U.S. President Barack Obama’s latest push to “spread the wealth around” (even more so than he’s done already) hit a speed bump on Thursday when it was revealed that dozens of his staffers owed hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes.
Specifically, a recent report from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) revealed that thirty-six of Obama’s staffers currently owe $833,970 in back taxes.
Impressive, isn’t it? Obviously, $833,970 is chump change compared to the $5 trillion in deficit spending that Obama has presided over, but it’s certainly symbolic.
“Chump change you can believe in,” if you will.
Want a more substantive figure? Try the estimated $3.4 billion in back taxes owed by all federal employees – including $8.5 million owed by staffers in the U.S. House of Representative and $2.1 million owed by U.S. Senate staffers.
Obviously we don’t need another galling example of hypocrisy to roundly rebuke Obama’s latest efforts to turn America into a “Union of Soviet Socialist States,” but it’s nice to have one regardless.
And in case you’re keeping score at home, Obama’s 457 White House staffers earned an average of $81,000 a year in 2010 – roughly twice the median household income in South Carolina.