This is in response to the Fence Post letter of May 11 from Marie Harris of Bartlett. She states, "My suggestion is to watch the president yourself, listen to what he is saying instead of agenda-driven pundits etc., etc."
My suggestion is to not listen to what he says, but watch what he does.
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He ran his campaign for months telling us that Mitt Romney and Warren Buffett pay less in percentage of taxes than Warren Buffett's Secretary. Mitt Romney and Warren Buffett had no salary or W2'd income. Their earnings come from investments or what is called capital gains per the U.S. tax code.
Obama led us to believe that he was in the top 1 percent and that he pays a much higher tax rate than Romney and Buffett. Obama's total income for 2012 was $662,076, and he paid an effective tax rate of 18.4 percent on mostly W2'd and "Scheduled C" income.
Most middle income Americans pay a higher tax rate than 18.4 percent on a much lower income then Obama's.
Now concerning Ms. Harris's mention of the fact that Obama is giving back to the U.S. Treasury 5 percent of his presidential salary, it is the least that he can do for someone that is still campaigning on Air Force One, partying every week with the Holly wood elite, taking separate vacations all over the country, and having a grand old time at the taxpayer's expense.