A few centuries ago, our Founding Fathers complained about a situation in which they were being taxed by the British Crown without having any say in the taxing decisions — this was the classic “Taxation without Representation” argument. The response from the Colonials was to overthrow the King and toss out his tax collectors.
Today, thanks to “Progressives” we have the opposite problem. According to a Yahoo! Finance report, about 48% of U.S. households paid no income taxes at all in 2009.
The result is a tax system that exempts almost half the country from paying for programs that benefit everyone, including national defense, public safety, infrastructure and education. It is a system in which the top 10 percent of earners — households making an average of $366,400 in 2006 — paid about 73 percent of the income taxes collected by the federal government.
In contrast the bottom 40 percent, on average, makes a profit from the federal income tax, meaning they get more money in tax credits than they would otherwise owe in taxes. For those people, the government sends them a payment. Why would they not keep voting to raise our taxes and expand “Progressive” programs?
“We have 50 percent of people who are getting something for nothing,” said Curtis Dubay, senior tax policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation.
- In the latest year of available data, the top 5 percent of taxpayers paid more than one-half (53.8 percent) of all individual income taxes, but reported roughly one-third (30.6 percent) of income.
- The top 1 percent of taxpayers paid 33.7 percent of all individual income taxes that year. This group of taxpayers has paid more than 30 percent of individual income taxes since 1995. Moreover, since 1990 this group’s tax share has grown faster than their income share.
What concerns me is the fact that people who do not suffer the burden of ever-higher income taxes have no problem getting in the voting booth and supporting representatives who want to raise taxes on the rest of us to close the U.S. Federal budget deficit – – effectively getting “Representation without Taxation”. This is not the American way – – foisting my share of the burden on others. It just isn’t fair. We need fairness in taxation for all.
Don’t get me wrong; I am not for raising the taxes on any American. However, we need to find a way for all Americans to share the burden of government if they are going to enjoy the benefits. I’m not talking about taxing those who cannot provide for themselves and have no income. For everyone else, either join in sharing the cost or don’t complain to me as we trim it back to get the government to live within its means!