Thursday, February 08, 2007

Paying a "fair share" of taxes and prosperity

One of the more common slogans arising from Marxism was, and still is, unfortunately, "The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer." A self-defeating statement and certainly wrong in the current America.

Everyone as a group who upgrades their job skills and/or education can and still does succeed as a group in America. There are isolated poor people who never succeed. That is most often due to laziness, temperament, lack of current skills or similar reasons. Likewise, there are rich people who lose their businesses and homes for many other reasons.

As a whole, though, everyone in a socio-economic category is improving their lifestyles in the United States.

Congress’ Joint Economic Committee recently disclosed that the so-called rich, the top half of income earners in America pay 97 percent of the United States' income taxes. What one may call the "super-rich," those making more than 95% of other Americans pay 54% of all income taxes.

Marxism advocates an income tax so as to help make everyone equal. In spite of a punitive assessment of prosperity and success, the rich are still getting richer and yes, the poor are getting richer in America not solely because they don't pay their "fair share" of income taxes.

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