Clinton calls on elites to pay more tax in remarks seen as criticism of Romney

From The Guardian UK:

Secretary of state Hillary Clinton strays into presidential politics with call for elites to pay more taxes

in New York, Monday 24 September 2012

Hillary Clinton strayed into presidential politics on Monday with a call for the global elite to pay more taxes, a day after her husband re-ignited speculation she would seek the White House herself in 2016.

The barbed comments, made in a speech to the Clinton Global Initiative event, were widely seen as a dig at Mitt Romney. The Republican contender has been under attack – from Bill Clinton among others – for paying a relatively small portion of income tax despite his immense wealth.

The secretary of state’s remarks on taxing the rich were directed at developing countries, and they included a disclaimer. “I am out of politics now,” she said. But she said she had become increasingly convinced of the need for changes in tax structures around the world.

“One of the issues I have been preaching about around the world is collecting taxes in an equitable manner, especially from elites around the world,” Clinton said. “It is a fact that around the world the elites of every country are making money.

“There are rich people everywhere, and yet they do not contribute to their growth of their own countries.”

The remarks met with nods of recognition inside the room as a rebuke at Romney and earned a smattering of applause.

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One Response to “Clinton calls on elites to pay more tax in remarks seen as criticism of Romney”

  1. Jessica Sideways Says:

    People complain about how so few of the people are shouldering much of the tax burden but they conveniently forget the fact that those few have so much of the wealth, a vast majority of it in this country. It is fair to make them pay their fair share.

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