Last week we heard how Bush was pandering to the richest Americans even more by eliminating jobs at the I.R.S. that are charged with looking into the tax returns of these people:
The federal government is moving to eliminate the jobs of nearly half of the lawyers at the Internal Revenue Service who audit tax returns of some of the wealthiest Americans, specifically those who are subject to gift and estate taxes when they transfer parts of their fortunes to their children and others.
The administration plans to cut the jobs of 157 of the agency’s 345 estate tax lawyers, plus 17 support personnel, in less than 70 days. Kevin Brown, an I.R.S. deputy commissioner, confirmed the cuts after The New York Times was given internal documents by people inside the I.R.S. who oppose them.
So do we really need these lawyers? Wouldn’t the richest people in the country actually be the most honest people around? After all, they are the ones who can afford to pay their taxes – aren’t they?
Enter today’s New York Times and this little tid-bit of information:
So many superrich Americans evade taxes using offshore accounts that law enforcement cannot control the growing misconduct, according to a Senate report that provides the most detailed look ever at high-level tax schemes.
Among the billionaires cited in the report are the owner of the New York Jets football team, Robert Wood Johnson IV; the producer of the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” children’s show, Haim Saban; and two Texas businessmen, Charles and Sam Wyly, who the Center for Public Integrity found in 2000 were the ninth-largest contributors to President Bush.
This is how Bush runs this country. “If you support me then you can ignore the law”. That is essentially what he is saying. Screw Tom the Mechanic or Bill the plumber. Bush has to protect the elitists that in turn support him.
This highlights a key reason for the need for campaign finance reform. These people are paying to get their President elected then in turn get “presidential” favors, like not having to worry about the law. Again, Bush is screwing American while flipping off the essence of our nation. Bush hates Democracy and everything that America stands for and his actions prove that time and time again.