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Patriotic Millionaires Pleased with Boehner’s Tax Turnabout

By Michael Cohn
December 17, 2012

The Patriotic Millionaires, an advocacy group of well-heeled taxpayers who say they want to pay more in taxes, is suddenly taken with Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio.

The group cited Boehner’s apparent willingness to allow tax rates to go up for millionaires as long as President Obama agrees to sharp cuts in entitlement spending (see Boehner Offers Obama Tax Rate Increase Deal for Entitlement Cuts).

The group noted that Boehner’s about-face came just a few weeks after the Patriotic Millionaires held a private call with his senior advisor for policy, in which they urged Boehner to lead on this issue. On that call, the Patriotic Millionaires told Boehner’s advisor that raising taxes on millionaires would help the country pay for the things it needs and reduce the fiscal drag that is holding the economy back. They emphasized during the call that raising taxes would not affect their hiring or investment decisions in the least. 

“You must be a pretty bad investor if you are making your decision based on a tax rate,” said one member of the group identified only as a top technology investor. “When I invest, I want to make a lot more than a few percentage points.”   

The group is pleased that after two years of media outreach, countless meetings with lawmakers, multiple “myth-busting” papers and briefs, and countless private conversations with other millionaires, it may just get what its members have been working for—the requirement to pay more taxes—or as they put it, “a tax policy that will allow our great country to thrive.”


A real patriot would want to limit the government spending all our tax money. This is not the government's money but they only spend what they take from us. Send an extra million or three when you file your taxes--don't mess with mine. Wealth is no indicator of patriotism--none what so ever. bob from Chicago

Posted by: bob from elgin | December 18, 2012 8:52 AM

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By requiring more in taxes, the government, at any level, has a more certain revenue stream than if people voluntarily sent money into the tax collector.

A reliable revenue stream helps government (or business, for that matter) budget and plan better with improved use of resources to carry out plans, programs, and policies.

Posted by: AusTex_2013 | December 18, 2012 8:12 AM

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You'd think a real patriot wouldn't wait for a requirement to pay more taxes, they'd just do it. If that was their true goal, that is.

Posted by: stevecpa66 | December 18, 2012 8:02 AM

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