Skip to comments.Geithner: 'Privilege of Being an American' Is Why Rich Need Higher Taxes
Posted on 02/25/2012 6:26:21 AM PST by bestintxas
"Thats 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."
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Say something noble like this, in practice cheat on your taxes.
Which one are we then supposed to believe, what he says or what your lying eyes see?
So half of Americans dont pay any taxes..can we say they are UN-AMERICAN?
When we sweep the next election, I hope tax cheating hypocrites like Geithner will be slated for an annual audit for the rest of his sorry life.
This from Turbotax Timmy. What a disgusting hypocrite, like all the rest of the current administration. Corrupt criminals, the lot of them.
Oh yeah...and 49.5% don’t pay any taxes at all - NONE!
This is huge, folks. This guy has the goods on Geithner and Bernake
FUTG, FUWB, FUGS, FU all the elitists !
You almost had me except for the numerous times this trick has been tried. We raise more revenue via taxes and the politicians spend more money. The debt never seems to decrease. No matter the promises made, they are never kept. No matter the agreements enter into, they also an not honored. Laws are passed to reduce the debt and then some important need arises mitigating the law.
Regarding "you know, the most fortunate Americans to bear a slightly larger burden of the privilege of being an American" You have it wrong, the so called 'fortunate Americans' have bared the burden. They have created enterprises which employee hundreds if not thousands of Americans. Does Henry Ford who raised the pay structure while creating the automobile industry which employees hundreds of thousands own anyone? Not only did Henry Ford make millions of Americans life better, he generated increased tax revenue from those millions who were able to earn more money thanks to the automobile.
I could list millions of 'fortunate Americans' who have made this country better. Yes the 'fortunate Americans' benefited, but so did everyone else.
So in closing nice try.
Those guys memorialized in granite...all over DC, on our currency, our founding fathers...
THEY PAID NO INCOME TAXES!
They fought in a revolution over much less.
This jerk is an ego-ridden, POS, elitist. Who in the hell has given him the right to determine what being an American entails.
Need to start decorating lamp posts with these ‘elites’.
“privilege of being an American”?
Implied in his message is “Pay our blackmail or we’ll kick you out.” Being American is *not* a privilege. It was earned by our forefathers who fought and died fighting people of Geithner’s sensibilities.
“Geithner spent most of his childhood in other countries, including present-day Zimbabwe, Zambia, India, and Thailand where he completed high school at the International School Bangkok.”
I think Geithner learned the wrong lessons in his formative years.
Zimbabwe was then Rhodesia, known for its racism.
Zambia was a leftist dictatorship.
India of the time was a socialist disaster.
The only country even vaguely friendly to the US was Thailand, which is the furthest thing from a western democracy.
And this is a man allowed significant control of our economy? Everything he knows about us he learned from a book or in some ivory tower school. He is more not-American than he is American.
As soon as you lead the way, Timmy, and pay up!
Marxist class warfare rhetoric from Turbo Tim.
Gee maybe if you didn’t run up 6 trillion in deficits buying votes Timmy? Just saying...
He is an idiot.
“Say something noble like this”
I disagree that there is anything noble about what he said.
He is putting the onus on those that work hard enough to be taxpayers, yet absolves himself and government from any involvement, except as the arbiter of “good and evil” as measured by the Marxist metrics of this administration.
If the “middle class” doesn’t pay for the benefits it receives, and it doesn’t, then why is it unacceptable to cut them? That’s right....it’s only unacceptable to politicians who want to get elected!
When are liberals going to get it through their cement filled skulls that this is a country that was founded by rebels with guns who were against excessive taxation, intrusive government, general tyranny, you know stuff like that. So much so, that they put in on a document called the Constitution that they made all their reps swear to protect and defend. If liberals like Mr. Geithner can’t deal with that, then maybe he should consider moving the F out of the country.
Is there enough room in Gitmo for the liars, cheats, thieves, and traitors in this Regime (top to bottom) so they can rot together forever?
REPUBLIC has been converted to DEMOCRACY.
GOD-GIVEN RIGHTS has been converted to GOVERNMENT-GRANTED PRIVILEGES.
We have listened for the last forty years to the decline of the use of the word "republic" in political speeches, as a description of our country, and the elevation of the word "democracy," even by members of the Republican Party.
This is one very glaring indication of the blurring of lines between the two concepts as well as between the two parties. We are in a downward spiral of
more liberalizing republican---
more liberal democrat---
even less definitive republican---
unable-to-utter-the-word "Marxist" republican---
. . . and this is where we are now.
Or supposedly donate your used skid-marked underwear and claim a deduction for charity on your income taxes.
So benefits to middle class seniors and the military are the only places we can make meaningful cuts? What BS! These clowns can really shovel it, can't they?
I expect a big campaign by the gov. to solicit extra billions from the Hollyweird crowd. I’m sure they’ll be happy to cough up the extra dough by selling a few of their mansions or fleets of cars and planes. An odd bauble or two. You know, the odd 100,000 Cartier necklace, or Rolex watch. Stay off coke for a few weeks. Heck, they can give up coke for Lent. The latter would accomplish two things: give the gov. extra money to waste, and cause a short financial depression for the Mexican cartels.
What if for the first time in your life you’re ashamed to be American, you feel betrayed by your fellow countrymen? What if you’re really disappointed in the 53% of voters who elected someone to uphold and defend the Constitution (the article that makes this the UNITED States of America) and that said person considers said Constitution a ‘charter of negative liberties’? Do you still have to work to support such a nation? I think not.
See the UK.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/tax/9097219/50p-tax-rate-failing-to-boost-revenues.html
50p tax rate ‘failing to boost revenues
The amount of income tax paid fell sharply last month in the first formal indication that the new 50p higher rate is not raising the expected amount of revenue.
“It should be known that at the beginning of a dynasty, taxation yields a large revenue from small assessments. At the end of the dynasty, taxation yields a small revenue from large assessments.
‘Abd-ar-Rah.mân Abû Zayd ibn Khaldûn (1332-1406)
But after Mugabe took over it became a racist free society where brotherhood, fairness and love for one's fellow man prevail.
It is now a multi-racial paradise on earth where white and black live in harmony and seldom is heard a discouraging word and the skies are not cloudy all day
Does it occur to this harebrain that the "privilege" is product of America's CITIZENS, not its government? Why should the producers of that privilege have to lease it from a group that contributes nothing toward it? Government works for US, NOT VICE VERSA!!!
What he is saying is “Work hard and get rich so the Government can take it away from you”.
If it is such a privilege to pay higher taxes why didn’t Geitner pay his. Why didn’t Charlie Rangel pay his, why does Warren Buffet scream he needs top pay more while his checkbook is lying right in front of him.
The truth is ,whatever taxes are passed the super rich will find a way around them and if we paid a Billion dollars too much in taxes and it was left over it would not go to pay back the debt,these a-wipes would piss it away on something that would get them re-elected.
Of course this guy is exempt....
How I detest these charlatans!
If it’s such a “privilege”, why is it so hard for the rich to give up that privilege and not have to pay taxes at all when they emigrate? Unless Tim thinks that being a slave to the US Government is a privilege...
Of course it is not a privilege to be an American. Leftist believe the government ‘gives’ us rights. This is of course wrong. The Declaration of Independence get it right we are endowed by our Creator with certain INALIENABLE rights. The left hates that idea. Hence the campaign to banish the Creator from the public square.
All humans should have those rights without it being a privilege.
the number of people renouncing their american citizenship to become citizens of other countries tripled after obamas first year in office
in his second year it doubled again
in the past any us citizen that wanted to renounce his citizenship could go to any us consular office and it required filling out a form
now they ask for a fee of several thousand dollars and levy an 'expatriation tax' before you can legally sever your ties to the us...
WTF. I am reminded of how the Jews and other merchants in Antwerp reacted to Spanish government. Because the Hollanders were in Rebellion against their Spanish overlord, these merchants moved their gold and businesses to Amsterdam. turning it from a fishing village to a major emporium.
So it is a privelege to just “BE” now, but it is a “right” to have others pay for healthcare?
Citizenship is not a privilege. It is a right by birth.
Governing is a privilege, and if in violation of the rules may be revoked by any means necessary.
Right. More stupid logic by the Libs. The Americans not paying taxes not only have the privilege of being a citizen, but they have the added privilege of receiving re-distributed income and benefits from those that actually do pay income tax. This is just an old big ‘pay-to-play’ scheme concocted by Democrats that solidifies their lower income and welfare voter block. I suppose that if treats can help train a dog, they can be equally effective for your average Democrat voter.
There are too many drones that will gladly sell out their liberty for the price of a condom.
This will continue to increase if upper income seniors are substantially ‘means tested’ out of social security. The reduction of Medicare benefits and rationing will also propel a wave of wealthy seniors into foreign enclaves with good private healthcare.
Perhaps this explains why House Hunters international has become so popular.
Typical libtard mentality: The good need to be punished for being the good
I think we should have political UFC night!
It would be a privilege to take on Tiny Tim in a match of mash face!
Whatever happened to duels? Can I make challenge?
The hypocrisy of these creeps is sickening. This twerp is a complete tax cheat just like some so many of his RAT cohorts in the administration
Thanks Vintage Freeper for posting this:
The Elf Lord must be given a room at Club gitmo immediately!