A California millionaire on Monday asked President Barack Obama to “please, raise my taxes” at a town-hall meeting. A progressive group, The Agenda Project, has now taken credit for his remarks.
As Obama told the group about the collective benefits of his new jobs proposal and the positive effect he believes the “Buffet” rule will have on the country, Doug Edwards — self-proclaimed retired millionaire — asked the President to raise the taxes of wealthy Americans.
“Will you please raise my taxes?” the man said. “It kills me to see Congress not supporting the expiration of the tax cuts that have been benefiting so many of us for so long.”
A group of wealthy Americans has joined forces with the Agenda Project as an offshoot organization called Patriotic Millionaires. Erica Payne heads up the group.
“Doug and his fellow Patriotic Millionaires are pounding Washington leaders to do the right thing for the country,” she said on Monday, according to The Hill.
The Agenda Project pushes a number of progressive agendas and paints conservatives as hypocrites. Earlier this month, the group blamed the Tea Party and “Constitutional conservatives” for failing to uphold Constitutional ideals.
“For too long, tea partiers and other so-called ‘constitutional conservatives’ have claimed our Constitution for themselves, all while distorting it and even advocating repeal of many of the progressive Amendments that have made it better,” a website linked to the group reads. “Don’t let self-proclaimed ‘constitutional conservatives’ march us backward to 1789.”