There seems to be a new idea floating around the halls of Radical Conservatism that says the Poor in America have it much too easy and the Rich don’t have it good enough.
In the opinion of this writer, that idea is totally convoluted, but I can see where Rightie and Friends would think that way. As far as I am concerned, all their recent actions in Congress and on the campaign trail point in that direction.
I am totally convinced that in the view of some of them, the Rich must get richer by any means legally (But not necessarily morally) possible and the poor are the ones who should have to pay for it all.
Some Righties claim that there is a great number of lower income Americans who do not pay any Income Tax at all and that this causes the greater financial burden to fall on the rich.
This Rightie claim is, of course, pure Conservatist smoke and mirrors and is a clever manipulation of some facts and perceptions.
The truth is that in the cases where some of the poor and the desperately poor and what I call “The Working Poor” do not pay “Income” taxes, it is because they simply do not make enough money in order to be required to pay.
It has nothing at all with these classes of people wanting a free ride or a handout at the expense of the Rich.
If you make below a certain amount of money in this country, you are not required to pay Income Tax in most situations. That is my understanding of it.
This does not mean that taxes are not with held from even the smallest paychecks because it most definitely is with held—(And refunded after tax season if the taxpayer doing the filing meets the criteria for refunds.)
At least this is the way it seems to have worked during my working life of more than 50 years.
But the idea that lower income earners pay no taxes is totally ludicrous for the following reason: If I am not seriously mistaken, these people are definitely required to pay at least the following taxes– which can amount to significant portions of total income in some instances:
(a) Sales tax on purchases
(b) Property Taxes for those who own their homes.
(c) Various payroll taxes such as FICA and Social Security.
(d) Various other taxes as assessed such as the tax on gasoline and some services rendered to consumers by service providers.
The often-repeated mantra (Much favored by The Right Wing in my opinion) seems to be that half of America is populated by low-income handout seekers who want a free ride on the backs of the “Honest” and hard-working Rich.
This attitude by the privileged elite leads to such notions as “Maybe the tax laws should be re-written so that these poor and working poor would be required to pay more in taxes than they already do.”
I can almost hear them breathing hard as they contemplate lowering the minimum earnings requirement for paying Federal Income Taxes to the point where even the pittance from a minimum wage would be taxed.
It would not be too ridiculous for me to believe that Rightie is capable of coming up with some cockamamie Income Tax scheme where every cent of earned income, no matter how small, would be subject to Income Tax.
You constantly earn below the poverty level?
I think the Far Right Wing Extreme answer to that would be to lower the poverty level dramatically.
Right now, as I write this blog post, I understand that the working poor are already paying more than their share of state and local taxes.
In some states, I am told, the tax rate for the poor (Those earning somewhere around $13,000 a year is somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 or 11 percent while the rate for those earning somewhere just beyond the $200,000 mark have a tax obligation of a mere 4 percent.
The trend in this country today, as I understand it, is that the richest are paying ever less percentages of their income in taxes while the working middle class and the poor are paying ever high rates.
The spinners will deny these claims, but then propaganda is what they do best.
You will hear nonsense from some on the Right that the rich already pay 70% of all the taxes that are paid in this country, but if you pull some public records and do a little study and research, you will be able to see through that in short order.
Here are some facts:
Click between Parenthesis: ( Tax Facts )
Learn More: ( Why 46% do not pay )
Posted by John Liming as his political opinions.