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    April 2011
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    Famously outspoken New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says he's "tired" of making the discourse surrounding tax reform all about Warren Buffett - and that if the billionaire investor wants so badly to pay more taxes, "he should just write a check and shut up."
    In a CNN interview on Tuesday, Christie sparred with Piers Morgan over the issue, arguing that, as governor, he's "not going to let the most vulnerable suffer." But the Republican governor added that he also is "not going to get into this class warfare business, where certain people are more important than others or deserve more attention than others."
    Warren Buffett has become something of a symbol for the left on the matter of tax reform, due to his urging that the wealthiest Americans - people like himself - should be taxed at a higher rate than the current tax code demands.
    Buffett expressed this opinion in an op-ed last year, and the Obama administration quickly seized on it as part of its agenda for overhauling the tax code. The proposed "Buffett Rule," as the White House calls it, would implement a minimum 30 percent tax rate for anyone making more than $1 million per year. Currently, most investment income from capital gains and dividends is typically taxed at a maximum rate of 15 percent. This would increase the tax rates for many wealthy Americans who earn most of their income in investments rather than salaries.
    Buffett has often pointed to the tax breakdown among his own staff, noting that his secretary pays a higher overall tax rate than he does.
    "I'm so tired of talking about Warren Buffet. What are you going to bring up next, his secretary?" asked Christie on CNN.
    "He should just write a check and shut up," Christie said, later on in the interview. "Really, and just contribute, OK? I mean, you know, the fact of the matter is that I'm tired of hearing about it. If he wants to give the government more money, he's got the ability to write a check, go ahead and write it."
    Christie said that in New Jersey, he's proposed lowering tax rates for everyone, even the highest earners.
    "What we're doing here in New Jersey is everyone will get a 10 percent tax cut. Everyone will get their taxes reduced," he said.
    Still, when pressed on whether he thought the top 1 percent of earners deserved equal attention from the government as the most vulnerable Americans, Christie said that "during difficult economic times, you're most concerned about the people who have the potential to suffer the most."
    Christie, a Mitt Romney supporter, defended the former Massachusetts governor throughout the interview, lauding him for his intellect and integrity, and expressing faith that he will be well served by his reserved nature in the general election.
    "One, I think he's got integrity. Two, I think he is very smart. Three, I think he cares deeply about the issues. Four, I think he has the experience as an executive to actually turn ideas and concepts into reality," Christie said. "All those things are incredibly important. And, lastly, I absolutely do believe that this guy is a conservative and that he will govern in a conservative way for the future of our country."
    When asked if he was "feeling" the so-called "Santorum surge," Christie responded: "No, I'm really not."
    In a Wednesday interview with ABC News, Christie commented on controversial remarks Santorum made in 2008 that "Satan has his sights set" on America, arguing that, contrary to what the former Pennsylvania senator says now, the comments are relevant to the 2012 race.
    "I think anything you say as a presidential candidate is relevant," Christie said. "It is by definition relevant. You're asking to be president of the United States. I don't think [Santorum is] right about that. I think it is relevant what he says. I think people want to make an evaluation, a complete evaluation of anyone who asks to sit in the Oval Office."
    Christie will be on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday, Feb. 26.
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_1...k-and-shut-up/

    This is normal foe him, Christie has always had an attitude. A sassy Republican
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    Christie is a horrible politician. He probably won't get reelected.
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    The Baconator's Avatar
    April 2011
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    This also conflicts with the GOP's "More money=More Speech" rhetoric. And he is essentially telling some to stop using their first amendment rights.

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    April 2011
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    Christie is a horrible politician. He probably won't get reelected.
    Im not disagreeing with you that he is a horrible politician, but what makes you think the same idiotic people wont vote for him again.
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    March 2011
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    Yeah, Christie is a moron.

    New Jersey was close to number 1 in education, they've dropped down quickly since his cuts to schools.
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    Yeah, Christie is a moron.

    New Jersey was close to number 1 in education, they've dropped down quickly since his cuts to schools.
    I live in New Jersey :(

    Edited:

    Christie is a horrible politician. He probably won't get reelected.
    Lately, many of our governors have been one term wonders.
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    Hearing the truth must really hurt for him.

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    July 2009
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    Im not disagreeing with you that he is a horrible politician, but what makes you think the same idiotic people wont vote for him again.
    Because Jon Corzine isn't governor anymore. A trained monkey could've probably beaten Corzine provided it had sufficient funding for its campaign.
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    December 2011
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    I thought the title was referring to a buffet, and I said that figures, just look at him.

    But then I remembered Warren Buffett exists.
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    Dennab
    February 2006
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    It's sort of true. Why doesn't Buffet actually pay his taxes if he feels he should be taxed more? He doesn't have to pay 15% a year.
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    Dennab
    February 2012
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    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_1...k-and-shut-up/

    This is normal foe him, Christie has always had an attitude. A sassy Republican

    You have been recongized by the Facepunch Awards Society for getting above 5+ funnies and you qualify for the Facepunch medal of funny.



    Enjoy your medal.
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    It's sort of true. Why doesn't Buffet actually pay his taxes if he feels he should be taxed more? He doesn't have to pay 15% a year.
    So you're saying he doesn't actually want the tax rate increased, and it just saying so to make himself look better. Is that what you're saying?

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    this image is accurate
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    It's sort of true. Why doesn't Buffet actually pay his taxes if he feels he should be taxed more? He doesn't have to pay 15% a year.
    Because taxes shouldn't be voluntary

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    It's sort of true. Why doesn't Buffet actually pay his taxes if he feels he should be taxed more? He doesn't have to pay 15% a year.
    Er, because he realizes that his contributions would be a band-aid solution to this gaping wound of a problem?

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    Dennab
    January 2006
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    who is he going to write a check to?

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    December 2009
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    I miss Corzine...and Rendell.

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    Dennab
    February 2006
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    Er, because he realizes that his contributions would be a band-aid solution to this gaping wound of a problem?
    Because taxes shouldn't be voluntary
    So you're saying he doesn't actually want the tax rate increased, and it just saying so to make himself look better. Is that what you're saying?
    Of course not, to all of these. It's like a be the change you want to see in the world sort of thing. He isn't legally responsible to pay a higher tax rate, and it won't fix all the problems. However, if you are going to say tax rates need to be higher, maybe you should try paying the taxes that you feel you should be paying.

    It is a bit crude to say you should be paying a higher tax rate, but continue to exploit the system for your own financial gain.

    Edited:

    who is he going to write a check to?
    Me, preferably.
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    November 2007
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    Really you ignoramus, you think Buffet should shut up? What the fuck have you contributed? Do you really think you know more than Warren fucking Buffet? You know our country is in great shape when politicians won't take advice from experts in their fields. I dare say that Buffet is an expert, I hope that's not too forward of me.

    It's not just politicians either, it's our Judicial system too. /sigh
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    Of course not, to all of these. It's like a be the change you want to see in the world sort of thing. He isn't legally responsible to pay a higher tax rate, and it won't fix all the problems. However, if you are going to say tax rates need to be higher, maybe you should try paying the taxes that you feel you should be paying.

    It is a bit crude to say you should be paying a higher tax rate, but continue to exploit the system for your own financial gain.
    I'm fairly certain he pays all his taxes. In fact, I think he actually is one of the few people using the new field they were supposed to have added that allows individuals to pay more, which they were supposed to have added specifically because of him.
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    Yes, yawmwen, why on earth would you assume he doesn't pay he taxes?

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    Of course not, to all of these. It's like a be the change you want to see in the world sort of thing. He isn't legally responsible to pay a higher tax rate, and it won't fix all the problems. However, if you are going to say tax rates need to be higher, maybe you should try paying the taxes that you feel you should be paying.

    It is a bit crude to say you should be paying a higher tax rate, but continue to exploit the system for your own financial gain.

    Edited:



    Me, preferably.
    Don't you get your money send back to you if you pay too much taxes?
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    Dennab
    August 2009
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    Chris Christie should stop winning donut eating contests and shut up.

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    Dennab
    January 2005
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    you idiots

    yawmwen isn't saying warren buffet doesn't pay his taxes, he's suggesting that since buffet's always advocating a higher tax rate on the wealthy, he should voluntarily start paying said higher tax rate

    aka being the change

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    which I think is a fine idea. wouldn't make a fucking dent in his fortune anyway
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    He's just mad because Buffett is actually a decent human being
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    you idiots

    yawmwen isn't saying warren buffet doesn't pay his taxes, he's suggesting that since buffet's always advocating a higher tax rate on the wealthy, he should voluntarily start paying said higher tax rate

    aka being the change

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    which I think is a fine idea. wouldn't make a fucking dent in his fortune anyway
    As I said, he does as far as I recall.

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    you idiots

    yawmwen isn't saying warren buffet doesn't pay his taxes, he's suggesting that since buffet's always advocating a higher tax rate on the wealthy, he should voluntarily start paying said higher tax rate

    aka being the change

    Edited:

    which I think is a fine idea. wouldn't make a fucking dent in his fortune anyway
    Except as Zedacon said, he does do that.

    What the fuck are you two not understanding here? Buffett is one of the incredibly rich who donates an extremely significant portion of his income to America to help with its own problems. Right now he's matching donations from all Republican members of Congress given to the US Treasury to help reduce the national debt.

    What he and I both realize, however, that this 'be the change' bullshit isn't adequate when you're talking about taxing people to keep the US running. Why? Because the vast majority of people are greedy, and won't willingly give away 'their' money to the government, even when it's very much needed (like right now). That's, um, kind of the whole point of taxing people.

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    Dennab
    January 2005
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    Except as Zedacon said, he does do that.

    What the fuck are you two not understanding here? Buffett is one of the incredibly rich who donates an extremely significant portion of his income to America to help with its own problems. Right now he's matching donations from all Republican members of Congress given to the US Treasury to help reduce the national debt.

    What he and I both realize, however, that this 'be the change' bullshit isn't adequate when you're talking about taxing people to keep the US running. Why? Because the vast majority of people are greedy, and won't willingly give away 'their' money to the government, even when it's very much needed (like right now). That's, um, kind of the whole point of taxing people.
    zedacon was the only one I wasn't replying to
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