Obama thinks his tax policies are an extension of faith, saying that Jesus would support his plan to impose a higher effective tax rate on higher-income Americans. But many are crying foul over his remarks.
Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast last Thursday, U.S. President Barack Obama took the opportunity to share his religious and political beliefs with over 3,000 attendees.
Referring to the growing need for economic and social equity amid the poor U.S. economy, Obama reiterated his call for a progressive tax system. In recent months, Obama has repeated his call for “share responsibility”, arguing that those who earn more should not be paying a lower effective tax rate than those who earn less.
Justifying his tax policies, Obama added:
Obama is not the only President to make a speech at the Breakfast. According to Politico, every President since Dwight D. Eisenhower has made a regular appearance at the Breakfast.
Many have cried foul over the President’s remarks, mostly criticizing Obama’s “remarks on spirituality with a populist message of economic fairness.”
As Carla Garrison said in her Washington Times post, the quote “taken from Luke 12:48, takes on a much deeper and important meaning that could be of great value to the President”, where “Jesus talks to his disciples about watchfulness, about doing what is right even though the ‘master’ of the ‘servants’ is not around.”
Watch Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast: