”?

I hate these people.

If people want to vote for spending taxpayer money they first MUST BE TAXPAYERS! Voting to spend someone else’s money is immoral to the core.


3 posted on 02/24/2012 3:15:46 PM PST by DB
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To: Lmo56

Does that mean that if you’re not rich, you aren’t privileged to be an American?

What a pot of crock!


4 posted on 02/24/2012 3:18:12 PM PST by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Lmo56

Cut the fricken spending!!


5 posted on 02/24/2012 3:20:12 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is not just brewing, rebellion is here!!)
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To: Lmo56

No —the entire US welfare state is more or less set up on behalf of Mexicans:

Go into any welfare office —something VERY few freepers have ever done— and you will IMMEDIATELY see that this is true.

It’s a muuuuch bigger problem than you’d think, even after all your time on FR.

Cuts to middle-class Seniors? Oh, right, please. He just can’t say the truth, because the truth is a total outrage.


6 posted on 02/24/2012 3:22:01 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Chgogal
Since these $hitHeads are so Globally Minded, how about making the not so wealthy by American Standards, but damn rich by global standards pay their fair share?

EVERYONE should pay an income tax - smaller percentages for smaller wages, larger percentages for larger ones.

Say - 5% up to $10K, 10% from $10K to $30K, 15% from $30K to $60K, 20% thereafter.

7 posted on 02/24/2012 3:26:52 PM PST by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: Lmo56

Ha! This from the same brain that couldn’t master Turbo Tax.


8 posted on 02/24/2012 3:29:23 PM PST by steelyourfaith (Expel the Occupy White House squatters !!!)
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To: Lmo56

Ever wonder why these rich guilty liberals always itemize their deductions to pay as little as possible? Hypocrites.


9 posted on 02/24/2012 3:32:00 PM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Lmo56

50% is now slightly more than 0%


10 posted on 02/24/2012 3:32:28 PM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: steelyourfaith
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April 15, 2009

"Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, who owed $34,000 in payroll and Social Security taxes from 2001 and 2002, and didn't pay all of it until Obama nominated him. "

11 posted on 02/24/2012 3:34:37 PM PST by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: Lmo56

seniors and military... thats the only place cuts could ever be found

of course, they NEVER mention all the six figure government PENSIONS being paid out

screw these ass hats

privilege??? then the lower 50% of tax filers paying no taxes are not Americans??


12 posted on 02/24/2012 3:35:32 PM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Lmo56

13 posted on 02/24/2012 3:35:38 PM PST by EEGator
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To: Lmo56

Negative, Same % for everyone. Only that is just.


14 posted on 02/24/2012 3:36:42 PM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: EEGator
During the early 1980s, Geithner's father Peter oversaw the Ford Foundation's microfinance programs in Indonesia being developed by Ann Dunham Soetoro, President Barack Obama's mother, and they met in person at least once.
15 posted on 02/24/2012 3:36:58 PM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: Lmo56
If anyone accepts this flaccid argument, one has to ask at what point we could ever satisfy that maul with sufficient homage and tribute, treasure and blood? No matter how high the current tax, the Geithners of this and subsequent Marxist regimes will simply "kick it up another notch" with the refrain:"

The Privilege of Being an American' Is Why Rich Need Higher Taxes

B S !

HF

16 posted on 02/24/2012 3:40:17 PM PST by holden
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To: Lmo56
smaller percentages for smaller wages, larger percentages for larger ones.

Why? That sounds like Geithner right there!

17 posted on 02/24/2012 3:41:02 PM PST by AmusedBystander (The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next)
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To: Lmo56

How ‘bout making Timmy Geitner pay HIS fair share for being an American. Isn’t he the Tax Weazle Czar who owes the IRS $6 figures/ 20 years back or something?


18 posted on 02/24/2012 3:41:24 PM PST by bboop (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? St. Augustine)
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To: Chgogal

Here was my post from this morning on the earlier thread:

I thought for SURE this was going to be one of those semi-news/semi-satire articles!

Hmmm. I think that the poorest of Americans are infinitely better off than the rest of the world’s poor. And the rich are, well pretty well off no matter where they live. So really, it is the poor that should be REALLY grateful that they have the privilege of being an American - so I think that they should be taxed more.

Hmmmm. And could even add an even higher tax onto poor folks that have immigrated here from other countries.

Hmmm. And folks descended from slaves. If their relatives had ended up in S. America or elsewhere they no doubt would not have survived long enough to have descendants. They should REALLY be grateful for the privilege to being an American and pay more in taxes.

Okay - my satire rant is off. How about ALL of us pay a bit less and expect a bit less from the feds?


19 posted on 02/24/2012 3:46:53 PM PST by 21twelve
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To: AmusedBystander; Lmo56; SampleMan

An old thread with a 1939 booklet about FDR and the New Deal. It’s all happening again, even down to the same words and phrases that Obama uses. It is a long booklet but it is ALL relevant still today as it continues. Here is a too-long snip, but hard to chop it off as it is so full of truth. The last two paragraphs is the clincher. And so many see nothing wrong with the “rich” paying a higher percentage in taxes.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts

In his first inaugural address, March 4, 1933, the President said: “Values have shrunk to fantastic levels; taxes have risen; our ability to pay. has fallen;... the withered leaves of industrial enterprise lie on every side..... Yet our distress comes from no failure of substance.... Plenty is at our doorstep, but a generous use of it languishes in the very sight of the supply. Primarily this is because the rulers of the exchange of mankind’s goods have failed,... have admitted their failure and have abdicated. Practices of the unscrupulous money-changers stand indicted in the court of public opinion, rejected by the hearts and minds of men.... They know only the rules of a generation of self-seekers.... Yes, the money-changers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization. We may now restore that temple to the ancient truths. The measure of that restoration lies in the extent to which we apply social values more noble than mere monetary profit.”

There was the pattern and it never changed. The one enemy, blameable for all human distress, for unemployment, for low wages, for the depression of agriculture, ... for want in the midst of potential plenty — who was he? The money-changer in the temple. This was a Biblical symbol and one of the most hateful With what modern symbol did this old and hateful one associate? With the Wall Street banker, of course; and the Wall Street banker was the most familiar and the least attractive symbol of capitalism.

..... “We cannot go back to the old order,” said the President. And this was a very hateful counter symbol, because the old order, never really defined, did in fact associate in the popular mind with the worst debacle in the history of capitalism.....

Large profit as such becomes therefore a symbol of social injury, merely because it is large; moreover, it is asserted that large profit had long been so regarded by the government and penalized [by higher tax rates] for that reason.

Of all the counter symbols this was the one most damaging to the capitalistic system. Indeed, if it were accepted, it would be fatal, because capitalism is a profit and loss system and if profits, even very large profits, are socially wrong, there is nothing more to be said for it. But it was a false symbol, and false for these three reasons, namely: first, there is no measure of large profit; second, large profits are of many kinds and to say simply that large profits are “of course made at the expense of the neighbors” is either nonsense or propaganda, as you like; and; in the third place, the history is wrong.


20 posted on 02/24/2012 3:56:01 PM PST by 21twelve
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To: Lmo56

It is a privilege for illegals to be here, but it is a right, not a privilege, to be an American if you are a legal citizen.


21 posted on 02/24/2012 3:56:01 PM PST by Jaidyn
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To: Lmo56

The really nice thing about discarding the Constitution is you can pretty much do or say any outrageous thing you want and the peasants can’t do anything about it.


22 posted on 02/24/2012 4:07:05 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the fascists.)
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To: Jaidyn

Wow , that is truly Marxist.


23 posted on 02/24/2012 4:36:26 PM PST by ChiMark (chewed up his body for a decade)
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To: ChiMark
Wow , that is truly Marxist.

You either took what I posted the wrong way, or I didn't present it accurately. As an American, whose family has been here for many generations, I have a right to be here. I am grateful and fortunate to be an American. However, those who are here illegally, and who get a pass, are the privileged ones, because they reap the rewards of this great country that American citizens created. Though not well written, I hope you get the drift.

24 posted on 02/24/2012 5:09:36 PM PST by Jaidyn
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To: Lmo56

They are purposely chasing sucessful job creators and economic investors out of this country to further kill the economy. Everything they do is planned and executed with help from abroad and from within.


25 posted on 02/24/2012 5:10:37 PM PST by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: Jaidyn

“It is a privilege for illegals to be here,”

Nope.
Illegal aliens—the majority Mexican nationals—have no privilege to be here, unless you mean privilege in the sense that their presence is suffered, while real immigrants who follow our immigration laws and rules are not privileged.
Illegal aliens are simply illegal, not exercising a privilege—here because they broke our laws by sneaking across our borders and then living criminal shadow-lives.

The current administration and the Bush administration would have (if they could) simply gifted them American citizenship (And what do you get if you reward bad behavior?) while making the argument here that American citizenship is this really valuable thing that Americans should be willing to be taxed, and taxed again, for enjoying ... while the soundrels collecting the taxes make these specious arguments—and thumb their own noses at our tax and immigration law—and, for that matter, at any law that interferes with their agenda.

priv·i·lege (prv-lj, prvlj)
n.
1.
a. A special advantage, immunity, permission, right, or benefit granted to or enjoyed by an individual, class, or caste. See Synonyms at right.
b. Such an advantage, immunity, or right held as a prerogative of status or rank, and exercised to the exclusion or detriment of others.
2. The principle of granting and maintaining a special right or immunity: a society based on privilege.


26 posted on 02/24/2012 5:16:50 PM PST by tumblindice (He walks, he talks, he crawls on his belly like a reptile--The Fake American President)
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To: Jaidyn
It is a privilege for illegals to be here, but it is a right, not a privilege, to be an American if you are a legal citizen.
The latter is exactly right, the first is not. It is not a privilege but an effrontery for “undocumented” alien to come here from a country which would arrest me in a heartbeat if I were “undocumented” there whether or not I claimed “citizen of the world” status there.

27 posted on 02/24/2012 5:38:00 PM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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To: Lmo56

“Privilege of being” a victim of the debt regime for regulations and political correctness. Prepare to be robbed of all that you have by local, federally funded members of the middle, bipartisan political class. Or shut down their offices, and lay them off.


28 posted on 02/24/2012 5:46:08 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: Lmo56

I’ve debated a liberal guy at work. This is exactly what he says. Liberals really do think like this.


29 posted on 02/24/2012 11:43:46 PM PST by IDontLikeToPayTaxes
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Thanks Vintage Freeper for posting this:

Debt Ceiling Debate in a Nutshell | Creators.com | 07/29/2011 | Chip Bok | Posted on 07/30/2011 12:12:11 PM PDT by Vintage Freeper

30 posted on 02/25/2012 11:45:54 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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