Huffington Chick Not So Great
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By etrigan - Last updated: Friday, August 15, 2003 - Save & Share - 4 Comments

It looks like Larry Flynt may be the only respectable candidate after all. The right took a swing at Arianna today pointing to the fact that she” paid less in taxes”:http://www.latimes.com/news/yahoo/la-me-ariannatax14aug14,0,3462013.story?coll=la-newsaol-headlines last year ($800) than most of us normal folks did. As a closet altruist, I have been cosidering not claiming some deductions next year because I think the governemnt needs the money. (Think of it as a tax-free charitable donation!) I can’t fault Arianna, though, for claiming legitimate deducstions. My problem is with a couple statements she makes.

bq. ??Huffington said…that her ex-husband…pays “generous” child support for their two daughters.??

She wants to suggest that her former Republican congressman husband, Michael Huffington, paid the taxes for that income. I find it hard to believe that Michael Huffington didn’t find plenty of welfare-for-the-wealthy deductions to avoid those pesky taxes himself. What really bothers me is this quote about “sending her children to private instead of public schools”:http://asia.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=3281672 :

bq. ??I’m not going to use my children as guinea pigs. I’m going to give them the best education possible.??

If/when I have kids, they will go to the nearest public school and anything lacking in their education will be reinforced by me and my wife. That is what personal responsibility means. Sending your children to private schools with the understanding that someone else can take care of them while you write your next Republican/husband bashing speech or book is just not right.

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4 Responses to “Huffington Chick Not So Great”

Comment from jank
Time August 15, 2003 at 6:27 pm

From The Corner

Thank you for your recent e-mail expressing concern about my tax returns.

I understand your feelings, and your confusion. Unfortunately press reports have not provided a full picture of the situation. Let me clarify.

I released the last two years of my tax returns voluntarily because of my campaign’s commitment to transparency. I also wanted, once and for all, to dispel the public perception that I am a very wealthy woman. Unlike what some people might think, I didn’t receive an enormous divorce settlement. I got a beautiful home and a large child-support agreement. And that was it.

I am a working woman whose income fluctuates depending on whether this is a year of researching and writing a book or a year of publishing and promoting a book. The two years of tax returns that I released were years when I was researching and writing Pigs at the Trough. The book was published this year, became a New York Times bestseller, and was followed by a $1 million contract for a new book. So 2003 is a year where I look forward to making a profit and paying my taxes on it.

A few other points:

During the two years in question, I paid $98,042 in property taxes, and $44,216 in employer payroll taxes. And the majority of my business expenses went to salaries – salaries on which my employees paid taxes.

In addition, almost a quarter of my income during these years went to charitable contributions.

Thanks again for letting me know how you feel — I hope this helps clear things up for you.

All the best,

Arianna

So not only does her husband pay her share of taxes, her employees are carrying her weight.

Comment from BT
Time August 15, 2003 at 7:14 pm

John, I just don’t get either of your points. On the issue of taxes, it is interesting that you pay taxes in excess of your legal tax obligation. It is also fairly typical (but usually because of negligence, rather than altruism).

However, it is perfectly moral to pay only those taxes that you are required to pay. If she is taking political positions that could force her to pay more in the future, then more power to her. Implying that she has done something wrong because she has extensive losses (including NOL’s) is unfair.

As far as her kids are concerned, you imply that it is irresponsible to send your children to private school. Huh? Why is that? What does sending your kids to private schools have to do with the amount of time you spend with them? We are not talking about boarding school. Was it irresponsible of my parents to send me to Montessori and St. John’s?

It seems that you are saying that she is immoral because her losses were greater than her income and that she is irresponsible because she wants her kids to go to good schools in safe environments. I don’t have a problem with either.

Comment from etrigan
Time August 15, 2003 at 11:12 pm

I’m saying the public schools are worse because she keeps her kids out of them — it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. Pulling smart upwardly-mobile children from public schools ultimately damages the fabric of society. Many of the students that ended up at Magnet did so because people like me were in their elementary schools and it encouraged them to try harder academically. Her children may have higher SAT scores, but I don’t think public school would have damaged their eventual intelectual lives one iota.

Also, I think kids who didn’t go through public schools miss out on a social experience that is essential to understanding (and communicating with) the majority of Americans. Do you fall into that category? Somewhat, yes, but Magnet had enough public school feel to it. (Don’t take it personal. I love you just the way you are. :o) — besides you dragged yourself into it!)

I don’t have that much beef with her tax returns.

Comment from Jank
Time August 18, 2003 at 11:44 pm

28 minutes with Arianna Huffington on Flashpoints

(I’m a sucker for Pacifica Radio. I’ll most likely never give another cent to KPFT, my local station, since the leftist components took over the station and killed off most of the Texas Music programming in favor of ‘All Progressive Politics, All of the Time”. But for the frequent case when I’m not making the commute home till after 7 PM, it’s nice to have Flashpoints there to listen to. The stories are extremely well produced, and are always cut to music you could dance to.)

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