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Posted by Mark on August 14, 2004

Taxing the Rich:
From Rush Limbaugh.
And, please, avoid the Ad Hominen attacks. The numbers are what they are, no matter who reports them.

Here are the numbers. You’ll be stunned. The overwhelming majority of federal income taxes are paid by the very highest income earners. The top 1% of income earners pay about 32% of all income taxes. The top 5% pays 51.4%. The top 10% of high income earners, pay 63.5%. The top 20% of income earners pays 78% of all federal income taxes. The top 20%.

Now, if you’re going to have a tax cut that is broad-based and reaches 78% of the people, I’m sorry, you’re going to be cutting taxes on the top 20%. It’s unavoidable! And guess what? It worked! It stimulated the economy. Where would we be without them?

Here’s the final number. The bottom four-fifths, 80% – the bottom 80% of income earners pay just 20%, 22% of the federal income tax burden. The bottom 80% pay only 20% of the burden. Now, how in the world can anybody with a brain come forth and say, “I am against tax cuts for the rich. I’m only going to have a tax cut for the middle class.” If you give a tax cut to people in the bottom 20%, you’re not going to stimulate anything.

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Posted by Mark on August 14, 2004

Why They Hate Him: Victor Davis Hanson

In short, the Left hates George W. Bush for who he is rather than what he does. Southern conservatism, evangelical Christianity, a black-and-white worldview, and a wealthy man’s disdain for elite culture — none by itself earns hatred, of course, but each is a force multiplier of the other and so helps explain the evolution of disagreement into pathological venom.

September 11 cooled the furor of these aristocratic critics, but Iraq re-ignited it. Not voting for George Bush is, of course understandable and millions in fact will do precisely that. But for those haters who demonize the man, their knee-jerk disgust tells us far more about their own shallow characters than it does anything about our wartime president.

And there is a great danger in all these manifestations of pure hatred. We are in a war. And in these tumultuous days, the Left’s unhinged odium will resonate with and embolden not only our enemies abroad, but also the deranged, dangerous folk here at home.

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Posted by Mark on August 14, 2004

(lie – a false statement deliberately presented as being true; a falsehood. Something meant to deceive or give a wrong impression.)

Thanks to Glenn Reynolds for the above.

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