Last year when President Obama was busy staffing his cabinet with tax cheats, it became apparent why Democrats are so insensitive to high taxes: They don’t pay them!
Now a new disclosure has surfaced demonstrating how my congressman, Russ Carnahan (D-MO), is evading property tax on his 42-foot yacht. Both The Missouri Record and Carnahan’s leading Republican opponent, Ed Martin, have pointed out that Prince Russ parks his boat across the river in Illinois, where there is no property tax on boats.
Martin reported too that Carnahan’s vessel is also without current registration. According to Martin’s press release, as of Monday April 12, 2010, the U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Information Exchange showed that the boat’s registration expired back on September 30, 2008.
If this sounds familiar, it should. When Prince Russ first ran for Congress in 2004, the Missouri Water Patrol cited him for driving an unregistered boat. The St. Louis Post Dispatch reported at the time that Carnahan claimed he hadn’t registered it with the state Department of Revenue, because the Coast Guard was still processing title documents. After the Post-Dispatch inquired, Carnahan said he had just found out that he could get temporary state registration. But now, it’s unregistered again, for over seven months.
Martin notes wryly, “Funny, he knew nothing about registering his boat but knew exactly where he should dock it to avoid taxes.”
Maybe Carnahan is feeling the heat from the current campaign and is preparing for a new career. Prince Russ appears to auditioning for an appointment in the Obama Administration, which has a demonstrated appreciation for tax cheats.