Thursday, April 15, 2010

Sacco and Vanzetti, Judicially Assassinated

Today is Thursday, 15 April 2010.

It’s accurate to say that some 47% of Americans don’t pay federal income tax, due to low income, high deductions and credits, etc.

It’s a deliberate and nefarious lie to say, as do many TV/radio white-wing propagandists, that 47% don’t pay federal taxes, or are freeloaders who don’t pay any taxes at all.

Most of those 47% pay federal taxes for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. (Most of those 47% also pay state and local taxes of many kinds. The entire division of taxation into jurisdictions is irrational, a result of accidents of history.) Most of those 47% pay an average of 14.2% in federal payroll taxes, excise taxes, and corporate taxes.

True: the wealthiest, say, 20% of Americans pay more federal income taxes than they did 30 years ago, but that’s because their incomes, overall, have ballooned much more than the incomes of the middle and lower classes have.

Since the wealthier receive more government services, they must pay a higher percentage as their fair share.

Per usual: the wealthiest are the freeloaders.

All this is common knowledge to anyone who’s actually studied the question. More in this The New York Times article from yesterday:

On this date in 1920, Italian-Americans Sacco and Vanzetti didn’t rob a shoe store and thus didn’t kill two security guards. Nevertheless, they were framed and judicially murdered by state terrorism in 1927. An excellent book on the case is Katherine Anne Porter, The Never-Ending Wrong.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, fuck the rich. It's the poor people that hand out all the jobs. NOT! Socialism DOES NOT WORK! Never has, never will. We need the Fair Tax.

9:25 AM  
Anonymous rtr said...

Three cheers for economic serfdom!!!

Let's also raise a cheer for those laissez faire capitalist Scandinavians. Fuck their smug satisfaction (highest in the industrialized world).

While we're at it, let's finish the job of eradicating indigenous societies as well. That'll show them the inherent righteousness of economic competition.

Blue is Yellow. Always has been, always will be. I said it, so if you disagree you're calling me a liar and I'll beat you up.

Give me your lunch money.

Oh, and about those rich benefactors handing out jobs...
I think the verb you're seeking is 'outsourcing.'

Please sir, may I have some more?

9:43 AM  

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