Today, the Obama White House released an online app it is calling “Your 2011 Federal Tax Receipt.” The app is supposed to fulfill a promise that President Obama made in his 2011 State of the Union address, to allow American taxpayers to see exactly how the money that we pay into the federal Treasury gets spent.
Why did it take them a year to build what is essentially a simple online calculator with some pull down line items? Well, we’re talking about the federal government here, and they only approve shoddy loans to politically connected companies quickly. Fulfilling promises to you and me takes a bit longer. Also, 2011 was not an election year. 2012 is.
Here is a screenshot of the app. First, pay attention to the red arrow at the bottom of the page.
Why is that red arrow with the text about millionaires paying no taxes on what is supposed to be my tax receipt? Why, to make me angry at those greedy millionaires, of course. While it names Warren Buffet over on the right, by the way, it does not note that even Buffet doesn’t live by the Buffet rule. The entire “receipt” is less a promise fulfillment than a political statement intended to get users to favor raising taxes on the rich, which is something that Obama intends to do whether it helps the economy or not, in the name of “fairness.”