In Tuesday's State of the Union speech, President Obama droned on (again) about the need for people to "pay their fair share". If he really cared about making sure those that made a lot of money paid their fair share, he would look a little closer to home than Omaha....
Congressional staffers owed about $10.6 million in unpaid taxes in 2010, a slight increase from the previous year and a growing slice of the roughly $1 billion owed by federal and postal workers nationwide.
The figures come as Republican efforts to pass legislation allowing federal agencies to fire tax delinquent federal employees have slowed and as the White House continues to crack down on improper payments made by agencies to delinquent government contractors and federal beneficiaries.
About 98,000 federal, postal and congressional employees owed $1.03 billion in unpaid taxes at the end of fiscal 2010, according to recordsprovided by the Internal Revenue Service. The total number of delinquent employees dipped slightly from 2009, but the amount owed jumped by $32 million.
And the Congressional Republican leading the charge...Utah's own Jason Chaffetz...
The figures are “totally unacceptable and disrespectful to hardworking American taxpayers,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah). “If you’re on the federal payroll, the very least you can do is pay your taxes.”
Not to mention your dear leader requires it of you. And he can start in his own White House.
At the Executive Office of the President – encompassing 1,800 employees of the West Wing, the Office of Management and Budget, the National Security Council and the Office of U.S. Trade Representative, among others – 36 staffers, or 2 percent, owed a $833,970. The amount owed increased by almost $3,000 from the previous year.
Seriously, if the Obama administration really cared about "fairness" and getting more money for government, he would enforce the existing laws....starting with federal employees. If you collect your paycheck from the taxpayer, the least you can do is help contribute to your own wages by PAYING YOUR TAXES.