Today is tax day. Across the country, Tea Party groups are organizing
events in protest. Revelations that 47
percent of Americans don't pay income taxes
have stoked the anti-tax
flames, inspiring a handful of contrarian souls to come to their defense.
Love Paying Taxes' USA Today's Rich Benjamin makes the
case. "I am proud and glad to pay my income taxes," he writes. "For
those like me — not fighting in Afghanistan, not toiling in our foreign
service, not extinguishing fires or fighting crime as a public servant —
paying taxes makes real my commitment to a functioning America. Besides
the crucial social goods that taxes yield (schools, roads, soldiers,
embassies, air traffic control), there are key business-related
dividends that benefit people, including Tea Partiers, in the long
- GOP 'Winning' On Taxes Karl Rove sees bad news for
Democrats. "Always important in politics, the tax issue is likely to
play a larger role this year than in any midterm election since 1994,"
he writes. "Tax concerns will hurt congressional Democrats. In rural
areas, their opposition to repeal of the death tax antagonizes farmers
and ranchers. Then there are America's 32 million small-business owners,
who feel put upon by the administration's tax everyone-and-everything
- Obama Actually Reducing Taxes Substantially
The New York Times' Gail Collins explains,
"In fact, most people who file get money back ... Thanks to the tax
credits in President Obama’s stimulus plan and other programs aimed at
helping working families, couples with two kids making up to $50,000
were generally off the hook this year." She jokes, "Clearly, we need a
THANKS, GOVERNMENT!!!! parade of low-income elderly."
Parties Not So Anti-Tax The Atlantic's Derek Thompson examines
the NYT/CBS poll of Tea Partiers. "The Tea Partiers don't appear to be
as uniformly anti-tax as I painted them yesterday.
Despite the 'Taxed Enough Already' signs and the many vague and often
contradictory allusions to their gratuitous tax burden, the poll
suggests that half
of Tea Party supporters thinks that their taxes are fair. Their
insistence on reform falls mostly on the spending side"
Tragic Public Ignorance on Taxes Jonathan Bernstein sighs,
"A whole lot of people who pay zero income taxes believe they pay too
much." He explains, "That's right -- 44% of those who make $20K a year
or less believe they pay too much in federal income tax, and 41% of
those who make between $20K and $30K believe they pay too much in
federal income tax. The vast majority of those people do not pay a
single penny in federal income taxes."
- Will Tea Party Champion
D.C. Tax Hypocrisy? The American Prospect's Adam Serwer points out an intriguing gap. "Can't figure out why Tea
Partiers haven't staged a full scale revolt over DC residents being
taxed without representation."
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