President Bush is arguably the most expensive resident of the District of Columbia but pays not a cent to support that beleaguered city's government. He lives rent free in a big White House that is not subject to property taxes. He requires the services of scores of police each time he travels around Washington. And he pays no state income taxes to D.C. -- or to any place for that matter.
Under an unfair perk in the law enacted by the self-serving political Establishment in 1949, the president and vice president, members of Congress, presidential appointees subject to congressional approval and congressional staffers from members' home states escape D.C. income taxes -- among the highest in the land.
This is an especially big break for very privileged persons from the seven states with no income taxes -- George Bush's Texas among them. According to an advocacy group, Citizens Action, the president and his first lady have saved $165,000 in state income taxes over the past decade because of their special status. That number is too low. Having saved $30,000 by not paying taxes to the city of Washington in 1990, the Bushes would have had to cough up a lot more by April 15's deadline this year because their income tripled in 1991.