In today's Seattle Times letters to the editor page, I found the following:
Yes, there's a lot of grousing about taxes. The Democrats are going to tax the heck out of Republicans. It's all so unfair. Just think how awful it would be if our wealthier citizens had to pay the same proportion of their income in taxes as the middle class [pays of its]. Horrors!
-- Jim White, Lake Forest Park
How do you have a rational debate about tax policy with people who don't seem to have a clue about how our tax system works.
Proportion can be defined as: the quotient obtained when the magnitude of a part is divided by the magnitude of the whole, or the amount of tax one pays divided by one's income, which gives a ratio, or percentage. In the US, we have a "progressive" income tax system that takes a higher percent (proportion) of ones income in taxes the more that individual earns. By definition that means that the wealthy pay a higher proportion of thier income, as well as more in actual dollars than those in lower income brackets.
It is Orwellian, that a principle of the democrats is absolutely untrue on it's face. A statement is not factual merely because it's a widely held belief, and in this case the lie is also destructive, it creates a political climate of envy, where democrat tax policy is not based on egalitarian principles, but on the socialist value that it is acceptable to take more from some because they have earned more than others.
Now I can debate the merits of a progressive tax system with liberals all day, but only if we can all start with the truth. The truth...Horrors!Posted by dcovey54 at November 16, 2006 08:51 AM | Email This