By Lurita Doan
It’s becoming clear: Obama thinks American voters are stupid. Anyone believing Obama’s current campaign promises is either gullible or amnesia-prone. Increasingly, his campaign speeches indicate a rather pitiful and cynical hope that Americans will not remember his earlier promises nor will they recall past decisions by the Obama Administration that have failed so spectacularly. Obama’s reelection strategy seems dependent upon an ability to fool most of the people one more time.
Obama’s most cynical campaign effort is the oft repeated mantra that some Americans are not “paying their fair share” of taxes. For example, in September 2011, Obama said he supports “a plan that asks the most fortunate among us to pay their fair share, just like everybody else.”What Obama hopes voters do not remember is that the President has demonstrated a very peculiar notion of what constitutes “a fair share”? If you happen to be one of President Obama’s favored friends or businesses, such as GE CEO, Jeffrey Immelt, your fair share of the tax is zero. If you happen to be a union member, you may not be expected to pay much in taxes either. Other Obama friends and supporters seem to follow a different set of rules for paying taxes too.
In fact, Obama holds the dubious honor of having perhaps the largest percentage–ever– of nominated and appointed officials who didn’t pay their taxes. Just for starters, there’s Tim Geithner, Hilda Solis, Tom Daschle, Nancy Kilefer, Kathleen Sibelius, Ronald Kirk, Gregory Craig, Rahm Emanuel — just to name a few, who did not fully pay their taxes. Of course, these are the nominees whose issues have come to light because they chose to proceed with the nominations. There are likely a slew of others whose issues were so severe, they never made it past the vetting process.
What is painfully clear is that Obama believes that tax policy should apply differently to his friends and supporters than to the rest of the nation. So why is it surprising that Obama hopes that Americans will simply forget how shamefully he has embraced tax cheats while simultaneously berating other Americans to pony up and “pay their fair share”?
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