An article on The Ticket has revealed that, per the White House’s report, President Obama’s secretary paid taxes at a higher rate than he did for 2011. Also, his gross income for the year was nearly $800,000.
He can be rich if he wants. But I won’t have him being rich and complaining about it. Here’s what I mean.
He is complaining that his secretary paid taxes at a higher rate than he did – an anecdote he is using to support his proposed tax-hiking “Buffett Rule.” The rule is named after Warren Buffett, who is also complaining about being rich. “It’s not fair,” they wail, “that I should pay taxes at a lower rate than the poor!” (or…in the case of his secretary who made $95,000 last year…the upper-middle class) “We should change the tax code so that people like us have to pay more taxes!” they conclude.
I have a better idea.
Well, first, we ought to simply drop the “poor” people’s tax rate to match the rich people’s. Problem solved. (We’ll have to cut federal spending, but that’s nothing new, and it’s not going to happen anyways…)
But that won’t happen. So here’s another idea: let’s allow Barack Obama, Warren Buffett, and the apparently-many other guilt-ridden millionaires who are jonesing to pay more taxes to…well…pay more taxes. But instead of having their hard-earned money taken from them by the iron fist of the IRS, I would suggest we allow these sensitive souls to assuage their consciences by giving – out of the goodness of their hearts, the depths of their pocketbooks, and their obvious love for their country – as much money as they want to the government. We could even have a handy website where you could put in your gross income, and it would tell you how much you should donate if you want to “feel the pain” of those poor non-millionaires. The great thing about this option is that you can give the money to any specific government agency you want, instead of being forced to add it to the general pot.
With this – my brilliant solution – everyone will be happy. No one’s taxes increase, millionaires feel better about themselves, and Obama’s secretary will pay the same tax rate he does. Everything will be right in the world.