Al Sharpton Refuses to Pay His Fair Share
Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 23, 2014
Liberals are all for wealth redistribution until the tax man comes for their assets. Examples include the mega-rich Kennedy clan continuing to live off the riches that patriarch Joseph created before, during and after the Great Depression. More recently Secretary of State John Kerry, who gained his wealth by marrying into the Heinz catchup family, was caught moving his multimillion dollar yacht to a state with significantly lower taxes than Massachusetts charges.
The current outrageous example of tax avoidance by a wealthy liberal is Al Sharpton. While it is difficult to determine exactly how Sharpton obtained his substantial wealth, he is currently a MSNBC host and often a visitor to the Barack Obama White. He is a member of the top 10%. Remarkably, in an article titled “As Sharpton Rose, So Did His Unpaid Taxes”, the New York Times reported that this Progressive owes $4.5 million in unpaid taxes.
When confronted with the unpaid tax issue in a recent interview, Sharpton’s first excuse was that “we’re talking about old taxes”. Then, he went into the victim mode even inferring racism:
“I think it’s political, he said. A lot of people don’t like the fact that President Obama’s the president. A lot of people do not like the fact that Bill de Blasio won for mayor. And they certainly don’t like that I’m still here, and I ain’t going nowhere.”
It is hard to fault Sharpton for not wanting to pay taxes that are often excessive. However, his unwillingness to do so given his Progressive views is hypocritical. Those with means who preach and rationalize the societal benefits of the welfare state and wealth redistribution should be first in line pay their fair share. The fact that so many do not is another indication that their political motives are not so righteous.