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John Legend Condemns Tax Cuts at White House Motown Event

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On Thursday night (Feb. 24), President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama honored Motown Records with a special concert event at the White House. Performers included Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Seal and John Legend, who gave politicians a mouthful of negative feedback on their tax initiatives.

Legend expressed his frustration with the government’s recent decision to provide tax cuts for wealthy citizens, including himself. “People fought to give me — a millionaire — a tax cut this year,” he said. “I didn’t need it. And all the other millionaires didn’t need it either.”

He scolded lawmakers for cutting taxes for the rich, at the expense of axing cultural community organizations such as arts and singing programs. “I hope our politicians will not think that they are expendable and they can just get rid of them and nobody will feel the pain,” he continued. “Because I think society will feel the pain. I’m really frustrated with some of the discourse that’s coming out of Washington.”

The Motown Records event was part of the White House’s ongoing celebration of Black History Month.

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