“Ask.” Only statist, collectivists would describe government demands for taxes – with asset seizure and prison time the response for saying, “no,” in this way. The press – even leftwingers at the NY Times and CNN breaking news – should be better than this instead of acting like propaganda organs for the collectivist redistributionist party.
Obama also made the claim – which was published uncritically by CNN breaking news – that no such “asks” by the federal government were made in two decades. That is wrong. In 2007, the federal government increased taxes – substantially – on Americans living abroad with AGI then over 87,000 US$ with the ridiculously titled Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/30/business/30tax.html?pagewanted=all