I take it your contention is that they do
not only mine, Bob. I'm sure you have seen as well as I the charts showing how the upper 10% or so pay the 80+% of all taxes. (those aren't exact figures but you know what charts I mean).
I included some of those charts in my citation, Mike; so, yes, I've seen them, and I appreciate them. You might try going back to those charts, however, and looking up what percentage of the income that top ten percent of the population makes before asking yourself if that 80% is actually as fair as it looks. (It's not 80%, by the way, more like 60%) but I do get your point.) The amount paid is not a fair representation of what's being taken in, and the amount paid by the rest of the population as a percentage of their income hits them harder.
Money you make tends to go more directly back into the economy than the money that Donald Trump makes.
How do you feel about the incredible percentage of people who pay NO taxes at all? (including those demanding rebate checks for taxes they didn't pay???) They also receive the benefits of living in this country.
I think that there is nobody who pays no taxes at all in this country, Mike. You have been listening people say that so long that you actually believe it, when you know that every time you buy a gallon of gas, a candy bar or a rubber ball you pay tax on it, and that those taxes are directed disproportionately at the poor. That is, they are flat taxes, and everybody pays them at the same rate no matter how much money they have, and that the burden is proportionately greater on the poor than on anybody else.
I don't know why for sure you believe that these aren't taxes, because they are clearly labeled taxes on the cash register receipts, and they are certainly included in the calculation when the republicans talk about tax day, the day that all the taxes of the years are supposed to be payed off, right?
I speculate you must mean INCOME TAXES.
You want me to believe that it's incredible that there are people in this country that don't pay Income taxes?
You find that impossible to believe.
Why would that be, Mike? I have an inquiring mind, and I really do want to know why you believe that is so hard to believe that some people are in such bad shape in this country that their choice is between paying income taxes and starvation or being homeless.
When there is an economic upturn, Mike, that number goes down. When there is an economic downturn, that number goes up. There's actually a fair amount of research done on this stuff, and a lot of it's been done by social workers.
They are supported by the taxes those evil, money-hoarding rich pay. Are they thankful for that? No, they berate them and demand more. What's wrong with that picture?
Actually, you could say the same thing the other way around. Money paid the poor for welfare and other supports drives the economy and keeps it from collapse. Perhaps you might actually provide proof that more money is paid to subsidize the poor than is paid out in tax breaks and subsidies for the wealthy; since you assert it so forcefully, I'd actually like to see some neutral figures supporting that assertion. You make the statement as though it was a given.