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Geithner: 'Privilege of Being an American' Is Why Rich Need Higher Taxes
Weekly Standard ^ | 11:00 AM, Feb 24, 2012 | By DANIEL HALPER

Posted on 02/25/2012 6:26:21 AM PST by bestintxas

"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."

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KEYWORDS: geithner; taxtherich; turbotaxtimmy
Typical Lib.

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?

1 posted on 02/25/2012 6:26:24 AM PST by bestintxas
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To: bestintxas
Dear Tim,
Why is it a privilege to be an American when according to your employer there is no such thing as American exceptionalism?
2 posted on 02/25/2012 6:31:07 AM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: bestintxas

So half of Americans dont pay any taxes..can we say they are UN-AMERICAN?


3 posted on 02/25/2012 6:33:41 AM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: bestintxas

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.


4 posted on 02/25/2012 6:35:00 AM PST by demkicker (My passion for freedom is stronger than that of Democrats whose obsession is to enslave me.)
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To: bestintxas

This from Turbotax Timmy. What a disgusting hypocrite, like all the rest of the current administration. Corrupt criminals, the lot of them.


5 posted on 02/25/2012 6:35:33 AM PST by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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To: bestintxas

Oh yeah...and 49.5% don’t pay any taxes at all - NONE!


6 posted on 02/25/2012 6:36:09 AM PST by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: bestintxas
Hey Geithner, if it is such a "privilege" that the so-called "rich" should pay (even) more for it... How come so many of you libs want to basically give it away (being an American) to illegals??? Answer me that you socialist POS. Even worse, you don't want to just give away American citizenship, you want to reward said illegals by giving them healthcare, and a whole bunch of other entitlements paid for by ... yeah, these other very same people you want to pay for the privilege of watching you strut around doling out the spoils of being one of the more-equal pigs. Take a hike Geithner, without a map.
7 posted on 02/25/2012 6:38:31 AM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: bestintxas

17 minutes… This is huge, folks. This guy has the goods on Geithner and Bernake
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSMWDmjk8dI&feature=uploademail


8 posted on 02/25/2012 6:41:09 AM PST by SF_Redux (Sarah stands for accountablility and personal responsiblity, democrats can't live with that)
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To: bestintxas

FUTG, FUWB, FUGS, FU all the elitists !


9 posted on 02/25/2012 6:42:37 AM PST by CORedneck
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To: bestintxas
Dear Turbo Tim,

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.

10 posted on 02/25/2012 6:42:58 AM PST by Lockbox
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To: obama
Geithner:

Hey dirtbag!

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.

11 posted on 02/25/2012 6:45:58 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER ( Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: bestintxas; All

12 posted on 02/25/2012 6:47:16 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: bestintxas

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’.


13 posted on 02/25/2012 6:47:31 AM PST by x1stcav (I'm voting for anyone in 2012 but an Ivy Leager.)
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To: bestintxas

“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.


14 posted on 02/25/2012 6:48:40 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: bestintxas
Privilege to be an American? WTF? I was born here! I suppose it might be a privilege to an immigrant who became a citizen but not me. What arrogance and ignorance of America by these liberal bolsheviks.
15 posted on 02/25/2012 6:49:08 AM PST by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: bestintxas

As soon as you lead the way, Timmy, and pay up!


16 posted on 02/25/2012 6:50:47 AM PST by RoadTest (There is one god, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.)
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To: bestintxas

Marxist class warfare rhetoric from Turbo Tim.

Gee maybe if you didn’t run up 6 trillion in deficits buying votes Timmy? Just saying...


17 posted on 02/25/2012 6:53:40 AM PST by y6162
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To: bestintxas
Timmy's $1.6 million Larchmont, New York home.

He is an idiot.

18 posted on 02/25/2012 6:54:07 AM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: bestintxas

“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!


19 posted on 02/25/2012 6:56:41 AM PST by RFEngineer
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To: bestintxas

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.


20 posted on 02/25/2012 6:57:07 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (How ironic that Ann Coulter should write a book called Treason.)
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To: demkicker; sheik yerbouty; Forty-Niner; flat; unkus; gonzo; Doogle; Foolsgold; IrishMike; exit82; ..

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?


21 posted on 02/25/2012 6:59:07 AM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: bestintxas
This tax cheating, two-faced, hypocritical, weaselly scumbag (did I leave anything out?) doesn't
even pay his taxes at the current levels and now he expects us to believe he wants to pay more!


22 posted on 02/25/2012 7:00:46 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: bestintxas
What is lost on this generation of dumbed-down young Americans is that at least two expressions have been converted by the Marxists in our land.

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

democrat---

moderate republican---

liberal democrat---

more liberalizing republican---

more liberal democrat---

even less definitive republican---

Marxist-leaning democrat---

compromising-to-get-along republican---

Marxist Democrat---

unable-to-utter-the-word "Marxist" republican---

. . . and this is where we are now.

23 posted on 02/25/2012 7:02:01 AM PST by John Leland 1789
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To: bestintxas
.....Say something noble like this, in practice cheat on your taxes....

Or supposedly donate your used skid-marked underwear and claim a deduction for charity on your income taxes.

24 posted on 02/25/2012 7:02:07 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: bestintxas
"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."

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?

25 posted on 02/25/2012 7:02:52 AM PST by Malone LaVeigh
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

Great question.


26 posted on 02/25/2012 7:04:31 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: bestintxas

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.


27 posted on 02/25/2012 7:06:23 AM PST by driftless2
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To: mosaicwolf

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)


28 posted on 02/25/2012 7:10:56 AM PST by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
Zimbabwe was then Rhodesia, known for its racism.

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

/s

29 posted on 02/25/2012 7:17:32 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: bestintxas
the privilege of being an American

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!!!

30 posted on 02/25/2012 7:20:27 AM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: bestintxas

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.


31 posted on 02/25/2012 7:22:30 AM PST by Venturer
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To: bestintxas

Of course this guy is exempt....
How I detest these charlatans!


32 posted on 02/25/2012 7:22:37 AM PST by Shady (The undeniable truth of the Obama Administration...The numbers do not lie.)
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To: bestintxas

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...


33 posted on 02/25/2012 7:42:32 AM PST by mikey_hates_everything
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To: IronJack

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.


34 posted on 02/25/2012 7:43:32 AM PST by Leto (Damn shame Sarah didn't run the Presidency was there for the taking)
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To: bestintxas
"The Privilege of Being American"

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...

35 posted on 02/25/2012 7:45:36 AM PST by AnTiw1
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To: bestintxas

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.


36 posted on 02/25/2012 7:45:44 AM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: mosaicwolf

So it is a privelege to just “BE” now, but it is a “right” to have others pay for healthcare?


37 posted on 02/25/2012 7:46:38 AM PST by Anima Mundi
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To: bestintxas

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.


38 posted on 02/25/2012 7:54:05 AM PST by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

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.


39 posted on 02/25/2012 8:22:57 AM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est; zero sera dans l'enfer bientot.)
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To: AnTiw1

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.


40 posted on 02/25/2012 8:35:32 AM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est; zero sera dans l'enfer bientot.)
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To: bestintxas
More proof that the obama cabinet is well-stocked with idiots.

What I have NOT seen, is an estimate of how much revenue could be generated by the 50% of Americans who currently don't pay any taxes if they only had to pay 10%.

We're talking half the population of America...and the obamaidiots think soaking the rich is going to pay off president spendthrift's debts?

What would be the difference in revenue if we taxed the rich to the max, and the non-paying half to a 10% minimum.

There is no successful economy that could survive for long with half of the population supporting the other half.

Let's stop all of the entitlement waste, and deal with the riots as we come to them. It's going to have to be done sooner or later, there is no way around it.
41 posted on 02/25/2012 8:50:44 AM PST by FrankR (You are only enslaved to the extent of the entitlements you receive.)
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To: bestintxas
if you don't ask, you know, the most fortunate Americans to bear a slightly larger burden of the privilege of being an American

Typical libtard mentality: The good need to be punished for being the good

42 posted on 02/25/2012 9:09:21 AM PST by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: mosaicwolf

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?


43 posted on 02/25/2012 9:15:24 AM PST by Bshaw (A nefarious deceit is upon us all!)
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To: bestintxas

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


44 posted on 02/25/2012 10:36:55 AM PST by kenmcg (How)
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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

45 posted on 02/25/2012 11:45:50 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/search?m=all;o=time;q=quick;s=geithner


46 posted on 02/25/2012 11:48:33 AM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR: Now, More Than Ever.)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

The Elf Lord must be given a room at Club gitmo immediately!


47 posted on 02/26/2012 12:48:59 AM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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