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Rich Lefties and Their Taxes ^ | December 6, 2012 | Larry Elder

Posted on 12/06/2012 5:55:33 AM PST by Kaslin

Ah, the hypocrisy of tax-hikers who do everything they can to avoid the taxes they wish to impose on others.

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.: He tried to avoid $500K in his home state's sales and excise taxes by docking his newly purchased $7 million 76-foot yacht in Rhode Island.

Massachusetts lowered its state income tax in 2001. Given the presumably large number of rich people who pine to pay more taxes, the state allowed tax filers to check a box and voluntarily pay the old, higher rate. In a liberal state of over 3 million tax filers, how many volunteered to pay the higher rate in 2004? A tiny fraction of 1 percent -- 930 taxpayers.

Among those who refused to pay the higher rate? Sen. Kerry and Rep. Barney Frank. In Frank's case, he refused to pay the higher rate because, he says, "I don't trust the legislative leadership and Gov. (Mitt) Romney to make the right decisions." Instead, Frank said, "I'll donate the money myself."

John Edwards, former senator and Democratic presidential candidate: His wife, Elizabeth, once called him a person of "character" because Edwards voted against his own economic "interests" by voting for higher taxes. Well, OK, but like billionaire investor Warren Buffett, who urges higher taxes, Edwards is less than keen on paying them. As a lawyer winning major jury awards, John set up a subchapter S corporation to pay himself through dividends -- and thus avoid $600K in Medicare payroll taxes.

Kennedy patriarch Joe Kennedy: The late Ted Kennedy and his family shield their money through a series of complicated family trusts first begun by father Joe Kennedy. The trusts transfer wealth from generation to generation while avoiding estate taxes.

The late Ohio Democratic Sen. Howard Metzenbaum: A liberal's liberal, Metzenbaum enjoyed a lifetime rating from Americans for Democratic Action of 95 (100 being perfect) and a zero from the American Conservative Union. He never met a tax hike he did not like. He moved to Florida when he retired from the Senate. Why Florida? No state estate or personal income taxes.

"Civil rights" leader and MSNB-Hee Haw host Al Sharpton: Though he supports increasing taxes on the rich, Sharpton, it seems, fails to do his part as a member of the 1 percent. As of last year, according to the New York Post, Sharpton owed $3.5 million in state and federal income taxes. His nonprofit, the National Action Network, as of 2011 owes nearly $900K in unpaid federal payroll taxes.

What do these individual instances of hypocrisy say about whether taxes should be increased on the so-called rich?

First, contrary to Buffett's assertion, people absolutely make decisions and change behavior in response to taxes. Compare the economies of Texas and California, two border states with similar immigrant populations. Texas is a no-income-tax, right-to-work, business-friendly state with substantially less regulation than the Obama-like high-tax (especially on the "the rich" and on business), forced unionism, heavily regulated state of California. Texas also has one of the lowest per-capita spending rates, while California has one of the highest.

The result? According to Investor's Business Daily, state gross domestic product growth in Texas was 3.3 percent in 2011 and 5.2 percent in 2010, while California was 2 percent in 2011 and 1.7 percent in 2010. Texas has created more than twice as many new jobs as California and has a below-the-national-average jobless rate of 6.8 percent. California's unemployment rate is 10.2 percent.

From 2008 to 2011, Texans' median hourly wages rose 8 percent, while Californians' rose 5.7 percent. And per-capita personal income during those years rose 1.3 percent in Texas, while falling almost 1 percent in California. California's poverty rate is 23.5 percent, to Texas' 16.5 percent, and Texas spends less on education, while its students outperform their California counterparts.

Second, because people change behavior in response to taxes, raising them can result in getting less revenue. John Kennedy said, "It is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high today and tax revenues are too low -- and the soundest way to raise revenues in the long run is to cut rates now."

The Congressional Budget Office just issued a report on what would happen to the economy if Congress fails to retain the Bush-era tax rates. Keeping the Bush-era rates for all but the rich, the CBO says, adds 1.25 percentage points to GDP. Retaining tax rates for all, including the rich, however, adds 1.5 percent to the economy. In other words, raising taxes on the rich lowers economic output. Does a quarter of a percentage matter? The CBO says it will "only" reduce job growth by about 200,000 jobs -- although other reputable studies put the number at 700,000 jobs.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: 112th; johnkerry; larryelder; liberalhypocrisy; millionaires; nottooswiftboat; taxes; taxevasion; taxtherich; theleft; yacht

1 posted on 12/06/2012 5:55:41 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.: He tried to avoid $500K in his home state's sales and excise taxes by docking his newly purchased $7 million 76-foot yacht in Rhode Island.

...rather odd that 7 million dollar figure shows up a few years after the rat party complained that Horseface failed to return 7 million dollars he had left after his failed presidential run.

2 posted on 12/06/2012 6:04:06 AM PST by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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The chip on Obama’s and Michelle’s shoulders is patently apparent and by taxing the “rich” aka...the National Producers...Obama is announcing his disdain for success without government help. In Obama’s world...he gets it all.

3 posted on 12/06/2012 6:08:44 AM PST by yoe
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To: Kaslin

“Civil rights” leader and MSNB-Hee Haw host Al Sharpton”

That’s funny! and so true.

4 posted on 12/06/2012 6:15:40 AM PST by Graybeard58 (What G.O.P.e. candidate is in store for us in 2016?)
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To: Graybeard58

New experimental tag line.

“Civil rights” leader and MSNB-Hee Haw host Al Sharpton

5 posted on 12/06/2012 6:18:25 AM PST by Graybeard58 ("Civil rights” leader and MSNB-Hee Haw host Al Sharpton - Larry Elder)
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To: Kaslin

I always love reading about zer0 meeting with Sharpton to discuss financial matters like the cliff.

6 posted on 12/06/2012 6:23:41 AM PST by reefdiver
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To: Graybeard58

Fits to a “T”.

I’m so sick of the do as I say, not as I do crowd.

7 posted on 12/06/2012 6:50:58 AM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: Doogle

and let’s not even talk about where and how TerAYza Heinz Kerry files her taxes and shelters her inherited wealth that keeps Gigolo John in the style to which he has, by fortuitous marriage, become accustomed

Seriously, if he becomes Sec State won’t TerAYza be a HOOT at those embassy parties and receptions??!

8 posted on 12/06/2012 6:52:42 AM PST by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: Kaslin

I’m waiting for state of California to finally realize that all those Hollywood liberals aren’t paying their fair share. When the combined federal and state tax rate in California reaches over 50% I see a lot of Hollywood types moving to lower tax states or overseas.

9 posted on 12/06/2012 6:57:06 AM PST by The Great RJ
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George Lucas sold Star Wars to Disney this year to avoid 280 million in estate taxes if he waited.

10 posted on 12/06/2012 7:42:24 AM PST by Vince Ferrer
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Just another way that super-rich liberals like Lucas and Buffett avoid paying taxes.

Of course they’re willing to see income taxes go up because their money is handled in such a way that it is not counted as income. Higher income taxes have little effect on them.

This is also one reason why democrats are so against closing loopholes and tax dodges which is being proposed as a way to increase revenue without raising the income tax rates. Going this route would definitely take large amounts of their liberal, rich, supporter’s sheltered money.

The liberal, truly rich twits want to take more of yours through income taxes and keep all of theirs that they’ve declared to be not income.


11 posted on 12/06/2012 8:25:50 AM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: Kaslin

For democrats taxes are for other people.

12 posted on 12/06/2012 10:16:01 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Kaslin

13 posted on 12/06/2012 12:26:21 PM PST by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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