Friday, August 14, 2009

"Honesty" in taxes

A letter I submitted to the Wall Street Journal today in response to Charles Murray:

I agree with Charles Murray ("Tax Withholding is Bad for Democracy,August 13) that tax withholding should end. However, Murray he makes some very misleading claims to support his case. He states that the top 1% of taxpayers pay 40% of federal taxes and pay more in federal taxes than the bottom 95%. Here he is conflating income taxes with overall federal taxes, which include regressive payroll taxes. Both his claims are false. According to the U.S. Congress Joint Committee on Taxation, the top 1% pay 23% of all federal taxes. The bottom 80% of taxpayers pay 31% of the federal tax burden. It is ironic that Murray discusses the "urgent need to be honest" on the subject of taxes. ( end of letter).

Conservatives are constantly distorting the truth about health care reform. Now they are lying about taxes. I'm not surprised.

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