Donald Trump’s Tax Plan is Supported By 7 Decades of Hard Research

Yesterday the leading presidential candidate in the Land of the Free released his tax plan in the Wall Street Journal.

And the Donald certainly did not disappoint his supporters.

His tax plan is bold, aiming to drastically simplify the tax code and reduce the number of individual income tax brackets down to four.

He aims to cut taxes for all individuals who earn less than $25,000 dollars, and reduce the top marginal rate to 25% for those earning more than $150,000.

The corporate tax rate would also be cut to 15%, down from a marginal rate as high as 38%.

The Internet is now abuzz with economists analyzing Mr. Trump’s proposals, assessing the economic impact and making grandiose calculations on whether or not they would be “revenue neutral”.

Criticism already abounds with many saying that his tax plan would vanquish overall tax revenue by many trillions of dollars, leaving the Land of the Free in an even deeper financial hole.

These arguments and discussions are entirely misplaced.

According to government data that I retrieved this morning from whitehouse.gov, since World War II, tax revenue as a percentage of GDP has averaged 17.2%, with very minimal deviation.

Over that period, tax rates have been all over the place.

The top marginal tax rate has been as low as 28% in the 1980s and as high as 94% right at the end of WWII.

Meanwhile, over the course of US history, the top corporate tax rate has been as low as 1% and as high as 53%.

And yet in all this time, despite enormous variations in tax rates, overall tax revenue as a percentage of GDP has barely budged.

If you think about the economy as a giant pie, this means that the government’s slice of that pie is almost invariably between 17% and 18%, regardless of how high or how low they set tax rates.

So any discussion about whether Mr. Trump’s proposal will affect overall tax revenue is completely pointless.

Because seven decades of historical data show that his tax proposal won’t affect the government’s piece of the pie at all.

You’d think that with such incontrovertible historical data, the conversation would turn to the obvious question: how does one make the pie bigger?

Looking back at the data, slashing tax rates can make a big difference.

In 1988 when the US government restructured its tax code, they eliminated several tax brackets and cut both corporate and individual tax rates.

Yet real GDP growth doubled.

Human nature is a funny thing. We all tend to work a little harder if we know there’s a brighter light at the end of the tunnel. So slashing taxes is a nice start.

But there are much larger elements in that economic growth recipe.

It’s hard to make a bigger pie when you’ve got a national debt of $19 trillion; when you spend almost as much money on interest than on ‘defense’; and when you blow nearly the entirety of your tax revenue just on interest and mandatory entitlement programs like Social Security.

It’s harder still to create a bigger pie when the volume of laws, codes, rules, and regulations is enough to fill entire football stadiums.

US regulations have made its entire population guilty of crimes they’ve never heard of, often for the most innocent and innocuous activities.

Operating lemonade stands without a permit, collecting rainwater, failing to file a government survey are just a few activities now treated as criminal conspiracies.

And yet the government continues to publish upwards of a 1,000 pages PER DAY of new rules, regulations, and other proposals.

This isn’t rocket science.

If you look at places that have been patently successful in growing their economies from nothing, they’ve done it by cutting taxes, abstaining from regulation, and leaving people alone to work hard and become successful.

Singapore and Hong Kong are two examples.

They have almost no resources to speak of: no vast deposits of oil and gas, no huge tracts of land and fertile agricultural property like America has.

In fact, Singapore even has to import fresh water from Malaysia.

Yet they’re two of the wealthiest places in the world thanks to low taxes, minimal regulations, zero net government debt– all things that the United States was once known for.

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  • JohnDille

    YES, INDEED YOU ARE!!!

  • Wild Wild West

    stupid fucking embarrassment to the human race.

  • JohnDille

    I THOUGHT YOU HATED AMERICA???? YOU SURE SOUND LIKE IT ALL OF THE TIME!!!

  • Joe Cabot

    The difference: You are so out of touch and miserable that, while living in the wealthiest, most free country ever created, a country that people from around the globe risk their lives to enter, you compare your lot in life to that of a slave. The rest of us see nothing but opportunities for success, happiness, and wealth.

  • JohnDille

    MUCH MORE LIKELY, THEY WOULD ALL COMMIT SUICIDE, BECAUSE THEY WOULD REALIZE JUST HOW HOPELESS THE STRUGGLE FOR WORKERS RIGHTS REALLY IS!!! BACK IN THE DAYS OF SLAVERY, A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE OWNED EVERYTHING AND CONTROLLED A VERY LARGE PORTION OF THE PEOPLE… VIA SLAVERY! TODAY, THE SAME THING IS TRUE… EXCEPT NOW WE NO LONGER CALL LOWER INCOME WORKING PEOPLE SLAVES… RICH REPUBLICANS JUST TREAT THEM LIKE SLAVES, AS DOES THE REPUBLICAN PARTY… AND ARROGANT SELF CENTERED TWIST LIKE YOURSELF ARE TOO CLUELESS TO UNDERSTAND ANY OF THIS!!! IT IS OBVIOUS THAT YOU HAVE NO FREAKING CLUE JUST HOW HOPELESS IT IS TO BE A LOW INCOME WORKING PERSON… A GROUP THAT IS ABOUT A THIRD OF ALL WORKING PEOPLE… AND STEADILY GROWING IN SIZE AND IN DESPERATION!

  • Joe Cabot

    If real slaves could see the life that even the “poor” people in America live today and if they had to listen to you compare your life to theirs, my guess is that they would slap you across your whining, miserable mug.

  • JohnDille

    LETS SEE NOW… SLAVES WERE BORN INTO SERVITUDE… JUST LIKE MOST WORKING PEOPLE ARE! SLAVES WORKED THEIR LIVES AWAY FOR LITTLE MORE THAN A PLACE TO LIVE AND SOME BASIC FOOD…. AGAIN JUST LIKE A FULL THIRD OF ALL WORKING PEOPLE TODAY. SLAVES WERE PROPERTY, AND THEY WERE NOT FREE TO SEEK THE EMPLOY OF ANYONE ELSE, NOR TO LEAVE THE PLANTATION WITHOUT PERMISSION. WELL… WE WORKING FOLKS OF TODAY CAN BEAT THAT… WE CAN GO FROM ANY LOW WAGE EMPLOYER TO ANY OTHER LOW WAGE EMPLOYER… ANY TIME WE WANT TO RISK BEING UNEMPLOYED LONG ENOUGH TO DO THAT… DUMP ONE LOW PAYING JOB WITH AN A HOLE BOSS…. AND WITH A LITTLE LUCK, IT WILL ONLY TAKE 3 OR 6 OR 9 MONTHS… OR MORE… TO FIND WORK AT AN ANOTHER LOW WAGE EMPLOYER WITH YET ANOTHER AHOLE BOSS!!! WOW.. FREEDOM IS SO WONDERFUL!!! NO WONDER IT ONLY TOOK BLACK FOLKS A HUNDRED AN 50 YEARS TO PROGRESS FROM SLAVERY… TO QUASI SLAVERY… AND NOW… TO MERE LOW WAGE SLAVERY!!! AND MANY TENS OF MILLIONS OF LOW WAGE BROWN AND WHITE FOLKS ARE SO MUCH BETTER OFF…. IF YOU COUNT THEIR FOOD STAMPS AND WELFARE AS INCOME, THEY ALMOST EARN ENOUGH TO LIVE ON… BUT ONLY IF THEY ARE WORKING FULL TIME!!! AS SHOLE RIGHT WING CAPITALIST APOLOGISTS AND SUPPORTERS OF A CRIMINAL SYSTEM… WHO KEEP INSISTING THAT WE ARE ALL CAPITALISTS… AND THUS PROVING THEIR ARROGANCE AND IGNORANCE… OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN!!!

  • Joe Cabot

    Really? Now you are comparing your life to that of a slave? Nice try.

  • JohnDille

    BY YOUR LOGIC… THE SERFS WERE THE RULING CLASS OF EUROPE, AND THE SLAVES WERE THE WEALTHY RULING CLASS IN THE OLD SOUTH!!! MY MY… HANG AROUND WITH A RIGHT WINGER LONG ENOUGH… AND YOU WILL LEARN ALL SORTS OF INTERESTING HISTORY… AND OTHER FABLES AND NONSENSE AS WELL!

  • Joe Cabot

    Capitalism is capitalism. You can whine about it all you wish and try to worm your way out of accepting that you benefit from it, but you, my friend, are as much a capitalist as I am.

  • JohnDille

    JUST CALL US TWINS… ME DANNY DEVITO AND YOU ARNOLD SWARZENEGGER! ME THE KID WITH THE LEMONADE STAND, AND YOU AS WARREN BUFFET… BOTH CAPITALISTS… SORT OF… IF WE USE YOUR DEFINITION OF CAPITALISM AS THE STANDARD!!

  • Wild Wild West

    Stupid moron

  • Wild Wild West

    Stupid idiot.

  • Wild Wild West

    Stupid fucktard

  • Joe Cabot

    You enjoy money enough to create a tall tale about making it whenever it fits your narrative around here. Who woulda thought: you and me, brothers in capitalism!

  • JohnDille

    Too bad. Money is fun! I WOULD KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THAT!!! NOW THAT I ACTUALLY HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF IT, I AM TOO OLD AND TOO BROKEN DOWN FROM 50 YEARS OF OFTEN HARD WORK TO ENJOY IT! MOSTLY, I HAVE SET ASIDE WHAT MONEY I HAVE TO PAY FOR FOOD AND OTHER BASICS SO THAT WHEN I KNOW I AM GOING TO PASS ON…. I CAN GO WHERE I WANT, BUY UP SOME SUPPLIES, AND WANDER EVER DEEPER INTO SOME RUGGED FORESTED MOUNTAINS… BECAUSE I WOULD RATHER DIE THAT WAY THAN TO GIVE MY MONEY TO SOME QUACK SO HE CAN HOOK ME UP TO A BUNCH OF TUBES, AND KEEP ME ALIVE UNTIL I AM TOTALLY BROKE! SCREW THE CAPITLIST HOGS WHO RUN THE MEDICAL HEALTH SYSTEM!!! I HAVE BEEN A DE FACTO SLAVE MOST OF MY LIFE… AND MOST OF THE PEOPLE I HAVE EVER KNOWN HAVE ALSO BEEN SLAVES. SOME OF THEM WERE PROBABLY YOUR SLAVES. I AM SURE THAT THEY WISHED YOU WELL… WHILE THEY STRUGGLED TO DO MUCH MORE THAN SURVIVE WHILE YOU LIVED THE HIGH LIFE!!! I AM SURE THEY SANG YOUR PRAISES… AT LEAST WHILE YOU WERE AROUND. I DOUBT THAT YOU WOULD HAVE LIKE TO HEAR WHAT THEY REALLY THOUGHT OF YOU! AT LEAST THE FAIRLY TRIVIAL AMOUNTS OF MONEY THAT I HAVE MADE FROM BEING A PARASITE CAPITALIST WILL HAVE BEEN MADE ANONYMOUSLY… THE PEOPLE ON THE OTHER END OF THE LOSING TRADES THAT MADE ME SOME MONEY WILL NEVER KNOW IT WAS ME WHO PICKED UP THE CASH THAT THEY DROPPED ON WALL STREET. THUS, I WILL NEVER HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT SLAVES CURSING ME BEHIND MY BACK… LIKE YOU WILL!!!

  • Joe Cabot

    Well, you just let those slave know that humorous little fact. If you can find one. Meanwhile, stay consistent. You are miserable when you tell us how poor you are and you are miserable when you tell a tall tale about finally making some money. Too bad. Money is fun!

  • JohnDille

    I WILL LET ALL OF THE SLAVES THAT I MEET KNOW THAT THEY ARE CAPITALISTS… BECAUSE OF THE ROLE THEY HAVE PLAYED IN MAKING REAL ACTUAL CAPITALISTS VERY WEALTHY! SO… IF SOME SLAVE WALKS UP TO YOU AND PRAISES YOU FOR ENSLAVING THEM, AND FOR MAKING YOUR FORTUNE OFF OF THEIR LABORS, DO NOT BE SURPRISED! IT IS A SMALL WORLD, AFTER ALL, JUST LIKE THE DISNEY TUNE SUGGESTS!!!

  • Joe Cabot

    Don’t know where you got the info that I have made millions but I wish it were true! Thanks for believing in me anyway. Hey, you can call yourself a parasite if you wish – it’s always rather amusing to watch people beat themselves up with guilt over a bit of success. I will celebrate my successes, thank you. End of the day you are still a capitalist, but if it so disgusts you, you could probably track down a few old-time Soviets who are looking for some assistance in restarting the USSR!

  • JohnDille

    AND YOU HAVE ENDLESSLY TOUTED THE BENEFITS OF THE CAPITALISTIC SYSTEM… I GUESS BECAUSE IT ALLOWS YOU TO MAKE A FORTUNE AT THE EXPENSE OF OTHERS. WHEN I MAKE A LITTLE MONEY.. I CALL MYSELF A PARASITE… BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT I AM WHEN I MAKE MONEY IN THE STOCK MARKET. I GUESS IT WOULD BE TOO MUCH TO EXPECT FOR YOU TO CALL YOURSELF A PARASITE, FOR MAKING MILLIONS… OVER THE YEARS… AT OTHER PEOPLES EXPENSE! WHEN I MAKE MONEY IN THE STOCK MARKET… I AM BEING A PARASITE… NOT A CAPITALIST. I MAY BE USING THE CRIMINAL SYSTEM THAT REAL CAPITALISTS CREATED, BUT THAT DOES NOT MAKE ME A CAPITALIST. NOT THAT MATTERS ALL THAT MUCH TO ME… BECAUSE I KNOW THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER. BUT YOU SEEM TO GET YOUR FACTS CONFUSED ROUTINELY…. IT MUST BE BECAUSE OF THAT FANTASY WORLD THAT YOU LIVE IN… WHERE YOU ARE SOMEWHOW IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO BE ARROGANT AND SELF CENTERED AND TOTALLY INCAPABLE OF SEEING THE TRUTH OF ANYTHING, WITHOUT TWISTING ALL AROUND TO FIT YOUR PERSONAL BIASES AND VIEW OF THE WORLD. SAD THAT ANYONE WOULD HAVE TO DO THAT!

  • Joe Cabot

    No twisting at all. You have yapped multiple times about the money that you have made in the stock market. Simple capitalistic behavior.

  • JohnDille

    YOU ARE THE ONE WHO KEEPS YAMMERING ON AND ON AND ON ABOUT ALL THE BENEFITS OF CAPTIALISM. FOR THE MOST PART, FOLKS LIKE ME ARE THE SLAVES! BUT EVEN SOME SLAVES GOT TO KEEP A LITTLE OF WHAT THEY EARNED OFF THE PLANTATION… BUT… OF COURSE… YOU WOULKD HAVE SEEN THAT AS A SIGN OF THEIR AGREEING WITH SLAVERY… BECAUSE THAT IS THE KIND OF ARROGANT SELF CENTERED TRUTH TWISTER THAT YOU ARE!!! WHEN OTHERS DISAGREE WITH YOUR STUPID POINT OF VIEW… YOU TWIST THEIR COMMENTS AND THOUGHTS AROUND TO MAKE IT APPEAR THEY THEY AGREE WITH YOU… WHEN IN FACT THEY TOTALLY DISAGREE WITH YOU… AND MAY EVEN HOLD YOUR VIEWS IN TOTAL CONTEMPT! YOU ARE A SELFISH SELF CENTERED CAPITALIST… AND PROUD OF IT! I PICK UP A FEW COINS HERE AND THERE BY MAKING USE OF THAT SAME SYSTEM… AND YOU EQUATE ME WITH DONALD TRUMP AND OTHER SUCH CAPITALIST PORKERS! NICE TRY,,, MAYBE SOME RIGHT WINGERS ARE FOOLED BY YOUR TACTICS… BUT THEN, RIGHT WINGERS ARE VERY GULLIBLE IDIOTS!!!

  • Joe Cabot

    All that just to tell us that you are actively participating in and benefiting from modern slavery?

  • JohnDille

    how much do modern Americans really know about slavery in colonial America? In the genocide of Native Americans? In the War of Independence or the drafting of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights? Or afterward for decades until the Civil War? Chances are, not very much. Not that slaves, for example, were money in the antebellum South—currency and credit—which led to the enforced, systematic break-up of black families in generation after generation. There was no national currency, and little silver or gold, but there was paper tied to slaves bought on credit whose offspring were seen as a dividend that grew over time.

    That’s just one of the riveting and revolting details from a new book, The American Slave Coast: A History of The Slave Breeding Industry, by Ned and Constance Sublette. They trace other telling details that are not found in traditional American history books, where slavery is usually described as an amoral but cheap labor system. For example, have you read about the rivalry between Virginia and South Carolina, which had competing slave economies?

    Virginia was the epicenter of a slave breeding industry, in which enslaved women were expected to be constantly pregnant, were sold off if they didn’t produce children, and sometimes were force-mated to achieve that end. The offspring were sold to newer settlers and those migrating west. Charleston, South Carolina, in contrast, was colonial America’s slave importing and exporting port. In the late seventeenth century, Carolina exported captured native Americans as slaves to Caribbean plantation islands, gradually replacing them with imported laborers. As the South was emptied of native Americans and American plantations grew, South Carolina became the major slave importer in the colonies and in the early republic. Virginia eventually won out when Congress, at President Thomas Jefferson’s urging, banned slave importation as of January 1, 1808—protectionism, say the Sublettes, for Virginia’s slave-breeding industry, and sold to the public as protection against the alleged terrorism of “French negroes” from Haiti. After that, a new interstate slave trade grew, propelled by territories and new states that wanted slavery, and by the breeders who wanted new markets. Thus, the slave-breeding economy spread south and west, driving the expansion of the U.S. into new territories.

    Slavery, as the Sublettes describe it, wasn’t a sidebar to early American history and a new nation’s growth. It was front and center—protected by law and prejudice, custom and greed. The enslaved were unloaded, sold, and taken (women’s necks tied with rope, men’s necks put in chains) via major roads, steamboats, and passing through cities and villages to their destination. Newspapers, owned by Benjamin Franklin, sold advertising for buying and selling slaves. All of this unfolded in full sight, with prosperous settlers assuming that slaves were a necessity for daily living and accumulating wealth. For generations, the property value of slaves was the largest asset in America.

    The authors, Ned and Constance Sublette, are not traditional scholars, but gifted cultural historians. Ned Sublette, who was born in Lubbock, Texas, and lived in Natchitoches, Louisiana as a boy. He realized that the conditions of different forms of slavery—French, Spanish, American—accounted for key differences between Afro-Latin and African-American culture. His second book, The World That Made New Orleans, deconstructs how successive waves of slave importation, under Spanish, French and then American rule, created that city’s music. But throughout his research, working with his wife, Constance, the Sublettes realized that the history of slavery—especially its most vicious form that took hold in North America—was largely untold, unknown, and explained much about the violence, racism and exploitation that is at the core of U.S. history. The American Slave Coast is the result of 15 years of inquiry.

    It’s an epic volume—668 pages before footnotes and citations—and a lot to digest. But if Americans are ever to come to terms with the anti-black violence that endures today, it is necessary to understand the roots of an economy and culture that has needed and feared Africans. For example, take Jefferson and America’s founding documents: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Most Americans know that slaves had no rights. Or they know that the slave-owning Jefferson cynically wrote, “All men are created equal” in the Declaration, and owned slaves and had several slave children. But they probably don’t realize how the Constitution and Bill of Rights enshrined into law an economic system where the major form of property was slaves, and created a government to protect the wealth of that system’s upper class.

    Today’s right-wing fetish about the Constitution’s perfection ignores input by prominent Virginians and Carolinians, including many signers of the Declaration of Independence, to protect slave property. As their book points out, the gun-toting militias sanctioned by the Second Amendment were a guarantee that slave owners could hunt and kill escaped slaves and Native Americans. The Sublettes stunningly trace how fear (of slave revolts) and self-interest (protecting slave-tied wealth) played a major role in framing America’s founding documents. But they go further and demonstrate why Jefferson is the the founding theorist of white supremacy in America.

    It’s not just that Jefferson owned slaves, including his own children who were 7/8ths white. Nor was it his letters with the leading men of his day—like George Washington— explaining how owning slaves was better than other investments. Nor was it his ugly and racist description of blacks in Notes From The State of Virginia, where in the 1780s he wrote, “Their griefs are transient. Those numberless afflictions… are less felt, and sooner forgotten with them. In general, their existence appears to participate more of sensation than reflection.” Mostly, it was Jefferson’s lifelong belief that slaves could not be freed but had to be deported en masse, because sizeable numbers of ex-slaves would take up arms and annihilate slave-owning whites. These prejudices, fears and draconian remedies reverberate today—such as Donald Trump’s bid to deport 11 million migrants.

    The American Slave Coast starts with the horrible truth that America—unlike the French and Spanish colonies in the Caribbean—was a slave-breeding society from colonial times through emancipation. There was no path to freedom for slaves, because, say the Sublettes, “no escape from the asset column could be permitted.” Black families were intentionally broken up as part of creating an economic system for a new nation. As Ned Sublette said, “Writing this book revolutionized our understanding of our history.” Constance Sublette adds, “No matter how bad you thought slavery was, it was worse than that.”
    THERE YOU GO… YOUR BELOVED CAPITALISM IS JUST A MODERN VERSION OF SLAVERY!!! NO WONDER WE LIBERALS FIND CAPITALISM SO DESPICABLE… EVEN WHEN WE MAKE A FEW DOLLARS HERE AND THERE FROM MAKING USE OF AN INHERENTLY UNJUST AND OFTEN EVIL SYSTEM!!!

  • Joe Cabot

    Quit yelling. I get it. You like making money via capitalism but don’t like people who use capitalism to make more money than you. Kinda hypocritical but hey, that’s who you are and I commend you for your honesty.

  • JohnDille

    YOU KEEP INSISTING THAT YOU CANNOT READ… SO YOU SIMPLY INSERT YOUR COCKEYED OPINIONS IN PLACE OF WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ACTUALLY SAY?? I HAVE LONG THOUGHT SO!!! AS I HAVE SAID.. OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN… JUST BECAUSE PEOPLE MAKE THEIR MONEY BY DOING SOMETHING DOES NOT MEAN THEY ACTUALLY LIKE THE SYSTEM THEY ARE FORCED TO USE TO MAKE THEIR MONEY… MAKING MONEY ON THE STOCK MARKET IS THE SAME TO ME AS MAKING MONEY BY CLEANING SEWERS… EXCEPT A LOT EASIER. I HATE HAVING TO HAVE ANYTHING TO DOW WITH EITHER SYSTEM… BECAUSE THEY ARE BOTH SO FILTHY… THOUGH IN DIFFERENT WAYS… BUT… BETTER TO MAKE MONEY BY WADING IN THE FILTH OF WALL STREET THAN BY WADING IN THE FILTH OF A SEWER SYSTEM!!! BUT… OBVIOUSLY… JOE CABOT REALLY REALLY REALLY NEEDS TO BELIEVE THAT SOMEONE OUT THERE… BESIDES HIM… ACTUALLY BELIEVES IN AND SUPPORTS THE GIGANTIC SCAM CALLED CAPITALISM!!!

  • Joe Cabot

    Yet you support and endorse this capitalist system with your tales of stock market expertise? No wonder you can’t sleep at night.

  • g13man

    I HAVE MADE MONEY CLEANING OUT OTHER PEOPLES SEWER SYSTEMS AND SEPTIC
    TANKS, TOO… BUT I MOST CERTAINLY DID NOT LIKE DOING THAT KIND OF WORK! , so u do not waht to work for ur money , what a lazy socialist

  • g13man

    last i looked Obuma was a democrate and demos controlled the senate ! , besides , the republican rhinos support the dems

  • Joe Cabot

    I know plenty of working people who are making lots of money. Apparently you’ve been doing it wrong.

  • Joe Cabot

    Can you identify this fence upon which you claim I sit?

  • JohnDille

    CANT HELP YOU THERE!!! ALL I KNOW IS ITS THE FENCE THAT SURROUNDS A PRISON, AND THAT THE PRISON IS FULL OF REPUBLICAN WALL STREET AND CORPORATE FREE LOADERS! THAT MEANS IT COULD BE ANY ONE OF SEVERAL HUNDRED PRISONS… OR IT WOULD BE IF DEMOCRATS COULD AFFORD TO SUPPORT ALL THE PRISONS NEEDED TO HOLD ALL OF THE REPUBLICAN SCAM ARTISTS OUT THRE!!! BUT DEMOCRATS ARE ALWAYS SHORT OF FUINDS, BECAUSE THEIR WAGES ARE WAY TOO LOW! REAL WORKING PEOPLE DO NOT GET PAID MUCH IN OUR REPUBLICAN OWNED AND OPERATED CAPITALIST KLEPTOCRACY, YOU KNOW!

  • JohnDille

    CLEARLY YOU GOT MOST OF YOUR WEALTH FROM AN INHERITANCE… YOUR DAD MADE A FORTUNE SUCKING UP MOST OF THE ECONOMIC LIFE BLOOD OF HIS NUMEROUS SLAVES… UH… ER.. UM… EMPLOYEES!!! CLEARLY, HE WAS NOT FENCE SITTER LIKE YOU… HE WAS A PROUD RAPACIOUS REPUBLICAN!!! NO WONDER HE ONLY LEFT A SMALL PART OF HIS FORTUNE TO YOU… AND CONTRIBUTED MOST OF HIS WEALTH TO THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY!!! HE WAS OBVIOUSLY RICH… BUT NOT TOO BRIGHT!!! BUT THEN, HE HAD YOU FOR A SON, SO THAT IS AN OBVIOUS TRUTH!!!

  • Joe Cabot

    Come on man, work with me here. If you are going to call me a fence sitter, you have got to be able to identify said fence.

  • Joe Cabot

    Dude, you are all over the map this morning. In an earlier post you yapped that I get my money by “sucking it out of the work of other”. Now you believe that it came through and inheritance. Make up your mind or I will lose all respect for your craziness!

  • JohnDille

    I DON’T KNOW… BUT I CERTAINLY HOPE IT IS A FINE RAZOR WIRE TOPPED FENCE, LIKE THE ONES ON TOP OF THE FENCES AROUND MOST PRISONS! I HOPE YOU ARE ENJOYING THE VIEW FROM UP THERE… DEMOCRATS ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE PRISON… AND REPUBLICANS ON THE INSIDE OF THE PRISON… WHERE THEY BELONG!!! AND YOU ON THE FENCE, INCAPABLE OF DECIDING WHETHER TO JOIN THE REPUBLICANS FOR THEIR FINE LUNCH OF NOT SO FRESH PRISON FOOD… OR US DEMOCRATS, WHO ARE WORKING HARD TO PAY THE HUGE THE COST OF SUPPORTING THE REPUBLICANS WHO ARE MOOCHING OFF THE SYSTEM… WHETHER THEY ARE IN PRISON FOR BEING CROOKS AND ILLEGAL MOOCHERS… OR STILL ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE PRISON, BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT YET BEEN CONVICTED OF BEING CROOKS AND MOOCHERS!!! PROBABLY A REALLY TOUGH CHOICE FR YOU… SINCE YOU SO WANT TO BE A REPUBLICAN CROOK AND MOOCHER… AND HATE THE IDEA OF HAVING TO ACTUALLY WORK LIKE A DEMOCRAT IN ORDER TO SUPPORT ALL OF THOSE DEAD BREAT REPUBLICANS!!!

  • JohnDille

    I’m rich now? Awesome! CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR HUGE INHERITANCE…. YOU MOST CERTAINLY DID NOT EARN YOUR WEALTH… OR VERY MUCH OF IT, ANYWAY! YOUR TAX FORMS ARE IN THE MAIL… FILL THEM OUT AND SEND YOUR CHECK TO THE IRS… AND ALL WILL BE RIGHT WITH THE WORLD. YOU RICH FOLKS HAVE BENEFITTED ENORMOUSLY FROM THE SYSTEM THAT ALL OF US WORKING CLASS PEONS HAVE BUILT FOR YOU… BUT SINCE YOU RICH FOLKS HAVE ALL THE MONEY… YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY MOST OF THE BILLS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION OF THAT SYSTEM. WHICH IS APPROPRIATE, SINCE YOU RICH FOLKS GET MOST OF THE BENEFITS FROM THAT SYSTEM, ANYWAY! THAT IS WHY YOU ARE SO RICH… AND MOST OF THE REST OF US ARE DIRT POOR… EVEN THOUGH WE DO NEARLY ALL OF THE REAL ACTUAL HONEST TO GOD WORK!!!

  • Joe Cabot

    Upon what fence am I sitting?

  • Joe Cabot

    I’m rich now? Awesome! Thanks for the update. You are fast becoming my favorite capitalist!

  • JohnDille

    MY SOCIAL SECURITY CHECKS ARE MADE OUT TO ME… SO I GUESS THAT MEANS I EARNED THAT MONEY?? YOUR VERSION OF AROGANCE ONLY DESERVES ONE R…. R FOR REPUBLICAN TWO RS FOR RIGHT WING REPUBLICAN. YOU ARE NOT A RIGHT WINGER… YOU ARE JUST A TOTALLY CONFUSED FENCE SITTER!!!

  • JohnDille

    I HAVE MADE MONEY CLEANING OUT OTHER PEOPLES SEWER SYSTEMS AND SEPTIC TANKS, TOO… BUT I MOST CERTAINLY DID NOT LIKE DOING THAT KIND OF WORK! WE WORKING FOLKS MAKE OUR MONEY ANY WAY THAT WE CAN… WHETHER WE AGREE WITH THE WAY WE HAVE TO MAKE IT OR NOT! THE CAPITALIST SYSTEM IS LIKE ANY OTHER SYSTEM… IT IS JUST A SET OF TOOLS AND MACHINERY… AND IT CAN BE USED FOR GOOD OR EVIL, AND IT CAN BE OPERATED WISELY AND HUMANELY… OR IT CAN BE RUN BY A BUNCH OF ARROGANT CROOKS AND REPUBLICANS… FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE RICH AND POWERFUL AT THE EXPENSE OF EVERYONE ELSE! THAT SEEMS TO BE THE VERSION OF CAPITALISM THAT YOU FAVOR! ENJOY IT WHILE YOU CAN, BEAUSE THE VAST MAJORITY OF US ARE GETTING SICK AND TIRED OF SUPPORTING YOU RICH PARASITES AND MOOCHERS!!!

  • Joe Cabot

    Well, the difference being that the US Constitution is a real document, whereas this mythical social contract is just some bizarre idea living in the ether that you and the tin-cuppers use in an attempt to extort money from the rest of us.

  • Joe Cabot

    I must have earned because the checks were made out to me. Oh, and fyi, arrogant has two r’s.

  • Joe Cabot

    It might be a scam, but you were recently seen around here extolling its virtues when you made up a tall tale about how much money you had made in the stock market. Face it, you are a tried and true capitalist!

  • JohnDille

    SO… SINCE YOU DID NOT SIGN THE US CONSTITUTION… IT DOES NOT APPLY TO YOU??? FINE… THAT MAKES YOU AN ILLEGAL… SO CRAWL BACK TO THE JUNGLE SEWER THAT SPAWNED YOU, AND WE WILL ALL BE HAPPIER!!!

  • JohnDille

    DI YOU ACTUALLY DO SOME REAL WORK TO EARN YOUR MONEY??? NOT LIKELY… YOU DO NOT SOUND LIKE A PERSON WHO HAS EVER DONE ANY REAL WORK IN YOUR ENTIRE LIFE! YOU ARE PROBABLY JUST ANOTHER REPUBLICAN PARASITE… SUCKING MONEY OUT OF THE WORK OF OTHERS… AND TOO AROGANT TO ADMIT IT!!!

  • JohnDille

    CAPITALISM IS JUST ANOTHER SCAM PERPETRATED BY THE RICH AND POWERFUL, WITH THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE WORLDS WORKING PEOPLE AS ITS VICTIMS. AND REPUBLICANS ARE THE PROFESSIONAL POLITICAL PROSTITUTES OF THOSE RICH AND POWERFUL FOLKS WHO OWN AND RUN THE WORLD VIA THEIR OWN PRIVATE CORPORATE PLANTATIONS! AND YOU, OF COURSE, ARE A PROUD CAPITALIST TOOL… A TRIVIAL PAWN IN THEIR VAST SYSTEM… BUT A TOOL ALL THE SAME!!!

  • JohnDille

    YOU WILL HAVE TO GET REPUBLIVANS TO DO THAT… SINCE THEY AND THE KOCK BROTHERS OWN THE GOVERNMENT!!!

  • g13man

    then tell ur dems to freeze the gov dillie

  • Joe Cabot

    Social contract is nothing but a term that parasites use to justify their demands that someone else pay their way. If I am not given any say in the details of the contract and am forced at the threat of prison to sign it, it is not a contract.

  • Joe Cabot

    No, it’s my money. I earned it.

  • Joe Cabot

    Sorry but republicans are part and parcel of the capitalist society that you were were crowing about on another forum earlier this week.

  • JohnDille

    WHY WOULD I SUPPORT AN IDIOT LIKE TRUMP, IF HE WERE A DEMOCRAT??? AN IDIOT IS AN IDIOT… RICH OR POOR… RIGHT WING OR LEFTY!!! AND WHY AM I A POOR EXCUSE FOR A HUMAN BEING… BECAUSE I POST THE COLD HARD TRUTH, AND YOU ARE TOO STUPID AND GUTLESS TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPLICATIONS OF THOSE TRUTHS??? THAT IS YOUR PROBLEM, PATHETIC LITTLE BOY… NOT MINE!!! WHAT I POSTED JUST ABOVE IS 100% TRUE…. AND IT IS ABOUT TIME THAT YOU RIGHT WING REPUBLICANS FINALLY GET THOSE TRUTHS HAMMERED INTO THE BRICK BRAIN BEAN BAG PIMPLE SITTING ON YOUR OTHERWISE HEADLESS BODIES!!!

  • JohnDille

    WELL… I COULD ASK YOU THE SAME THING… HOW DID YOU GET SO STUPID WHILE YOU ARE STILL IN DIAPERS??? WHAT DOES YOUR MOTHER FEED YOU… PURE COW MANURE??? APPARENTLY SO…. STEER DROPPINGS, THE BREAKFAST OF RIGHT WING DIMWITS ALL OVER THE WORLD!!!

  • JohnDille

    I WILL TRY AGAIN… THIS SITE SEEMS TO REFUSE TO PUBLISH ANYTHING THAT CHALLENGES THE RIGHT WING MORONS WHO POPULATE THIS SITE… BUT SOMETIMES, IF YOU KEEP TRYING, YOU CAN SLIP STUFF PAST THE CENSORS!!! ANYWAY…. SPEND SOME TIME ANALYZING THE DATA THAT CAN BE FOUND… BY THE TRUCKLOAD… AT IRS.GOV… AND ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS THAT YOU WILL REALIZE IS THAT THE BOTTOM 40% OF THE US POPULATION BARELY EARN ENOUGH TO KEEP A ROOF OVER THEIR HEADS OR FOOD ON THE TABLE OR THE LIGHTS ON! AND THE NEXT HIGHEST QUINTILE DOES NOT EARN ALL THAT MUCH MORE THAN THE BOTTOM 40% DO. IN MY LAST ANALYSIS OF THOSE NUMBERS… DONE LAST YEAR… I CAME ACROSS A RATHER EYE OPENING STATISTIC THAT HAS BECOME MY FAVORITE STATISTIC OF ALL TIME. AS ANYONE WHO UNDERSTANDS THE TAX SYSTEM… AT ALL… KNOWS… OR SHOULD KNOW… THE STANDARD DEDUCTION AND PERSONAL EXEMPTIONS ARE THE INDIVIDUAL TAX PAYERS VERSION OF BUSINESS DEDUCTIONS TAKEN BY THOSE WHO OPERATE BUSINESSES. THE PERSONAL EXEMPTIONS AND STANDARD DEDUCTIONS VERY ROUGHLY APPROXIMATE THE ANNUAL COST OF THE NECESSITIES OF LIFE FOR ANY GIVEN HOUSEHOLD. THAT IS… THE TOTAL AVERAGE BASIC COSTS OF SHELTER AND UTILITIES AND FOOD AND TRANSPORTATION AND MEDICAL CARE, AND SO ON… IS VERY ROUGHLY OFFSET BY THE STANDARD DEDUCTION AND PERSONAL EXEMPTIONS. NOW… LOOK AT THE NUMBERS AND PREPARED TO BE TOTALLY SHOCKED…. IF YOU TAKE THE TOTAL AGI… ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME… OF THE BOTTOM 50% OF THE POPULATION… ACTUALLY A BIT MORE THAN THE BOTTOM 50%… THEIR TOTAL TAXABLE INCOME… THAT IS… TOTAL AGI MINUS PERSONAL EXPEMPTIONS AND STANDARD DEDUCTIONS…. REPRESENTS ONLY 3% OF THE TOTAL OF ALL TAXABLE INCOME OF ALL HOUSEHOLDS IN AMERICA…. ONLY 3 FREAKING PERCENT!!! RAISE THE FREAKING MINIMUM WAGE YOU REPUBLICANS AND OTHER THIEVING CRIMINALS!!! YOU IDIOT RIGHT WINGERS WONDER WHY THE RICH PAY MOST OF THE TAXES???? ITS BECAUSE THE RICH MAKE ALL OF THE INCOME… AND THEY MAKE IT AT THE EXPENSE OF THE PEOPLE WHO DO ALL THE REAL WORK, AND WHO TAKE ALL OF THE REAL RISKS INHERENT IN CREATING WEALTH! WHEN IS THE LAST TIME YOU HEARD OF A BILLIONAIRE DRIVING A TRUCK LOADED WITH GASOLINE, OR WORKING IN A COAL MINE, OR DOING THE STEEL WORK IN HIGH RISE CONSTRUCTION??? THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO TAKE ALL THE REAL RISKS… SO WHY IS IT THAT ITS THE BILLIONAIRES WHO MAKE ALL THE MONEY??? AND NEVER MIND THE RISKY WORK,,, WHAT ABOUT ALL THE LOW WAGE GRUNTS WHO DO ALL OF THE REAL ACTUAL HONEST TO GOD WORK??? MOST OF THOSE PEOPLE ARE SOLIDLY IN THE BOTTOM 50%… MENTIONED ABOVE… WHO AFTER BASIC LIVING EXPENSES… EARN NOTHING… AND HAVE A NET WORTH NOT MUCH ABOVE ZERO… IF IT IS ABOVE ZERO!! AND YET… STILL… THE BRAYING RIGHT WING mild but very appropriate and accurate expletive deleted otherwise they will not publish this comment SUPPORTERS OF THE CRIMINAL RICH JUST CANT GET IT THROUGH THEIR CONCRETE SKULLS THAT THE SO CALLED CAPITALIST SYSTEM IS JUST A MODERN VERSION OF THE OLD FUEDAL AND SLAVERY BASED SYSTEMS OF OLDEN DAYS!!!

  • JohnDille

    Social contract? Nothing but a load of crap. THE SOCIAL CONTRACT IS WHAT TIES ALL CIVILIZATIONS TOGETHER… FR BETTER OR WORSE… FOR RICHER OR FOR POORER. NO SEMI DECENT SOCIAL CONTRACT… NO CIVILIZATION! IF YOU AND YOUR RIGHT WING POUND HOUNDS WANT TO LIVE LIKE A BUNCH OF WILD DOGS… FEEL FREE! THE REST OF US WILL FIND IT EXPEDIENT TO HUNT YOU DOWN AND EXTERMINATE YOU ALL… OR LOCK YOU BEHING BARS WHERE YOUR PSYHOPATHIC TENDENCIES WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO HARM ANYONE ELSE!!!

  • JohnDille

    . I don’t need you or a bunch of lying politicians to decide how I should spend my money. IT IS NOT YOUR MONEY, YOU SELF CENTERED IDIOT!!! IF YOU ARE MORE THAN REASONABLY WELL OFF, IT IS ONLY BECAUSE YOU ARE A PARASITE, FEEDING OFF THE WORK AND EFFORTS OF YOUR EMPLOYESS AND OTHERS, AND RIPPING OFF YOUR CUSTOMERS… CHARGING MORE THAN YOU REALLY NEED TO CHARGE THEM!!! GETTING SOMEWHAT WEALTHY IS GOOD BUSINESS AND APPROPRIATE… BUT GETTING VERY WEALTHY… IN MOST CASES… IS A SIGN OF CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR AND OF A PSYCHOPATH AT WORK!!! SO GET OFF YOUR HIGH HORSE AND DEAL WITH THE COLD HARD TRUTH ABOUT YOUR IGNORANT SELFISH SELF CENTERED SELF!!! YOU AND YOUR SELF CENTRED REPUBLICAN POND SCUM ARE DESTROYING THIS NATION WITH YOUR GREED AND ARROGANCE AND SELF CENTEREDNESS… AND I AM NOT EXAGERATING EVEN A LITTLE BIT!!!

  • JohnDille

    A QUADRUPLE TRIPLE AMEN TO ALL OF THAT, BROTHER!!!

  • JohnDille

    THIS MAY COME AS A TOTAL SHOCK TO YOU RIGHT WING REPUBLICAN DIMWITS… BUT MANY MILLIONS OF LIBERALS LIKE MYSELF REALLY WISH THE GOVERNMENT WOULD SHUT TOTALLY DOWN FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS! WHY???? BECAUSE TENS OF MILLIONS OF LOW INCOME REPUBLICANS WOULD BE OUT ON THE STREETS, BEGGING FOR HAND OUTS, AND MOST OF THE CORPORATIONS AND OTHER BUSINESSES IN AMERICA WOULD BE GOING BANKRUPT, AND TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE… A VERY LARGE NUMBER OF THEM RICH REPUBLICANS… WOULD BE GOING BANKRUPT RIGHT ALONG SIDE THEIR CORPORATE MASTERS!!! WE LIBERALS WOULD BE LAUGHING OUR REAR ENDS OFF AT YOU REPUBLICANS… EXCEPT WE WOULD BE GETTING HURT ALMOST AS MUCH AS YOU IDIOTS WOUILD BE GETTING HURT!!! I KNOW THAT YOU ARE TOO STUPID AND SELF CENTERED AND ARROGANT TO UNDERSTAND EVEN BASIC ECONOMICS…. BUT GOVERNMENT SPENDING REPRESENTS ABOUT 25% OF THE ENTIRE US ECONOMIC SYSTEM! LOSING THAT 25% WOULD PUT THE UNITED STATES INTO THE DEEPEST DEPRESSION IN ITS HISTORY…. AND THE ONLY WAY BACK OUT OF THT DEPRESSION WOULD BE… A HUGE RAMP UP IN GOVERNMENT SPENDING!!! DONT BELIEVE IT??? BELIEVE IT!! SELF CENTERED RIGHT WING IDIOT!!!

  • Joe Cabot

    Nice try. Social contract? Nothing but a load of crap. A contract is negotiated, with both sides having the option for input into the details, along with having the option to sign or not to sign. A bad deal that I am forced to fund is not a contract.

  • Kailasa Ishaya

    @ Joe – Well, that fits that you would hide behind a fake avatar.
    As far as someone deciding how you should spend your money – maybe you want to research what a social contract is – each of us has that with our society, and with our gov’t, as long as we hold citizenship status.
    I agree with you that the “lying politicians” have been more self-serving than benefactors for their constituents, but I am NOT a politician, so I don’t know where you get off on lumping me in with them – I would love to see laws banning PACs and regulating campaign contributions.
    You say you have no interest in accepting gov’t handouts – but I wonder if your business is one of those that benefits from gov’t subsidies, or if you plan on NOT accepting Medicare/Medicaid benefits when you are eligible.
    On that note, if you have employees, do you pay them an actual living wage, and cut them in on profit sharing, or do you just pay them enough to keep them as long as you need them??
    And an interesting contradiction to point out to you – you seem to care about caring for the indigent, but then have a bone to pick with “tin-cuppers” – which side do you actually live? Or do you just spew whatever makes you look good as you yammer about on your own little high horse???

  • festmatt5440

    How did you get so stupid ‘ ; in only one lifetime ‘ ?

  • festmatt5440

    My ‘ ; S. S. ‘……. IS NOT AN ENTITLEMENT ” ; I HAVE BEEN PAYING INTO IT FOR 53 ‘ YRS. ….. AND , NOW ‘ , AT 70 ‘ ; I AM STILL WORKING , AND , THEY’RE STILL TAKING IT OUT OF MY PAY .

  • Joe Cabot

    Oh, get off your high horse. First off, if you think that I am using a personal picture as my avatar, maybe you are out of your element. Next, our society is as giving as it has ever been, and if you don’t realize that then you are not doing your homework. I don’t need you or a bunch of lying politicians to decide how I should spend my money. You and they have done a horrible job for decades, much of this money funneled into political pockets instead of back to society for care of the indigent. You have no idea if I take or give, yet you preach as if you have seen my books. I have no interest in accepting government handouts. I would rather run my businesses each day and earn my living. Keep yapping on about stuff about which you have no idea. You and your crowd of tin-cuppers are fun to watch.

  • Kailasa Ishaya

    @Joe Cabot – The first sentence of your reply pretty well indicates the pomposity of your mindset.
    It is YOU and your ilk that has the “strange belief” that you have “the right” to the profits of those who actually WORK for their wages…those who actually make capitalist society possible.
    It is your kind that has turned “CARE” into a ‘four-letter-word’ in this country – your kind has transformed the most humane form of gov’t – socialism – into an enigma with your mental perversions.
    You look like you might be old enough to remember when companies produced goods and services of quality – when companies were concerned with quality instead of profit – when investors did so in order to back an endeavor with resources – which AIDED the aims of pure capitalism – in other words, you look like you might be old enough to remember a time when people GAVE to society.
    Now, all your kind does is TAKE, while ever demanding more.
    And yet, you have the idiocy to rebuke those who demand to be given what is their FAIR SHARE in this out-of-balance lunacy of an economy that your kind has championed!!!
    What your kind desire is NON-sustainable, for left to your kind’s design it would only REMOVE value from the economy into a smaller segment.
    If you doubt me, look at China. That country is serving as a glowing example of what happens when a small elite with little regulation or oversight operate an economy that serves only the elite few. It’s tanking.
    There are more and more of us waking up to the fact that a healthy economy is one that supports its ENTIRE populace.
    I simply shake my head over the seeming fact that your kind does NOT understand that in a capitalist society, especially one that is become more and more a service industry (as in the U.S.), the economy THRIVES only when the MAJORITY of the populace has DISPOSABLE income to spend on what is being produced by the corporations in that country!
    I’ve found high-school students that have a better grasp of sustainable economic policy than the purported economic leaders in the U.S.! That’s a very sad state.
    And before you starting flinging labels at me, I don’t consider myself an (fill_in_the_blank). I’ve simply lived long enough to develop that woefully rare element of common sense.

  • Wild Wild West

    and if Trump were running as a D you would find statistics to backup and justify this plan. You’re such a shallow, pathetic, nasty excuse for a human being.

  • Joe Cabot

    You seem to have the strange belief that you have the right to the paychecks of others. FYI, you don’t. Your heroes in government are now collecting over $3,000,000,000,000 in revenues. If they can’t pay the bills with that, it’s on them, not us. Deficits are not just a revenue problem – they are a spending problem as well.

  • JohnDille

    SPEND SOME TIME ANALYZING THE DATA THAT CAN BE FOUND… BY THE TRUCKLOAD… AT IRS.GOV… AND ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS THAT YOU WILL REALIZE IS THAT THE BOTTOM 40 OF THE US POPULATION BARELY EARN ENOUGH TO KEEP A ROOF OVER THEIR HEADS OR FOOD ON THE TABLE OR THE LIGHTS ON! AND THE NEXT HIGHEST QUINTILE DOES NOT EARN ALL THAT MUCH MORE THAN THE BOTTOM 40% DO. IN MY LAST ANALYSIS OF THOSE NUMBERS… DONE LAST YEAR… I CAME ACROSS AN RATHER EYE OPENING STATISTIC THAT HAS BECOME MY FAVORITE STATISTIC OF ALL TIME. AS ANYONE WHO UNDERSTANDS THE TAX SYSTEM… AT ALL… KNOWS… OR SHOULD KNOW… THE STANDARD DEDUCTION AND PERSONAL EXEMPTIONS ARE THE INDIVIDUAL TAX PAYERS VERSION OF BUSINESS DEDUCTIONS TAKEN BY THOSE WHO OPERATE BUSINESSES. THE PERSONAL EXEMPTIONS AND STANDARD DEDUCTIONS VERY ROUGHLY APPROXIMATE THE ANNUAL COST OF THE NECESSITIES OF LIFE FOR ANY GIVEN HOUSEHOLD. THAT IS… THE TOTAL AVERAGE BASIC COSTS OF SHELTER AND UTILITIES AND FOOD AND TRANSPORTATION AND MEDICAL CARE, AND SO ON… IS VERY ROUGHLY OFFSET BY THE STANDARD DEDUCTION AND PERSONAL EXEMPTIONS. NOW… LOOK AT THE NUMBERS AND PREPARED TO BE TOTALLY SHOCKED…. IF YOU TAKE THE TOTAL AGI… ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME… OF THE BOTTOM 50% OF THE POPULATION… ACTUALLY A BIT MORE THAN THE BOTTOM 50%… THEIR TOTAL TAXABLE INCOME… THAT IS… TOTAL AGI MINUS PERSONAL EXPEMPTIONS AND STANDARD DEDUCTIONS…. REPRESENTS ONLY 3% OF THE TOTAL OF ALL TAXABLE INCOME OF ALL HOUSEHOLDS IN AMERICA…. ONLY 3 FREAKING PERCENT!!! RAISE THE FREAKING MINIMUM WAGE YOU REPUBLICANS AND OTHER THIEVING CRIMINALS!!! YOU IDIOT RIGHT WINGERS WONDER WHY THE RICH PAY MOST OF THE TAXES???? ITS BECAUSE THE RICH MAKE ALL OF THE INCOME… AND THEY MAKE IT AT THE EXPENSE OF THE PEOPLE WHO DO ALL THE REAL WORK, AND WHO TAKE ALL OF THE REAL RISKS INHERENT IN CREATING WEALTH! WHEN IS THE LAST TIME YOU HEARD OF A BILLIONAIRE DRIVING A TRUCK LOADED WITH GASOLINE, OR WORKING IN A COAL MINE, OR DOING THE STEEL WORK IN HIGH RISE CONSTRUCTION??? THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO TAKE ALL THE REAL RISKS… SO WHY IS IT THAT ITS THE BILLIONAIRES WHO MAKE ALL THE MONEY??? AND NEVER MIND THE RISKY WORK,,, WHAT ABOUT ALL THE LOW WAGE GRUNTS WHO DO ALL OF THE REAL ACTUAL HONEST TO GOD WORK??? MOST OF THOSE PEOPLE ARE SOLIDLY IN THE BOTTOM 50%… MENTIONED ABOVE… WHO AFTER BASIC LIVING EXPENSES… EARN NOTHING… AND HAVE A NET WORTH NOT MUCH ABOVE ZERO… IF IT IS ABOVE ZERO!! AND YET… STILL… THE BRAYING RIGHT WING mild but very appropriate and accurate expletive deleted otherwise they will not publish this comment SUPPORTERS OF THE CRIMINAL RICH JUST CANT GET IT THROUGH THEIR CONCRETE SKULLS THAT THE SO CALLED CAPITALIST SYSTEM IS JUST A MODERN VERSION OF THE OLD FUEDAL AND SLAVERY BASED SYSTEMS OF OLDEN DAYS!!!

  • Joe Cabot

    Time for you and the rest of the grifters to quit demanding that your way be paid.

  • Eileen

    So those are the folks paying the most taxes, almost 40% of the total tax revenue collected.

  • JohnDille

    IS THE GUY WHO WROTE THIS ARTICLE A TOTAL IDIOT… OR IS HE STILL IN THE SECOND GRADE??? THE PEOPLE AT THE TAX FOUNDATION, OR SOME OTHER SUCH ORGANIZATION, ALREADY ANALYZED TRUMPS TAX PLAN…. AND ALMOST HALF OF THE TAX CUT GOES TO THE TOP 5% OF THE POPULATION… AND A FULL THIRD GOES JUST TO THE TOP 1%. AND ON TOP OF THAT, IT WILL GENERATE A TRILLION DOLLARS A YEAR IN DEFICITS… NOT COUNTING THE INTEREST PAID ON THE MONIES BORROWED TO COVER THOSE DEFICITS!!! RIGHT WING REPUBLICANS ARE SUCH FOOLS… HISTORY SHOWS VERY CLEARLY THAT THE ECONOMY IS STRONGEST WHEN TAXES ON UPPER INCOME PEOPLE ARE HIGHEST. WHY??? BECAUSE HIGH TAXES ON UPPER INCOME PEOPLE IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET THE MONEY THAT THE RICH ACCUMULATE… BY STEALING IT FROM ALL THE REST OF US… BACK INTO CIRCULATION, WHERE IT CAN STIMULATE ECONOMIC GROWTH! WITHOUT HIGH TAXES, THE RICH CREATE MASSIVE ECONOMIC BUBBLES IN THE STOCK OR BOND OR REAL ESTATE OR COMMODITIES MARKETS… AND THOSE BUBBLES ALWAYS BURST. THAT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ECONOMICS 101… BUT AS WE KNOW, RIGHT WING REPUBLICANS ARE NOT SMART ENOUGH TO UNDERSTAND EVEN BASIC REAL WORLD ECONOMICS!!!