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Devious Taxation

Philip Nolan Wrote: Apr 27, 2012 12:03 AM
wsmith-84 is clueless Every state has a progressive income tax, so high income earners pay more in state income taxes, both in absolute terms and as a % of income. Re: sales tax, the wealthy spend at a level commensurate with their incomes so they pay more in sales and excise taxes (perhaps not as a % of income, but they do pay more in real $ terms). And property taxes - A fellow living in a million $ home has a greater tax burden than the guy renting an apartment. Re payroll taxes - sorry wrong again. Medicare taxes are based on income and are not capped. OK, so FICA has a $110,000 cap. I doubt that that one exception to tax progressivity is enough to invalidate Williams' argument.
wsmith-84 Wrote: Apr 28, 2012 10:39 AM
I asked a simple question, you wrote a lot of words but simply ignored the question.

Looking at the entire individual tax burden definitely invalidates Walt's silly premise. You did NOT address it.

Remember, if conservative policies hadn't driven down wages for the bottom 80% over the last 30 years, they would be baying more federal income taxes.
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