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Progressive Activist Begs for Tax Hikes

In case you missed this story from the LinkedIn town hall meeting yesterday, President Obama took a question from a former Google executive who begged the president to please raise his taxes. Here’s the video from the Washington Examiner, and a synopsis from Yahoo News:

Former Google brand manager Doug Edwards became an instant media sensation when he joined billionaire investor Warren Buffett in calling for those who had done well in America to do more to help the struggling masses. …

“I am unemployed by choice.” “My question is — would you please raise my taxes?” Edwards said.

Edwards later told reporters that he had never met Obama, but was invited to the town hall event by a friend who had links to the Democratic Party.

Edwards may have never met Obama, but as Tim Carney reports at the Washington Examiner, he’s given $300k in political donations during the past decade – exclusively to Democrats.

He also appears to be a member of Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength, a progressive activist group that has petitioned Obama and members of Congress for higher taxes. The Patriotic Millionaires have been around since the Bush tax cut fight in 2010, and recently started running ads promoting Obama’s “Buffett Rule.”

In April, Sen. Orrin Hatch informed the group they don’t have to wait for Congress to act in order to pay more in taxes. “They can write a check to the IRS and make an extra payment on their tax return to pay down the federal debt,” he wrote in a letter. “The option is right there at the bottom of their tax return.”

The Patriotic Millionaires rejected the advice. “A few of us voluntarily writing a check to the IRS will not fix the problem that Sen. Hatch and his colleagues created for our country with their fiscal irresponsibility,” the group responded. “It will take the work of all Patriotic Americans to create a strong foundation for our continued prosperity.”

So there you have it. The group isn’t particularly interested in paying higher taxes themselves. They’ll willingly do it, but they’re more concerned with forcing others to pay more. After all, if it was so “patriotic” for the wealthy to shoulder a higher tax burden, you’d think these people would be lining up to make IRS donations. Any guesses as to how many of them have actually done so?



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