47% pay no income tax - The GOP BUILT THAT

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    Romney’s theory of the “taker class,” and why it matters
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    Part of the reason so many Americans don’t pay federal income taxes is that Republicans have passed a series of very large tax cuts that wiped out the income-tax liability for many Americans. That’s why, when you look at graphs of the percent of Americans who don’t pay income taxes, you see huge jumps after Ronald Reagan’s 1986 tax reform and George W. Bush’s 2001 and 2003 tax cuts. So whenever you hear that half of Americans don’t pay federal income taxes, remember: Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush helped build that. (You also see a jump after the financial crisis begins in 2008, but we can expect that to be mostly temporary.)

    Some of those tax cuts for the poor were there to make the tax cuts for the rich more politically palatable. “Do you think we wanted to include a welfare payment to people who don’t pay taxes and call it a tax cut?” A top Bush administration official once asked me. “No. But that’s what we needed to do to get it done.”

    But now that those tax cuts have passed and many fewer Americans are paying federal income taxes and the rich are paying a much higher percentage of federal income taxes, Republicans are arguing that these Americans they have helped free from income taxes have become a dependent and destabilizing “taker” class who want to hike taxes on the rich in order to purchase more social services for themselves. The antidote, as you can see in both Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney’s policy platforms, is to further cut taxes on “job creators” while cutting the social services that these takers depend on. That way, you roll the takers out of what Ryan calls “the hammock” of government and you unleash the makers to create jobs and opportunities.

    So notice what happened here: Republicans have become outraged over the predictable effect of tax cuts they passed and are using that outrage as the justification for an agenda that further cuts taxes on the rich and pays for it by cutting social services for the non-rich.
    That’s why Romney’s theory here is more than merely impolitic. It’s actually core to his economic agenda.
     
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    Did I agree with those actions to the tax code by government/politicians no matter the party affiliation?? Nope... Rep or Dem, I disagree with those actions... that being said, it is more likely a conservative will work to get that ~49% back on the income tax paying track, than it is a liberal
     
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    Up to 49.5!!!!

    Damn, you guys really suck that bad.........
     
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    Its all part of the long term plan to allow the rich to own everything and have the little guy pay for all government
     
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    Yes, exactly!
     
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    :lmao:

    Then you had some idiot thank you.......
     
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    Its what some of the wealthy in this world want.

    Do you think its a good plan?
     
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    We also have to keep in mind that there is a difference between income tax and payroll tax - I believe only 14% of Americans pay neither?
     
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    This is so funny. Is Romney on suicide watch yet?
     
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    yeah.. that is why many MANY conservatives support a flat tax with zero exceptions on all income... to just make the 'poor' pay for 'all government'
    :rolleyes:

    You are indeed an idiot bitch
     

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