Last edited by whysoserious; 12-30-14 at 04:22 PM.
Ted Cruz is the dumbest person alive.
Yeah, it is contempt, or ignorance. First of all, nowhere near half the country pays negative total taxes. And if in any one year they did, many will later pay significant amounts in taxes, like you say you now do, so you're labeling half the country as freeloaders off the "producers" when you were for at least part of your life a parasite on the producers.Contempt? not at all...Hell, I used to be the epitome of 'working poor'.... Hell, at one point the Church gave us Thanksgiving dinner, and that was all we had in the house...So don't tell me...Those "poor people" you speak of also have things like EIC's on their taxes at the end of the year, that all but ensure that not only do they get whatever they paid in income taxes back, but an additional couple thousand as the credit...So, in terms of net taxes paid, they don't, they in fact get money back, or more welfare if you will.
Furthermore, working women (generally) with kids get big EITC refunds, the rest of the roughly 10 million who can claim EITC get back some part of their payroll taxes, but don't get refunds or 'negative' taxes. And everyone pays sales, excise, property etc. If you have data showing half the country pay NEGATIVE total taxes, let's see it, and then we'll discuss how many of them are students, and will pay taxes very soon, or are poorer seniors who spent a lifetime paying taxes and now are living on generally untaxed SS etc.
It's a BS talking point....unless you have some evidence you'd like to cite to back it up.
I don't get it. How can we have a problem with single women with kids not making enough money and at the same time not have any sort of problem with people getting back more money then they pay in?
I'd much prefer a higher minimum wage, the elimination of all forms of means tested welfare (including the EITC, food stamps, etc), and huge tax cuts on the bottom three income tax brackets (which would also provide a tax cut to the working rich). With the higher minimum wage and lower tax rates, lower income workers wouldn't really need for welfare, all they would need is to get a full time job.