Republicans: fix the economy by taxing the poor

That’s their new idea.  They’re not going to tax the wealthy, they’re going to tax the people too fucking poor to have owed the IRS.

On Sunday, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Huntsman found himself in a virtual love-in with Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann over, of all things, taxes. The paper asked Huntsman if “the half of American households no longer paying income tax—mainly working poor families and seniors—should be brought onto the income tax rolls.”

Where is Robin Hood when you need him?

Added Michelle Bachmann…

“We need to broaden the base so that everybody pays something, even if it’s a dollar. Everyone should pay something, because we all benefit.”

David Weigel hits sums it up beautifully.

Conservatives have an argument: You can’t, and shouldn’t, balance the budget and pay for entitlements by continually raising taxes on the rich. Doing so, they say, is “class warfare.” At the same time, however, they must contend with persistent support for the welfare state. So conservatives are betting that regular Americans are losing track of how much it costs to give them what they want.

Seriously, if you’re not wealthy the Republican party hates you.  Stop voting for them just because they shit Jesus in public.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Natasha

    My grandmother’s words: “A poor man voting for a republican is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders.”

  • JT Eberhard

    That’s effing awesome.


  • Wow, Really?

    Of course everyone should pay taxes! Bachmann got it right – we all benefit so we should all pay something, even just a little, for those benefits. This is ridiculous. All of a sudden middle-class Americans are greedy and hate poor people if they don’t like the fact that their hard-earned money is paying for their neighbors easy, jobless lifestyle. Sure, SOME people need a little help to get back on their feet. So let the government HIRE them and make them WORK for the money that our taxes are giving them. Anybody can lick stamps or pick up trash on the side of the highway.

    Besides, this country is terribly reliant upon the rich staying rich. If there were no rich people, where would jobs come from? Do you really want the government employing EVERYONE? The richer the rich people, the more jobs that will be available for poor and middle-class people. And eventually, after you have worked long enough for a rich person yourself, you become rich and the cycle continues. That is how the economy should work. People start poor, employed by middle class people. Eventually they end up middle class and are employed by rich people while creating jobs for poor people. Then finally they end up rich and self-employed, creating jobs for middle and lower class people.
    If we continually raise taxes on the rich then the rich won’t be able to afford the hire as many people. And since the government doesn’t seem to be using that income to employ people unemployment goes up.

  • B

    Wow, Really?: Wow, Really? You take a straw man and extrapolate that into a full-blown economic theory that is just plain silly.

    You do realize that the “rich” have more money than ever before, their taxes are lower than ever before, yet unemployment remains high? How does your simpleton explanation accommodate that?

    Quite simply, the “rich” benefit more from government services than others. They get healthy, educated workers and use government-sponsored infrastructure to move their goods and services around the country (and world). Not to mention the fact that our system of free enterprise allowed a tiny fraction of them to become wealthy to begin with. (The much larger percentage inherits their wealth instead of earning it, but pays a lower percentage of taxes on wealth than their workers pay with their labor.) Therefore, they should pay their fair share of taxes.

  • John-Henry Beck

    I think it’s also worth pointing out that the poor do pay plenty in taxes. This claim about not paying taxes is only referring to income taxes. The poor pay a greater percentage of their income in sales taxes, Social Security tax, and so on. And property taxes, if they can afford to own much of anything.

    And we’re not talking about people lounging around jobless by desire. These are people who cannot get hired, or who have a job that just doesn’t pay enough to climb out of the pit of poverty.

    I’m with B. The economic theory proposed by Wow, Really? is ridiculously naive and grossly ignorant of economics and reality in general.

  • Douglas Kirk

    The richer the rich people, the more jobs that will be available for poor and middle-class people.

    Well, I’m convinced. Obviously wealth disparity is the key to fighting unemployment.
    *looks outside and sees greatest income inequality in decades, the worst recession since the great depression, and continuously climbing unemployment rates across the country*

    Oh, wait… I guess that’s complete and utter bullshit.