...A large number of NBA players seem to be in Obama's corner, but one of the Illinois senator's most repeated promises is to raise taxes for the richest Americans, those who make more than $250,000 per year. The subject came up at the Indiana rally.
"He says, 'If you make under $250,000 a year, raise your hand,'" Chandler wrote. "And everybody there raised their hand, except for this one small section of guys. That was our section."
True, if any group of people fits into the description "wealthiest Americans," it's NBA players. Not all of them are set for life 10 times over, but the league's minimum salary this year is $442,000.
There was strong support for Obama inside the Bulls' locker room in the days leading up to the election and not one of the players questioned expressed any fear of his tax policy.
"I'm going to vote for him," Ben Gordon said. "I think he represents change. ... If the rich just keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer and the economy isn't doing well because of that, I don't think that helps."
Added Drew Gooden, "If that's going to make it a better world — from paying 48 (percent tax rate) to 51 or 54 — it ain't going to hurt us that much. If it's going to help the world, we're ready to do it."...
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