Even conservative economic analysts acknowledge that there really is no basis for middle- and working-class Americans to believe that they're suddenly paying more. "The only tax I think that has been put in place so far is an increase in the federal cigarette tax. I can't think of another Obama tax that has gone in place so far," said Chris Edwards, Director of Tax Policy Studies at the conservative Cato Institute.
TPJ: Even if you still have to pay taxes this year, chances are you're paying them at a lower rate. So says the non-partisan, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, "A family of four in the exact middle of the income spectrum will pay only 4.6 percent of its income in federal income taxes this year, according to a new analysis by the Urban Institute-Brookings Institution Tax Policy Center. This is the second-lowest percentage in the past 50 years."
Supreme Court justice, Oliver Wendell Holmes said of taxes, "Taxes are the price we pay for civilized society." Taxes are like the dues to enjoy the privilege of living in the highly advanced and developed America. Those who are making a lot of money who complain about paying taxes need to remember that they were able to make that kind of money because they live in America, which demands we all pay our fair share to maintain that quality of life. They are likely in the position they enjoy thanks to public education. I doubt these people would have made such money had they been born in Congo, Haiti, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, or Colombia.
We love our clean streets, smooth roads, (without pot holes) clean water, safe medicines, excellent emergency services and any other benefits one gains from government that is funded by our taxes. We are pretty spoiled and often forget all the good that government does for us, which makes our daily life easier, nicer and safer. Taxes aren't evil--they're the price of being able to live and thrive in a modern society. Oh yeah, and government isn't some amorphous entity separate from us as many seem to believe. Government is US, so if we hate government then we are hating ourselves.
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