Wednesday, March 26, 2008

An Elitist And His Money Are Rarely Parted

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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.


Greg said...

You would only be surprised by this if you adhered to the old stereotype of liberals being more caring, and conservatives being less so. Reality is the opposite

Liberals are great at spending other people's money!

An illustration: in Massachusetts, you are allowed to opt to pay a 6% tax rate instead of the standard 5%. Guess how many in this far-left state opt to pay more....

Another angle: why won't Hillary & Bill release their tax returns? B/c to win over the liberals who choose the nominee, you can't expose that you are filthy rich!

In "progressive" circles, it just looks bad to be filthy rich. On the other hand, no one will care if you are a stingy s.o.b. with your money.

Greg said...

The link was cut off....

Also, I was thinking we should give BHO a break on this issue. The numbers go back to '04. Well way back in '04, BHO was just emerging from complete obscurity and certainly couldn't have known he'd be running for President after such a brief natn'l political career. If he had, he'd have given more money.


LASunsett said...

Excellent article, Greg. All that grace this blog should read it.

The key part of this article which best explains the elitist mentality:

According to General Social Survey in 2004, liberal young Americans are significantly less likely than the young conservatives to express a willingness to sacrifice for their loved ones. For example, progressives under 30 are significantly less likely than young right-wingers to say they would prefer to suffer rather than let the one they love suffer, that they are not happy unless the loved one is happy, or that they would sacrifice their own wishes for the one they love.