- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
SB I would tend to agree except when you see a poll that comes out plus 11 for dems from the same group---CNN, you tend to get skepitcal about their polling methods.
"The Working Poor Do Pay Taxes
Do the working poor pay taxes? My conservative friends rant about how 40% of the people in this country pay no taxes, but that's a bit of sloppy thinking. More precisely, around 40% pay no federal income tax. That leaves many other taxes for them to pay either directly or indirectly.
Social security taxes, now split into social security and Medicare, totals 15.3% of all income earned for those who make less than $106,000 in 2009. That's what a self employed handyman or factory worker pays. The working poor may pays only 7.65% directly because the employer pays the other half, but economists will tell you that directly-paid wages are a function of total labor cost to employers, so the other half is paid indirectly through lowered wages.
Some say this isn't a tax, since it's for retirement. The truth is the money is not set aside in a retirement fund, and never has been. Benefits are paid by taxing current workers, making social security essentially a welfare program. If we renamed the income tax the "Individual Government Services Investment Fund," would you then say you pay no taxes?
All of us pay sales taxes as well, which in some areas can be as high as 10% when state and local taxes are combined. Where I live in Colorado, we pay 6.7% (state and local). These taxes are paid by all, but make up a larger percentage of the income of the poor, because as much as 50% of their income may be spent on taxable items. In other words, a poor family may pay out as much as 3% of their total income in sales taxes, while a wealthy family is likely to pay 1% or less.
I need to stop right here and point out that we are at 18.3% of income for some working men and women with just these two taxes. Warren Buffet recently mentioned that he paid only 17% of his income in all federal taxes while his secretary paid 30%. If we assume he paid 1% of total income in sale's taxes (unlikely to be that high), we now arrive at an interesting truth: That some poor families who pay no federal income tax pay a higher percentage of income in taxes than Warren Buffet.
Some will quickly point out that the child credits and the Earned Income Tax Credits refund much of this. Partly this is true, and these can be seen as welfare in some cases, since for some people they "refund" income taxes that were never paid, but not all workers have children. In any case, we probably should address this as a separate and complicating issue. Many of the wealthy get welfare as well (hundreds of billions annually according to he latest research).
Other Taxes Paid by the Working Poor
State income taxes range from nothing up to 8% in some states. Here in Colorado, for example, we have a flat tax rate of 4.63%. These taxes are paid by more of the poor than federal income taxes, because there are fewer deductions available and they they start at lower income levels.
Property taxes are paid by all working poor as well. Even those who rent are paying the true cost of property taxes. This is clear once you understand the principle that in business all costs have to be passed on to the consumer. If taxes were doubled on property, obviously landlords would not decide to eat the loss - they pass the cost on.
The same is true of taxes on all imported goods. Those costs are passed on in the pricing, and so are paid by all consumers. Of course, this is a larger percentage of income for those who must spend a larger percentage of their income on basic goods.
By the way, the costs of corporate income taxes are also passed on in the products and services produced. If taxes on profits were paid only as owners received those profits as income, prices would likely be lower, so we pay those taxes indirectly as consumers. That's a complicated subject to be covered at another time (yes it suggests that getting rid of corporate taxes might benefit the poor).
Now, let me clarify this a bit more, because I am sure that some will argue that renters don't pay property taxes or the other half of that social security tax, or anything that I designate as "indirect." But imagine for a moment if businesses paid the total social security and income tax burden that we now pay. Would we really say that we pay no taxes? It would be technically true that no individual person paid, but of course wages would be adjusted downward to compensate for the new taxes on business.
Let me simplify this further. If in our business we could hire an employee and boost our revenue by $40,000 annually, we could pay $35,000 in total employee costs (assuming we want at least $5,000 additional profit for the trouble). If we were made to pay no other costs, we could pay the whole $35,000 to the employee. But what if we had to pay $15,000 in various taxes? Then we could only offer $20,000 in wages. So who's really paying those taxes? Clearly the employee.
Only the efforts of real people produce the wealth that is then taken as taxes, so we have to look beyond the labels and forms to see whose efforts are really paying what. You can hide the true cost to people in the various ways you arrange things, but the working poor do pay taxes directly and indirectly. Most people work by the way. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the percentage of Americans on welfare is about 2% ."
The Working Poor Do Pay Taxes