Friday, July 29, 2011

It's Amazing How Much Context a Sound Bite Misses II

Back in May, I wrote a post about a new favorite thing that those on the right tout about "half of Americans" not paying federal income taxes.  In that post, I mentioned that there are other taxes that we all pay in some way shape or form, and as I said then, it was of no avail.  As this claim gained legs, it also started losing a couple of words, specifically "federal" and "income."  Now, there are people claiming, with complete righteous indignation, that half of the country "doesn't pay taxes."

Over at The Dish, there is a post that simply asks "Who Pays Taxes?"  I think it is well worth the read.  More importantly, the post and the various embedded links within the post provide the necessary context to disprove some things (like the notion that half of us pay no taxes) and flesh out other things (like how people end up not paying those federal income taxes, and how it's not just the poor who don't pay).

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