- The Washington Times - Monday, April 16, 2012

Last week, the White House politicized the fact that President Obama’s tax rate of 20.5 percent was slightly lower than his secretary’s, despite his having earned roughly $789,000, to further its argument for the “Buffett rule” (” ‘Buffett rule’ is producing Capitol gains,” Web, Sunday). However, when pressed on whether Mr. Obama should make a donation to the Treasury to rectify this wrong, Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod said the president would do no such thing. I contend this is a blatant act of hypocrisy by the president.

When calling for higher taxes, there are two arguments to make: one, that they make economic sense; two, that higher taxes on the wealthy is the “fair” thing to do. If a politician calls for higher taxes as a matter of economics, he is engaging in a policy matter. But this has not been Mr. Obama’s strategy. Instead, the president calls for “fairness,” implying that raising tax rates on the rich is a matter of morality.

As human beings, we have an obligation to do the moral thing. If low taxes are “unfair,” as Mr. Obama argues, then the president has a moral obligation to do the right thing by making a donation to the Treasury. Unless he does this, Mr. Obama is guilty of the very thing he considers immoral, which is the essence of hypocrisy.

SCOTT RUESTERHOLZ

Washington