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Tax the Rich – Not Me

It’s kind of amusing that Democratic politicians love to campaign on a platform of “taxing the rich,” but when push comes to shove, the rich ones don’t like to pay their own taxes:

Former Sen. Tom Daschle, tapped by President Obama to lead his healthcare reform campaign, failed to pay more than $128,000 in taxes in the three years before Obama nominated him in December to head the Department of Health and Human Services.

The disclosure — involving unreported income and the use of a car and driver provided to Daschle — comes 2 1/2 weeks after Obama’s choice to head the Treasury Department, Timothy Geithner, admitted that he had not paid about $43,000 in taxes.

I think someone should introduce a law that elected officials who advocate and pass higher taxes should be automatically audited, and if it is discovered they have failed to pay their taxes, the penalty should be 25 times that of an everyday citizen.