We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The malicious intent behind such demagoguery is exceeded only by its utter disconnect from reality -- the "rich" already pay the vast majority of taxes. The top 10 percent of income earners pay some 70 percent of federal income taxes, according to the National Taxpayers Union.
Meanwhile, the president's erstwhile Democratic allies in the Senate have actually hindered passage of his jobs bill even as House Republicans could only talk about doing so.
But no matter. As independent voters -- who handed him the presidency because they believed his promise to be a healer -- turn from him in droves, the president is forced to play to the basest prejudices of his left-wing acolytes.
More taxes is not good enough. They want the prosperous to be dead. At Maggie's, we want everybody to be prosperous who wants to be.
The Barrister: ... the "rich" already pay the vast majority of taxes. The top 10 percent of income earners pay some 70 percent of federal income taxes, according to the National Taxpayers Union.
The latter fact doesn't fully support the claim as most of federal revenues are not from the income tax.
Certainly, the rich pay much of the income tax because they have much of the income. Indeed, income has become more concentrated into the hands of the wealthiest Americans, the greatest income disparity since just before the Great Depression.