The White House sent out an email earlier today reminding folks that "President Obama created the Federal Taxpayer Receipt." (Previously, the White House promoted this very thing last year.)
"Want to compare how much of your contribution in taxes goes towards education, foreign aid, or veteran's benefits?" the email rhetorically asks. "Just enter a few pieces of information about your taxes, and the taxpayer receipt will give you a customized breakdown. You'll see exactly how your money gets spent on health care or national defense or the environment."
But the White House didn't just use the email to inform folks about the receipt; it also wanted to demagogue rich people. "For many millionaires, however, Tax Day isn't looming. In 2009, 1,470 people who made more than $1 million paid $0 in federal income tax," said the email, without citing any source to back up this data point.
The email goes on to push Obama's talking points:
And President Obama thinks that needs to change.
That's why he's pushing for a very simple idea: Anyone who makes more than $1 million a year should pay at least the same percentage of their income in taxes as middle class families.
It's called the Buffett Rule, named after the well-known billionaire who believes he shouldn't be paying a lower tax rate than his secretary.