We hope this guy is ready to be thrown under the bus.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said Monday he thought the 18 percent tax rate paid by President Barack Obama and other wealthy people was too low.
“The fact is we can’t run this country based on the amount of revenue that we’re collecting today,” Murphy said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” during a discussion that related to the rate Obama had paid.
“We can’t collect 18 percent from people making that much money and be able to afford to build roads and bridges and educate kids and do the medical research we used to,” Murphy continued. “We just sort of need to make a fundamental admission that this nation can’t run on collecting 17 percent of GDP and that largely needs to come out of the pockets of the people making that kind of cash.”
Obama and his wife, Michelle, paid an effective 18.4 percent in taxes on adjusted gross income of $608,000 in 2012, according to their tax return, which the White House released Friday. They reduced their tax bill by more than a quarter-million dollars by claiming charitable, mortgage interests and other deductions.
The Obamas’ rate was drawing fire from “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough, who noted Obama attacked Mitt Romney’s low tax rate during the 2012 elections. Murphy said it showed the need to draw additional revenue through closing loopholes.
Amusingly, Murphy was exposed as a tax cheat during his campaign against Linda McMahon last year.
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Christopher Murphy was nearly four months late in paying a $1,890 property tax bill in 2005, when he bought a house in Cheshire – in the latest question to arise in the past two weeks about his handling of payments for his personal housing expenses.
Meanwhile, records also show Murphy paid taxes car taxes late seven times from 1998 to 2005, all with the town of Southington. The longest-overdue was nearly 10 months: On May 23, 2005, he paid a $493 tax bill from July 2004 on a 2002 Audi. He paid $74 in interest on that – part of the total $156 he paid in interest on his late car taxes.
Glass house, stones, some assembly required. Heck, this clown couldn’t even pay his mortgage not long ago.
The Courant has disclosed recently that: Murphy was sued in a foreclosure action in 2007 for missing mortgage payments – he won’t say how many – on the Cheshire house; and that he was sued by his landlord in 2003 for nonpayment of rent on an apartment in Southington.