FACT CHECK: Are rich taxed less than secretaries? - Yahoo! News Barack Obama is in serious trouble with his base--so he is going back to the rich vs. poor rhetoric that worked for him in 2008. It's obvious that from this fact check--that he has distorted facts and figures to manipulate the American public--into this hate mongering of successful people in this country. Comparing earned income to investment income aka a comparison to apples vs oranges--which is taxed at a lower rate. The continual rhetoric on how he is going to make them pay their fair share--when they already pay most of the tax base of this country--while they are also the minut minority in this country. 311 MILLION Americans compared to 237,000 in the 1 million and over income. Congrats to the Associated Press for FINALLY calling Barack Obama out on this issue. 2012 cannot come soon enough!