Sen. Mary Landrieu wants taxpayers to pay more, but she and her husband have not yet paid $1,206.95 in tax penalties on their Capitol Hill Home.
Alex Pappas from the Daily Caller reported that the Senator from Louisiana "argued during a Capitol Hill hearing that the government needs more tax revenue." However, according to the District of Columbia's "Real Property Assessment Database," Landrieu and her hubby's $2.3 million home is being penalized (although it is not clear what the penalty is for, specifically) for 2012 taxes. During a February 14th Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on debt reduction and the federal budget, Mary Landrieu declared, "We have to bring [in] more revenues." This is a classic case of "Do as I say, not as I do," reminiscent of when newly minted Secretary of State John Kerry avoided paying 500k in taxes on his seven million dollar yacht.
Other glaring examples of prominent tax evaders include former Treasury Secretary Tim Geitner. While working at the International Monetary Fund, he avoided paying Social Security and Medicare taxes. Another one of many examples includes former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, who faced tax evasion and other charges. He eventually paid back well over 100k in back taxes. It seems that the rules do not apply to these "One Percenters."
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