Chuck Norris

Neither those citations nor the host of others on other pages of the White House website include the myriad presidential mentions, from the heartland of America to congressional corridors and prime-time television speeches.

With all those Washington insiders spouting that "pay their fair share" verbiage, the majority of corporations and wealthy Americans must be dodging their "fair share" of tax dues, right?

Well, The Associated Press recently ran a fact check on the Obama administration's accuracy in calculating tax brackets. Here are three key facts:

1) According to the Congressional Budget Office, the 10 percent of households with the highest incomes pay more than half of federal taxes. And they pay more than 70 percent of federal income taxes.

"Pay their fair share"?

2) The Tax Policy Center, a Washington think tank, reports that in 2011, households making more than $1 million will pay an average of 29.1 percent of their income in federal taxes. In comparison, households making between $50,000 and $75,000 will pay an average of 15 percent of their income in federal taxes. Lower-income households will pay even less.

"Pay their fair share"?

3) In 2009, the Internal Revenue Service reported that 1,470 tax returns were filed by those whose households earned more than $1 million and didn't pay federal taxes. But that is less than 1 percent of the nearly 237,000 households that earned more than $1 million that year. In comparison, the Tax Policy Center estimates that a staggering 46 percent of Americans will pay no federal taxes in 2011, and most of them are low- and middle-income families.

"Pay their fair share"?

If the Obama administration wants to go after those who don't "pay their fair share" of taxes, then it should hunt down the remaining 45 percent of federal tax evaders. Even better, why not just dump the current tax code and implement the FairTax plan (or an equivalent flat tax), which would lower the tax rate of most honest taxpaying Americans and rope in the 45 percent who are dodging federal taxes altogether.

Combined with lowering America's corporate tax rate (the second-highest in the world, at 38 percent) to the average European rate -- 25 percent -- our country would not only experience the return of corporations and productivity to American soil and subsequently increase the domestic job market but also put more money into the pockets of Americans to rebuild our economy and even give the feds more funds to lower our national debt.

It's time Americans told the White House to stop its "pay their fair share" shenanigans. As you yourself said, Mr. President, in the Rose Garden a few weeks ago, "this is not class warfare; it's math."


Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris is a columnist and impossible to kill.


TOWNHALL MEDIA GROUP