Last month, the New York Times’ David Cay Johnston reported the extraordinary fact that, in 2005, the top 1 percent of Americans received their largest share of national income since 1928. Further, while total reported income in the U.S. increased almost 9 percent in 2005, average incomes for those in the bottom 90% actually fell as the income of those in the top 1 percent increased 14%.
But that gap is not enough for the Bush Administration.
Today’s New York Times Business section contains this startling headline: "I.R.S. Audits Middle Class More Often, More Quickly." The Times reports:
Since 2000 [the year Bush was elected], authorities at the Internal Revenue Service have nearly tripled audits of tax returns filed by people making $25,000 to $100,000 as part of a broad change in audit strategy.
For these 61 million individuals and married couples, who make up nearly half of all taxpayers, the odds of being audited rose from 1 in 377 to 1 in 140.
Tax revenue from enforcement actions rose from $33.8 billion in 2000 to $48.7 billion in 2006.
Now, I am all for everyone paying what they owe. But this comes from an Administration that not only forced through a massive tax cut for millionaires, but has dramatically reduced enforcement of every government law or regulation that might interfere with corporate profits or might protect workers.