tax the poor! update
The People's Republic of Seabrook has a tasty rant on the Administration's reported desire to sell a tax hike--yes, an increase--on low- to middle-income Americans that I mentioned the other day.
Shrub and his minions are trying to find a politically palatable way to make the poor pay more taxes. Apparently, the rich white folks who helped elect Shrub are making the case that they are paying an unfair share of taxes relative to those who live in trailers and raise six children on one minimum-wage income.
...Before the rich begin whining about their onerous tax burden, perhaps they could try walking a mile in the shoes of the poor and middle class.
For Shrub, the supposed champion of Middle Class America, to even be floating trial balloons on this issue smacks of hypocrisy. He was more than willing to accept the votes of Joe and Lorena Sixpack, but now that he's in office, there are bills to pay. And his rich benefactors are calling to collect.
Meanwhile, Tapped points out a blog post that deconstructs the "fuzzy math" employed to bolster claims that the wealthy have an unfair tax burden.
And Mark Kleiman is all over it as well: "Remember how the Bushies denounced any attempt to determine the allocation of the Bush tax cuts among the income percentiles as "class warfare"? Turns out Republicans don't believe in preaching class warfare; they just go ahead and practice it." (via Avedon Carol)