47%! Yeah, So…?

First I had to listen to three hours of ranting by my otherwise brilliant local talk guy, Barry Young, whom you can hear on KFYI.com, and now Limbaugh is on about the injustice of half, HALF of the people not having to pay income taxes, and I've had it.

I called Barry and I couldn't get through, but I'm under no illusion that I'd have gotten through even if I got through if you know what I mean. Because he was just insane this morning as he jumbled, joined and equated those who don't pay taxes with those who are mooching off the system as if the poor pull the strings of the political elite.

So I'd like to clarify a couple of things, and the first is that any relation between those who pay no taxes and those who live off government largesse is coincidental.

Another is the perception that there's something wrong with the half who pay no income taxes. Under the first income tax laws, far more than half paid no income tax. So people who pay income taxes today have a case of misdirected anger. If it's a fact that less and less people are paying income taxes, that's a good thing, and the cure for middle class people who still pay taxes is NOT a national sales tax, under which the rich would likely benefit the most.

The cure is less spending.

Rush Limbaugh just got done telling a guy whose income is forty grand and who pays no income taxes, that he was angry that he, Limbaugh, does pay taxes. That sure made be feel sympathetic to El Rushbo..

Does it seem as if class envy works both ways?

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About tedwest

A longtime veteran of comedy and political forums, I decided that I needed a more restful venue because... well... I finally hate everybody. Except my wife that is... and my ex-wife.. and... no, that's about it. I lead about as simple a life as one can, preferring activities that include anything that doesn't involve going out and seeing YOU! And I particularly enjoy what I call "Get the Bitch" movies on Lifetime. You know the ones where the intended victim finally does something so incredibly stupid that she forfeits her right to live, and from that moment on you're rooting for the stalker. Of course, it rarely works out the way you want, but when it does, the feeling you get is... well, there's nothing else like it, other than, maybe, eating chocolate chip cookies. Oh, and I'm proudly anti-wildlife, both foreign and domestic, and anti-environment - especially foreign environments. I think Howard Stern put it best when he said, "If fifty percent of the population died tomorrow, I can live with that." And I feel the same about the other fifty percent, so together, we've pretty much got it all covered.
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