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May 21, 2010

Who Defends 40% Taxation?

by Brad Warbiany

Saw this (original comic by Wuerker of Politico) at The Big Picture:

My question… In what world is it fair that any entity stakes a forcible claim to 40% of your income? It doesn’t matter that the number was higher in the past, the number is simply too high.

Again, that number is 40%!

You go to work, you work your ass off for a 10 hour day (as most people in this income group do), and at the end of the day 4 of the 10 hours you worked were for the government? For every $100 you earn, the feds take $40 (not counting social security, medicare, state income and/or sales taxes, fees, etc).

40%?!?!?! The recommended portions of your income to put towards HOUSING EXPENSES is 28%. You’re expected to spend far more of your income on your government than on your own house? Absurd!

We can debate the use of the word “socialism” all we want. But I think if every payday someone had to cut a check for 40% of their income just to feed the gaping mouths in Washington, the very idea of 40% tax rates would start a revolution. But instead, we have people explaining it away and waving us off because the rates used to be higher.

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8 Comments

  1. And there’s no way to effectively protest this either, if you aren’t working an under the table cash job.

    Comment by Controlphreak — May 21, 2010 @ 5:05 pm
  2. Put the history lesson to presidencies as far back as Grover Cleveland, and the cartoon graph becomes far more instructive.

    Compare it to the share that serfs owed their lords, even more instructive yet.

    Comment by wirkman virkkala — May 21, 2010 @ 5:08 pm
  3. Brad,
    Why is it that I get the impression from you that those that don’t make the income 40% tax bracket just don’t work as hard. There have been other ocassions where you have implied this.

    Comment by VRB — May 21, 2010 @ 6:22 pm
  4. If people had to cut a check – whether daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi- or annually – we’d have revolted long ago.

    “Automatic witholding” is perhaps the most evil-genius concept ever invented.

    Where else would people – having been robbed of 40% of their earnings – dance with joy and happiness to recover 10-20% of what was stolen from them?

    Want to make your teen a Conservative? Sign them up for a part-time job and set their witholding to “exempt.” Every week, when they get paid, confiscate the proper percentage for “Taxes.” Show them the calculations, compare it to YOUR check – so they understand what you’re doing.

    It’s amazing how fast they stop saying why doesn’t the .gov…”

    DD

    Comment by Dedicated_Dad — May 21, 2010 @ 10:36 pm
  5. ^this.

    Comment by Controlphreak — May 22, 2010 @ 12:02 am
  6. VRB,

    Actually, I don’t believe that at all. I get the sense that those outside the 40% income tax bracket believe that it is those above who don’t work as hard, which is what I am trying to dispell.

    There are a lot of folks in the middle who trudge through 40-hour work weeks and watch the clock every day waiting for 5 PM on Friday. There are a lot of extremely hard-working people below who are busting their asses at hard physical tasks 50+ hours a week, grabbing every overtime hour they can get, to make a buck. I’m not trying in any way to belittle them. It’s unfortunate that they work in jobs with low market value, but it’s not in any way a disparagement of the amount of work they put in.

    But those at the top are often looked at as a leisure class, and it’s just not true. Most people in high income brackets are working jobs where 40 hours a week is a starting point, not the total. Most are in high-stress positions where they need to make decisions that make or break the jobs of many workers beneath them. Most form a critical path in their job function, and work through weekends, evenings, and even vacations because nobody else can make the decisions they make.

    I’m not one to make a claim that those of low income don’t work hard. But there are quite a few who believe that those of high income are just “fortunate”, and that they don’t work nearly as hard as the average Joe Sixpack. It’s just not true.

    Comment by Brad Warbiany — May 22, 2010 @ 8:34 pm
  7. Ditto Brad’s last comment and ditto his post.

    My point would be 40% is too much for ANYONE to pay. Personally, I think anything over 10% is too high.

    I’m opposed to the income tax but as long as we are stuck with it, why can’t we have one flat rate?

    Comment by Stephen Littau — May 23, 2010 @ 8:43 am
  8. Stephen,
    I am for that.

    I do get leery when the flat tax goes with no loopholes. That last time loopholes were closed, somehow they only effected the middle class and below.

    Comment by VRB — May 23, 2010 @ 9:59 am

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