"President Barack Obama says he wants to make sure millionaires are taxed at higher rates than their secretaries. The data say they already are..." (AP)
In any argument there are never really absolute absolutes. All people are not all good or all bad for example.
Stating absolutes however, in the desperate hope that the American public will simply buy his words as the gospel, is just one of the problems with the way that President Obama presents his "facts."
The President operates under the misguided belief (although at one point it did ring true), that the American people will take him at his word and that if he says something often enough and loud enough his version of the truth will become the reality for the masses.
What the President should understand is that at this point he is perceived by the majority of the American people by the following adage: "Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me!"
In full campaign mode and using a strategy of class warfare in an attempt to reenergize his base, the President is using his verbal shake and bake to put forth the misleading and disingenuous assertion that millionaires and billionaires like Warren Buffet pay less in taxes than the underlings who work for them.
While some millionaires may pay less, the vast majority of those who filed tax returns showing income of $1,000,000 or more, 99% of them, paid federal income taxes with an average federal tax rate of 29.1%.
This compares to those filing with incomes between $50,000 and $75,000 who paid an average federal tax rate of 15%.
The AP article can found at this link, but the bottom-line for the President and those who are running his campaign is this.
Playing fast and loose with the truth only works when your constituency, the mainstream media, is running cover for you.
That "game," judging by this AP article, may be over!
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