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Google Millionaire Begs Obama: 'Raise My Taxes' Tax increases on the wealthy, one of the most controversial issues currently facing the country, just got an outspoken defender: Google's 59th employee, Doug Edwards. On Monday, in a town hall meeting in Mountain View, Calif., President Obama called on a seemingly-anonymous member of the audience to ask a question. What happened next was surprising.





"Thank you, Mr. President," the man began. "I don't have a job, but that's because I've been lucky enough to live in Silicon Valley for a while and work for a small startup down the street here, that did quite well. So, I'm unemployed by choice. My question is: Would you please raise my taxes?"

The audience erupted in surprised laughter.

The man -- later identified as Edwards -- continued by offering a short list of the items that taxes fund, many of which have been central to economic development in the country: "I would like very much to have the country to continue to invest in things like Pell grants and infrastructure and job training programs that made it possible for me to get to where I am."

He went on to criticize the continuation of the Bush-era tax cuts: "It kills me to see Congress not supporting the expiration of the tax cuts that have been benefiting so many of us for so long. I think that needs to change and I hope that you'll stay strong in doing that."

Following Edwards' appeal, the pair engaged in a playful back-and-forth:

Obama, smiling, asked Edwards: "What was the startup, by the way. You want to give me a little hint?"

"It's a search engine." Edwards replied.

"Worked out pretty well, huh?," Obama smiled.

It isn't clear if Obama knew the identity of his anonymous supporter. About an hour after the event, Talking Points Memo reported, White House reporters identified the under-taxed gentleman as Edwards, Google's (GOOG) first director of consumer marketing and brand management. His memoir I'm Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59, was released earlier this year.



Bruce Watson is a senior features writer for DailyFinance. You can reach him by e-mail at bruce.watson@teamaol.com, or follow him on Twitter at @bruce1971.




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Gary Taylor

GOOGLE EXECUTIVE.. DON'T give the government more money.. give the money to the people!! make risky investments.. you know those ones that you have no idea if they will return ANYTHING.. well guess what.. it will reward people for TRYING to make something for themselves.. instead of going to the government to be handed out for free..

You're the business executives.. do some damn business, maybe something that doesn't profit you, and profits people who want to work..

September 27 2012 at 1:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gary Taylor

GOOGLE EXECUTIVE.. DON'T give the government more money.. give the money to the people!! make risky investments.. you know those ones that you have no idea if they will return ANYTHING.. well guess what.. it will reward people for TRYING to make something for themselves.. instead of going to the government to be handed out for free..

You're the business executives.. do some damn business, maybe something that doesn't profit you, and profits people who want to work..

September 27 2012 at 1:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gary Taylor

GOOGLE EXECUTIVE.. DON'T give the government more money.. give the money to the people!! make risky investments.. you know those ones that you have no idea if they will return ANYTHING.. well guess what.. it will reward people for TRYING to make something for themselves.. instead of going to the government to be handed out for free..

You're the business executives.. do some damn business, maybe something that doesn't profit you, and profits people who want to work..

September 27 2012 at 1:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gary Taylor

GOOGLE EXECUTIVE.. DON'T give the government more money.. give the money to the people!! make risky investments.. you know those ones that you have no idea if they will return ANYTHING.. well guess what.. it will reward people for TRYING to make something for themselves.. instead of going to the government to be handed out for free..

September 27 2012 at 1:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gary Taylor

GOOGLE EXECUTIVE.. DON'T give the government more money.. give the money to the people!! make risky investments.. you know those ones that you have no idea if they will return ANYTHING.. well guess what.. it will reward people for TRYING to make something for themselves.. instead of going to the government to be handed out for free..

September 27 2012 at 1:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tyrone Harvey

QUESTION REPUBLICAN DON'T GET ASKED

Gingrich is arrogant and purely nasty and a big fat liar

Romney is out of touch with the country ...he just don't under stand people that make less then him

Gingrich thinks he smarter then everybody TOTAL ARROGANT!

Gingrich surge in number because he yell at a moderator.....That makes Gingrich supporters seriously STUPID!

How do white Republican think...they rather have a arrogant racist terminated Speaker of the House ,,that to date ….all that worked with Gingrich don't support HIM!

Gingrich calls for war but when the country asked him he apply for deferments 6 times! This is what white Republican wants for the country!

Gingrich like all Republican candidates know their base love to blame and attack non-whites! That why each have made racist comments ...Ron Paul sign racist news letters....Hate and divide works for Republicans! Rick Santorum hates every body and will go to war with two to three country immediately if he becomes President Total racist NUT!

Gingrich as Speaker got welfare reform past....SO WHAT! It's the easiest to attack the poor....Republican agenda is create poverty then attack the impoverish!

Republican create poor then criticize the poor for being poor. Create the need for more American need for food stamps . Then criticize American on food stamps!

Republican G.W. Bush was losing 750,000 a month JOBS …..President Obama stop that! And not JOBS are coming back

Brain Williams didn't asked Santorum why he said he didn't want to give black people other people's money...Then lie and say he said Blah

2010 the Republican retook the house and the country stop working.....Total the FACT! President Obama CAN NOT BE BLAME FOR THE COUNTRY NOT WORKING

Republican voter should not be allowed to vote ...Given the fact they elect the worse President in America's history G.W. Bush

Republican question why nobody on Wall Street not prosecute …..BECAUSE REPUBLICAN MADE IT LEGAL

Deregulation under Republican G.W. Bush create the mess America is in! Bush sold the American citizen out! Just like Romney would DO!

Gingrich was back to being arrogant and evasive in the debates.....just LIE LIE LIE!

Ron Paul looked like a very old weak ridicules sounding politician.....PLEASE DROP OUT!!!

Rand Paul thinks like his father THEY ARE ABOVE THE LAW! Too extreme too racist! He needs to lose his seat!

Who are the idiot voter for these Republican candidates AND WHY WHY WHY! They are damaging the country!

Romney is a liar! He said not to do NOTHING to help people losing their homes! Let rich people buy them up....Now he said help them.....LIE LIE LIE!

The so call moral value Santorum marry a woman that may had a abortion and was not marry to her 20 year older lover!

Rick Santorum wife not all that morally better then everybody.....Nor is Santorum.....even those he hates on a level like the 1900

Santorum Hate gays hate UN-marry minorities blacks......many counties ready to start a war and return to Iraq ones he becomes President!

Gingrich and Santorum hated each other while working in Congress together.....Nobody liked Gingrich because of his arrogant racist disrespectful view

The Republican agenda is hate and divide the country....their supporter are for the same and WAR WAR WAR

Watch the way the media and the Republicans LIE! The Republican and the liberal media call President Obama Healthcare plan Obamacare! THERE IS NOT SUCH THING! Republican like Newt Gingrich LIE about the liberal media favoring President Obama …...BIGGEST LIE! The first black President has gotten no breaks from the liberal or right wing media! They demonize Senator Obama's Pastor said Senator Obama associate with terrorist TOTAL LIE! The liberal media has been just as bad as the right wing media toward President Obama! The media lies about the stimulus package and about the accomplishment of President Obama

Sarah Palin the quitter criticize the bully Chris Christie for criticizing the racist arrogant Newt Gingrich! ALL THREE ARE IDIOT!

Gingrich took money from Fannie Mae and Romney has stock in Fannie Mae both are hypocrites for criticizing Fannie Mae!

January 24 2012 at 8:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fritzfruit

i donate to st. judes childrens hospital. what is stopping this people from donating to the gov't. put your money where your mouth is or keep silent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 29 2011 at 12:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Justin B

These people have ulterior motives. They are perfectly free to donate money to the government via a government website. It would be wonderful if a journalist somewhere actually did some journalistic research to find out what those motives are.

October 01 2011 at 4:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mammaw French

Warren Buffett is supposed to be so great at investing money and increasing wealth and he makes a statement that his secretary pays a higher rate of taxes than he does. How stupid is that? Evidently he thinks that all the rest of us are complete morons and that we can't see the real deception going on with him and others such as him trying to prop up this president. If he truly felt that taxes should be higher on him he would have said this country does not require enough from me in taxes so I pay more than what the government says I have to. He doesn't and he won't if they do raise his tax rate. He will have even more deductions to claim to prevent it from happening. If any of you believe that he is so willing to pay more in taxes then I have some ocean front property in Arizona that I will sell you cheap!

October 01 2011 at 1:05 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Mammaw French's comment
TomSmith

No, he does not assume that the rest of us are complete morons... Though from tour message, and many others that I have read, he should. What he is asking for is closing the loopholes and killing off the ways that the top money makers can avoid having to pay taxes because they have the financial flexibility to abuse the system.

October 01 2011 at 8:27 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Alan Weber

That is the stupidest thing I've ever read. You base your whole rant on ZERO facts. If he truely felt like not paying taxes, he probably would have just kept his mouth shut. He wants everyone to pay their fair share and he's right. Billionaires are job creators, they are money hoarders. Tax breaks for them don't create jobs, they kill jobs! Just look at the history... when Reagan started his trickled down economics, we lost jobs, added to the debt, but the rich got richer and the poor got poorer. History has proven that, but the GOP doesn't want anyone to know that... They want America dumb and afraid.

October 01 2011 at 1:13 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Mark

Just to put things in perspective for those thinking that we can tax our way out of this mess…

Forbes just published its top 400 richest Americans list. To be on the list requires assets in excess of 1 billion dollars. If the government were to CONFISCATE 100% of their wealth (instead of only taxing annual income like Obama is advocating) it would only take 10% off the national debt. If the federal government were to confiscate 100% of all the wealth of ALL Americans, it would still only take a small portion off the national debt.

I’m in favor of adjusting the tax codes, but it won’t fix the problem until we drastically cut spending. For every dollar we collect in new taxes, we need to cut 1,000 times that amount in spending.

October 01 2011 at 12:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Alan Weber

That's just mumbo jumbo... Who expects the debt to be paid off in one year when it took 30+ to build it back up to port WWII levels??? And what about corporations??? The GOP thinks they're people too right? So let's have them pay some taxes. And before you say they do pay taxes, save us the trouble of me having to tell you how un-informed you are and google "corporations that paid no income tax in 2010"

Spending does need to be smarter though. We need to stop the handouts to big pharma and get perscription drug prices under control. My friend takes meds that are $5 a pill in the US, but the EXACT same puill costs 25 cents shipped from Canada. Is it any wonder insurance is so high? But the GOP says tort reform is needed, which is such a load of crap. What a hair brained idea to make doctors less responsible for malpractise. I really want to go to a doctor who knows he can screw up, ruin your life and get off scot free... that's not American!

October 01 2011 at 1:22 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply