When they blather on about the rich paying their "fair share," they're talking about somebody else. You knew about Al Sharpton. You knew about Melissa Harris Perry. Here are two more, via National Review:
Touré Neblett, co-host of MSNBC’s The Cycle, owes more than $59,000 in taxes, according to public records reviewed by National Review. In September 2013, New York issued a state tax warrant to Neblett and his wife, Rita Nakouzi, for $46,862.68. Six months later, the state issued an additional warrant to the couple for $12,849.87...Last month, New York filed a $4,948.15 tax warrant against Joy-Ann Reid, who serves as managing editor of theGrio.com and until earlier this year hosted MSNBC’s The Reid Report, and her husband, Jason. Reid has called taxes on the wealthy “a basic fairness argument,” also arguing for “smart spending and smart tax increases” to create economic growth. NR could not reach Neblett or Reid directly, despite sending e-mails to them directly and asking for comment through an MSNBC spokesperson. Representatives for Neblett and Reid said their tax debts were in the process of being resolved.
Granted, people with complicated finances and income streams sometimes lose track of dollars they owe Uncle Sam -- but if you're part of the Professional Left, a card-carrying member of the fairness fetishist tax hike brigade, you'd better pay every penny you owe, if not more. (Why does Hillary "Topple the Rich" Clinton bend over backwards to shield as many of her own personal dollars from the government as possible? Shouldn't people like Hillary overpay, given the "revenue problem" they decry?) These hypocrites argue that the federal government needs a lot more money to finance massive spending, every cent of which is absolutely sacrosanct and the only thing standing in the way of widespread suffering across America. They demand that "the rich" pay more (if not everyone else, too), casting paying taxes as an act of patriotism, and sneering at anti-tax-and-spend conservatives as selfish and heartless. As Mary Katharine Ham has said in the past, the media should cover tax avoidance/negligence/cheating from liberals the same way they cover sex scandals embroiling "family values" advocates and politicians. I'll leave you with 90 seconds of sanctimony from MSNBC's tax-challenged delinquents, courtesy of the Free Beacon's indispensable David Rutz: