Barack and Michelle Obama have released their tax returns and according to Bloomberg, they gave less than one percent of their income to charity, from 2000-04.
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and his wife Michelle gave $10,772 of the $1.2 million they earned from 2000 through 2004 to charities, or less than 1 percent, according to tax returns for those years released today by his campaign.
I find this particularly hypocritical when they are such advocates for the government helping the poor and oppressed citizenry of the United States. If they are so concerned about the tired and poor huddled, homeless masses, why did they not give more? Why do they want to tax all of us to do the job that was in the power of their hands, to do themselves?
From the Obama Website comes this description of the problem:
Poverty Rising: There are nearly 37 million poor Americans. Most Americans living in poverty work, but still cannot afford to make ends meet.
Minimum Wage is Not Enough: Even when a parent works full-time earning minimum wage and EITC and food stamps are factored into their income, families are still $1,550 below the federal poverty line because of the flat-lined minimum wage.
I have to ask, why isn't Obama doing more on a personal level? I bet Rev. Wright wants to know why he didn't even pay his proper amount of tithes.