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Two Statistics That Help Explain Each Other


Gallup: “Half of Americans believe the amount they pay in federal income taxes is too high, while 43% consider it about right and 4% too low.”

Bloomberg news: “More than 45 percent of U.S. households won’t owe federal income taxes for 2010.”

In that Bloomberg article, it notes some Republicans are pushing for the strangely controversial notion that everyone should pay something: “As a matter of fairness, wouldn’t it make more sense if all citizens paid at least something in income taxes?” asked Orrin Hatch, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, at a March 30 hearing. “I am convinced that it would help us in our fight against excessive federal spending. You get a lot of takers when you ask people if they want more of something and you tell them it’s free.”

Tags: Orrin Hatch , Taxes


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