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The 'Fair Share' White House

By New York Post

Those who make the rules should play by them. Especially a White House that lectures the rest of America about the importance of paying your "fair share" of taxes.

So we were struck by IRS reports that no fewer than 40 aides to President Obama still owe the federal government a combined $333,485 in back taxes. In terms of people, that's four more tax delinquents on the White House staff than last year, though a decline in the total amount owed.

We know these numbers because the IRS is required by law to disclose how many federal employees, by department (and including retirees), are behind in their taxes. This year, some 312,000 of Uncle Sam's own employees owe the IRS a whopping $3.52 billion.

Sure, federal employees may have a lower delinquency rate than the American public at large. Then again, most Americans aren't paid with the dollars that other Americans are forking over to Washington.

For all its sermons on fairness, this administration has never seemed too bothered when its own people somehow forget to send the IRS the check they owe.

Tim Geithner became treasury secretary despite failing to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes. Ron Kirk's unpaid taxes didn't stand in the way of his becoming US trade representative. Tom Daschle, Obama's pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services, was another delinquent - though his nomination did go down.

Obama says, "We need to change our tax code so that people like me . . . pay our fair share of taxes. Most Americans would call that common sense."

Given this administration's double standard for its own employees, most Americans would probably call that hypocrisy.

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  1. marciaComment by marcia
    March 13, 2013 @ 3:44 am

    Sooo…the Obamas feel in is in the best interest of “the people” to save money by not giving tours of OUR White House, BUT, they can still invite whomever they choose to stay in the Lincoln bedroom???? Talk about double standards!

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    • orickeComment by oricke
      March 13, 2013 @ 11:54 am

      Not only did they close our White House to us but still invite people to stay with them they despite the supposed financial crisis have not cancelled any of Michelle’s vacations which cost the taxpayers several million dollars each, she took one vacation during the first administration that cost almost $50 mil between her, the kids and the security staff.

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    • pb1174Comment by pb1174
      March 13, 2013 @ 12:11 pm

      That may be the best i have heard it stated.

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  2. spyderdaltonComment by spyderdalton
    March 13, 2013 @ 4:19 am

    We don’t have a spending problem, we have a government problem… Obama and most of congress! We need to clean house!

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  3. Scruffy-USN-RetiredComment by kerryp
    March 13, 2013 @ 5:01 am

    I think most people know that obama is just out for his political party and his own objectives. He will lie, steal, cheat and deceive in order to achieve his agenda. He is breaking the law by not having submitting the budget. He feels the he and his people are above the law.

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    • susieqComment by susieq
      March 13, 2013 @ 3:42 am

      What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Do as I say not as I do…

      KerryP – The Republicans just let it happen…no one calls this administration to task…

      This is what we know about…what scares me is what they are doing behind our back…

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    • funkybroComment by funkybro
      March 13, 2013 @ 4:18 am

      “his people” eh? Just a code word to remind us that this President is a black man. How racist! Surely you must know that Gen. Robert E. Lee referred to Union troops as “those people” when those troops were fighting to free the black slaves. Or when Moses said “let my people go” he was referring to another minority, the Jews. How racist.

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    • mysticComment by mystic
      March 13, 2013 @ 4:51 am

      Why don’t we have stars that go into negative 1 thru 5? For Funkybro: You are being sarcastic…yes? Please tell me you are…as the drivel you posted can’t be taken in any other context and keep a straight face.

      As to the Article: It’s Washington’s long held standard of do as I say, not as we do. Have we not learned that these learned powerful men and women aren’t held to the same standard as the unwashed masses of these United States? Do we not understand that they hold all the cards and have all the answers, so of course they can do as they wish…as they are in the ‘know’.

      We the people? Well gee Wally and Beeve, we couldn’t be trusted to have all the answers and be in the ‘know’…for what would we need those in Washington for? Answer is, we wouldn’t need them. It’s job security. Let um get all red faced and flustered and stated indignant when these types of stories come up….watch um (all of um on both sides)rail and rant how these stories don’t push our nation forward or solve any problems…blah blah blah. Same old same old.

      Is anyone tired of it yet? Had enough?

      ~M

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    • spindizzyComment by spindizzy
      March 13, 2013 @ 5:04 am

      NO, funkypoo, you are the racist, or at least a race baiter. “His people”, as in lefty libtards, of which I am assuming you are one of, based on your obvious lack of interpretive skills. You know, like Reid and Polosi and Clintons and the largest majority of lefty libtards…which are what color again? All the black majority “liberals” are not really even considered to be much by the rest of the big progressives now in power (another reference to “his people”), just thought of mostly as useful idiots to exploit and keep getting votes from. Blacks are so much worse off every time a dem says he is trying to help them. When are they going to wake up do you think, funkypoo?

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    • buckeyenutComment by buckeyenut
      March 13, 2013 @ 10:23 am

      Funkybro, in regards to your comment ““his people” eh? Just a code word to remind us that this President is a black man. How racist! Surely you must know that Gen. Robert E. Lee referred to Union troops as “those people” when those troops were fighting to free the black slaves. Or when Moses said “let my people go” he was referring to another minority, the Jews. How racist.” I see nothing racist about “his people.” It’s easy to see that “his people” is referring to his appointees, nothing more, nothing less, which they are of varying races. You are the racist for making this out to be racist!

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    • redseaComment by redsea
      March 14, 2013 @ 8:10 am

      I think KerryP was referring to “his people” as his political supporters and his administration. The first statement was “…Obama is just out for his political party and his own objectives” so I interpret “his people” to be those referred to and defined in the opening statement. At least that’s how I was taught to read and write. But maybe I went to a bad school!

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  4. ssmcdonaldComment by ssmcdonald
    March 13, 2013 @ 6:21 am

    What should anyone expect from the “I’m better than you are” vermin that occupy White House space these days?

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  5. thebuckdudeComment by thebuckdude
    March 13, 2013 @ 9:11 am

    The Dems have no problem raising taxes on the working Americans, since the democrats don’t plan on paying the taxes anyway.
    I forget which comedian said this a few years ago after the scandal over Geitner and Daschle first broke, but it is so true.
    Why don’t we hear this from the lame stream media?
    We know why……

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  6. peletierComment by peletier
    March 13, 2013 @ 9:26 am

    America has to remember that Barack Hussein Obama, truly thinks, that he is not Black, or White but God, himself, reason why he never practices what he preaches and really want to slave our Nation, one step at a time.

    Do you really think he gives a hut, about people in the White House that owe taxes? Have you already forgot he appointed Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithne, a 3 year confessed Tax Cheater?

    Short memories destroy Nations…

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  7. bna42Comment by bna42
    March 13, 2013 @ 9:57 am

    “. . .40 aides to President Obama still owe the federal government a combined $333,485 in back taxes.”

    It should come as no surprise because Obama has always surrounded himself with tax cheats and tax evaders. He even put one in charge of the Treasury.

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  8. buckeyenutComment by buckeyenut
    March 13, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    So what are the figures on what Obama and his White House Staff owe, including all personnel and appointees, including his czars that we have no information on as to their salaries or what they do?

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    • bwtankerComment by bwtanker
      March 13, 2013 @ 8:19 am

      THEY do little to nothing,at least nothing right that might help Americans

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  9. lizazComment by lizaz
    March 13, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    Hypocrites abound in DC…..we need to remove all officials who can’t or won’t pay their taxes as WE THE PEOPLE are required in no uncertain terms to do! This one-way street is getting OLD!

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  10. rzraickComment by rzraick
    March 13, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

    Here is a thought. Why don’t we all stop paying taxes? Follow the wonderful example set by the ones in government.

    If we all just stopped payng taxes, we might be able to starve the beast down to size. Finally we all would be paying our fair share for the services we recieve, which is nothing.

    There are those who believe that only a revolution can fix the problems. If we are going to have a revolution anyway, why not start with a tax revolt?

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    • redseaComment by redsea
      March 14, 2013 @ 1:24 pm

      That is a good idea! But would be difficult to organize in such a large country. You could do it if you are well organized. And you would need to have employer cooperation, because they are supposed to withhold your taxes. Try!

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    • rickinnevComment by rickinnev
      March 14, 2013 @ 2:16 pm

      I posted the same exact thing a couple months ago about stop feeding the Beast is the only way to kill it..Sadly, here is the real Reality of why it won’t work..

      Quote from a European Newspaper
      Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way that you can quickly understand them. This quote came from the Czech Republic. Someone over there has it figured out. It was translated into English from an article in the Prague newspaper Prager Zeitungon:

      “The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their president.”

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    • rzraickComment by rzraick
      March 14, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

      Redsea, you are right. The system is rigged against such an action. But it is something to think about.

      Rickinnev, I hate to admit that the author you quoted is exactly right. Our present government is a logical extension of the slow decay in our country which has spanned my entire life. It started before I was born, but the flow toward collective socialism has been steadily advancing during my life time.

      The damage and betrayal being done by the present government is just the logical outcome of a trend which has been in place for well over a century.

      People in o society which has been intentionally dumbed down and made dependent, whose brains are pickled with prescription drugs, chemicals in foods, additives in water, and a bombardment of propaganda, which masquerades as news and entertainment, all the while pressing a collectivist socialist “progressive” mind set, has taken its toll.

      No matter what happens in the world of politics, government, or the economy, trying to get the needed philosophical awakening is almost undoable.

      But what choice is there? acquiesce to be a slave, or to fight for life and freedom. I choose fighting for what is right, no matter how dear the cost of engaging in that fight. I do it in every way I can think of.

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  12. rickinnevComment by rickinnev
    March 14, 2013 @ 9:14 am

    @ FunkyBro…

    In a Charlie Brown cartoon the black kid speaks

    ” I like being black ”

    Charlie Brown replies, that’s nice, and then says

    ” I like being white ”

    and the black kid responds..RACIST!

    and it just that simple you whining, sniveling sobbing derelict.

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    • marciaComment by marcia
      March 14, 2013 @ 9:41 am

      TO FUNKYBRO>>>I never said ANYTHING about RACE or HIS PEOPLE OR what MY COLOR IS! Stop using religion (or lack of one), skin, country of origin, tax bracket, lack of mother/father, what u were fed, how others have more hair than u, no one bought u enough toys etc….grow up! WE all bleed the same color and u would know that if u fought for something with ur life! When the person next to u in war dies, their color is not the st thing u notice!

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