Fair Share

Welcome to America, now becoming Obama’s robbin’ ‘hood

President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress say the wealthy must pay their fair share if the federal government is ever going to fix its finances and reduce the budget deficit to a manageable level.

A new analysis, however, shows that average tax bills for high-income families rarely have been higher since the Congressional Budget Office began tracking the data in 1979. Middle- and low-income families aren’t paying as much as they used to.

For 2013, families with incomes in the top 20 percent of the nation will pay an average of 27.2 percent of their income in federal taxes, according to projections by the Tax Policy Center, a research organization based in Washington. The top 1 percent of households, those with incomes averaging $1.4 million, will pay an average of 35.5 percent.

Those tax rates, which include income, payroll, corporate and estate taxes, are among the highest since 1979.

The average family in the bottom 20 percent of households won’t pay any federal taxes. Instead, many families in this group will get payments from the federal government by claiming more in credits than they owe in taxes, including payroll taxes. That will give them a negative tax rate.

Sadly, I fear we’re very close to the tipping point where the weightier portion of the population has realized they can vote themselves both the treasury and the taxable income of those who actually work.

4 Responses to “Fair Share”

  1. aelfheld says:

    [W]hen the plebs discover that they can vote themselves bread and circuses without limit and that the productive members of the body politic cannot stop them, they will do so, until the state bleeds to death, or in its weakened condition the state succumbs to an invader—the barbarians enter Rome. ? Robert A. Heinlein

  2. JeffS says:

    Heinlein had it right. And I imagine he’s laughing his a$$ off about now. When he’s not crying in shame.

  3. Kathy Kinsley says:

    LOL. I clicked here INTENDING to quote that Heinlein bit. Seems I got pre-empted. But that’s OK – as long as it got quoted.

  4. Kathy Kinsley says:

    P.S. @JeffS – I suspect he’s giving God a serious LECTURE on the subject of his late non-interventionist strategy.

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