The proposal in Congress to exempt Olympic medalists from paying taxes on their prize money is an example of our obsession with athletes and entertainers and the ineptness of Congress. Sure, the athletes worked hard, but what is their contribution to society? Why should they get special treatment?
Teachers and doctors also work hard. Their accomplishments actually benefit society. Why should athletes but not teachers or doctors get a pass on paying taxes?
The Olympians are being taxed? How awful! But it's not what the headline suggests. They get $25,000 for winning a gold medal and have to pay income taxes on it. Please give me $25,000 and I'll gladly pay taxes on it.