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June 7, 2009 at 6:00 AM

Microsoft jobs overseas

CEO a hypocrite for avoiding Obama’s taxes

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is an out-and-out hypocrite [“Tax plan would send jobs offshore, Ballmer says,” Business, June 4].

Since he spent a ton of money ensuring Barack Obama’s presidential victory, the least he can do is show fiscal solidarity with Obama and willingly (if not cheerfully) allow himself, and Microsoft, to be taxed as much as Obama wants. After all, Obama needs as much money as he can grab to pay for his stimulus.

The same goes for everyone in Washington state who voted for Obama — they should immediately empty their bank accounts, sell all their assets and show their solidarity with Obama by willingly and cheerfully sending the monetary proceeds to him without any complaints.

Ballmer, this is the “hope and change” you received last November. Is it really what you wanted or were expecting?

— Ken Simmons, Auburn

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