F*ck the Poor

Posted: August 19, 2011 in Class Warfare, MSM, The Economy, The Media
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Jon Stewart on The Daily Show last night re: the GOP and Fox response to billionaire Warren Buffet’s call for the rich to pay more in taxes, which is to cut a bunch of little programs instead of a simple tax increase on the rich(1).

All we have to do to raise $700 billion is to cut 700,000 NPR’s. It’s almost too easy!

See the FOPGOX* crowd keep repeating the lie that the poor pay no taxes at all. They claim that they have “no skin” in the game. Here’s why its a lie. First, if you’re poor you have so little income that its pretty damn hard to pay much in income taxes.** I mean, they have to live off of something and living in the U.S. isn’t all that cheap.

So you may ask, what about the percentage of their income? Stats do show that the wealthy pay a much higher percentage of their income in income taxes than do the poor. Indeed almost 47 percent of Americans pay no income taxes at all.  Before you shout ‘Aha!’, don’t.  Because that’s not the complete story. Since everyone who makes an official paycheck, i.e., not under the table, pays something in payroll and excise taxes, not to mention the fact that they usually have state and sometimes local income taxes as well(2). This brings us to the second point. The media never or rarely talks about this fact. The MSM doesn’t put these kind of tax stats into context, because that would eliminate the outrage that the MSM in general and FOPGOX specifically requires to whip their viewing public into Republican voting frenzies. When the TOTAL TAXES paid is compared with the TOTAL INCOME made, you will find that the poor pay as great a percentage as every other income bracket.

Jon’s comment on the FOPGOX proposal to force the poor to put some “skin in the game” was,

That’s the problem with poor people, they still have some of their skin.

He then follows that up with an absolutely brilliant summary of what FOPGOX is proposing.

So raising the income tax on the top 2% of earners would raise $700 billion but taking half of EVERYTHING from the bottom 50% of this country would do the same.

What’s the big deal, right? I mean if being poor is defined as a family of four making $22,350 a year (about 45 million people) they can afford to have half of all their stuff taken away so the extremely wealthy can continue to buy yet another vacation home (or Ferrari, or luxury yacht or French villa or Hope Diamond, etc.)? /obvious snark

Jon surmises that FOPGOX and the wealthy are saying “Fuck the poor”.  And the poor aren’t the only ones that’s getting the big middle finger….the rest of America is too.  Call this Class Warfare or whatever you want FOPGOX.  Keep it up and you’ll get a war all right, but it won’t be the kind of verbal jousting that we have now.  The rich in this country are playing a very dangerous game that the rest of us don’t see as a game.  We’re in deadly earnest when we say in response, “No, fuck you and the luxury personal jet you flew in on!”


*my new name for the seemingly coordinated noise machine that is Fox News and the Republican party

**I have to point this out is because conservatives generally don’t DO logic very well.


1. http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/thu-august-18-2011-anne-hathaway

2. http://motherjones.com/mojo/2010/04/who-pays-taxes

  1. Dragonflyboy says:

    Reblogged this on nealstotts.

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