Here are a few lines from the President’s State of the Union Address:
“Let’s never forget: Millions of Americans who work hard and play by the rules every day deserve a government and a financial system that do the same. It’s time to apply the same rules from top to bottom: No bailouts, no handouts, and no copouts,” he said. “An America built to last insists on responsibility from everybody.”
Remember these words as you read this article.
You and I sweat each year about this time trying to figure out the tax code and ways to keep as much money as we can. Then we have to listen to President Obama telling us that we are not paying our “fair share.”
Now we learn why the President wants more tax dollars from us. His own aides owed the IRS close to one million dollars in back taxes at the end of 2009. Remember Timothy Geithner? He is the current United States Secretary of the Treasury. He was previously the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He didn’t pay Social Security and Medicare taxes for several years while he worked for the International Monetary Fund. He didn’t have to. He’s special. He knows what’s best for us, but he doesn’t have to abide by the same rules.
To show you how stupid Republicans are, here’s what Orrin Hatch said when he learned about the back taxes issue. “I still support him. He’s a very competent guy.” Next time you’re up for an IRS audit, give Orrin a call and ask him if he’ll support you.
To my surprise, the Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post reported on government tax delinquents that did not get much attention.
Here’s what a Los Angeles Times article had to say on the subject:
We now know that federal employees across the nation owe fully $1 billion in back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service.
As in, 1,000 times one million dollars. All this political jabber about giving middle-class Americans a tax cut. Thousands of feds have been giving themselves one all along — unofficially. And these tax scofflaws include more than three dozen folks who work for the president with that newly decorated Oval Office.
A Washington Post article gives some detail to the story that will make you spitting nails. “The average unpaid tax bill is $12,787 among the Senate’s delinquent taxpayers and $15,498 among those working in the House.”
These are same people who want to raise taxes and spend more money – your money and my money. They increase the IRS’s budget to go after delinquent tax payers while they do nothing about their own taxes.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) introduced legislation to fire federal workers who owe back taxes unless they agreed to a payment plan. Eight Republicans co-sponsored the bill. No Democrats signed it, and some have said firings would reduce the government’s prospects of being paid.
Someone needs to find out if these guys paid up, and another study needs to be done to find out who didn’t pay in 2010.