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“When Everyone Plays by the Same Rules”
How many times have we heard President Obama say:
“I believe that this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, when everyone does their fair share, when everyone plays by the same rules. These aren’t Democratic values or Republican values. These aren’t 1 percent values or 99 percent values. They’re American values. And we have to reclaim them.”[i]
It is a fitting illustration of this Administration’s hypocrisy to note that as of September, 2010, Obama and his Administration were “reclaiming” these American values as follows:
41 White House Aides owed $831,000 in back taxes
1,971 members of Holder’s Dept. of Justice, owed $14,350,152 in overdue taxes
4,856 members of the Dept. of Homeland Security, owed $37,012,174 to the IRS
In all, federal employees throughout the U.S. owed one billion dollars in back taxes[ii]
Obama rails against so-called “millionaires and billionaires” (he really means everybody making over $250,000 per year) not paying their fair share. Obama preaches the need for redistributing America’s wealth, in order to give everyone a fair shot. But, at the end of the day, it appears that Obama and members of his Administration mean to promote American values only with our money – not theirs.
[i] President Barack Obama, (Dec. 6, 2011), White House web-site, Speeches & Remarks, Remarks by the President on the Economy in Osawatomie, Kansas, retrieved February 6, 2012 from http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/12/06/remarks-president-economy-osawatomie-kansas
[ii] Andrew Malcolm (Sep. 10, 2010), LA Times Web-site, Political Commentary, Top of the Ticket, 41 Obama White House aides owe the IRS $831,000 in back taxes — and they’re not alone, retrieved February 6, 2012 from http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2010/09/congress-taxes-irs.html
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