My, my! It seems that some of the Republican candidates for president are DEEPLY OFFENDED that poor people pay no federal income taxes:
This is the Republican Party we have all come to expect: the party that will fight against any tax increases, no matter how sensible, no matter how fiscally constrained the budget is, simply as a matter of orthodoxy. But you might have heard another number being bandied about recently: the “fact” that 47 percent of Americans pay no taxes. Now, if we ignored payroll taxes, sales taxes, excise taxes and all other forms of taxes besides federal income taxes, that would be true. But for an anti-tax Republican, the idea that nearly half of all Americans pay no income taxes should be a welcome statistic; it would mean, after all, that we’re nearly halfway toward ensuring that no Americans pay federal income taxes at all.
But no. Far from being a source of pride for the party of low taxes and limited government, this is a source of consternation, and the Republican presidential field will not tolerate this sort of injustice.
When all four of a party’s presidential candidates who have held leads in national polls advocate for raising taxes on the poor and middle class, that party can no longer call itself opposed to taxes, no matter how fervently they try to oppose President Obama’s popular proposal to ask more from those who are best off. The Republican Party is no longer the party of lower taxes. Instead, it has transformed itself into a cult of Ayn Rand’s objectivism, where so-called “producers” are rewarded with favorable policy outcomes and the “parasites” are punished for their lack of work ethic. In Herman Cain’s America, after all, you only have yourself to blame if you’re unemployed. And in Mitt Romney’s America, the best way to solve the foreclosure crisis is to turn people out of their homes faster so investors can make a quicker profit off of buying them.