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Audience Member Asks Obama: ‘Would You Please Raise My Taxes?’

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Of course some people think this guy was a “prop”, set up by the Obama campaign committee.   Most bloggers on the right seem to have that opinion.  Could it be because they can’t  possibly “handle the truth!”

Think Progress

Earlier today, President Obama  fielded questions from a town hall audience in Mountain View, California, hosted by LinkedIn.  At one point, a man stood and asked Obama, “Would you please raise my taxes?” He continued: “I would like very much to have the country to continue to invest in things like Pell Grants, infrastructure, and job training programs that made it possible for me to get to where I am.” In his response, Obama dismissed “class warfare” rhetoric and emphasized that everyone benefits from government investments that companies would not have made on their own.

Watch it:

After Obama spoke, the man — who said he is voluntarily unemployed after making a healthy return from investing years ago in a search engine start-up company (presumably Google) — pleaded with Obama: “Please!” “We’re gonna get to work,” Obama concluded.

UPDATE:   Mark Knoller tweets, “The man who asked Pres Obama to raise his taxes was Doug Edwards, former Dir of Consumer Marketing & brand management for Google.”
UPDATE:   In a recent interview, Edwards — author of “I’m Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59″ — said, “It’s hard to see how real change is gonna come when money is still the largest voice in politics.”
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2 thoughts on “Audience Member Asks Obama: ‘Would You Please Raise My Taxes?’

  1. Did you know that, according to publicly-available campaign records, Mr. “Raise My Taxes” Doug Edwards and his wife gave over $550,000 exclusively to the Democratic Party and its candidates and interests across multiple states? Why has nobody mentioned this?

    For those interested, here’s the actual data with links to the data sources.

    Do you really believe that this question was purely by luck or do you think that the question was planted by a Democratic Party operative?


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