‘Patriotic Millionaires’ support raising taxes but won’t voluntarily pay more to the gov’t

Three of the “Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength,” a group of 90 plus millionaires who signed a letter to President Obama asking him to allow the tax cuts on people with an income of $1 million or more each year to expire, say that despite their call to raise taxes, they will not pay the government more than they are required to, nor will they cut the government a personal check.

“I pay the taxes that I am required to pay, just like everybody else,” said Ron Garret, a software engineer turned angel investor who earned his fortune at Google. “I follow the law, I play by the rules, even when I don’t like the rules, even when I think the rules are wrong.”

In a democracy, he said, “the right way to address it…is to try to get the rules changed, not to go and play by your own rules.”

“I do everything I can to pay the least taxes that I’m required to pay,” said John Katzman, CEO of 2tor and founder of Princeton Review. “I’m not proposing that anybody decides to send a check to the government, and I’m not going to do that. The tax code was written to be followed, not to say it’s wrong.”

“I don’t bend over backwards to find every tax loophole,” he added, “but if I’m due a deduction, I take it.”

Does he see any hypocrisy in his calling for higher taxes, then?

“Not a bit.”

Morris Pearl, treasurer of the investment management firm BlackRock, echoed this sentiment. “I don’t want to pay more than my fair share,” he said, “but I don’t want to pay less either. Nobody wants to pay more taxes—that’s not the thing. But I think everyone wants to have the advantage of living in the greatest country in the world.”

He went on to note that tax cuts exist because “the government decided to encourage lots of different things, from home ownership to oil exploration,”

“I don’t think that’s evil,” he said, referring to taking tax breaks. “I think it’s following the rules, and doing what your leadership is telling you to do.”

All three took exception to the idea that instead of calling for higher taxes, they should just personally mail the government a check.

“The government is not a charity,” said both Garret and Katzman. “It cannot and should not be run like one,” added Garret. Pearl noted the same thing.

“I think that if you walk down that road,” Katzman said, “you might as well just say that all income tax should be voluntary.”

“I don’t think it should work out well,” he added.

The name of the group, the “Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength,” has prompted questions as to whether the signatories consider those who do not support higher taxes unpatriotic.

“Not at all. I never thought such a thing,” said Pearl.

“Disagreeing does not make you unpatriotic,” echoed Garret. “Patriotism is not a zero sum game.”

Katzman, however, was not so sure.

“I just signed the petition, I didn’t name it. There are a lot of ways to be patriotic,” he said.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dmacioce Daniel Macioce


  • Iweed

    Since 50% of Americans pay no taxes at all, if Congress would change the tax code to a flat tax or the Fair tax, then EVERYONE would be paying their fair share.  The so-called millionaire-billionaire who wants to pay more then they would be paying a percentage of their gross just like everyone else.  Do you understand this, Roger Emelt?  This  sounds very logical to me.

  • Pingback: Patriotic Millionaires Should Send Deficit Payments Directly to Treasury Department | The Millionaires Club

  • Pingback: Patriotic Millionaires Should Send Deficit Payments Directly to Treasury Department | The Millionaires Club

  • kingfish

    The FOUNDATIONS of Gates, Soros, Rockefeller are only there to AVOID taxes.

    Both Rockefeller and Gates’ foundations fund de-population vaccines. Gates is funding mosquitos for mass de-population. Here’s an article about so-called “philanthropist” George Soros. Per this article and many others, Mr. Soros is ANTI-American, certainly NOT “patriotic”.

    Here is what (CBS’) Mr. (Steve) Kroft’s research has turned up………bit of a read, but it took 4 months to put it together…


    “The main obstacle to a stable and just world order in the United States is George Soros.

    “George Soros is an evil man. He’s anti-God, anti-family, anti-American, and anti-good.” Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson.
    Is it possible to lay the global financial meltdown, the radicalizing of the Democratic Party, and America ‘s moral decline, at the feet of one man?

    YES, It is indeed possible.

    If George Soros isn’t the world’s preeminent “malignant messianic narcissist,” he’ll do until Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot are reincarnated.

    What we have in Soros, is a multi-billionaire atheist, with skewed moral values, and a sociopath’s lack of conscience. He considers himself to be an elitist world class philosopher, despises the American Way and just loves to do social engineering (change cultures).

    Soros is the power behind the throne of Obama. I accuse George Soros of being the PUPPET MASTER that is pulling Obama’s strings.

    Gyargy Schwartz, better known to the world as George Soros, was born August 12, 1930 in Hungary. Soros’ father, Tivadar, was a fervent practitioner of Esperanto, a language invented in 1887, and designed to be the first global language, free of any national identity.

    The Schwartz’s, who were non-practicing Jews, changed the family name to Soros, in order to facilitate assimilation into the gentile population, as the Nazis spread into Hungary during the 1930s.

    When Hitler’s henchman Adolf Eichmann arrived in Hungary , to oversee the murder of that country’s Jews, George Soros ended up with a man whose job was confiscating property from the Jewish population. Soros went with him on his rounds.

    Soros has repeatedly called 1944 “the best year of his life.”

    “70% of Mr. Soros’s fellow Jews in Hungary, nearly a half-million human beings, were annihilated in that year yet he gives no sign that this put any damper on his elation, either at the time or indeed in retrospect.”

    During an interview with “Sixty Minute’s” Steve Kroft, Soros was asked about his “best year:”

    KROFT: My understanding is that you went out with this protector of yours who swore that you were his adopted godson.

    SOROS: Yes. Yes.

    KROFT: Went out, in fact, and helped in the confiscation of property from your fellow Jews, friends and neighbors.

    SOROS: Yes. That’s right. Yes.

    KROFT: I mean, that sounds like an experience that would send lots of people to the psychiatric couch for many, many years. Was it difficult?

    SOROS: Not, not at all. Not at all, I rather enjoyed it..

    KROFT: No No feeling of guilt?

    SOROS: No., only feelings of absolute power.

    In his article, Muravchik describes how Soros has admitted to having “carried some rather potent messianic fantasies with me from childhood, which I felt I had to control, otherwise they might get me in trouble.”

    Be that as it may. After WWII, Soros attended the London School of Economics, where he fell under the thrall of fellow atheist and Hungarian, Karl Popper, one of his professors. Popper was a mentor to Soros until Popper’s death in 1994. Two of Popper’s most influential teachings concerned “the open society,” and Fallibilism.

    Fallibilism is the philosophical doctrine that all claims of knowledge could, in principle, be mistaken. Then again, I could be wrong about that.

    The “open society” basically refers to a “test and evaluate” approach to social engineering. Regarding “open society” Roy Childs writes, “Since the second world war, most of the Western democracies have followed Popper’s advice about piecemeal social engineering and democratic social reform, and it has gotten them into a grand mess.

    In 1956 Soros moved to New York City ,where he worked on Wall Street, and started amassing his fortune. He specialized in hedge funds and currency speculation.

    Soros is absolutely ruthless, amoral, and clever in his business dealings, and quickly made his fortune. By the 1980s he was well on his way to becoming the global powerhouse that he is today.

    In an article Kyle-Anne Shiver wrote for “The American Thinker” she says, “Soros made his first billion in 1992 by shorting the British pound with leveraged billions in financial bets, and became known as the man who broke the Bank of England. He broke it on the backs of hard-working British citizens who immediately saw their homes severely devalued and their life savings cut drastically.almost overnight.”

    In 1994 Soros crowed in “The New Republic” that “the former Soviet Empire is now called the Soros Empire.” The Russia-gate scandal in 1999, which almost collapsed the Russian economy, was labeled by Rep. Jim Leach, then head of the House Banking Committee, to be “one of the greatest social robberies in human history.” The “Soros Empire” indeed.

    In 1997 Soros almost destroyed the economies of Thailand and Malaysia. At the time, Malaysia ‘s Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad, called Soros “a villain, and a moron.” Thai activist Weng Tojirakarn said, “We regard George Soros as a kind of Dracula. He sucks the blood from the people.”

    The website Greek national Pride reports, “[Soros] was part of the full court press that dismantled Yugoslavia and caused trouble in Georgia , Ukraine and Myanmar [ Burma ]. Calling himself a philanthropist, Soros’ role is to tighten the ideological stranglehold of globalization and the New World Order while promoting his own financial gain. He is without conscience; a capitalist who functions with absolute amorality.”

    France has upheld an earlier conviction against Soros, for felony insider trading. Soros was fined 2.9 million dollars.

    Recently, his native Hungary fined Soros 2.2 million dollars for “illegal market manipulation.” Elizabeth Crum writes that “The Hungarian economy has been in a state of transition as the country seeks to become more financially stable and westernized. [Soros’] deliberately driving down the share price of its largest bank put Hungary ‘s economy into a
    wicked tailspin, one from which it is still trying to recover.

    My point here is that Soros is a planetary parasite. His grasp, greed, and gluttony have a global reach.

    But what about America ? Soros told Australia ‘s national newspaper “The Australian” that “America , as the centre of the globalised financial markets, was sucking up the savings of the world. This is now over. The game is out,” he said, adding that the time has come for “a very serious adjustment” in American’s consumption habits. He implied that he was the one with the power to bring this about..

    Soros: “World financial crisis was” stimulating” and “in a way, the culmination of my life’s work.”

    Obama has recently promised 10 billion of our tax dollars to Brazil, in order to give them a leg-up in expanding their offshore oil fields. Obama’s largesse towards Brazil , came shortly after his financial backer George Soros invested heavily in Brazilian oil (Petrobras). Tait Trussel writes, “The Petrobras loan may be a windfall for Soros and Brazil , but it is a bad deal for the U.S. The American Petroleum Institute estimates that oil exploration in the U.S. could create 160,000 new, well-paying jobs, as well as $1.7 trillion in revenues to federal, state, and local governments, all while fostering greater energy security and independence.”

    A blog you might want to keep an eye on is

    SorosWatch.com. Their mission: “This blog is dedicated to all.who have suffered due to the ruthless financial pursuits of George Soros. Your stories are many and varied, but the theme is the same: the destructive power of greed without conscience. We pledge to tirelessly watch Soros wherever he goes and to print the truth in the hope that he will one day be made to stop preying upon the world’s poor.that justice will be served.”

    Back to America . Soros has been actively working to destroy America from the inside out for some years now. People have been warning us. Two years ago Bill O’Reilly said on “The O’Reilly Factor” that “Soros [is] an extremist who wants open borders, a one-world foreign policy, legalized drugs, euthanasia, and on and on. This is off-the-chart dangerous..”

    In 1997 Rachel Ehrrenfeld wrote, “Soros uses his philanthropy to change or more accurately deconstruct the moral values and attitudes of the Western world, and particularly of the American people. His “open society” is not about freedom; it is about license. His vision rejects the notion of ordered liberty, in favor of an PROGRESSIVE ideology of rights and entitlements.”

    Perhaps the most important of these “whistle blowers” are David Horowitz and Richard Poe. Their book “The Shadow Party” outlines in detail how Soros hijacked the Democratic Party, and now owns it lock, stock, and barrel.

    Soros has been packing the Democratic Party with radicals, and ousting moderate Democrats for years.
    The Shadow Party became the Shadow Government, which became the Obama Administration.

    DiscoverTheNetworks.org (another good source) writes, “By his [Soros’] own admission, he helped engineer coups in Slovakia, Croatia, Georgia, and Yugoslavia . When Soros targets a country for “regime change,” he begins by creating a shadow government a fully formed government-in-exile, ready to assume power when the opportunity arises. The Shadow Party he has built in America greatly resembles those he has created in other countries prior to instigating a coup.”

    November 2008 edition of the German magazine “Der Spiegel,” in which Soros gives his opinion on what the next POTUS (President of the U.S ) should do after taking office. “I think we need a large stimulus package…” Soros thought that around 600 billion would be about right.

    Soros also said that “I think Obama presents us a great opportunity to finally deal with global warming and energy dependence. The U.S. needs a cap and trade system with auctioning of licenses for emissions rights.”

    Although Soros doesn’t (yet) own the Republican Party, like he does the Democrats, make no mistake, his tentacles are spread throughout the Republican Party as well.

    Soros is a partner in the Carlyle Group where he has invested more than 100 million dollars. According to an article by “The Baltimore Chronicle’s” Alice Cherbonnier, the Carlye Group is run by “a veritable who’s who of former Republican leaders,” from CIA man Frank Carlucci, to CIA head [and ex-President] George Bush, Sr.

    In late 2006, Soros bought about 2 million shares of Halliburton, Dick Cheney’s old stomping grounds.

    When the Democrats and Republicans held their conventions in 2000, Soros held Shadow Party conventions in the same cities, at the same time.

    Soros has dirtied both sides of the aisle, trust me. And if that weren’t bad enough, he has long held connections with the CIA.

    And I mustn’t forget to mention Soros’ involvement with the MSM (Main Stream Media), the entertainment industry (e.g. he owns 2.6 million shares of Time Warner), and the various political advertising organizations he funnels millions to. In short, George Soros controls or influence most of the MSM.

    Little wonder they ignore the TEA PARTY, Soro’s NEMESIS.

    As Matthew Vadum writes, “The liberal billionaire-turned-philanthropist has been buying up media properties for years in order to drive home his message to the American public that they are too materialistic, too wasteful, too selfish, and too stupid to decide for themselves how to run their own lives.”

    Richard Poe writes, “Soros’ private philanthropy, totaling nearly $5 billion, continues undermining America ‘s traditional Western values. His giving has provided funding of abortion rights, atheism, drug legalization, sex education, euthanasia, feminism, gun control, globalization, mass immigration, gay marriage and other radical experiments in social engineering.”

    Some of the many NGOs (Non Governmental Organizations) that Soros funds with his billions are: MoveOn.org, the Apollo Alliance, Media Matters for America , the Tides Foundation, the ACLU, ACORN, PDIA (Project on Death In America), La Raza, and many more. For a more complete list, with brief descriptions of the NGOs, go to DiscoverTheNetworks .org.

    Poe continues, “Through his global web of Open Society Institutes and Open Society Foundations, Soros has spent 25 years recruiting, training, indoctrinating and installing a network of loyal operatives in 50 countries, placing them in positions of influence and power in media, government, finance and academia.”

    Without Soro’s money, would the Saul Alinsky’s Chicago machine still be rolling? Would SEIU, ACORN, and La Raza still be pursuing their nefarious activities? Would Big Money and lobbyists still be corrupting government? Would our college campuses still be retirement homes for 1960s radicals?

    Yes, yes, yes, and yes

    America stands at the brink of an abyss, and that fact is directly attributable to Soros. Soros has vigorously, cleverly, and insidiously planned the ruination of America and his puppet, Barak Obama is leading the way.

    The words of Patrick Henry are apropos: “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!”

    These days, Patrick Henry’s sentiment is more than just some quaint hyperbole from long ago it’s a slow burning, but intense, glow that fires our courage and heart.


    • craigiri

      Are you a comedian?

      > Gates is funding mosquitos for mass de-population….

      Oh, and you should look up the Carlyle Group! Daddy George Bush is one of the biggies there.

      • pepito

        Are you actually defending George “Dr. Evil” Soros? Look, Daddy Bush is an American who love the United States, you useful idiot.

  • Sonny119

    LOL… Please, I had to stop and catch my breath, from all the gut wrenching laughter, after I read this article..
    You know, these so called Millionaires, can always Voluntarily give their Money, to the Federal, Sate, and Local Govt’s, all they want to, if that’s what they are really wanting to do…. and believe me, no one will stop them… so their argument of asking Obama, and all the politicians to raise their taxes, is about as laughable and bogus a plea, I have ever heard.. but what else can you expect from Liberal moronic imbeciles… just look at George Soros, Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, NY Mayor Bloomberg, and list goes on, and on, and on, and on..

  • theslowrider

    Over one year ago, I asked 100 famous liberals through emails and phone calls, to personally pay for my health care insurance. NOT A SINGLE ONE OF THEM SAID ‘YES.’ Everyone knows that democrats are just pieces of s***.

  • karl hungus

    This just proves even the ruling class in our country with all the education and monetary success can still be flawed by gullibility and guilt in regards to what goes on in congress. These politicians(crooks) are living like billionaires on the backs of the American tax payer.

    These millionaires would never offer a bystander use of a company jet for private undisclosed use, but that’s what our elected officials in congress get away with everyday. These 90 millionaires who signed the pledge would never give someone off the street a few million in start up capital for whatever use the street person wanted, but our politicians do it every day with earmarks for campaign contributors and their pet projects.

    These millionaires are funding the congressional extravagance and it seems they don’t even know it or care to know. Stop the funding and stop the problem. Term limits and a bi yearly forensic audits of every tax dollar would be a good first step in stopping the madness.

  • Rumblefish

    Ha, ha, ha. Yeah. Wasn’t it Biden who was running around screaming that it is our moral/patriotic duty to pay taxes all the while Obama couldn’t put a cabinet together that wasn’t full of tax cheats? Here in Washington State, Bill Gates, Sr. attempted to ram a state income tax down our throats and it didn’t even pass in highly liberal King County. No doubt these so called “patriotic millionaires” have their wealth in non taxable trusts.

  • timzank

    Ask these patriotic millionaires to publish their last 5 years tax returns. I want to see them in their entirety and see exactly what “effective” tax rate they actually paid after all allowable deductions. They are closer to 15% effective rate after deductions is my guess, so the grand “show” they are putting on is just that, A SHOW.

    Whaddya say boys? Let’s see your returns.