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  • Reply to: Sunday News: From the Editorial pages   1 day 14 hours ago

    The ever-loyal Walter Williams staunchly defends the wealthy:

    Politicians exploit public ignorance. Few areas of public ignorance provide as many opportunities for political demagoguery as taxation. Today some politicians argue that the rich must pay their fair share and label the proposed changes in tax law as tax cuts for the rich. Let’s look at who pays what, with an eye toward attempting to answer this question: Are the rich paying their fair share?

    According to the latest IRS data, the payment of income taxes is as follows. The top 1 percent of income earners, those having an adjusted annual gross income of $480,930 or higher, pay about 39 percent of federal income taxes. That means about 892,000 Americans are stuck with paying 39 percent of all federal taxes. The top 10 percent of income earners, those having an adjusted gross income over $138,031, pay about 70.6 percent of federal income taxes. About 1.7 million Americans, less than 1 percent of our population, pay 70.6 percent of federal income taxes. Is that fair, or do you think they should pay more? By the way, earning $500,000 a year doesn’t make one rich. It’s not even yacht money.

    But the fairness question goes further. The bottom 50 percent of income earners, those having an adjusted gross income of $39,275 or less, pay 2.83 percent of federal income taxes. Thirty-seven million tax filers have no tax obligation at all. The Tax Policy Center estimates that 45.5 percent of households will not pay federal income tax this year. There’s a severe political problem of so many Americans not having any skin in the game. These Americans become natural constituencies for big-spending politicians. After all, if you don’t pay federal taxes, what do you care about big spending? Also, if you don’t pay federal taxes, why should you be happy about a tax cut? What’s in it for you? In fact, you might see tax cuts as threatening your handout programs.

    What he doesn't say (what they never say) is that 45.5% end up paying a substantial amount of their income on local property taxes, added fees for things like license plates and drivers licenses, sales taxes on goods and now even more services like auto repairs, and higher prices for milk and bread because they live in a food desert and have to get those things from a quickie mart.

    A lot of these guys are jerks, but Williams takes the jerkiness to a new level with comments like that "handouts" reference. That's Reagan-era "welfare queen" crap, and it doesn't belong in any decent publication.

  • Reply to: E.A.T.S. Guidelines for issue advocacy in the Internet age   2 days 5 hours ago

    Sorry. When I start to ramble, it's best to just take a couple Tylenol and sit back. Or run. One of those two things. ;)

  • Reply to: Saturday News: It's popcorn time...   2 days 15 hours ago

    The Trump Effect is insidious, washing over our country like a flash flood. And I keep waiting for the majority of our population to recognize it and reject it, but way too many seem to be oblivious.

  • Reply to: The decline and fall of General John Kelly   3 days 5 hours ago

    But he shot his integrity to pieces in just a few days.

  • Reply to: The decline and fall of General John Kelly   3 days 5 hours ago

    He crushes souls by his very existence.