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An Offer for President Clinton

Posted by Demian Brady - November 28, 2007

Former President Bill Clinton complained to Iowans yesterday that he doesn't pay enough in taxes:
"Even though I approved of Afghanistan and opposed Iraq from the beginning, I still resent that I was not asked or given the opportunity to support those soldiers," Clinton said. He said he "should not have gotten" the tax cuts he received as a wealthy earner."
It is odd that someone with so many resources and connections needs to be "given the opportunity" to support the troops. But I will step up and, as he requested, ask him to support the troops and provide him with some opportunities to do so:

1) Cut a check to the government:
Make your check payable to the Bureau of the Public Debt, and in the memo section, notate that it is a Gift to reduce the Debt Held by the Public. Mail your check to:

Attn Dept G
Bureau Of the Public Debt
P. O. Box 2188
Parkersburg, WV 26106-2188

This will free up federal resources to support the troops.

2) Contribute directly to organization that supports soldiers and veterans.
The Pentagon has a web site, http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/americasupportsyou/help.html, with lots of ideas for President Clinton.

He could donate frequent flier miles (he might want to also suggest this to his globe-trotting pal, Al Gore), donate computers, write letters, support service aid societies and more.

3) Give up your taxpayer subsidized perks.
Taxpayers pay for rent and expenses for Clinton's Harlem-based office, including a $75 thousand phone bill in 2006.

Other suggestions to help the troops with out increasing the tax burden are welcome below in the comment field.

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Ehi said on Nov 28 2007 at 9:46am
It would be interesting to see whether Clinton still takes advantage of tax minimizing strategies like donating underwear and worn, tacky suits.

said on Nov 28 2007 at 10:41am
I'm not aware of any "mandatory" tax deductions or credits. How about skipping those when you file your 2007 returns? Though I like Mr. Brady's first idea the best: write a check to pay down the national debt. (And no, that would not be deductible on next year's return!)

Joe said on Nov 28 2007 at 11:09am
One time the IRS sent me a refund I wasn't expecting. They noticed I didn't claim a credit, re-did my taxes, and sent me a check for the difference.

If Clinton forgoes claiming any credits, there is a chance that the IRS might catch that and send him an adjustment refund, but he wouldn't have to cash the check!

Glenn said on Nov 29 2007 at 7:20am
If Clinton's remarks weren't so sickening, I'd probably laugh.

Dahla Bille said on Nov 29 2007 at 12:09pm
How about ensuring that his wife doesn't spend tax dollars renovating the oval office if she gets elected and then sending that money to the troops?