Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Speaking Of Fiscal Leadership

Say what you want about him, Mitt Romney puts his money where his mouth is:

Romney charitable contributions Tax year    Taxable income          Charitable donations Donations as % of income
2010           $21.7 million                 $2.98 million                13.73%
2011 (est)   $20.9 million                $4 million                     19.14%

And how about Barack Obama, the guy who is constantly nagging the rest of us to dig a little deeper, share the burden of sacrifice, and spread the wealth around?

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and his wife Michelle gave $10,772 of the $1.2 million they earned from 2000 through 2004 to charities, or less than 1 percent, according to tax returns for those years released today by his campaign.

That's not much sharing of the sacrifice, nor spreading of the wealth, Mr. President!  Of course, we can see plainly from both his actions and his words that Obama only means sharing of other people's sacrifice, and spreading of other people's wealth around.  Not his.  It's the liberal reality: two sets of rules, one for them and one for everyone else.  Do as I say, not as I do...and don't point out that I'm demanding you do as I say but not as I do, either.

But the Obama's are doing better than VP Joe Biden, who gave just $369 per year to charity over the course of the past decade or so.  Nice.

Another bit of economic news that speaks to spreading (other people's) wealth around:
So far, during the presidency of Barack Obama, the price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped 83 percent, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 
During the same period, the price of ground beef has gone up 24 percent and price of bacon has gone up 22 percent.
Whole wheat bread prices from January 2009 to December 2011 increased about five percent (5.02 percent) from $1.97 to $2.07.
Ice cream prices, for a half-gallon, were $4.44 in January 2009 and $5.25 in December 2011, an increase of 19.1 percent.

Hm, it's a good thing that none of these products are important to daily living for most Americans.  Oh, wait...

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