I don’t have the transcript for it, and the closest I could quickly find was this bit from Reuters:
“In my opinion, this is a good bill, and I hope that my fellow Democrats will support it,” Clinton said.
He admitted that as a high earner himself he would benefit from the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans that Democrats, including Obama, dislike. But with an extension of unemployment benefits and a cut in payroll taxes, Clinton said the package was the best bipartisan deal to help the country.
But I directly heard Slick Willy say that he could afford paying higher taxes. And that even though he would personally suffer, it was the right thing to do for the country. Because that’s just what a noble guy he is.
And Obama very definitely said it, as the Washington Times article entitled, “Obama: Rich can afford tax hike” should make abundantly clear.
But what Bill Clinton CAN’T seem to afford is wife Hillary’s campaign debts from now more than two full years ago.
The Clinton’s will eventually pay them, I don’t doubt. With Other People’s Money, of course:
Bill Clinton is giving someone a chance to spend a day with him in New York City to help pay off his wife’s 2008 campaign debt.
The former president has sent out a new fundraising pitch on behalf of his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who still owes her presidential campaign pollster.
Hillary Clinton owed Mark Penn and his firm more than $479,000 as of September, according to a campaign report filed with the Federal Election Commission.
Bill Clinton can pitch for raising income taxes on Other People. Because he knows damn well he’ll weasel out of them with the help of accountants who are nearly as slick as he is.
He’s not interested in “paying his fair share.” If he was, he’d write the check for his family campaign debts, instead of trying to sucker you into writing the check to pay off his wife’s debts for him.
Do you think Slick Willy’s going to be digging out his checkbook to pay off YOUR debts anytime soon?
Clinton and other wealthy liberals can say this kind of crap because they are unrelenting hypocrites. Their souls swim in hypocrisy the way fish swim in water. And so they know that they can raise taxes to whatever level they can manage, and that they’ll be able to afford every tax dodge and tax shelter and tax loophole that money can buy.
But most people can’t. They’re forced to basically pay out the maximum rate, because they don’t have the money to afford the tax attorneys who can shelter their assets. So they get screwed while the Slick Willy’s of the world keep getting other people to pay their debts for them.
And, of course, the Clintons and the Obamas have other little perks that honest people don’t have. When Bill Clinton was elected as the attorney general for the state of Arkansas, his wife Hillary immediately got hired by the Rose Law Firm. And when Bill was elected governor, suprise, suprise, Hillary suddenly made partner. And there was that $1,000 Hillary turned into a hundred grand inside of a year with the painfully obvious benefit of insider trading tips.
And Michelle Obama benefited every scintilla as much from her husband’s political machinery. Within months of Barack being elected state senator, Michelle Obama received a $195,000 pay increase from the “not for profit” hospital where she worked. And at that same time, she was suddenly put on boards of companies for lucrative money – yes, including another huge stock payout.
Maybe you get money literally thrown at you on account of your spouse’s political connections. I don’t. Maybe the fact that I have to work hard for my money, rather than riding the coattails of a big money political machine and the businesses craving the opportunity to purchase influence makes me less willing to pay more taxes to the government. Because I can’t tell my political patronizers, “The price just went up.”
And this liberal progressive hypocrisy on taxes and influence peddling with Other People’s Money is as old as, well, liberal progressivism.
Barack Obama n0minated Tom Daschle to be the Secretary of Health and Human Services – and incredibly powerful position in the advent of the age of ObamaCare. The only problem was that Daschle the Democrat hadn’t paid his taxes.
This happened again and again with a slew of Democrats who thought that their screed of “paying your fair share” only applied to Other People. And how DARE you think that Democrats should be held accountable for standards that should only apply to Other People.
Ultimately, Obama’s nomination for Treasury Secretary went through, even though the man who would be in charge of tax enforcement hadn’t bothered to pay his own income taxes. Because, by that time, it was apparent that finding an honest Democrat was just impossible.
And, of course, we now all know about the history of the Democrat in charge of writing tax laws for everyone else, Rep. Charlie Rangel, the now-disgraced former Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
But, of course, if you think he should be criminally prosecuted for his abject failure to follow his own tax laws, well, you’re just a racist, aren’t you?
If the Congressional Black Caucus really believed that “the rich should pay their fair share of taxes,” they’d have hung Charlie Rangel up by his balls like he deserved, rather than labeling anyone who pointed out that he was a tax-cheating hypocrite fraud as a racist.
And in a way, the racist Congressional Black Caucus is completely right. Because all Charlie Rangel did was act like a Democrat. And if every Democrat was arrested for hypocrisy, I mean, there just wouldn’t be any Democrats walking the streets, would there?
Remember, Charlie Rangel is a good Democrat. A GREAT one, in fact. Because he was totally true to the Democrat philosophy: he wanted Other People to pay higher taxes, while he himself slept on the beach in front of his villa – which he hadn’t bothered to pay taxes on in SEVENTEEN YEARS.
Amazingly, Charlie Rangel – who was re-elected yet again in spite of the fact that he is a big fat criminal and a fraud, because that’s just the way Democrats roll – was one of the vocal Democrats spouting their opposition to “the rich” getting away with paying lower than communist-level income taxes. Because, again, Democrats make up for their ignorance with sheer unmitigated chutzpah.
Rangel should do a lot less talking and a lot more shutting the hell up.
The same thing happened the LAST election, in 2004. John Kerry was lecturing us in that snotty tone of voice of his on paying our fair share of taxes, and how the rich owed more.
Well, George Bush – the guy who believed in LOWER taxes – basically paid income taxes on the maximum federal income tax rate of 35% without taking deductions he qualified for. What did the Kerrys pay? How double damn DARE you ask!!!
Kerry’s Wife Pays Less Taxes Than Median Family
“According to HUD, the median family income for the U.S. for 2003 was $56,500. After applying the standard deduction of $9,500 for married filing jointly we end up with a taxable income of $47,000. This puts the average family in the 15 percent tax bracket. Kerry’s wife, using tax shelters, managed to pay only an effective federal tax rate of 11.5 percent, compared with the top federal income tax rate of 35 percent. She paid $587,000 on an income of $5.1M.
“If Kerry wants the rich to pay more he should start with his wife.”
Despite the release of partial financial information, John and Teresa Kerry have not explained why, if it’s so important for the evil rich to pay more taxes, they didn’t add a voluntary addition to their check to the IRS.
So the arrogant and always snooty Kerrys – who demanded that Other People pay far more on their income taxes paid less than one-third (rhymes with ‘turd’) the tax rate they would have paid if they were honest people who WEREN’T full of hypocrisy over their eyeballs.
Because John Kerry and his rabid wife are Democrats. And to be a Democrat is tantamount to being a vile pile of slime these days.
Has John Kerry learned the error of his ways and reformed from his hypocrisy? I hate to tell you, but his yacht screams hell no:
Sen. John Kerry, who has repeatedly voted to raise taxes while in Congress, dodged a whopping six-figure state tax bill on his new multimillion-dollar yacht by mooring her in Newport, R.I.
All this to say that Democrats say “the rich should pay more” only because they are vile dishonest hypocrites who know that they won’t have to follow the rules that they afflict honest people with.
The facts are abundantly clear: allowing citizens – ALL citizens, not just the ones who pass Democrats’ Marxist class warfare test – to keep more of their own money which they earned and they deserve to keep is good for the economy, good for job-creation and even good for the government tax revenues.
Not that you can trust Democrats who are too damn dishonest to bother to pay their own taxes while railing at everyone else to pay more to admit that.
Every Democrat who says that “the rich should pay more” should be checking the box on their tax forms and donating whatever percent they want Other People to pay to the government. That’s right, you hypocrite Democrats: why don’t you put your money where your mouths are for just once in your life and do what you are demanding that Other People do?
That goes for the more than half of you Democrats who don’t pay ANY federal income taxes at all. You can file a tax form. You can check that box. You can give 39.6% of your money – or whatever you demand that Other People pay – to the government. You’re just too damn full of hypocrite to do so.
So you just eat dirt, you Bill-and-Hillary Clinton John-and-Teresa Kerry Tom Daschle Timothy Geithner Charlie Rangel Democrats. You can be as self-righteous – or as Barack Obama himself called you, “sanctimonious” – as you want. But you know and I know that you’re really nothing but a bunch of lousy greedy hypocrites who want Other People to pay YOUR “fair share.”