Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Why don't you give your secretary this option, Mr. Buffett?

Warren Buffett, the third-richest man in the world, has criticised the US tax system for allowing him to pay a lower rate than his secretary.  Of course, president Obama has gleaned on to Buffett's pronouncement by injecting his disgusting class warfare rhetoric.

Mr. Buffet, I have an idea how you can cure your guilt of not paying your fair share of taxes and also be fair to your secretary, all in one swoop.  For you, and all like you, who say that it is unfair the rate you pay as compared to your secretaries, give your secretary an option in the action you should take to be fair with her.  Would she like you to just pay more to the government when paying your income taxes, in the interest of fairness, or would your secretary like you to give that extra money to her in increased wages?   It would be her option.   Which option do you think she would take Mr. Buffett.   My bet on the option she would take: Show me the money!    [an aside: I am not being sexist here, as Mr. Buffett's secretary is a woman, I just did not assume that]

Think about it Mr. Buffett, it does not help your secretary one iota for you to pay more in taxes.  She would still  be getting the same measly wage you pay her now.  How the hell does that help her?  If you really want to be fair to your secretary; give her the money.  Trust me on this point Mr. Buffett.  If instead of paying the federal government more in taxes, you give that money to your secretary, she won't give a damn about how much you pay in taxes.   You will be able to release your guilt because you will have a happy secretary.

Oh, oh, I just thought of one problem though.  When you increase her salary in the same amount of the extra taxes you would have payed to the government, then that will  put your secretary in the higher income tax bracket.  That would mean, according to you and president Obama, your secretary then won't be paying her fair share.

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