and yes those who claim that because the top rates have dropped, the system is LESS progressive are LYING
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some more facts to add to the mix
The Tax Foundation - New IRS Data: Tax Code More Progressive in 2004 than in 2000
For each income group of U.S. taxpayers, we compare the shares of tax paid to the shares of income earned (see Table1 ). A ratio of tax share to income share for each group in 2000 and 2004 shows how progressivity has increased.
Tax Code Became More Progressive after the Bush Tax Cuts | Publications | National Center for Policy Analysis | NCPA
Do the Rich Pay a Greater Share of the Total Tax Burden? The top 1 percent of earners pays more than one in every three dollars the IRS collects in taxes. Furthermore, data from the Tax Foundation shows that the share of federal income taxes paid by wealthier income groups has increased over time:
From 1986 to 2004, the total share of the income tax burden paid by the top 1 percent of income earners grew from 25.8 percent to 36.9 percent.
During the same period, the total share of the tax burden paid by the bottom 50 percent fell from 6.5 percent to 3.3 percent.
When you have something to refute those facts, do let us know.
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you are just unable to concede that you were wrong. You are, end of story. that is why you start blathering about social security and other things not at issue here