Poor Should Pay Their Fair Share

Steven Greenhut: I was recently on a left-leaning radio show where the host and callers echoed the standard Democratic talking point that the key to solving the state’s budget crisis is to make the rich pay their fair share of taxes. If the rich paid their fair share, of course, the tax burden would increase dramatically on the middle class and poor given that the rich pay far more than their fair share. The Wall Street Journal recently published an article with this stunning statistic: In California, 45 percent of income taxes are paid by the top 1 percent of earners. Nearly 44 percent of the state’s revenues come from income taxes, with the top rate at an alarming 10.3 percent. Treasurer Bill Lockyer’s office today mocked Republican Assembly members who are going to Texas to meet with officials there to learn about why so many Californians are heading to the Lone Star State. But keep in mind that Texas’s top income tax rate is zero — the state has no income tax. No wonder it’s easier for wealthy people to start businesses there than here. Let’s at least dispense with the leftist nonsense that the rich don’t pay their way. It’s the poor that don’t pay their way — they essentially pay nothing in taxes or receive more back in government benefits than they pay into the system, so every new government program is free to them. Why not support it? It’s a good thing that Atlas Shrugged is coming out soon in movie form. Then again, instead of seeing the movie, Californians can just watch the Legislature in action.

APRIL 7, 2011

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  1. larry 62
    larry 62 7 April, 2011, 17:05

    Did you mean to say that Texas’s top rate is zero, not California’s?

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  2. John Seiler
    John Seiler 7 April, 2011, 20:36

    Lockyer, whenever he retires, will get a massive pension because he was in the Legislature before the 1990 initiative ended pensions for legislators. He currently gets $140,494.00 a year: http://www.sacbee.com/statepay/?name=lockyer&agency=&salarylevel=

    Plus cushy perks and benefits.

    He wants high taxes to keep his high-times lifestyle going.

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  3. John Gardner
    John Gardner 8 April, 2011, 10:54

    And those who pay a disproportionate share should get appropriate recognition for it: the right to use handicapped parking without a handicapped permit, the right to “jump the line” at the DMV, preferential seating at public events, etc. :))

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  4. Fred Mangels
    Fred Mangels 9 April, 2011, 07:22

    Slightly off- topic, but I hear the same sort of thing from lefties in regards the federal government: If we just make the rich pay “their fair share”, we shouldn’t have a problem fully funding social programs.

    I recall reading something back during the Bush White House. It was shortly after his “tax cuts for the wealthy” took effect. I don’t recall the deficit numbers back then but, suffice it to say, there was deficit spending.

    What I read was that, at the time, Bush’s tax cuts were responsible for only 25% of the deficit. Since Obama has increased spending way beyond Bush, and we’re still dealing with the same level of tax cuts, taxing the rich doesn’t seem to me to be much of a solution.

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  5. john steele
    john steele 9 April, 2011, 08:16

    Make the ” Rich Pay More ” is classic Marxist Doctrine. They already pay 70% of all taxes. We need to make sure that EVERYBODY pays their fair share. The whining from the far left about the rich is simply class warfare and is page one from “The Communist Manisfesto “

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  6. john
    john 7 August, 2011, 11:17

    Cry babies! “45 percent of income taxes are paid by the top 1 percent of earners” they also hold 80% of the wealth what a bunch of greedy whining lairs you are! Consumers make markets employees make wealth for “job makers” the roads the grid, the regulations that bring stability, the courts that the wealthy use in disproportionally to their advantage. I guess you might think that the wealth are educated and that the education has served the well ok use it!

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  7. Patty
    Patty 16 October, 2011, 08:15

    Well here we are, a broken Country. Just heard on the news they are wanting to Cut the “free” cell phones for the “poor” save taxpayers $550 million year. What about all the “free” health care for all the pregnant “poor” women that continue to have baby after baby. They are not even asked to pay a mere little co-payment. They pay nothing in and then they get thousands back in child credits. I personally know “poor” families that live in Texas and they don’t work for a living. They get along just fine. They have a pretty decent place to live, Free groceries ($650) ea month, reduced electric power rates, reduced Latino satellite channels, Free medical, just use the ER, $1100 per month if you say you are going to college a couple of days a week, and it gets even better if you are illegal, you get all you books and tuition paid. I think it’s past time the so called “poor”, with the cell phones, big screen TV’s, satellite tv pay their fair share, why not. I have to pay my fair share and I’m not rich.

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