Paying lots of taxes makes Bill Clinton one happy man

Wednesday, July 9, 2003 at 1:00am

Bill Clinton and I have a few things in common. He is making a lot of money these days mouthing off, and so am I. He came from rather humble beginnings, and I was raised in a working-class environment as well. We are both in the top income bracket, but here is where we diverge. Clinton loves paying taxes. I don't.

Speaking before the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, Clinton criticized the Bush tax cut: "We are going to put half a million [children] out on the street so I can get my $80,000 tax cut. I must be the only person in America that every time I pay the maximum tax rates, every time I sign that tax form, I smile. I thank God I live in a country that gave me a chance to make the money I do."

Not only does Clinton like paying taxes, but as chief executive he loved raising them. According to the Tax Foundation, the tax burden on working Americans under his administration was the highest since World War II. So it is fair to say that Clinton is a taxing kind of guy.

Now, I don't want to put any child "out on the street"

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