Our soon-to-be-former President’s message about taxes has been consistent: Everyone needs to pay their fair share.
Apparently that excludes people in his own administration.
According to the IRS (via this story, Obama’s staffers owe more than $800,000 in back taxes.
The Oval Office has almost 460 employees, bringing in $37 million in salary. For those of you counting at home, that’s more than $80,000 per employee.
That’s up more than $4 million from the Bush administration.
In fact, in all, federal government employees owe $3.4 billion in back taxes. That’s billion with a ‘b.’
So much for “paying their fair share.”
No, we can’t directly blame our incompetent president for all of these employees who apparently believe the rules don’t apply to them.
On the other hand, it’s a perfect example of this government’s lack of accountability and that does stem from the oval office.
This president has repeatedly shirked the responsibility his office holds: one to be dutiful to the taxpayers not the fundraisers.
President Obama has habitually abused his power and further perpetuated the tax and spend liberal mythology to the utmost degree.
His attitude toward entitlements has only furthered the idea that the government can and will do what it desires, regardless of whether or not it’s legal to do so.
If we want to join a war in Africa without congressional approval why not?
If we don’t want to pay our taxes who is going to make us? Certainly not the government. We are the government.
I don’t know how many times it must be said, but attitude reflects leadership.
When our leader declares that people need more help from the government to survive, people tend to believe him. When our leader does what he wants without going through the proper channels, we tend to feel emboldened to do the same.
When our leader blames politics, incites division and instigates conflict, people tend to imitate.
Republicans don’t want Barack Obama out of office because he’s a Democrat. They want him out of office because he represents everything that is wrong with politics from political divisiveness, to cronyism, corruption and a big government power grab.
Regardless of his political stripes, Barack Obama’s example is one this country can no longer afford to follow.