Here's what Michelle Obama said last fall:
"Most Americans", she said, "don't want much."
"They don't want the whole pie," she told the women. "There are some who do, but most Americans feel blessed just being able to thrive a little bit. But that is becoming even more out of reach."...
"If we don't wake up as a nation with a new kind of leadership...for how we want this country to work, then we won't get universal health care," she said.
"The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more."
So, just how generous were the Obama's with their 'piece of the pie'?
In 2008, the Obama's earned $2,656,902.
Their charitable contributions were $172,050...6.5% of their income.
A summary of prior years earning and contributions for the Obama's below:
A LITTLE COMPARISON:
George W. & Laura Bush earned $719, 274 for the tax year 2007
The Bushes contributed a total of $165,660 to churches, charitable organizations (about 23%)
PRESIDENT AND MRS. BUSH RELEASE 2005 TAX RETURN
Income of $618,694 for the tax year 2005.
Charitable contributions of: $75,560 (a little over 12%)
Now, I am all for Capitalism, and we, as Americans have a right to spend or contribute our money as we seem fit. But, come on! These numbers scream 'HYPOCRISY'!