You realize, of course, that there’s a pretty good chance that, if you’re at work right now, the money you’re making is going toward paying your taxes.  It’ll take you a couple of more weeks of work before you’re working for yourself.

And, as you get ready to file your 2009 income tax, keep in mind that there’s also a chance that you are doing something that almost half of the people in the country won’t be doing.

If the trend continues,  the Democrats will become as entrenched in power in the U.S. as the Castro brothers are in Cuba.

All they need to do is get to the point where there are more people who are NOT paying  income tax than people who are.

Then, all they’ll have to do is promise more and more free stuff and the people who don’t have to pay for it will be more than happy to vote for them

Only three percent more to go and half the country will not pay an income tax.

  • Rush

    Yeah! I’m with you! More taxes for everyone!!! Like you stated in an earlier post, it’s a sin that players like Roethlisberger has to pay so much in taxes when he could be letting that money ‘trickle down’ through his lawyers, bartenders, shot b!tches, and casino hosts!!!

    It’s a sin that a family of five struggling to get by in today’s economy should be allowed to have tax breaks!! I’m with you ,Steigy, tax ’em all!!

    I love liberal blogs like this!

    Sarcasm? Yes. But I am shocked how so many of my fellow conservatives are appalled by this! Nearly half the country not paying income tax? Fantastic!!! Let’s get it to 100%! Personally, I work my a$$ off to ensure I pay as little as possible.

    I’m proud of the 47% who were able to pull of the full monty! To me this extremely bogus argument boils down to two things:

    – People have to trash Obama for everything out there – it doesn’t matter if it was the same things as under Bush (criminal trials for terrorists, half the country not paying income tax are the two latest – Bush did it and there wasn’t a peep; Obama does it and people freak out).

    – Too many conservatives have a ‘me first’ attitude. “Wait, if half the country isn’t paying, that means I am paying more than my fair share!” Rather than whine about the people who figured out, why doesn’t everyone GO FIGURE IT OUT!!!!

    • JohnSteigerwald

      You miss the point. It’s all about taxing ” the rich” and having more than half the people willing to vote for stupid wasteful programs because they won’t have to pay for it. The top 10% pay 73% of the taxes. Both parties use the income tax to control our behavior and pander to us for votes. That’s why it was a bad idea from the beginning.

      • Rush

        So per an earlier reply of yours, the owner of the Dodgers is a hero when he pays no taxes, but it is a mortal sin when a ‘non-rich’ person or family of 5 is able to do the same? It is that kind of hypocrisy that causes most of America to look at conservatives like we are idiots.

        The fact that the income tax was a bad idea from the beginning is 100% true – but that argument can’t be used as a crutch for every argument!

        • JohnSteigerwald

          The current tax code dictates that 10% of the productive people in the country pay 73% of the income taxes. That’s stupid and anybody who overcomes that kind of stupidty is OK in my book. The individual is smart. The law is stupid.

        • Cherry Cola

          JS is congratulating someone who works their tail off, makes tons of money, and finds ways not to pay income taxes–because he thinks income taxing is wrong.

          But since there is an income tax, he also thinks it’s wrong for someone to take advantage of all of the other tax payers and live off welfare and a low paying job, and avoid paying income taxes.

          Rush, you’re trying to make him look like a hypocrit, but you’re failing. His argument works. His point is that the rich are punished and the poor are rewarded. It’s a sound argument, and the Dems are loving every minute of it. For further prove, look at all of the recent welfare rule changes since Obama took office: no more time limited food stamps for able bodied people not working, no resource limit for food stamps (for example, you have 50,000 in the bank….doesn’t matter, it doesn’t count and you still get food stamps if you qualify based on income). The income limits have also risen incredibly…and he also doesn’t count the stimulus money he gives people on UC in their calculation. The result: Everyone is getting at least something, now, and they’ll likely translate that into a vote for him in 2012. It’s brilliant abuse of tax payer dollars.

          • JohnSteigerwald

            Eliminate the income tax and go to a national sales tax.

          • Ochotexto

            Yinz guys always forget to factor in that the richest “control” the wealth. The top 1% earn more than the bottom 97% combined. We are so far from socialism it aint funny; thats a hollow cry from the GOP. We saw what happened when Bush cut taxes on the rich and started a fake war at the same time; we’re still digging out of that trench.

          • JohnSteigerwald

            Bush cut everybody’s taxes and when those cuts expire, everybody’s taxes are going UP.

  • benlikestheladies

    John, I assume one of the persons you are referring to is the owner of the dodgers, who last I checked is worth millions and probably votes republican, who has paid 0 federal tax dollars the last three years. Guess we got to blame the Dems for that also.

    • JohnSteigerwald

      I admire anyone who is able to avoid paying federal income tax. It should be abolished. It’s un-American.

      • Rush

        You admire anyone who is able to avoid paying income tax – then why so upset that 47% of the country figured out how not to pay it???? And by the way, your post is wrong. Everyone has to file – it’s just that 47% will net out there taxes.

  • Meathead

    The question is would you rather pay income tax or make so little money that you don’t have to pay income taxes?

    • JohnSteigerwald

      There should nave have been an income tax.

  • Arnie

    No worries John. Once the inevitable VAT is implemented, everyone gets to kick some $’s into the cause. Although I’m sure the Obama crime syndicate will find a way to twist this one around as well so all the drones will think their taxes aren’t actually going to be going up – although common sense and a double digit IQ would tell you otherwise.

    • JohnSteigerwald

      I’ve been in Canada the last week and a half. There is a 7 percent provincial tax and a 5% federal tax on everything. It’s ridiculous how much more everything costs. And it took a conservative PM to get the federal tax lowered from 7%.

  • Mark

    I think everyone gets lost in the number until they realize those 47 percent have overpaid and are getting back, not that they have not paid at all. Also, a lot of that is based on deductions, in other words, goods or services we buy, putting money back into the economy. Sorry, you’re trying to make it look like that 47 percent is thumbing their noses and not paying a cent – it’s not true.

    • JohnSteigerwald

      If you pay 1,000 dollars in income tax and you get a 1,000 dollar refund. You paid nothing. The fact that people are forced to run around looking for deductions and spending ridiculous amounts of money just on compliance is all yiu need to know about what a bad idea the income tax is.

  • Joe E.

    Sometime I wonder if it was worth the effort to go to college and earn above the median annual household income. I have family that looks forward to this time of year because they get all of the taxes that were withheld plus more with the EITC.

    I don’t have a problem with the government providing a “safety net” for the elderly, children, disabled, and people that have recently lost employment. This administration is turning that “safety net” into a desired option for a increasing segment of this country. People want to help people that need help. I am not so sure that some of those people I see in WalMart this time of the month filling up shopping cart after shopping cart of food that will be purchased using an access card really need all of that assistance while I am holding a coupon book clipping coupons to save a few dollars.

    • JohnSteigerwald

      People who want to help people should do it VOLUNTARILY. It’s immoral for the government to take from one and give to another.

  • George Washington

    There is one answer to the insanity – everyone taking public assistance does not get to vote. They have a conflict of interest, as they vote for people that will give them money. Call it bribery if you will.

    It will never happen, but it is the only fair way to handle it.

    Unfortunately, we are more in the “grab your ankles” for anyone that works and are heading down a slippery slope.

    • JohnSteigerwald

      That would be unconstitutional but then there’s nothing in the constitution that gives the federal govt. the right to take money from one constituent for the purpose of giving it to another.

  • InTheMiddle

    In 2007, about 38 percent of households paid no federal income tax, a figure that jumped to 49 percent in 2008, according to estimates by the Tax Policy Center.

    Keep pulling that Republican crank.

    • JohnSteigerwald


      • Alvin

        His point, which is stated later in the article, is that the current rate of 47% not paying income taxes is actually DOWN 2% from where it was when President Bush left office.

        Being a conservative, I’m surprised you actually want MORE taxes! The percentage jumped to 49% in 2008 due to President Bush’s tax cuts (rebate checks which fell into that category) and stayed just about there under President Obama’s tax credits.

        By the way, I was no fan of President Bush, but he still deserved the respect to be called “President Bush” – not just Bush or W or anything else. You may not respect the man, but you have to respect the office.

        • JohnSteigerwald

          The point is that we are approaching the point where half the country will be in favor of any program that gives them “free” stuff because they won’t be paying for it. There should be no “free” stuff and no income tax.

    • Ken

      And who took control of Congress in your ’07/’08 timeframe?

    • Stew

      I wonder how many of those households who paid no federal income tax were either part of, or full of, illegal immigrants??? Liberals tend to forget about them for some reason, which is a shame. Love the blog, John! Keep it going!