Allison Schmitt swam a sizzling final leg to lead the U.S. to a gold medal in the 4x200 freestyle relay Wednesday.
Congratulations, Allison. You now owe the IRS $26,679.
That’s what she gets for winning two golds, a silver and a bronze medal at the Olympics. It takes years of training and sacrifice to get to win one for your country, and this is how your country thanks you?
Doesn’t exactly make you proud to be an American.
With tax “fairness” a big election issue, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio sensed a political opening. Or maybe he’s just been overcome by the Olympic spirit. He introduced a bill Wednesday that would eliminate the tax American athletes must pay for their work in London.
“We can all agree that these Olympians who dedicate their lives to athletic excellence should not be punished when they achieve it,” Rubio said.
Even if he doesn’t agree, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner knows it’d be bad optics to meet the U.S. team plane at the airport and start handing out IRS bills.
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