In the midst of the furor over President Obama’s tax cut deal with the Republicans, a group of wealthy Americans has come out against extending the Bush-era tax cuts for high income individuals, and Warren Buffett and Bill Gates had 17 more billionaires join their pledge to give away their fortunes.
On Wednesday, the groups Wealth for the Common Good and Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength joined forces to call upon Congress to allow the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy expire.
In a statement, Alison Goldberg, spokesperson for Wealth for the Common Good, said, “We’re alarmed that President Obama is compromising on high-income tax cuts. Hundreds of the people who would benefit from high-income tax cuts are speaking out that they don’t think their tax cuts should be extended.”
Taxes aren’t the only way some of the wealthy are trying to divest themselves of some of their money. As the fight rages on in Washington, more and more outside the Beltway are turning their attention to ways in which philanthropy can benefit those in need.