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Old 07-25-2019, 03:59 PM
Kearsen1 is offline
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Originally Posted by thorny locust View Post
There is no 47% who don't pay taxes.

The 47% who don't pay income taxes pay sales taxes, social security and medicare tax (yes those are taxes) and directly or indirectly property taxes. None of these are progressive, so as a percentage of income they all fall far more heavily on low-income than on high-income people.

Problem is: we have an economy that is so structured that it won't work unless there are an awful lot of people working at jobs that don't pay enough to live on.

And the society then wants to punish the people who are working long hours raising the food, cooking the food, cleaning up the mess, taking care of children, taking care of those who are ill, and doing other jobs which are essential for the functioning of society, by not only paying them poorly (or sometimes not paying them at all), but sneering at them for having trouble paying their bills.
As a business owner, no they do not pay SSN (or don't have to if they claim 6 or so dependents) . They do pay a pittance of medicare. Do those taxes fund the assistance that is possible for them to be on?

Society doesn't want to punish anyone. What they want to do is encourage growth. Become more valuable (if you can) so that you aren't stuck raising a family on a salary of cooking, cleaning or taking care of the children.

So more accurately 47% of the entire American population pay LITTLE in taxes.