Originally Posted By: bcihak
I was just listening to Mark Levin on the radio. Apparently 41 white house aids owe over 800,000 dollars in back taxes. I don't know if this is a grand total or if each of them is this far in the red. What is it with democrats and taxes? They always complain that the rich don't pay their fair share. Is this the psychological malady called projection, where you put onto other people your failings? I mean Tim Geitner, Tom Dashle, Charles Rangle, Ted Kennedy, John Kerry... the list goes on and on. They love raising those taxes and then they hide their own money.

Here's a couple of excerpts from the original Washington Post article:

An agency-by-agency breakdown of IRS debt is not published but is available in a redacted form from the agency upon request. Along with the Capitol Hill totals, it shows that three employees at the Office of Government Ethics owed a combined $75,000. And 41 employees at the Executive Office of the President owed $831,000 altogether - about the same amount as during the last year of George W. Bush's administration.

On Capitol Hill, recent increases in delinquencies also may reflect the unusual nature of the workforce, which turns over dramatically when a new political party comes into power.

From 2004 through 2006, the last three years that Republicans were in power, the total amount of back taxes owed each year by congressional workers hovered just below $9 million. But in 2007, when Democrats took control of both houses, it dropped to $6.8 million. Since then, it has increased by 37 percent.

Jock Friedly, who publicizes congressional salaries on the Web site LegiStorm, said many new staffers come from the private sector, where they worked as lobbyists or in other higher-paying jobs. "They go to a somewhat lower-paying government job and then, over time, debt starts to build up," Friedly said.

During 2008 and 2009 - when the financial crisis took hold and the economy started sinking - the Senate debt increased 80 percent and the House debt increased 25 percent.

And a graph from the same article showing the total amount of federal taxes owed by congressional staff over a five year period, beginning with 2004:


Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/09/AR2010090903376.html