SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Opinion

April 3, 2013

On Beacon Hill, taxes and April fools

(Continued)

“The Oracle of Omaha will personally unveil a 3-foot-by-6-foot donation check at an afternoon press conference on the Treasury steps. According to a statement released in advance of the event, Buffett said, ‘my friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress. It’s time for our government to get serious about shared sacrifice. Today, I, Warren Buffett, am personally getting serious about shared sacrifice.’

“The White House praised Buffett’s action. ‘Let me be clear,’ said President Obama. ‘This puts to rest any GOP-driven allegations that Warren Buffett was a hypocrite on the tax issue or was just engaging in a bit of moral preening.’

“Because the federal tax code is already steeply progressive, the Buffett Rule, if enacted, would raise just $31 billion in tax revenue over the next decade, according to the Joint Tax Committee. To put that in context, that is less than one-tenth of one percent of federal spending over the next 10 years.”

Very funny; sarcasm remains my favorite kind of humor. You can hear ATR leader Grover Norquist on April 13 when he is the keynote speaker at the Greater Boston Tax Day Tea Party Rally from 1 to 3 p.m. on Boston Common.

---

Barbara Anderson of Marblehead is a regular Salem News columnist.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Opinion

AP Video
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success
Comments Tracker
Roll Call
Helium debate
Helium