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  •  the figure includes everyone (2+ / 0-)

    who does not owe federal taxes.
    check out the pie chart in the linked diary.

    That includes;
    the elderly (22%)
    those who end up with no tax liability after filing and accounting for deductions (Exxon, GE, etc, even some poor people)
    college students who do not make enough to pay
    Disabled people who cannot work
    unemployed (8.2% - lowball)

    IOW, this figure, which has already been used to poison the well of any discourse about taxes, is a flat out LIE.

    We dive in and tut-tut about how poor people pay payroll taxes, local taxes, etc. That's NOT THE POINT to be making.
    We Fall right into the lying frame when we do this.
    the claim that 47% of people pay no federal tax is a LIE.
    Half of those "deadbeats" are retirees, who have paid their whole lives. Republicans think grandma should keep paying. Ergo, Republicans are evil ;^)

    Class war has consequences, and we are living them.

    by kamarvt on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 03:32:40 AM PDT

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    •  Thanks! (1+ / 0-)
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      I had not done my homework to read the earlier diary.
      (Will do so forthwith!)

      I have reproduced the chart below.
      Thanks again.

      Chart

      The important and difficult job is never to find the right answers, it is to find the right question. For there are few things as useless–if not dangerous–as the right answer to the wrong question. -- P. Drucker

      by The Angry Architect on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 10:00:49 AM PDT

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