A University of Chicago law professor is sorry he ever complained about President Obama's tax policies.
CHICAGO — A University of Chicago law professor is sorry he ever complained about President Obama’s tax policies.
Todd Henderson last week wrote on a blog about the effect the expiring Bush tax cuts would have on his family. He said his family, whose household income is north of $250,000, could not afford higher taxes. His wife is a doctor at the University of Chicago Hospitals.
“A quick look at our family budget, which I will happily share with the White House, will show him that like many Americans, we are just getting by despite seeming to be rich. We aren’t,” Henderson wrote on the blog “Truth on the Market.”
He went on to disclose personal details about his family’s finances. He paid $100,000 in federal and state taxes last year and $15,000 in property taxes. He has a big mortgage, more than $250,000 in student loans, two cars, a nanny and a lawn service.
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He concluded by inviting the president to his house, two blocks from the Obamas, and to “judge for himself whether the Hendersons are as rich as he thinks.”
The complaints caused a stir and went viral. Commenters attacked Henderson as a whiny, rich guy who doesn’t know how good he has it. A California professor called Henderson’s position on taxes an “amazing pasticcio of mendacity, ignorance and small-minded cupidity.”
The subject even spurred a Sunday essay by Paul Krugman, a Nobel prize winner and New York Times columnist.
But the hostility came as a shock to Henderson, who declined to be interviewed about the controversy. He deleted his original post Monday, explaining, “The electronic lynch mob that has attacked and harassed me — you should see the e-mails sent to me personally! — has made my family feel threatened and insecure.” He wrote that his wife did not approve of his post and disagrees “vehemently.”
But his original post lives on. Other bloggers quickly found a Google cache of it. Henderson wrote Tuesday that he no longer will post on the blog.