Some 84 percent of federal individual income taxes—which account for over 40 percent of federal revenue—are paid by the those in the top 25 percent of the income distribution. The majority of these taxpayers live in wealthy, urban, politically "blue" areas like New York, California, and Massachusetts.So, throw this information back in the face of a Republican/Conservative/Tea Party person the next time they blast the Democrats/Liberals/Greens for being, so-called, "welfare queens." If it wasn't for the progressive tax system that most Democrats and Liberals favor, most Republican states would be screwed. Oh the irony!!
In other words, Democratic states are redistributing wealth to the Republican states (irony). I actually don't mind this, as a Liberal, (being that I believe in a progressive tax system), however, it would be nice if some of those on the right would come down off their high-horse on taxes. I'd like them to acknowledge that the progressive tax system actually helps them!! I'm not holding my breath though.
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