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Stopping Obama’s ‘Pay Their Fair Share’ Shenanigans

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The White House’s buzz words for the propaganda campaign to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans and corporations are “pay their fair share.” But is President Barack Obama’s pitch reflecting honest economic inequity or more dishonest spin from his bag of duck-’n’-weave political manipulations?

This year alone, nearly every member and minion of this administration (including the mainstream media) has regurgitated “pay their fair share” like cows chewing cud. They have done so to prompt Americans to feel that the wealthy are getting a free ride regarding taxation while lower- and middle-class folks pay their societal ticket.

Here is a small set of examples of recent quotes from a single page of entries on the White House website (italics added):

—From a Sept. 19 statement from the White House’s Office of the Press Secretary concerning the “Fact Sheet: Living Within Our Means and Investing in the Future — The President’s Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction”: “asking the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations to pay their fair share.”

—From a Sept. 20 White House Rural Council blog post, titled “Lessons from the Farm to Strengthen America,” written by Tom Vilsack, the secretary of agriculture: “The President’s plan … will (maintain) a strong safety net and (create) a better market for our agricultural goods. And it sets us on a path to compete by asking everyone to pay their fair share.”

—From an Aug. 4 post on the White House blog, titled “All About the So-Called ‘Super Committee’” and created by Jon Carson, who is the director of the White House Office of Public Engagement: “asking millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share.”

—From the July 9 “Statement from White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer on Budget Negotiations”: “We need a balanced approach that asks the very wealthiest and special interests to pay their fair share as well, and we believe the American people agree.”

—From an April 13 statement by Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, given immediately after Obama delivered a speech on deficit reduction: “Giveaways to millionaires must come to an end. We simply cannot afford them. … All taxpayers must pay their fair share.” (Interesting how Henry’s statement got posted on the White House blog. Maybe readers can email my statements here to the White House and my article will be posted, too!)

Neither those citations nor the host of others on other pages of the White House website include the myriad presidential mentions, from the heartland of America to congressional corridors and prime-time television speeches.

With all those Washington insiders spouting that “pay their fair share” verbiage, the majority of corporations and wealthy Americans must be dodging their “fair share” of tax dues, right?

Well, The Associated Press recently ran a fact check on the Obama administration’s accuracy in calculating tax brackets. Here are three key facts:

1) According to the Congressional Budget Office, the 10 percent of households with the highest incomes pay more than half of federal taxes. And they pay more than 70 percent of federal income taxes.

“Pay their fair share”?

2) The Tax Policy Center, a Washington think tank, reports that in 2011, households making more than $1 million will pay an average of 29.1 percent of their income in federal taxes. In comparison, households making between $50,000 and $75,000 will pay an average of 15 percent of their income in federal taxes. Lower-income households will pay even less.

“Pay their fair share”?

3) In 2009, the Internal Revenue Service reported that 1,470 tax returns were filed by those whose households earned more than $1 million and didn’t pay federal taxes. But that is less than 1 percent of the nearly 237,000 households that earned more than $1 million that year. In comparison, the Tax Policy Center estimates that a staggering 46 percent of Americans will pay no federal taxes in 2011, and most of them are low- and middle-income families.

“Pay their fair share”?

If the Obama administration wants to go after those who don’t “pay their fair share” of taxes, then it should hunt down the remaining 45 percent of federal tax evaders. Even better, why not just dump the current tax code and implement the FairTax plan (or an equivalent flat tax), which would lower the tax rate of most honest taxpaying Americans and rope in the 45 percent who are dodging federal taxes altogether.

Combined with lowering America’s corporate tax rate (the second-highest in the world, at 38 percent) to the average European rate — 25 percent — our country would not only experience the return of corporations and productivity to American soil and subsequently increase the domestic job market but also put more money into the pockets of Americans to rebuild our economy and even give the feds more funds to lower our national debt.

It’s time Americans told the White House to stop its “pay their fair share” shenanigans. As you yourself said, Mr. President, in the Rose Garden a few weeks ago, “this is not class warfare; it’s math.”

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  • Ltjg

    The Term Pay Fair Share has yet to be defined. It only means we will all pay eventually. Taxes will trickle down to us. If I had to pay higher Taxes, I would find a way for someone else to absorb them. Fair Share is not limited to only individuals. It includes small business. Taxes never get lowered they always increase. Stop and do away with Entitlement spending. No more Food Stamps, No more unemployment. No more Section 8. Watch how fast these dead beats will look for work and once done, pay taxes.

    • Fed Up

      I know what you are talking about. I have a x-daughter-in-law that has made statements that she can’t afford to get a job. She would have to pay more rent (thanks to our government incentives). She lives in government housing and looking for a house that the government would help pay for because she has a boy and a girl. I guess that is considered section 8. I have never drawn unemployment. Worked all my life and I am tired (I am 66 years old). I think I will email Obama and see if he is willing to spread his wealth to me and my family. You think he will? Nah! he wants our money so he can spread the wealth to his family whomever they may be.

    • joant

      Obama’s Auntie Zuni was here for years as an illegal and was on the dole roll in Massachusetts, She received housing, food stamps and medical coverage,even though she was told to leave the USA per order of the immigration at least four times. She even attended the inauguration of Obama while being illegal. Shortly afterward, aunt received the okay to stay in the USA and remain at taxpayer expense.That’s not all, her brother,also illegal,was arrested in Mass on a DUI,and immediately pulled the Obama card at the Police station. He too, has been allowed to stay in America. Can you say friends in high places?

    • daves

      Please don’t let the money powers use your prejudices against you!

      I see in the near future a crisis approaching. It unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. The money powers prey upon the nation in times of adversity. It is more despotic than a monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. It denounces, as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes. I have two great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me and the financial institutions at the rear, the latter is my greatest foe. Corporations have been enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in the hands of a few, and the Republic is destroyed.
      Abraham Lincoln, letter to William Elkins, Nov. 21, 1864. (After the passage of the debt causing National Bank Act [June 3, 1864]).

    • Penny Fuentes

      Pay their fair share? obama thinks every one elses money is HIS and his wifes fair share. Their numerous vacations,spending sprees, date nights, and michelles numerous vacations that she has taken with her family and friends that WE THE PEOPLE have paid for, obama has NEVER had a paying job, he has lived off everyone’s stipends in his “community organizing scams”. The weasel is a leech, always has been and always will be.

    • MilitaryPatriot

      Thank you, I have been saying that for the last 30 years. Wow, now I am not alone in this thought process. Bless you.

    • John

      This is the clown’s tactic of divide & conquer nothing less he wants a divided America as that is the only way for him to get reelected (if that tactic will work) we have a graduated scale of income taxes as the more you make the more you pay so this idea is pure BS.

    • Retired Marine MSgt in Marana, Az.

      John,

      Little known fact: In order for you to be in the top 1% of wage earners, in the United States, you do not have to be a millionaire. You need only to make more than $343,000 per year. Scary!

    • Jonathan Gartner

      I think we all know what Obama is really trying to do. It has been shown that taxing millionaires will do little or nothing with paying the budget or the debt. We all know that he wants the 53% to pay even more for his green programs that are a failure and to welfare and government give aways for his base.

    • daves

      I’d like to see where that has been shown.

      Income-tax receipts are down sharply since the Bush tax cuts. In fiscal 2000, the year before the cuts began to take effect, receipts from the federal income tax on individuals amounted to 10.2 percent of GDP. That figure was down to 6.2 percent of GDP last year.

    • Texas Patriot

      Fool, obamanure and his union thugs have cost would-be taxpayers millions of jobs.

    • Retired Marine MSgt in Marana, Az.

      Texas Patriot,

      I think that was what the “fool” just said, but obviously you can’t read. So who’s the “fool” now? Not Daves

      LOL

    • Texas Patriot

      Retarded Marine Mess, that is not what the libturd said. Pull your head out and read it again.

    • muslims are Pigs

      the obama scumbag muslim Pig is not paying his fair share!!
      He is a multimillionaire,… the top 1%, even though he is scumbag muslim Pig!

    • http://Facebook Que Dub

      Unemployment comp $$$ IS NOT an entitlement, the employers pay into it!!!!
      AND social security IS NOT an entitlement, WE & employers paid into it !!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Penny Fuentes

      Social Security would have been and still would be fine, if not being used for a slush fund! The Social Security Trust should never be used for anything other than Social Security sitting their collecting INTEREST. We have got to get rid of all the slime we have in Congress. This Republic was a great institution that should be cared for and respected as The Greatest Country in the world.

    • HeraldOfTheSecondComing

      There will always be rich and poor among us. Under socialism the “rich” are the elite who run things and the “poor” are everyone else.

      The question here is a simple moral one: is it right for the majority to gang up on a minority and steal their money?

      As long as we have a Federal government that does that, we’re not a free or moral country.

  • Anne Tyler

    NOTICE how quickly struggling individuals who have no job (how do you get a job when there are none) are labeled deadbeats. You say go after the 45 percent paying no taxes? Many of those 45 percent are people at or below poverty level already struggling – now you want to make them pay? I’m sorry, I don’t buy into your math, I think you juggled the numbers. The well-to-do are good at that.

    • Anne Tyler

      I’ve heard the answers to my question “how to get a job when there are none” and they all go something like this: “you could be working at a fast food restaurant or any number of menial jobs” and I’ll bet 99 percent of those who say that are living very comfortable lives well-ensconced in their ivory towers who have no idea how impossible a workable budget is on that kind of salary. I’m all for getting rid of deadbeats though – like the illegal hordes invading our southern border who come here for a life on the dole where they get free health care, free everything and they did nothing to earn it. If we can’t take care of our own, what are we doing inviting more people to come and take advantage. The wealthy may be paying a lot of taxes but they are making a lot of money just like the slimeballs who got us into this situation, bankers and so forth, with their million dollar bonuses. I’m very skeptical of the rich man’s definition of “deadbeat”. Its easy to call someone a deadbeat when the person doing so has never had to do without anything. Right now it costs over $2,000 for one root-canal crown. If you are making $12,000 a year (already a struggle) then you will either do without or go under. Are we going to go back to the days when people have to pull their own teeth because as easy as it is to say do without I can guarantee you that an abcessed tooth will not let you forget your problem for a minute. What is it you suggest people do in these situations? I’d like to see the fat cats try to survive for just one month on the kinds of salaries they encourage the rest of us to live on. Some people make just enough to qualify for no help and they are the ones who really struggle, people making $18,000 a year. There was a time when that was a pretty good salary, now its a life of deprivation and eternal debt.

    • muslims are Pigs

      Of the richest 100 americans, 60% ARE democraps, they aren’t giving up any of their money you can bet on that and they are the top 1%!

      And lets get at least one thing straight, … the bankers didn’t start the problems of the housing bubble! AS a matter of FACTS,… ALL of our problems are caused by the criminals in charge,… it has NEVER been anyone else!

      It HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE POLITICIANS THAT HAVE CAUSED ALL OF OUR PROBLEMS, ALWAYS.

      IT WAS THE FUQKING POLITICIANS, … !
      IT WAS THE FUQKING POLITICIANS, … !
      IT WAS THE FUQKING POLITICIANS, … !
      IT WAS THE FUQKING POLITICIANS, … !
      IT WAS THE FUQKING POLITICIANS, … !
      IT WAS THE FUQKING POLITICIANS, … !
      IT WAS THE FUQKING POLITICIANS, … !
      IT WAS THE FUQKING POLITICIANS, … !
      IT WAS THE FUQKING POLITICIANS, … !

      You idiots who don’t know what the hell you’re talking about need to pay attention more, cause you’re getting dumber by the second. Dumb asses

    • Aristophanes

      anne – you have been drinking obozo’s kool-aid. The so-called poverty level in this country is a joke. The so-called poor still have 42 inch HD TV’s and drive nice cars and have homes that are heated and/or air conditioned. They have cell phones and computers. THAT IS NOT POVERTY. These people SHOULD be paying their fair share and NOT be supported by people like me who are struggling to get by WITHOUT any federal handouts. I am so sick of the liberals bleeding hearts for the so-called poor; but, I do not see wealthy demoncrats shelling out any more money to help the so-called poor. As usual, another post by a liberal hypocrite. You are pathetic.

    • helm20558

      Aristophanes, I live on 12,000 a yr in tn. I have worked at the same job since 1999 and 2 other part time jobs at the same time. I received Sec 8 up until last mo. I do not receive food stamps, insurance or other help. I pay taxes always have, I do not have a big tv or cable. I do have a cell phone and internet connection that my daughter pays for (at&t) ex and a computer my Marine son bought & paid for. So I know what it’s like to be poor, hand to mouth. I also have a college education. I have also been called indigent white trash and told that if I were black and or carrying a black mans child I would qualify for all the gov has to offer. My question is this, Where do I fit in to all this?

    • helm20558

      I forgot to mention that as a child I fell out of a tree, injured my neck and spine to the point of inability to function, but guess what I do not qualify for any medical assistance. Due to the nature of the injuries and the on set of age I am unable to maintain any other line of work. Now what?

    • VT Patriot

      Anne, The ‘entitlement’ mentality has produced the high # of ‘poor’ and unemployable. Try to follow me here:

      As long as I have free housing, food, income, healthcare etc, why should I look for a job. And if I do have a job, I should look into whether I could do better on the public dole. Hmm, wonder if this could be a small part of the answer?? Ya think?

    • daves

      If your answer makes sense then you must be freeloading without a job?

    • muslims are Pigs

      HEy dumbass, stick your head up you filthy ass and take a deep breath!

      You are a total waste of oxygen!

    • daves

      Muslim, You are such a sweet talker.

  • bo bo

    LTJG,
    Couldn’t agree with you more. Lets go even further. If you collect any assistance whatsoever and your not physically or mentally disabled, you should perform a public service for these funds. Also, eliminate the earned income credit, you don’t pay in, you don’t collect.

    • Ltjg

      Dear bo bo, When we severed ties with England and had no assistance from English Government after our Independance, This Nation grew and prospered. No hand out, no help. It was work and survive on our own or perish.

    • Ltjg

      And, No Taxes. We took care of our own. We took responsibility. Now with all the support and Government Taxes, even if a person does work, they are having difficulty surviving. Some need a full time and a part time job because we are supporting others rather than family.

    • GUEST ON THIS PLANET

      Remember there were no minorities , it was all WASPS

    • daves

      Let me be clear as I can be. We need to understand the so-called “Christian” underpinnings of the anti-tax, anti-government, anti-the-poor, “let him die” approach to economics and public policy today as completely un-Christian, as well as un-American. What we need to do is re-establish our national values of fairness, equality and opportunity for all, values that I believe are actually the core of the Christian faith, (as well as of other religious traditions and of humanist values).

    • Retired Marine MSgt in Marana, Az.

      bo bo,

      Let’s take that one step further. If you can work but choose not to, then you have the right to starve. I do not have the responsibility to feed you if you refuse to feed yourself.

  • joant

    Why are we supporting people from other countries who are given taxpayer benefits for their housing,schooling, food and medical care? Meanwhile, they work under the table and pay zero in taxes. The employers, do not have to pay for compensation,medical or retirement funds. How about the employers pay their fair share by using the E-Verify program,and put US citizens back to work. They are also taking jobs from out of work Americans. Obama, and his class warfare, is a big scam played on American citizens. He wants to make everyone equal, how about his jobs appointee J.Imeldt of GE, a company, that paid zero taxes,while opening a plant in Beijing,China. Maybe Obama should look closer to home to see who is not paying their fair share!

    • Anne Tyler

      I don’t think you will have any luck getting Obama to tax the illegals, they seem to be among his “protected classes” right now, they even qualify for “get out of jail free” cards – as long as they haven’t committed major/serious crimes he says “turn them loose”.

    • Thomas Beckett

      We are the tree. obammanoids are the termites.

    • Texas Patriot

      Anne, don’t be so sure they are prosecuting the illegals guilty of serious crimes. There is plenty of evidence to the contrary. Don’t forget the New Black Panthers convicted of voter intimidation who were exonerated by obamanure’s boy holder.

    • MilitaryPatriot

      My dear, its been going on for decades, brought to you by the left. This is their whole agenda since their miserable birth from Europe. Too many foreigners in this country, they bring the cradle to death (mommy&daddy)government mentality. They leave home and the apron strings are transfer to the gov. All socialist countries were built on this premise.

    • Olesarge

      You are so right. It has been going on for decades long before Obama was even born. The radical left has infiltrated the education system, the media, big business, wall street, the banks, the courts and the government. Just getting Obama out of the White House isn’t going to stop what is happening to this country. It will take a complete house cleaning to even begin to turn things around.

    • daves

      We have also infiltrated manufacturers, banks, factories, your daughters, churches, Sunday school, shopping malls, retailers, the boy scouts and girl scouts, brownies and cub scouts, your golf club, the rotary club, city hall, credit card companies, the PTA and many more!

      Resistance is futile!

    • Retired Marine MSgt in Marana, Az.

      daves,

      You missed Obamas’ “MAN CLUB”.

      Google: Obama+Down Low

  • T Lady

    Just remember the 47% percent who dodge the Tax Man are 95% of Obama’s voting base.

    • Thomas Beckett

      If it reaches 50%, we’ll have a one party system.

    • Texas Patriot

      What we’ll have is a second civil war that will make the first one look like a picnic. Invest in precious metals – lead and brass! LOCKED AND LOADED.

    • Olesarge

      One of them is also his Treasury Secretary.

  • http://ThePatriotUpdate Atch

    Why does what he says matter when he and his family are in our white house illegally. Been trying to get some of those oath takers to do their job. Looking forward to Veterans Day.

    • MilitaryPatriot

      Oh! Boy, you can say that again.

  • http://rebelforiam.com m. sharpe

    Prov. 6:16-19 these are bad things that We should not get caught up in. The objective is to bring everything under the control of the state;with a Dictator. Remember the war in this age is about Idol Worship. Luke warm people need not apply. Choose this day Whom We will serve.Let Us get back to the U.S.Constitution and live.

    • MilitaryPatriot

      Bless you, I have you in my thoughts.

  • GUEST ON THIS PLANET

    Make public every politicians tax return

    • MilitaryPatriot

      Nice idea, but don’t hold your breath. Remember double standards. Not for them for us. You know, we must abide, but not them.

  • Dorothy

    Start making the Congressmen & Senators pay their fair share. Stop them from receiving paychecks after they leave their positions, including the former Presidents of the USA. Make them pay into Social Security like the rest of us are forced to do, only to be told they have used our money for their special interest projects and never paid the money back. The list of things to change go on and on, but I’m sure none to this will happen in my lifetime. I only hope that our children and grandchildren survive the sad state of affairs our country is currently facin!!!!!!

  • kenneth dameron

    I think we should return to the days when the King was the final arbiter of everything. How does King Kenneth sound? Only an all-wise, compassionate King such as me could extract the necessary taxes in a fair and honorable way.

    • Retired Marine MSgt in Marana, Az.

      kenneth dameron,

      It’s too much to expect that the majority of readers of these postings could stand to have their chains janked on.

      Keep it up!

      LOL

  • http://patriotupdate.com Raymond

    Barack Insane Obama is out jogging one morning, notices a little boy on the corner with a box. Curious, he runs over to the child and says, “What’s in the box kid?”

    The little boy says, “Kittens, they’re brand new kittens.”

    Barack Insane Obama laughs and says, “What kind of kittens are they?”

    “Democrats,” the child says.

    “Oh that’s cute,” Obama says and he runs off.

    A couple of days later Barack is running with his buddy Nancy Pelosi and he spies the same boy with his box just ahead.

    Obama says to Nancy, “You gotta check this out” and they both jog over to the boy with the box. Obama says, “Look in the box Nancy, isn’t that cute? Look at those little kittens. Hey kid tell my friend Nancy what kind of kittens they are.”

    The boy replies, “They’re Republicans.”

    “Whoa!”, Obama says, “I came by here the other day and you said they were Democrats, What’s up?”

    “Well,” the kid says, “Their eyes are open now”

    • Thomas Beckett

      Well said! That is our hope!

    • http://AOL JIM

      THAT’S FUNNY, BUT TRUE ,WE GET CAUGHT UP IN THINGS AND DON’T REALIZE HOW DEEP IT IS UNTILE IT’S ALMOST TOOO LATE, THEN WE DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT !!! IMPEACH OBAMA AND HIS WHOLE ADMINISTRATION !!!THEN TRY THEM FOR TREASON !!!! I SEE THE CANIDATES FOR THE REPUBLICANS THERE IS ONE OTHER CANIDATE THAT I THINK IS DESERVING !! HER NAME ISCONDOLEEZZA RICE ,SHE HAS EXTENSIVE BACK GROUND IN GOVERNMENT AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS SHE WOULD BE GREAT !!!

    • Retired Marine MSgt in Marana, Az.

      Sorry man, I just can’t get past the vision of Nancy Pelosi jogging! Does botox let your joints bend?

  • Rob

    What these “tax the rich” people do not understand is that it is just a pass through to them. When you raise costs (taxes) on those who set prices they do not just say “Oh, darn” and just absorb it. They raise prices to cover the new cost. Any good business person would, or face being taxed out of business. Raising taxes on the rich is a sideways way for congress to tax the 45% who do not pay taxes as to not loose favor with them. Unfortunately the 45% tend to not be so financially savvy and buy into this nonsense.

    • Joseph Lassiter

      If it were a simple pass through, it would not be so serious. The bureacraats use up so much of it that the tax gets lost. the real negative problem is the high tax on job creators makes the US un competive and pushes jobs overseas gett ing rid of the taxpayer. that will never end good.

    • daves

      George Soros and Warren Buffet set the prices?

    • daves

      How about Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan?

  • Irish Lass CA

    Is there any way to find out why the one percent of those making over a million dollars didn’t pay any taxes? Did they invest their money, did they donate to charity, did they get some kind of exemption from the government? What are the loop holes that allow this to happen.

    And of the 46 percent who pay no tax at all what is the reason? They don’t make enough money? Or do they get paid cash and don’t report it? My sister’s ex-husband used to work in construction and often got paid in cash that went unreported. It might have seemed like a good idea at the time but when it came time for retirement his SS payment is pretty low because his reported income was very low.

    • American Thinker

      No one is saying the 1% does not pay any taxes, they pay a huge percentage of 40% of all taxes paid. When Warren Buffet says he pays a lower rate then his well paid secretary, he is refering to the fact that the bulk of his income is in capital gains or unearned/non salary income from dividends which are taxed at 15% not the full rate people pay based on their salaried income.

      Those who pay nothing should pay something, even 5%, just so they feel part of US.

      As far as the unreported cash, not condoning illegal behavior, but your money is better off in your pocket then a govt trust fund that will soon run out of “bank”- save for your own retirement! Don’t suck off the nanny state!

    • daves

      The center found that while 47 percent paid no federal income taxes in 2009, most households did pay Medicare and Social Security payroll taxes. Only about 14 percent paid neither income or payroll taxes. Most of those people are elderly, though about 6 percent of non-elderly Americans pay neither income nor payroll taxes.

    • Texas Patriot

      … and this would be ‘the center’ of your bowel?

    • Retired Marine MSgt in Marana, Az.

      Nope, that would be just about in the middle of your Tex ASS. You are really pathetic.

    • Texas Patriot

      and you are a disgrace to the uniform

  • Emme

    Please don’t kid yourselves. The present administration will take your money one way or another. They are doing it by auditing people by the irs and coming up with crazy reasons for doing so, and doing it for more than one year at a time. In other words, when obozo got into office, they immediately starting auditing for the previous three years. If you’ve ever been audited, or even just gotten a letter from the irs saying you owe anything, it’s almost impossible for you to have it turn out in your favor and then even if it does, you’ve wasted years and time and money. But it won’t turn out in your favor–they won’t let it–that’s how they are getting even more from those who have already WORKED and already PAID and those who don’t and won’t continue to not pay any share. What’s fair about any of this?

  • R. Cook

    Excess wealth, as some socialists claim, is not stuffed into a mattress and hoarded. Some is saved for emergencies or to even out economic fluctuations. When those requirements have been met it is the norm for extra capitol to be invested or used to raise ones standard of living. It is invested to grow a current enterprise or to capitalize a new investment that is expected to also return a profit. If that enterprise is successful it will draw more investment and create more employment for more individuals who can also create wealth for themselves. When a person decides to raise their or their families’ standard of living the products or services they purchase also create employment and opportunities for others to do the same. This is not rocket science. It is pure basic common sense and human nature.
    Those who are considered to be rich and are vilified for not paying their “fair share”, are in almost every case, those who worked hard and sacrificed to attain their position and wealth. They are the people in our society who took risk and in some cases failed then tried again. Their success created businesses that employ many of the rest of us. Their investments created industries that many regular Americans can participate in by investing in themselves. I call this voluntary participation capitalism. It is the direct opposite of the ideology of picking winners and losers present in government forced Socialism.

  • Herbert

    Prior to 1913 we had NO income tax. A graduated income tax is one of the ten planks of communism. Don’t believe me, look it up.

    Anyone who suggests ANY KIND of tax is your enemy. There is no need for any federal tax of any kind.

    Infrastructure you say? States can and do handle roads maintenance and construction. Federal highways you say? Same answer: instead of sending tax money to the fed and stand there with your hand out hoping to get some of it back, keep it here.

    I could go on and on, but it is always the same answer; keep the money close, let the fed go jump.

    • daves

      I guess the founders of the United States are our enemies then.

      Section. 8.

      Clause 1:
      The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

    • Herbert

      Apples and oranges.

      NO graduated income tax was ever approved. Even when it was “instituted” it was not to include wage earners, only “income” which meant money earned from investments. Even the so-called 16th Amendment to the constitution allowing a graduated income tax on INCOME only, was never ratified! The IRS is a completely false entity. But don’t file a return and see what happens!

      By the way, did you know that the government considers taxpayers “the enemy”? Look up “Trading with the enemy act” and see for yourself.

      Since 1912 we have not had an original jurisdiction government. Only the lackey’s of “Corp U.S.” All quite legal, but this is why they ignore our constitution and get away with it “legally”. Surprise, kiddies. We only have 48 legitimate states.

    • daves

      I thought you said any tax??

  • Colonialgirl

    Perhaps it is past time for the IRS to go after the extremely LARGE number of FEDERAL EMPLOYEES that have NOT paid THEIR taxes. I believe the amount is suppose to be in the billions owed.
    If you work for the government and haven’t paid taxes you should get fired— Oh Wait, that’s right the head of it was a tax cheat himself wasn’t he.

  • http://AOL JIM

    CONDOLEEZZA RICE FOR PRESIDENT !! SHE HAS GREAT FOREIGN AND DIPLOMATIC SKILLS AT HOME AND ABROAD !! SHE HAS EXPERIENCE WITH GW BUSH ADMISTRATION AND HAS DONE A GREAT JOB,I OBSERVED HER IN HER DUTIES WITH FOREIGN AFFAIR’S AT THE UNITED NATION AND AT HOME . ,MY VOTE WOULD BE FOR HER AS PRESIDENT OF THESE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA !!!

  • AuntieCoosa

    Fair Share means 9-9-9 to this Voter. There should be an income limit below which people do not pay Federal taxes, HOWEVER, that amount should take into account the 9% National Sales Tax which will RIGHTFULLY affect everyone. There is no such thing as a Free Lunch, although I do not believe that food should be taxed.

    No matter how much or how little income a person has, he should have a stake in the outcome of this Country and he will if he knows that what he purchases will help fund the administration of the Nation. JUST LIKE STATE SALES TAX FUNDS THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE STATE. It’s FAIR TO EVERY US CITIZEN to have reduced Federal Income Taxes and to pay a National Sales Tax on certain goods and services. And if NON-Citizens have to pay those taxes “for no involvement in the electoral process” then … they can remove themselves from this Nation OR they can become citizens thereof. Period. Vacationers pay taxes where ever they go, so too in the USofA. The argument that Illegal Immigrants pay taxes is invalid because they do not pay nearly enough to cover the costs of unlawful entry and unlawful use of services and resources reserved to US Citizens.

    Let’s give 9-9-9 a chance … reduce spending, reduce taxes, let those who purchase goods and services pay the Nation that supports the States which provide those goods and services. PS … I await the debate between Cain vs UnAble-Obama. Do you?

  • Gene Vallorani

    Why would anyone want to pay an extra 9 per cent on purchases? Most states already have a sales tax. Mr. Cain would add 9 per cent to any “new” purchase not items that are “used.” Everyone might be inclined to only buy used cars and anything else not new not even housing. His 9 per cent sales tax only on “some of us” would do little to create jobs and put people back to work. Herman Cain is not the one this nation needs. Let’s go back to our first choice, Rick Perry.

    • Texas Patriot

      Perry was NOT ‘our’ first choice. He is a One World Order minion who has also thwarted our repeated efforts in Texas to stem the tide of illegal invaders breaching our border to freely enjoy the fruits that our hard working American citizens struggle to provide.

    • Olesarge

      He also used to be a Democrat.

  • dem hater

    CLASS WARFARE thats all it truely is..

    we all have seen and heard this EVIL betrayer
    LIE repeatedly to Americans since 2007.
    he yells and screams about millionaires and billionaires not paying enough, and then goes to their homes and has $35K dinner plate fund raisers with them, then he takes off to marthas vineyard to hang out with all those millionaires, and flys in with two separate jets… furthermore, he screammed about them wanting those to pay higher than the 35% going rate, when in fact he is in that same tax bracket and CHEATED ON HIS TAXES IN 2010, by only paying 26%….
    its DO AS I SAY NOT AS I DO double standards

    • daves

      It’s not ‘class warfare,’ it’s Christianity

      Many Christians are starting to find the increasing concentration of wealth in the hands of a few very rich people to be an enormous moral and ethical problem. Catholic theologians and ethicists took pains recently to challenge Speaker Boehner on Catholic values in regard to his views, particularly on the economy.

      Let me be clear as I can be. We need to understand the so-called “Christian” underpinnings of the anti-tax, anti-government, anti-the-poor, “let him die” approach to economics and public policy today as completely un-Christian, as well as un-American. What we need to do is re-establish our national values of fairness, equality and opportunity for all, values that I believe are actually the core of the Christian faith, (as well as of other religious traditions and of humanist values).

    • tweety

      I am a committed Christian. I do, however, see some faulty logic in this “fairness” stuff. I’m all for everyone having a fair chance at meaningful work, education, etc. but whether the results of that are “fair” may be disputed. We are given opportunities, but there is still the human element involved. The Church has trouble with this whole money thing. They preach care for the poor and hungry, but they themselves are sitting on a lot of wealth in Rome. I give regularly to our church and to various charities, but sometimes by the church’s definition, I’m not being fair since I select the charities I feel are most deserving. I think if it were up to the church, I should give away everything just as God has given everything to us. I’m afraid I can’t go that far, but I’m willing to do my share.

    • Texas Patriot

      It’s not Christianity . . . it’s COMMUNISM, idiot!

  • tweety

    I wish there was a handy print-out to illustrate the amount of taxes the wealthy already pay. Anyone know of such an item? As Andy Rooney once pointed out, people don’t like the facts if it goes against their point of view.

  • Yellow Horse

    Yea the great soro’s with the soros bill and he has been disputing a 10 million dollar tax for 10 YEARS!!! And obama did not pay taxes for the land that he stole from the facist. The pay their fair share will go to the middle class ONLY!!! What a bunch of horse crap!!!

  • Bob DD

    How about Obama stopping his double talk.

    Start with GE Boss Immelt, who is Obama’s Jobs CZAR-the one who is shipping jobs overseas. GE makes tens of $Billions and pays NO Fed. Income Taxes. Immelt makes $Millions?

  • http://adrianvance.blogspot.com Adrian Vance

    The top 1% are paying 38% of all income taxes! That is 38 times what all the rest of us are paying. Keep that up and they will find a place where they are better treated. These are the people who create the economy. Wake up!

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  • Boletero

    Government is not always the solution, but it is ALWAYS the problem.
    It’s not the economy, stupid. It’s the overhead expenses !!!
    Get the Gov. out of the Nations business and watch the USA blow a cork in less than six months !!!

    Saludos

  • S Rubicon

    Interestingly, a young lady recently approached some wealthy folks at a meeting to discuss higher taxes. These ‘rich’ folks want to pay more. However, when provided access to the Dept of Treasury website so they could send in more money, they all balked. They want it done across the board fairly. In short, they want to hang onto those loopholes they now use & will continue to use.
    A Fair or Flat tax may be the answer. But, until the media finally tells the truth & exposes those seeking to game the system, all we will get is more rhetoric & more taxes.