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Yep, Itís Official: Elizabeth Warren Did Not Pay Voluntary Higher Tax Rate in MA (It Figures)
Townhall.com ^ | April 21, 2012 | Daniel Doherty

Posted on 04/21/2012 8:15:11 PM PDT by Kaslin

Earlier this week Elizabeth Warren was asked by the Boston Globe a seemingly simple and straightforward question about her taxes: In 2011, did she pay the 5.85% rate (which is voluntary) on her Massachusetts state tax form? Since 2001, as I explained in a previous post, residents of the Commonwealth have had the option – if they so choose – to pay a higher tax rate than the 5.3% minimum. And since the former consumer advocate raked in more than $700,000 last year, the Globe believed their inquiry was an appropriate and reasonable one. At the time, however, she refused to answer the question and though I was quick to criticize her silence, I acknowledged that it was still possible she paid the top rate. Unsurprisingly – according to the Brown campaign – it’s clear she did not.

After avoiding the question all week, Elizabeth Warren finally confirmed today that she did not pay the higher 5.85% rate on her state tax form, a legal option available for Massachusetts taxpayers who believe they should pay more.

For the last few weeks, Warren has lectured others about their moral responsibility to pay higher taxes. In 2011, Warren earned more than $716,000, and has a net worth of as much as $14.5 million.

“The problem with running a campaign based on self-righteousness and moral superiority is that you had better live up to the same standard you would impose on everyone else,” said Jim Barnett, Campaign Manager for Scott Brown. “Millionaire Warren lectures others about their obligation and responsibility to pay higher taxes, but she refuses to pay the optional higher rate available in Massachusetts. This is the sort of hypocrisy and double-speak voters are sick and tired of hearing from politicians, especially those who can’t keep their hands out of others’ pocketbooks.”

To be sure, I’ve written a number of posts on Elizabeth Warren’s hypocrisy and duplicity before, but this is almost too good to be true. In short, her innocuous decision to pay a lower tax rate in Massachusetts – when she had the option to pay a higher one -- seems to vindicate my longstanding belief that all people (even liberal Harvard professors), want to keep a larger percentage of their annual income.

More importantly, what makes these startling revelations particularly painful for Democrats is that Elizabeth Warren has been on the campaign trail for months demonizing the wealthy (“there is nobody in this country who got rich on their own,” she once said) and castigating top income earners. In other words, how are Massachusetts voters, in the last analysis, supposed to take a Senate candidate seriously when she clearly doesn’t practice what she preaches? At a time when Americans are growing increasingly tired of the partisan gridlock in Washington, why on earth would we want to replace one of the most moderate, bipartisan lawmakers in the Senate with a shameless demagogue? Of course, virtually every poll in America shows the warring candidates locked in a dead heat. And it’s certainly possible that Scott Brown might lose his reelection campaign. Still, as voters become more familiar with Elizabeth Warren’s hypocrisy, I’m confident they’ll be less inclined to vote for her in November.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: classwarfare; elizabethwarren; hypocrisy; liberalhypocrisy; occupy; onepercent; scottbrown; taxes; warren

1 posted on 04/21/2012 8:15:14 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Why would she pay the higher rate? She doesn’t have too and still gets to be a liberal goddess.


2 posted on 04/21/2012 8:21:07 PM PDT by Tzimisce (THIS SUCKS)
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To: Kaslin

What did you expect from a leftist Democratic fraud? Honesty? Truth? and the American way?

Looks like she and Warren Buffet got caught in their own lies and hypocrisy. Hope the sane voters of Massachusetts give her the door, to political oblivion and beyond.


3 posted on 04/21/2012 8:21:15 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Kaslin

Of COURSE she won’t pay the higher rate.

That’s for the little people.


4 posted on 04/21/2012 8:31:40 PM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: Kaslin

She’s yet another reincarnated Bolshevik, down to the glasses.


5 posted on 04/21/2012 8:34:21 PM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: Kaslin
A liberal hypocrite was harping that we need to pay higher taxes including him and me so I asked him if he does apply for deductions such as mortgage interest, etc... when he files for his tax return...He answered with a shock on his face "of course I do, I need my money back from the government"...Then I asked him "you want to pay higher taxes then why are you getting your tax money back from the government don't you think that this is the height of hypocrisy?"...he got very angry and said "because if I do not get my money back then people like you would have an advantage over me and you will have better life than me and I want higher taxes in order to punish you even if I also punish myself"....

Right there is the proof that liberalism is a mental disorder...

6 posted on 04/21/2012 8:35:22 PM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops)
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To: Kaslin

Let’s see that option on the 1040, right at the bottom line. That should shut up Buffet and the other big-league hypocrites, even though they’re not running for office.


7 posted on 04/21/2012 8:36:10 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: RightOnline

What are liberals if not the absolute hypocrites...


8 posted on 04/21/2012 8:36:19 PM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops)
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To: Kaslin

Only a pathetic candidate like Scott Brown would be tied with a communist slug like Warren.


9 posted on 04/21/2012 8:38:19 PM PDT by bramps
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To: jveritas

“Liberal hypocrite’’ is redundant really. The defintion of the two is inter-changeable.


10 posted on 04/21/2012 8:44:24 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: jmacusa

You are exactly right...


11 posted on 04/21/2012 8:48:09 PM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops)
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To: bramps

Two things: This is Massachusetts and at the end Brown is going to defeat the communist...


12 posted on 04/21/2012 8:49:44 PM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops)
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To: jveritas

It sure is proof


13 posted on 04/21/2012 9:03:48 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin
Good article but this made me cringe...

At a time when Americans are growing increasingly tired of the partisan gridlock in Washington...

grrrr!

14 posted on 04/21/2012 9:03:51 PM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: jveritas

The Democrat Party is running on envy and greed. You’re absolutely right. For voters, this isn’t really about paying more taxes. It’s about sticking it to someone else who might have a bit more, even if it means paying more oneself. For politicians, it’s about using other people’s money to hold onto power. Immorality is the root of most of our nation’s problems.


15 posted on 04/21/2012 9:19:03 PM PDT by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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To: Kaslin
In many states there is a Use Tax that is intended to get citizens to pay sales tax on Internet purchases.

Now, I am not sure if an uber-intellectual like Warren can even relate to anyone who buys off Amazon or any other website.

Mass also has the Use Tax option but it would be interesting to see if she even knew what is was, and if she paid any Use Tax.

Which would indicate that she purchased NOTHING off the Internet in 2011 - at least out of state.

Would also be interesting to see if any of the authors of these various bills ever paid any use tax in any state.

http://www.mass.gov/dor/individuals/taxpayer-help-and-resources/tax-guides/salesuse-tax-guide.html

Wonder if her campaign ever buys or rents equipment / services from out of state, for use in state?

Maybe alcohol from NH ...

16 posted on 04/21/2012 9:19:54 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: Kaslin
In order to get an accounting degree, I had to take a tax course as a requirement. On the first day of that course, the professor started out by saying of the very few things that I find is still true today:

"The only Fair Tax is the tax that taxes you and not me."

That used to be my tag line on FR, and I still believe it.

17 posted on 04/21/2012 9:37:17 PM PDT by Bernard (When the only Problem is overspending, all the Solutions look like TAX INCREASES to liberals...)
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To: Kaslin

My experience is that all liberals always exempt themselves from their own beliefs. They feel smug by saying their beliefs out loud, while privately thinking that it’s only other less-enlightened people who should have to live by those beliefs.


18 posted on 04/21/2012 9:48:09 PM PDT by Tenlein
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To: Tzimisce

Just like John Kerry “I served in Vietnam” guy.


19 posted on 04/21/2012 11:16:41 PM PDT by therut
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To: FReepers; FRiends


Aim your fire here.

20 posted on 04/21/2012 11:33:58 PM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Kaslin
“The problem with running a campaign based on self-righteousness and moral superiority is that you had better live up to the same standard you would impose on everyone else,”

Reminds me of the old joke:

Communist organizing rally...question from the floor, "Comrade! If you had $1,000,000 you would share it equally with us?
Speaker, "Of course, Comrade!"
"Comrade Speaker, if you had $100,000, you would share it equally with us?"

"YES, Comrade! Of course I would!"

...

"Comrade Speaker, if you had $100, would you share it equally with us?"
"Of course NOT, Comrade!"
"Why not, Comrade Speaker?"
"Because I HAVE $100!"

21 posted on 04/22/2012 1:05:26 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: Kaslin

Taxes are for the proles.

Inner Party members are above it all.


22 posted on 04/22/2012 2:00:51 AM PDT by FormerACLUmember
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To: Kaslin

Do as I say not as I do. Commie bastard alert


23 posted on 04/22/2012 3:59:10 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (B B)
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To: Kaslin

Of course not. Buffet and all these billionaires could send the government nice checks but they don’t. It’s all talk and getting their 15 minutes extended.


24 posted on 04/22/2012 4:22:46 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Kaslin

It figures indeed.The only thing these scum love more than spending our money is holding onto their own.


25 posted on 04/22/2012 4:26:12 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: jiggyboy

I think that is an excellent idea

I would hope President Romney would direct the IRS to add voluntary 30%, 40% and 60% tax payment rates on every 1040.

And no one is allowed to use one federal taxpayer dollar campaigning on the issue of paying higher taxes unless they can prove they themselves pay it.


26 posted on 04/22/2012 5:10:24 AM PDT by silverleaf (Funny how all the people who are for abortion are already born)
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To: ronnie raygun

“Commie bastard alert.”

You forgot adolescent and psychotic to go along with
Commie bastard. (plus a few others.)

IMHO

Regards.


27 posted on 04/22/2012 5:13:17 AM PDT by ripley
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To: silverleaf

AFAIC enemies of our constitution who are actively committed to destroying our country, get zip.


28 posted on 04/22/2012 5:27:43 AM PDT by AnTiw1
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To: jveritas

He still makes my skin crawl:
http://www.therightperspective.org/2011/01/03/scott-brown-invites-gay-activist-to-dadt-repeal-ceremony/


29 posted on 04/22/2012 6:59:45 PM PDT by bramps
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