Skip to comments.Yep, Itís Official: Elizabeth Warren Did Not Pay Voluntary Higher Tax Rate in MA (It Figures)
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 its 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 cant keep their hands out of others pocketbooks.
To be sure, Ive written a number of posts on Elizabeth Warrens 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 doesnt 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 its certainly possible that Scott Brown might lose his reelection campaign. Still, as voters become more familiar with Elizabeth Warrens hypocrisy, Im confident theyll be less inclined to vote for her in November.
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!"
Taxes are for the proles.
Inner Party members are above it all.
Do as I say not as I do. Commie bastard alert
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.
It figures indeed.The only thing these scum love more than spending our money is holding onto their own.
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.
“Commie bastard alert.”
You forgot adolescent and psychotic to go along with
Commie bastard. (plus a few others.)
AFAIC enemies of our constitution who are actively committed to destroying our country, get zip.
He still makes my skin crawl: