Whoopi Goldberg: Democrats Always Raise Taxes

By Nicholas Ballasy | October 30, 2008 | 5:53 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - “Whenever Democrats get in” to public office, “taxes do go up,” said Academy Award-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg in an interview with CNSNews.com on Oct. 29.  Goldberg was asked about Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s tax plan.

“I believe that it doesn’t matter who gets into office,” she said,  “taxes are going to go up.  We have two wars and a lot of stuff to pay for, and a lot of unanswered questions --so it’s not surprising to me.”
“As you know, whenever Democrats get in, taxes do go up,” she said. “And if they go up and they work the way that Bill Clinton’s tax plan worked, I’m okay with that.”
On whether she thinks she is currently being under-taxed, Goldberg said her taxes have stayed the same for 25 years.

“I make more than $250,000 so my taxes have stayed the same for 25 years, and they are way higher than what other people are paying, including a lot of corporations that don’t pay taxes,” said Goldberg. “But if I’m going to fund the war, I want to make sure that they’re going to fund Head Start. So I think it balances out.”

During the first presidential debate, Barack Obama said no one making under $250,000 a year would see a tax increase under his plan. He also said he would cut taxes for 95 percent of Americans.  His web site now features a calculator for users to determine how much of a tax cut they will receive under Obama’s plan.
According to GOP Sen. John McCain’s campaign Web site, his tax plan would “permanently repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) -- a tax that will be paid nearly exclusively by 25 million middle-class families.” His campaign also says this would save middle-class families “nearly $60 billion in a single year.”
Despite those campaign promises from both candidates, Goldberg said everybody’s taxes will increase.

“Everybody’s taxes are going up and, you know, nobody wants to raise taxes, nobody wants to pay more taxes -- but if we want the freedoms that we talk about having, we want them for everybody,” she told CNSNews.com.  “We want everybody to be able to go to the doctor. We want everybody to be able to do all the things they want to do -- then somebody’s got to pay for it, and it’s people making a lot of dough, and that’s the way the American system has always been.”

Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden was criticized by Republicans, and others, for saying it is “patriotic” for the rich to pay higher taxes. Obama told Joe “The Plummer” in Ohio that he wants to “spread the wealth around” with his tax plan, and those comments were used in ads by the McCain campaign.
Goldberg said that the rich paying more taxes is not socialism, but is “the American way.”

“The more you make, the more you pay and that’s not socialism, that’s not anything but the American way,” she said.