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Senator Harry Reid, Please Define "Everybody" For Us

Last week, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) was being interviewed on Nevada Public Radio about a budget agreement and whether the senator would be willing to "make concessions on things like Medicare and Social Security if it helped lead to a long term deal." (reported by the Weekly Standard blog; Townhall.com; and, video and transcript at Real Clear Politics)

Here's what Senator Reid said about everybody wanting to pay more taxes:

". . . Everybody else, including rich people, are willing to pay more. They want to pay more. So, yeah, but we're going to have to have mainstream Republicans step up again."

Hey Senator, since you seem to think that paying taxes is so much fun, let me point out that Virginia has a "Tax Me More" Fund, and at the moment, there are only six Virginians who have made voluntary contributions to the Fund. We've also provided undertaxed Arlington County taxpayers an opportunity (see March 20, 2003 Growls) to make contributions to Arlington County, and to our knowledge, no one has made any contributions.

The U.S. Bureau of the Public Dept, also, "may accept gifts donated to the United States Government to reduce debt held by the public." The Bureau reported "gift contributions" of $3.3 million in 2011, $7.7 million in 2012, and $1.6 million in 2013. Consequently, Senator Reid, may I suggest you have someone on your staff research for you the meaning of "everybody."

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