HolyCoast: You Want to Pay More Taxes? Go Ahead, Nobody's Stopping You

Monday, April 16, 2012

You Want to Pay More Taxes? Go Ahead, Nobody's Stopping You

I'll believe this guy is serious when he writes a check to the government without being ordered to do so:
Philippe Villers was a little boy in 1940, when his family escaped from Paris only hours before the Nazi invasion and immigrated to the United States. From the harrowing flight of a wartime refugee, Villers went on to earn degrees from Harvard and MIT and to cofound Computervision, a former Fortune 500 company that made him rich.

“This country has been good to me,’’ Villers, 76, said. “I’d like to do my part to give back.’’

As part of his effort to give back, Villers has made an unusual request to the federal government: Raise my taxes, please.

Villers is one of a handful of Massachusetts members of a national organization called Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength, which supports a 30 percent effective tax rate on million-dollar annual earners under the “Buffett Rule.’’ The Senate will hold a procedural vote on the proposal Monday.

The US tax code’s top income rate is 35 percent but imposes only a 15 percent levy on capital gains on investments, where many affluent Americans earn much of their money. Billionaire Warren Buffett, for whom the rule is named, has complained publicly that he pays an effective tax rate of just 17.4 percent, much less than what his secretary pays.

Senator Scott Brown has said he opposes the Buffett Rule and is expected to vote against it. The bill is not expected to garner enough votes to prevent a Republican filibuster.
Ok, Mr. Villers, I'll help you out:
Gifts to the United States
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Credit Accounting Branch
3700 East-West Highway, Room 622D
Hyattsville, MD 20782
Write your big check and show us you're serious about giving back. Otherwise, you're a fraud who won't pay one dime more than the government makes you...like Warren Buffet.  Your generosity to the country shouldn't require forced participation by other Americans.

1 comment:

Larry said...

From wikipedia (Philippe Villers):

"Philippe Villers is currently (2008) president of GrainPro, Inc., and board member of a number of high-tech startups, as well as president of Families USA Foundation, which he endowed."

From wikipedia (Families USA):

"Families USA is an influential health-care lobbyist in Washington, D.C. They have taken positions on every major piece of health care legislation, including the Medicare Part D plan.

"The New York Times called Families USA 'an unusual advocacy group,' while other sources have written about connections to the Service Employees International Union."