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Southern California megachurch pastor Rick Warren tweeted, then deleted, a jab at those who want to balance the budget in part by increasing revenues.

“HALF of America pays NO taxes. Zero. So they’re happy for tax rates to be raised on the other half that DOES pay taxes.”

It is a ridiculously false statement. In order to pay ZERO taxes you’d need to have zero earned income, never buy anything for which sales tax is collected and never pay for a telephone call. Also, you’d have to never buy alcohol, tobacco or gasoline. and air travel would not be an option.

Nearly everyone pays some taxes. I bet they even charge states sales tax in the prison commissary.

Assuming that Warren was meaning to say that half the American population doesn’t pay any Federal income taxes, it is not an occasion for much emotional angst. It’s not surprising that half the population didn’t have more than $9350 in income during 2010 when you consider those who are underage, those who stay at home to be moms or dads or to take care of elderly parents, those unemployed for lack of jobs, full time students, part time minimum wage workers, prisoners, the infirm and the disabled. Plus, those who are retired and living exclusively on Social Security retirement benefits don’t pay Federal income taxes.

So what if half of the American population doesn’t pay any Federal income tax? What’s your point Mr. Warren? When I was growing up, I lived in a house where four out of the five people living there didn’t pay income taxes. It was my mom, my two brothers and I who were the slackers.

So, the next time some talk show propagandist says with breathless disapproval, “Did you know that half the people don’t pay any income taxes AT ALL,” realize that he’s talking about somebody’s grandmother.

Written by Tom Fox

07/27/2011 at 11:58 pm

Posted in Politics

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