Katherine Kersten: Who's not paying their fair share?

  • Article by: KATHERINE KERSTEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 17, 2010 - 5:51 PM

Almost half of U.S. households don't pay taxes but use benefits and services.

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hahaha99Apr. 17, 10 6:20 PM

"Tyranny of the majority?" Kersten, shall we talk about the "tyranny of the majority" that continues to deny us gays and lesbians the same civil rights that you and your spouse enjoy? No, I didn't think you'd want to talk about that.

hahaha99Apr. 17, 10 6:22 PM

When JFK was elected, the top Federal tax bracket was roughly 90%...ahhhhh....for the good old days.

ebfauvelApr. 17, 10 6:27 PM

Kind of like what happened with that stadium tax, yes? I must have missed your rant about that....

ebfauvelApr. 17, 10 6:34 PM

Oh please, Katherine. hahaha99 beat me to it, but you wouldn't know tyranny if it bit you on the ass. You and your ilk continue to impose your tyranny on GLBT citizens, but you don't see it as tyranny, do you? You see it as "protecting American family values" or some such drivel.

The kicker is that when the day finally arrives that a majority of voters supports GLBT equality, you'll be screaming ... "tyranny of the majority!"

lordhawhaw1Apr. 17, 10 6:37 PM

rebelled against King George and British Parliament in part because of taxation without representation. What we have today appears to be the opposite. Representation without taxation.

hahaha99Apr. 17, 10 6:41 PM

I hope to live long enough to enjoy that delicious irony.

mpls3467Apr. 17, 10 6:51 PM

You'd never guess, from the clamor, that the top 1 percent of income earners pay a whopping 40 percent of all federal income taxes. (Yes, you read that right.) ===================================================================== We have seen who represents the top 1%. UnitedHealth's Hemsley raked in more than $102,000,000 last year. He is in the business of selling the commodity of pain and suffering; and at the same time, denying claims so that he can collect obscene options granted to him from a group of 4 unaccountable compensation committee members. Should we expect Mr. Hemsley to pay more? Hell yes. Much more.

hahaha99Apr. 17, 10 6:56 PM

If Hemsley paid 90% taxes, he would have to survive with a "mere" $10 million. Oh, the agony of such deprivation.

ebfauvelApr. 17, 10 7:12 PM

So they pay 40% of the taxes. Do they earn 40% of the income? I'd love to have a fraction of that $102 mil Mr. Hemsley "earned" (and I'd happily pay taxes on it!).

djrjburtonApr. 17, 10 7:14 PM

Kiplinger reports that "in 2007 the highest-earning 1% of taxpayers in America make 22.83% of all income reported to the government. That’s almost twice the 12.51% of total income earned collectively by the lowest-earning 50% of workers. Yes, 1.4 million taxpayers claim 23% of income earned while 70 million share just 12.3%" http://www.kiplinger.com/features/archives/how-your-income-stacks-up.html


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