Obama's Hometown Has Highest Traveler Taxes

Martin Romjue
Posted on September 10, 2012

CHICAGO CLIP n' HIT JOB: President Obama's hometown of Chicago, where he earned and learned his political stripes, charges the most taxes to travelers among the top 50 U.S. destinations, according to a recent study by the Global Business Travel Association Foundation. This should come as no surprise. Technically, this is conincidental since Obama didn't levy the taxes (he's been a federal-level politician since being sworn in as a U.S. Senator in January 2005). But it is fortuitious and only fitting that the President who has badmouthed business travel, corporations, and the wealth-generating 1% be reaffirmed in his sentiments by his hometown, now run by his former White House chief of staff. Bottom line: Obama is no friend of the limousine and charter bus industries. ABOUT PHOTO: Would business travelers to Chicago save on traveler taxes by riding bicycles about town? -- Martin Romjue, LCT editor

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