Half of Americans don’t Pay Taxes but can Vote to Increase Taxes on those who Do

Posted by PITHOCRATES - February 25th, 2012

Week in Review

No one likes paying taxes.  For workers want to keep their hard earned money.  So it’s always been puzzling how the tax and spend politicians keep getting elected.  And keep raising our taxes.  Or is it (see HALF of Americans don’t pay income tax despite crippling government debt posted 2/22/2012 the Daily Mail)?

In 2009, just 50.5 per cent of Americans paid any income tax to the federal government – the lowest proportion in at least half a century…

In 1984, the middle of the Reagan era, 85 per cent of Americans paid federal income tax, meaning just 34.8million people did not…

The conjunction of fewer taxpayers with higher welfare payments has led to intense pressure on the public purse, with the national deficit running at $1.3trillion per year.

The Heritage Foundation argues that the reduction in the number of taxpayers will create an electorate dominated by non-taxpayers, who will always support higher taxes and spending because their own money is not at stake.

About half of all Americans pay no federal income tax.  No wonder they vote for the tax and spend politicians.  Because it’s not their hard-earned money that they are taxing spending.  It’s other people’s hard-earned money.

We keep hearing everyone say that the rich need to pay their fair share.  It would appear they are.  In fact, it appears that they are paying more than their fair share.  They have to be.  Because if half of all Americans aren’t paying any taxes the rich must be paying more than their fair share.  For they’re paying for those who aren’t paying their fair share.  Half of all Americans.

The thing that made Britain great was Parliament.  Representative government.  Having the people who paid the taxes have a say in how those taxes were spent.  It kept the Crown from spending those taxes irresponsibly.  Which greatly influenced the Founding Fathers.  Who made it difficult for the new federal government to spend irresponsibly.  Back at the Founding you had to have skin in the game to vote.  In other words, if you weren’t a taxpayer you didn’t vote.  Since then things changed.  Now people who don’t pay taxes can vote to spend other people’s money.  And when someone else is buying people rarely say ‘no’ to more government benefits.  No matter the consequences.  And those who pay no taxes have no problem increasing tax rates on those who do.

This road we’re on can only lead to one place.  The end of the country as we know it.  Much like the Greeks are experiencing right now.  Which in inevitable when people have a say in spending other people’s money.

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