Fast Approaching the Tax Tipping Point
We are approaching a time when 51% of citizens will pay no federal income tax, making it near impossible to reform the tax system.
April 24, 2010 - 12:00 am
I forgot to mention that of the 47% of American households that won’t pay any federal income taxes this year, a percentage of those non-taxpayers “will [still] get additional money from the government because they qualify for refundable tax breaks.” (This is just a fancy way of saying people will receive a monetary reward for not making enough money to owe federal income taxes.)
And in addition to money, Obama makes the idea of living off the government more palatable by throwing tax-sponsored goods and services into the deal as well. For example, under Obama, families that qualify for government benefits like “‘Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, School Free Lunch, Food Stamps or Temporary Assistance’ are also eligible for a government-subsidized cell phone with 68 monthly minutes and free emergency calls.”
Throw in the ObamaCare legislation that became the law of the land this year and the deal becomes even sweeter. Now wards of the state can lie in bed till noon, then wander to Starbucks in their house shoes and use their tax refund (for not paying taxes) to buy an iced latte before setting up a “free” doctor’s appointment on their government-sponsored cell phone.
As I wrote at the start of this article, we are fast approaching the tipping point where 51% of American households will pay no federal income taxes. Once we hit that number, it’s going to be nearly impossible to convince the majority, comprised of non-taxpayers, to give up their “free” cell phones, their “free” health care, their government checks, and all the other services they receive in lieu of being self-sufficient and independent. A recent Rasmussen poll substantiated this by announcing they’d found that “lower income voters are more likely than others to believe the nation is overtaxed.”
Imagine that. Those living for “free” in this country are the first to complain that their lives are too costly.
Over two centuries ago, Benjamin Franklin said he feared the day was coming when Americans would trade their freedom for the feeling of security. What would he say now if he could see that one of the central goals of the Obama administration is to encourage people to do just that?
Willing citizens are actually being invited to give up their freedom in exchange for a phony security bought and paid for by a minority of taxpayers who have no say in the matter. Shame on those who accept the invite.