You're aruging sound reasoning and common sense against someone capable only of arguing talking points.You have such a unique argument style. In retort, you offer no new facts nor do you do anything to better support or explain your original assertion. Instead, you simply YELL and insult. Though this is the modus operandi of Fox News, its not a winning strategy in too many debate circles.
I did have a problem with your original fact: It is not 47% of Income Earners, its 47% of households (Nearly half of US households escape fed income tax - Yahoo! Finance) and (Yes, 47% of Households Owe No Taxes. Look Closer. - NYTimes.com).
Income earners are a subset of households. As I pointed out, the pool of persons not paying income tax includes those living only on social security, the unemployed and the entrepreneur, whose business is not yet in the black. These people have no taxable income... moreover, you also fail to understand that our income tax system does not now, nor has it ever, taxed dollar one of income. It taxes discretionary income. The fact is, that only half of US households have discretionary income. In fact, from 2007 to 2009, the percentage of households not paying FIT
That is just arguing FIT. Personally, I think the distinction between FIT and taxes is general is beyond moot. Very few people really understand what tax pays for what anyway. In fact, in Washington, they have used payroll taxes to make up the shortfall caused by income tax cuts...so arguing there is much of a distinction is rapidly evolving into an irrelevant academic exercise. All in, we have a flat tax system with just about everyone paying 25%.