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  •  Has he looked at his paycheck lately? (10+ / 0-)

    There are other taxes than federal income taxes, many of which hit the poor much more than the rich.  Among these are the Social Security tax with its relatively low ceiling (cap) above which rates don't increase; if that cap were raised then we might not be arguing about chained CPI and such.

    And then there's all those state and local income and sales taxes, user fees, etc.  But in the GOP's dimly lit world apparently the only tax that matters is federal income taxes, particularly on top earners; no other tax apparently crimps economic growth.  (Note how in the "fiscal cliff" talks they dismissed Obama's call for an extension of the payroll tax cut, and then thought they were making a big sacrifice by allowing the income tax rate only for those making $400K+ a year to rise.)

    37, MD-8 (MD-6 after 2012) resident, NOVA raised, Euro/Anglophile Democrat

    by Mike in MD on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 09:25:09 AM PDT

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    •  And All The Non-Income Taxes Are The Ones Going Up (4+ / 0-)
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      JBraden, WisJohn, R30A, MichaelNY

      When you take a look at where the tax increases are in America, it's all the regressive taxes.  And aside from a few millionaires paying 39.6% top tax rates after the fiscal cliff deal, progressive income and investment taxes have been in a decadeslong decline.  So basically every time the Democrats agree to regressive taxes, they not only disproportionately ramp up the tax burden on the poor and middle-class, but they keep the narrative alive from the right about the "47% paying no taxes" since the only taxes that register for right-wing demagogues are income taxes.

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