Monday, November 29, 2010

Right-wing lies

You can't trust conservatives. You can't trust their good faith. You can't trust their motives. You certainly can't trust their facts.

Rush Limbaugh tells his followers that half of Americans pay no federal taxes at all:

The bottom 50% is paying a tiny bit of the taxes, so you can't give them much of a tax cut by definition. Yet these are the people to whom the Democrats claim to want to give tax cuts. Remember this the next time you hear the "tax cuts for the rich" business. Understand that the so-called rich are about the only ones paying taxes anymore.
His dittoheads repeat this lie everywhere. Anytime taxation comes up, it's poor little rich boys with their terrible burdens.

Here's the truth: Everyone pays federal payroll taxes. Total taxation - federal, state, and local - is somewhat progressive, but all income levels pay around 20% of their income in taxes.

Conservatives lie about this - intentionally ignoring all taxes besides income taxes - because they only want to cut progressive taxes. Because their goal is to help the wealthy, nothing else.


lovable liberal said...

By the way, looking at the stair step in the dark total taxation line, I suspect that its shape is an artifact of using quintile data in a decile graph. If so, the trend is real but the steps are not.

Anonymous said...

This chart is from the New York Times. One of the most liberal rags in the country. Let's talk about "Left-wing lies" in printed form.

lovable liberal said...

Last time the New York Times provided bullshit, it was conservative bullshit - Judith Miller and the selling of the Bushist/PNAC invasion of Iraq.

Even so, prove the chart wrong. You can't. You conservatives would rather stick your heads up your asses than learn something. It's your defining characteristic.

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Anonymous said...

Why do conservatives want to help the disgusting rich by not seizing more of their wealth? Do these rich people think that their wealth belongs to them? Hell, no it belongs to us! I just can't stand conservatives. Thinking they are going to let the rich keep their money.

lovable liberal said...

Shorter anonymous with the lame satire removed: "We conservatives hate all taxes, but it's only taxes on rich people we try to lower."