First Things is usually a good web site, but sometimes they write things that baffle me, like this recent post on how our taxes are so unfair to rich people.
That’s right. Nearly half the country pays nothing* towards a government that in theory represents everyone. A family of four earning $50,000 pays nothing in federal income taxes. Nearly 40 percent of those 47 percent actually profit from the tax system, getting back in credits more than they would have owed. They’re actually paid to not pay taxes!
Politicians of both parties going back decades share the blame for this. They promise something for nothing to taxpayers to get their votes, then try to make up the difference by higher taxes on the “rich” or by borrowing the money. (The top 10 percent of earners pay 73 percent of the taxes, but realize that “rich” starts at $366,000 in earnings, and some of them are actually small businesses that file taxes as individuals.) We constantly hear pleas for the “rich” to pay their “fair share,” but that’s a mighty weird definition of “fair” if in reality it means the lion’s share. Besides, we can raise taxes on the “rich” to levels unseen in decades and still not make a dent in the federal deficit.
First, that family of four living on $50,000 is raising two children. One might think that this is contributing to the common wealth.
Second, could it be that those top 10% paying 73% of the taxes has something to do with how much money they make relative to the other 90%. To take an extreme case, if all the nation’s wealth was owned by one person, would it be unfair for him to pay more in taxes than everyone else? (In fact, commenters on that post claim that this top 10% make 60% of the nation’s income, so paying 73% of the taxes is hardly iniquitous to them. In fact, it sounds far too small. I think it would be more fair to compare tax rates not with total income, but with disposable income. By this measure, it would be obviously unfair how little that top 10% is paying.)
Third, I don’t know what circles Neven runs in, but yes, $366,000 is rich. It’s very rich. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who makes that much money. I make $60,000 a year (plus summer salary from my grant), and I’m well-off.
When someone writes something so stupid, I imagine there must be something going on in his head that I’m not seeing. I expect it’s part of that big political deal that defines the Republican Party. Christian conservatives agree to let the party define itself entirely by the self-interests of the wealthy, and in return the rich condescend to associate with us (but never, of course, actually push for our agenda). Astoundingly, the business interests in the Republican Party actually think they’re doing us a favor by letting us stay in and repeat their idiotic ideas. But there’s something every Christian reactionary needs to know: the rich hate us. They absolutely despise us, and they’re not shy about saying it. To a man, they are enthusiasts for abortion, pornography, gay “marriage”, atheist indoctrination in schools, multiculturalism, and culture-smashing levels of immigration. Ask yourself: where is the foundation money going to patriarchist causes? How many successful entrepreneurs are using their fortunes to support missionary work? Compare that with how many are giving their money to Planned Parenthood or sodomy-advocacy in schools. Our loyalty has bought us nothing. I hope the bastards are taxed into oblivion.